Ranking Member's Press

December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday in recognition of World AIDS Day: "Thirty years ago the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine issued a report calling for a 'massive media, educational and public health campaign to curb the spread of the HIV infection.' The global community heeded that call, and today, on World AIDS Day, we celebrate progress that we have made in tr… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Peace Accord Ratification by Colombian Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Colombian Congress ratified a peace accord between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group: "With the ratification of their peace accord, the Colombian people now have a real chance to move beyond the conflict that has torn at the fabric of their country for decades," said Cardin. "The nation … Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.N. Resolution on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Wednesday after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on North Korea: "Today's action by the United Nations Security Council represents an important step forward in the on-going efforts by the international community to end North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and to place additional pressure on t… Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Responds to President-Elect’s Impending Announcement on Severing Ties with Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 23 of his Senate colleagues, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to … Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Cardin Introduces Resolution Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Truly Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to ensure compliance with the United States… Continue Reading


November 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after Cuba announced that Fidel Castro had passed away: "The news of Fidel Castro's death brings with it an opportunity to close the deep divisions that have been suffered by Cuban society and by Cuban Americans in the U.S. For Castro's purported goals of social and economic development to be attained, it is now time for a half-century of authoritari… Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Cardin to Introduce Senate Resolution Asking Trump to Ensure Foreign Dealings do not Violate U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today he will introduce a resolution next week stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures, in order to ensure consistency with the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution will note … Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Meets with Colombian President Santos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Capitol yesterday to discuss bilateral relations and the Colombian government signing a revised peace accord with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group. "It was an honor to welcome President Santos to the Senate today, where I thanked him for his steadfast leadership that has kept hope alive for peace in Colom… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on General Mike Flynn Selection as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after President-elect Donald Trump announced Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn would serve as his national security advisor: "I honor General Mike Flynn's three decades of service to the United States as part of our Armed Forces. Unfortunately, I have serious concerns regarding General Flynn's temperament, worldview, and potential conflicts of interest shoul… Continue Reading


November 17, 2016

Cardin Keynote Address at CSIS Transatlantic Forum on Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Fourth Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia Thursday. The Senator also answered a question at the end of his remarks about what he'll be looking for in upcoming confirmation hearings of Trump Administration national security officials: "Heather [Conley], thank you very much. It really is a pleas… Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Cardin Calls for Increased Humanitarian Assistance in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew Devastation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and Administrator Gayle Smith of the U.S. Agency for International Development Tuesday, calling for a substantial increase in assistance to the people of Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last month. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still lack reliable access to necessities such as shelter, water, food and medical supplies. "Haiti… Continue Reading


November 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Violence in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Monday after reported violence in Rakhine State, Burma: "I am deeply concerned by what appears to be an escalation in violence in Rakhine State over this past weekend, which is home to Burma's persecuted Rohingya ethnic minority. Burmese military helicopters are reported to have opened fire in so-called 'c… Continue Reading


October 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Start of Anti-ISIL Military Operations in Mosul

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement regarding Iraqi action against ISIL in their second-largest city, Mosul. "I welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's announcement that military operations have commenced to retake Mosul from ISIL. U.S. and Coalition support has been critical for the planning and preparations for this operation, but ultimately the battle to retake Mosul must be Iraqi-led and… Continue Reading


October 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Passing of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Thursday after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who at the time of his death was the world's longest reigning monarch: "I extend my deepest condolences to the royal family, the people of Thailand, and the Thai community of Maryland on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol. "Over sev… Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Lifting of Burma Sanctions

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and the author of the Burma Strategy Act of 2016, released the following statement Friday after President Obama announced a new executive order lifting the 'emergency' designation for Burma, ending U.S. sanctions on that nation per the International Emergency Economic Powers Act law: "Like President Obama, I too believe it is time to end … Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Philippines Suspension of Military Exercises, Patrols with U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Friday after the Philippines informed the United States that they are suspending joint military exercises and naval patrols: "Today's announcement is cause for great concern. The Philippines are one of our oldest allies in the region and joint military exercises and naval patrols are a lynchpin of that partner… Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Statement in Support of War Crimes Investigation in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement Friday after Secretary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes investigation and accountability in Syria: "The slaughter of innocent Syrian civilians and deliberate targeting of hospitals, schools, rescue personnel, and humanitarian workers is increasing. The reign of terror inflicted on the S… Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nomination of Antonio Guterres as next UN Secretary-General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the United Nations Security Council voted to recommend to the General Assembly that Antonio Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, be elected as the ninth U.N. Secretary-General. The General Assembly is widely expected to confirm the Security Council's nomination of Mr. Guterres: "Mr. Guterres… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Statement on Deterioration of U.S.-Russian Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday: "Russia clearly has no interest in counterterrorism cooperation, humanitarian relief, or political progress in Syria, evidenced by their direct and indirect actions that have killed civilians and humanitarian aid workers, destroyed hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure, and enabled the Assad regime to pursue a course of action that will o… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Lauds Critical Actions for Paris Agreement to Enter into Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the European Union unanimously passed a resolution committing its member states to the Paris Agreement. The first entry into force threshold of at least 55 parties officially joining the agreement was met in September. The second entry into force threshold of parties tot… Continue Reading

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