Chairman's Press

December 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Passage of Congressional State Department Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Congressional passage over the weekend of the first legislation to fund the State Department in 14 years. The 2017 U.S. Department of State authorization bill provides for critical reforms to diplomatic programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and Foreign Service personnel, … Continue Reading


December 12, 2016

Senators Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy Call for Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called Monday for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate alleged Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the U.S. can take to defend itself in … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on Failure of Senate to Approve Montenegro Admission to NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Saturday after the Senate failed to approve the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "I am disappointed that the Senate did not advice and consent on the admission of Montenegro into NATO before we adjourned for the year. Vladimir Putin did everything he could to disrupt the recent Montenegrin Parliamentary elections in a… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Deteriorating Situation in Aleppo, Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday as the situation in Aleppo, Syria continues to deteriorate: "The late Elie Weisel said 'I don't want my past to become anyone else's future.' "For more than 70 years now, civilized people have carried forward the charge to 'Never Forget'. That charge has been decimated on the streets of eastern Aleppo. The shame of the international community is … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Cardin, McCain Hail Watershed Moment in Global Human Rights Accountability, Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - Senate and House passage of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a watershed moment in global human rights accountability and the fight against corruption. The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, part of the NDAA, now heads to President Obama for signature into law. Championed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, the bill gives th… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Cardin Meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after meeting with Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, in the Capitol: "It was a pleasure to meet with Foreign Minister Shoukry and welcome him to the Senate today. Our two countries share a long-standing, strategic relationship that includes security, diplomatic, economic, educational, and tourism dimensions. "I conveyed to the Foreign Mi… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement Ahead of Ghanaian Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of Ghana's national election on December 7th: "Ghana has made enormous strides on its path to democracy since the country's return to civilian rule. It has served as a model in West Africa, on the continent and around the world for nearly 25 years. "The United States values our partnership with the government and our friendship with the Ghan… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement on Arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after Dr. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo People's Congress and one of Ethiopia's opposition leaders, was arrested earlier this week after returning home following his testimony to the European Union parliament on the current political crisis in the country: "Dr. Gudina's arrest appears to be based solely based on the fact that he is a member of t… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Extension of Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate renewed the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 by a vote of 99 to 0. The measure is set to expire on December 31st. With House passage already secured, the measure now heads to President Obama for signature: "The House and the Senate's broad, bipartisan vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act demonstrates that the United States Congress is … Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday in recognition of World AIDS Day: "Thirty years ago the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine issued a report calling for a 'massive media, educational and public health campaign to curb the spread of the HIV infection.' The global community heeded that call, and today, on World AIDS Day, we celebrate progress that we have made in tr… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Peace Accord Ratification by Colombian Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Colombian Congress ratified a peace accord between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group: "With the ratification of their peace accord, the Colombian people now have a real chance to move beyond the conflict that has torn at the fabric of their country for decades," said Cardin. "The nation … Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.N. Resolution on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Wednesday after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on North Korea: "Today's action by the United Nations Security Council represents an important step forward in the on-going efforts by the international community to end North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and to place additional pressure on t… Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Responds to President-Elect’s Impending Announcement on Severing Ties with Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 23 of his Senate colleagues, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to … Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Cardin Introduces Resolution Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Truly Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to ensure compliance with the United States… Continue Reading


November 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after Cuba announced that Fidel Castro had passed away: "The news of Fidel Castro's death brings with it an opportunity to close the deep divisions that have been suffered by Cuban society and by Cuban Americans in the U.S. For Castro's purported goals of social and economic development to be attained, it is now time for a half-century of authoritari… Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Cardin to Introduce Senate Resolution Asking Trump to Ensure Foreign Dealings do not Violate U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today he will introduce a resolution next week stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures, in order to ensure consistency with the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution will note … Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Meets with Colombian President Santos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Capitol yesterday to discuss bilateral relations and the Colombian government signing a revised peace accord with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group. "It was an honor to welcome President Santos to the Senate today, where I thanked him for his steadfast leadership that has kept hope alive for peace in Colom… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on General Mike Flynn Selection as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after President-elect Donald Trump announced Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn would serve as his national security advisor: "I honor General Mike Flynn's three decades of service to the United States as part of our Armed Forces. Unfortunately, I have serious concerns regarding General Flynn's temperament, worldview, and potential conflicts of interest shoul… Continue Reading


November 17, 2016

Cardin Keynote Address at CSIS Transatlantic Forum on Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Fourth Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia Thursday. The Senator also answered a question at the end of his remarks about what he'll be looking for in upcoming confirmation hearings of Trump Administration national security officials: "Heather [Conley], thank you very much. It really is a pleas… Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Cardin Calls for Increased Humanitarian Assistance in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew Devastation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and Administrator Gayle Smith of the U.S. Agency for International Development Tuesday, calling for a substantial increase in assistance to the people of Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last month. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still lack reliable access to necessities such as shelter, water, food and medical supplies. "Haiti… Continue Reading

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