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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a Committee hearing on ‘Assessing U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Geopolitical, Economic and Humanitarian Considerations.’ Senator Cardin is working with a bipartisan group of colleagues to draft...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement Monday. The Senators are the co-authors of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and the 2016 Global Magnitsky...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had reclaimed Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS):  “The capture of Raqqa from ISIS, its de facto...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after federal district judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued temporary restraining orders against President Trump’s third attempt at a Muslim ban: “Once again, federal judges have...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Canadian Parliament approved legislation to hold corrupt leaders and human rights abusers accountable worldwide. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the co-authors of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an outspoken advocate for combatting corruption and press freedom, released the following statement Tuesday after journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the lead reporter of the Panama Papers exposé, was killed in a car bombing in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues Tuesday in a letter to the prime minister of Bangladesh, thanking her for keeping the country’s borders open and providing assistance to more than half a million Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighboring...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Monday, raising a series of questions about Ivanka Trump’s potential role in and advocacy for the Women Finance Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative (WeFi). Ms. Trump helped conceive of WeFi, a fund administered by the World Bank with decision-making...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia left hundreds dead and hundreds more wounded over the weekend: “I condemn in the strongest possible terms this weekend’s deadly bombings in Mogadishu....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday following President Trump’s announcement that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite producing no factual or material evidence...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) released the following statement Wednesday, ten days past the October 1 deadline by which the Trump Administration was to announce the implementation of sanctions on the Russia defense and intelligence sectors, as stipulated in the Countering America’s Adversaries...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the coauthor of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), released the following statement Wednesday amid continuing reports President Trump will not certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump Administration announced it was expelling Cuban diplomats from the U.S. in the wake of attacks on American personnel in Havana: “The safety and security of U.S. diplomats and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led twenty of their bipartisan colleagues in a letter to senior Trump Administration officials Thursday, urging them to apply the full weight of American diplomatic...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement commemorating the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico: “This week, we observe the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Promoting Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Act of 2017 Thursday, legislation to boost the United States’ engagement in achieving a just, sustainable peace in Afghanistan.  “The United States needs to center...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday upon reports the Trump Administration was set to lower the annual number of refugees entering the United States to 45,000 individuals: “The Trump Administration’s move to arbitrarily...
  • Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Committee chairman, announced he would retire from the Senate when his term expires at the end of 2018: “Bob Corker is a consummate statesman and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after President Trump issued a revised travel ban last night: “President Trump’s attempt to repackage his Muslim ban won’t work. I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act...