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  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks at the full Committee hearing, “Implementation of the U.S. Anti-Corruption Strategy,” where he stressed the importance of combatting corruption at home and abroad as a core national security priority. “Our Founding Fathers...
  • WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have introduced the International Freedom Protection Act, legislation to update and strengthen the U.S. approach to countering...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks at a Committee business meeting to consider the nominations of four highly qualified nominees that have been waiting to receive a Committee vote for an average of nearly 400 days. The nominees included Margaret L. Taylor...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the passage of Article 23 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.“I am deeply concerned about the passage of Article 23 by the Hong Kong government, as it continues to act at the behest of Beijing. Article 23’s broad and vague definitions,...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the government of India’s announced rules for implementing its Citizenship Amendment Act.“I am deeply concerned by the Indian government’s decision to begin implementing its controversial 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act,...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for two business meetings and one full Committee hearing.MEDIA POLICY: Press seating is limited. All media must RSVP to reserve a seat, and only Hill-credentialed media will be permitted to attend. RSVP for all committee events, including hearings, and other special...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, issued a statement condemning Russia’s undemocratic presidential elections. “I condemn the recent so-called presidential election in Russia as neither democratic, free, nor fair. I do not recognize the results as legitimate. As a member of the...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) issued a statement on bilateral relations...
  • WATCH THE CHAIR’S FULL REMARKS HERE WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to confirm Dennis Hankins as U.S. Ambassador to Haiti. Following his remarks, the Senate voted to approve the nomination with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks at a hearing on the “U.S. Strategy in the Pacific Islands Region,” where he highlighted recently passed bipartisan legislation to support important partnerships in the region. He also encouraged his Committee colleagues to...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, following an address by Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on a pathway to peace in the Middle East, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement reiterating his strong support for a two-state solution and ensuring critical humanitarian assistance reaches...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement following the news that Alexei Navalny’s Chief of Staff, Leonid Volkov, was attacked in Lithuania. “Less than a week after we hosted Leonid Volkov in Washington, he was brutally attacked by armed thugs near his home. Volkov’s...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement following the news that Itay Chen, a U.S.-Israeli citizen, was killed by Hamas terrorists on October 7. “Myrna and I are devastated by the news that Itay Chen, an American citizen, was murdered by Hamas. We grieve with his...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the foreign policy and national security provisions of President Joe Biden’s 2025 federal budget request, which was released today: “In an uncertain global landscape marked by escalating unrest in Haiti, emboldened...
  • WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene for one full Committee hearing. MEDIA POLICY: Press seating is limited. All media must RSVP to your respective gallery to reserve a seat, and only Hill-credentialed media will be permitted to attend. RSVP for all committee events, including hearings, and other special...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement honoring the achievements of women and girls around the world on International Women’s Day. “In Sudan, amidst political turmoil and conflict, women are at the forefront of advocating for peace and equal rights. In Burma, where...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered opening remarks at the nominations hearing for Margaret Taylor, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State; Erik Woodhouse, to be Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination, with the rank of Ambassador; Robert Forden, to be...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Sweden deposited its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the Government of the United States in Washington, D.C. “Sweden’s strong democracy and formidable military capabilities make it an...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) recent actions near Second Thomas Shoal. “The dangerous actions taken on March 5 against Philippine vessels near Second Thomas Shoal – including the PRC Coast Guard’s harassment,...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) released a bipartisan statement after the Maduro regime recently announced a new date for presidential elections. Maduro has disqualified the leading...