Chairman's Press

February 04, 2016

Cardin Statement on Strengthening the European Union

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement for the record on Strengthening the European Union. The statement addresses the challenges confronting the European Union today, including the refugee and migrant crisis, the effects of the Greece crisis on the Eurozone, the threat of domestic terrorism and foreign fighters, the rise of nationalism, Russian aggression, and the United Kingdom's upcoming referendum o… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution Urging Robust International Assistance for Syrian Humanitarian Relief

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Thursday's international donor conference on the crisis in Syria, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution urging the nations of the world to join the United States, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Germany and Norway in fulfilling their United Nations pledges for financial assistance to support humanitarian relief resulting from the conflict in Syria. "T… Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Cardin Welcomes the Latest Additions to Magnitsky List

"Human rights abusers around the world must understand that the United States will be aggressive in its efforts to hold accountable those who violate human rights and subvert the rule of law." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its third annual report of U.S. Government actions to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, adding additional individuals for sanctions. "As the Ranki… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement on the Nepal Recovery Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement regarding S. 1882 the Nepal Recovery Act, which will work to support the sustainable recovery and rebuilding of Nepal following the recent, devastating earthquakes near Kathmandu. Senator Cardin introduced the bill with Senator Kirk as an original cosponsor on July 29, 2015. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Janu… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement on Legislation to Help Obtain Observer Status for Taiwan in INTERPOL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement regarding S. 2426 a bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Senator Gardner introduced the bill with Senator Cardin as an original cosponsor on December 18, 2015. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee o… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Gardner-Menendez North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), today announced Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. As part of a more effective U.S. policy to achieve the peaceful disarmament of North Korea and advance human rights, the bipartisan Gardner-Menendez bill will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile de… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Cardin Statement on Danish Parliament Approving Seizure of Refugee Assets by Police

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding a recently enacted Danish law that authorizes police to search asylum seekers entering the country and confiscate any non-essential items that do not have any sentimental value to the owner valued at more than 10, 000 kroner, which is equivalent to just under $1,500. "In the seven years leading up to World War II, Denmark took in nearly 7,500… Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

Cardin Statement on Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the terrorist attack in Pakistan: "I want to express my condolences to the families of those lost in today's terrorist attack in Pakistan. The targeting of an educational institution brings back terrible memories of the tragic December 2014 school attack in Peshawar. The people of Pakistan remain a top target of terrorist groups and we remain committed to s… Continue Reading


January 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on JCPOA Implementation Day

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, issued the following statement on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. "With Implementation Day of the Iran nuclear agreement now here, it is critical that all parties uphold their commitments agreed to in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. While Congress was not a party to the nuclear negotiations, we do have … Continue Reading


January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Americans from Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release of four detained Americans in Iran and a fifth American, a student, who was released as well. "The release of five innocent Americans from Iran is a day for all Americans to celebrate their long and overdue return home. Painstaking effort and the unwavering determination put forward by Secretary of State Kerry, former Under Secretary of State Wend… Continue Reading


January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Taiwan’s Historic Election

BALTIMORE -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Taiwan's historic election. "Taiwan has once again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to democracy and freedom of expression following their now concluded historic campaign and election. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Taiwan for once again exercising their democratic rights and serving as a shining example for the international communit… Continue Reading


January 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Terrorist Attack in Indonesia

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, issued the following statement on the terrorist attack that occurred in Indonesia today. "I want to express my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today's terrorist attack in Jakarta. As President Joko Widodo stated, "We must not be afraid, we must not be defeated by an act of terror like this"… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

SOTU: Cardin Says Congress Should Unite to Work with President Obama throughout the Year Ahead

WASHINGTON - In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement. Senator Cardin's guest for the speech was Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). "President Obama set out an aggressive agenda tonight, showing the country and the world that he will not allow himself to be labeled as a 'lame-duck' president. We must use every moment of the next 12 months, working together - Congress, t… Continue Reading


January 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, issued the following statement regarding North Korea's nuclear test. "Today's reported nuclear test by North Korea is yet another indication of North Korea's determination to continue to defy the international community and the threat it poses to regional peace and stability. "In response,… Continue Reading


December 28, 2015

Cardin Statement on Comfort Women Agreement Announced by Republic of Korea and Japan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in reaching a breakthrough agreement to resolve their long standing dispute regarding comfort women during World War Two. "I welcome this agreement and the leadership exhibited by both Prime Minister Abe and President Park to settle this longstanding issue in a way that recognizes the suffer… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Twenty-One Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Second Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinr… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate Senator Cardin: "Passage of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in the Senate is a big victory for champions of human rights and freedoms. We are one step closer to ensuring that human rights violators cannot escape the consequences of their abusive and corrupt behavior." WASHINGTON - The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senator Ben C… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Statement on One-Year Anniversary of President Obama’s Engagement Policy with Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama's engagement policy with Cuba. "One year ago today, President Obama set forth a new course for U.S. policy towards Cuba grounded firmly in the belief that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests and support the Cuban people. With Alan Gross now home and the American flag once… Continue Reading


December 15, 2015

Cardin Statement on Adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following the adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran's nuclear program. "The Resolution adopted today by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors to close its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program leaves us with more questions than it does answers. What we do know is that Iran, thr… Continue Reading


December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Azerbaijani Rights Activist Leyla Yunus from Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus from prison: "Although I welcome today's release of Leyla Yunus from her unjust imprisonment in Azerbaijan, the fabricated charges against her remain in place. All charges against Arif and Leyla Yunus should be unconditionally dismissed. I strongly urge that she be provided the best medical care as her health … Continue Reading

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