Ranking Member's Press

April 06, 2017

Cardin, Perdue Introduce Global Anti-Corruption Legislation with Strong Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced comprehensive legislation Thursday to make fighting international corruption an American national security priority, encourage greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicize anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. Joining Senators Cardin and Perdue as original cosponsors of the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2017 are U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Marco Rubio (R-… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on U.S. Bombing of Syrian Airfield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Trump Administration informed him that the bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway: "Tonight I was informed by the White House that the targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway. "These military strikes against Assad's arsenal send a clear signal that the United States will stand up for internationally accepted norms and rules… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Isakson, Coons Introduce Legislation to Enhance, Modernize African Growth and Opportunity Act, Millennium Challenge Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act (AGOA and MCA Modernization Act) Wednesday, legislation to improve the transparency and impact of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and enable the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to address regional development challenges and enhance trans-border economic growth opportunities in develop… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Johnson Encourage Tillerson to Meet with Russian Civil Society

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday ahead of his announced trip to Russia next week, encouraging the Secretary to follow the model set by his bipartisan predecessors and meet with civil society activists while in Moscow. In the letter, Senators Cardin and Johnson said, "Such… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Chemical Weapons Attack on Syrian Civilians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday condemning Bashar al-Assad and his regime for their continued use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Multiple media outlets and independent human rights organizations reported evidence of the latest chemical weapons attack Tuesday, when scores of innocent people, including children, were killed or injured. Th… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Young, Cardin Introduce Resolution Calling for Urgent Diplomatic Campaign to Prevent Millions from Starving to Death

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. The resolution outlined the dire conditions in each of these four regions and urged the administration to take s… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Hearing on EU Partnership against Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing Tuesday entitled, "The European Union as a Partner Against Russian Aggression: Sanctions, Security, Democratic Institutions and the Way Forward": "I particularly appreciate this hearing. I think it's very, very important that we share a lot in our transatlantic partnership, and one of the things we share is that we are all targeted by Ru… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Administration Termination of Funding to the United Nations Population Fund

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 that it has cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): "The Trump administration's decision to cut off all U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund under the guise that it violates the Kemp-Kasten Amendment is extremely disheartening. UNFPA does not support coercion in reproduc… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

After Latest Deadly Gas Attack, Cardin Continues Call for Assad Regime to Be Held Accountable for War Crimes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the latest deadly attack in Syria. "I am deeply alarmed by reports this morning of another chemical weapons attack on a town in Idlib Province, which so far has killed dozens of innocent Syrian civilians including children. Based on initial reporting, it appears this attack was carried out with a chemical nerve agent delivered by aircraft. Only the Assad r… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Senators Urge Trump to Complete THAAD Deployment to South Korea, Press China to End Retaliation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump - prior to his meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping - to support the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea and to draw attention to unwarranted Chinese retaliation to the deployment of this missile defense system. Underscoring the increasingly unpredictable and volatile nature of North Korea's recent nuclear and… Continue Reading


April 04, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Call on Tillerson to Raise Human Rights Concerns with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on democracy, human rights, and global women's issues, have written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in advance of President Trump's meetings this week with Chinese President Xi. The senators urge Secretary Tillerson to "make human rights a top priority, both publicly and privately" in the discussions. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on St. Petersburg Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a bombing in the St. Petersburg, Russia subway system left multiple victims dead and injured: "I extend my sincerest condolences to the injured and to the families of the deceased in today's St. Petersburg subway bombing. Terrorism anywhere threatens the universal values and norms that bind us in our common humanity. It is my hope that the Russia… Continue Reading


March 31, 2017

Cardin to Introduce Bipartisan Egypt Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, announced Friday that when the Senate convenes Monday he will introduce a bipartisan resolution reaffirming America's commitment to the U.S.-Egypt partnership. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is scheduled to meet with President Trump and Members of Congress in Washington early next week. Joining Senator Cardin in introducing the resolution are U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Ti… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Statement on Venezuelan Supreme Court Attack on Legislature

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that the country's National Assembly was operating "outside the rule of law" and declared that it would assume lawmaking responsibilities: "This development is a shocking, brazen attempt by President Maduro to effectively turn Venezuela into a dictatorship. I stand by the opposition lawmakers in the National As… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Senators Call for Investigation of Trump's Dealings with Corrupt Oligarch Linked to Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of leading Senate Democrats today called for a federal investigation into whether President Trump's business dealings in Azerbaijan may have violated anti-corruption and sanctions laws, and may have served as a channel for money-laundering and other illicit activities tied to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) outlined their concerns in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchi… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Remarks on U.S. Global Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery at a hearing Thursday on "The Road Ahead: U.S. Interests, Values and the American people." The witnesses were former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley: "When the Cold War ended some thirty years ago, we were told that we were at 'the end of history,' and that democracy, open … Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Speaks Out in Support of Central European University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in response to legislation in Hungary that would threaten the operations and functions of Central European University in Budapest: "Since its founding in 1991 after the fall of communism, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has become recognized as a preeminent university, drawing students from a multitude of nations. While Hungarian studen… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Wicker, Cardin Support Territorial Integrity of the Nation of Georgia

WASHINGTON-Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Commissioner Senator Ben Cardin (MD) today introduced a Senate resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the nation of Georgia. "The Russian government has tried to undermine Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity for far too long," said Chairman Wicker. "It is time for the United States to make it clear once again that we do not recognize Russian land grabs within its neighbors' borders. Russia shoul… Continue Reading


March 29, 2017

Cornyn, Cardin Lead Bipartisan Group to Affirm Strategic U.S.-Mexico Partnership in Resolution

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a resolution to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico and recognize the bilateral cooperation necessary to advance both countries' shared interests in national security, defense, and trade. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) also cosponsored the resolution. "The United States and Mexico have long benefited from a symbiot… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Approval of Montenegro NATO Bid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "Montenegro's membership in NATO will serve to strengthen the organization, enhance American national security, and send a strong message of resolve to Russia as it invades its neighbors and seeks to upend the international order. Montenegro's inclusion … Continue Reading

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