Press Releases & Statements

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


January 09, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Rebuke Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.) have joined three dozen U.S. Senators, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in sharply criticizing the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along Maryland's Atlantic coast at risk. "As someone who loves and has spent my career working to protect and improve the Chesapeake Bay, I cannot condemn the Trump Administra… Continue Reading


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

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