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  • 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...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a joint statement regarding Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s ongoing persecution of human rights and political activists, ahead of the July 28th presidential election. The Maduro...
  • WASHINGTON – In response to the foreign agents bill that recently passed out of the Georgia Parliament to restrict the ability of civil society and independent media to operate in the country, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.),...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered an opening statement at the full Committee hearing, “American Diplomacy and Global Leadership: Review of the FY25 State Department Budget Request.” In his opening remarks, Chair Cardin shared his perspective on U.S. foreign policy during...
  • WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John Fetterman (D-Penn.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Katie Britt (R-Ala.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) issued the following statement in response to the International Criminal...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for one full Committee hearing. MEDIA POLICY: Press seating is limited. All media must RSVP to your respective gallery to reserve a seat, and only Hill-credentialed media will be permitted to attend. RSVP for all committee events, including hearings, and other special...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement following the inauguration of Taiwan’s President Dr. Lai Ching-te:“I would like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Lai Ching-te as he begins his first term as Taiwan’s president. On this special occasion, let us reaffirm the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), sent a letter to Secretary General Luis Almagro of the Organization of American States (OAS), to express their support for President Arevalo’s request for an OAS observation mission to monitor the selection process for...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered an opening statement at the full Committee hearing, “Modernization and Management: Building a Department to Address 21st Century Challenges.” In his remarks, Chair Cardin stressed that the United States must continue to adequately...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sent a letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urging him to support Taiwan’s meaningful...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing widening threats to freedom of the press around the world and reaffirming the vital role of free and...