Chairman's Press

May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Obama Administration’s Burma Sanctions Renewal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the Obama Administration announced it would renew sanctions in Burma: "I support the President's decision to renew sanctions for Burma as provided under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. "Aung San Suu Kyi is to be commended for her leadership, particularly as her nation begins a new era with a NLD-led government after last year… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assault of Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the assault on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates: "I condemn Tuesday's assault of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates, which occurred in broad daylight in full view of Russian police. This is just the most recent attack on Russia's embattled civil so… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Threats Against Golos, Other Russian Civil Society Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement expressing concern over threats to Russia's civil society, including independent citizen election monitoring group Golos ahead of Russia's September 2016 parliamentary elections. "I am deeply concerned by the Russian government's renewed crackdown on civil society, includ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Brazilian Political Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office and formal impeachment proceedings against her begin: "Today marks a difficult moment for all Brazilians, regardless of their political ideology. Yet, I am confident that in the coming months, the strength of the country's institutions and its respect for the rule of law will allow… Continue Reading


May 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on President Obama’s Historic Visit to Hiroshima

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the White House announced President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, at the conclusion of his upcoming trip to Asia later this month: "I thank President Obama for his consistent leadership. As a Senator, a presidential candidate, and as leader of the free world, he has clearly spoken of the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation and… Continue Reading


May 04, 2016

Cardin Marks Yom HaShoah 2016

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the bipartisan Genocide Prevention Act of 2016, issued the following statement in observance of Yom HaShoah 2016. This year observed from sundown May 4th through sundown May 5th, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the millions of innocent lives lost during The Holocaust (Shoah) and remembers the individuals who risked their lives by resisting the Nazi's Final… Continue Reading


May 03, 2016

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day: "Across the globe, journalists take incredible risks to serve an essential function: holding governments and leaders accountable to their citizens. A free press preserves our ability to speak truth to power, and promotes the kind of open society where ideas flourish. Yet far too often reporters face inti… Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Cardin Commemorates International Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

WASHINGTON - April is International Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has engaged in a full range of activities highlighting the need to strengthen U.S. atrocity prevention capabilities and to maintain a strong commitment to holding perpetrators accountable. As author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2015 and the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, Cardin knows Bash… Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on Jacobson’s Confirmation as Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Roberta Jacobson to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Thursday evening: "Mexico is one of our most important bilateral relationships on matters ranging from trade to immigration to security, and our top diplomatic post in the country was vacant for far too long. I offer my congratulations to our next Ambassador to Mexico, Ro… Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Senate Passes Cardin, Corker Resolution Supporting Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace, End Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday evening that recognizes the sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and supports efforts to pursue peace through a negotiated end to the country's enduring armed conflict. The resolution was offered by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and and cosponsored by 14 other Senators. "I'm very pleased the U.S. Sena… Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Cardin Condemns Killing of Civilians in Syria Hospital Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in Aleppo, Syria was bombed, killing dozens. There were many injuries and the death toll was likely to rise: "Today's bombing and killing of dozens of innocent civilians at a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in Aleppo is the clearest sign yet that the Assad regime and its Russian allies … Continue Reading


April 28, 2016

Corker, Cardin: State Department Authorization Bill for 2017 Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced committee passage of the bipartisan U.S. Department of State Authorization Act of 2017. The legislation requires U.S. leadership at the United Nations (U.N.) to end sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers, promotes efficiencies in personnel and management at the State Department, and restructures the consular fee system for issui… Continue Reading


April 27, 2016

Cardin Statement Commemorating Armenian Genocide Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following statement commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide: "This year marks 101 years since the Armenian Genocide, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million innocent men, women, and children at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Last year, the world gathered to commemorate the victims and to call on our leaders to… Continue Reading


April 27, 2016

Cardin, Gardner, Menendez, Schatz Introduce Asia-Pacific Maritime Legislation to Enhance U.S. Regional Leadership, Support Allies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of both the Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and the SFRC East Asia Subcommittee, Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Chairman of the SFRC East Asia Subcommittee, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the SFRC, and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation Wednesday to enhance American maritime capacity and leadership and increase support to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act o… Continue Reading


April 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on Meeting with Vietnamese Human Rights Delegation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after meeting with members of the Vietnamese delegation to the U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue: "I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet today with the Vietnamese delegation to the annual U.S.-Vietnam Human Rights Dialogue. Progress on issues such as human rights, good governance, transparency, anti-corruption, and legal reform is absolutely … Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nepal Earthquake Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement marking the one year anniversary of two earthquakes that hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and demolishing half a million homes: "With over 40 percent of Nepal's population living in extreme poverty, Nepal is still recovering from last year's devastating earthquake. Over the past year political tensions and resource shortages have hampered the rel… Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Bangladeshi Murders, Including USAID Worker and LGBT Advocate Xulhaz Mannan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday upon news that Tanay Majumder and Xulhaz Mannan, an employee of USAID who also founded Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, Roopbaan, were murdered last night: "I condemn in the strongest way possible the murders of Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Majumder in Bangladesh last night. Mr. Mannan had been a pioneering LGBT advocate in the nation, and also served t… Continue Reading


April 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on World Malaria Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing World Malaria Day on April 25, 2016: "Despite being treatable and preventable, malaria continues to be a leading cause of death and disease in dozens of countries around the world. In 2015 alone, there were more than 214 million reported cases of malaria resulting in an estimated 438,000 deaths. Of these 438,000 deaths, 90 percent were in sub-Saharan… Continue Reading


April 21, 2016

Cardin, Delaney Lead 145 Colleagues in Letter to President Obama on Signing of Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Representative John Delaney (MD-06), and 145 of their Democratic colleagues from the Senate and House sent a letter to President Obama today in strong support of the United States signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry will repres… Continue Reading


April 20, 2016

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Condemn Ethiopia’s Crackdown on Civil Society

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution with 11 other Senators today condemning the lethal violence used by the government of Ethiopia against protestors, journalists, and others in civil society for exercising their rights under Ethiopia's constitution. The resolution calls for the Secretary of State to conduct a review of U.S. security assistance to Ethiopia in light of allegations that Ethiopian securi… Continue Reading

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