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10:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Naval Academy Gets Cybersecurity Money


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski says the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress includes $120 million to build a cybersecurity center at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mikulski said in a news release Thursday that the bill, signed this week by President Obama, provides funding for a Center for Cyber Security Studies.

The Naval Academy is implementing a new cyber warfare curriculum and a cyber major.

The planned center will include a multi-story academic building with classroom and research labs, offices and lecture halls.

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8:52 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Officials Tour Damaged Launch Pad at Wallops Flight Facility


WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Despite a massive explosion in October, authorities say a state-owned launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility should be repaired and ready for testing late next year.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Oct. 28. The rocket was carrying a cargo ship was bound for the International Space Station.

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9:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

$20 Million for Wallops Repair in House Spending Bill

Rocket explodes at Wallops Flight Facility just minutes after liftoff for International Space Station

The last minute spending bill approved by the House of Representatives last night included $20 million in funding to help in the repair of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility that was damaged during the explosion of an Antares rocket just after liftoff this year.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kane announced that the money is contained in the bill that will now be considered by the Senate.

The two Virginia Democrats calls the Wallops Facility a key asset to the state that they expect will continue to play a role in NASA and space exploration.

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12:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Former Workers At Bethlehem Steel Mill Honored

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SPARROWS POINT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators are leading a group of officials in honoring former steelworkers at Sparrows Point near Baltimore.

Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are among the officials scheduled to speak at the event Monday.

The ceremony honors the legacy of those who worked at the old Bethlehem Steel mill site as a new owner strives to clean up and redevelop the area.

Sparrows Point Terminal LLC signed an agreement with the state in September to clear the way for redevelopment.

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8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

MD Senators Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

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Maryland’s two senators voted against the Keystone XL pipeline this week when it failed to get the 60 votes required to close debate in the Senate.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin joined 37 other Democrats and two independents in opposition to the legislation that would have given the green light to construct the 17-hundred mile project.

The pipeline would bring the controversial Canadian tar sands oil to Texas.

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7:59 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sadness & Support from Officials to Explosion at Wallops

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Reaction from elected officials to the rocket explosion at Wallops Island was one of sadness but also support for the private space venture.

Maryland’s Senior Senator Barbara Mikulski said that despite the disaster she remains a strong supporter of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.

She said she was thankful that no one was hurt this week and that the explosion reminds us that rocketry is still hard.

The Antares rocket was carrying 5-thousand pounds of cargo to resupply the International Space Station.

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8:21 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Bay Hormone Pollution Study Gets Federal Funding

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland researchers are getting federal funds to study the concentration and effects of hormone pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin said Tuesday the $238,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey could help deepen understanding of the phenomenon of intersex fish. Those are fish with both male and female sexual characteristics that have been found in bay tributaries including the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers.

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8:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Vice President Biden Attends Saturday Star-Spangled Banner Event

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore.

The National Park Service says the vice president is scheduled to attend the event on Saturday. It is being held at the Fort McHenry National Monument to observe the bicentennial of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also is scheduled to attend, along local and federal officials.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to be at the event, as well as Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

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1:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Mikulski Urged to Withdraw Language Delaying Wind Farm

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Maryland lawmakers, environmental groups and wind energy advocates called on Senator Barbara Mikulski to pull non-binding language in the Defense spending bill that would delay the wind turbine project in Somerset County.

The provision calls on the Navy not to sign onto any agreement to develop the wind farms until the second phase of an MIT study is completed on the impact of the turbines on the Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Mikulski Amendment Could Delay Somerset Wind Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A proposal to build a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River could still be delayed until a study is complete, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would have created a similar delay.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has included an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require the Navy-commissioned study to be completed to further evaluate how radar use at the base could be affected by the wind turbines.

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8:36 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Funding For Cybersecurity Building at US Naval Academy up in Senate Soon

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says a Senate vote on $120 million for a new building for cybersecurity training at the U. S. Naval Academy could be three weeks away.

Mikulski told member of the academy's Board of Visitors Monday that there is "tremendous support" for the building to help best prepare future Navy leaders in cybersercuity. The House of Representatives would need to concur with the provision.

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7:44 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Last MD Vet of Puerto Rican Unit in US Military Honored

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A 96-year-old Korean War veteran is being recognized as Maryland's last living member of a segregated, Spanish-speaking U.S. Army unit nicknamed the Borinqueneers (bor-INK'-wen-eers).

Sen. Barbara Mikulski is among those paying tribute Monday in Baltimore to Leonardo Martinez of Odenton.

The Maryland Democrat co-sponsored a resolution awarding the unit a Congressional Gold Medal. The measure passed both houses of Congress and is awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.

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8:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cybersecurity Roundtable to Expand Industry in Maryland


HANOVER, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Gov. Martin O'Malley are attending the launch in Hanover of the Maryland Cybersecurity Roundtable, aimed at expanding the state's computer security industry.

Thursday's event is the first meeting of the industry-led group. It springs from a state panel's recommendation last year for capitalizing on the federal government agencies and military installations that play a big role in the state's economy.

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8:26 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Another Request for Pfizer to Keep AstraZeneca Jobs in MD

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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.

They sent a letter Monday to Pfizer Chairman Ian Read, following a similar plea last week from the governors of Maryland and Delaware.

AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

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2:38 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Delay in Somerset Wind Project Heads to MD Senate Floor


A measure that would delay a wind turbine project in Somerset County by 15 months has made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.

The delay would allow for the results of a $2 million study on the impact of the project on radar at U.S. Naval Air Station on the Patuxent River.

In addition, the measure would limit the height of wind turbines at varying distances at varying distances from the naval base.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Eastern Shore Democrat Jim Mathias voted no saying the issues could be dealt with through existing state and federal laws.

