Press Releases & Statements

April 05, 2007

CARDIN JOINS MARYLAND LEGISLATORS AT DARFUR RALLY ON LAWYERS MALL

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined with members of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus and other legislators at a Darfur Rally at the State Capitol in Annapolis. The Senator wanted to show his support for Maryland State Senator Verna Jones's bill, 2007 Darfur Protection Act, SB 543, which would restrict the investment of state funds in companies or entities that do business with the Sudanese government. Senator Cardin is a mem… Continue Reading


April 05, 2007

CARDIN DELIVERS SARBANES LECTURE AT SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 SALISBURY - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today delivered the 5th Annual Paul S. Sarbanes Lecture at Salisbury University warning that "global warming is a clear and present danger that makes it imperative that the United States develop a comprehensive energy policy that will reduce pollution and lessen our nation's dependence on foreign oil." The Senator, who is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, ha… Continue Reading


April 04, 2007

CARDIN SECURES COMMITTEE APPROVAL FOR KEY MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today secured the authorization for a host of federal projects to preserve and improve Maryland's unique environment and assist the Port of Baltimore. The projects, which will benefit communities across Maryland and increase efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, are included in the Water Resource Development Act of 2007 (W… Continue Reading


March 30, 2007

CARDIN SENDS LETTER TO SENATE APPROPRIATORS URGING FULL FUNDING OF RC&D PROGRAMS FOR MARYLAND'S AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin has written to key Senate appropriators urging continued full funding of the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) FY 2008 budget. President Bush has requested that funding for the RC&D program be cut by 74%, eliminating 325 federal coordinator positions. "The RC&D program has been in existence since 1962 an… Continue Reading


March 29, 2007

SEN. CARDIN REQUESTS FULL REPORT ON STATUS OF DOD MEDICAL FACILITIES IN MARYLAND

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) requested a "full and thorough" report on the status of Department of Defense (DOD) medical facilities located in Maryland following his visit to Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County on March 19. In a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Sen. Cardin expressed concern about whether DOD medical facilities in Maryland are adequately prepared and funded to care for wounded s… Continue Reading


March 29, 2007

SENS. CARDIN AND MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO RELOCATE OAK HILL JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - Maryland U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today introduced legislation that would transfer portions of the 800-acre Oak Hill property, which houses the District of Columbia's juvenile detention facility, to the National Park Service, Anne Arundel County, and the Secretary of the Army. As a member of the U.S. House, Mr. Cardin first introduced legislation to relocate the Oak Hill f… Continue Reading


March 29, 2007

CARDIN VOTES FOR CHANGE IN IRAQ

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today voted for a new direction in Iraq. The Senator voted in favor of an emergency supplemental bill [S. 1591] that requires President Bush to start reducing our troop levels, while also making sure that our troops have the equipment they need to stay safe while still at war. The Senate passed the bill today by a vote of 51-47. "The … Continue Reading


March 28, 2007

SEN. CARDIN NAMES EASTERN SHORE FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin today announced that he has named Lee F. Whaley as his Eastern Shore Field Representative. Starting April 1, Ms. Whaley will represent the Senator in the eight counties on the Eastern Shore, work with constituents on federal issues, coordinate with local and state officials, and handle community outreach. Ms. Whaley served for 15 years as Sen. Paul Sarbanes' Eastern Shore represe… Continue Reading


March 28, 2007

CARDIN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR RED AND GREEN LINE PROJECTS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today the Maryland Transit Administration will receive $1,485,000 in funding to begin the planning process to build a Red and Green Transit line in the Baltimore region. The funding is the first installment of $105.3 million that was authorized for the two projects in SAFETEA-LU, the five-year transportation bill that was enacted into law in 2005. As currently propos… Continue Reading


March 27, 2007

SEN. CARDIN NAMES SOUTHERN MARYLAND FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin today announced that he has named Hammad S. Matin as his Southern Maryland Field Representative. Starting April 1, Mr. Matin will represent the Senator in Charles, St. Mary's and Calvert counties, work with constituents on federal issues, coordinate with local and state officials, and handle community outreach. Mr Matin served as Assistant State's Attorney for Charles Co… Continue Reading


