Press Releases & Statements

October 03, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEW FUNDING TO MAINTAIN ALLEGANY COUNTY ROADS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the USDA Rural Development program has awarded the Town of Lonaconing a $33,500 Community Facility Grant to purchase equipment to maintain local roads in Allegany County.   "I am proud that we are able to help rural Maryland communities such as Lonaconing keep up with essential operations that affect the day to day lives of citizens." said Senator Cardin.… Continue Reading


October 03, 2008

SENATE PASSES CARDIN-MIKULSKI SPONSORED RESOLUTION HONORING OLYMPIC SWIMMERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) praised the passage this week of Senate Resolution 700 congratulating Marylander Michael Phelps and the members and coaches of the United States Olympic Swimming Team for their record-breaking performance at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.   "The people of Maryland and all Americans are privileged to have had such an outstanding group represent us at the Olympic … Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $15 MILLION TO PROTECT HIGH-RISK NON-PROFITS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced that the fiscal year 2009 Homeland Security spending bill includes $15 million in federal funding to help protect high-risk non-profit institutions from terrorist attacks.  The legislation passed the Senate as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law.   "Congress h… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

CARDIN PRAISES RAIL SAFETY AND AMTRAK PROVISIONS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of H.R. 2095 which authorizes over $13 billion over five years for federal passenger rail programs - including expansion of Amtrak - mandates new safety measures, and authorizes dedicated federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This bill passed the Senate by a vote of 74-24 and the House of Representatives by a voice vote. It now heads to the President to be signed into law.… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

STATEMENT OF SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE EMERGENCY ECONOMIC STABILIZATION ACT OF 2008

Mr. CARDIN.     Mr. President, we are here tonight to take emergency action to rescue our nation's economy.      Before us is a compromise measure--the  product of an intense process that Congress has entered into reluctantly.    It is the result of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, between House and Senate,  and between Congress and the Administration.        This evening, as we prepare to vote, Americans still have many questions as to how the bill'… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

CARDIN: CONGRESS HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACT TO PROTECT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS AND RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN AMERICA'S ECONOMY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement following the Senate's passage of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The measure passed by a vote of 74-25. "The bipartisan Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 passed by the Senate tonight was necessary to protect all Americans from the impact of our current economic crisis. Like most Americans, I resent that we have been forced in to… Continue Reading


October 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WARNER AND WEBB VOTE TO SEND METRO FUNDING BILL TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S . Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), and Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA), today applauded their Senate colleagues for passing legislation that creates - for the first time - a dedicated, federal funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The authorization is included in a House-Senate agreement (H.R. 2095) that packages togeth… Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN SAYS MARYLAND AND OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY WILL BENEFIT FROM UNINTERRUPTED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised Senate passage today of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 2638), which extends funding for the Federal Government through March 6, 2009. Senator Cardin voted for the bill, which passed the Senate 78-12. It passed the House of Representatives on Friday by a vote of 370-58. It now goes to the President for his signat… Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR MARYLAND'S HOMELAND SECURITY ASSETS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced the fiscal year 2009 Homeland Security spending bill includes key funding for Maryland's security.  The legislation addresses several high-priority items, including grants for firefighters, first responders, public transportation and rail security assistance, port security, and a major project for the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay in Baltimore.  The legislation passed the Senate as part of the … Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT LEGISLATION HEADS TO PRESIDENT BUSH TO SIGN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and his colleagues in the Senate unanimously passed legislation designed to address intellectual property rights enforcement concerns and to protect American innovation and advancement.  The legislation was introduced in July by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA).  The Judiciary Committee reported the measure earlier this month.  After constant negotiations in the Senate, and wit… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $441.3 MILLION FOR CARROLL, CECIL AND HARFORD COUNTY DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include over $1.4 billion in defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including more than $441.3 million in Carroll, Cecil and Harford Counties.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legis… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $9.8 MILLION FOR EASTERN SHORE DEFENSE PROJECT

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bill includes $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including $9.8 million in the Eastern Shore.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the President to… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $54.5 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include just over $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including more than $53.3 million in Southern Maryland.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads … Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $307.5 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE AREA DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including $307.5 million in the Baltimore area.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the President to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH NEARLY $600 MILLION FOR DC METRO DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include over $1.4 billion in defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including nearly $600 million in the D.C. Metro area.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the… Continue Reading


September 26, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION FOR LEAD ELIMINATION IN BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski   (both D-MD), today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2 million to the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning in Baltimore.   Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Environmental Health Subcommittee. Senator Mikulski is a senior member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.   … Continue Reading


September 26, 2008

CARDIN SAYS HELP CANNOT WAIT FOR AMERICANS HIT HARDEST BY THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans blocking consideration of the Reid-Byrd Economic Recovery Act of 2008.   "We all agree that our economy is in serious trouble, but Republicans in the Senate continue to put partisanship before tried and true relief for millions of Americans who are hurting financially and in nee… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE PROPOSED ECONOMIC BAILOUT PACKAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the economic bailout package now being considered by the Congress. "Congress and the American taxpayers are being asked by the Bush White House to follow them into uncharted financial territory and, on faith and a three-page proposal, restructure our entire financial system. They want unprecedented authority… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WARNER AND WEBB APPLAUD HOUSE PASSAGE OF DEDICATED METRO FUNDING, URGE SWIFT VOTE IN THE SENATE

WASHINGTON , DC - Following House passage today of dedicated, federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) and Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA), urged their Senate colleagues to quickly pass the measure. The authorization is included in a House-Senate agreement that packages together a number of … Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE RECOGNITION OF USS CONSTELLATION'S ROLE IN ENDING SLAVE TRADE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-MD) applauded the Senate's passage last night of their resolution recognizing the historical significance of the USS Constellation, which is docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  By unanimous consent, the Senate acknowledged the USS Constellation as an appropriate site to commemorate this year's bicentennial of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  The House of Representatives… Continue Reading

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