Ranking Member's Press

January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Americans from Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release of four detained Americans in Iran and a fifth American, a student, who was released as well. "The release of five innocent Americans from Iran is a day for all Americans to celebrate their long and overdue return home. Painstaking effort and the unwavering determination put forward by Secretary of State Kerry, former Under Secretary of State Wend… Continue Reading


January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Taiwan’s Historic Election

BALTIMORE -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Taiwan's historic election. "Taiwan has once again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to democracy and freedom of expression following their now concluded historic campaign and election. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Taiwan for once again exercising their democratic rights and serving as a shining example for the international communit… Continue Reading


January 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Terrorist Attack in Indonesia

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, issued the following statement on the terrorist attack that occurred in Indonesia today. "I want to express my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today's terrorist attack in Jakarta. As President Joko Widodo stated, "We must not be afraid, we must not be defeated by an act of terror like this"… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

SOTU: Cardin Says Congress Should Unite to Work with President Obama throughout the Year Ahead

WASHINGTON - In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement. Senator Cardin's guest for the speech was Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). "President Obama set out an aggressive agenda tonight, showing the country and the world that he will not allow himself to be labeled as a 'lame-duck' president. We must use every moment of the next 12 months, working together - Congress, t… Continue Reading


January 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, issued the following statement regarding North Korea's nuclear test. "Today's reported nuclear test by North Korea is yet another indication of North Korea's determination to continue to defy the international community and the threat it poses to regional peace and stability. "In response,… Continue Reading


December 28, 2015

Cardin Statement on Comfort Women Agreement Announced by Republic of Korea and Japan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in reaching a breakthrough agreement to resolve their long standing dispute regarding comfort women during World War Two. "I welcome this agreement and the leadership exhibited by both Prime Minister Abe and President Park to settle this longstanding issue in a way that recognizes the suffer… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Twenty-One Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Second Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinr… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate Senator Cardin: "Passage of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in the Senate is a big victory for champions of human rights and freedoms. We are one step closer to ensuring that human rights violators cannot escape the consequences of their abusive and corrupt behavior." WASHINGTON - The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senator Ben C… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Statement on One-Year Anniversary of President Obama’s Engagement Policy with Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama's engagement policy with Cuba. "One year ago today, President Obama set forth a new course for U.S. policy towards Cuba grounded firmly in the belief that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests and support the Cuban people. With Alan Gross now home and the American flag once… Continue Reading


December 15, 2015

Cardin Statement on Adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following the adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran's nuclear program. "The Resolution adopted today by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors to close its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program leaves us with more questions than it does answers. What we do know is that Iran, thr… Continue Reading


December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Azerbaijani Rights Activist Leyla Yunus from Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus from prison: "Although I welcome today's release of Leyla Yunus from her unjust imprisonment in Azerbaijan, the fabricated charges against her remain in place. All charges against Arif and Leyla Yunus should be unconditionally dismissed. I strongly urge that she be provided the best medical care as her health … Continue Reading


December 09, 2015

Cardin Delivers Speech on International Anti-Corruption Day

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding International Anti-Corruption Day. The Senator specifically cited Ukraine as country working to curb corruption. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, appear below. "Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. As the U.S. works to support good governance and anti-corruption efforts around the world, I would like to highlight… Continue Reading


December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on Efforts by Montenegro to join NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the recent announcement by NATO extending an invitation for Montenegro to join the Alliance. "I welcome the recent announcement that NATO will extend an invitation to the country of Montenegro. I strongly support this invitation and look forward to welcoming Montenegro into the Alliance at the Warsaw summit in July 2016. Last month's horrific attacks in Paris wer… Continue Reading


December 07, 2015

Cardin Statement on Opposition Electoral Victory in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement congratulating Venezuela on its recent election for the country's unicameral National Assembly. Venezuela's Electoral Council (CNE) announced and President Nicolas Maduro has recognized that the opposition (MUD) won 99 seats, the government coalition (PSUV) won 46 seats, and that 22 remained too close to call. The opposition has only won one election in the past … Continue Reading


December 04, 2015

Ten U.S. Senators Arrive in Paris to Attend COP 21 Climate Talks

PARIS - Ten U.S. Senators arrived in Paris on Friday to attend the COP 21 climate talks that are now underway. The Senate delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), will attend the Paris talks and participate in a series of events and bilateral meetings with world leaders in support of achieving solutions to the challenges of climate change. "On climate change, we are approaching a now or never moment. U.S. leadership has played a critical role in bringing us to this time in hi… Continue Reading


December 02, 2015

Cardin Urges Hungarian Government: Don’t Build Tribute to Architect of Hungary’s Anti-Jewish Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement regarding plans by the Hungarian government to fund a statue honoring Balint Homan, one of the architects of Hungary's anti-Jewish laws and member of the Arrow Cross regime. "I am deeply distressed that… Continue Reading


December 01, 2015

Cardin Urges Continued International Engagement to Prevent Further Violence in Burundi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following statement on the Senate floor regarding the political crisis in Burundi. A video of his remarks can be downloaded here. (AS PREPARED) "Mr. President, I rise to call for urgent action to prevent widespread violence and mass atrocities in Burundi. "We are at a critical juncture. I call on the Burundian government and opposition to respect the spirit of the 2000 A… Continue Reading


November 30, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Launch of Mission Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a senior member of Environment and Public Works Committee welcomed the launch of Mission Innovation in Paris by President Obama, President Hollande, and other world leaders. "Mission Innovation is a game changer with the potential to create brand new energy technologies that can revolutionize the world," said Senator Cardin. "The possible breakthroughs in five years thanks to this groundbreaki… Continue Reading


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

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