Press Releases & Statements

June 22, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill To Address Former Sexual Orientation Discrimination By State Departmen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislationThursday to correct the injustice perpetrated against approximately 1,000 people who were fired by the State Department in the 1950s and 60s because of their perceived sexual orientation. In what came to be known as the Lavender Scare, according to the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, employees were forced out on the ostensible grounds that their real or perceived sexual orientation rendered them vulnerable to b… Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Indictment Of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the indictment of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for "outrage to a body of sovereignty and injury against public authority," under the Law on Crimes against the State Security: "I had the honor of meeting Rafael Marques de Morais earlier this month here in Washington, where the National Endowment for Democracy honored him with its … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $648,953 Grant for Harford Community College

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Harford Community College $648,953 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. "STEM skills are integral in today's economy. This investment in Harford Community College's students will help ensure that our growing workforce has the knowledge and competency to compete," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Com… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin Urges House To Immediately Consider, Pass Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on reports that the House of Representatives is delaying consideration and passage of bipartisan legislation to sanction Iran and Russia. The Senate passed the bill last week 98-2: "The overwhelming bipartisan resolve in the Senate for strong sanctions against Russia should carry over to the House. I'm deeply alarmed that the Republican House leadershi… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Recognize World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution in the Senate Tuesday recognizing June 20, 2017 as World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65 million people displaced across the globe - the highest level in recorded human history. The resolution states that World Refugee Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the courage, strength and determina… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin Remarks at AUMF Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement Tuesday at a Committee hearing entitled, "Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force": "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I totally concur in your comments about the actions last week. I think it was the United States Senate, guided by this committee that did exactly what we needed to do in regards to the appropriate role of Congres… Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Administration To Press Egyptian President On Human Rights, Anti-NGO Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) urged President Trump to press Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the worsening human rights situation and restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt. "A strong U.S.-Egypt relationship is important to advancing American interes… Continue Reading


June 19, 2017

Cardin Mourns Passing Of Otto Warmbier After North Korean Detention, Calls For Accountability


June 19, 2017

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing Monday, June 19, 2017 as Juneteenth. This year, Juneteenth commemorates the 152nd anniversary of the date on which slavery legally ended in the United States. "Though President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the final emancipation of African American slaves was not reached until the end of the Civil War two years later. It was only then that Major General Gordon Granger declared from a… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Cardin Reacts to Trump’s Reversal of U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday in reaction to President Trump's reversal of U.S. policy toward Cuba: "As President Trump is abandoning American values around the globe, it is far from credible for the Administration to suggest its policy towards Cuba is driven by human rights concerns. Just last month, the President's budget proposed zeroing out funding for longstanding programs that… Continue Reading


June 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on LGBT Pride 2017

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Baltimore Pride 2017, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. "Pride. Equality. Freedom. These values are at the core of Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families in Maryland and across the United States. Every American deserves the same freedoms, the same opportun… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Cardin Praises Senate-Passed Russia, Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to sanction Russia and Iran for their destabilizing activities worldwide. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote much of the comprehensive package and worked as a chief negotiator to help his colleagues reach bipartisan consensus on the path to final passage today. "Iran and Russia need to see more than rhetoric from the United States. The action the Senate has taken tod… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $97,662 for Farm to School Programs in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant of $97,662 to the Maryland Department of Agriculture through its Farm to School Program, designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. "Every child has a right to healthy meals, and this grant represents a federal investment both in them and in our local farmers," said Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Pub… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Cardin Remarks at USAID Nominee Hearing

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday on the nomination of former Ambassador and Congressman Mark Green of Wisconsin to serve as the next Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, offered the following remarks as prepared for delivery: "Ambassador Green, I welcome you to the Committee and thank you for your willingness to continue your excellent career in public s… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Cardin Challenges Tillerson on Administration’s State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing, "Review of the FY 2018 State Department Budget Request," with witness Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Mr. Chairman, let me also welcome the Secretary here, in order to discuss the proposed budget and other issues that are important for our national security. "I just want to make an observation before I start my formal statement that re… Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Appropriators to Maintain Critical Funding to Appalachian Regional Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) joined a group of Senators representing six states in urging Senate appropriators to fully fund the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in 2018 at $152 million - in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to end the state-federal partnership. For more than fifty years, ARC has provided funding and support for job-creating community projects across the 13 Appalachian states, producing an average of $204 million in … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Senators Announce Agreement on Russia Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), as well as Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), today announced a bipartisan agreement on legislation to strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions on Russia. The amendment to the underlying Iran sanctions bill maintains and substantially expands sanctions against the government of Ru… Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Cardin Calls Comey Testimony ‘Disturbing,’ Says It Reinforces the Need for Tough New Sanctions and an Independent Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his communications with and firing by President Trump related to the Russia investigation: "Today, James Comey shared with the American people disturbing details of his interactions with Donald Trump before and after he was sworn in as president. There i… Continue Reading


June 08, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Grant for Montgomery County Food Bank

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant of $112,403 to Crossroads Community Food Bank, Inc. in Takoma Park, Maryland. The grant will help low-income families afford more locally grown fruits and vegetables. The funding will be equally matched by the food bank for a project total of $224,806. "Every family - regardless of background or zip code - deserves access to healthy, nutritiou… Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Cardin Will Disapprove of U.S. Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of Thursday's vote on S.J. Res. 42, a joint resolution of disapproval on three sales of precision-guided munitions and related equipment to the Government of Saudi Arabia: "Saudi Arabia is a critical partner of the United States and I support policies and programs that enable cooperation between our governments on counterterrorism and countering Iran's n… Continue Reading

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