Press Releases & Statements

August 03, 2007

CARDIN HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAM

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today hailed Senate passage of expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   Currently, approximately 6.6 million low-income children receive their health through the CHIP. T he Senate bill would expand coverage to an additional 3.2 million children nationwide, including approximately 42,000 children in Maryland.   … Continue Reading


August 03, 2007

REAUTHORIZATION OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Mr. CARDIN.  Mr. President, this is an important week in the United States Senate.  It is a week in which we have a chance to make a fundamental difference in the lives of America's children by reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program. The  bipartisan bill we are considering will extend to more than 3 million children comprehensive, affordable, health care coverage, and it will provide  continued coverage to the approximately 6.6 million children in the program today.  … Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

LIEBERMAN-WARNER GLOBAL WARMING LEGISLATION

Today Senators Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, and John Warner, R-VA, released the detailed outline of an economy-wide global warming bill that would significantly limit greenhouse gases.   I am extremely pleased with the comprehensive nature of their bill and the strong, bipartisan leadership they bring to this critical effort.   I also believe this bill has important national security implications because it will lessen our dependence on foreign energy and help achieve energy independence.   … Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

TEAM MARYLAND, U.S. ARMY CONFIRM COMMITMENT TO APG

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a meeting with staff from Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger's (all D-Md.) offices, U.S. Army representatives today confirmed the Army's commitment to the successful implementation of the 2005 BRAC recommendation to close Fort Monmouth in Monmouth County, New Jersey and create a C4ISR Center of Excellence at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County, Maryland. … Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SPONSOR LEGISLATION TO KEEP REGIONAL CARRIER AT HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

Susan Sullam: 420-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today introduced legislation that would require AirMidwest/MESA to maintain service to the Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field until Jan. 1, 2008 or until an alternate carrier can be identified. AirMidwest/MESA has said it will stop service to Hagerstown Regional Airport on Sept. 30, 2007.   The Senators have attached their p… Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

CARDIN DENOUNCES ROVE FOR FAILURE TO HONOR SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUBPOENA, AND JENNINGS FOR CLAIMING PRIVILEGE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today condemned the failure of presidential aide Karl Rove to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee in its ongoing investigation of the mass firings and replacement of nine U.S. Attorneys.   He also criticized presidential aide Scott Jennings for failing to answer questions from the Committee by claiming executive privilege. … Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANNE ARUNDEL, HARFORD COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced two Maryland fire departments have been awarded a total of $52,740 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 its federal funding. "First responders are our true heroes - protecting ou… Continue Reading


August 02, 2007

S. 1, LEGISLATIVE TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

            Mr. President, I rise in strong support of S. 1, the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007.   I urge my colleagues to support this measure, which is the most sweeping reform of ethics and lobbying laws and rules in many years.               I am pleased that we have worked in a bipartisan fashion on ethics and lobbying reform.   The American people made their views clear in last … Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISES PASSAGE OF STRONG DARFUR RESOLUTION

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) praised the passage of S.Res.276, a bipartisan resolution calling for the urgent deployment of a robust multinational peacekeeping mission with sufficient size, resources, leadership, and mandate to protect civilians in Darfur, Sudan.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and … Continue Reading


August 01, 2007

PASSAGE BY THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE WMATA FUNDING BILL

I am very pleased by committee passage of legislation I authored that would provide 10-year funding authorization for the Washington Metrorail system. The Metro system is critical to meeting the transportation needs of more than 100 million passengers a year.  This legislation will ensure that the Metro system will have the funds it needs to revitalize the 30- year-old system.… Continue Reading


July 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 LA PLATA - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today met with the five Charles County Commissioners to discuss issues critical to the future development of Charles County.     Senator Cardin told the Commissioners that he believes that Charles County plays a critical role in the National Capital Region.   Because of its close proximity to Washington, D.C. and its growing commuter population, the Senator said he believes t… Continue Reading


July 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS GREENLAND TO WITNESS EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today said his weekend fact-finding trip to Greenland "clearly illustrated the effects of global warming on the world's largest glacier mass."   The Senator visited the Kangia Ice Fjord near Illulissat and the iceberg-filled Disko Bay with colleagues from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.   … Continue Reading


July 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN INTRODUCES UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today introduced a universal health care bill that would require all Americans to enroll in a health care plan.  The legislation builds on our current health care system, but would require individuals who do not have coverage to enroll in a "qualified" health plan. The measure is similar to many state laws that require motorists to purchase auto insurance.   Senator Cardin's Universal Health Coverage Ac… Continue Reading


July 30, 2007

REGARDING ARMS SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA

I have deep concerns about the President's proposal to sell $20 billion in new arms to Saudi Arabia.   It is not good policy to provide more arms to regimes that may not be stable or that may not be able to maintain control of the military arms that are sold to them.… Continue Reading


July 27, 2007

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

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the 2008 Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which includes key funding for Maryland's security assets. The legislation addresses several high-priority items, including grants for firefighters, first responders, port security and a major project for the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay in Baltimore.- providing no additional funding from last year. - … Continue Reading


July 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EASTERN SHORE FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced two Eastern Shore fire departments have been awarded a total of $117,230 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 its federal funding. - protecting our homes, our businesses and… Continue Reading


July 26, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN BACKS BILL REQUIRING EPA TO ACT ON CALIFORNIA WAIVER

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has co-sponsored legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rule by Sept. 30, 2007 on whether Maryland can impose tougher emissions standards on all cars and light trucks sold in the state.   The legislation also would require the EPA in the future to rule on all similar requests within six months.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate En… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.   This is a strong bill, one that makes a comprehensive investment in our nation's security.   It provides $37.6 billion for homeland security programs, $2.2 billion more than President Bush's request and $2.8 billion more than the amount appropriated for Fiscal Year 2007.     Just two weeks ago, Michael Che… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN SUPPORTS MARYLANDER DENNIS SCHRADER FOR A TOP POSITION AT FEMA

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that Dennis Schrader did an excellent job as the first director of Homeland Security for Maryland, and he supports his confirmation for a top position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).     "As Director of Homeland Security for Maryland, Dennis Schrader applied his experience… Continue Reading


July 24, 2007

WE MUST OPEN THE DOORS OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

  Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Higher Education Amendments before the Senate.   This bill works toward one of the most important responsibilities elected representatives shoulder; opening the doors of educational opportunity for each American child and every American family.     Last week the Senate took a critical step toward making college more affordable by passing the Higher Education Access Act, legislation that increases Pell grants, caps student … Continue Reading

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