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  • Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015,” legislation to establish guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2015. “The International Day of the Girl is a day where we recognize the fundamental rights of girls, recommit to investing in the future of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that The Tahirih Justice Center in Baltimore has been awarded a $247,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement to fund the Empowering Survivors of Torture (EST) program. The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), which was also cosponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Johnny...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following remarks for the congressional record regarding the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka.   “I rise to address the situation in Sri Lanka, a country that has endured a brutal civil war and is working to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the tragic bombing this Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan.   “I extend my deepest condolences to the individuals and families of those killed or injured in Saturday's tragic bombing of the...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following remarks for the congressional record regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “I rise to address an important event that occurred this week at the United Nations, which is marking the 70th Session...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI),  introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senate leaders.   “The visit by President Xi serves as an important opportunity to continue and build a positive and cooperative...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his address to Congress.   “Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has stirred millions of Catholics and non-Catholics through his...
  • WASHINGTON – The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees today welcomed the Japanese parliament’s passage of legislation that will permit Japan to engage in collective self-defense, including coming to the aid of an ally. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.),...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran votes in the Senate.   “The extensive debate in the Senate this week on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran (JCPOA) further makes clear that my decision to oppose the...
  • BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post announced today his decision to vote to disapprove of the Iran nuclear agreement after completing an in-depth review.   Senator Cardin writes, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...
  • BALTIMORE – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina and upcoming elections in Guatemala.   “President Otto Perez Molina’s resignation comes after months of peaceful protests, in which...
  • Senator Cardin Statement Regarding the Ongoing Conflict in South Sudan WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. “While I welcome the signing of a peace agreement by the Sudanese People Liberation...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cuba and the raising of the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. “Today marks a significant milestone in the restoration of the U.S....
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following in response to today’s sentencing of civil society activists in Azerbaijan. Senator Cardin has been an outspoken critic of the Azerbaijani government’s crackdown on civil society. Most recently, he...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today regarding the treatment of...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. “Human trafficking is one of the great moral challenges of our time,” Senator Cardin...