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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday on reports of forced disappearances, torture, and killing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, primarily gay men, in Chechnya: “I am gravely concerned about the growing...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a series of terrorist attacks in Egypt targeted at Coptic Christians prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks: “I...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Friday to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced comprehensive legislation Thursday to make fighting international corruption an American national security priority, encourage greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicize anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. Joining...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Trump Administration informed him that the bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway: “Tonight I was informed by the White House that the targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield was...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act (AGOA and MCA Modernization Act) Wednesday, legislation to improve the transparency and impact of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA)...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday ahead of his announced trip to Russia next week, encouraging the Secretary to follow...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday condemning Bashar al-Assad and his regime for their continued use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Multiple media outlets and independent human rights...
  • Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing Tuesday entitled, “The European Union as a Partner Against Russian Aggression: Sanctions, Security, Democratic Institutions and the Way Forward”: “I particularly...
  • 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 that it has cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): “The Trump administration’s decision to cut off all U.S. funding...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the latest deadly attack in Syria. “I am deeply alarmed by reports this morning of another chemical weapons attack on a town in Idlib Province, which so far has killed dozens of innocent Syrian...
  • WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump – prior to his meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping – to support the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea and to draw attention to unwarranted...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on democracy, human rights, and global women’s issues, have written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in advance of President Trump’s...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a bombing in the St. Petersburg, Russia subway system left multiple victims dead and injured: “I extend my sincerest condolences to the injured and to the families of the deceased in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, announced Friday that when the Senate convenes Monday he will introduce a bipartisan resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to the U.S.-Egypt partnership. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is scheduled to meet with...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that the country’s National Assembly was operating “outside the rule of law” and declared that it would assume lawmaking...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – A group of leading Senate Democrats today called for a federal investigation into whether President Trump’s business dealings in Azerbaijan may have violated anti-corruption and sanctions laws, and may have served as a channel for money-laundering and other illicit activities tied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery at a hearing Thursday on “The Road Ahead: U.S. Interests, Values and the American people.” The witnesses were former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in response to legislation in Hungary that would threaten the operations and functions of Central European University in Budapest: "Since its founding in 1991 after the fall of communism, Central...