Press Releases & Statements

December 01, 2017

Cardin Says Republican Tax Reform Bill Was Designed to Fulfill a Campaign Promise, Not To Help Our Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Republicans passed their hyper-partisan tax bill with a bare majority of votes. The plan, cobbled together with last-minute changes meant to buy additional votes but not solve critical flaws, will give permanent tax cuts to corporations at the expense of working- and middle-income Americans while adding more than a trillion dollars to our national debt. "The tax legislati… Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on Deadline Extension for GSA to Report to Congress on FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the letter from U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate EPW Committee, and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member of the EPW Committee, to General Services Administration (GSA) Public Building Service Commissioner Dan Matthews regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) h… Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Cardin Commemorates World AIDS Day 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record Friday in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2017: "Today, I rise to recognize World AIDS Day. It may be hard to remember, but there was a time when Congress could put bitter partisan rancor and finger-pointing blame games aside and unite around a cause. We did so to fight HIV/AIDS globally. Since 2003, the President's Plan for Eme… Continue Reading


November 30, 2017

Corker, Cardin Urge President Trump To Prioritize Elimination Of Slavery In U.S. Policy Toward Libya

WASHINGTON - Expressing deep concern over recent reports of slave auctions in Libya, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged President Donald J. Trump to make elimination of slavery a priority for U.S. policy toward Libya. President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) on Friday, and the senators in a letter asked the presi… Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $275,000 in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid, Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) have announced $288,445 in federal funding to help state and local authorities fight the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic. The funds - issued by U.S. Department of Justice's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office - will go to the Maryland State Police to support their efforts investigating unlawful activities related to the distribution of prescription opioids and heroin. "The prescription opioid and heroin epi… Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cardin Calls for Transparency in Honduran Presidential Election Aftermath

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday amid irregularities in the aftermath of the Honduran presidential election: "I am concerned about ongoing delays and reports detailing irregularities in the Honduran presidential election. It is imperative that this process be concluded in a free, fair, and transparent manner that accurately reflects the will of the Honduran people. I urge the Hondur… Continue Reading


November 29, 2017

Cardin Condemns Latest North Korean ICBM Launch, Reiterates Call For Diplomatic Surge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that fell into the Sea of Japan: "North Korea's ICBM test today is another indication that despite attempts to increase international pressure on Pyongyang, the Kim Jong-un regime is determined to continue its dangerous pursuit of a robust nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles tes… Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Arms Control, Nonproliferation Nominee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a nomination hearing for the Assistant Secretaries of State positions for International Security and Nonproliferation, and Verification and Compliance: "Senator Rubio, thank you for conducting this hearing and chairing this hearing. I want to welcome both of our nominees, Ms. Poblete and Dr. Ford. "Both of you, we thank you for your willingness to serve our… Continue Reading


November 22, 2017

Cardin Welcomes Guilty Verdict In Serbian War Criminal Case Of Ratko Mladic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), released the following statement Wednesday welcoming the conviction of Ratko Mladic on genocide, crimes against humanity, and other war-related crimes committed by Serb forces under his command during the Yugoslav conflicts of the 1990s: "I welcome today's verdict against Ratko Mladic for his heinous crimes agains… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Write Mnuchin on SEC Oil, Gas, Mining Transparency Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 14 of his colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging him to withdraw the Department's recent recommendation that a key extractive industry transparency provision be completely repealed by Congress. Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans halted the Securities and Exchange Commission's implementation of the rule but left the underlying rulemaking instru… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin Reacts to Haitian TPS Recommendation by State Dept.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department announced that Haitians in the United States on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) would need to leave the country by July 2019: "I am deeply concerned that the termination of TPS for Haitians in the United States will have a devastating impact on American and Haitian families, and further destabilize Haiti, a country still rec… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement Ahead of Trial for Murder of Marylander Alex Villamayor in Paraguay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following joint statement Tuesday ahead of the Paraguayan trial in the murder of Marylander Alex Villamayor: "More than two years have passed since Alex Villamayor, a U.S. citizen and Marylander, was murdered in Encarnación, Paraguay. Alex was just 16 years old. After much perseverance by his family and contributions from both countries' governments, Alex's case will finally be tried in court. As we awa… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin Calls on FCC to Reject So-Called ‘Internet Freedom Order’ to Keep the Internet Truly Open

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject the so-called "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" that was released Tuesday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. FCC commissioners will vote on the proposal at the FCC's Open Meeting on December 14. "The FCC's idea of Internet Freedom means freedom for providers to decide what the public can see and can do on the internet. This is not freedom for consumers, as net neutrality envisioned. This is bowing… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin Reacts To Haitian TPS Recommendation By State Dept.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department announced that Haitians in the United States on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) would need to leave the country by July 2019: "I am deeply concerned that the termination of TPS for Haitians in the United States will have a devastating impact on American and Haitian families, and further destabilize Haiti, a country still rec… Continue Reading


November 21, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Write Mnuchin On SEC Oil, Gas, Mining Transparency Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 14 of his colleagues Tuesday in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging him to withdraw the Department's recent recommendation that a key extractive industry transparency provision be completely repealed by Congress. Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans halted the Securities and Exchange Commission's implementation of the rule but left the underlying rulemaking instru… Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cardin Presses State Dept. for Central American, Haitian TPS Documentation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday requesting documents related to the Department's assessment of country conditions in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti. The request also includes the Department's formal recommendation related to the extension and termination of Temporary Protected Status designations for each country and the documents prepared by the U.S. embassies… Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Cardin Keynote Address At CSIS Transatlantic Forum On Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Fourth Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia Thursday. The Senator also answered a question at the end of his remarks about what he'll be looking for in upcoming confirmation hearings of Trump Administration national security officials: "Heather [Conley], thank you very much. It really is a pleasu… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin Calls Tax Legislation Passed By the Senate Finance Committee Bad Policy Built for Partisan Politics Only

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Committee Republicans moved forward their tax reform plan that would give permanent tax cuts to corporations at the expense of working and middle-income Americans. "How hypocritical can the Republicans get? This so-called tax reform is a collection of tax cuts for corporations and higher-income families. It does not target middle-income and working families despite repea… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin Recognizes Eighth Anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s Death

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the author of the Sergei Magnitsky and Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Acts, released the following statement Thursday, the eighth anniversary of Mr. Magnitsky's death: "Like any good lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky went to Russian authorities when he uncovered corruption in the course of his work. For his commitment to his profession and for his bravery, he was summarily arrested, j… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bay Senators Introduce Bipartisan Chesapeake Restoration Legislation

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in introducing the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017. This legislation increases mandatory funding for the Bay, strengthens the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCCP), and provides more opportunities for effective conservation efforts. In addition to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, Senators Capito (R-W.Va.), Casey (D-Pa.), Kaine (D-Va.), Manchin (D-W.Va.), Warner (D-Va.)… Continue Reading

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