Ben Cardin en MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons <p>Senator Ben Cardin joined an unlikely ally, Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, to call for federal legislation that would allow ex-felons to vote in federal elections.</p><p>Paul’s legislation would allow those convicted of non-violent crimes to regain the right to vote while Cardin’s measure is much broader.</p><p>Cardin called this prohibition on voting rights for ex-felons, the Jim Crow laws of our time hitting the African American community especially hard.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:03 +0000 Don Rush 58246 at MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Another Request for Pfizer to Keep AstraZeneca Jobs in MD <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators and four of the state's eight representatives are urging drug maker Pfizer Inc. to make sure that its proposed merger with AstraZeneca PLC doesn't eliminate Maryland jobs.</p><p>They sent a letter Monday to Pfizer Chairman Ian Read, following a similar plea last week from the governors of Maryland and Delaware.</p><p>AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:26:32 +0000 Don Rush 54135 at Another Request for Pfizer to Keep AstraZeneca Jobs in MD MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration <p>CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - Officials say concerns about the sediment-filtering capacity of a dam on the lower Susquehanna River in northeast Maryland must be addressed in the broader context of trying to improve water quality efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.</p><p>Construction of the Conowingo Dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna toward the bay.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 12:59:21 +0000 Don Rush 53765 at MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration Senator Cardin Pushes Conservation Bill for Migratory Birds <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is pushing a conservation bill favoring the Baltimore oriole and other migratory birds.</p><p>The Maryland Democrat said Thursday that the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee approved his bill to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.</p><p>The act promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 350 bird species. Reauthorization would provide funding for the research.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:16:42 +0000 Don Rush 48957 at Senator Cardin Pushes Conservation Bill for Migratory Birds Senator Ben Cardin Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor <p>BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is endorsing Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.</p><p>Cardin announced his support for Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman on Monday in Baltimore.</p><p>The Democratic senator says Brown has worked to improve Maryland schools, reduce domestic violence and create jobs to strengthen the middle class.</p><p>Brown also has won endorsements from Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and four of Maryland's seven Democratic congressmen for their party's nomination.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:55:37 +0000 Don Rush 44887 at Senator Ben Cardin Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown <p>The district offices of Congressman Andy Harris have been closed and his district staff furloughed as the effect of the government shutdown begins to spread.</p><p>The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.</p><p>His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.</p><p>In a statement issued on Tuesday Harris blamed the President and Senate for the shutdown calling the Affordable Care Act a disaster that will cripple the Maryland economy.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:29:05 +0000 Don Rush 42224 at Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown Delmarva Democratic Delegation Lining up Behind the President on Syria <p>President Obama's address last night found Senator Ben Cardin pleased with his performance noting that Obama showed no signs of pushing for immediate action.</p><p>Cardin voted to for the resolution approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing military action.</p><p>Meanwhile, even before the President’s address his fellow Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski&nbsp; announced that she will support the President’s request to authorize air strikes against Syria.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:05:06 +0000 Don Rush 40947 at Delmarva Democratic Delegation Lining up Behind the President on Syria Syrian Intervention Resolution Gets Backing of Delmarva Senators <p><strong>Senator&nbsp; Ben Cardin </strong></p><p>Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin cast his vote for a resolution that would limit an air strike against Syria from 60 to 90 days.</p><p>It was approved by the Senator Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-to-7 vote yesterday.</p><p>In addition, the measure would narrow the conflict to Syria’s borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil.</p><p>Cardin pointed out that unlike Iraq there was clear evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill more than 1-thousand people.</p><p><strong>Senator Chris Coons </strong></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:56:19 +0000 Don Rush 40606 at Syrian Intervention Resolution Gets Backing of Delmarva Senators Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike <p>Senator Ben Cardin told Secretary of State John Kerry at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing yesterday that he supports the president's objective in Syria.</p><p>However, the Maryland Democrat added that the believed the military response should be limited.</p><p>He noted that the White House resolution language does not close the foor on the use of U.S. troops on the ground.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:53:43 +0000 Don Rush 40537 at Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike Senator Cardin: Budget Cuts at NRC <p>ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about budget cuts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.