Ben In The News

May 08, 2018

I voted against the Iran nuclear deal. Withdrawing from it is a mistake.

by Ben Cardin

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question America's international credibility. Mr. Trump has now set the international community on a slippery slope, imperiling the national security interests of the United States and our allies, particularly Israel. I voted against the Iran nuclear deal three years ago because I felt it left certain long-term que… Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Democrats Grapple With Calling On Trump To Resign

by Igor Bobic

Democrats are grappling with how best to tackle the allegations of sexual harassment against President Donald Trump now that they have pushed Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who was also accused of sexual misconduct, from their midst. Some Democrats say that Trump should resign over the allegations numerous women have levied against him. Several of those women told their stories again this week as part of a growing movement to hold powerful men accountable for their actions. "These allegati… Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson for Botched State Department Redesign

by Robbie Gramer

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fends off rumors he could be out of a job within weeks, he is also facing growing criticism from diplomats and lawmakers in both parties over his management of the department. The latest salvo came on Tuesday, when Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent Tillerson's deputy, John Sullivan, a sharp letter expressing "significant concerns" over Tillerson's plans to redesign the State Department and urging Tillerson and his deputy to lift the dep… Continue Reading


November 20, 2017

Ben Cardin: The Full Transcript

by Susan Glasser

Glasser: This is Susan Glasser, and welcome back this week to The Global POLITICO. I'm delighted to have as our guest Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. He's the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, which means he's right in the middle of everything that we want to talk about at The Global POLITICO. Senator Cardin, so I guess the inescapable subject in many ways, of course, is Russia these days, when it comes to foreign policy, and especially the Trump administration. First of all,… Continue Reading


November 19, 2017

A Conversation with Ben Cardin

by Josh Kurtz

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) always seems to find himself in the thick of major policy battles. A week ago, in his capacity as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a delegation of five Democratic senators to the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany. They were part of a large delegation of American politicians and business leaders who are still committed to the emissions reduction goals of the 2015 Paris accord - even though the Trump administration is trying to withdr… Continue Reading


November 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin: Let's rethink president's ability to use nuclear weapons

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

At my town halls and meetings across Maryland, people are increasingly asking me, "Is President Trump really going to start a nuclear war with North Korea? Can he do that? Are there any checks upon the president to prevent him from starting a nuclear war?" The American people's fears on this issue are understandably fueled by the dangerous way President Donald Trump has spoken about nuclear weapons and the ongoing crisis with North Korea. For example, in August, President Trump said "North Kor… Continue Reading


November 18, 2017

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

by Nicole Gaudiano

WASHINGTON - Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the "me too" movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections against sexual discrimination. "If you ever feel like you don't think that we need to have some changes, I'm going to just say two words to you: Harvey Weinstein," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said Friday, naming the Hollyw… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen propose path to residency for temporarily protected immigrants

by John Fritze

Three Democratic senators -- including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen -- introduced legislation Thursday to allow certain immigrants with temporary legal status in the United States to apply for residency. Maryland has the sixth-highest number of residents benefiting from Temporary Protected Status in the country -- about 23,000 -- according to the Center for Migration Studies. The vast majority of those individuals in the state are from El Salvador. The 27-year-old program shi… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Cardin: Russia's election meddling is 'an act of war'

by Louis Nelson

Russian efforts to interfere in last year's presidential election amount to "an act of war," Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday, and to question otherwise plays right into Russia's hands. "You're falling into Russia's trap. Russia is spending money in this country to convince us that this is nothing more than what's been done since the beginning of time," the Maryland Democrat said Wednesday at an event hosted by the National Democratic Institute. "It's a conscientious effort to say 'we all do this… Continue Reading


October 12, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin On The Iran Deal And Trump

by Steve Inskeep

*Audio at link Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, who voted against the Iran nuclear deal, but now worries about the consequence if President Trump decertifies Iran's compliance with the agreement. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: So says President Trump, and now he faces a legal deadline - has until Sunday to certify t… Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

