Press Releases & Statements

August 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce More Than $6.3 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 40 Firefighters For Frederick County Division Of Fire & Rescue Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services will receive $6,339,748 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 41 full time firefighter positions for two years, including training and full benefits. These new hires w… Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce More Than $1.4 Million in Federal Funds For National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ben Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Delaney today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg, Md., has been awarded a $1,428,572 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to continue its online learning and distance education program, Everyone Goes Home. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters.… Continue Reading


August 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Relay Employees’ Shock, Request Urgent Hearings on Major Cost Increases for Long-Term Care Insurance for Federal Workers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have written to the leadership of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to convey the shock and anger of federal employees who have been informed of a dramatic increase in their premiums for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. The senators also called on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to hold hearings on the issues as soon as Congress returns to session in early Septemb… Continue Reading


August 20, 2016

Cardin Condemns Conviction Of Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Saturday after thirteen Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were sentenced to prison: "I was dismayed to learn of the jailing by a Mauritanian tribunal of members of the Resurgence of Abolitionist Movement, the largest anti-slavery organization in Mauritania. The tribunal's verdict and sentencing of these activists, who have been fighting to eliminate the great s… Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

Cardin Statement On World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday in honor of World Humanitarian Day:"Today, on World Humanitarian Day, I recognize and honor those who courageously provide aid to the millions whose lives have been torn apart by conflict or disaster. Their work often comes at great personal risk, as they endure the threat of injury, abduction, harassment, rape, arrest, and even death. In 2015, we witnessed… Continue Reading


August 18, 2016

Cardin Lauds Army Corps of Engineers for Reinstating Aquaculture Permit to Boost the World's Greatest Oysters

Ocean City, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement strongly applauding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore) decision to reinstate the suspended 2012 Nationwide Permit #48 with revised regional conditions for new and existing commercial shellfish aquaculture activities in Maryland tidal waters. Senator Cardin has ‎met extensively with oyster growers from throughout the state and advoca… Continue Reading


August 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on Humanitarian Situation in Aleppo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of The Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement Thursday regarding the dire humanitarian situation of the people in Aleppo, Syria: "I am appalled by the ongoing suffering and humanitarian devastation in Aleppo. Despite the commitments contained in the Cessation of Hostilities agreement and contrary to established international principles, humanitarian … Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For Howard County Following Deadly Flooding In Ellicott City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.), together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today in a letter to President Obama expressed their strong support for Governor Larry Hogan's request for a federal Disaster Declaration for Howard County after the deadly and devastating flooding in Ellicott City. "W… Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Cardin Statement On Approval Of U.N. Peacekeeping Mission In South Sudan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the United Nations Security Council's approval of a stabilization force for the UN peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). "I welcome the authorization of a regional security force to stabilize the capital, Juba," said Senator Cardin. "This regional force, as part of UNMISS, must prioritize the protection of civilians. I urge swift deployment of the … Continue Reading


August 11, 2016

Cardin Statement on Apartment Explosion in Silver Spring

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to an explosion at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md., that caused at least two fatalities, multiple casualties and the displacement of over a hundred residents. "My heart goes out to the families who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy in Montgomery County. While there is still much we do not know at this time, we do know that the needs of those displaced by the explosion will be great. I tha… Continue Reading


August 11, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce More Than $5.8 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 40 Firefighters For Baltimore City Fire Department

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the Baltimore City Fire Department will receive $5,810,800 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 40 full time firefighter positions for two years, including training and full benefits. These new hires will replace 40 positions lost thr… Continue Reading


August 10, 2016

Cardin Applauds SBA Disaster Declaration after Fatal Flooding in Ellicott City

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, released the following statement applauding the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of a formal disaster declaration following the recent devastating flooding in historic Ellicott City. This declaration will allow homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the epic storms and resultant flood waters to apply for Economic Injury Disaster L… Continue Reading


August 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on Department of Justice Report on Baltimore Police Practices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168), the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056) and the BALTIMORE Act (S. 1610, "Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality), issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) release of its pattern-or-practice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). "Today's disturbing report from the U.S. Department of J… Continue Reading


August 09, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Small Business Administration to Support Request For Physical Disaster Declaration For Howard County

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md. ), together with U. S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today sent a letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging her to approve Governor Larry Hogan's request for a physical disaster declaration for Howard County after recent devastating floo… Continue Reading


August 09, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for St. Mary’s Regional Airport to Boost Efficiency, Capacity

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that St. Mary's County, Md., has been awarded a $1,326,093 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund ongoing efforts to extend Runway 11/29 at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport (2W6). St. Mary's Airport is located approximately four miles northeast of Leonardtown. The public airport helps meet local aviation needs and serves as a base of operat… Continue Reading


August 04, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Tipton Airport Authority has been awarded an $834,462 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate the existing runway apron. Tipton Airport (FME) is a 350-acre facility located in Anne Arundel County. "Conveniently located bet… Continue Reading


August 04, 2016

As More Americans Become Infected, Cardin, Mikulski Urge Republican Leadership to Immediately Call Congress Back into Session to Pass a Clean, Bipartisan Funding Bill to Fight Zika

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Democrats released a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging the Republican leaders to immediately call Congress back into session to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. Since Republican leaders shuttered both chambers of Congress for a seven-week recess - the longest in 60 years - without passing legislation to help stem the spread of the virus, the crisis has become exponentially worse… Continue Reading


August 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Fatal Flooding in Ellicott City

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the deadly flooding in Ellicott City. He will join Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman at an information session Monday evening to talk with residents and help compile a request for federal disaster assistance. Senator Cardin and Executive Kittleman also plan to visit affected businesses in Ellicott City Tuesday. Senator Cardin: "Maryl… Continue Reading


July 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $1.9 Million in Federal Funding to Hire 12 Firefighters for City Of Annapolis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Annapolis Fire Department will receive $1,853,916 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 12 full time firefighter positions for two years including training and full benefits. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator… Continue Reading


July 27, 2016

Cardin Statement on Decision to Drop Remaining Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray Case

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the decision announced today by the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City to drop the remaining criminal charges against the Baltimore City Police officers in the Freddie Gray case. "I respect the surely difficult decision of the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City to drop the remaining charges against the Baltimore City Police officers in the case of Freddie Gray. Knowing when to end … Continue Reading

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