Chairman's Press

August 31, 2017

Cardin Responds to Tillerson Letter on Special Envoys

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after receiving a letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the State Department's planned organizational changes related to ambassadors-at-large, special envoys and related positions: "I agree with Secretary Tillerson that there is room for examining the use of our Special Envoys, a number of which were created for challenges that we no longer fa… Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Trump’s Rejection of Dialogue in North Korea Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday in reaction to President Trump's latest tweet on North Korea: "Yesterday, the President said all options remain on the table related to North Korea. Today, he has rejected dialogue and negotiation. The threat from North Korea is too grave to give up on diplomacy now. Foreign policy cannot be conducted via Tweet. Instead, President Trump should work w… Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Cardin Statement on North Korean Missile Launch Over Japan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan: "The latest provocation from Kim Jong-un's regime, directly threatening our treaty ally Japan, has further heightened tensions in the region and is a clear indication that the administration's approach is not working. North Korea's actions are a violation of multiple United Nations Security Cou… Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Deadly Mud Slides in Sierra Leone

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after news reports confirmed more than 400 people lost their lives and 600 were still missing from mudslides that occurred on a hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, after heavy rains struck the area. "I'm profoundly saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life in the past days due to mudslides caused by heavy rains. I offer… Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on Annual International Religious Freedom Report

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016: "In too many places around the world, governments are implementing legal restrictions on religious communities, or failing to protect religious minorities. Based on the annual International Religious Freedom Report from the State Department, I am deeply concerned that many … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin Asks Tillerson for Answers on Lingering Vacancies and Lack of Nominees for Senior State Department Positions

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing his grave concerns about the vast number of high-level vacancies at the State Department. Coming within weeks of the five-year anniversary of the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Cardin is seeking details on plans to fill the vacancy of Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, as well as most other high-level positions… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on Presidential Memorandum on China’s Trade Practices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President's memorandum addressing China unfair trade laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology. "We face many challenges in our economic relationship with China, especially with respect to that country's failings in Intellectual Property (IP) protec… Continue Reading


August 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Prod Trump Administration to Use Global Magnitsky Tools to Punish Human Rights Violators and Corrupt Officials from Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act (P.L. 114-328), have written to President Trump requesting that his Administration vet and determine whether 20 individuals and entities from across the globe meet the criteria to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Act. The Global Magnits… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on North Korea

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President's latest response to North Korea."President Trump's comments were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgement to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts. We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war. No one should think that a conflict with… Continue Reading


August 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on United Nations Security Council Resolution Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted on a new resolution to impose additional sanction on North Korea following its two recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. "Today's UN Security Council resolution sends an important signal to North Korea that if it continues down its provocative pathway of nuclear and ballistic missile proliferat… Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Urges Ambassador Haley to Lead UN Campaign Against Palestinian Terror Payments

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the U.S. to wage an international campaign against the Palestinian Authority's (PA) compensation of terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Cosigners of the letter include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Cory Gardne… Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Committee Passage of the Taylor Force Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Taylor Force Act was approved 17-4 by the committee. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the legislation, which now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "I was pleased to vote for S. 1697, the Taylor Force Act, in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. I support the objectives of the Taylor Force Act, and am pleased that Senator Corker led the c… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Expresses Concern About Unused Funds for Countering Russian and ISIS Propaganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports that the State Department is declining to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress to fight ISIS and Russian propaganda: "I am dismayed by reports that the State Department may not use nearly $80 million in funds set aside to counter Russian disinformation and ISIS propaganda. These funds have been authorized and appropriated by Congress for t… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Signing of the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the sanctions bill signed into law by President Trump. The bill, which passed the Senate twice 98-2, also had overwhelming support in the House of Representatives. "I am relieved that H.R. 3364, the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanction Act' is now law. I thank all of our partners who worked on this legislation in the House and Senate over the… Continue Reading


July 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that fell into the Sea of Japan: "Today's North Korea ICBM test is further evidence-if further evidence is needed - of Pyongyang's determination to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The United States stands by our allies in Seoul and Tokyo, and there should be no quest… Continue Reading


July 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on Major Sanctions Legislation Sent to President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate passed legislation from the House to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The bill was approved 98-2. The original bill was passed by the Senate in June, also by a 98-2 vote. Senator Cardin served as a chief author and negotiator of the legislation. "The Congress of the United States has sent a clear message tonight to the governme… Continue Reading


July 24, 2017

Cardin Condemns Afghanistan, Pakistan Bombings, Calls for Comprehensive Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan and Lahore, Pakistan killed scores of civilians in both countries: "I condemn the horrendous bombings today in both Kabul and Lahore and I offer my condolences to the families of those killed and wounded. These events are vivid reminders of the insecurity in that region perpetrated by violent extremist and terrorist… Continue Reading


July 22, 2017

Cardin Reacts to House Sanctions Bill on Russia, Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after the House of Representatives posted its version of sanctions legislation related to Russia, Iran and North Korea: "My preference over the last month had been for the House to take up and adopt the legislation that passed the Senate 98-2, however I welcome the House bill which was the product of intense negotiations. I believe the proposed change… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Cardin Statement on Exxon Penalty for Sanctions Violation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Treasury Department announced a $2 million penalty against ExxonMobil for violations of Ukraine-related sanctions due to its business pursuits with Russia: "In 2014, U.S. sanctions were imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea. Congress played an important role in passing two sanctions bills in 2014 tha… Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Cardin Calls for Release of Amnesty International Staff, Human Rights Activists Recently Detained in Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Turkey Director of Amnesty International and other human rights activists were arrested in Turkey: "I am deeply alarmed by the detention of Amnesty International's Turkey Director, Idil Eser, along with five other human rights activists earlier this week. Commitment to fundamental freedoms and an active civil society are critical to the fu… Continue Reading

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