Ranking Member's Press

April 19, 2016

Cardin Mourns Loss of Life, Welcomes U.S. Assistance in Japan Dual-Earthquakes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after a pair of major earthquakes struck the southern region of Kyushu in Japan late last week: "The people of Japan's Kyushu region have experienced tragic loss and great hardship over the past few days after a series of earthquakes left dozens dead and thousands of people injured or impacted, and I offer them my deepest condolences. I am pleased the United States i… Continue Reading


April 19, 2016

Sean Bartlett Joins SFRC Democratic Staff as Communications Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that Sean Bartlett has joined the Democratic staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Communications Director. In this role, he will serve as senior press advisor to the senator on all aspects of foreign affairs. "Sean has a strong background in communications and we are fortunate to have him join our staff. The United States must continue to take a leading role on many … Continue Reading


April 18, 2016

Cardin Offers Condolences to Ecuadoran People Following Earthquake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after a major earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday: "It is with a heavy heart that I join the international community in expressing my condolences to the families of the more than 350 victims who lost their lives as a result of the earthquake that struck Ecuador," said Cardin. "I commend the resiliency of the Ecuadorian people, as well as the remarkable effo… Continue Reading


April 14, 2016

Cardin Highlights State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices as an Important Tool for Holding Human Rights Violators Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released on April 13 by the State Department, are critical for assessing progress on human rights globally, and for holding governments accountable for their human rights abuses," said Senator Cardin. "I am de… Continue Reading


March 31, 2016

Cardin Calls U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement an Important Signal to the World

WASHINGTON - 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 in response to the U.S.-China joint statement on climate change and the Paris agreement. "Climate change represents an enormous challenge for all inhabitants of our planet. It is the preeminent national security issue for the 21st Century. We are the first generation in recorded human history to e… Continue Reading


March 27, 2016

Cardin Condemns Terror Attack in Lahore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning the Easter Sunday terror attack in Lahore, Pakistan. "I join the international community in condemning today's terrorist attack in Lahore on this holy day for Christians. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan. The United States and our allies will remain committed to countering these heinous attacks and to bringing those respons… Continue Reading


March 26, 2016

Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Visits Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Israel

TEL AVIV - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan congressional delegation with Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the senators met with national security leaders, including the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. In both countries, Senat… Continue Reading


March 25, 2016

11 U.S. Senators Send Letter to Secretary Kerry Calling for a Transparent International Investigation on Berta Cáceres’ Death

WASHINGTON - Expressing their condolences to the family and friends of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, 11 Democratic U.S. Senators, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Secreta… Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on U.S.-Cuba relations. "President Obama's historic trip to Havana and his engagement with the Cuban people provide a clear example of how the dynamism of American society can make a positive contribution to the future of Cuba. The announced arrival of U.S. businesses to the island not only advances the interests of the American people, but also offers Cuba's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium that killed and injured dozens. "I strongly condemn today's attacks in Brussels, the largest terror strike in the city's history. I express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones. Brussels is the 'Capital of Europe,' which many Europeans consider home. We all stand in solidarity with… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Corker Continue to Discuss Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Iran's ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation," said Cardin and Corker. "Iran remains a bipartisan concern and we are committed to taking action to ensure that Iran does not become a threshold nuclear weapons state." "I am committed to … Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin Statement Commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. "Today we commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and recognize the ongoing injustices suffered since then by the Tibetan people. Freedom, democracy, and religious pluralism are fundamental values cherished by the American people. The recent crackdowns and troubling new legislations in China, and their deep impact on the … Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Continuing, Unjust Detention of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian authorities. "I join the defenders of human rights who have declared today 'International Free Savchenko Day.' The international community must continue to speak out against Nadiya's inhumane treatment by the Russian Federation. "Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian fighter pilot, has been hel… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of U.S. Citizen Taylor Force in Jaffa Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement strongly condemning Tuesday's stabbing attack in Israel that left 12 injured and Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student, dead. "The recent wave of terror attacks against civilians in Israel is unconscionable. Yesterday's attacks that claimed the life of Taylor Force, an American combat veteran and graduate student, are a tragic reminder of the b… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin Statement on Latest Iran Ballistic Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles. "I am deeply concerned by Iran's repetitive disregard of and indifference to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran to cease any ballistic missile activities," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration should act swiftly to raise these concerns at the United Nations and take action to hold all p… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin, on International Women’s Day, Highlights “More Work to be Done” to Achieve Gender Equality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, 2016: "Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, and it is a goal that I strongly support. Yet, in 2016, it is obvious that the tremendous steps we have made toward achieving gender equality are insufficient.… Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Cardin, Isakson Promote Innovation and Empower Effort to Tackle International Development Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Development Lab Act (S.2629) along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The Global Development Lab Act authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Development Lab and gives it the tools it needs to solve our world's most pressing international devel… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin Condemns Murder of Honduran Human Rights Activist Berta Caceres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Berta Caceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), in her home in Honduras: "The brazen murder of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres is a shocking reminder of the challenges facing Honduran human rights defenders," said Cardin. "Ms. Caceres was a tireless cha… Continue Reading


March 02, 2016

Cardin Praises UN Security Council Resolution 2270 Imposing Robust New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea: "I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Power and her team are to be commended for their good work. "It is essential for the international commu… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Cardin Salutes Peace Corps on 55th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. "Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace Corps has empowered and saved the lives of countless people across the world. The Peace Corps is the most impactful volunteer humanitarian force in the world. It has help… Continue Reading

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