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By C. Fraser Smith | March 18, 2007
In the lengthening hall of mirrors created by the war in Iraq, friends become enemies. Legislators who voted against the war are called supporters-in-effect when they try to support the troops without supporting the war. Strategies for withdrawal founder on the rocks of compromise. Decisive action in Congress is muted by half-measures. Senators who voted against the war are targeted as zealously as those who voted for it. In Maryland, an anti-war coalition pressures Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski to advocate something like immediate withdrawal.
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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.
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NEWS
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?"
NEWS
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?"
NEWS
September 7, 1992
Hurricane Andrew killed more than 50 people, flattened tens of thousands of homes and scarred great swathes of South Florida and the Bayou Country. But Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is determined it won't topple her.Faster than one could tack plywood over windows, Senator Mikulski was hastily erecting a barrier of rhetoric around herself to blunt criticism over her role with the federal agency charged with responding to natural disasters.As head of the Senate appropriations subcommittee funding the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the senator could be vulnerable to criticism for the agency's confused response.
NEWS
By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Staff Writer | October 20, 1992
It said something about last night's debate between Senate candidates that Republican Alan Keyes was never more heated than when he took on President Bush and his campaign of re-election.Mr. Keyes, who has criticized his national party for its lack of support for his campaign and has refused to endorse Mr. Bush's re-election bid, said, "I've been giving President Bush some good advice, that it's very important he back away from this ad hominem slashing and he start to articulate good Republican principals."
NEWS
By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | June 15, 1993
Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski emerged from a meeting with Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker yesterday in Ellicott City saying there is "too much bureaucracy, too much inertia in decision making" in the federal government.The senator was told that the federal government made a mistake when it put Howard County in the Baltimore region for the purposes of the federal Clean Air Act. Unless the county is switched to the Washington region from the Baltimore region, Montgomery and Prince George's counties "will have an unfair competitive edge" in economic development, Mr. Ecker told the senator.
NEWS
October 4, 1992
If political candidates spent as much energy debating eac other as they do maneuvering over how and how often to debate, the voters would know a lot more about them. Just as President Bush and Bill Clinton have sparred over their national debates, Maryland's candidates for the U.S. Senate are bobbing and weaving over theirs.As usual, the challenger -- Republican Alan Keyes in this case -- complains that the incumbent -- Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski -- is avoiding him. And the incumbent retorts that she is ++ responding fully to debate opportunities.
NEWS
By Bob Benjamin and Bob Benjamin,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 21, 1990
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A letter allegedly written by Benazir Bhutto to Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski was produced here yesterday by the former prime minister's political opponents as part of their claim that Mrs. Bhutto sought the cutoff of U.S. aid to Pakistan.Copies of the Aug. 28 letter were made public by Pakistan's caretaker prime minister, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, who came to power after Mrs.Bhutto was dismissed from office Aug. 6 by the country's president.Mr. Jatoi is one of the leaders of the coalition of parties opposing Mrs. Bhutto's re-election bid. In the final weeks before Wednesday's upcoming national elections, Mrs. Bhutto's popularity has increased, but her opponents have countered somewhat effectively with charges that she is a tool of foreign interests.
NEWS
May 30, 1991
Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi has urged fellow Republican Rep. Helen Bentley of Maryland to give up her safe Second District seat in 1992 and run for the Senate against Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He said at a fund raiser for her that he took a similar chance in 1988. Actually, he risked even more than she would be risking. He was House Republican whip, with the expectation of becoming minority leader.Senator Mikulski is thought to be a strong candidate. But there are reasons to believe that a 1992 challenge to her might pay off and invigorate the Republican Party in the state:* It will be a presidential year.
NEWS
By Jon Aerts, Capital News Service | September 12, 2010
Two Republicans claiming tea party credentials have emerged as front-runners among 11 candidates hoping to dethrone Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski in November. Eric Wargotz, a Queen Anne's County commissioner and physician, says he's the candidate to beat among Republicans after a Rasmussen Poll showed a 25 percentage-point gap between Wargotz and Mikulski in July shrank to 16 points among likely Maryland voters in August. "That's significant," Wargotz said of the poll, which shows Mikulski with a 55-39 percent lead.
