Press Releases & Statements

January 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Day One Impact of Trump’s Refugee Restriction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after two Iraqis with valid visas were denied entry into the United States yesterday after having served our military in Iraq. As of this release, at least one of the detainees had been released on a Special Immigrant Visa after being held for almost 24 hours: "The detention of these individuals makes immediately clear the dangerous and destabilizing … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Banning Certain Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump issued an executive order on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States: "President Trump's cruel executive order on refugees undermines our core values and traditions, threatens our national security, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of our strict vetting process, the most thorough in the world. … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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 observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is commemorated annually on January 27. "Seventy-two years ago today, the Nazi Concentration Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. As survivors… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Cardin Statement on Mexican President’s Cancelled U.S. Trip

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his trip to the United States amid President Trump's provocations regarding border security: "Less than one week after taking office, President Trump is already causing serious damage to one of our most important relationships in the world. U.S. national security depends directly on cooperati… Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Cardin: President Trump is Intent on Wasting Billions of Taxpayer Dollars on a Costly Wall that Won’t Work

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's homeland security executive orders signed Wednesday. "President Trump would be wise to listen to his own cabinet, including Homeland Security Secretary Kelly who, when asked at his confirmation hearing about his wall said that it 'will not do the job.' The President is launching an effort to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Cardin Assails Trump Executive Orders to Ease Path for Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, assailed memoranda signed today by President Donald Trump intended to ease the path toward construction of the Keystone XL (KXL) and Dakota Access pipelines. Senator Cardin has consistently and extensively opposed the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. "In the sleights of hand attempting to clear the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, President Trump is … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on LGBT Rights, Issues at Start of Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday: "At the confirmation hearings of Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, it caught my attention when neither of them would say the phrase 'LGBT'. I've now heard from constituents and activists that the State Department and White House websites have been scrubbed of LGBT content at the outset of the Trump Administration, including the recent apology former Secr… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen announce $15 million HUD Grant for Baltimore

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) announced a $15 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will go to Baltimore City and County. The funding will be used to study the best models to provide housing to low-income seniors with wrap around services. The goal is to ensure housing stability and improve health and well-being, as well as help to delay or prevent the need to move people into institutionalized nursing h… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $2.5 Million in Funding for Transit Worker Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $2.57 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funding - which comes as a $1.88 million grant to WMATA and a $688,448 grant for MDOT - will be used to provide rail workers with personal alert devices that will communicate the locations and statuses of trains and track segments in real time. In the case of… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement in Opposition to the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement announcing his opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. "Last week, Mrs. DeVos appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to articulate her views on how to best serve our nation's students. I was deeply troubled by her lack of support for our nation's public schools, failure to recognize the critical federal civil rights safeguards for children… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement on Tillerson Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday ahead of the Committee's vote to recommend to the Senate the nomination of Mr. Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State: "I thank Mr. Tillerson for his willingness to serve our nation and for his participation in a lengthy, wide-ranging hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "However, after long and careful consideration, I believe… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin to Oppose Pompeo Nomination for CIA Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in advance of the vote on the nomination of Rep. Mike Pompeo to be the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "Our next CIA Director must confront the daunting challenge of collecting information overseas on a wide variety of adversaries seeking to bring harm to the United States and our interests. The CIA plays a critical role in providing the b… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement on Haley Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday regarding his vote on the nomination of Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "What Governor Haley lacks in foreign policy and international affairs experience, she makes up for in capability, intelligence, and a track record of building coalitions in South Carolina. Her nomination was surprising to many of my colleagues … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Trump Federal Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the announced freeze on federal hiring "a partisan waste of resources and in impediment to efficient government." Senator Cardin: "After barely 24 hours in office, Mr. Trump has chosen to politicize hiring of our federal civil servants by freezing the ability to bring on the best and brightest to work on behalf of the American people. As a business person, the president should understand that such a freeze is inefficient, costly and counterpro… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement On Trump’s Reinstatement Of Global Gag Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday in response to President Trump's decision to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City policy. The Global Gag Rule disqualifies foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from eligibility for U.S. family planning assistance if they use non-U.S. funds to provide abortion services, counseling or referrals, or to engage in advocacy with… Continue Reading


January 21, 2017

Cardin Measure Would Immediately Revive Consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced this week the formal reintroduction of a resolution, S.J. Res. 5, to immediately revive the consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which needs to be ratified by only three additional states to ensure our Constitution finally guarantees full and equal protections to women. Senator Cardin's ERA resolution has the active support of the ERA Coalition, an umbrella organization comprised of dozens of civil and human rights organization… Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Cabinet Confirmations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after confirmation of the first two of President Trump's cabinet secretaries: Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. "Out of respect for the Office of the President, I believe it is appropriate for some cabinet nominees to be confirmed and ready to work on Day One. All presidents need trusted, experienced and ethical C… Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Cardin Statement On Extradition Of ‘El Chapo’ To United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after Mexico and the United States worked to extradite Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to New York to stand trial: "The extradition of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán is the result of President Obama's continuous effort to build a deeper partnership with Mexico, one that advances both of our national interests. El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel have waged a ca… Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Senators Cardin, Warren Raise Concerns about President-Elect Trump's White House Appointee's Meeting with CEO of Sanctioned Russian Entity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary-Designate Steve Mnuchin raising concerns about reports that the recently appointed White House Director of Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President under incoming President Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, engaged in direct talks with the head of a Russian entity subject to sanctions by the Treasury Department since 2015. "Reports indicate that on … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Cardin Measure Would Immediately Revive Consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced the formal reintroduction of a resolution, S.J. Res. 5, to immediately revive the consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which needs to be ratified by only three additional states to ensure our Constitution finally guarantees full and equal protections to women. Senator Cardin's ERA resolution has the active support of the ERA Coalition, an umbrella organization comprised of dozens of civil and human rights organizations. T… Continue Reading

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