Ranking Member's Press

June 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate 85-13 today "has flaws but is important for our national security and the men and women of our armed forces," and he released the following statement: "I supported the National Defense Authorization Act as a clear message to our military men and women and their families that Congress has their back on the batt… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Russian Violation of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, offered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a Committee hearing Tuesday on 'Russian violations of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights': "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important and timely hearing. "Today we meet to discuss Russian efforts to undermine institutions that have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Russia… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin in The Hill: Time for a Human Rights Dialogue with India

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, authored the following opinion piece in The Hill Wednesday, calling for a dialogue between the United States and India on human rights issues: India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies in the diversity of its people. I believe that the same can be said about the United States. But if we are being honest, these two largest democracies in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assad’s Recommitment to Violence Against Syrian People

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 Tuesday after Bashar al-Assad said in a speech to the Syrian parliament that he was essentially doubling down on the five-year armed conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions: "Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal with a callous disregard for human dignity. He … Continue Reading


June 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on War Crimes Conviction of Hissene Habré

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Hissene Habré, the former leader of Chad, was found guilty of war crimes this week by the Extraordinary African Chambers, an African Union-backed court: "Hissene Habré's regime was responsible for horrific acts of violence, including large scale detention and torture of political prisoners, murder and rape. I welcome his convi… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on Confirmation of Laura Holgate as IAEA Ambassador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate voted to confirm Laura Holgate as U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Vienna Office: "I would like to congratulate Laura Holgate on her confirmation as Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. office in Vienna. "For more than 27 years, Ms. Holgate has dedicated her care… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on Mexican Cartels and U.S. Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement into the record Thursday at a Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues hearing on "Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic": "As the United States continues grappling with the public health crisis posed by opioid and heroin abuse, today's hearing offers a much-needed space to analyze the links between the dramatic increase in U.S. heroin use and the sharp rise… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Azeri Political Prisoner Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist and host Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison in Azerbaijan. Cardin advocated heavily for her release through high-level meetings and media outlets: "I was heartened to hear that Khadija Ismayilova has been released from prison in Azerbaijan after being convicted on completely trumped up cha… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Ukrainian Pilot, Parlimentarian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the release of jailed Ukrainian fighter pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko from prison in Russia. Cardin introduced S. Res. 52, which passed the Senate in 2015, condemning the Russian Government for its illegal imprisonment of Ms. Savchenko and calling for her immediate release: "I welcome today's release from prison in Russia of N… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Lifting of U.S. Arms Embargo on Vietnam

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after President Obama announced the United States would be lifting its arms embargo on Vietnam: "I welcome this development as an important element of our effort to build a stronger, deeper partnership with Vietnam, but I do so with my reiterated call to better balance security needs with adherence to basic human rights. "So for now I'm cautiously… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin, McCain Statement on Global Magnitsky Act’s Passage by House Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The legislation passed the full Senate last year after being introduced by Cardin and McCain: "For too … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Joins Colleagues in Urging President Obama to Resettle More Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 24 other senators today in calling on the President to fulfill the Administration's commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year. He recently reiterated this commitment, but so far in the first seven months of FY 2016, only 1,736 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United S… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Zika Virus Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on an amendment to appropriate funding in response to the spread of the Zika virus: "The Zika virus is not some nebulous foreign threat; it is already on our shores. The Senate bipartisan agreement to fund a more robust response to the spread of the dangerous Zika virus moves us closer to a reasonable response, but i… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Obama Administration’s Burma Sanctions Renewal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the Obama Administration announced it would renew sanctions in Burma: "I support the President's decision to renew sanctions for Burma as provided under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. "Aung San Suu Kyi is to be commended for her leadership, particularly as her nation begins a new era with a NLD-led government after last year… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assault of Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the assault on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates: "I condemn Tuesday's assault of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates, which occurred in broad daylight in full view of Russian police. This is just the most recent attack on Russia's embattled civil so… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Threats Against Golos, Other Russian Civil Society Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement expressing concern over threats to Russia's civil society, including independent citizen election monitoring group Golos ahead of Russia's September 2016 parliamentary elections. "I am deeply concerned by the Russian government's renewed crackdown on civil society, includ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Brazilian Political Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office and formal impeachment proceedings against her begin: "Today marks a difficult moment for all Brazilians, regardless of their political ideology. Yet, I am confident that in the coming months, the strength of the country's institutions and its respect for the rule of law will allow… Continue Reading


May 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on President Obama’s Historic Visit to Hiroshima

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the White House announced President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, at the conclusion of his upcoming trip to Asia later this month: "I thank President Obama for his consistent leadership. As a Senator, a presidential candidate, and as leader of the free world, he has clearly spoken of the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation and… Continue Reading


May 04, 2016

Cardin Marks Yom HaShoah 2016

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the bipartisan Genocide Prevention Act of 2016, issued the following statement in observance of Yom HaShoah 2016. This year observed from sundown May 4th through sundown May 5th, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the millions of innocent lives lost during The Holocaust (Shoah) and remembers the individuals who risked their lives by resisting the Nazi's Final… Continue Reading


May 03, 2016

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day: "Across the globe, journalists take incredible risks to serve an essential function: holding governments and leaders accountable to their citizens. A free press preserves our ability to speak truth to power, and promotes the kind of open society where ideas flourish. Yet far too often reporters face inti… Continue Reading

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