Ranking Member's Press

October 09, 2015

Cardin Statement Recognizing International Day of the Girl

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2015. "The International Day of the Girl is a day where we recognize the fundamental rights of girls, recommit to investing in the future of girls, and to ending the continuing violence that girls face around the world. "The threats and violence directed against girls are staggering. In Central Ameri… Continue Reading


October 09, 2015

Cardin Announces Much-Needed Federal Funds to Aid Survivors of Torture in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that The Tahirih Justice Center in Baltimore has been awarded a $247,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement to fund the Empowering Survivors of Torture (EST) program. The EST program is a collaborative effort that seeks to provide holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services to survivors … Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Electrify Africa Bill Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), which was also cosponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). With nearly 600 million Africans without electricity, this legislation will leverage private sector resources thr… Continue Reading


October 06, 2015

Cardin Speech on the Importance of Accountability in Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following remarks for the congressional record regarding the importance of accountability in Sri Lanka. "I rise to address the situation in Sri Lanka, a country that has endured a brutal civil war and is working to address the difficult issues of accountability and reconciliation. "Following the historic elections in January and August, Sri Lanka has a remarkable opportunity t… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Cardin Statement on Casualties in Kunduz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the tragic bombing this Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan. "I extend my deepest condolences to the individuals and families of those killed or injured in Saturday's tragic bombing of the Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Doctors without Borders is an unparalleled organization, working in the most dangerous and difficult war zone… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Cardin Speech on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted the following remarks for the congressional record regarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. "I rise to address an important event that occurred this week at the United Nations, which is marking the 70th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). "Over the weekend, over 150 world leaders gathered at UNGA to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Th… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Senators Introduce Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, legislation that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to… Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on Meeting with President Xi Jinping

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senate leaders. "The visit by President Xi serves as an important opportunity to continue and build a positive and cooperative relationship between our two nations. While we must expand upon areas of mutual interest, China must demonstrate through concrete actions its commitments to pursuing ongoing r… Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Cardin Statement on Address of the Visit of Pope Francis to the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his address to Congress. "Pope Francis' visit to the United States has stirred millions of Catholics and non-Catholics through his presence and messages of humility, generosity, and service. These are universal values with extra meaning when delivered by Pope Francis who embodies genuine warmth, stea… Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Bipartisan Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees Welcome Japan’s Passage of Collective Self-Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees today welcomed the Japanese parliament's passage of legislation that will permit Japan to engage in collective self-defense, including coming to the aid of an ally. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Foreign Relations Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.… Continue Reading


September 10, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Iran Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran votes in the Senate. "The extensive debate in the Senate this week on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran (JCPOA) further makes clear that my decision to oppose the agreement was a close call. Throughout the hours of intense deliberations and speeches, Senators passionately advocated for their positions based their informed ass… Continue Reading


September 04, 2015

Senator Cardin Announces Position after Reviewing Iran Nuclear Agreement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post announced today his decision to vote to disapprove of the Iran nuclear agreement after completing an in-depth review. Senator Cardin writes, "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does contain significant achievements. It imposes severe restrictions on Iran's nuclear program for the next 10 to 15 years. And we retain the ability to snap back in… Continue Reading


September 03, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina and upcoming elections in Guatemala. "President Otto Perez Molina's resignation comes after months of peaceful protests, in which tens of thousands of Guatemalans have gathered across the country to demand an end to corruption and greater accountability from their public officials. Throughout this perio… Continue Reading


August 18, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement Regarding the Ongoing Conflict in South Sudan

Senator Cardin Statement Regarding the Ongoing Conflict in South Sudan WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. "While I welcome the signing of a peace agreement by the Sudanese People Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), I am concerned by the government of South Sudan's delay in signing the accord. The human cost of this war has been beyond measure -- … Continue Reading


August 14, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Visit to Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Cuba and the raising of the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. "Today marks a significant milestone in the restoration of the U.S. - Cuban relationship that is long overdue. As the top U.S. diplomat, it is appropriate and meaningful that Secretary of State John Kerry is in Havana today for this momentous occas… Continue Reading


August 13, 2015

Cardin Statement On Leyla and Arif Yunus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following in response to today's sentencing of civil society activists in Azerbaijan. Senator Cardin has been an outspoken critic of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society. Most recently, he called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to halt human rights abuses, respect the freedom of the press, and allow the reopening of Radio Free Europe. "I am deeply distu… Continue Reading


August 13, 2015

Senators Express Concern in Letter to Secretary Kerry Regarding Treatment of Dominican-born Individuals of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today regarding the treatment of Dominican-born individuals of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. In their letter, the Senators write: "As you know, in 2013, the Dominican Republic's … Continue Reading


August 11, 2015

Senators Urge President Obama to Raise Human Rights Concerns during upcoming September Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and John Cornyn (R-TX) wrote President Obama ahead of his September visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United States. In the letter,… Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement Regarding 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. "Human trafficking is one of the great moral challenges of our time," Senator Cardin said. "Corruption, lack of political will, weak rule of law, and an international demand for cheap labor and services has resulting in an ever growing criminal industry. Traffi… Continue Reading


July 29, 2015

Cardin Submits Resolution of Approval Regarding the U.S.-ROK 123 Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution of approval regarding the U.S. -ROK 123 Agreement. The agreement was transmitted to Congress on June 16. "The United States and the Republic of Korea have a long and positive history of safe, secure, peaceful civil nuclear cooperation," said Senator Cardin. "This Agreement will allow us to continue to deepen that cooperation, which is particularly important as we wor… Continue Reading

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