Press Releases & Statements

March 22, 2017

Statement By Cardin & McCain On Injury Of Magnitsky Family Lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov In Russia

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on news accounts that Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer who has assisted the family of tortured and slain Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, was injured after being thrown from his apartment building in Moscow: "We are deeply disturbed by reports indicating that Nikolai Gorokhov, the… Continue Reading


March 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings and Delaney Reintroduce Healthy Families Act to Allow Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Delaney (all D-Md.), have joined colleagues in both houses of Congress to reintroduce the Healthy Families Act, legislation that would allow workers to earn paid sick leave to use when they are sick, to care for a loved one, to obtain preventative care, or to address the impacts of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault. "Today 41 million Americans must choose between going to wor… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Cardin, Lugar Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following joint statement Monday after the U.S. Department of Interior announced the United States would effectively leave the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global standard to promote open and accountable management of oil and gas mineral resources: "W… Continue Reading


March 20, 2017

Senators Urge Continued U.S. Support For Unity, Stability In Iraq

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi visits Washington, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump urging continued U.S. support to foster unity and stability in Iraq. In addition to Corker and Cardin, the letter was signed by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeanne Shaheen… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Senators Call For Investigation Of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface Of Ties To Neo-Nazi Group

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Gorka as a member of the organizat… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Proposed Cuts to State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budgets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump proposed slashing State Department and foreign programming in his budget preview to Congress: "I am deeply disappointed and dismayed to find out that despite the concerns raised by bipartisan Members of Congress and even by his own Secretary of State, President Trump appears determined to gut U.S. national security by slashing th… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge Appropriators to Reject President Trump’s Dangerous Cuts to Bay Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators representing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed blasted President Trump's budget released Thursday that would zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program and severely cut funding for other core programs to maintain and restore the health of the Bay, which is an economic lifeline for the region. Led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Joe Ma… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Invite President Trump to Visit NIH, Urge Him to Reverse Call for $6B in Cuts

WASHINGTON - In response to his budget blueprint, which cuts $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have written to President Trump inviting him to visit NIH to see for himself the life-saving working being done in nearby Bethesda. The letter, found below, urges the president to reverse his budget cuts so that the United States can maintain its global scientific dominance. March 17, 2017 President Donald J. Trump… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Cardin Joins Colleagues In Calling For Investigation Of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface Of Ties To Neo-Nazi Group

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his colleagues U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today in calling on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Go… Continue Reading


March 17, 2017

Sen. Cardin: President Trump’s Budget Makes Us Less Safe In Every Way

Donald J. Trump talked a big game on the campaign trail about keeping America safe. But the budget preview he released today will make us less safe by slashing the very agencies tasked with preserving peace and stability around the world and keeping the world's problems from arriving at our doorsteps - the State Department and USAID - by a devastating 36 percent. A "national security budget," as Mr. Trump referred to it previously, that makes catastrophic cuts to some of America's most critical … Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Cardin Calls President Trump’s Budget a Full-Scale Assault on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following regarding President Trump's budget submitted to Congress Thursday. "President Trump's budget, along with his January 23 hiring freeze and March 13 executive order, amount to a full-scale assault on the hundreds of thousands of patriotic, dedicated public servants - mostly middle class - who work 24/7 on behalf of the American people. These are the individuals nationwide who support our servicemen and women on the battlefield; w… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Cardin Says President Trump’s Absurd Cuts to Chesapeake Bay Programs Must Be Rejected

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on President Trump's desire to zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program and other massive cuts that would impact the Chesapeake Bay watershed. "President Trump's budget cannot be taken seriously. He claims to want to help strengthen our economy and create jobs while simultaneously wanting to eliminate… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Cardin Statement On Trump’s Proposed Cuts To State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budgets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump proposed slashing State Department and foreign programming in his budget preview to Congress: "I am deeply disappointed and dismayed to find out that despite the concerns raised by bipartisan Members of Congress and even by his own Secretary of State, President Trump appears determined to gut U.S. national security by slashing th… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Senators Seek Release Of U.S. Citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis From Two-Year Detention In China

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's scheduled visit to Beijing on Saturday, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to China's ambassador to the United States seeking the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, an American citizen and Texas resident who has been held without trial in China since March 19, 2015. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin on the Latest Rejection of President Trump’s Discriminatory Travel and Refugee Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after a federal district judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump's second attempt at barring visas for citizens of certain Muslim majority countries and suspending new refugee admissions. "President Trump continues to believe that he and his administration are above the Constitution of the United States. And once … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin Response to Racist Flyers Found at the University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement on the white nationalist posters found at multiple locations at the University of Maryland, College Park. As reported in UMD's student newspaper, The Diamondback, "White supremacists have been targeting c… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin Statement On Protester Crackdowns In Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after authorities in Belarus employed a large crackdown on peaceful, legal protesters across the country in recent days: "I condemn the recent detention of civil society activists and journalists in cities throughout Belarus, which seems to indicate a significant backsliding from recent positive reform steps. I call upon the Belarussian authorities … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression In South China Sea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing's illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. "In recent years we have seen an increasingly provocative China in the maritime domains, coercing and intimidating neighbors in both the East China Sea and South China Sea, attempting to use the threat o… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Russia's Violation Of A Nuclear Treaty Is A Direct Threat To Europe's Security

Russia is once again placing Europe in the shadow of a potential nuclear conflict. Last week in testimony before Congress, US military officials confirmed that Russia has taken another step in shredding Europe's security defenses by covertly deploying a land-based cruise missile capable of targeting the continent with nuclear weapons. Russia's deployment of this system is in direct violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty - and endangers America's closest allies. Since Wo… Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $250,000 in Funding for Johns Hopkins University Agricultural Conservation Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $250,000 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The grant - which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - will be used to research what motivates Maryland farmers to adopt conservation practices and to identify the barriers that prevent farmers from adopting them. Specifically, the funding will allow Johns Hopkins to inve… Continue Reading

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