Chairman's Press

September 19, 2016

South Sudan on Track to Becoming a Failed State

South Sudan stands on the brink of collapse. The economy is in shambles, with an inflation rate of over 600 percent. Parts of the country are already facing famine conditions, and more than 40 percent of the population needs emergency food aid. More than one million people have fled as refugees, and almost two million are displaced internally. And the credibility of South Sudan's leaders has been severely compromised by failure to implement the peace accord signed last August, continued abuse of… Continue Reading


September 19, 2016

Cardin Statement on President Obama’s Leader’s Summit on Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of President Barack Obama's hosting of a Leaders' Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis on the margins of UN General Assembly. The Summit seeks to galvanize significant new commitments to increase funding to humanitarian appeals and international organizations, admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and increase refugees… Continue Reading


September 15, 2016

Senators Introduce Resolution to Condemn North Korea Nuclear Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a Senate resolution today condemning North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9th and calling on that country to uphold its international obligations and abandon its nuclear weapons program. The resolution also asks China to exercise greater economic and diplomatic leverage over North Korea and reinforces American commitments to our all… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Historic Security MOU Between United States, Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the conclusion of a ten-year memorandum of understanding between the United States and Israel on security aid: "A strong, safe Israel is in the national security interest of the United States. This historic memorandum of understanding is the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history. It ensures Israel's short-… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Cardin, McCain Introduce Legislation to Support Burma During Historic Political, Economic Transition, Remain Focused on Human Rights Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation today to lend additional U.S. support to Burma's ongoing political transition and economic growth since that country's historic November 2015 elections, while also recognizing that human rights issues, national reconciliation and constitutional reform remain works in progress that must be addressed. A… Continue Reading


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

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