Press Releases & Statements

May 19, 2017

Cardin Requests Extension of Protected Status for Haitians in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly Friday requesting an extension of the existing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 58,000 Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, which expires in July. The Senator also asked the Secretaries to bolster the bilateral relationship between the United States and Haiti. Senator Card… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Signs Letter to Trump Organization Requesting Answers On President’s Compliance With Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and 16 of his Senate colleagues have sent a letter pressing the Trump Organization and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust for answers about each entity's financial relationship to the President, and about the President's compliance with the Constitution. The letter comes as President Trump is set to leave on Friday for his first foreign trip, which includes stops in two countries - Saudi Arabia and Israel - where there have been questions of possible confli… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Writes To Trump Ahead Of First Trip Abroad As President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Thursday ahead of his first trip abroad to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium. In his letter, Senator Cardin urges President Trump, "to demonstrate through your actions, and your words, that you are committed to United States leadership in the global community, to human rights, and to strong, sustained partnerships with our global allies." Cardin also asked Pr… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Commends Canada for Pursuing Magnitsky Human Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced her government's support for legislation to hold human rights abusers accountable worldwide. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the co-authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which became U.S. law in December 2016, the inspiration behind Canada other nat… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Appointment of Robert Mueller to be Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement of a Special Counsel to take control of the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the "Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters." Senator Cardin: "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has shown his fidelity to the rule of law with the much needed announcement of a Special Counsel to … Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Legislation to Safeguard and Rebuild America’s Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both senior members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), have joined together during National Infrastructure Week to introduce bipartisan legislation to bring affordable relief to America's crumbling water infrastructure systems. The bill, S. 1137 - Clean, Safe, Reliable Water Infrastructure Act, would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to expand the availabi… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin, Young Lead Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Genocide, Atrocity Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) led a large group of their colleagues Wednesday in introducing bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2017 would establish a Mass Atrocities Task Force within the State Department to adequately monitor, analyze and address atrocities worldwide by coordinating multiple agencies ac… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling on Ethiopia to Respect Human Rights, Open Democratic Space

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday condemning excessive use of force by Ethiopian security forces that led to hundreds of deaths last year, and calling on the Ethiopian government to release all political opposition, dissidents, activists, and journalists and to respect the rights enshrined in its constitution. The Resolution notes that hundreds of people have been killed and thousands were arrested during the course… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Reports the President Asked the FBI Director to Drop the Investigation into Former National Security Advisory Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday in response to a report in the New York Times that President Trump asked Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation the day after Flynn was fired from his position as National Security Advisor. "Alarming doesn't begin to describe the reporting in the New York Times tonight. If true, it is the most explosive evi… Continue Reading

May 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Democratic Colleagues in Introducing Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 136 of their congressional colleagues today to reintroduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act in both the Senate and House. This legislation would allow holders of undergraduate, graduate, and parent student loan debt to refinance their loans at the interest rates offered to new federal student loan borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congre… Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Kaine, Warner Applaud Senate Passage of Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Resolution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) applauded passage of a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The Commission will be empowered to adopt and enforce tough rules to improve Metro safety. The resolution now heads to the House of Representatives for final passage. "Metro riders need to be confident that it is safe to ride Metro. The Metro Safety Commission will help ensure that … Continue Reading

May 16, 2017

Cardin Calls Oval Office Release of Classified Information to Russians “Outrageous”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after President Trump tweeted that he shared intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office, seemingly confirming The Washington Post's reporting that Trump told the Russians about sensitive intelligence the United States received from an ally: "Releasing highly classified information to one of our greatest… Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $88,572 Grant for Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $88,572 grant to the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety. The grant will be used to purchase 15 sets of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment, with additional spare air cylinders and face masks. The grant funding will allow the Department to replace SCBA e… Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

If Trump Is Going To Engage Russia, He Should Do So On This Topic

Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is House minority whip. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, President Trump met in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov - a staunch defender of Russian aggression abroad and repression at home. In that meeting, according to the White House's official readout, the president "emphasized his desire to build a better relationship" with Russia. The meeting came just days after Secretary of … Continue Reading

May 15, 2017

Cardin Statement On Trump Administration’s Global Gag Rule Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday in response to the Trump Administration's planned issuance of full guidance implementing the expanded Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy: "President Trump has now doubled down on his disastrous decision to reinstate the Global Gag Rule by formally expanding it to impact $8.8 billion in U.S. foreign assistance across the State Departme… Continue Reading

May 12, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act, legislation that would update and reauthorize the 2004 law promoting human rights and freedom in North Korea. "The human rights situation in North Korea is horrific," said Senator Rubio, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on human rights. "The regime systematically and ruthlessly t… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Cardin Questions Taxpayer-Funded Attempt to Legalize Voter Suppression

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) responded with the following statement after the President announced the creation of a new commission on "election integrity." U.S. Senator Cardin: "Casting a vote is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy. Instead of focusing on the myth of voter fraud, the President should be looking at ways to make it easier for eligible Americans to vote, given how difficult it is for some individuals to vote in this country. The President of the Unit… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Cardin, Corker, Colleagues Write to Trump About U.S. Navigation Operations in South China Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesday urging his Administration to take necessary steps to routinely exercise freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is one of the world's most strategically important waterways. Almost 30 percent of the world's maritime trade transits the Sea annually, including approximately $1.2 t… Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen honored the vital work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services across the nation this week by passing a bipartisan resolution to designate May 7-13, 2017, as Public Service Recognition Week. "Maryland is home to roughly 136,000 federal civilian workers and countless more public service professionals - each of whom works tirelessly to better our communities and our country," said Se… Continue Reading

May 10, 2017

Cardin Requests U.S. Humanitarian or Refugee Status for Persecuted LGBT Individuals in Chechnya, Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly requesting humanitarian or refugee status for LGBT individuals in Chechnya, Russia. Recent media and civil society reporting indicates Chechen security forces have pursued a violent campaign of intimidation, arrest, torture, detention and even death against innocent people in Chechnya because of their… Continue Reading

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