Press Releases & Statements

November 12, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin Tours Tessemae’s All Natural, Previews Company’s Plans for “Crop Circles” Event to Bring Free, Fresh Produce to Local Residents Living in Food Deserts

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today brought his "Made in Maryland" jobs tour to Tessemae's All Natural, a family-owned craft condiment company whose recipe for success blends healthy ingredients and a commitment to giving back to local communities. Senator Cardin and the Vetter family discussed the company's plans for this weekend's "Crop Circles" event, which will distribute 25,000 pounds of free, fresh prod… Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Uzbek Political Prisoner Murod Juraev

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following the release of Uzbek political prisoner and dissident Murod Juraev. Last month, Sen. Cardin wrote a letter to Secretary Kerry expressing concern about the erosion of democracy and human rights in Central Asia and highlighted the plight of Murod Juraev. "While I welcome the release of political prisoner and dissident Murod Juraev whose 21-year incarcer… Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on Arif Yunus

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of Azerbaijani activist Arif Yunus. In August, Mr. Yunus and his wife, Leyla, were convicted of politically motivated charges as part of a troubling crackdown on civil society and free press by the Azerbaijani government. "I welcome the release of Arif Yunus from his unjust detention in Azerbaijan. The charges against Arif and Leyla … Continue Reading

November 12, 2015

Bipartisan, Bicameral Coalition of Lawmakers Request Update from Administration on Efforts to Combat EU Labeling Requirements

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman expressing concern over yesterday's announcement by the European Commission for new labeling requirements of Israeli goods produced over the green line. The letter, sent by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Congressman, Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Congressman Juan Vargas (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Sen… Continue Reading

November 11, 2015

Cardin Statement on Veterans Day 2015

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2015, which is this Wednesday, November 11. "As America celebrates Veterans Day, we stand united in honoring the acts of selfless service from our nation's veterans. Our veterans have protected the American people and defended our values. These Americans are the bravest among us. We applaud the innumerable sacrifices that they and their loved ones have made for this great country. … Continue Reading

November 11, 2015

U.S. Senators and Leading Latin American Legislators Send Letter to President Maduro Calling for Transparent and Democratic Legislative Elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - In an unprecedented display of unity, 157 leading legislators from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru sent a joint letter to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calling for "free, transparent, and democratic" legislative elections on December 6th. The letter was spearheaded by Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senador Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Federal Senate… Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Authorization and Veterans Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the improved National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate today an "imperfect but necessary measure to support our military men and women and national security." The Senate also approved the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act. "The men and women of America's military need to know that Congress is there to support them while on … Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Cardin Legislation, Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - The "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a unanimous vote. The bill establishes guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by codifying and increasing the amount of information posted online. The legislation i… Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement following Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and bipartisan Senate leaders. "Today, I welcomed Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States. Especially now during this tumultuous period, as Israeli citizens have endured weeks of random and deadly stabbings and other terrorist attacks by Palestinians, I used our meeting to reiterate Israel's abso… Continue Reading

November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement on Elections in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on elections in Burma. "I congratulate the people of Burma for coming together on November 8 to participate peacefully in the country's second nationwide parliamentary election since 2008. The election is an important milestone on the path towards democracy and political reform in Burma, but there is still a long way to go. There are significant systematic and … Continue Reading

November 09, 2015

Cardin, Bennet and Blumenthal Colleagues Urge President to Prioritize Strengthened MOU with Israel

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), are leading a group of 16 senators in urging President Obama to prioritize a new, strengthened Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington this week. A new MOU would help ensure Israel has the tools and resources necessary to prepare… Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Cardin Hosts Roundtable Discussion in Prince George’s County on Issues Confronting Returning Citizens

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined returning citizens, White House and Department of Labor officials, local and federal corrections department leaders, policy advocates, law enforcement, workforce development nonprofits, clergy and elected officials to discuss ways to promote the successful re-entry into society of former inmates who have served their sentences. "To refuse Americans a second chance to redeem themselves permanently damages families and communit… Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Cardin, Prince George’s County Law Enforcement Discuss Necessary Improvements for Region’s Public Safety

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today met with about 75 local, state and federal law enforcement officers to discuss ways to better safeguard our communities and the officers who protect them. The wide-ranging conversation centered on strengthening relationships between local residents and law enforcement, countering gang activity in the region and ensuring that police departments continue to receive federal funding that meets their needs. Senator Cardin also outlined… Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Cardin Statement on Keystone Pipeline

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, ‎released the following statement on the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline application. "The Obama Administration has rightly rejected the Keystone XL pipeline after having completed a responsible and thorough review of the project. In my judgment, the risks to U.S. public safety, public … Continue Reading

November 06, 2015

Cardin Discusses Racial Profiling, Voting Rights, International Affairs with Collective Empowerment Group

LANDOVER, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today spoke at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Collective Empowerment Group, Inc., a Christian ministry that establishes covenant relationships with member churches and partnerships with financial institutions and other organizations for economic empowerment. "We need hope in our community. It's great to have a quarter of a million new jobs each month, but too many people still can't find jobs," said Senator Cardin. "Too many people can't eve… Continue Reading

November 05, 2015

Statement of Md. & Va. Senators on the Appointment of Paul Wiedefeld as Metro’s General Manager

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that Paul Wiedefeld has been named Metro's new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer: "We're pleased to finally see this progress in bringing on new management for Metro after a year-long search. "As federal lawmakers, we have been strong advocates and effective partners for Metro. In his years of service to BW… Continue Reading

November 04, 2015

Cardin, Frosh, Civil Rights Groups and Law Enforcement Discuss Efforts to End Discriminatory Profiling and Move Forward on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (both D-Md.) were joined by representatives from the law enforcement and civil rights communities to discuss federal, state and local efforts to end discriminatory profiling by police and enact meaningful criminal justice reform. Today's briefing follows a recent national poll signaling strong and crosscutting support for a national ban on discriminatory profiling. Despite popular opinion and data proving that the pra… Continue Reading

November 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Pending Deployment of U.S. Special Forces in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement that U.S. Special Forces will soon be deployed to Syria. "After a series of hearings and meetings this week, including with Secretary Kerry and General Allen, I continue to support targeted airstrikes and training, in conjunction with our coalition partners, along with the arming of vetted opposition forces, as methods to alter the regiona… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Cardin Expresses Concern to Secretary John Kerry about Erosion of Democracy, Human Rights in Central Asia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern about the erosion of the democratic process and respect for human rights across Central Asia in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In his letter, Senator Cardin wrote: "During your important visit to the region, I urge you to raise the issue of political prisoners and to emphasize our strong commitment to universally recognized democratic principles during your upcomi… Continue Reading

October 30, 2015

Cardin Calls Two-Year Budget ‘Progress’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding the two-year budget approved by the Senate. "Progress. This budget may be far from perfect, but it makes considerable progress in removing the harmful effects of sequestration, setting priorities, and putting our nation back on a more stable fiscal footing. It also allows us to pay our bills and uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. And … Continue Reading

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