Chairman's Press

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


July 08, 2016

Cardin Statement on THAAD Deployment in South Korea

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 Friday after the Department of Defense and the South Korean Defense Ministry announced a deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in response to increased aggression by North Korea: "I welcome the decision by the United States and the Republic of Korea to move forwar… Continue Reading


July 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on Arrests of Anti-Slavery Activists in Mauritania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after being updated on the arrests of several anti-slavery activists in Mauritania: "Last week I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Biram Dah Abeid and Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane at the State Department launch of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report. These remarkable gentlemen were both born as children of slaves, and have gone on to channel th… Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

Senate Approps. Committee Passes Legislation with Significant Cardin Priorities on Democracy, Development, Governance, Human Rights

WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs bill this week with a significant number of foreign policy and national security measures authored and championed by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Provisions related to democracy and good governance, development assistance - including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - atrocity prevention and efforts to support … Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement on Murder of IJM Employee, Client, Associate in Kenya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the bodies of a client, employee and associate of the International Justice Mission were found murdered in Kenya. Mr. Josephat Mwenda and attorney Mr. Willie Kimani were last seen after a court appearance on Thursday, June 23rd when they were picked up by driver Mr. Joseph Muiruri. Mr. Kimani was representing Mr. Mwenda and working for IJM, an o… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on State Dept. Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Thursday after the State Department released their 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Call for Release of Maryland Resident Fanta Jawara from Gambian Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney, (all D-Md.), issued the following joint statement Thursday calling on the government of The Gambia to immediately release Fanta Jawara, a Maryland resident who has been jailed in that country since April. "Mrs. Fanta Jawara is an American citizen from Frederick, Maryland whose only crime appears to be visiting family in The Gambia. We are extremely concerned about her … Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Cardin, Gardner Introduce Resolution Commemorating 50 Years of U.S., Singapore Diplomatic Relations

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, and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, introduced a resolution in the Senate Wednesday commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore, and welcoming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Washington ahead of a State Dinner at the White House on Au… Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on North American Leaders’ Commitment to Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico announced Wednesday at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada, several joint environmental and conservation initiatives including a goal that 50 percent of the continent's energy will come from non-emitting sources by 2025, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committe… Continue Reading


June 29, 2016

Rubio-Cardin Bill On Track To Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Last night, the U.S. Senate approved ‎H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The Senate version of the legislation, which is expected to soon pass the House and be signed into law by the president,‎ was sponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). U.S. Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) sponsored the House version. Once enacted, this law will bring greater transparency and accountability to U.S. foreign aid … Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

SEC Issues Final Rule on Cardin-Lugar Effort to Increase Transparency in U.S. Extractive Industries

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled Monday that all foreign and domestic companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges and involved in oil, gas and mineral resource extraction must publish the project-level payments they make to foreign countries in which they operate. The rule implements Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in 2010. America … Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Statement on Brexit Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union: "I respect the will of British voters but am disappointed by the outcome of the referendum. Euro-Atlantic institutions, which are built on shared democratic values and interests, have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of World War II, and strong democratic inst… Continue Reading

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