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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after being updated on the arrests of several anti-slavery activists in Mauritania:  “Last week I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Biram Dah Abeid and Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane at...
  • WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs bill this week with a significant number of foreign policy and national security measures authored and championed by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  Provisions...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the bodies of a client, employee and associate of the International Justice Mission were found murdered in Kenya. Mr. Josephat Mwenda and attorney Mr. Willie Kimani were last seen after a...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Thursday after the State Department released their 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report: “The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney, (all D-Md.), issued the following joint statement Thursday calling on the government of The Gambia to immediately release Fanta Jawara, a Maryland resident who has been jailed in that country since...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, introduced a resolution in the Senate Wednesday commemorating 50 years of diplomatic...
  • WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico announced Wednesday at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada, several joint environmental and conservation initiatives including a goal that 50 percent of the continent’s energy will come from...
  • Washington, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. Senate approved ‎H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The Senate version of the legislation, which is expected to soon pass the House and be signed into law by the president,‎ was sponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). U.S. Reps. Ted...
  • WASHINGTON – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled Monday that all foreign and domestic companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges and involved in oil, gas and mineral resource extraction must publish the project-level payments they make to foreign countries in which they operate.  The rule implements Section 1504 of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union:  “I respect the will of British voters but am disappointed by the outcome of the referendum. Euro-Atlantic...
  • 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 committee passage of the Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), their bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanded trade in developing...
  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on China’s actions in the East...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement in response to the signing of a bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and after meeting with Colombian Ambassador to the U.S., Juan...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement after the Organization of American States (OAS) affirmatively voted today to review the OAS Secretary General's report on the deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela.     "Secretary General Almagro's leadership in...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution Monday recognizing June 20th as World Refugee Day and reaffirming the commitment of the United States Senate to protect and assist millions of refugees and other forcibly uprooted persons...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led five of his bipartisan colleagues Monday in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, urging the Council to roll over sanctions on Russia. The co-signers are U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on Congressional funding for Israel’s security:  “One of the most successful aspects of the decades-long partnership between the United States and Israel has been our joint...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday regarding the expulsion of three of U.S. officials from Nicaragua:  "As the U.S. is building partnerships across Central America that promote greater security and economic growth, the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in advance of the Holy and Great Council to be held in Greece.  “This weekend, I join Orthodox Christians in recognizing the beginning of the historic Holy and Great Council on the island of Crete,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and killed while campaigning in her district:  “I am deeply saddened for the family of Jo Cox and for the people of the United...