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  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of a framework agreement between Israel and Hamas on the return of hostages and a ceasefire. “President Biden, his team, and our partners have worked tirelessly on a deal to release...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution marking 175 years of bilateral relations between the United States and Guatemala. The resolution reaffirms this critical and enduring global partnership, and recognizes the...
  • WASHINGTON – As North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries meet in Washington, D.C. for the 75th anniversary of the alliance, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor to highlight the importance of NATO and urge his colleagues to continue their support for the...
  • WASHINGTON –  Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attack against the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, and the 32nd anniversary of the bombing of the Embassy of Israel in Argentina, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, and expressed his support for the country’s democratic aspirations. In light of credible reports that authorities in South Sudan are improperly applying...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to Secretary Antony Blinken urging him to ensure the State Department addresses mounting human rights concerns and fully integrates human...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor to mark World Refugee Day and reiterate the importance of protecting refugees and other forcibly displaced people. During his remarks, Chair Cardin appealed to his colleagues and the international...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced they will introduce the Americas Regional Monitoring of Arms Sales (ARMAS) Act to help stem the flow of U.S.-manufactured weapons across the Americas, which threatens...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, on World Refugee Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.-36) were joined by 22 Senate and 57 House colleagues to introduce a resolution affirming the United States’ commitment to supporting the safety, health, and welfare of refugees and forcibly...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement after Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he approved additional funding to support Haiti as it tries to create a transition government. “After three years without an elected government, and facing one of the worst...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the House Appropriations Subcommittee’s markup of the 2025 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) funding bill proposal to cut the international affairs budget by 11 percent over...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for one Subcommittee hearing.    MEDIA POLICY:  Seating is limited. All members of the media must RSVP to reserve a seat for public hearings, business meetings, on the record briefings, and Committee events by emailing Eric Harris at Eric_Harris@foreign.senate.gov. Cameras...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the presidents of the United States and Ukraine signed a Bilateral Security Agreement on the sidelines of the G-7 meeting in Italy. “The Bilateral Security Agreement with Ukraine sends a powerful signal to...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for one nominations hearing and one “Pen and Pad” briefing for credentialed journalists. MEDIA POLICY: Press seating is limited. All members of the media must RSVP to reserve a seat for public hearings, business meetings, on the record briefings, and Committee events by...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the Senate passage of his resolution urging the immediate release of Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Moscow more than a year ago. “Evan’s reporting informed Russians and people around the world...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India. “Congratulations to the people of India for concluding their elections, with votes cast at over a million polling stations throughout the country over the course of just a few weeks’...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), introduced a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. The resolution also condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) widespread use...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued a statement after Claudia Sheinbaum was declared the winner of the presidential election in Mexico, making her the first woman to be elected...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, ahead of the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an opinion piece for Fox News honoring the heroes that stood for liberty, dignity, and the right to self-expression during those historic protests. Tomorrow, Chair Cardin will...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the Hong Kong government’s conviction on unfounded charges of "subversion" of the “Hong Kong 47:” “The guilty verdicts from the Hong Kong judiciary, acting at the behest of Beijing, for 14 pro-democracy advocates who pled not...