Press Releases & Statements

April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Death of American OSCE Worker in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), released the following statement Monday after an American civilian working as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) observation mission in eastern Ukraine was killed in a landmine explosion: "I extend my deepest condolences to the family … Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Yom HaShoah 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, released the following statement Monday in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day: "Last night and today, millions of people around the world will come together to not only recall the horrors of the Holocaust, but to ensure that the words 'Never Again' me… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Senators Cardin, McCain Note Importance of International Financial Institutions to America’s Interests

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 as the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group, otherwise known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, began Friday: "Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United States led the international community in creating rules-based … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin Statement on Exxon Request to Ignore U.S. Sanctions, Drill in Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after several media outlets reported Exxon Mobil has requested a waiver from sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department in order to resume its drilling partnership with the Russian oil company Rosneft: "I am shocked and disappointed to hear that Exxon Mobil is seeking, and the Treasury Department is considering, waiving sanctions against doing business with R… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin, Senators Question DHS About Revoking Global Entry Status Based on Religion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), are questioning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about revelations that it is revoking the membership of dozens of people enrolled in its Global Entry Program on the basis of religion.… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $77,803 Grant for Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps

WASHINGTON - 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 $77,803 grant to Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps for operations and safety. "Making sure our first responders are well-prepared to keep our communities safe is one of government's highest priorities," said Senator Cardin. "I'm glad to see this investment in Havre de Grace's Ambulance Corp come to frui… Continue Reading


April 20, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $500,000 Grant for Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

WASHINGTON - 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 $500,000 grant to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). "This grant represents an investment both in Maryland first responders and in Marylanders' safety, which is exactly the type of investment the federal government should be making," said Senator Cardin. "I'm very pleased the Maryland Fir… Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Cardin Urges Baltimore Leaders, Citizens to Redouble Efforts on Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reforms

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today called on local leaders and residents to remain resolved and focused on advancing necessary civil rights and criminal justice reforms city-wide, while applauding the significant progress that has been made so far to rebuild lives, businesses and communities damaged by the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray. "Two years after the death of Freddie Gray, we have not yet managed to fully restore trust between police and our communities. A… Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Cardin, Senators Welcome Release of Unjustly Imprisoned Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and David Perdue (R-GA), released the following joint statement on the release of Aya Hijazi, a dual Egyptian-American citizen, who had… Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Maryland Delegation Supports Community Group’s Resolution of NextGen Flight Issues at BWI, Urges FAA to Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John Delaney, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin in support of the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable's proposed resolution of the NextGen flight path issue at BWI Airport and urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act. "This Resolution satisfies the FAA's request that a Community Roundtable reach a consensus position before the FAA wil… Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Senators Cardin, Carper Highlight Devastating Effects of Trump Budget Cuts to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Stevensville, Md. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) the two most senior Democratic members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, stood on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay to highlight the devastating effects that President Trump's shortsighted and dangerous budget cuts would have on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Joined by prominent conservation leaders and elected officials, Senators Carper and Cardin called on congressional appropriators to reje… Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Reported Anti-LGBT Campaign in Chechnya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday on reports of forced disappearances, torture, and killing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, primarily gay men, in Chechnya: "I am gravely concerned about the growing threat facing LGBT individuals in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, given reports that hundreds of LGBT persons, particularly gay men, have been de… Continue Reading


April 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on the Washington DC VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) issued the following statement about the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the Washington DC VA Medical Center, which found that patients were put at unnecessary risk. The Center is frequently used by many local veterans in Maryland. "We are deeply concerned about the issues raised by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, regarding the Washington DC VA Medi… Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on Egyptian Security Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a series of terrorist attacks in Egypt targeted at Coptic Christians prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks: "I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the innocent people killed while celebrating Palm Sunday in Alexandria and Tanta, Egypt, yesterday. I wish the inj… Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $750,000 ARC Grant for Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $750,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for Garrett County to construct Phase II of Keyser's Ridge Business Park Access Road. The project is expected to create about 25 full time jobs. "With so much of our nation's infrastructure being in dire need of repair, I welcome this investment in Garrett County's roads - an investment that comes with the added benefit of creating well-paying, local jobs,"… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Roundtable Explores Local Effects of Trump Domestic Immigration Policies

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week was joined by members of the Latino community and immigration policy stakeholders like CASA de Maryland who are worried about the Trump administration's policies toward nonviolent, undocumented immigrants. The senator heard directly from community members who live with the constant fear that they or their relatives may be deported at any time. "This fear is real and whole swaths of our residents are living with this anxiety daily,"… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Syrian War Crimes Accountability Bill Introduced by Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Friday to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as to authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his reg… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Lauds Final Approval of Consent Decree

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) praised the action of Judge James Bredar for formalizing the consent decree that was agreed to by U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore to address systemic civil rights violations. The agreement followed an exhaustive federal pattern-and-practice investigation. Earlier this week, the Trump Administration DOJ had attempted to delay … Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Votes Against Gorsuch Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and member of the Environment & Public Works, Small Business and Finance committees, voted Friday against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Video of Senator Cardin's floor statement on the Gorsuch nomination can be downloaded here. "Advice and Consent of a Supreme Court nominee - someone who could serve for a generati… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on U.S. Bombing of Syrian Airfield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Trump Administration informed him that the bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway: "Tonight I was informed by the White House that the targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway. "These military strikes against Assad's arsenal send a clear signal that the United States will stand up for internationally accepted norms and rules… Continue Reading

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