McCain, Cardin urge Trump to get tough with Moscow

by Elana Schor

Two senior senators are urging President Donald Trump to fully use the new authority to punish Russia that lawmakers overwhelmingly granted him last month. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Trump on the eve of a key deadline in the Russia sanctions bill, which won lopsided bipartisan support in Congress and forced the president to get tougher on Moscow over its election meddling. That legislation requires the administration to identify by Friday individuals linked to R… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Sen. Cardin: Trump's Words Making NKorea Matter Worse

by Sandy Fitzgerald

President Donald Trump's language about North Korea has made an extremely dangerous situation even worse, Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday. "We have got to find a common interest," the Maryland lawmaker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "China is the country that can change the equation in North Korea's calculation." China does have a different agenda than the United States, he stressed, and "wants to make sure there's a commun… Continue Reading


August 22, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin: Don’t send more U.S. troops

by Ben Cardin

After 16 years of America's longest war, the U.S. continues to have significant national security interests in Afghanistan. As we have seen, instability and the terrorism it breeds in this region directly impacts our national security. Our ultimate goal in Afghanistan should be a just, durable peace and political resolution of the conflicts plaguing the country for so long. President Trump's speech Monday was short on details and did little to emphasize the importance of diplomacy. Our strateg… Continue Reading


August 20, 2017

Dem senator: We don’t need to keep Confederate statues to learn history

by Julia Manchester

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) defended decisions to remove Confederate monuments on Sunday as "not changing history." Around the country, monuments honoring the Confederacy have been defaced and taken down recently, following violence in Charlottesville, Va., that began as a rally opposing the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. "We're not changing history. We want to learn from history. There's no question about that. That's an important aspect," Cardin told Fox News's Bill H… Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Ben Cardin says Trump sent ‘the wrong message’ in heated exchange with North Korea

by Sally Persons

Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday that President Trump sent "the wrong message" in his comments about North Korea. "I think it was just the wrong message and elevated the situation rather than showing the international community that there is hope for a diplomatic solution," Mr. Cardin, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC. Mr. Trump said Tuesday that the United States would respond with "fire and fury" if provoked by North Korea. The nation responded with an equally strong worded statement saying th… Continue Reading


July 26, 2017

Cardin blasts health-care votes: ‘What is the bill that we are considering?’

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) on July 26 expressed frustration with the Senate's handling of several health-care votes to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. *Video at link… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Setting the Record Straight: Nothing in the the Israel Anti-Boycott Act restricts constitutionally-protected free speech

by Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent the following letter to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to their concerns about S. 720, The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which amends a 40-year-old law to include international governmental organizations such as United Nations agencies or the European Union. July 20, 2017 Mr. Faiz Shakir National Political Director American Civil Liberties Union 915 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Dear Director Shakir: We write… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin Reacts To Trump's 'New York Times' Interview

by Morning Edition

CARDIN: Well, it's another one of those remarkable comments by the president. He does not realize that the attorney general is the attorney general for the people of this country. It's not a personal position for the president of the United States. Attorney General Sessions had no choice under law but to recuse himself from this investigation since he was part of the Trump campaign. That was under clear rules from the Justice Department. INSKEEP: The president's statement is not that it's unjus… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. and the kamikaze tweetstorm that set Washington on fire

by Monica Hesse and Ben Terris

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin smiled merrily when he saw the reporters approaching him. It was Tuesday, the day of Donald Trump Jr.'s kamikaze tweetstorm, and a deeply enjoyable day to be a Democrat in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol. "If I were in a similar situation and that request was made," the Maryland Democrat said, "I would have called law enforcement." And then a flood of additional reporters swept over him, and he gamely accommodated this media mosh pit, taking on the next question, and th… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Dual lawsuits target Trump’s business empire

by Lindsay Huth

Maryland Democrats signed onto two separate lawsuits this week arguing that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution's anti-corruption clauses by accepting payments from foreign officials through the Trump Organization. The most recent case was filed Wednesday by 196 Democratic members of Congress - the most congressional plaintiffs to ever sue a president. "It's impossible to tell whether foreign governments are using [Trump's] businesses and giving him considerations or trademarks to… Continue Reading

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