Ranking Member's Press

February 16, 2016

Cardin Calls Direct Flights to Cuba a Milestone, Urges Progress on Improving Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to allow for the scheduling of direct flights between the two nations. "The renewal of direct flights marks yet another milestone in the restoration of the US-Cuba relationship. As people-to-people contacts increase, the United States will be in a better position to advance our national interests, enga… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Lauds Confirmation of Seven Key Nominees, Urges Senate to Finish the Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the confirmation of seven nominees by the Senate on Friday, February 12th. The nominees confirmed were: Sunil Sabharwal to be U.S. Alternative Executive Director of the IMF, Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Brian Egan to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, Samuel D. Heins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, John L. Es… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on UN Report Documenting Assad Regime War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council Report on the killing of detainees in Syria: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic" on February 3, 2016. "The February 3 UN Human Rights Council's report confirms what we all already know, in stark detail: the Assad regime is guilty of war crimes and cri… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in ord… Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin Statement on Minsk II Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his concerns for the status of the implementation of the Minsk II agreement, which was meant to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine. Agreed to one year ago, Minsk II is a package of security and political measures negotiated by Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia to address the conflict in eastern Ukraine. "Thursday, marks the first anniversary of the Minsk II agreement. While all pa… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of Sanctions to Counter North Korean Belligerence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, legislation drafted by Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Menendez (D-N.J.). The bill, which now goes back to the House of Representatives for final passage, will expand and tighten sanctions on people and businesses anywhere in the world that are found to be supporting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile p… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Welcome to Countries Participating in US-ASEAN Summit in California

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Brian Schatz (D- Hawai'i), Mazie Hirono (D- Hawai'i), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), introduced a resolution welcoming the U.S.-ASEAN Summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on February 15-16, 2016. This summit will provide leaders a forum to strengthen cooperation under the new U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership. "The… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Senators Cardin, Coons, and Kaine applaud Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of Tunisia Quartet Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Committee's passage of S.Res. 330, which congratulates the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution commends the Quartet for forging peaceful political compromises and reaffirms the United States' commitment to support Tunisia as it continues on the path to democracy, stability, and prospe… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution Supporting the Government of Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace and End the Country’s Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - In response to President Juan Manuel Santos' visit to Washington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution noting sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and encouraging efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace by consolidating democratic reforms and negotiating an end to the country's… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin, Senators Applaud Electrify Africa Bill Becoming Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded President Obama's signing of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate last year and passed by the House of Representatives last week, will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans acces… Continue Reading


February 07, 2016

Cardin Calls North Korean Missile Launch Another Clear Demonstration of the Malign Intent of Pyongyang

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on North Korea's missile test: "North Korea's missile test is a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and yet another demonstration of the malign ambitions of the regime in Pyongyang. It is a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security interests and those of our allies and partners. If the January 6 nuclear test were not enough, this missile test cl… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the "U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015." "From its economic reform efforts, to its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, to its support for international diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war and its significant role in addressing Syria's humanitarian crisis, Jordan's success is critical for regional st… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Statement Celebrating the Lunar New Year

WASHINGTON - On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in celebration of the Year of the Monkey: "I want to express my best wishes to the millions of people in the United States and around the world who are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year. "The Asian-American community is rich and diverse, and has contributed greatly to the cultural fab… Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Cardin Statement on Strengthening the European Union

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement for the record on Strengthening the European Union. The statement addresses the challenges confronting the European Union today, including the refugee and migrant crisis, the effects of the Greece crisis on the Eurozone, the threat of domestic terrorism and foreign fighters, the rise of nationalism, Russian aggression, and the United Kingdom's upcoming referendum o… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution Urging Robust International Assistance for Syrian Humanitarian Relief

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Thursday's international donor conference on the crisis in Syria, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution urging the nations of the world to join the United States, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Germany and Norway in fulfilling their United Nations pledges for financial assistance to support humanitarian relief resulting from the conflict in Syria. "T… Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Cardin Welcomes the Latest Additions to Magnitsky List

"Human rights abusers around the world must understand that the United States will be aggressive in its efforts to hold accountable those who violate human rights and subvert the rule of law." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its third annual report of U.S. Government actions to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, adding additional individuals for sanctions. "As the Ranki… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement on the Nepal Recovery Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement regarding S. 1882 the Nepal Recovery Act, which will work to support the sustainable recovery and rebuilding of Nepal following the recent, devastating earthquakes near Kathmandu. Senator Cardin introduced the bill with Senator Kirk as an original cosponsor on July 29, 2015. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Janu… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement on Legislation to Help Obtain Observer Status for Taiwan in INTERPOL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement regarding S. 2426 a bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Senator Gardner introduced the bill with Senator Cardin as an original cosponsor on December 18, 2015. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee o… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Gardner-Menendez North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), today announced Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. As part of a more effective U.S. policy to achieve the peaceful disarmament of North Korea and advance human rights, the bipartisan Gardner-Menendez bill will expand and tighten enforcement of sanctions for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile de… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Cardin Statement on Danish Parliament Approving Seizure of Refugee Assets by Police

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding a recently enacted Danish law that authorizes police to search asylum seekers entering the country and confiscate any non-essential items that do not have any sentimental value to the owner valued at more than 10, 000 kroner, which is equivalent to just under $1,500. "In the seven years leading up to World War II, Denmark took in nearly 7,500… Continue Reading

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