NEWS
By Paul West | paul.west@baltsun.com | December 4, 2009
The Senate took the first tangible step Thursday in what will likely be weeks of wrangling over health care, approving a measure by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski designed to enhance insurance coverage of mammograms and other screening tests for women by making them free of charge. Later, the Senate defeated a Republican effort that would have effectively killed the $848 billion health legislation. It rejected a motion by Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, that would have stripped nearly $500 billion in Medicare savings that Democrats are counting on to finance their plan.
NEWS
February 5, 2009
Mikulski honored to be mentioned for Cabinet WASHINGTON: Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is honored to have her name mentioned as a potential pick for secretary of health and human services, the senator's spokeswoman said yesterday. "It's really a big honor to have Senator Mikulski's name raised in connection with the HHS secretary's job," said Rachel MacKnight, the senator's communications director. "She's truly honored." The spokeswoman added that Mikulski "loves being the senior senator from Maryland, and she remains committed to her home state."
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Dolan and Matthew Hay Brown,Sun reporters | February 22, 2008
Despite a top rating from the American Bar Association this week, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein faces key opposition from the state's senators for a post on a federal appeals court. The ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary unanimously rated Rosenstein "well-qualified," its top ranking for judicial nominees. But Maryland's senators appear to be unmoved. At a White House event this month, President Bush singled out Rosenstein, saying the Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit is overburdened and understaffed.
NEWS
January 13, 2008
The loss of federal funds for a research program aimed at rejuvenating the dwindling blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay highlighted the rare phenomenon of a reverse earmark. Instead of unalloyed crowing about all the goodies the Maryland delegation was able to bring home for constituents this year, lawmakers acknowledged they were forced to make choices because President Bush wouldn't let them spend all they proposed. Largely at the discretion of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the senior member of the delegation and chairwoman of the subcommittee that doles out much of the bay funds, the crab program run by the Center of Marine Biotechnology at the Inner Harbor didn't make the cut. The good news is that some discipline was applied to the earmark process that typically defies thoughtful setting of priorities.
NEWS
By C. Fraser Smith | March 18, 2007
In the lengthening hall of mirrors created by the war in Iraq, friends become enemies. Legislators who voted against the war are called supporters-in-effect when they try to support the troops without supporting the war. Strategies for withdrawal founder on the rocks of compromise. Decisive action in Congress is muted by half-measures. Senators who voted against the war are targeted as zealously as those who voted for it. In Maryland, an anti-war coalition pressures Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski to advocate something like immediate withdrawal.
NEWS
February 5, 1993
Janice Teeter, who was director of human resources for the Carroll County government in 1983-1988, has been named state director for U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.The senator's office said that Ms. Teeter's responsibilities will include constituent services; managing the offices in Baltimore, Annapolis, College Park, Salisbury and Hagerstown; and serving liaison to Maryland businesses and industry, as well as state and local government."Janice Teeter brings enormous talent and experience to this important job," Senator Mikulski said.
NEWS
April 26, 2005
THE U.S. SENATE'S passage last week of a measure that will temporarily expand a visa program for foreign seasonal workers was an important step toward solving a problem that threatened Maryland's seafood processing industry, and a good example of sensible bipartisanship that distinguishes the forest from the trees. The measure sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat, would allow workers who participated in the program in the past to return to work here this year and next, effectively exempting them from a 66,000-visa limit reached in January that left Eastern Shore crab and oyster processing plants without workers.
NEWS
April 26, 2005
THE U.S. SENATE'S passage last week of a measure that will temporarily expand a visa program for foreign seasonal workers was an important step toward solving a problem that threatened Maryland's seafood processing industry, and a good example of sensible bipartisanship that distinguishes the forest from the trees. The measure sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat, would allow workers who participated in the program in the past to return to work here this year and next, effectively exempting them from a 66,000-visa limit reached in January that left Eastern Shore crab and oyster processing plants without workers.
NEWS
By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - Last-minute tinkering could boost NASA's budget for next year by $800 million, a result of a bipartisan push led by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved funding yesterday as an emergency item to repair the space shuttle fleet and service the Hubble Space Telescope, amending the $15.6 billion NASA budget to comply with recommendations made after the Columbia shuttle accident.
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