Chairman's Press

July 01, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Administration Announcement to Open a U.S. Embassy in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement to continue normalizing relations with Cuba and open embassies in Washington, DC and Havana. "This announcement is another step forward in a common sense approach to Cuba. A U.S. Embassy in Havana will strengthen our ability to engage the Cuban people, advance our national interests, and advocate for fundamental freedoms. … Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. "The deplorable acts of terror and violence that occurred today in three countries must be condemned in the strongest of terms. Our support for these victims, their families, and for France, Kuwait, and Tunisia will never waver. We as a nation cannot become complacent in the face of these incide… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Department of State 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released today by the State Department, is an essential benchmark for assessing progress on human rights globally, and for holding governments accountable for human rights abuses. Often encountering severe repre… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Announcement of Temporary Protected Status for Nepal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the decision by the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese currently residing in the United States. "I commend the President and Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson for responding positively to my request and extending Temporary Protected Status to Nepalese currently residing in the United States," … Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Senators Cardin and Cornyn Introduce Legislation Establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Majority Whip introduced legislation today establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator, a newly established position designated to properly coordinate a unified government response to hostage situations and work to secure the release of all hostages held by terrorist groups. In addition to directing the federal government's response, … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Senators Cardin, Rubio Introduce World Refugee Day Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues have introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing World Refugee Day on June 20th. The resolution reaffirms the bipartisan commitment of the United States Senate to promote the safety, health, and well-being of the mi… Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Ramadan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued the following statement on the occasion of Ramadan. "Ramadan is marked by a period of fasting and self-reflection, a time defined by prayer, service, and charity. These are universal values, embraced by communities of all faiths and religions. Families across Maryland, throughout the United States, and around the world are now gathering daily to observe this holy month. Throughout this … Continue Reading


June 18, 2015

Senators Cardin, Flake, Coons and Isakson Introduce Legislation to Increase the Reach and Impact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have introduced the Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration Act (The M-CORE Act), legislation that enables the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to address regional … Continue Reading


June 09, 2015

Corker-Cardin State Department Authorization Bill Passes Committee Unanimously

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 applauded unanimous committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act. The legislation initiates various reforms to diplomacy programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities … Continue Reading


June 09, 2015

Cardin Legislation Holding Assad and Others Accountable for War Crimes in Syria Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following committee passage of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2015. The legislation authored by Senator Cardin would establish a Syria-specific standard of reporting and accountability for crimes against humanity. Since 2011, at the start of the Syrian conflict, Senator Cardin has been pressing to hold President Bashar al-Assad and others involved in human ri… Continue Reading


June 05, 2015

Cardin Writes President Obama Urging Steps to Prevent Further Violence in Burundi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to President Obama, thanking the administration for the work that they have done thus far to prevent widespread violence in Burundi and urging the President to work closely with the international community to take necessary actions to prevent further violence and a regional crisis in Burundi and the Great Lakes. In the letter, Senator Cardin thanked the administratio… Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Cardin Statement Regarding the Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

BALTIMORE, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. "This decision is a necessary step forward in establishing a more constructive relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration has conducted a thorough review and determined the Cuban government no longer provides support for international terrorism. This is an important step … Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Washington, DC - Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. "The Saudi-initiated five-day humanitarian pause was a welcome development, but there is evidence that the Houthi movement did not respect the ceasefire and continued to take aggressive actions inside Yemen," said Senator Cardin. "A political dialogue amongst all parties is required to solve this crisis. I call on Houth… Continue Reading


May 20, 2015

Senator Cardin Opening Remarks at Hearing on “U.S.-Cuban Relations – The Way Forward”

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, at today's full committee hearing on "U.S. Cuba Policy - The Way Forward." "There is no question that on December 17 of last year, President Obama's historical speech marked a watershed moment in U.S. policy towards Cuba. The President's action brought with it a new opportunity to forge a bilateral relationship that will streng… Continue Reading


May 15, 2015

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Letter to President Obama in Support of Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter expressing support for the people and government of Tunisia as they transition to democracy and representative government. The letter was co-signed by nine other senators that sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), David Perdue … Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on House Passage of Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the House passage of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015. "The Senate and House, Democrats and Republicans have spoken with one voice in demanding a review of any accord with Iran that suspends Congressional sanctions on its nuclear weapons program. Congress has a vital oversight role to play if a final agreement is reached and to ensure … Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit. "The Middle East is confronted by tremendous challenges and at this critical juncture, the partnership between the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council is vital. The death and devastation caused by ISIL in Syria and Iraq, the unrest enveloping the region from Yemen to Libya, and the continued con… Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Cardin Statement on Passage of Senate Resolution to Free Americans Held in Iran

Watch Senator Cardin Speaking on the Senate Floor About the Resolution WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Monday's vote in the Senate on S.Con.Res.16, authored by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), which calls for the release of four Americans held in Iran. "The message sent by the Senate to Iran is direct, unequivocal, and necessary: Release the Americans unjustly detained without delay," said… Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

Cardin Statement Recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "We recognize the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and celebrate the many contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to the U.S," said Senator Cardin. "The AAPI community draws from a variety of distinct cultures, each of which has enriched American society and chal… Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

Cardin Statement Recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month. In 2014, Senator Cardin was a lead cosponsor of a bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust victims for their contributions to American society. "The month of May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to honor the contributions of Jewish Americ… Continue Reading

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