Chairman's Press

February 27, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Write to Trump as South Sudan Crisis Worsens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a group of bipartisan, bicameral colleagues Monday in a letter to President Trump about the worsening crisis in South Sudan. The lawmakers are requesting that Mr. Trump appoint a high-level Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, "with the international stature to bring urgently needed diplomatic leadership to international efforts to achieve a sustainable peace in and between the two cou… Continue Reading


February 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Killing of Boris Nemtsov

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability law, issued the following statement upon the two-year anniversary of the assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. "Two years ago, Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in cold blood, just steps from the Kremlin. He was the definition of courage in defending the most fundamental… Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Cardin, Feinstein, Reed to Tillerson: Chinese Trademark for Trump Organization Raises Serious Questions

Senators warn against potential Constitutional violation WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today regarding the decision by the People's Republic of China to grant a construction trademark to the Trump Organization after years of delay. The ranking members of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, the Judiciary, and Armed Services, respectively, said in part, "At a time when the Unite… Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Write to Secretaries Tillerson, Kelly As Officials Arrive in Mexico City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led five of his colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last night as the two Administration officials landed in Mexico City. Also signing the letter were U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The text of the letter… Continue Reading


February 23, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Leaders Seek Accountability for War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - Following a recent report accusing the Bashar al-Assad regime of atrocities in Syrian prisons, 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 from committee members to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeking an update on U.S. plans to demand accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Syrian civil war. "In light of Amnesty International'… Continue Reading


February 21, 2017

Disturbed by Recent Incidents, Cardin Calls on Leaders at All Levels to Denounce Anti-Semitic Incidents and Other Hate-Based Threats

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement on the growing number of threats called in against Jewish Community Centers across at least 26 states and one Canadian province. "I have been deeply disturbed by the growing number of anti-Semitic threats… Continue Reading


February 20, 2017

Senators View Security, Immigration Processing Operations at U.S.-Mexico Border

EL PASO - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) toured the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday, assessing security and counter-narcotics operations as well as the processing of undocumented migrants crossing into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security led the Senators in a number of briefings and site visits, which included the international border between Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico - known as Mo… Continue Reading


February 19, 2017

In Visit to Mexico City, Senators Reaffirm Strong U.S.-Mexico Relationship

MEXICO CITY - Three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concluded an official visit to the Mexican capital Sunday to reaffirm the strong security, economic, and cultural ties that bind the United States and Mexico. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member, led his colleagues U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in meetings with members of the Mexican cabinet, Senate, and civil society. "We know that damage has been done to the bil… Continue Reading


February 17, 2017

Cardin to Tillerson: Address Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation in Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday regarding his concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, and his recommendations for additional United States efforts to stem the crisis. "Countries in the Lake Chad Basin are experiencing what United Nations officials and aid workers have called a forgotten crisis as a result of the ter… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Cotton Reintroduce Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), a CECC commissioner, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, bipartisan legislation that would renew the United States' historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong at a time when its autonomy is increasingly under assault. The legislation al… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Cardin Leads Colleagues in Dissent Cable Letter to Secretary Tillerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the full Democratic membership of the Committee and his fellow Marylander, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, in a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to take full and appropriate advantage of the State Department's 'Dissent Channel.' U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.); Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.); Chris Coons (D-Del.); Tom Udall (D-N.M.); Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); Tim Kaine… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks at Friedman Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Thursday at the confirmation hearing of Mr. David Friedman to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "The U.S.-Israel relationship is a strategic anchor for the United States in the Middle East. Indeed, it is one of our most important relationships with any country. It is a deep and genuine friendship that extends across our governments and is enriche… Continue Reading


February 16, 2017

Congressional Leaders Seek Release of American Pastor Unjustly Detained in Turkey

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. The letter was led by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking membe… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cardin: Congress Must Stand Up for America’s Values, the Right Type of Relationship with Russia

Video of CAP Action Fund Speech and Q&A WASHINGTON - At the Center for American Progress Action Fund today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a major address on U.S.-Russian relations and key issues between the two nations. The Senator's full speech and answers to questions from the audience can be found at this link. In concluding his speech, Senator Cardin said the following: "We are very much for the Russian people. Bu… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on General Flynn’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after General Michael Flynn resigned as the White House National Security Advisor: "General Flynn's resignation does not obviate the need for a broad investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 election and this administration's opaque relationship with the Kremlin. I have significant questions about what President Trump knew about Mr. Flynn… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on New Venezuela Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump Administration announced it was sanctioning Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela: "Vice President El Aissami has helped foster the entrenched corruption that sent Venezuela into a d… Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Corker, Cardin, Alexander, Kaine Introduce Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick Edmonds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick "Roddie" Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis orde… Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks at Russia Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday at a hearing on, "The United States, the Russian Federation and the Challenges Ahead:" "Thank you Mr. Chairman, I welcome both of our witnesses today. We are indeed very fortunate to have you participate in this discussion and you are two people who are very knowledgeable in U.S.-Russian relations. "And Mr. Chairman, I want to begin first by thankin… Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on Suspected ISIL Attack on Red Cross Convoy in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the deadly attack on an International Committee of the Red Cross convoy in Jowzjan province, Afghanistan, by suspected ISIL fighters: "I am deeply concerned about the attack and offer my sincere condolences to the families of the six aid workers killed and two who remain missing at this time. This despicable attack on individuals who were sel… Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Establishing Congressional Oversight of Russia Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation, The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017, which provides for congressional oversight of any decision to provide sanctions relief to the Government of the Russian Federation. "Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief," said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). "To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must b… Continue Reading

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