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11:20 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris Votes Aye on Trillion Dollar Spending Bill

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Congressman Andy Harris voted for a fiscal 2014 spending bill that would provide just over $1 trillion in federal government money after opposing a similar measure that he said did not emphasize savings.

The measure passed the house on a vote of 359-to67.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that while the Eastern Shore Republican believes the spending caps are still too high he said in a statement that the measure preserved many of his fiscally conservative goals.

Harris was one of nine Republican who voted against the budget deal but then supported the spending bill.

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8:37 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Crisfield City Dock

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Senator Barbara Mikulski was on hand for the dedication of the new City Dock in Crisfield which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy a year ago.

Mayor Percy Purnell told the gathering that he was cutting the ribbon on the dock, which he said the city desperately needs to kick start town's economic recovery.

The 30-year old City Dock had been scheduled for repairs when the storm hit.

Meanwhile, Mikulski called the dock the symbol and the reality of economic development and revitalization.

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11:45 am
Mon October 28, 2013

More Federal Money for Maryland Communities Hit by Superstorm Sandy

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $19 million in aid to Maryland communities hit by Superstorm Sandy.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown  announced the funding through the Community Development Block Grant program this morning in Easton.

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12:44 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

One Maryland Broadband Network Completed

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials announced the completion of the One Maryland Broadband Network.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman made the announcement today at Kent Island High School.

The broadband network project connects more than 1,066 community anchor institutions. Those include schools, police facilities, libraries, colleges and universities with 1,321 new miles of fiber.

The project has been a partnership among federal, state and local communities.

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8:53 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Top MD Democrat Endorses Brown Bid for Governor

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski is endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to be the next governor of Maryland.

At a campaign rally Sunday in Silver Spring, Mikulski announced her support for Brown, a Democrat, and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for lieutenant governor.

Mikulski cited her work with Brown to improve health care, reduce domestic violence and to spur job creation. In a statement released by the campaign, Mikulski says Brown is honorable, patriotic and willing to tackle tough issues.

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10:05 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Delmarva Democratic Delegation Lining up Behind the President on Syria

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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.

Cardin voted to for the resolution approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee authorizing military action.

Meanwhile, even before the President’s address his fellow Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski  announced that she will support the President’s request to authorize air strikes against Syria.

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12:08 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Northeast Fishermen Praise Disaster Assistance Funds in House Bill

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md), Chair of Appropriations Committee
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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP)- Fishermen from the Northeast are thanking two key U.S. Senators for including $150 million in fishery disaster assistance in a recent appropriations bill.

The letter from 230 fishermen dated Tuesday was addressed to appropriations committee chair Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat of Maryland, and the committee's top Republican, Richard Shelby of Alabama.

It thanked them for their "extraordinary work" to include the aid, which is needed after massive cuts in catch limits this year.

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9:31 am
Thu July 25, 2013

NTSB Will Meet with Maryland Officials on Bay Bridge Crash

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says it will investigate last week's accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in which a car that collided with a tractor-trailer went over the railing and into the water.

The NTSB said Wednesday it will send two investigators from the Office of Highway Safety to Maryland to meet with local authorities about the July 19 crash. Officials say the agency will determine if there are any nationwide safety issues involved in the crash.

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9:05 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Possible Trouble Ahead for NASA Funding Bill

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A Senate Subcommitee yesterday approved an $18 billion funding bill for NASA and comes just as NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is getting ready to launch the Antares rocket that will help resupply the International Space Station.

The Senate bill provides money for projects ranging from a manned deep-space mission to Mars and the deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope to a joint venture with private companies to transport U.S. astronauts to the space station in the next few years.

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9:52 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Monitoring Weather in Maryland

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) announcing new investment in weather monitoring equipment.
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With the changing weather patterns and last year’s Hurricane Sandy the U.S. government is making an investment in Maryland to monitor this climate change.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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10:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Senator Chris Coons Named to Senate Appropriations Committee

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware's junior senator, has been appointed to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, announced Coons' appointment on Thursday. Coons will take over the seat held by New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died June 3.

Mikulski said she and Coons have worked together on issues that affect Maryland and Delaware.

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9:14 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Mikulski Rakes in Campaign Contributions

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Even though she is not up for reelection until 2016…Senator Barbara Mikulski raised $191-thosuand in the first three months of this year.

That is far more than the $77-hundred for the last period last year.

The Baltimore Sun reports that her filing with the Federal Election Commission represents more than twice what she raised in all of 2011.

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9:40 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Senator Barbara Mikulski Hails Delay for Airport Tower Closures

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md)
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Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md) hails the delay of closing tower at Salisbury-Ocean City:  Wicomico Regional Airport until mid-June to workout a congressional deal to avoid cuts from $85 billion sequester.  The Federal Aviation Administration had ordered a total of 149 such closures this spring.

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9:47 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Sequester to Hit Eastern Shore

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The budget cuts that will be coming from the sequester in Washington D. C. this Friday could have a major impact on the Eastern Shore.

$14.4 million would be slashed from primary and secondary education while $9.4 million would be cut from education for children with disabilities.

John Fredericksen, superintendent of Wicomico County public schools…told the Salisbury Daily Times Times, that the school system would be forced to cut staff, classroom supplies and some after-school program hours.

And, that, he added, is all before the end of the year.

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12:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Federal Money to Help Storm Ravaged Communities in Maryland

Senator Barbara Milkuslki (D-Md)
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Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced an $8.6 million federal grant to help communities in the state recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The Maryland Democrats said the money would come from the community Development Block Grant program.

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.


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