Chairman's Press

March 30, 2017

Senators Call for Investigation of Trump's Dealings with Corrupt Oligarch Linked to Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of leading Senate Democrats today called for a federal investigation into whether President Trump's business dealings in Azerbaijan may have violated anti-corruption and sanctions laws, and may have served as a channel for money-laundering and other illicit activities tied to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) outlined their concerns in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchi… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Remarks on U.S. Global Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery at a hearing Thursday on "The Road Ahead: U.S. Interests, Values and the American people." The witnesses were former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley: "When the Cold War ended some thirty years ago, we were told that we were at 'the end of history,' and that democracy, open … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Speaks Out in Support of Central European University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in response to legislation in Hungary that would threaten the operations and functions of Central European University in Budapest: "Since its founding in 1991 after the fall of communism, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has become recognized as a preeminent university, drawing students from a multitude of nations. While Hungarian studen… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Wicker, Cardin Support Territorial Integrity of the Nation of Georgia

WASHINGTON-Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Commissioner Senator Ben Cardin (MD) today introduced a Senate resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the nation of Georgia. "The Russian government has tried to undermine Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity for far too long," said Chairman Wicker. "It is time for the United States to make it clear once again that we do not recognize Russian land grabs within its neighbors' borders. Russia shoul… Continue Reading


March 29, 2017

Cornyn, Cardin Lead Bipartisan Group to Affirm Strategic U.S.-Mexico Partnership in Resolution

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a resolution to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico and recognize the bilateral cooperation necessary to advance both countries' shared interests in national security, defense, and trade. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) also cosponsored the resolution. "The United States and Mexico have long benefited from a symbiot… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Approval of Montenegro NATO Bid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "Montenegro's membership in NATO will serve to strengthen the organization, enhance American national security, and send a strong message of resolve to Russia as it invades its neighbors and seeks to upend the international order. Montenegro's inclusion … Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Remarks at U.S. Policy on Iran Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing Tuesday on 'The View from Congress: U.S. Policy on Iran,' U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member, delivered the following opening remarks: "Iran deserves special attention and this Committee can, I think, play a critical role. We have in the past. I think back about the legislation that authorized the sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activity. I congratulate Senator Menendez for his leadership on that legislation… Continue Reading


March 26, 2017

Senator Cardin Statement on Russian Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday as the largest protests in Russia in five years resulted in the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators: "I strongly condemn the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Moscow and across Russia today. This crackdown is another indication that the space for civil society is rapidly closing inside Putin's Russia. It is not surprising that th… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin, Portman, Roskam, and Vargas Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reject Attempts to Economically Isolate Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) announced Thursday the introduction of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing number of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS actions. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) targ… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Young & Cardin Lead Letter to Secretary Tillerson Calling For Urgent Diplomatic Campaign to Prevent Millions from Starving to Death

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), helped lead the letter, which was also signed by eight ot… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin Highlights Importance of U.S.-Costa Rica Relations, Recognizes Costa Rica’s Strategic Role as Democratic Partner in Western Hemisphere

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record this week to recognize Costa Rica's strategic role as a democratic partner in the Western Hemisphere: "Mr. President: I rise today to recognize the productive partnership between the United States and Costa Rica. I recently had the chance to meet with President Guillermo Solis and I can attest that this is a bilateral relationsh… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Statement by McCain & Cardin on Injury of Magnitsky Family Lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov in Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on news accounts that Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer who has assisted the family of tortured and slain Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, was injured after being thrown from his apartment building in Moscow: "We are deeply disturbed by reports indicating that Nikolai Gorokhov, the… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Cardin, Lugar Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following joint statement Monday after the U.S. Department of Interior announced the United States would effectively leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global standard to promote open and accountable management of oil and gas mineral resources: "W… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Senators Urge Continued U.S. Support for Unity, Stability in Iraq

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visits Washington, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump urging continued U.S. support to foster unity and stability in Iraq. In addition to Corker and Cardin, the letter was signed by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne Shaheen… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Sen. Cardin: President Trump’s Budget Makes Us Less Safe In Every Way

Donald J. Trump talked a big game on the campaign trail about keeping America safe. But the budget preview he released today will make us less safe by slashing the very agencies tasked with preserving peace and stability around the world and keeping the world's problems from arriving at our doorsteps - the State Department and USAID - by a devastating 36 percent. A "national security budget," as Mr. Trump referred to it previously, that makes catastrophic cuts to some of America's most critical … Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin Joins Colleagues in Calling for Investigation of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface of Ties to Neo-Nazi Group

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his colleagues U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today in calling on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Go… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Proposed Cuts to State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budgets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump proposed slashing State Department and foreign programming in his budget preview to Congress: "I am deeply disappointed and dismayed to find out that despite the concerns raised by bipartisan Members of Congress and even by his own Secretary of State, President Trump appears determined to gut U.S. national security by slashing th… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Senators Seek Release of U.S. Citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis From Two-Year Detention in China

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's scheduled visit to Beijing on Saturday, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to China's ambassador to the United States seeking the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, an American citizen and Texas resident who has been held without trial in China since March 19, 2015. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Russia's violation of a nuclear treaty is a direct threat to Europe's security

Russia is once again placing Europe in the shadow of a potential nuclear conflict. Last week in testimony before Congress, US military officials confirmed that Russia has taken another step in shredding Europe's security defenses by covertly deploying a land-based cruise missile capable of targeting the continent with nuclear weapons. Russia's deployment of this system is in direct violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty - and endangers America's closest allies. Since Wo… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin Statement on Protester Crackdowns in Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after authorities in Belarus employed a large crackdown on peaceful, legal protesters across the country in recent days: "I condemn the recent detention of civil society activists and journalists in cities throughout Belarus, which seems to indicate a significant backsliding from recent positive reform steps. I call upon the Belarussian authorities … Continue Reading

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