Press Releases & Statements

March 02, 2016

Cardin Praises UN Security Council Resolution 2270 Imposing Robust New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea: "I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Power and her team are to be commended for their good work. "It is essential for the international c… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Cardin Salutes Peace Corps on 55th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. "Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace Corps has empowered and saved the lives of countless people across the world. The Peace Corps is the most impactful volunteer humanitarian force in the world. It has he… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Women’s History Month 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to join the American people in celebrating Women's History Month. It is clear that one month is hardly enough time to recognize all that women have done, what they are doing, and what they have yet to accomplish. Despite the persistence of dogmatic opposition, women have played a major role in advancing every society on earth. Mr. President, I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather. In my time representing the people of Maryland, in the United S… Continue Reading


February 29, 2016

Cardin Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Reject Challenges to Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today hailed an announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it will not hear a challenge to Chesapeake Bay pollution controls in the case of American Farm Bureau v. Environmental Protection Agency. The Supreme Court's decision to let stand lower courts' rulings that upheld the EPA restrictions on wastewater treatment and runoff from farms and construction sites allows the bluepr… Continue Reading


February 27, 2016

Cardin, Johnson Announce Resolution Honoring Nemtsov, Renewing Call For Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday their plan to introduce legislation Monday honoring Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and renewing a call for a full and transparent investigation into his tragic murder in Moscow on Feb. 27, 2015. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) join them in co-sponsoring the res… Continue Reading


February 26, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $87,000 Federal Grant For Dental Career Training At Allegany College

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded an $87,000 federal grant to Allegany College to purchase 15 new dental hygiene units which will improve efficiency for students, reduce expensive repair costs, and help maintain hygiene services offered to the public. The new equipment for Allegany College's dental hygiene program will improve training fo… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin Provides Comprehensive Response to National Crisis in Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced a package of legislation that responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water, crumbling infrastructure and inadequate water protection that has combined to poison residents of Flint, Mich., and communities throughout the country. "Americans have a right to expect that water coming from their taps is safe to drink. We can no longer delay needed upgra… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin to Republican Senators: Stop Pandering, Do Your Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2007-2010), urged Senate Republicans to abandon their unprecedented decision to ignore any nominee put forth by President Obama to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. "I find it disgraceful that my Republican colleagues are vowing to obstruct a Supreme Court nomination before the nominee has even been named. The president doesn't stop… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin Recognizes National Children’s Dental Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, spoke on the floor of the United States Senate Thursday recognizing February as National Children's Dental Health Month and the 9th anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver. Senator Cardin has been a leading advocate for children's dental health care, authoring provisions that guaranteed children access to dental coverage first through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and late… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin Delivers Remarks on Ending Modern Slavery, Highlights Maintaining Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today. I share your commitment to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, which is one of the great challenges of our time. "Modern slavery involves crimes of forced labor, sexual ex… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud President Obama’s Nomination of Enoch Pratt Library Director Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as Next Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded President Obama's nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress in Washington, D.C. Since 1993, Dr. Hayden has served as the Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. In October, Senators Cardin and Mikulski wrote to President Obama in support of her nomination. A copy of that letter is available here. "For more than two decades, Dr. Carla Hayden has overseen on… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on GTMO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama's commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to do more to counter ISIL's messaging and finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay will deny terrorist organizations a powerful recruiting and propaga… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For State Of Maryland Following Severe Snowstorm

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today in a letter to President Obama expressed their strong support for Governor Larry Hogan's request for a federal Disaster Declaration for Maryland being impacted by severe winter weather. "We are writing to express our shared support fo… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Remarks At Review Of The FY 2017 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his general support for the Fiscal Year 2017 State Department budget request during the February 23 hearing. He noted with concern the insufficient allocation towards good governance and democracy programs, and the continued trend of reliance on Overseas Contingency Operations funds instead of well-balanced baseline funding levels. Senator Cardin's remarks as delivered can be foun… Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Agreement On Terms For Cessation Of Hostilities In Syria, Also Calls For Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria: "I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today," said Senator Cardin. "It is past time for full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for an end to aerial bombardments and immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to besieged area… Continue Reading


February 19, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Commemoration of the End of Slavery in Romania

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 the 160th anniversary of the emancipation of Roma slaves in Romanian. ‎ "On February 20, the Romanian Government will unveil a plaque at the Monastery of Tismana commemorating the end of … Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Renews Calls for Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 2nd anniversary of the detention of Leopoldo López. "Today marks two long and unacceptable years since Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was unju… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Says President Obama’s Trip To Cuba Represents Great Opportunity For The People Of Cuba And The U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president's announced trip to Cuba. "President Obama's travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests, the interests of the American people, and our support for Cuba's citizens and their fundamental freedoms. As the first U.S. president in ninety years to touch down in Cuba, Presid… Continue Reading


February 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Death of Associate Justice Scalia

Maputo, Mozambique- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "I join the Nation in offering my heartfelt condolences to the Scalia and Supreme Court families, who have lost one of their own today. For more than three decades, Justice Antonin Scalia devoted himself to the rule of law and public service at the highest levels. Whethe… Continue Reading


February 16, 2016

Cardin Calls Direct Flights to Cuba a Milestone, Urges Progress on Improving Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to allow for the scheduling of direct flights between the two nations. "The renewal of direct flights marks yet another milestone in the restoration of the US-Cuba relationship. As people-to-people contacts increase, the United States will be in a better position to advance our national interests, en… Continue Reading

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