Press Releases & Statements

May 25, 2017

Senators Applaud Committee Passage Of Comprehensive Bill To Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of their legislation to hold Iran accountable. The bipartisan legislation, now with 48 cosponsors, would expand sanctions for Iranian ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. "We can no long… Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Call Transcript with Philippines Leader

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs released the transcript of the phone call between Presidents Trump and Duterte last month in which Mr. Trump is quoted as telling Mr. Duterte he is doing "an unbelievable job on the drug problem": "Independent press, civil society groups, foreign governments and international organizations have all … Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Cardin Urges Trump to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement (with video)

VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING/SHARING (YouTube) WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following remarks at a press conference today with Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and several of his colleagues, urging President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement and to exercise U.S. leadership in the fight against global climate change. Senator Cardin also joined 39 of his colleagues in … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $67,300 Grant for Allegany College for STEM Enhancement Project

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $67,300 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Allegany College of Maryland's STEM Enhancement project. The federal funding will be matched by $67,300 in local funds for a project total of $134,600. "ARC continues to deliver important federal investments for Allegany County. This federal investment in our students' future is good news for western Maryland and an example what we should be d… Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Cardin Calls the Trump FY18 Budget “Dead on Arrival”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the president's full budget for fiscal year 2018. For Senator Cardin's comment on the national security sections of the Trump budget, click here. "A budget is supposed to reflect the president's priorities and the values our country holds dear. Unfortunately, President Trump's full budget shows how much disdain he has for supporting American famil… Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Cardin Statement on Manchester Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday following last night's bombing in Manchester, England, that killed nearly two dozen people and injured scores more. Children and teenagers were among the victims: "I strongly condemn yesterday's heartbreaking attack in Manchester. I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones, especially the innocent and defensel… Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

Cardin Statement On Administration’s Foreign Affairs Budget Priorities


May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Finalize Federal Approval of Purple Line and Other Public Transit Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (T&I), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, (both D-Md.) urged the Trump Administration to back off of its threat to cancel funding for nearly 60 shovel-ready public transit projects in 20 states - including Maryland's Purple Line - jeopardizing thousands of American jobs and severely impacting the economi… Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on Murder of Bowie State Student

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statement on the murder of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III: "Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Richard Collins III, along with the entire Bowie State University community. By all accounts, Second Lieutenant Collins had distinguished himself academically and would have done the same in his forthcoming military service. The senselessness of this loss is… Continue Reading


May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $21,429 for Sharpsburg 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 $21,429 grant to the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety. The grant will be used to buy a specially designed washer and drying cabinet for personal protective equipment, giving the department the ability to quickly remove dangerous carcinogens and hazardous materials tha… Continue Reading


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

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