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9:19 am
Wed July 23, 2014

MD Senator Joins Unlikely Ally to Promote Voting Rights for Ex-Felons

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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.

Paul’s legislation would allow those convicted of non-violent crimes to regain the right to vote while Cardin’s measure is much broader.

Cardin called this prohibition on voting rights for ex-felons, the Jim Crow laws of our time hitting the African American community especially hard.

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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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8:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

MD Senator Ties Conowingo Dam to Bay Restoration

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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.

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.

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3:16 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Senator Cardin Pushes Conservation Bill for Migratory Birds

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is pushing a conservation bill favoring the Baltimore oriole and other migratory birds.

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.

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.

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11:55 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Senator Ben Cardin Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor

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BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is endorsing Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

Cardin announced his support for Brown and his running mate Ken Ulman on Monday in Baltimore.

The Democratic senator says Brown has worked to improve Maryland schools, reduce domestic violence and create jobs to strengthen the middle class.

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.

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9:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Reaction Comes in From Government Shutdown

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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.

The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.

His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.

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.

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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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8:56 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Syrian Intervention Resolution Gets Backing of Delmarva Senators

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Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin cast his vote for a resolution that would limit an air strike against Syria from 60 to 90 days.

It was approved by the Senator Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-to-7 vote yesterday.

In addition, the measure would narrow the conflict to Syria’s borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil.

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.

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9:53 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Senator Cardin Back President's Aims in Syria, Congressman Harris Leans Against Air Strike

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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.

However, the Maryland Democrat added that the believed the military response should be limited.

He noted that the White House resolution language does not close the foor on the use of U.S. troops on the ground.

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9:02 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Senator Cardin: Budget Cuts at NRC

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about budget cuts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The senator will be visiting the commission on Monday.

Cardin says that because of the budget battle in Washington, the NRC has seen a $52 million cut in its fiscal year 2013 budget.

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.

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9:10 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Cardin Calls for Upgrading Nation's Water Systems


Water main breaks and sewer system backups are all too common in the state of Maryland.

And, it’s junior senator Ben Cardin said its time to do something about the nation’s aging water systems.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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12:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Federal Money to Help Storm Ravaged Communities in Maryland

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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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11:54 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Senator Cardin Tours Storm Damage in Somerset County

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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. 

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.

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.

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8:55 am
Tue January 8, 2013

MD General Assembly Set To Begin Session

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.

The lunch is being held in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are scheduled to attend. Most of Maryland's seven Democratic House members also are scheduled to attend.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the presiding officers of the General Assembly are scheduled to be at the luncheon as well, in addition to other Democratic lawmakers.

10:50 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Maryland Senators Voice Concern Over Storm Aid

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Hearing on Damage From Hurricane Sandy

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.

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3:41 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

$78,000 FAA Grant for Crisfield Airport

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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.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the announcement by Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin will go toward upgrading operations and improving safety.

The first phase will use aerial reconnaissance to ensure there are no obstructions around the facility that would pose a danger to aircraft.

3:18 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Money Available for Airport Expansion on Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Eastern Shore airports have been awarded grants for safety and environmental assessments.

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. 

Bay Bridge Airport received an FAA grant of $150,000 for an environmental assessment to remove obstructions from the runway.

The grants were announced Friday by Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

8:38 am
Fri August 24, 2012

$22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.

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. The projects are located across the bay's six-state watershed, which runs from Virginia to New York and also includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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9:27 am
Thu August 23, 2012

$500,000 Grant For Geoscience at UMES

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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.

The grant was announced by Democratic Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin on Wednesday. It will be used to help high school students complete undergraduate and advanced degree programs in order to prepare them for careers in geosciences.

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9:05 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Senator Cardin On Chesapeake Bay Restoration at MACo

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin will be in Ocean City this week discussing Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

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.

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9:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Poultry Industry Calls for Easing EPA's Ethanol Corn Requirement

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.

The request comes amidst a drought that has – in some cases – virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.

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.  

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8:46 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Senator Cardin at Hearing on Climate Change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Sen. Benjamin Cardin is scheduled to take part in a hearing on climate change.

The hearing in Washington on Wednesday is being held by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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.

Griffin is scheduled to talk about efforts that are needed and projects that are already underway to protect communities.

10:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Salisbury Gets $1 Million Grant for More Firefighters

The Salisbury Fire Department will get $1 million in federal funding to hire 12 more firefighters.

The grant comes from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that because of the economy over the last four years two of the city’s three stations have not been able to hire the firefighters necessary for a full staff.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) said with threats ranging from natural disasters to possible terrorist threats…communities cannot shoulder the burden alone.

10:41 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Party Lines Divide Delmarva Politicians on Court's Health Care Decision


       Delmarva Congressional members split along party lines over the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the President's Affordable Health Care Act.

      Senator Ben Cardin (d-MD) and Senator Tom Carper (d-DE) hailed the decision, while Rep. Andy Harris (r-MD) said it would hurt the President's re-election chances. 

       Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report. 



12:36 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Senator Ben Cardin Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

Senator Ben Cardin hailed today Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s Health Care Reform Acting calling it a win for the American people and the future of the health care system.  

He said that this paves the way for everyone to have access to affordable, quality care and protect against abusive practices by the insurance industry.

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.


8:47 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Insurance Programs for Poultry Industry Weighed in Washington

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.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his Delaware Colleague Tom Carper and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski  have joined him in backing the measure.

But Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is still mulling over whether to support the amendment to the Farm bill.

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12:22 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Democrats at Odds Over Easton Mail Processing Plant


            Senator Barbara Mikulski has put a hold on postal reform legislation just as it was to be voted on next week.

            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.

            Her action comes on the heels of an effort by her Democratic colleague Tom Carper to move the operation to Delaware to save the Hare’s Corner postal facility near New Castle.

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7:36 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Row Between Democrats Over Proposed Shutdown of Easton Mail Processing Center


             Maryland’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.

            The Democratic Senators said it was their understanding that the Easton operation would move to the Baltimore plant.

            Meanwhile, fellow Democrat Senator Tom Carper from the First State, who oversees the postal service, proposed the alternative plan in a bid to preserve the Hare’s Corner facility.

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