Press Releases & Statements

January 09, 2018

Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is among 40 senators who have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. He joins Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others who have made clear they will "force a vote" on the resolution to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. Thir… Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Cardin Reacts to TPS Decision for El Salvador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration announcement that Salvadorans who have been in the United States on Temporary Protect Status (TPS) would be forced to return to El Salvador by Sept. 9, 2019. "Instilling fear in vulnerable children and families should not be the American way, but it seems to be a recurring pattern with the Trump Administration. This late… Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution on Protests in Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced a Senate resolution expressing support for the rights of the Iranian people to have their voices heard and condemning the Iranian regime for its long history of human rights abuses. The resolution encourages the U.S. to work to convene emergency sessions at the United Nations to condemn the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Cardin Statement on Trump Administration Moves to Permit Offshore Drilling along Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works long opposed to offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, today released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's actions intended to allow offshore drilling along the East Coast. "I am disgusted - but not surprised - by the Trump Administration's machinations to allow drilling along our Atlantic Coast. This move comes only a week after the administration r… Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Dissolution of “Election Integrity” Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) responded with the following statement after the President announced that he was dissolving his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Since it was first announced, Cardin has seen this group for what is truly was: a taxpayer-funded attempt to legalize voter suppression. "This so-called election integrity commission never should have been formed, so I am glad the President dissolved it. I thank the civil rights groups and state gove… Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Cardin, Engel Reiterate Concerns Ahead Of Honduran Presidential Inauguration, Amid Ongoing Political Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following joint statement Thursday in response to the Trump Administration's recognition of a winner in the Honduran presidential election despite widespread irregularities reported by international election observers. Protests and political unrest in Honduras continue: "In advance of the Hondur… Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $287,900 in Federal Funding for Maryland Sea Grant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $287,900 in federal funding to the University of Maryland for the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The MDSG program works to protect the environmental and economic sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay through educational and restorative projects. "Maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal waters is a team effort. The MDSG … Continue Reading


January 02, 2018

Cardin Supports Iranian People in Pursuit of Fundamental Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday amid ongoing protests in Iran: "As protests in Iran continue, I support the legitimate desires of the Iranian people for dignity and fundamental freedoms, economic opportunity, and a government that is responsive to its citizens. The ability to peacefully protest is a universal right, and I applaud the courage and commitment of Iran's citizens across … Continue Reading


December 28, 2017

Statement from Baltimore Congressional Delegation on the FBI Refusal to Lead Investigation of the Murder of BPD Detective Sean Suiter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today released the following joint statement: "We are disappointed by the refusal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take the lead in investigating the murder of Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter. While we appreciate the FBI contention that no evidence exists to suggest that Det. Suiter's homicide was directly connected to the… Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Cardin Calls the Latest CR a Failure of Constitutional Responsibilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his continuing frustration that Republicans are unable and unwilling to put forward real appropriations bills and continue to rely on Continuing Resolutions (CR) to fund the federal government. "It's unconscionable that the party that controls the Senate, the House of Representatives and the White House - the Republican Party -- cannot… Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Cardin, McCain Welcome Global Magnitsky Sanctions for Human Rights Abusers, Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following joint statement Thursday after the Trump Administration announced the first list of sanctions designations for international human rights abusers and corrupt individuals per the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Senators Cardin and McCain are the co-authors of the law: "We wrote… Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Cardin Requests Extension of Protected Status for Salvadorans in the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen Thursday requesting an 18-month extension of the existing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for nearly 200,000 Salvadoran nationals currently living in the United States. The status expires on March 9, 2018. Senator Cardin said in part, "For nearly a decade, El Salvador has consis… Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

FLOOR SPEECH ON THE DREAMERS AND TPS

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I thank Senator Durbin for his extraordinary leadership on this issue and so many others. The Dreamers are part of this country. They are America's future. They are helping to build this great Nation, and they need our attention now. The Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House. One of their principal responsibilities is to pass a budget. We are now 3 months into the fiscal year, and we don't have a budget, and we are talking about another… Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Human Rights Spotlight: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

Today at his regular pen and pad session with reporters on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, distributed the below fact sheet about imprisoned Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Burma. Cardin called for their immediate release. He also took the opportunity to make the following statement about broader press freedom issues: "I want to acknowledge that there has been a real, serious attack against the independence of j… Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cardin Welcomes Latest Sergei Magnitsky Act Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Trump Administration released five new sanctions designations under the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the legislation's co-authors: "I welcome the addition of five new sanctions designations under the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law and Accountability Act. Today… Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cardin: Reuters Reporters Should Be Released From Burmese Imprisonment

Today at his regular pen and pad session with reporters on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, distributed the below fact sheet about imprisoned Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Burma. Cardin called for their immediate release. He also took the opportunity to make the following statement about broader press freedom issues: "I want to acknowledge that there has been a real, serious attack against the independence of … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cardin Decries Backsliding in Burma as UN Human Rights Investigator Denied Access to Country

"Burma continues to move in the wrong direction. A genocide has taken place against the Royhingya community in Rakhine, Burma, and it is astounding that the government has the audacity to now deny entry to the international official responsible for upholding human rights standards in that country. This development compounds the disastrous decision by Burmese authorities to arrest and detain two Reuters reporters working to uncover mass graves in Rakhine, who must be released immediately. I will … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cardin Asks Haley to Convene Emergency UN Session on Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about the dire state of affairs facing the Venezuelan people and wrote to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, urging her to convene an emergency session of the UN Security Council to explore ways to alleviate human suffering in Venezuela. "With Venezuela's humanitarian crisis growing daily, conditions facing Venezuelan children are parti… Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Cardin Opposes Republican Tax Bill, Calls It An Assault on Middle-Income Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, took to the floor of the United States Senate Tuesday night prior to the vote on the Republican tax bill to highlight many of the grave issues with the legislation. Video of Senator Cardin's full remarks can be found here: WATCH: https://youtu.be/MWhGhpLWIwk DOWNLOAD: Snapstream "The American people understand that this tax bill will hurt middle-income families. They know it will add to the deficit. This bi… Continue Reading


December 19, 2017

Cardin Praises UN Renewal of Syrian Humanitarian Assistance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the United Nations Security Council voted to renew UNSC Resolution 2165, which authorizes cross-border humanitarian assistance in Syria: "Today's decision by the UN Security Council was the right one, and I urge all friends of the Syrian people to do much more to ensure humanitarian access to besieged areas, particularly East Ghouta. "I am disa… Continue Reading

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