</p><p>The senator will be visiting the commission on Monday.</p><p>Cardin says that because of the budget battle in Washington, the NRC has seen a $52 million cut in its fiscal year 2013 budget.</p><p>The Maryland Democrat says lawmakers need to come up with a realistic budget before the nation faces even more dire cuts in the next fiscal year.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:02:51 +0000 Don Rush 40038 at Senator Cardin: Budget Cuts at NRC Cardin Calls for Upgrading Nation's Water Systems <p>Water main breaks and sewer system backups are all too common in the state of Maryland.</p><p>And, it’s junior senator Ben Cardin said its time to do something about the nation’s aging water systems.</p><p>Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:10:37 +0000 Don Rush 39471 at Cardin Calls for Upgrading Nation's Water Systems Federal Money to Help Storm Ravaged Communities in Maryland <p></p><p>Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced an $8.6 million federal grant to help communities in the state recover from Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>The Maryland Democrats said the money would come from the community Development Block Grant program.</p><p>The funds were included in the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill passed last month in the Senate to help restore infrastructure and housing in communities hardest hit by the storm.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:00:43 +0000 Don Rush 28714 at Federal Money to Help Storm Ravaged Communities in Maryland Senator Cardin Tours Storm Damage in Somerset County <P>Senator Ben Cardin told the residents of Somerset County yesterday that they will not be forgotten in the wake of damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.&nbsp;</P> <P>The Federal Emergency Management Agency had initially denied certain funds for the area but reversed its decision with the president declaring the County a major disaster area.</P> <P>The Maryland Democrat toured the community yesterday and told the County Commissioners…what happened in Somerset County has changed the way disaster assistance is handled.</P> <P>He said that damage must be judged by what has occurred in that Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:54:09 +0000 Don Rush 27339 at Senator Cardin Tours Storm Damage in Somerset County MD General Assembly Set To Begin Session <P>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democratic members of Congress will gather with state legislators for their 15th annual lunch on the eve of the General Assembly's legislative session.</P> <P>The lunch is being held in Annapolis on Tuesday.</P> <P>Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are scheduled to attend. Most of Maryland's seven Democratic House members also are scheduled to attend.</P> <P>Gov. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:55:20 +0000 Don Rush 27148 at Maryland Senators Voice Concern Over Storm Aid <P><STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG>Hearing on Damage From Hurricane Sandy </STRONG></P> <P>Maryland officials told a hearing of the Senate subcommittee on Homeland Security of the in Washington yesterday that they were determined to get federal aid for individual hit by Hurricane Sandy, especially for those on the Lower Shore.</P> <P>Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, senior member of the Appropriations Committee said, "When you talk about rural people whose incomes depend on either commercial fishing or on agriculture, &nbsp;they are ric Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:50:14 +0000 Don Rush 25696 at Maryland Senators Voice Concern Over Storm Aid $78,000 FAA Grant for Crisfield Airport <P>The City of Crisfield and Somerset County have been awarded over $78-thousand in Federal Aviation Money to update the Crisfield Municipal Airport’s master plan.</P> <P>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the announcement by Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin will go toward upgrading operations and improving safety.</P> <P>The first phase will use aerial reconnaissance to ensure there are no obstructions around the facility that would pose a danger to aircraft.</P> <P>In addition, an environmental assessment will be made of the airport and its impact and its neighbors.</ Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:41:00 +0000 Don Rush 21000 at $78,000 FAA Grant for Crisfield Airport Money Available for Airport Expansion on Eastern Shore <P>WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Eastern Shore airports have been awarded grants for safety and environmental assessments.</P> <P>Ocean City Municipal Airport received a $54,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant to study moving existing instrument landing system localizers to meet federal safety standards.&nbsp;</P> <P>Bay Bridge Airport received an&nbsp;FAA grant of $150,000 for an environmental assessment to remove obstructions from the runway.</P> <P>The grants were announced Friday by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.</P> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 19:18:05 +0000 Don Rush 20152 at Money Available for Airport Expansion on Eastern Shore $22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration <P>BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.</P> <P>Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says the 41 projects will reduce runoff of sediment as well as sewage, fertilizer and other pollution that feeds harmful algae blooms in the bay. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:38:50 +0000 Don Rush 19606 at $22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration $500,000 Grant For Geoscience at UMES <P>WASHINGTON (AP) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been awarded a $500,000 grant from National Science Foundation to help prepare students for science jobs.</P> <P>The grant was announced by Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin on Wednesday. