Chairman's Press

July 05, 2017

Cardin Condemns Attack on Honduran Environmental Activists, including Berta Caceres’ Daughter

U.S. Senator has repeatedly called for justice in murder of Caceres, end to impunity in Honduras WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after Bertha Zuñiga, daughter of slain environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres, was brutally attacked along with other activists in Honduras: "I am appalled at the ongoing targeted attacks against members of the Civic Council … Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Writes to Trump as Jewish Affairs Positions at White House, State Dept. Remain Vacant

"Given continuing incidents of anti-Semitism, including over a hundred threats to Jewish institutions in this country since the beginning of the year, and significant incidents abroad, I urge you to comply with the FY17 Omnibus and Public Law 108-332 and select a qualified individual to serve as the SEAS, and also appoint a qualified White House Liaison." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesda… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Senator Cardin Addresses Venezuelan Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor Thursday to speak out on the humanitarian, economic and political crisis affecting the Venezuelan people under President Nicolas Maduro. Senator Cardin delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery: "I come to the floor to speak about the rise of a failed state in Venezuela and the man-made tragedy that President Maduro has imposed on his citizens. "For th… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cardin Raises Concerns, Notes Progress in Annual Human Trafficking Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department published its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cardin Raises Concerns, Notes Progress in Annual Human Trafficking Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department published its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Cardin Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court ruled to allow part of President Trump's travel ban to move forward while also announcing it will take up the full case in October: "I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act with clarity that we will not allow religious tests as to who can come to America. That is the question that must be answered, because the selectio… Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Cardin Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court ruled to allow part of President Trump's travel ban to move forward while also announcing it will take up the full case in October: "I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act with clarity that we will not allow religious tests as to who can come to America. That is the question that must be answered, because the selectio… Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Cardin, McCain, Markey, Gardner, Colleagues Welcome Korean President, Reaffirm Strategic Bilateral Relationship in Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues yesterday to introduce a Senate resolution welcoming the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, on his official visit to the United States next week and celebrating the U.S.-South Korean relationship. "South Korea is one of the United States' most important allies in the world, with our two countries sharing a number of security… Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill to Address Former Sexual Orientation Discrimination by State Department

LOVE Act offers mix of reconciliation, apology, advancement measures for former, current employees WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation Thursday to correct the injustice perpetrated against approximately 1,000 people who were fired by the State Department in the 1950s and 60s because of their perceived sexual orientation. In what came to be known as the Lavender Scare, according to the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, employees were forced out … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Indictment of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the indictment of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for "outrage to a body of sovereignty and injury against public authority," under the Law on Crimes against the State Security: "I had the honor of meeting Rafael Marques de Morais earlier this month here in Washington, where the National Endowment for Democracy honored him with its … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin Urges House to Immediately Consider, Pass Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on reports that the House of Representatives is delaying consideration and passage of bipartisan legislation to sanction Iran and Russia. The Senate passed the bill last week 98-2: "The overwhelming bipartisan resolve in the Senate for strong sanctions against Russia should carry over to the House. I'm deeply alarmed that the Republican House leadershi… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Recognize World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution in the Senate Tuesday recognizing June 20, 2017 as World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65 million people displaced across the globe - the highest level in recorded human history. The resolution states that World Refugee Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the courage, strength and determina… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin Remarks at AUMF Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement Tuesday at a Committee hearing entitled, "Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force": "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I totally concur in your comments about the actions last week. I think it was the United States Senate, guided by this committee that did exactly what we needed to do in regards to the appropriate role of Congre… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin Concerned by Restrictive NGO Legislation in Hungary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the passage of a law in the Hungarian parliament to restrict NGOs who receive foreign funding: "I am concerned by news last week that the Hungarian parliament adopted a 'foreign agents' law which will stigmatize and impede the work of civil society organizations in Hungary, and I hope that this legislation will not be signed into law. While the stated ju… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Administration to Press Egyptian President on Human Rights, Anti-NGO Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) urged President Trump to press Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the worsening human rights situation and restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt. "A strong U.S.-Egypt relationship is important to advancing American interes… Continue Reading


June 19, 2017

Cardin Mourns Passing of Otto Warmbier after North Korean Detention, Calls for Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Otto Warmbier's family confirmed his death, days after he returned from North Korean imprisonment in grave health: "I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Otto Warmbier at this difficult time. A full autopsy may provide some technical answers in this very tragic case, but I want to be clear: Otto is dead because of Kim Jong-un's repr… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on LGBT Pride 2017

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Baltimore Pride 2017, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. "Pride. Equality. Freedom. These values are at the core of Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families in Maryland and across the United States. Every American deserves the same freedoms, the same opportun… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Cardin Reacts to Trump’s Reversal of U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday in reaction to President Trump's reversal of U.S. policy toward Cuba: "As President Trump is abandoning American values around the globe, it is far from credible for the Administration to suggest its policy towards Cuba is driven by human rights concerns. Just last month, the President's budget proposed zeroing out funding for longstanding programs that… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Cardin Praises Senate-Passed Russia, Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to sanction Russia and Iran for their destabilizing activities worldwide. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote much of the comprehensive package and worked as a chief negotiator to help his colleagues reach bipartisan consensus on the path to final passage today. "Iran and Russia need to see more than rhetoric from the United States. The action the Senate has taken tod… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Cardin Remarks at USAID Nominee Hearing

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday on the nomination of former Ambassador and Congressman Mark Green of Wisconsin to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, offered the following remarks as prepared for delivery: "Ambassador Green, I welcome you to the Committee and thank you for your willingness to continue your excellent career in public s… Continue Reading

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