Ranking Member's Press

May 09, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in response to the firing of James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "There is little President Trump does anymore that surprises me, but that he would fire the lead investigator into collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials is beyond the pale - even for him. This is the biggest evidence to date of why we need an indep… Continue Reading


May 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on French Presidential Election Results

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after French authorities declared Emmanuel Macron the winner of the country's presidential run-off election: "I congratulate Emmanuel Macron for his victory in today's French presidential election and applaud the French people's rejection of isolationism and embrace of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. France has made a clear choice in support of the … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Democrats Introduce Climate Resolution

WASHINGTON - The Democrats on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Ranking Member Ben Cardin of Maryland, introduced a resolution Thursday stating that the United States should work in cooperation with the international community and continue to exercise global leadership to address the causes and effects of climate change. The resolution comes as reports indicate President Trump is nearing a decision on whether the United States will remain in, or retreat from, the Paris Climate… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Philippines Security, Human Rights Assistance Legislation

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation Thursday to restrict the exportation of certain defense articles by the United States to the Philippine National Police, support human rights and civil society organizations in the Republic of the Philippines, and report on sources of narcotics entering that country. The Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017 notes that since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin, McCain Introduce ASEAN Resolution

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a Senate resolution Thursday reaffirming the United States' strategic partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the multilateral organization that promotes stronger economic and cooperative ties among 10 nations and that for 50 years has contributed to greater stability, prosperit… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday to commemorate World Press Freedom Day: "On World Press Freedom Day, we pause to celebrate and take stock of the role that free media plays in a democratic society, to condemn the public demonization of the media both at home and abroad, and to honor those heroic journalists abroad who have lost their lives while reporting. "A free, independent pre… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Lead Colleagues in Urging Trump to Prioritize Democracy, Human Rights, in U.S. Foreign Policy

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today led a bipartisan group of 15 senators in urging President Trump to prioritize advocacy for democracy and respect for human rights in the administration's foreign policy agenda. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Senators Cardin, Collins Urge State Dept. to Continue U.S. Participation, Engagement in Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday encouraging the Secretary to keep the U.S. party to the Paris Agreement, the largest multilateral cooperative agreement ever reached to address the challenge of global climate change. The Senators' letter argues that continued U.S. engagement in the Paris Agreement is critical to advancing important U.S. economic, diplomatic, and national security interests. The… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin Meets with Philippines Foreign Secretary

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after he met with the acting foreign secretary of the Philippines, Enrique Gonzales Manalo: "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Foreign Secretary Manalo, particularly at a time when relations between our two countries are strained because of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's inhumane campaign of the extrajudicial killing of his own cit… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

U.S. Senators Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Venezuelan People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to provide humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people, support a coordinated multilateral response to political and humanitarian challenges, and to defend democratic governance and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela. Joining the Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 as original cosponsors are U.S. Senators Dick Durbi… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Israel Independence Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on Israel's 69th Independence Day: "On this Yom Ha'atzmaut, I congratulate the Israeli people on the joyous anniversary of their independence. As Israelis reflect on their history and look toward the future today, they should be proud of their strong democracy, vibrant culture, and cutting-edge contributions in areas such as science and technology. To… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Branstad Hearing

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Branstad, once again welcome to our Committee. Thank you very much for your career in public service and your willingness to serve our country as the Ambassador to Chi… Continue Reading


April 30, 2017

Cardin Statement on Sandy Phan-Gillis’ Release from Chinese Custody, Return to U.S.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after American citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis returned to the United States after being unjustly detained by the Chinese government for two years. Cardin had been an advocate for her freedom, most recently leading a bipartisan letter with Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Committee chairman, and their colleagues to the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., urging … Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Cardin Writes to President of Zambia Regarding Jailed Opposition Leader

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to the president of Zambia yesterday regarding the imprisonment of that country's opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, on what appear to be politically motivated charges. Amid court proceedings against Mr. Hichilema beginning Tuesday and news reports that his health is deteriorating in prison, Senator Cardin also raised his case at a briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ur… Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill to Improve Diversity in U.S. National Security Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen employee diversity in the U.S. national security workforce through enhanced hiring, retention, and growth practices. The National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2017 would codify and build upon President Obama's presidential memorandum for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the National Security Workforce and Executive Order 13… Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Death of American OSCE Worker in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), released the following statement Monday after an American civilian working as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) observation mission in eastern Ukraine was killed in a landmine explosion: "I extend my deepest condolences to the family … Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Yom HaShoah 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, released the following statement Monday in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day: "Last night and today, millions of people around the world will come together to not only recall the horrors of the Holocaust, but to ensure that the words 'Never Again' me… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin Statement on Exxon Request to Ignore U.S. Sanctions, Drill in Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after several media outlets reported Exxon Mobil has requested a waiver from sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department in order to resume its drilling partnership with the Russian oil company Rosneft: "I am shocked and disappointed to hear that Exxon Mobil is seeking, and the Treasury Department is considering, waiving sanctions against doing business with … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Senators Cardin, McCain Note Importance of International Financial Institutions to America’s Interests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following joint statement as the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group, otherwise known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, began Friday: "Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United States led the international community in creating rules-based … Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Reported Anti-LGBT Campaign in Chechnya

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 threat facing LGBT individuals in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, given reports that hundreds of LGBT persons, particularly gay men, have been de… Continue Reading

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