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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.


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.

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.

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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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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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a roundtable discussion on the aerospace industry in Maryland.

The speech is scheduled for Monday in Greenbelt.

The Maryland Democrat will talk about issues of concern to the aerospace business community.

Cardin also will discuss ways to spur economic opportunities in Maryland.

Federal, state and local officials are scheduled to attend. Representatives from more than 70 companies and organizations also will be in attendance.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen are lauding a Montgomery County program that teaches veteran-owned businesses how to get federal contracts.

The event Monday in Rockville recognizes the Veteran Institute for Procurement.

The three-day program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation. The foundation recently received a $900,000 federal grant to expand it.

The program has trained nearly 350 people from 29 states.

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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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BALTIMORE (AP) - Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Ben Cardin are set to tour a Baltimore nonprofit and talk about the importance of innovative job-training strategies.

Perez and Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, will tour the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland on Friday. The nonprofit provides tuition-free training in basic lab skills to prepare Maryland residents for jobs in the biotechnology industry. It then works with local companies to fill open positions.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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.