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:27:05 +0000 Don Rush 19536 at $500,000 Grant For Geoscience at UMES Senator Cardin On Chesapeake Bay Restoration at MACo <p>OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be in Ocean City this week discussing Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.</p><p>The Maryland lawmaker says he plans to participate in a panel discussion on Thursday at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference. The panel will discuss local and federal support for efforts to restore the bay. Shawn Garvin, the mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also scheduled to participate on the panel.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:05:33 +0000 Don Rush 18914 at Senator Cardin On Chesapeake Bay Restoration at MACo Poultry Industry Calls for Easing EPA's Ethanol Corn Requirement <p>National poultry organizations are asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to ease up on the requirement that 40 percent of the corn crop go to ethanol production.</p><p>The request comes amidst a drought that has &ndash; in some cases &ndash; virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.</p><p>On Monday, the National Chicken Council handed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a petition asking for a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standards regulations for the next year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:18:24 +0000 Don Rush 17916 at Senator Cardin at Hearing on Climate Change <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin is scheduled to take part in a hearing on climate change.</p><p>The hearing in Washington on Wednesday is being held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.</p><p>Cardin, a Democrat, says he will co-chair the second panel at the hearing. That panel will include Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources John Griffin.</p><p>Griffin is scheduled to talk about efforts that are needed and projects that are already underway to protect communities.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:46:28 +0000 Don Rush 17911 at Salisbury Gets $1 Million Grant for More Firefighters <p>The Salisbury Fire Department will get $1 million in federal funding to hire 12 more firefighters.</p><p>The grant comes from the US Department of Homeland Security.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that because of the economy over the last four years two of the city&rsquo;s three stations have not been able to hire the firefighters necessary for a full staff.</p><p>Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) said with threats ranging from natural disasters to possible terrorist threats&hellip;communities cannot shoulder the burden alone.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:55:03 +0000 Don Rush 17605 at Party Lines Divide Delmarva Politicians on Court's Health Care Decision <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delmarva Congressional members split along party lines over the US Supreme Court&#39;s decision to uphold&nbsp;the&nbsp;President&#39;s Affordable Health Care Act.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Senator Ben Cardin (d-MD)&nbsp;and&nbsp;Senator Tom Carper (d-DE)&nbsp;hailed the decision, while&nbsp;Rep.&nbsp;Andy Harris&nbsp;(r-MD)&nbsp;said it would hurt the President&#39;s&nbsp;re-election chances.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delmarva Public Radio&#39;s Jamyla&nbsp;Krempel&nbsp;prepared this report.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:41:24 +0000 Don Rush 15880 at Senator Ben Cardin Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care <p>Senator Ben Cardin hailed today Supreme Court decision upholding the president&rsquo;s Health Care Reform Acting calling it a win for the American people and the future of the health care system. &nbsp;</p><p>He said that this paves the way for everyone to have access to affordable,&nbsp;quality care and protect against abusive practices by the insurance industry.</p><p>The Maryland Democrat said the measure would extend coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured and improve Medicare coverage for nearly 50 million people.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:36:24 +0000 Don Rush 15808 at Insurance Programs for Poultry Industry Weighed in Washington <p>Senator Chris Coons is co-sponsoring legislation that would establish two studies looking at the need for insurance programs to protect poultry growers from disease outbreaks or bankruptcies of poultry companies.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his Delaware Colleague Tom Carper and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski&nbsp; have joined him in backing the measure.</p><p>But Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is still mulling over whether to support the amendment to the Farm bill.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:47:49 +0000 Don Rush 15174 at Democrats at Odds Over Easton Mail Processing Plant <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Senator Barbara Mikulski has put a hold on postal reform legislation just as it was to be voted on next week.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Maryland Democrat complained that there was a lack of transparency and public input into the Postal Service decision to shut down the Easton mail processing plant that employs 127 people.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:22:48 +0000 Don Rush 10103 at Row Between Democrats Over Proposed Shutdown of Easton Mail Processing Center <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Maryland&rsquo;s Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are now expressing their outrage at the decision to shut down the mail processing center in Easton and moving the operation to Hares Corner near New Castle in Delaware.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Democratic Senators said it was their understanding that the Easton operation would move to the Baltimore plant.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:36:00 +0000 Don Rush 10004 at