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Senator Ben Cardin blasted the choice of Steve Bannon as the chief White House strategist calling it deeply troubling.

The Maryland Democrat said that Bannon has become “a proud poster-child for white nationalism, anti-Semitism and misogynistic views.”

Cardin said that Bannon should not be allowed anywhere near the White House.

Meanwhile, Southern Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer denounced Bannon and his leadership of Breitbart news which Bannon saw as a platform for the racist movement known as the alt-right.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen says President-elect Donald Trump has "a great burden" to reach out to Democrats after running an "incredibly divisive campaign."

Van Hollen spoke Wednesday with Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin in Baltimore. Van Hollen won the seat that is opening with Mikulski's retirement after 30 years in the office.

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LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a news conference to discuss voting rights.

Attorney General Brian Frosh will join Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and Sen. Ben Cardin at an early voting site in Landover on Monday to highlight the need to protect the integrity of elections.

Representatives from the League of Women Voters, Casa de Maryland, the Prince George's County Muslim Council and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also are scheduled to attend.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a news conference at the National Institutes of Health to discuss the need for federal funding to continue research on Zika virus treatment and vaccine development.

Cardin has scheduled the news conference for Friday after he takes a laboratory tour and gets and update from NIH officials on the status of their work.

Cardin notes that more than 16,800 Zika cases already have been documented in the United States.

The Maryland Democrat says dealing with the epidemic is a national emergency.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded $800,000 to Maryland to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the award in a news release Tuesday.

The award to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will go to producing and planting 1.5 billion hatchery seeds in three years.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to host a town hall meeting at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference.

The forum is set for Thursday afternoon in Ocean City.

The Democrat is scheduled to talk to county officials about priority legislation in Washington and hear directly from them about challenges of local concern.

He's also expected to talk about infrastructure investment, the opioid addiction crisis and international affairs.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal grant is bringing long-distance care to children with social, emotional and behavioral problems in three rural Maryland counties.

U.S. senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced $300,000 in funding Monday from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Baltimore-based Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The Maryland senators say in a statement that the institute will partner with hospitals in Garrett and Worcester counties, and with school-based health centers in Dorchester County, to screen patients and deliver specialized care.

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is joining local medical and behavioral health practitioners to talk about Maryland's epidemic of opioid addiction.

They will be joined by law enforcement officials on Monday for the discussion in Edgewood.

Participants will talk about how people get addicted and discuss approaches to treatment during the roundtable discussion.

Cardin says some parts of Maryland have the highest per capita rates of heroin and opioid drug use in the country.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

The senator is set to meet Garland on Monday in Washington and meet with reporters.

The Maryland Democrat says it's necessary for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to consider the nomination through a fair hearing and thoughtful floor debate.

Cardin says Garland is an "eminently qualified pick."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. John Delaney are scheduled to discuss clean energy goals.

The Maryland Democrats will be meeting with reporters on Thursday to talk about the benefits of the country getting half of its energy from clean and non-carbon sources by 2030.

This week, lawmakers in Congress will introduce resolutions affirming the goal.

It is supported by 25 senators and 70 members of the House.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated the longtime head of Baltimore's library system as the next Librarian of Congress.

would be the 14th Librarian of Congress in the institution's 214-year history and the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. Obama announced her appointment on Wednesday.

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Senator Chris Coons called for a bipartisan discussion about taking in Syrian refugees.

During an interview with MSNBC the Delaware Democrat said that the discussion should include the refugee screening policy, an exploration of its weakness and the terrorist threats.

In addition, he said, there must be adequate funding and support for vetting them.

Fellow Democrat Congressman John Carney says he wants to suspend taking in Syrian refugees who are of military age.

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Maryland cities will be getting nearly $3 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The money comes through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants program and will be used by local municipalities for support public safety and reduce violent crimes.

In addition, some funds will be aimed at dealing with crimes against children.

Over $1 million will go the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to help defray the costs of the overtime by police during the riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray.

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ACCOKEEK, Md. (AP) - A new environmental education center is opening in Accokeek.

Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to join students for the opening on Friday.

The center will enable the Alice Ferguson Foundation to expand hands-on learning initiatives offered on the 330-acre Hard Bargain Farm.

