Press Releases & Statements

January 30, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce ANTIQUITIES Act to Protect National Monuments from Trump Administration’s Attempts to Roll Back Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of 18 Democratic senators in introducing legislation to enhance protections for national monuments against the Trump administration's unprecedented attacks on public lands. The America's Natural Treasures of Immeasurable Quality Unite, Inspire, and Together Improve the Economies of States (ANTIQUITIES) Act of 2018 reinforces Congress' intent in the Antiquities Act of 1906: only Congress has the authority to mo… Continue Reading


January 30, 2018

Cardin, Brown Lead 20 Democrats in Letter To Tillerson: Lack of Trump Administration’s Mandatory Russia Sanctions Impositions is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, led twenty of their Democratic Senate colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, expressing their concern that six months after Congress overwhelmingly passed mandatory sanctions measures to hold Russia accountable for their destabilizing activities against our country and nations around the w… Continue Reading


January 29, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Administration Briefing, Ongoing Dialogue on Russia Sanctions, Urges Aggressive Enforcement of CAATSA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Trump Administration briefed Senate staff about Russian defense and intelligence sector sanctions issues, per the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which mandated such an update to Congress by today. Cardin was one of the lead authors and negotiators on CAATSA: "The Russia sanctions law includes a provision which mandates… Continue Reading


January 26, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Hoyer, Engel Reiterate Russia Sanctions, Accountability Expectations To Trump Ahead Of Key CAATSA Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, and U.S. Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House Democratic Whip, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to President Trump Friday reiterating their expectations ahead of a key deadline for Russia sanctions and accountability as called for in the Countering America's Advers… Continue Reading


January 26, 2018

Cardin Says Congress Should Ignore White House Immigration Proposal and Stay Focused on Bipartisan Talks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the White House released an immigration reform proposal in the midst of bipartisan Congressional negotiations on the same topic: "The President of the United States created this crisis in September when he put an expiration date on the backs of Dreamers. By releasing such an extreme proposal now, with Congress deep into bipartisan negotiations, the presi… Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Senators In Requesting Haley Increase Pressure On Cambodia For Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led seven of his bipartisan colleagues Wednesday in a letter to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, requesting that she use the influence of her office and the tools within the international organization, "to isolate the Cambodian government, pressure them to reverse course, and-should they not reverse course-ensure that they gain no validity from an illegitimate 'election' that is neither free nor fai… Continue Reading


January 25, 2018

Cardin Reflects on U.S. Foreign Policy One Year into the Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday, reflecting on U.S. foreign policy one year into the Trump Administration: "I come to the floor today to reflect on the troubling foreign policy of President Donald Trump one year into his Administration. "A recent poll out from Gallup showed a dramatic reduction in global public opinion toward the United States. Confide… Continue Reading


January 24, 2018

Cardin Asks Tillerson to Respect USAID’s Independence, Urges Empowerment of Green to Declare USAID’s Mission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday, urging him to rescind the U.S. Agency for International Development's mission statement, revise it to reflect the Agency's independence and commitments to democracy promotion and ending extreme poverty, and to give ownership of the mission to Administrator Mark Green by allowing him to announce the Agency's revised final mission statement. … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Floor Statement on Offshore Drilling

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I will take this time to go over with my colleagues the reasons why I unequivocally oppose the Trump administration's decision to allow oil and gas drilling along our Atlantic coast. There are many reasons why I oppose this policy. One is that the risk to the environment is too great. The Atlantic coast contains some of the most pristine coastlines in America. This region is very much aware of the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and how fragile the Chesapeake Bay is … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Cardin: “We needed to take a stand to keep this budget can from being kicked down the road again and again and again.”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following on his vote to reopen the federal government. Video of Senator Cardin speaking after the vote can be downloaded here. "Four months into the fiscal year, Republicans, who control the White House and both houses of Congress, finally understand that we cannot govern from continuing resolution to continuing resolution. It took ex… Continue Reading


January 20, 2018

Cardin Says the Leadership Vacuum in the White House has Spilled Over to Congressional Republicans, Forcing a Federal Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement about the latest proposed continuing resolution (CR), which would be the fourth temporary stopgap funding measure for Fiscal Year 2018. "This is no way to govern. Republicans have control of the White House and the entire Congress, yet they continue to drive the country from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, missing … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce $100,000 for Garrett County Medical Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.), have announced a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC). The grant will fund the purchase of a new telemedicine and telecommunications system that will allow the hospital's healthcare providers to provide patients with real-time medical consultations from a distance. The telecommunications system will also give approxima… Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Cardin Says FISA Bill Should Have Been Amended to Better Protect Americans’ Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after voting against final passage of S. 139, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act. "This legislation has such a profound impact on both the safety and civil liberties of Americans. I voted against it because it did not strike the right balance between maintaining our national security and safeguarding the constitutio… Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Cardin Reacts To Tillerson Announcement On Syria: Trump Administration Lacks Authority To Keep U.S. Military Forces In Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced a new policy toward Syria that includes an indefinite U.S. troop deployment: "I am extremely disappointed that the Trump Administration announced a significant change in U.S. policy - the commitment of U.S. forces for an indefinite period of time in Syria - without first consulting Congress. Secretary Tillerso… Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Cardin, Shaheen Lead SFRC Democrats in Asking Tillerson, Green for Information on Addressing Sexual Harassment, Abuse at the State Department and USAID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, led the Committee's Democrats in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and USAID Administrator Mark Green Wednesday, requesting to review and analyze their data to better understand the scope of sexual harassment and assault issues at the Department and Agency, in order to con… Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Cardin Statement on Cloture Vote on FISA Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement after voting against the motion to invoke cloture on the House message on S. 139, the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Reauthorization Act. "We are in constant search of the right balance between maintaining our national security and respecting the constitutional rights of American citizens. I voted against cloture on the FISA reauthorization legislation because, particularly on a bill tha… Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Delivery Of Mobile Cranes To Yemen Port, Reiterates Call For Addressing, Solving Humanitarian Crisis, Underlying Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after World Food Programme cranes were delivered to Hudaydah, Yemen, to support humanitarian relief: "I welcome the delivery of the U.S.-funded World Food Programme's mobile cranes to the port of Hudaydah, which will significantly increase the port's capacity to offload essential humanitarian and commercial goods, including food and medicine. These c… Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Cardin Reacts To Trump’s Statement Waiving JCPOA-Related Sanctions, Harming Potential Negotiations With Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, released the following statement Friday after the White House announced President Trump would continue waiving sanctions against Iran as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal, and also detailed a number of demands of Congress: "Today, the President announced he will continue U.S.… Continue Reading


January 12, 2018

Cardin Blasts Trump Rhetoric on ‘Shithole’ Countries as Divisive, Ugly, Contrary to U.S. Values

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the co-author of S. 2144, the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, a bill that would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency, released the following statement Friday after it was reported and publicly confirmed by participants in attendance at a White House meeting that President Trump call… Continue Reading


January 10, 2018

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Releases Report Detailing Two Decades of Putin’s Attacks on Democracy, Calling for Policy Changes to Counter Kremlin Threat Ahead of 2018, 2020 Elections

U.S. Remains Vulnerable to Russian Interference without Unequivocal Presidential Leadership, Learning Lessons from European Democracies Top Foreign Relations Committee Democrat Makes Series of Recommendations to Counter Putin's Asymmetric Arsenal, Bolster Defenses Ahead of Future U.S., European, Elections WASHINGTON - A Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff report released Wednesday and commissioned by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, details Russ… Continue Reading

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