Ranking Member's Press

January 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Intelligence Community Report on Russian Hacking, Interference in U.S. Political System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released, "Background to 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intensions in Recent U.S. Election'": "Russian interference in the U.S. political system was a premeditated and massive effort to erode the American public's confidence in our democratic process that goes beyond the troubling hacks of th… Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Cardin, Welch, Lead Nearly 60 Colleagues in Introducing Resolutions Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Rep. Pete Welch (D-Vt.), a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led nearly 60 of their colleagues Wednesday to introduce resolutions in the Senate and House stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should comply with the Constitution and follow the precedent established by prior presidents an… Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Senators Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy, Carper, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Create Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation Wednesday to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure and any other attempts by the Russian government to influence U.S. elections, see… Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Cardin and Rubio Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Anti-Israel Efforts at United Nations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a Senate resolution objecting to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, as well as all efforts that undermine direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a secure and peaceful settlement. They are joined in this effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard… Continue Reading


December 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on White House Announcement of Russia Sanctions Following U.S. Cyber Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the White House announced an extension of Executive Order 13964 to include Russian individuals and entities, following a new FBI/DHS report and the Intelligence Community's assessment in October that senior Russian government officials authorized cyberattacks in the United States related to the 2016 election and our democratic institutions: "The… Continue Reading


December 28, 2016

Cardin Statement Following Secretary Kerry’s Speech on Israeli-Palestinian Peace

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday: "Secretary of State John Kerry's personal commitment to Middle East peace is well-known and admirable. During his tenure at the State Department, his dedication to facilitating direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a two-state solution was evidenced in his investment of time, travel, resources, and creative proposals. "I welc… Continue Reading


December 22, 2016

Cardin Updates Colleagues on Tillerson Hearing Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to his Democratic Committee colleagues Thursday updating them on his communications with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) regarding Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's hearing date, financial disclosure and ethics agreement documents, and tax returns: December 22, 2016 Dear Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Members, I have heard from a number of you regarding the nomination o… Continue Reading


December 19, 2016

Cardin Statement On Appointment of Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General and Progress on Gender Parity at the UN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday on the appointment of Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General, and gender parity in incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres' Secretariat: "I applaud incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres' appointment of Nigeria's Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Amina Mohammed most recently served as Sp… Continue Reading


December 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Chinese Seizure of U.S. Navy Submersible from International Waters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Friday: "China's seizure of an U.S. Navy unmanned scientific research submersible in international waters off the South China Sea is a remarkably brazen violation of international law. No matter its motivation, China needs to explain its actions and immediately return the undersea drone, untampered with, to th… Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Delay in Announcing Future with Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - On November 29th, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, led nearly two dozen of his colleagues in introducing a resolution asking the President-elect of the United States to comply with the Constitution before taking an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Not twelve hours later, Donald Trump responded that on December 15th, he would make an announcement about his future with the Trump Organization. Today, Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


December 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Crisis in Aleppo, Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday: "Not 24 hours after reports of civilians in Aleppo being slaughtered by the Assad regime and their Russian and Iranian backers, and a necessary but weak ceasefire was supposed to allow for evacuations, the aerial bombardment, shelling and killing have started again. The utter disregard for innocent human life in Syria is a stain on all of us. I join the in… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Rex Tillerson’s Nomination as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate Rex W. Tillerson, the president and CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be the 69th Secretary of State of the United States of America: "The President-elect deserves to nominate individuals he believes will best carry out his agenda and serve our country. But as a separate and co-equal branch of governme… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Passage of Congressional State Department Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Congressional passage over the weekend of the first legislation to fund the State Department in 14 years. The 2017 U.S. Department of State authorization bill provides for critical reforms to diplomatic programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and Foreign Service personnel, … Continue Reading


December 12, 2016

Senators Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy Call for Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called Monday for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate alleged Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the U.S. can take to defend itself in … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on Failure of Senate to Approve Montenegro Admission to NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Saturday after the Senate failed to approve the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "I am disappointed that the Senate did not advice and consent on the admission of Montenegro into NATO before we adjourned for the year. Vladimir Putin did everything he could to disrupt the recent Montenegrin Parliamentary elections in a… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Deteriorating Situation in Aleppo, Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday as the situation in Aleppo, Syria continues to deteriorate: "The late Elie Weisel said 'I don't want my past to become anyone else's future.' "For more than 70 years now, civilized people have carried forward the charge to 'Never Forget'. That charge has been decimated on the streets of eastern Aleppo. The shame of the international community is … Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Cardin, McCain Hail Watershed Moment in Global Human Rights Accountability, Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - Senate and House passage of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a watershed moment in global human rights accountability and the fight against corruption. The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, part of the NDAA, now heads to President Obama for signature into law. Championed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, the bill gives th… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Cardin Meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after meeting with Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, in the Capitol: "It was a pleasure to meet with Foreign Minister Shoukry and welcome him to the Senate today. Our two countries share a long-standing, strategic relationship that includes security, diplomatic, economic, educational, and tourism dimensions. "I conveyed to the Foreign Mi… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement Ahead of Ghanaian Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of Ghana's national election on December 7th: "Ghana has made enormous strides on its path to democracy since the country's return to civilian rule. It has served as a model in West Africa, on the continent and around the world for nearly 25 years. "The United States values our partnership with the government and our friendship with the Ghan… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement on Arrest of Dr. Merera Gudina in Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after Dr. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo People's Congress and one of Ethiopia's opposition leaders, was arrested earlier this week after returning home following his testimony to the European Union parliament on the current political crisis in the country: "Dr. Gudina's arrest appears to be based solely based on the fact that he is a member of t… Continue Reading

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