The foundation works to promote environmental sustainability of the Potomac River watershed.

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Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say the Cambridge-Dorchester County Regional Airport will be getting $2.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation the money will go toward extending the main runway at the regional facility.

Senator Mikulski, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee said that the runway would ensure the vitality of the Eastern Shore economy.

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Senator Chris Coons is a yes vote for the nuclear agreement with Iran.

The Delaware Democrat said that he was convinced the deal puts the world on a path that would limit Iran’s nuclear program for the next 15 years.

He added that despite flaws this was a better strategy for containing the spread of nuclear weapons.

His decision comes despite a barrage of television ads from opponents of the deal in which they quoted the senator’s doubts about the agreement.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is still reviewing the impact of President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, but Maryland Democrats already are praising the plan.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, of Hogan's administration, says it takes time to review the fine print of 3,000 pages. He says the good news is Maryland is well-positioned to be a leader among states on its own terms and through regional collaboration.

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Senator Ben Cardin reacted to the new nuclear agreement with Iran by reminding his congressional colleagues they must do a judicious review of the deal.

The Maryland Democrat said congress must ensure that the agreement if variable, comprehensive and long lasting.

He added if Iran breaks the agreement it must also provide for the sanctions to snap back.

Congressman Andy Harris noted that Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the deal which could make for difficulties in congress.

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Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) has introduced legislation that would eliminate the exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water  Act. Maryland News Connection reporter Deborah Smith prepared this report.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a forum to discuss federal workforce concerns.

The Democrat has scheduled the forum in Baltimore on Friday with employees of the Social Security Administration.

The senator says the nation's federal employees are too often targeted with harmful cuts to positions and programs without thought for the people working on behalf of the public.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The governor's office is inviting Baltimore businesses hurt by rioting and looting to meet with federal, state and local agencies offering recovery assistance.

The event Friday at Morgan State University brings features representatives from seven agencies offering loans, grants and other aid.

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Senator Ben Cardin has weighed in with other Senators along the Eastern Seaboard to block offshore drilling along the Atlantic coastline.

Introduction of the legislation comes five years after the BP oil spill in the gulf.

The Maryland Democrat and others believe that offshore drilling could threaten the local economies and environment along the coastline.

Other colleagues joining Cardin included the two Senators from New Jersey -- Robert Menendez and Cory Booker.

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Senator Ben Cardin says he is smoothing out the rough edges in the legislation that would allow Congress to reject a nuclear arms deal with Iran.

During an interview with the Salisbury Daily Times the Maryland Democrat said he wants to ensure that the bill is not aimed at directly impacting the substance of the agreements being negotiated.

The measure authored by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee would provide the Congress 60 days to approve, reject or take no action on the agreement.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says it's in his DNA to be the Democrats' top Senate negotiator on Iran, a role he'll play next week when the Foreign Relations Committee opens difficult hearings on the issue.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of clearing the backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested throughout the U.S.

Biden said the federal funding will help local and state law enforcement agencies test the kits and train personnel.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about his progressive consumption tax proposal.

The Maryland Democrat is discussing the proposal Monday with Maryland business leaders in Annapolis at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Cardin's proposal would eliminate federal income taxes for most people in the country. It also would reduce the corporate income tax rate. Instead, Cardin is proposing taxing the purchase of goods and services.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are touting the importance of STEM education in Baltimore.

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are set to speak at a forum on Monday to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is also set to speak at the Baltimore forum, which is billed as a two-hour interactive talk with a focus how to help gear students toward modern-day jobs.

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WOODSTOCK, Md. (AP) - Maryland conservationists are joining federal and state agriculture officials in celebrating the first grants for Chesapeake Bay cleanup projects funded through the 2014 farm bill.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is leading the event Friday at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

It comes two days after the federal Agriculture Department announced that Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

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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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Senator Ben Cardin says that President’s decision to temporarily allow some 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in this country is a sign that the congress should act.

The Maryland Democrat  noted that the Senate voted 18 months ago for a comprehensive immigration bill on a vote of 68-to-32 and that the House of Representatives has failed to act.

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Carper also blasted the House for failing to approve legislation and that the president was justified in being frustrated with Congress in failing to deal with immigration reform.

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