Ranking Member's Press

March 25, 2016

11 U.S. Senators Send Letter to Secretary Kerry Calling for a Transparent International Investigation on Berta Cáceres’ Death

WASHINGTON - Expressing their condolences to the family and friends of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, 11 Democratic U.S. Senators, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Secreta… Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on U.S.-Cuba relations. "President Obama's historic trip to Havana and his engagement with the Cuban people provide a clear example of how the dynamism of American society can make a positive contribution to the future of Cuba. The announced arrival of U.S. businesses to the island not only advances the interests of the American people, but also offers Cuba's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium that killed and injured dozens. "I strongly condemn today's attacks in Brussels, the largest terror strike in the city's history. I express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones. Brussels is the 'Capital of Europe,' which many Europeans consider home. We all stand in solidarity with… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Corker Continue to Discuss Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Iran's ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation," said Cardin and Corker. "Iran remains a bipartisan concern and we are committed to taking action to ensure that Iran does not become a threshold nuclear weapons state." "I am committed to … Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin Statement Commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. "Today we commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and recognize the ongoing injustices suffered since then by the Tibetan people. Freedom, democracy, and religious pluralism are fundamental values cherished by the American people. The recent crackdowns and troubling new legislations in China, and their deep impact on the … Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Continuing, Unjust Detention of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian authorities. "I join the defenders of human rights who have declared today 'International Free Savchenko Day.' The international community must continue to speak out against Nadiya's inhumane treatment by the Russian Federation. "Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian fighter pilot, has been hel… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of U.S. Citizen Taylor Force in Jaffa Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement strongly condemning Tuesday's stabbing attack in Israel that left 12 injured and Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student, dead. "The recent wave of terror attacks against civilians in Israel is unconscionable. Yesterday's attacks that claimed the life of Taylor Force, an American combat veteran and graduate student, are a tragic reminder of the b… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin Statement on Latest Iran Ballistic Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles. "I am deeply concerned by Iran's repetitive disregard of and indifference to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran to cease any ballistic missile activities," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration should act swiftly to raise these concerns at the United Nations and take action to hold all p… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin, on International Women’s Day, Highlights “More Work to be Done” to Achieve Gender Equality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, 2016: "Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, and it is a goal that I strongly support. Yet, in 2016, it is obvious that the tremendous steps we have made toward achieving gender equality are insufficient.… Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Cardin, Isakson Promote Innovation and Empower Effort to Tackle International Development Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Development Lab Act (S.2629) along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The Global Development Lab Act authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Development Lab and gives it the tools it needs to solve our world's most pressing international devel… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin Condemns Murder of Honduran Human Rights Activist Berta Caceres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Berta Caceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), in her home in Honduras: "The brazen murder of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres is a shocking reminder of the challenges facing Honduran human rights defenders," said Cardin. "Ms. Caceres was a tireless cha… Continue Reading


March 02, 2016

Cardin Praises UN Security Council Resolution 2270 Imposing Robust New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea: "I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Power and her team are to be commended for their good work. "It is essential for the international commu… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Cardin Salutes Peace Corps on 55th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. "Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace Corps has empowered and saved the lives of countless people across the world. The Peace Corps is the most impactful volunteer humanitarian force in the world. It has help… Continue Reading


February 27, 2016

Cardin, Johnson Announce Resolution Honoring Nemtsov, Renewing Call for Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday their plan to introduce legislation Monday honoring Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and renewing a call for a full and transparent investigation into his tragic murder in Moscow on Feb. 27, 2015. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) join them in co-sponsoring the res… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin Delivers Remarks on Ending Modern Slavery, Highlights Maintaining Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today. I share your commitment to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, which is one of the great challenges of our time. "Modern slavery involves crimes of forced labor, sexual exploi… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Review of the FY 2017 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his general support for the Fiscal Year 2017 State Department budget request during the February 23 hearing. He noted with concern the insufficient allocation towards good governance and democracy programs, and the continued trend of reliance on Overseas Contingency Operations funds instead of well-balanced baseline funding levels. Senator Cardin's remarks as delivered can be foun… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on GTMO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama's commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to do more to counter ISIL's messaging and finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay will deny terrorist organizations a powerful recruiting and propagand… Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Agreement on Terms for Cessation of Hostilities in Syria, Also Calls for Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria: "I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today," said Senator Cardin. "It is past time for full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for an end to aerial bombardments and immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to besieged area… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Says President Obama’s Trip to Cuba Represents Great Opportunity for the People of Cuba and the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president's announced trip to Cuba. "President Obama's travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests, the interests of the American people, and our support for Cuba's citizens and their fundamental freedoms. As the first U.S. president in ninety years to touch down in Cuba, Presid… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Renews Calls for Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 2nd anniversary of the detention of Leopoldo López. "Today marks two long and unacceptable years since Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was unjustly imprisoned for speaking out in defense of democracy and human rights in his co… Continue Reading

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