Ben In The News

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

February 02, 2017

Cardin emerging as leading Trump foreign policy critic

by Nate Harold

WASHINGTON - After introducing sanctions legislation on Russia and opposing Donald Trump's nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is emerging as a leading Democratic critic of the president's foreign policy. "I think there's a real possibility that we will disagree on significant points and I will be vocal about it," Cardin said in an interview with Capital News Service. As the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin will play an i… Continue Reading

December 22, 2016

Cardin, Corker spar over Donald Trump's pick for State

by John Fritze

Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is ramping up pressure on President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State to release tax returns, writing Thursday that it will be difficult to schedule a confirmation hearing until "all necessary and relevant information" is submitted. Cardin requested three years of tax filings from ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, whom Trump named last week as his top diplomat. Tillerson will submit financial disclosure and … Continue Reading

December 20, 2016

Cardin: Trump should support Paris climate agreement

by Ben Cardin

One year ago, diplomats representing more than 190 countries finalized the world's most ambitious and achievable agreement to combat climate change at the annual United Nations climate conference (COP21) in Paris. I was honored to lead a delegation of 10 senators to bolster the U.S. commitment to fighting global climate change, an existential threat to us all. The momentum coming out of France felt unstoppable, with every party committed to reducing carbon emissions. Over the course of 2016, a… Continue Reading

December 08, 2016

Trump could threaten U.S. superpower status: Democratic senators

by Senators Ben Cardin and Dianne Feinstein

President Obama is right - if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds, America succeeds. But the opposite is equally true. The costs of a failed Trump presidency would be profound for the security of the United States and countries around the world. With each passing day, we grow increasingly concerned that President-elect Trump fails to grasp the solemn, serious responsibilities that come with being our nation's commander in chief. Protecting and advancing our national security interests is argu… Continue Reading

November 30, 2016

Sen. Ben Cardin is right: Time to drain the swamp

by Jennifer Rubin

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, along with nearly two dozen fellow Democrats, introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging President-elect Donald Trump to follow his campaign pledge to sever ties with his businesses. The resolution calls on Trump "to follow the precedents established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings; adopt blind trusts managed by truly independent trustees with no relationship to Mr. Trump or his businesses; or to take other, equivalent meas… Continue Reading

November 22, 2016

Cardin to push resolution on Trump's financial conflicts

by Nahal Toosi

Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plans to introduce a resolution calling on President-elect Donald Trump to take the necessary financial steps to ensure that he is not violating any constitutional limits on a president's conflicts of interest. The move comes amid growing concerns that Trump's many business investments could lead to improper entanglements and questionable decisions on foreign policy. According to media reports, since winning the No… Continue Reading

November 17, 2016

The United States needs to hold Russia accountable for its aggression

by Senator Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin is a U.S. senator from Maryland and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Any presidential administration's top charge is to protect U.S. national security interests, and now more than ever, that important endeavor must start with addressing a resurgent Russia. Over the course of President Vladi­mir Putin's time in office, Russia has been the purveyor of an anti-democratic agenda, completely antithetical to values that we as Americans hold dear - the libera… Continue Reading

November 14, 2016

Cardin, Hoyer call Bannon appointment 'deeply troubling'

by John Fritze

A handful of Maryland Democrats added their voice Monday to the criticism of President-elect Donald Trump's decision to appoint Steve Bannon to a senior White House job, a selection that dominated the political discussion as the nation sought clues for how the next administration will address deep divisions. Trump appointed Bannon, a Breitbart News executive, as chief strategist and senior counselor on Sunday. Bannon has been criticized by opponents for racially charged headlines and appealing … Continue Reading

November 09, 2016

Senator Cardin releases statement on Presidential Election

by Jennifer Flueckiger

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin- D-Md., Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Environment & Public Works, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship, has put out a statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election. The statement is as follows: "For many Americans, myself included, the results of this election will be hard to swallow. "Since the founding of our republic, the United States of America has been governed … Continue Reading

October 25, 2016

Officials frustrated over delay in FBI headquarters site

by Sydney Tonic and Kimberly Escobar

Maryland officials expressed frustration Tuesday over the federal government's decision to delay picking a site for the FBI's consolidated headquarters until March. The General Services Administration had been expected to make a decision in December, but the agency said Monday it was putting off action for an additional three months. Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, released a statement on Tuesday expressing frustration with the delay, calling it "extremely disappointing and counter to our nationa… Continue Reading

October 12, 2016

Sen. Cardin Continues Focus Around On Health Crisis Around Heroin & Opioid Abuse

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has participated in a number of town hall meetings across the state in recent months focused on the health crisis around heroin and opioid abuse. The numbers of those affected by the crisis in Maryland alone are staggering: From 2011 to 2015, the number of heroin-related deaths increased by 200% statewide. Every part of the state is affected - not only larger cities but also small towns and more rural areas. Senator Cardin said that many people aren't aware of… Continue Reading

October 05, 2016

Cardin rips Russia, says U.S. must 'revisit' approach to Cold War rival

by Nahal Toosi

A top Senate Democrat is warning in harsh terms that Russia must face "consequences" for its actions in Syria and beyond, and that the U.S. "must revisit its overall approach" to the nuclear-armed government of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The blistering statement by Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Russia specialist, underscores the growing bipartisan fury in Congress with Moscow as it tangles with the U.S. over Syria and Ukraine and alleged… Continue Reading

September 26, 2016

Sen. Cardin discusses substance abuse at Cecil County roundtable

by Cheryl Mattix

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) visited Cecil County Friday morning for a roundtable discussion about the substance abuse epidemic permeating the county, state and country. He met with County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy, law enforcement officials, health and substance abuse professionals, volunteers, students and school officials at the Perryville branch of the Cecil County Public Library. Cardin's visit was part of an effort to seek ways to curb the number of overdose deaths as well as … Continue Reading

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