March 23, 2007

CARDIN: FY08 BUDGET RESOLUTION MAKES HEALTH CARE A PRIORITY, BRINGS BACK FISCAL DISCIPLINE

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) asserted his strong support for the passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 Budget Resolution, noting its focus on health care funding and a return to fiscal discipline. The Budget Resolution passed the Senate today by a vote of 52-46. Sen. Cardin, a member of the Budget Committee, also secured language in the Budget Resolution to recognize the need for additional funding for communitie… Continue Reading


March 22, 2007

CARDIN: WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TESTIFY PUBLICLY, UNDER OATH, ON FIRINGS OF U.S. ATTORNEYS

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Judiciary Committee, today called on White House officials to testify publicly under oath before the committee on their involvement in the questionable firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. The Senator joined a bipartisan majority on the Judiciary Committee in voting to authorize Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to issue subpoenas to several officials, including White House … Continue Reading


March 21, 2007

HEARING ON VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE'S PERSPECTIVE ON GLOBAL WARMING

Madam Chair: Thank you for holding this hearing today. I want to welcome Vice President Gore to the Committee. I look forward to hearing his testimony. Vice President Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, has been enormously successful in raising public consciousness of global warming and the threat it presents to human society and the environment. As Clare Boothe Luce said, "No good deed goes unpunished." The documentary seems to have spawned an industry… Continue Reading


March 21, 2007

CARDIN SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO HELP HAGERSTOWN REGIONAL-RICHARD A. HENSON FIELD

Susan Sullam: 420-962-4436 Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today joined in introducing legislation that would extend a provision in the 2002 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization that could help sustain commercial air service to Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field, which is set to expire in Sept. 30, 2007. The extension would be for an additional five years until September 2012. The bill, S. 922, ensures that certain mileage … Continue Reading


March 20, 2007

CARDIN: BUSH ADMINISTRATION MUST FULLY EXPLAIN FIRINGS OF U.S. ATTORNEYS

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today demanded accountability from the Bush Administration for the questionable firings of eight U.S. Attorneys. Speaking on the Senate Floor, Sen. Cardin expressed outrage about reports that officials at the Justice Department, with guidance from the White House, may well have politicized the hiring and firing of U.S. Attorneys in an effor… Continue Reading


March 20, 2007

FLOOR STATEMENT ON S. 214, U.S. ATTORNEYS APPOINTMENT AUTHORITY

Mr. President, I rise in support of S. 214, the Preserving United States Attorney Independence Act of 2007. I am greatly troubled by the recent disclosure in the newspapers and to the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, that the Justice Department may well have politicized the hiring and firing of U.S. Attorneys, in an effort to interfere with pending public corruption cases. On March 6th we heard powerful testimony in the Committee from highly-regarded former U.S. Attorneys … Continue Reading


March 20, 2007

CARDIN: AMERICAN CONTRACTORS WHO COMMIT FRAUD AND WAR PROFITEERING IN IRAQ MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

Oren Shur: 202-224-4524 Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - At a Judiciary Committee hearing today, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) told the acting Inspector General for the Department of Defense that fraud and war profiteering by American contractors in Iraq will not be tolerated. Despite reports that billions of taxpayer dollars spent in Iraq have been lost or unaccounted for, the Department of Justice has done very little to prosecute the companies responsible. "It i… Continue Reading


March 16, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $271,083 FOR CALVERT COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad in Calvert County has been awarded a total of $271,083 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 respo… Continue Reading


March 15, 2007

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $175,000 GRANT TO HELP SALISBURY RESIDENTS BECOME HOMEOWNERS

Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin announced today that Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Service, Inc. will receive a $175,000 grant from the NeighborWorks network. The majority of the grant will be used for the Revolving Loan Fund to help families purchase a home. NeighborWorks is part of the Neighborhood Reinvestment, a non-profit organization created by Congress in 1978 to provide financial support, technical assistanc… Continue Reading


March 15, 2007

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $88,000 GRANT TO HELP BALTIMORE RESIDENTS BECOME HOMEOWNERS

Contact: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 or Oren Shur, 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin announced today that Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc. (NHS) will receive an $88,000 grant from the NeighorhoodWorks network. NHS will use the grant to help fund its Homeownership Preservation program, which provides pre- and post-counseling for low-income residents. NeighborWorks is part of the Neighborhood Reinvestment, a non-profit organization created by … Continue Reading

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