Chairman's Press

September 20, 2017

Cardin Statement on Major Earthquake Outside Mexico City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after a major earthquake struck outside Mexico City yesterday. As of press time, the death and injury toll continues to rise: "I am devastated by the growing loss of life and injuries in and around Mexico City. The United States and Mexico share so many historical, political, economic and social ties that make our friendship an enduring one, but our … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Cardin: Trump’s UN Speech Narrow, Dangerous and Would Isolate America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly: "In his first major address to the United Nations as President of the United States, Mr. Trump missed a real opportunity to demonstrate leadership in rallying our friends and allies to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and the world. The narrow and dangerous views … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Senators Praise Committee Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteri… Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Senators Applaud $25 Million Award for Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today applauded a $25 million award from the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) for the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS). The funding establishes a bold global fund aimed at dealing a mortal wound to modern slavery and human trafficking internationally as originally conceived and directed by the End Modern Slavery Initiative Ac… Continue Reading


September 13, 2017

Senators Cardin, Markey and Gardner Support Protecting Burma’s Rohingya

Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner, Ranking Member and Chair of the East Asia Subcommittee, today thanked Armed Services Committee leadership John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) for agreeing to include their amendment that strikes language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have expanded military-to-military engagement with the government of Burma. … Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Cardin Reiterates State Department Reorganization Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a nominations hearing for Mr. Eric Ueland, the nominee to serve as the Undersecretary for Management at the Department of State: "Mr. Ueland, it's good to see you, a member of the Senate family. You get certain privileges, but not all, by your association with the United States Senate. "You have been nominated to a position of great trust an… Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Cardin Commemorates 16th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Sixteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, including the first responders and volunteers who put their own lives at risk to help others. We will never forget their stories and their sacrifice. On Am… Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

U.S. Senators Write Tillerson, Haley Regarding Guatemalan President’s Threat in Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent the following letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley expressing concern about Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales' attempt to expel Mr. Ivan Velásquez, head of the United Nations' International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), from that country. In the letter, the Senators state, "We believe that combatting impunity and strengthening the ru… Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Violence Against Rohingya Minority in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday amidst escalating violence in Rakhine, Burma: "I remain deeply concerned by escalating violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. New reports of horrific crimes, including rape, indiscriminate killings, and the burning of entire villages by the Burmese military are alarming The sheer brutality of the violence is evidenced by the more t… Continue Reading


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

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