Chairman's Press

September 13, 2016

Cardin, Markey in Wall Street Journal: U.S. Is Already a Signatory to Test Ban Treaty

We were disappointed to read Senate Republicans' letter to President Obama regarding his intention to pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ("Republican Senators Decry Obama's Nuclear Ban Effort," U.S. News, Sept. 9). While the U.S. isn't yet a party to the CTBT, we are a signatory and, since 1992 our own national policy prevents the testing of nuclear weapons in line with the treaty's main goal. Setting aside the important but broader debate ab… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Democratic Senators introduce resolution to commemorate the 15th anniversary of NATO’s invocation of Article V

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week introduced a resolution to commemorate the 15th anniversary of NATO's invocation of Article V in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Article V enshrines the principle of collective defense, meaning that an attack against one NATO all… Continue Reading


September 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Syria Ceasefire

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of a U.S. -Russian negotiated ceasefire in Syria, set to begin Monday evening: "I welcome the announcement that a ceasefire agreement has been reached between the United States and Russia in Syria, to begin on September 12. The scale of suffering and scope of war crimes committed over the course of the Syrian conflict is deplorable. The violence must s… Continue Reading


September 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korean Nuclear Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after North Korea acknowledged its fifth recent nuclear test: "North Korea's continued belligerence is unacceptable. Today's test indicates a new level of development for their nuclear program, and underscores the grave and growing danger that North Korea presents to the regional and international community. "We continue to strongly stand by our a… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin Opening Remarks at CTBT Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks Wednesday at a hearing on 'The Administration's Proposal for a UN Resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty': "Well Chairman Corker, thank you for calling this hearing and I certainly concur in your observations as to the prerogatives of the United States Congress and the Senate. We do not have any proposed language that the Administra… Continue Reading


September 06, 2016

Cardin Welcomes U.S. Commitment to Assist Laos with Unexploded Ordnance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Tuesday after President Obama announced that the United States will dedicate $90 million over the next three years to address unexploded ordinance (UXO) in Laos: "Laos was the most heavily bombed nation in history due to U.S. activity during the Vietnam War, and since then unexploded ordnance have killed or… Continue Reading


August 20, 2016

Cardin Condemns Conviction of Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Saturday after thirteen Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were sentenced to prison: "I was dismayed to learn of the jailing by a Mauritanian tribunal of members of the Resurgence of Abolitionist Movement, the largest anti-slavery organization in Mauritania. The tribunal's verdict and sentencing of these activists, who have been fighting to eliminate the great s… Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

Cardin Statement on World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday in honor of World Humanitarian Day: "Today, on World Humanitarian Day, I recognize and honor those who courageously provide aid to the millions whose lives have been torn apart by conflict or disaster. Their work often comes at great personal risk, as they endure the threat of injury, abduction, harassment, rape, arrest, and even death. In 2015, we witness… Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Approval of U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the United Nations Security Council's approval of a stabilization force for the UN peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). "I welcome the authorization of a regional security force to stabilize the capital, Juba," said Senator Cardin. "This regional force, as part of UNMISS, must prioritize the protection of civilians. I urge swift deployment of the … Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on Ongoing Situation in Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on the ongoing situation in Turkey: "I would like to offer my condolences to the Turkish people for the deaths, injuries and destruction that befell them during the failed coup one week ago. I stand with the democratically elected government of Turkey and the thousands of Turks across the nation who took to the streets to show solidarity against the… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Statement on Conviction of Fanta Jawara

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney issued the following joint statement Thursday after Fanta Jawara of Frederick, Maryland, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in The Gambia. The Maryland Federal officials have followed her case closely, releasing a statement a few weeks ago as she went to trial: "We are outraged at the conviction and sentencing of Fanta Jawara. She has done nothing wrong … Continue Reading


July 20, 2016

Cardin Statement on Killing of Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sheremet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, Ukraine: "I condemn the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine. While we do not yet know who was responsible for this tragic murder, we do know that Mr. Sheremet was a leader on anti-corruption issues in Ukraine, where he had lived for th… Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Joint Statement By Congressional Leaders on Violence in South Sudan

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) released the following statement Monday regarding the escalating violence in South Sudan that has put the peace agreement at grave risk: "Urgent action is needed to prevent further bloodshed in South Sudan and to sustain the prospect of peace. Escalating violence in Juba and other … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin, Schumer, Senate Democrats Introduce Iran Sanctions Extension

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chair Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 12 other Senate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday to renew the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Congress unanimously passed the 1996 legislation to stop major foreign investment in Iran's energy sector, with the goal of denying the regime the ability to financially support international te… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nice Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after an attack in Nice, France Thursday night killed scores of people and injured many others, including Americans. France was celebrating Bastille Day, their independence day: "I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were tragically killed and critically injured celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. A… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, along with original co-sponsors U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), introduced a resolution Thursday expressing the Senate's profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Cardin Introduces Major Anti-Corruption Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced legislation Thursday to track and analyze corruption in foreign countries, an increasingly pervasive problem around the world. The Combating Global Corruption and Ensuring Accountability Act of 2016 would require the State Department to author and publicly distribute a report, similar to its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, that summarizes the extent of corruption in count… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Hearing on ‘Iran Nuclear Agreement – One Year Later’

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday entitled 'The Iran Nuclear Agreement: One Year Later'. The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were offered by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member: "Thank you, Chairman Corker, for convening this hearing today. Mr. Nephew and Mr. Dubowitz welcome back to the Committee. During the Congressional Review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), both of you testified for many c… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Trafficking in Persons Report Hearing

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday to review the State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report. The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were offered by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member: "I want to thank Chairman Corker for calling this hearing today. He and I share a deep commitment to this issue and to ensuring that the integrity of the TIP report and tier ranking system is maintained. This report remain… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Philippines v. China Law of Sea Ruling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea issued a ruling in the case 'The Republic of Philippines v. The People's Republic of China', finding that there is no legal basis for China's claims within the 'Nine Dash Line' and that none of the features claimed by China are capable of generating an exclusive economic zone: "I welcome that a … Continue Reading

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