Ranking Member's Press

November 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Death of American Aid Worker and Maryland Resident Anita Datar in Mali

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the death of American aid worker and Maryland resident Anita Datar who was killed during the terrorist attack in Mali on November 20th. "A week of horrifying violence overseas is now painfully felt here at home in Maryland. Anita Datar strove to make the world a better, more compassionate place. Her work was important as she summoned the best of American va… Continue Reading


November 20, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Mali

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the terror attacks in Mali. "The brutal terrorist attack in Mali is a tragedy that must be condemned in the strongest of terms. The loss of innocent lives at the hands of Al-Mourabitoun, an Africa-based al Qaeda linked group, is a heinous act and underscores the need for continued vigilance and strengthened international cooperation in the fight against terr… Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Sixth Anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s Murder

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement ahead of the sixth anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's murder. "November 16th marks the sixth anniversary of the brutal death of Sergei Magnitsky, the courageous voice against Russian corruption who was imprisoned and tortured in a Russian prison for 358 days before his death… Continue Reading


November 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on Paris Attacks

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the attacks in Paris. "It is with a heavy heart that I offer my sincerest condolences to the family members of the victims who were killed in this tragedy and to the French people during this difficult period. Too frequently of late, France has suffered at the hands of terrorists seeking to cause havoc and devastation in Paris and in other cities throughout… Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on Release of Arif Yunus

BALTIMORE - 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 Azerbaijani activist Arif Yunus. In August, Mr. Yunus and his wife, Leyla, were convicted of politically motivated charges as part of a troubling crackdown on civil society and free press by the Azerbaijani government. "I welcome the release of Arif Yunus from his unjust detention in Azerbaijan. The charges against Arif and Leyla … Continue Reading


November 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Uzbek Political Prisoner Murod Juraev

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following the release of Uzbek political prisoner and dissident Murod Juraev. Last month, Sen. Cardin wrote a letter to Secretary Kerry expressing concern about the erosion of democracy and human rights in Central Asia and highlighted the plight of Murod Juraev. "While I welcome the release of political prisoner and dissident Murod Juraev whose 21-year incarc… Continue Reading


November 11, 2015

U.S. Senators and Leading Latin American Legislators Send Letter to President Maduro Calling for Transparent and Democratic Legislative Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented display of unity, 157 leading legislators from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru sent a joint letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calling for "free, transparent, and democratic" legislative elections on December 6th. The letter was spearheaded by Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senador Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Federal Senate… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Cardin Legislation, Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - The "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a unanimous vote. The bill establishes guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by codifying and increasing the amount of information posted online. The legislation is su… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement following Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and bipartisan Senate leaders. "Today, I welcomed Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States. Especially now during this tumultuous period, as Israeli citizens have endured weeks of random and deadly stabbings and other terrorist attacks by Palestinians, I used our meeting to reiterate Israel's absolut… Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Bennet, Blumenthal, Cardin and Colleagues Urge President to Prioritize Strengthened MOU with Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, are leading a group of 16 senators in urging President Obama to prioritize a new, strengthened Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington this week. A new MOU would help ensure Israel has the tools and resources necessary to prepare for, respo… Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on Elections in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on elections in Burma. "I congratulate the people of Burma for coming together on November 8 to participate peacefully in the country's second nationwide parliamentary election since 2008. The election is an important milestone on the path towards democracy and political reform in Burma, but there is still a long way to go. There are significant systematic and … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Cardin Statement on Keystone Pipeline

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, ‎released the following statement on the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline application. "The Obama Administration has rightly rejected the Keystone XL pipeline after having completed a responsible and thorough review of the project. In my judgment, the risks to U.S. public safety, public hea… Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Cardin Statement on Pending Deployment of U.S. Special Forces in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement that U.S. Special Forces will soon be deployed to Syria. "After a series of hearings and meetings this week, including with Secretary Kerry and General Allen, I continue to support targeted airstrikes and training, in conjunction with our coalition partners, along with the arming of vetted opposition forces, as methods to alter the regiona… Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Cardin Expresses Concern to Secretary John Kerry about Erosion of Democracy, Human Rights in Central Asia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern about the erosion of the democratic process and respect for human rights across Central Asia in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In his letter, Senator Cardin wrote: "During your important visit to the region, I urge you to raise the issue of political prisoners and to emphasize our strong commitment to universally recognized democratic principles during your upcom… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin Calls on Senate to Ratify United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Reacts to Ruling by International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in support of today's unanimous finding by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a case brought by the Philippines against China regarding its claims in the South China Sea. Senator Cardin also repeated his call for the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). "I welcome today's unanimous finding by the I… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin Calls for Confirmation of State Department, USAID Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the unacceptable delay to confirm President Obama's nominees to serve as U.S. Ambassadors and at other key State Department and USAID posts, including 20 USAID Foreign Service Officers. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, appear below and can be viewed here. "I have to express my disappointment at the slow pace of consideration … Continue Reading


October 22, 2015

Cardin Renews Call to Fully Fund Embassy Security Priorities at High Risk, High Threat Posts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, renewed his repeated requests for Congress to fully fund embassy security priorities at high risk, high threat posts to prevent future attacks against U.S. facilities overseas. "After three years of posturing, grandstanding, and conspiracy theories, we are no closer to fully funding our embassy security priorities to prevent a future Benghazi-style attack from ever happening again," said Senat… Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Eleven Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to Secretary Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed profound concern in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the October 11th Iranian ballistic missile test. In the letter, the Senators write: "We … Continue Reading


October 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on Resolution Vote against Israel at UNESCO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resolution vote against Israel at UNESCO. "This vote will escalate tensions and exacerbate an already dangerous situation," said Senator Cardin. "Earlier this month, Prime Minister Netanyahu called for preserving the status quo on the Temple Mount, a statement that was welcomed by President Abbas. While some inflammatory aspects of the resolution w… Continue Reading


October 20, 2015

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation to establish guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by codifying and increasing the amount of information posted online. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Ted Poe (… Continue Reading

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