Press Releases & Statements

February 22, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CECIL COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Community Volunteer Fire Company in Cecil County has been awarded $183,758 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase… Continue Reading


February 20, 2007

CARDIN: TROOP ESCALATION IS WRONG FOR AMERICA, WRONG FOR IRAQ

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Click here to hear Senator Cardin speak on his opposition to Iraq escalation WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) voiced his strong opposition to President Bush's plan to escalate America's presence in Iraq and cast his vote in favor of having an up-or-down vote in the Senate on the President's plan. As a Member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Cardin voted against giving th… Continue Reading


February 16, 2007

CARDIN FIGHT TO MATCH KIDNEY DONORS WITH RECIPIENTS IN NEED

Contacts: Oren Shur; 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed the Living Kidney Organ Donation Clarification Act of 2007, which will make it easier for living donors and compatible recipients to find one another. Sen. Cardin, an original co-sponsor of the bill, has been a longtime advocate of promoting organ donation. "Today thousands of Americans are on the clock with kidney disease, hoping and praying to find a compatible donor in t… Continue Reading


February 15, 2007

STATEMENT BY U.S. SEN. BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE DEATH OF WALTER SONDHEIM, JR.

Susan Sullam 410-962-4436 "The passing of Walter Sondheim, Jr., means the end of an era -- an era in which those with leadership, vision and determination could build a great city and chart a course that would help to bring social justice and economic prosperity to our community. "Walter Sondheim was a giant of a man. He did not seek the limelight, but sought only to do good works. In 1954, he was instrumental in integrating Baltimore City Public Schools. His leadership and… Continue Reading


February 14, 2007

FLOOR STATEMENT ON DARFUR

Mr. President, the people of the Darfur region of Sudan are crying out for help during their time of despair. It is time for the United States Government to exercise greater international leadership and take greater strides to stave off a humanitarian disaster. Darfur has been identified as genocide and the international community is permitting it to continue. This is not acceptable. It is not enough to posture and threaten the Government in Khartoum. It is time to exercise moral leade… Continue Reading


February 14, 2007

SEN. CARDIN CALLS FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTION ON GENOCIDE IN DARFUR

Oren Shur; 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) addressed the Senate today to call on the Bush Administration to implement a more aggressive international strategy to address the on-going genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. "The people of the Darfur region of Sudan are crying out for help during their time of despair. It is time for the United States Government to exercise international leadership and take greater strides … Continue Reading


February 13, 2007

CARDIN CALLS ON HHS SEC. LEAVITT TO ADDRESS RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HEALTH CARE

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - At a hearing today before the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) criticized Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt for again failing to address widespread racial and ethnic health disparities in his testimony to Congress. In Maryland and across the nation today, minority communities have less access to quality health care and are far more likely to suffer from a variety of diseases. … Continue Reading


February 08, 2007

SENS. CARDIN & MIKULSKI JOIN OTHER MEMBERS OF MD DELEGATION IN URGING ARMY CORP TO REJECT LNG FACILITY

Contact: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging rejection of the permit application to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Sparrows Point. "It is a poor decision to locate a LNG facility in such a densely populated area of Baltimore City and Baltimore County," said Senator Cardin. "I join other members … Continue Reading


February 07, 2007

CARDIN CALLS FOR A VOTE ON BUSH ESCALATION PLAN

Oren Shur; 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Click here to listen to Sen. Cardin speak on the escalation plan WASHINGTON - In a speech today on the Senate floor, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) called on the Republican leadership to allow an up-or-down vote in the Senate on President Bush's plan to escalate America's presence in Iraq. The Senator expanded on his vision for Iraq's future and announced his support for the Warner-Levin Resolution… Continue Reading


February 06, 2007

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S FY08 BUDGET

Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 Sullam, 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement in response to the release of President Bush's FY 2008 budget: "When President Bush puts forward his budget each year, it is a reflection of his priorities. I believe the President's priorities are wrong. It's disappointing that President Bush has chosen yet again to give billions in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans at th… Continue Reading


