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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate 85-13 today “has flaws but is important for our national security and the men and women of our armed forces,” and he released the following...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements Tuesday after the committee met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile: “We were...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, offered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a Committee hearing Tuesday on ‘Russian violations of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights’:  “Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, authored the following opinion piece in The Hill Wednesday, calling for a dialogue between the United States and India on human rights issues: India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement Tuesday after Bashar al-Assad said in a speech to the Syrian parliament that he was essentially doubling down on the five-year armed conflict...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Hissene Habré, the former leader of Chad, was found guilty of war crimes this week by the Extraordinary African Chambers, an African Union-backed court:  “Hissene...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate voted to confirm Laura Holgate as U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Vienna Office:  “I would like to congratulate Laura Holgate on...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement into the record Thursday at a Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues hearing on “Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic”:  “As the United States continues grappling with the public...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist and host Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison in Azerbaijan. Cardin advocated heavily for her release through high-level meetings and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the release of jailed Ukrainian fighter pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko from prison in Russia. Cardin introduced S. Res. 52, which passed the Senate in 2015, condemning the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after President Obama announced the United States would be lifting its arms embargo on Vietnam:  “I welcome this development as an important element of our effort to build a stronger,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the...
  • WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 24 other senators today in calling on the President to fulfill the Administration’s commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on an amendment to appropriate funding in response to the spread of the Zika virus: “The Zika virus is not some nebulous foreign threat; it is already...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the Obama Administration announced it would renew sanctions in Burma: “I support the President's decision to renew sanctions for Burma as provided under the International Emergency...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the assault on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates:  “I condemn Tuesday’s assault of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement expressing concern over threats to Russia’s civil society, including independent citizen election...
  •   WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office and formal impeachment proceedings against her begin:  “Today marks a difficult moment for all Brazilians,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the White House announced President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, at the conclusion of his upcoming trip to Asia later this month:  “I thank President Obama for his...
  • BALTIMORE– U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the bipartisan Genocide Prevention Act of 2016, issued the following statement in observance of Yom HaShoah 2016. This year observed from sundown May 4th through sundown May 5th, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day,...