Press Releases & Statements

July 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud ARC Grant to Study Likely Impacts of Expanded Fracking for Oil Shale in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) today applauded the recent announcement by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) of a $37,500 grant to the Garrett County Board of County Commissioners for a project to improve the understanding of potential impacts related to natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale formation. The ARC grant, which will be matched by an equal amount of local funding, will explore possible detriments to tourism, property values an… Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Cardin Lauds Senate Passage of Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate voted with an overwhelming bipartisan majority to approve S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that was first passed by Congress 50 years ago. The vote was 81-17. "Ensuring access to a high-quality education is one of the most important duties of government. The last comprehensive … Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Cardin, Corker Urge President Obama to Postpone United Nations Vote on Iran Deal Until Congress Considers the Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter to President Barack Obama today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the administration to postpone a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran deal until Congress considers the agreement. The mandatory 60-day congressional review period does not begin until all documents associated with an agreement are submitted to Congress, along with assessments on compl… Continue Reading


July 16, 2015

Cardin Statement on Nomination of Assistant Secretary Roberta Jacobson to Serve as Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Assistant Secretary of State Robert Jacobson to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. "As the United States' top diplomat for Latin America and the Caribbean, Assistant Secretary Jacobson has played an important role in strengthening our bilateral relationship with Mexico, and advancing our shared economic and security interests. I support … Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes Announce New Opportunity to Bridge Baltimore’s Digital Divide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), announced that Baltimore will be one of 28 communities selected to participate in ConnectHome, a new initiative established by the Obama Administration to provide access to the Internet for low-income families. Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing the City of Baltimore, the new project coordinated by the… Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $500,000 In Federal Funds To Purchase Lifesaving Firefighting Equipment In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ben Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) will receive $500,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) to purchase updated equipment to protect its fire service instructors and students during training exercises, and to ensure MFRI students learn to use the most current technology to respond to emergencies. "Providi… Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $18,715 In Federal Funds to Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department (RVFD) will receive $18,715 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) to purchase personal escape equipment. "When others are running away from danger, the men and women of the Prince George's County Fire Department are running towards it," said Senator Cardin. "I am proud to fight f… Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce $575,000 In Federal Funding For Interoperable Communications In Frederick County

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 and Services will receive $575,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase portable radios for interoperable communications. "Our first responders need the right resources at the ready to protect them as … Continue Reading


July 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $20,000 In Federal Funds To Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company In Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company, Inc., (MRVARC) will receive $20,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG) to purchase a new gear washer and dryer to remove harmful carcinogens and bodily fluids from personal protective gear. "Our first responders and their families deserve the peace of mind that co… Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Cardin Hosts Town Hall with Employees at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

WEST BETHESDA, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently joined the employees of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division for a wide-ranging, town hall-style meeting that explored topics of particular concern to federal employees and contractors. Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, opened the exchange with an update on the OPM federal employee data breach and the RECOVER Act, which he has introduced better protect those affected by the br… Continue Reading


July 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: "It is in America's national security interest that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. Congress has an obligation to vigorously and judiciously review the deal announced today with a seriousness of purpose. Negotiators have spent painstaking time and untold effort working on this accord. Congress in turn mu… Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Maryland Delegation Ask President Obama To Reconsider Decision To Deny Baltimore Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Obama in support of Governor Hogan's appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to deny a major disaster declaration for the City of Baltimore following recent unrest after the tragic death of Freddie Gray. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through FEMA… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Resignation of OPM Director Archuleta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the resignation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta. Yesterday, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, S. 1746, the RECOVER Act (Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM Victims Emergency Response Act of 2015), to better protect federal employees, contractors and all those impacted by the two recent data breaches that affected close to 2… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin Statement Observing the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide at Srebrenica

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. "This July, we solemnly mark the 20th anniversary of the worst crime against humanity committed on European soil since the Second World War. The 19… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer Write Veterans Affairs Secretary Expressing Concern, Urging Action Regarding Impending Closure of Greenbelt VA Clinic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), have sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald expressing their concern over the forthcoming closure of the Greenbelt, Md., Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in northern Prince George's County. The space that houses the VA-leased clinic will be sold by the private owner at the end of September 2015. The VA has yet to find a suitable replacement CBOC in t… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine Call for Stronger Protections for the Millions Affected by the Recent OPM Data Breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to better protect federal workers and all those potentially affected by the recent cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data system. Outraged by the expanse of the breach, the senators found the response by OPM to be severely lacking in the duration and extent of coverage for those who had their most sensitive informatio… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Edwards Announce More Than $7 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 52 Firefighters In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Donna F. Edwards (all D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department will receive $7,072,520 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 52 full time firefighter positions for two years including training and full be… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Federal Funds to Boost Commerce in Grantsville

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $25,000 to the Town of Grantsville, in Garrett County, for the Grantsville Revitalization Plan and Agricultural Village Study project. The funds will be used to coordinate several disparate existing plans into a cohesive and actionable economic development strategy for the future. "I was in Gra… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Cardin, Bipartisan Senators Call On President Of Azerbaijan To Halt Human Rights Abuses, Respect Freedom Of The Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 15 Republican and Democratic senators calling on President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to immediately halt human rights abuses, respect the freedom of the press, and allow the reopening of Radio Free Europe. "Over the past year, numerous human rights organizations have continuously raised concerns that there appears to be a systematic crackdown on human rights and inde… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Cardin, Thune Submit Business Income Tax Working Group Report to Finance Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee's Business Income Tax Working Group, today submitted the working group's report to the full committee. The report, developed with the input of the fourteen members of the working group, represents the culmination of a months-long examination of business tax issues in an effort to evaluate the challenges and opportunities posed by reforming America's business income tax system. Ear… Continue Reading

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