Ranking Member's Press

April 29, 2015

Senators Cardin and Risch Introduce Nepal Resolution, Offer U.S. Support to the Region

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism introduced a resolution today offering support for Nepal and its neighbors in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck the region on Saturday. The resolution also applauds the rapid mobilization by the Department of State, USAID, and the Department of Defense in qu… Continue Reading


April 28, 2015

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution on the Significance of US-Japan Relationship in Advance of Prime Minister Abe’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the committee's ranking member, yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.152) on the significance of the United States' relationship with Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week for a state visit where he will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday. "I have had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Abe, and I appre… Continue Reading


April 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on Earthquake in Nepal

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the destruction caused by the severe earthquake in Nepal earlier today. "I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the people of Nepal and South Asia over the tragic loss of life and terrible destruction caused by the earthquake this morning. The United States is already engaged with emergency response operations, however, Nepal will need the suppor… Continue Reading


April 24, 2015

Cardin Statement on World Malaria Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing World Malaria Day on April 25, 2015. He is a cosponsor of a Senate Resolution on World Malaria Day with Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) that underscores the importance of reducing malaria prevalence and deaths to improve overall child and maternal health, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. "In 2015, no child should die of preven… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Cardin Statement on Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide which occurs on April 24, 2015. "This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. As the world gathers on Friday to commemorate the victims, we must recognize the magnitude of… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Death of Marylander Warren Weinstein

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the deaths of Marylander Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto. Weinstein was kidnapped by al-Qaeda while serving as a contractor in Pakistan for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. Their legacies of altruism, com… Continue Reading


April 20, 2015

Cardin Statement on Humanitarian Disaster off the Libyan Coast and in the Mediterranean Sea

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the unfolding humanitarian disaster transpiring off the Libyan coast and in the Mediterranean Sea. "It is profoundly heart wrenching to view the anguished images of innocent refugees and migrants, men and women, old and young, who embarked on a desperate journey bound for a more hopeful future, but which ended in death on the Mediterranean Sea over… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Cardin Statement Observing Yom HaShoah

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, and author of the Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act or the ''RUSH Act," released the following statement observing Yom HaShoah or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day: "It has been almost a full lifetime since … Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on the President’s Decision to Remove Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the administration's proposed rescission of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism: "President Obama's notification to Congress for removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more constructive relationship with Cuba," said Senator Card… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on Committee Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Corker-Menendez-Kaine Iran Nuclear Review Act by a vote of 19-0. "I want to thank Senator Corker for his patience and willingness to work with me in good faith to ensure that the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015 are consistent with the negotiating objectives of the P5+1 fram… Continue Reading


April 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on Removing Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON , DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the continuing normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States: "The State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more fruitful relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin. "Following the Cuban gov… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the just announced P5+1 Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear program: "The United States - executive branch and Congress - are unified in our goal to ensure that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. The best outcome is a strong diplomatic one. This framework and the ultimate agreement cannot be based on trust; there is no trust when … Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Named Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since he joined the Senate in January 2007, issued the following statement: "I am humbled that Democratic Leader Reid has asked me to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at this time. It is clear to all of us that the pressing national security challenges facing our nation require having active and effective leadership in our engagement with Senator Corker and the W… Continue Reading


April 01, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement Regarding Nigerian Elections

Newark, NJ - Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the elections in Nigeria. "I applaud the Nigerian people and political leaders on both sides for their commitment and dedication to the democratic process. I congratulate President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari on his victory, and commend incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for graciously conceding defeat and endorsing a peaceful transition of leadership. I also c… Continue Reading


April 01, 2015

Senators Menendez and Johnson Lead Letter Calling on FIFA to Deny Russia the Privilege of Hosting 2018 World Cup

Washington, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, were joined by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL), David Perdue (R-GA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Risch (R-ID), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in sending the following letter to President Josef Blatter… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Senator Menendez Reacts to Associated Press Report on Allowing Iran to Operate Centrifuges at Fordow

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding an Associated Press report that Iran will be allowed to operate centrifuges at Fordow as part of a potential nuclear agreement. "If today's news report from Lausanne is true, we are not inching closer to Iran's negotiating position, but leaping toward it with both feet. We have pivoted away from demanding the closure of Fordow when the negotiations began, … Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Senator Menendez Urges President Obama to Respond to Syria’s Alleged use of Chlorine Gas

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to President Barack Obama urging him to work closely with the international community to respond swiftly to the alleged use of chlorine gas by the Assad regime in attacks against Syrian civilians in Syria. In the letter, Senator Menendez urged President Obama to put pressure on Assad and his supporters: "Bashar al-Assad and those forces backing his regime, including the … Continue Reading


March 24, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani’s Joint Meeting of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement prior to Wednesday's Joint Meeting of Congress by President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. "The first democratic transition in Afghanistan's history, inaugurating President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah, marked the start of a new day for the Afghan people. I welcome them both to the United States and look forward to President Ghani's remarks to the Joint Meeting of Co… Continue Reading


March 19, 2015

Senator Menendez Statement on Reports of Being Sanctioned by the Russian Government

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after reports of being sanctioned by the Russian government. "In the year since I was last sanctioned by President Putin, my active and vocal support for Ukraine has only increased. Today's report from Moscow about my name appearing on a new sanctions list will not deter me whatsoever in my outspoken defense of Ukraine, and in support of their democracy, sove… Continue Reading


March 19, 2015

Senator Menendez and Bipartisan Senators Introduce Resolution Honoring Greece’s 194th Independence Day

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Resolution commemorating the 194th Anniversary of Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2015 and recognizing the strong relationship between the people of Greece and the United States. "The United States and Greece are connected by deep historical bonds, and today, I am proud to stand with my Senate colleagues and join Greek-Americans across the United States in celebrating 1… Continue Reading

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