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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday on David Friedman’s nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel: “The U.S.-Israel relationship is a strategic anchor for the United States in the Middle East and one of our most...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Chinese government granted 38 new trademarks to the Trump Organization: "This is an astonishing development. For a decade prior to his election as president, Donald Trump sought, with no...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday recognizing International Women’s Day: “At home and abroad, how a country treats its women is very much a barometer for economic and social success of that country. When women succeed,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after North Korea launched four missiles that fell into the Sea of Japan: “Today’s latest provocation is yet another reminder of the threat North Korea poses to the United States and our...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the White House announced its second attempt at an executive order temporarily banning citizens of Muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the United States: “Despite...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, led 32 of his colleagues Thursday to introduce a resolution calling upon President Trump to follow the precedent established by prior Presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led three of his bipartisan Committee colleagues Thursday in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney expressing profound concern about the Administration’s reported plan to pursue deep cuts to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Representative John K. Delaney (D-Md.-06) released the following joint statement Thursday after their constituent, Fanta Jawara, arrived in the United States following imprisonment in The Gambia during political unrest in that country last year. As her Federal elected...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution yesterday that would have imposed sanctions on key individuals in the Assad regime for their role in the use of chemical weapons...
  • Foreign Relations Committee to hold Venezuela hearing Thursday WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday expressing its profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging the immediate release of political prisoners, and calling for respect of constitutional...
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Washington this week, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement today urging the release of Aya Hijazi, an...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a group of bipartisan, bicameral colleagues Monday in a letter to President Trump about the worsening crisis in South Sudan. The lawmakers are requesting that Mr. Trump appoint a high-level Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan,...
  • WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability law, issued the following statement upon the two-year anniversary of the assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. “Two years ago,...
  • Senators warn against potential Constitutional violation WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today regarding the decision by the People’s Republic of China to grant a construction trademark to the Trump Organization after years of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led five of his colleagues in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last night as the two Administration officials landed in Mexico City. Also signing the letter were U.S....
  • WASHINGTON – Following a recent report accusing the Bashar al-Assad regime of atrocities in Syrian prisons, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter from committee members to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seeking an update...
  • BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement on the growing number of threats called in...
  • EL PASO – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) toured the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday, assessing security and counter-narcotics operations as well as the processing of undocumented migrants crossing into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland...
  • MEXICO CITY – Three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concluded an official visit to the Mexican capital Sunday to reaffirm the strong security, economic, and cultural ties that bind the United States and Mexico. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee’s Ranking Member, led his colleagues U.S. Senators Jeff...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday regarding his concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, and his recommendations for additional United States efforts to stem the...