Press Releases & Statements

April 03, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on President Trump to Raise Case of Imprisoned Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi with President Al-Sisi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), wrote a letter to President Donald Trump to request that he raise the case of Aya Hijazi when he meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi today. Hijazi, a dual Egyptian-American citizen and resident of Virginia, has been unjustly imprisoned in Egyp… Continue Reading


April 03, 2017

Cardin Statement On St. Petersburg Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a bombing in the St. Petersburg, Russia subway system left multiple victims dead and injured: "I extend my sincerest condolences to the injured and to the families of the deceased in today's St. Petersburg subway bombing. Terrorism anywhere threatens the universal values and norms that bind us in our common humanity. It is my hope that the Russia… Continue Reading


March 31, 2017

Cardin To Introduce Bipartisan Egypt Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, announced Friday that when the Senate convenes Monday he will introduce a bipartisan resolution reaffirming America's commitment to the U.S.-Egypt partnership. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is scheduled to meet with President Trump and Members of Congress in Washington early next week. Joining Senator Cardin in introducing the resolution are U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Ti… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin, Wicker Support Territorial Integrity of the Nation of Georgia

WASHINGTON - Helsinki Commission Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a Senate resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the nation of Georgia. "Russia's violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia is a blatant breach of one of the guiding principles of the Helsinki Final Act by Russia. This reflects a broader pattern of disregard by Putin's regime for transatlantic security norms and democratic values, whi… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Statement on Republican Attempts to Restrict Access to Health Care for Women and Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate voting to block Title X federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood health centers. "Title X is the nation's only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing Americans with family planning and related health services. In fact, 40 percent of women who receive care from Title X clinics consider it to be their only sour… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Senators Call For Investigation Of Trump's Dealings With Corrupt Oligarch Linked To Iran


March 30, 2017

Cardin Remarks On U.S. Global Leadership


March 30, 2017

Cardin Speaks Out In Support Of Central European University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in response to legislation in Hungary that would threaten the operations and functions of Central European University in Budapest: "Since its founding in 1991 after the fall of communism, Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has become recognized as a preeminent university, drawing students from a multitude of nations. While Hungarian studen… Continue Reading


March 30, 2017

Cardin Statement On Venezuelan Supreme Court Attack On Legislature

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that the country's National Assembly was operating "outside the rule of law" and declared that it would assume lawmaking responsibilities: "This development is a shocking, brazen attempt by President Maduro to effectively turn Venezuela into a dictatorship. I stand by the opposition lawmakers in the National As… Continue Reading


March 29, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urges President Trump to Restore Funding to Appalachian Regional Commission

WASHINGTON - Ten U.S. Senators representing six states and both political parties are urging President Donald Trump to reverse his proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Since ARC was created in 1965, the federal-state partnership has partnered with states, localities and the business community to support the creation of thousands of new jobs and helped leverage billions of dollars in new economic investments across the Appalachian region, but the Wh… Continue Reading


March 29, 2017

Cornyn, Cardin Lead Bipartisan Group To Affirm Strategic U.S.-Mexico Partnership In Resolution

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a resolution to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico and recognize the bilateral cooperation necessary to advance both countries' shared interests in national security, defense, and trade. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) also cosponsored the resolution. "The United States and Mexico have long benefited from a symbiot… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Approval of Montenegro NATO Bid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "Montenegro's membership in NATO will serve to strengthen the organization, enhance American national security, and send a strong message of resolve to Russia as it invades its neighbors and seeks to upend the international order. Montenegro's inclusion … Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Attempt to Roll Back Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement on President Trump's actions designed to roll back President Obama's climate-change legacy. "Climate change is a real and intensifying threat to this country and all of humanity, and any action that undercuts the progress we have made to address its damage is patently short-sight… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin, Enzi intro bill to help student groups with collegiate housing costs

WASHINGTON - Across the country, fraternities and sororities looking to use donations to help construct new buildings or make safety improvements are finding themselves blocked by a major road block, the U.S. tax code. While colleges and universities are able to use charitable deductions to build and maintain student housing, other not-for-profit student housing groups are not allowed to do the same. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation this week to … Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Remarks at U.S. Policy on Iran Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing Tuesday on 'The View from Congress: U.S. Policy on Iran,' U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member, delivered the following opening remarks: "Iran deserves special attention and this Committee can, I think, play a critical role. We have in the past. I think back about the legislation that authorized the sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activity. I congratulate Senator Menendez for his leadership on that legislation… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Honoring Women's History Month

"Mr. President, I rise today to join the American people in celebrating Women's History Month. I would like to begin that celebration by paying homage to several women whose ingenuity and inventions have shaped modern society, but who - like innumerable women throughout history - have not received the credit or recognition they're due. "Katherine Blodgett is a good place to start. In 1935, she invented the first transparent glass that eliminated distortion and glare. Before her, glass contain… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Cardin Will Vote Against Gorsuch Nomination to Supreme Court

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, announced today that he will vote against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. "Thirteen months after the death of Justice Scalia, the Senate finally completed its hearing for his replacement.… Continue Reading


March 28, 2017

Boozman-Cardin Bill Offers Access to Affordable Technology for Blind Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-AR) have introduced the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2017, legislation to create a refundable tax credit to offset the cost of access technology for blind Americans. "Making access technology affordable is critical to ensuring that blind and seeing impaired individuals can participate fully in our communities and have equal access to every opportunity," said Cardin. "I am proud to be a lead cosponsor on this legislation… Continue Reading


March 26, 2017

Senator Cardin Statement On Russian Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday as the largest protests in Russia in five years resulted in the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators: "I strongly condemn the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Moscow and across Russia today. This crackdown is another indication that the space for civil society is rapidly closing inside Putin's Russia. It is not surprising that th… Continue Reading


March 23, 2017

Cardin Appalled by Reported State Department Move to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement regarding the Department of State's reported recommendation of approval for a permit effectively enabling the completion of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport low-grade crude from Canada's western tar sands region to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. "Ours is a better country without the completed Keystone XL pipeline. … Continue Reading

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