February 06, 2007

SEN. BEN CARDIN NAMED CO-CHAIRMAN OF U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION

Oren Shur; 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) was today named Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), better known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). As the top Senator on the Commission, Sen. Cardin will help lead U.S. efforts to formulate policy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the largest regional security organization… Continue Reading


February 06, 2007

SENS. CARDIN & MIKULSKI CO-SPONSOR ARC REAUTHORIZATION BILL

Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 Oren Shur, 202-224-4525 WASHINGTON - Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski announced today that they have co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to renew funding for the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) for a five-year period, 2007-2011. The bill will maintain the ARC's major programming initiatives. Under the Appalachian Regional Commission Reauthorization Act, S 496, Maryland could receive approximately $2.77 million in… Continue Reading


February 05, 2007

HEARING: GENOCIDE AND THE RULE OF LAW

Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for calling this hearing today. Let me also thank you for your role in creating this new subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the enforcement and implementation of human rights laws, including judicial and executive branch interpretations of those laws. Today we will focus on genocide and the rule of law. I am so pleased that we have a distinguished panel of witnesses who have significant expertise on this subject… Continue Reading


February 05, 2007

CARDIN EXPRESSES CONCERN THAT PRESIDENTS FY 2008 BUDGET WILL HURT CHESAPEAKE BAY

Contact: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin expressed deep disappointment and concern that President Bushs FY 2008 budget could have a serious effect on efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is Marylands greatest natural resource and it is our duty as a nation to restore and protect it for future generations. The Presidents FY 2008 is deeply disappointing because is eliminates or dramatically reduce… Continue Reading


February 02, 2007

CARDIN INTRODUCTES BALTIMORE FAMILY TO SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARINGS; URGES FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Contacts: Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today appeared before the Senate Finance Committees hearing on the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Sen. Cardin introduced the Bedford family from Baltimore, Md. to the Senate Finance Committee before they testified about their experience with SCHIP. I believe we urgently need universal health coverage in our nation, said Sen. Cardin. But until we get… Continue Reading


February 01, 2007

S. 450: CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE ARBITRARY LIMITS ON MEDICARE REHABILITATION SERVICES

WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that physical, speech and occupational therapies are fully covered by the Medicare system. The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act would permanently eliminate arbitrary caps that would prevent many seniors from receiving therapy services they need. Without congressional action, outpatient therapy services will be restricted to limits of $1,780 a year, with no exceptions allowed. Outpatient thera… Continue Reading


February 01, 2007

S. 453: SEN. CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT VOTERS FROM DECEPTIVE ELECTION DAY PRACTICES

Contacts: Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today co-sponsored the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007, a bill designed to protect voters from the type of fraud and intimidation observed at Maryland polls last fall. The bill, introduced by Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill) and Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), would criminalize deceptive practices and gives individual voters the right to take actio… Continue Reading


February 01, 2007

CARDIN VOTES TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE

Contacts: Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today voted to increase the federal minimum wage to give millions of hard working Americans the pay raise they deserve. The Senator was a co-sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (S. 2), which would increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour and passed in the Senate this evening by a vote of: 94-3. An increase in the federal minimum wage is long overdue, sa… Continue Reading


January 30, 2007

SEN. CARDIN: MARYLAND IS UNIQUELY VULNERABLE TO GLOBAL WARMING

Contacts: Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) highlighted Marylands unique vulnerability to global warming at todays hearing before the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). The Senator, a member of the committee, also spoke out for the need to address global warming by enacting a comprehensive energy policy that will lead our nation to energy independence. The impact of global warming is real and right before … Continue Reading


January 26, 2007

CARDIN CALLS FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN NATION'S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

CONTACT: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 or Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has joined 71 other U.S. senators in urging the Senate leadership to continue its commitment to invest in Americas transportation infrastructure. The letter requests that the Continuing Resolution include the funding levels consistent with the Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, (SAFETEA-LU), which was signed into law in 2005. Our transportation … Continue Reading

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