Ranking Member's Press

June 20, 2016

Cardin, Colleagues Commemorate World Refugee Day, Introduce Resolution to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution Monday recognizing June 20th as World Refugee Day and reaffirming the commitment of the United States Senate to protect and assist millions of refugees and other forcibly uprooted persons worldwide. "The international community must get serious about protecting the most vulnerable refugees - women and children. Women are facing ferocious threats in conflicts across… Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Cardin, Colleagues Encourage European Council to Extend Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led five of his bipartisan colleagues Monday in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, urging the Council to roll over sanctions on Russia. The co-signers are U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). The text of the letter follows: Dear President Tusk: We write to urge the Europea… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Israel Security Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on Congressional funding for Israel's security: "One of the most successful aspects of the decades-long partnership between the United States and Israel has been our joint development of missile defense systems. Cooperative programs such as Iron Dome have saved the lives of countless civilians from Hamas rockets fired indiscriminately into Israel. N… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nicaragua’s Expulsion of U.S. Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday regarding the expulsion of three of U.S. officials from Nicaragua: "As the U.S. is building partnerships across Central America that promote greater security and economic growth, the Nicaraguan government's decision to expel U.S. officials from the country runs counter to the region's shared agenda," said Cardin. "The U.S. and Nicaragua need to mov… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Upcoming Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Christian Churches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in advance of the Holy and Great Council to be held in Greece. "This weekend, I join Orthodox Christians in recognizing the beginning of the historic Holy and Great Council on the island of Crete, Greece. This marks the first time since the year 787 that the leaders of the Orthodox churches will gather together to discuss fundamental issues related to faith and… Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Senator Cardin Statement on Murder of British MP Jo Cox

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and killed while campaigning in her district: "I am deeply saddened for the family of Jo Cox and for the people of the United Kingdom today. "At the core of our representative democracies is the ability for elected officials and their constituents to come together and discuss the issues of the d… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Corker, Cardin: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meets with Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements Tuesday after the committee met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile: "We were honored to welcome the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay today for a discussion about issues important to the U.S. and the people of Tibet," said Senator Corker. "At… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate 85-13 today "has flaws but is important for our national security and the men and women of our armed forces," and he released the following statement: "I supported the National Defense Authorization Act as a clear message to our military men and women and their families that Congress has their back on the batt… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Russian Violation of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, offered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a Committee hearing Tuesday on 'Russian violations of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights': "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important and timely hearing. "Today we meet to discuss Russian efforts to undermine institutions that have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Russia… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin in The Hill: Time for a Human Rights Dialogue with India

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, authored the following opinion piece in The Hill Wednesday, calling for a dialogue between the United States and India on human rights issues: India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies in the diversity of its people. I believe that the same can be said about the United States. But if we are being honest, these two largest democracies in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assad’s Recommitment to Violence Against Syrian People

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 after Bashar al-Assad said in a speech to the Syrian parliament that he was essentially doubling down on the five-year armed conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions: "Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal with a callous disregard for human dignity. He … Continue Reading


June 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on War Crimes Conviction of Hissene Habré

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Hissene Habré, the former leader of Chad, was found guilty of war crimes this week by the Extraordinary African Chambers, an African Union-backed court: "Hissene Habré's regime was responsible for horrific acts of violence, including large scale detention and torture of political prisoners, murder and rape. I welcome his convi… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on Confirmation of Laura Holgate as IAEA Ambassador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate voted to confirm Laura Holgate as U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Vienna Office: "I would like to congratulate Laura Holgate on her confirmation as Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. office in Vienna. "For more than 27 years, Ms. Holgate has dedicated her care… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement on Mexican Cartels and U.S. Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement into the record Thursday at a Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues hearing on "Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic": "As the United States continues grappling with the public health crisis posed by opioid and heroin abuse, today's hearing offers a much-needed space to analyze the links between the dramatic increase in U.S. heroin use and the sharp rise… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Azeri Political Prisoner Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist and host Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison in Azerbaijan. Cardin advocated heavily for her release through high-level meetings and media outlets: "I was heartened to hear that Khadija Ismayilova has been released from prison in Azerbaijan after being convicted on completely trumped up cha… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Ukrainian Pilot, Parlimentarian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the release of jailed Ukrainian fighter pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko from prison in Russia. Cardin introduced S. Res. 52, which passed the Senate in 2015, condemning the Russian Government for its illegal imprisonment of Ms. Savchenko and calling for her immediate release: "I welcome today's release from prison in Russia of N… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Lifting of U.S. Arms Embargo on Vietnam

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after President Obama announced the United States would be lifting its arms embargo on Vietnam: "I welcome this development as an important element of our effort to build a stronger, deeper partnership with Vietnam, but I do so with my reiterated call to better balance security needs with adherence to basic human rights. "So for now I'm cautiously… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin, McCain Statement on Global Magnitsky Act’s Passage by House Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The legislation passed the full Senate last year after being introduced by Cardin and McCain: "For too … Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Joins Colleagues in Urging President Obama to Resettle More Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 24 other senators today in calling on the President to fulfill the Administration's commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year. He recently reiterated this commitment, but so far in the first seven months of FY 2016, only 1,736 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United S… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Zika Virus Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on an amendment to appropriate funding in response to the spread of the Zika virus: "The Zika virus is not some nebulous foreign threat; it is already on our shores. The Senate bipartisan agreement to fund a more robust response to the spread of the dangerous Zika virus moves us closer to a reasonable response, but i… Continue Reading

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