Press Releases & Statements

July 03, 2007

CARDIN DENOUNCES PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO COMMUTE LIBBY'S PRISON SENTENCE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today denounced the President's decision to commute the prison sentence of the former Chief of Staff to the Vice President, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, calling it a "travesty that sends the message that the White House and its employees are above the law and do not have to face the consequences of their illegal actions."   The… Continue Reading


July 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND TEAM MARYLAND ANNOUNCE $4 MILLION FOR STATE WORKFORCE TO PREPARE FOR BRAC IMPLEMENTATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski today announced that the "Team Maryland" colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have secured $4 million in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Labor to help prepare the state workforce for the implementation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's (BRAC) recommendations.   The money was administered through a Workforce Investment Act National Emergency Grant. … Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

CARDIN CONDEMNS WHITE HOUSE FOR REFUSING TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH INFORMATION ON FIRINGS OF U.S. ATTORNEYS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today condemned the White House for its decision not to honor five subpoenas issued by Congress in the firings of the eight U.S. Attorneys.   The Senate and House Judiciary Committee's have issued five subpoenas for information related to the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys in 2006.    The subpoenas also were for the… Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4.8 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES AND GANG MEMBERSHIP

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today announced that the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPS) will receive $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reduce dropout rates and involvement in gang activities.   The funds will be used over a two-year period for a variety of educational and employment programs designed to reduce dropout rates and reduce gang in… Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN'S RESPONSE TO THE FAILURE OF THE SENATE TO ADVANCE BORDER SECURITY/IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin issued the following statement today regarding Senate action on immigration legislation:   "I disagreed with many provisions in the Senate bill, but I voted to move the process forward.  All sides agree that our border security system and immigration system are broken today.  The Senate should have had the opportunity to keep working on a tough, fair, and pr… Continue Reading


June 27, 2007

PROTECTING WATER QUALITY ON AMERICA'S BEACHES

Mister Chairman: Thank you for holding this hearing today.   We have a number of important witnesses to hear from, so I will keep my opening statement brief.     This hearing is especially timely.   Today the high temperatures in Maryland are expected to be in the 90s.   The sun is out.   School children are on summer vacation.   For many Marylanders, that mea… Continue Reading


June 25, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.2 MILLION IN ONGOING FIGHT TO BRING BROADBAND TO EASTERN SHORE

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE $3.2 MILLION IN ONGOING FIGHT TO BRING BROADBAND TO EASTERN SHORE   WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced $3.2 million in federal funding for the Maryland Broadband Cooperative to help bring high-speed internet access to the Eastern Shore businesses.   The money was administered through a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. … Continue Reading


June 25, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN AND CONGRESSMEN HOYER AND JOHNSON INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO HONOR AMERICAN VETERANS WHO SERVED IN KOREAN WAR

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436       WASHINGTON -On the 57 th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX)  today introduced bipartisan legislation to grant a federal charter to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), a non-profit fraternal veterans' organization.     … Continue Reading


June 22, 2007

CARDIN GOAL OF ENERGY INDEPENDENCE INCLUDED IN SENATE-PASSED ENERGY BILL

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today praised Senate passage of the CLEAN Energy Act , calling the legislation "an Apollo-like commitment to make our nation energy independent and to wean Americans from their dependence on foreign oil."     The Senate bill included two amendments proposed by Senator Cardin.   The first would create a bipartisan National Commission on Energy Independence to … Continue Reading


June 21, 2007

CARDIN DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED BY PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO VETO STEM CELL RESEARCH BILL

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today issued the following statement in response to President George W. Bush's veto of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007:   "Embryonic stem cell research holds the potential to help millions of Americans who have debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and diabetes.   I am extremely disappointed that President Bush has chosen once again to veto this  bipar… Continue Reading


June 21, 2007

GUANTANAMO: IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. HUMAN RIGHTS LEADERSHIP

Mr. Chairman, I commend you for convening this important hearing.  As you have rightly noted, the credibility of the United States demands that we answer our critics when they raise human right issues with us, just as we hope representatives of other countries will respond seriously and substantively when we raise concerns with them. The fact is, in all the years that I have served as a member of the Helsinki Commission, there is no other concern that has been raised with the United State… Continue Reading


June 21, 2007

ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE LESLIE SOUTHWICK

            Mr. Chairman, this is the first controversial judicial nomination I will consider as a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.                 One of the most solemn obligations for a United States Senator under our Constitution is to vote on a nominee for a federal judgeship.   The President has the power to appoint judges by and with the "advice and consent" of the Senate under Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution.   Only f… Continue Reading


June 21, 2007

CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION OVERSIGHT

I thank Chairman Leahy and Senator Kennedy for asking me to chair this hearing today. It is fitting that we hold this hearing today, as we approach the 50 th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which created the Civil Rights Division.   This was the first civil rights legislation enacted in the United States since Reconstruction.   This hearing is also part of the Committee's ongoing investigation of the firing of U.S. Attorneys for improper … Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN NAMES WESTERN MARYLAND FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today announced that he has named Robin Summerfield as his Western Maryland Representative. Starting on July 9, Mr. Summerfield will represent the Senator in Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, work with constituents on federal issues, coordinate with local and state officials, and handle community outreach. Mr. Summerfield, a resident of Allegany County and a graduate of Frostburg State Un… Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

STATEMENT ON LNG AMENDMENT #1610 TO H.R. 6

Mr./Madam President: The amendment I am introducing with Senators Mikulski, Snowe, Dodd, Kerry, Reed, Kennedy, Whitehouse, Boxer and Lieberman would restore the authority of State and local governments to protect the environment and ensure public safety with respect to the siting of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals within their States.  This measure simply gives our States a say in whether these kinds of facilities should be built within their boundaries and, if so, their exact locat… Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR ADDITIONAL CONSERVATION RESOURCES FOR CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED FARMERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin J. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today urged the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to include their legislative proposal to dramatically boost federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort as they draft the upcoming multi-year agriculture reauthorization bill (Farm Bill).   In a letter to Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the Senators outlined their priorities as drafted i… Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

CARDIN EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT ON FAILURE OF SENATE TO INCLUDE LNG PROVISION IN ENERGY BILL

Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin expressed disappointment that the Senate failed to include a provision in the energy bill that would restore the authority of state and local governments in decisions concerning the location and construction of new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals.    In Maryland, the AES Sparrows Point LNG, LLC and Mid-Atlantic Express, LLC have proposed building a new terminal near a densely-populated area of Baltimore… Continue Reading


June 20, 2007

CARDIN TO CHAIR JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON ADMINISTRATION'S CIVIL RIGHTS PRACTICES

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will chair an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and its performance in enforcing anti-discrimination statutes enacted by Congress, including laws relating to voting rights, civil rights, housing, and employment.   As part of the committee's ongoing investigation of the firing of U.S. Attorneys for improper reasons, the hearing also will examine … Continue Reading


June 18, 2007

CARDIN INTRODUCES AMENDMENTS TO ENERGY BILL, CALLS FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE BY 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today introduced two amendments to the CLEAN Energy Act (H.R. 6).  The first amendment would create a National Commission on Energy Independence to ensure that all but 10 percent of the energy needs of the United States are supplied by domestic energy sources by the year 2017.  The second would restore authority to state and local governments in decisions on siting and construction of new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals within their j… Continue Reading


June 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO IMPROVE WESTERN MARYLAND HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $310,240 for two projects that will fund important projects in Western Maryland. The grants will extend a local access road in Oakland, Md., that leads to the Garrett County Health Department and a future health care center, and upgrade equipment at Hagerstown Community College's Nursing and Allied Health Education and Traini… Continue Reading

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