Ranking Member's Press

October 26, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Latest Trump Administration EO on Refugees as Devastating to Innocent People, America’s Global Reputation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order resuming "US Refugee Admissions With Enhanced Vetting" to restart the refugee resettlement program, which was suspended for 120 days as part of the travel ban. The new EO creates a new 90-day security review, in addition to the 120 day security review that was just completed, targeting 11 countries - E… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, McCain React to Administration’s Russia Sanctions Guidance Announcement

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 Thursday after the Trump Administration announced guidance related to Russia sanctions as required by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The Senators were chief authors and negotiators of the bill: "The administration's announcement is a step in the righ… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Senator Cardin Recognizes UN Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday in recognition of UN Day. Celebrated annually on October 24, UN Day is the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945 and an opportunity to honor the goals and achievements of the United Nations: "For the past 72 years, the world has come together at the United Nations to reaffirm international norms and values and wo… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Cardin Labels Burmese Rohingya Crisis ‘Genocide’, Presses Administration for Answers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a Committee hearing on 'Assessing U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Geopolitical, Economic and Humanitarian Considerations.' Senator Cardin is working with a bipartisan group of colleagues to draft legislation to clarify US policy towards Burma; place limits on our military engagement given the situation in Rakhine; explore whether economic or other sanctions are ne… Continue Reading


October 23, 2017

Cardin, McCain React to Revocation of Bill Browder’s U.S. Visa

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 statement Monday. The Senators are the co-authors of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: "We understand that William Browder's U.S. visa has been revoked due his inclusion on the Interpol list. According to Br… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Welcomes Capture of Raqqa from ISIS in Syria, Progress against ISIS in Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had reclaimed Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): "The capture of Raqqa from ISIS, its de facto capital in Syria, is another critical milestone in the fight against this genocidal terrorist group. I commend the commitment and performance of U.S. forces and our co… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Statement on Court Injunctions Against New Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after federal district judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued temporary restraining orders against President Trump's third attempt at a Muslim ban: "Once again, federal judges have carried out their constitutional duty of checks and balances on dangerous overreach from an executive order that targeted individuals primarily based on religion. Despite mi… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Hails Passage of Canada’s Global Magnitsky-Inspired Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Canadian Parliament approved legislation to hold corrupt leaders and human rights abusers accountable worldwide. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the co-authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which became U.S. law in December 2016, the inspiration behind Canada and other nations' legislation: "The passage of… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cardin Mourns Killing of Panama Papers Lead Journalist Caruana Galizia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an outspoken advocate for combatting corruption and press freedom, released the following statement Tuesday after journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the lead reporter of the Panama Papers exposé, was killed in a car bombing in Malta yesterday: "Once again, the international community must mourn a journalist who appears to have been killed for their work to expose corruption. Daphne … Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cardin, Gardner Lead Colleagues in Thanking Bangladeshi PM for Treatment of Rohingya Refugees amid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues Tuesday in a letter to the prime minister of Bangladesh, thanking her for keeping the country's borders open and providing assistance to more than half a million Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighboring Burma. Joining the letter are U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-D… Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cardin Raises Questions About Ivanka Trump ‘WeFi’ Role With Mnuchin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Monday, raising a series of questions about Ivanka Trump's potential role in and advocacy for the Women Finance Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative (WeFi). Ms. Trump helped conceive of WeFi, a fund administered by the World Bank with decision-making guided by 14 donor countries, including the United States, which has committed $50 million via the State Department. Last week, Ms. Trump joined Secretary Mnuch… Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Senator Cardin Condemns Deadly Somalia Truck Bombings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia left hundreds dead and hundreds more wounded over the weekend: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this weekend's deadly bombings in Mogadishu. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured. "This indiscriminate, heinous attack on innocent people is meant to undermine the efforts… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Senator Cardin: Trump Non-Certification of Iran JCPOA Is a ‘Reckless, Political Decision’ that ‘Directly Threatens U.S. National Security’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday following President Trump's announcement that he will not certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite producing no factual or material evidence to warrant a non-certification: "I strongly disagree with the President's reckless, political decision and his subsequent threat to Congress. At a moment when the Unit… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Question Administration Delay in Russia Sanctions Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) released the following statement Wednesday, ten days past the October 1 deadline by which the Trump Administration was to announce the implementation of sanctions on the Russia defense and intelligence sectors, as stipulated in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, of which the Senators were chief authors and negotiators: "The delay calls into question the Trump administration's commitment to the sanct… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Cardin Calls on Trump Not to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the coauthor of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), released the following statement Wednesday amid continuing reports President Trump will not certify Iran's compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, as required by October 15: "I am disturbed by continuing reports that President Trump will not cert… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Cardin Questions Expulsion of Cuban Diplomats amidst Attacks on U.S. Personnel in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump Administration announced it was expelling Cuban diplomats from the U.S. in the wake of attacks on American personnel in Havana: "The safety and security of U.S. diplomats and all American personnel overseas will always remain my top priority and the foremost priority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. These targeted attacks agai… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, McCain Lead Colleagues in Seeking Safety, Accountability for Burmese Rohingya People

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, led twenty of their bipartisan colleagues in a letter to senior Trump Administration officials Thursday, urging them to apply the full weight of American diplomatic influence to help resolve the Rohingya crisis in Burma and Bangladesh. The Senators specifically called for providing additional humanitarian aid to those … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin Commemorates Third Anniversary of Mexican Students’ Forced Disappearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement commemorating the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico: "This week, we observe the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Even though three years have passed, the tragedy of this event continues to weigh heavily on the families of the victims who have yet to receive a con… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill Promoting Diplomatic Strategy to Resolve Afghanistan Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Promoting Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Act of 2017 Thursday, legislation to boost the United States' engagement in achieving a just, sustainable peace in Afghanistan. "The United States needs to center its engagement in Afghanistan around a bold, renewed effort to forge a negotiated political settlement and an accountable Afghan government that can deliver to its citizens … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Cardin Decries Trump’s Plan for Refugees Entering U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday upon reports the Trump Administration was set to lower the annual number of refugees entering the United States to 45,000 individuals: "The Trump Administration's move to arbitrarily slash our country's annual refugee admissions ceiling to just 45,000 is devastating to tens of thousands of innocent people, and a blow to America's standing as the prem… Continue Reading

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