Ben In The News

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


September 22, 2016

Top Dem: 'Risk factor' to extending Iran sanctions in lame duck

by Jordain Carney

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) warned Wednesday that while he thinks it's likely the Senate will extend Iran sanctions by the end of the year, the issue could easily dissolve into a partisan fight. "I think it is likely that we can pass the Iran Sanctions Act [extension] in the lame duck," he said. "However, there is a risk factor. There's a risk factor that the leadership may not want it to go by itself, and they might very well put it with other provisions that may be unacceptable." Lawmakers in bo… Continue Reading


August 02, 2016

Maryland seeking federal assistance for flood recovery efforts in Ellicott city

by Jesse Coburn

Officials are seeking federal assistance to help residents and businesses whose property was lost or damaged in the flood that ravaged historic Ellicott City on Saturday, and scheduled an information session Monday afternoon at which locals can learn how to apply for recovery relief. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said the cleanup could take "months, probably years." Kittleman said he could not yet estimate the cost of the damage. Main Street remained closed as cleanup crews shore up … Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

The Republican Platform and Ukraine

by Ben Cardin

Re "A Most Extreme Republican Platform" (editorial, July 19): Given the trajectory of the Republican Party over the last two decades, culminating in the nomination of Donald Trump for president, it comes as little surprise that the party platform is the most extreme it has ever been. From my foreign policy role in the Senate, I want to call attention to the Republican Party's apparently new position that the United States should not provide military assistance to Ukraine, as alluded to in its … Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Senate confirms Baltimore's Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Senate has confirmed Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden as the first woman and first African-American librarian of Congress. President Barack Obama nominated Hayden in February, but the full Senate delayed taking a vote. The president called Hayden's milestones on gender and race "long overdue." Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski took to the Senate floor Wednesday to urge senators to confirm Hayden. The vote was 74-18. Read the senators' letter to the p… Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

The South China Sea Is the Reason the United States Must Ratify UNCLOS

by Ben Cardin

The July 12 ruling by a tribunal of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the case brought by the Philippines firmly rejected China's expansive claims in the South China Sea. The court declared that the nine-dash line, the foundation for China's historical claims in the region, had no legal basis. The tribunal also determined that none of the land features in the Spratlys, a group of contested reefs and atolls, meet the global standard for island entitlements, and therefore… Continue Reading


July 11, 2016

Ben Cardin Discusses NATO with VOA (Video)

Senator Ben Cardin speaks to Milena Djurdjic of VOA's Serbian Service about Montenegro's accession to NATO, Serbia, NATO and Russian policies after Brexit. They spoke on July 7, 2016. http://m.voanews.com/a/3410570.html… Continue Reading


June 27, 2016

Cardin 'Disappointed' In Britain Referendum Vote

Sen. Ben Cardin said he isn't pleased with Great Britain's referendum vote to exit the European Union, but he expressed hope it doesn't hurt America's relationship with Britain or the EU. Cardin, the junior Maryland senator and ranking member on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told C4 Friday he was in London earlier this month and spoke with counterparts there. The government, with the exception of some members in Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet, was officially against a so-called … Continue Reading

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