October 24, 2013
The Sun's John Fritze recently reported that Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin have maneuvered a behind-the-scenes, 1 percent pay raise for federal employees ( "Without words, federal workers are on track to get a pay raise," Oct. 17). In the article Senator Mikulski is quoted as saying that "this modest pay raise demonstrates the respect we have for our federal workers who have been furloughed, laid off, locked out and scapegoated. " Instead of suggesting that the senators really have the interests of federal workers in mind, I recommend Senators Mikulski, Cardin - and, for that matter, all Maryland's elected officials - resign so that their constituents, federal employees or not, don't have to go through the trouble of voting them out in the next election.
September 9, 2013
The dean of Maryland's congressional delegation and a prominent voice in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, said on Monday that she supports giving President Barack Obama authorization to strike Syria. "I believe the president's plan is the best response to protecting U.S. security interests in the region," Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said during a lengthy speech on the Senate floor. "Therefore…after really great reflection and as much due diligence as I could do, I want to announce today to my colleagues and most of all to the people of Maryland who have supported me, that I will support the president's request for a targeted, limited military action against the Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in response to the horrific, grim and ghoulish use of chemical weapons," she said.
July 30, 2013
Although I enjoyed reading this Sunday's special issue of Sun Magazine entitled "50 Women to Watch", I was extremely disappointed at the glaring omission of Sen. Barbara Mikulski from the list. Considering all that Senator Mikulski has done for Maryland's citizens during her service since 1971 as Baltimore city councilwoman, U.S. congresswoman, and U.S. Senator, how does she not deserve a top spot on a list during which you discussed "the most intriguing, powerful and memorable personalities making an impact on the Baltimore region?"
April 25, 2013
In his article on Sen. Barbara Mikulski and how her assignment as chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee has helped her campaign fundraising, reporter John Fritze wrote that "For Mikulski ... the windfall underscores her transition from a lawmaker who has typically engaged more on local issues to someone who now chairs a committee that wields tremendous power on the national level. Mikulski benefited from a number of first-time donations from political action committees, including an association that represents assisted living facilities, one of the nation's largest energy companies and a leading supplier of cement.
January 31, 2013
It almost makes you laugh. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger says that the situation at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Baltimore "is and has been unacceptable for years" ("Officials demand answers from VA," Jan 29). Well, if it has been that way, then where has he, and U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin been? They claim to be so concerned but have apparently paid little interest In the complaints by the veterans. The situation could be fixed by firing everyone in that office and replacing them with serious, concerned individuals who obviously care about our vets.
December 17, 2012
Maryland's senior lawmaker, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, said Monday the National Rifle Association must come to the table to discuss the tighter gun controls, as she works with President Barack Obama and her colleagues in Congress in the wake of the deadly Connecticut school shooting. Mikulski joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in sounding off about the mass shooting that killed 20 children and six educators last week. Their comments came at a dedication for the AmeriCorps Atlantic Region Campus.