Ranking Member's Press

September 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on Duterte Holocaust Comments

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 Friday after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was recorded comparing Hitler's Holocaust to his desire to kill drug users and drug dealers in his country: "It is reprehensible and frankly disgusting that a democratically-elected leader is talking about the mass murder of his own people, with Hitler's Hol… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Cardin Calls for Justice on 2nd Anniversary of Mexican Students’ Disappearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record this week to mark the second anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico: "Mr. President, I rise today to observe the second anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a tragedy that continues to haunt the students' families and friends. I also rise to speak… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Cardin Opening Remarks at Syria Conflict Hearing

WASHINGTON - The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were delivered by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, at a hearing Thursday entitled, "Regional Impact of the Syria Conflict: Syria, Turkey and Iraq": "Thank you, Chairman Corker, for convening this important hearing today on the impact of the Syria conflict on the region. "Secretary Blinken, welcome back to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It's not every day that… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Statement on JASTA Veto Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday on his expected vote on President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA: "After careful consideration of President Obama's veto, I believe that the risks of shielding the perpetrators of terrorism from justice are greater than the risks this legislation may pose to America's presence around the world. I will ther… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Names Jessica Lewis as New SFRC Staff Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced today that Jessica Lewis will serve as the new staff director for the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jessica is currently the Senior National Security Advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), handling a broad portfolio of national security issues and serving as the Senator's liaison to relevant government agencies and the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees. Prior to her… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Statement on Passing of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Israel announced the passing of former president and prime minister Shimon Peres: "I extend my deepest condolences to the people of Israel and to the family of Shimon Peres. "As a member of the military, lawmaker, government minister, and national leader, Mr. Peres played a formative role in the creation and flourishing of Israel from its… Continue Reading


September 26, 2016

Cardin Travels to Colombia for Signing of Historic Peace Accord

CARTAGENA - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, traveled to Colombia with Secretary of State John Kerry and other American dignitaries to witness the signing of the peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Monday. Senator Cardin released the following statement: "To witness firsthand the formal conclusion of the world's longest civil war is a powerful and moving experience. "Today's… Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on UN Vote to Reaffirm Ban on Nuclear Weapons Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the UN Security Council voted 14-0-1 in support of Resolution 2310, which reaffirms the global moratorium on nuclear weapons testing. The P5 Members of the Security Council also reiterated their support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty: "Today's vote strongly reaffirms the international community's commitment to halt all nuclear-w… Continue Reading


September 22, 2016

Cardin, Durbin, Menendez, Nelson Statement on Venezuelan Recall Referendum Delay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) released the following statement Thursday in response to the announcement by Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) to delay until 2017 the scheduling of a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro's mandate: "Through excessive delays and unconstitutional restrictions, the National Electoral Council is subverting what little remains of democracy in Venezuela. The CN… Continue Reading


September 22, 2016

Cardin Condemns Hungarian Government’s Award to anti-Semitic Journalist Zsolt Bayer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Hungarian government recently awarded anti-Semitic journalist Zsolt Bayer with its Order of Merit: "I condemn the awarding of the Hungarian Order of Merit to anti-Semitic and xenophobic journalist Zsolt Bayer. As Hungary approaches the 60th anniversary of its 1956 Revolution, which was grounded in the principles of democracy, human right… Continue Reading


September 20, 2016

Cardin Statement on Humanitarian Convoy Attack 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 Tuesday following the bombing of a United Nations/Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian convoy near Aleppo that killed an aide worker and more than twenty civilians, as well as destroyed at least 18 trucks with supplies: "I strongly condemn the bombing of a humanitarian convoy near Aleppo yesterday,… Continue Reading


September 19, 2016

South Sudan on Track to Becoming a Failed State

South Sudan stands on the brink of collapse. The economy is in shambles, with an inflation rate of over 600 percent. Parts of the country are already facing famine conditions, and more than 40 percent of the population needs emergency food aid. More than one million people have fled as refugees, and almost two million are displaced internally. And the credibility of South Sudan's leaders has been severely compromised by failure to implement the peace accord signed last August, continued abuse of… Continue Reading


September 19, 2016

Cardin Statement on President Obama’s Leader’s Summit on Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of President Barack Obama's hosting of a Leaders' Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis on the margins of UN General Assembly. The Summit seeks to galvanize significant new commitments to increase funding to humanitarian appeals and international organizations, admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and increase refugees… Continue Reading


September 15, 2016

Senators Introduce Resolution to Condemn North Korea Nuclear Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a Senate resolution today condemning North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9th and calling on that country to uphold its international obligations and abandon its nuclear weapons program. The resolution also asks China to exercise greater economic and diplomatic leverage over North Korea and reinforces American commitments to our all… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Historic Security MOU Between United States, Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the conclusion of a ten-year memorandum of understanding between the United States and Israel on security aid: "A strong, safe Israel is in the national security interest of the United States. This historic memorandum of understanding is the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history. It ensures Israel's short-… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Cardin, McCain Introduce Legislation to Support Burma During Historic Political, Economic Transition, Remain Focused on Human Rights Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation today to lend additional U.S. support to Burma's ongoing political transition and economic growth since that country's historic November 2015 elections, while also recognizing that human rights issues, national reconciliation and constitutional reform remain works in progress that must be addressed. A… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Cardin, Markey in Wall Street Journal: U.S. Is Already a Signatory to Test Ban Treaty

We were disappointed to read Senate Republicans' letter to President Obama regarding his intention to pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ("Republican Senators Decry Obama's Nuclear Ban Effort," U.S. News, Sept. 9). While the U.S. isn't yet a party to the CTBT, we are a signatory and, since 1992 our own national policy prevents the testing of nuclear weapons in line with the treaty's main goal. Setting aside the important but broader debate ab… Continue Reading


September 13, 2016

Democratic Senators introduce resolution to commemorate the 15th anniversary of NATO’s invocation of Article V

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week introduced a resolution to commemorate the 15th anniversary of NATO's invocation of Article V in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. Article V enshrines the principle of collective defense, meaning that an attack against one NATO all… Continue Reading


September 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Syria Ceasefire

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of a U.S. -Russian negotiated ceasefire in Syria, set to begin Monday evening: "I welcome the announcement that a ceasefire agreement has been reached between the United States and Russia in Syria, to begin on September 12. The scale of suffering and scope of war crimes committed over the course of the Syrian conflict is deplorable. The violence must s… Continue Reading


September 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korean Nuclear Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after North Korea acknowledged its fifth recent nuclear test: "North Korea's continued belligerence is unacceptable. Today's test indicates a new level of development for their nuclear program, and underscores the grave and growing danger that North Korea presents to the regional and international community. "We continue to strongly stand by our a… Continue Reading

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