Press Release

January 3, 2013
Cardin Sworn In To U.S. Senate For New, Six-Year Term

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WASHINGTON — U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was sworn into the U.S. Senate for a new, six-year term beginning with the 113th Congress.  At a reception for his friends and supporters, the Senator said that his top priorities in the new term include creating high-tech jobs, investing in clean energy, restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, passing comprehensive immigration reform and advancing human and civil rights issues. 

“We have much to accomplish in this Congress, and I have learned that can get things done if we work together — across party lines — to pass legislation that is important to middle-class Americans.

 The Senator stressed the need to stop the gridlock that has at times paralyzed the Senate. “I am working with my colleagues to change the rules and procedures of the Senate so that we bring more bills to the floor and complete the work that the American people have sent us to Washington to do. 

“Gridlock does not create jobs, it does not improve our schools and it does not clean the air we breathe or the water we drink.  We are public servants and we were sent here to do a job, and I am committed to getting the work of the American people done.”