Ranking Member's Press

February 27, 2016

Cardin, Johnson Announce Resolution Honoring Nemtsov, Renewing Call for Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday their plan to introduce legislation Monday honoring Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and renewing a call for a full and transparent investigation into his tragic murder in Moscow on Feb. 27, 2015. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) join them in co-sponsoring the res… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin Delivers Remarks on Ending Modern Slavery, Highlights Maintaining Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today. I share your commitment to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, which is one of the great challenges of our time. "Modern slavery involves crimes of forced labor, sexual exploi… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Review of the FY 2017 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his general support for the Fiscal Year 2017 State Department budget request during the February 23 hearing. He noted with concern the insufficient allocation towards good governance and democracy programs, and the continued trend of reliance on Overseas Contingency Operations funds instead of well-balanced baseline funding levels. Senator Cardin's remarks as delivered can be foun… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on GTMO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama's commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to do more to counter ISIL's messaging and finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay will deny terrorist organizations a powerful recruiting and propagand… Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Agreement on Terms for Cessation of Hostilities in Syria, Also Calls for Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria: "I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today," said Senator Cardin. "It is past time for full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for an end to aerial bombardments and immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to besieged area… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Says President Obama’s Trip to Cuba Represents Great Opportunity for the People of Cuba and the U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president's announced trip to Cuba. "President Obama's travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests, the interests of the American people, and our support for Cuba's citizens and their fundamental freedoms. As the first U.S. president in ninety years to touch down in Cuba, Presid… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Renews Calls for Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 2nd anniversary of the detention of Leopoldo López. "Today marks two long and unacceptable years since Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was unjustly imprisoned for speaking out in defense of democracy and human rights in his co… Continue Reading


February 16, 2016

Cardin Calls Direct Flights to Cuba a Milestone, Urges Progress on Improving Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to allow for the scheduling of direct flights between the two nations. "The renewal of direct flights marks yet another milestone in the restoration of the US-Cuba relationship. As people-to-people contacts increase, the United States will be in a better position to advance our national interests, enga… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Lauds Confirmation of Seven Key Nominees, Urges Senate to Finish the Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the confirmation of seven nominees by the Senate on Friday, February 12th. The nominees confirmed were: Sunil Sabharwal to be U.S. Alternative Executive Director of the IMF, Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Brian Egan to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, Samuel D. Heins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, John L. Es… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on UN Report Documenting Assad Regime War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - 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 the United Nations Human Rights Council Report on the killing of detainees in Syria: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic" on February 3, 2016. "The February 3 UN Human Rights Council's report confirms what we all already know, in stark detail: the Assad regime is guilty of war crimes and cri… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in ord… Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin Statement on Minsk II Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his concerns for the status of the implementation of the Minsk II agreement, which was meant to calm tensions in eastern Ukraine. Agreed to one year ago, Minsk II is a package of security and political measures negotiated by Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia to address the conflict in eastern Ukraine. "Thursday, marks the first anniversary of the Minsk II agreement. While all pa… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of Sanctions to Counter North Korean Belligerence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, legislation drafted by Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Menendez (D-N.J.). The bill, which now goes back to the House of Representatives for final passage, will expand and tighten sanctions on people and businesses anywhere in the world that are found to be supporting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile p… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Welcome to Countries Participating in US-ASEAN Summit in California

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Brian Schatz (D- Hawai'i), Mazie Hirono (D- Hawai'i), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), introduced a resolution welcoming the U.S.-ASEAN Summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on February 15-16, 2016. This summit will provide leaders a forum to strengthen cooperation under the new U.S.-ASEAN strategic partnership. "The… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Senators Cardin, Coons, and Kaine applaud Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of Tunisia Quartet Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Committee's passage of S.Res. 330, which congratulates the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution commends the Quartet for forging peaceful political compromises and reaffirms the United States' commitment to support Tunisia as it continues on the path to democracy, stability, and prospe… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution Supporting the Government of Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace and End the Country’s Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - In response to President Juan Manuel Santos' visit to Washington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution noting sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and encouraging efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace by consolidating democratic reforms and negotiating an end to the country's… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin, Senators Applaud Electrify Africa Bill Becoming Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded President Obama's signing of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate last year and passed by the House of Representatives last week, will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans acces… Continue Reading


February 07, 2016

Cardin Calls North Korean Missile Launch Another Clear Demonstration of the Malign Intent of Pyongyang

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on North Korea's missile test: "North Korea's missile test is a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and yet another demonstration of the malign ambitions of the regime in Pyongyang. It is a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security interests and those of our allies and partners. If the January 6 nuclear test were not enough, this missile test cl… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the "U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015." "From its economic reform efforts, to its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, to its support for international diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war and its significant role in addressing Syria's humanitarian crisis, Jordan's success is critical for regional st… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Statement Celebrating the Lunar New Year

WASHINGTON - On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in celebration of the Year of the Monkey: "I want to express my best wishes to the millions of people in the United States and around the world who are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year. "The Asian-American community is rich and diverse, and has contributed greatly to the cultural fab… Continue Reading

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