Press Releases & Statements

January 18, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks at Haley Hearing, As Prepared For Delivery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following remarks as prepared for delivery Wednesday at the confirmation hearing of Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "Thank you, Chairman Corker, for calling today's hearing. Good morning, Governor Haley. Your nomination to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations comes at a time when the world is in the midst of profound transformation, with … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Nigerian Military Bombing of Refugee Camp

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Nigerian government announced that its military accidentally bombed a camp for internally displaced persons, killing approximately 100 people and injuring others: "I'm profoundly disturbed by this reportedly mistaken bombing of innocent civilians in Nigeria. I offer my deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones, and Nigeria as a… Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Latest U.S. Contribution to Green Climate Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department announced the United States would be contributing $500 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an international grant and financing program designed to assist least developing countries in combatting and adapting to climate change: "President Obama and … Continue Reading


January 17, 2017

Maryland Elected and Community Leaders Spotlight Immediate Dangers of Repealing Affordable Care Act

CLINTON, Md. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen today joined Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D., pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, county executives Rushern L. Baker III and Isiah "Ike" Leggett, community members, leading health service providers and non-profit organizations like the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, Black Mental Health Alliance, Maryland Hospital Association, Greater Baden Medical Services and Progressive Maryla… Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Urge Paris Conference Attendees Not to Interfere in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement today regarding this weekend's Paris Peace Conference and S. Res. 6, their resolution objecting to the passage of United Nations (U.N.) Security Council Resolution 2334, as well as all efforts that undermine direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a secure and peaceful settlement: "I am pleased the Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted my and Senator Rubio's r… Continue Reading


January 13, 2017

Cardin Reflects on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be commemorated on Monday, January 16, 2017: "On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we pause to reflect on the legacy of a man who shaped one of our nation's most important and enduring movements. "Civil rights, he taught us, is not a fixed destination, but an evolving journey whose path we must walk together should we not get lost. To that end, Dr. King brought Ame… Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Cardin Statement on Additional North Korean Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on individuals in the North Korean regime who commit human rights abuses and engage in censorship activities. The sanctions were called for in H.R. 757, legislation Senator Cardin shepherded through the Senate: "I welcome the Treasury Department's announcement on additional North Korean huma… Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Statement on Consent Decree Between BPD and the Department of Justice

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) issued the following statement after Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the finalization of a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and Baltimore City Police Department: "Last summer's DOJ report-which detailed systemic, repeated violations of the constitutional rights of Baltim… Continue Reading


January 12, 2017

Cardin Statement on Republican Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called the multi-hour Senate budget vote-a-rama "a staged opportunity for the Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and all of its patient protections without a plan to replace it." Senator Cardin: "This wasn't a real budget, but a scam to trigger budget reconciliation so Republicans can repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, leaving tens of millions of Americans without afford… Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Cardin Statement on Latest Sergei Magnitsky Act Additions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement Wednesday after the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its fourth annual report of U.S. Government actions to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, adding additional individuals for sanctions: "As the author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability law, I am pleased that the Obama Administration has publically imposed s… Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Cardin, Warren, Wyden, Durbin, Carper, Casey, Merkley, Baldwin Respond to Trump Announcement Not to Resolve Conflicts of Interest

WASHINGTON - In a joint statement, United States Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) responded to President-elect Donald Trump's announcement today that he will not follow precedent by divesting his assets by placing them in a blind trust. "President-elect Trump's plan to address his financial conflicts of interest boils down to this: he will co… Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

Cardin Statement Following Tillerson Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday evening following the confirmation hearing of Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State: "There's no doubt that Mr. Tillerson has stamina, is well prepared, and has knowledge of the world. But I am troubled by his confusing statements about how Exxon handled U.S. sanctions and by his refusal to directly acknowledge or even accept well-documented a… Continue Reading


January 11, 2017

10 Bipartisan Senators Introduce Comprehensive Russia Sanctions Legislation

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, led a group of bipartisan Senators Wednesday to introduce comprehensive sanctions legislation on Russia for their cyber intrusions, aggression, and destabilizing activities here in the United States and around the world. A factsheet on the legislation follows the quotes from the original cosponsoring Senators: Rob… Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Democrats Introduce Bill to Require President and Vice President to Fully Divest Personal Financial Conflicts of Interest

WASHINGTON - Today, Democratic members of Congress introduced the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 in the United States Senate and House that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies. Original co-sponsors of this legislation i… Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Maryland Online Groceries to Begin New SNAP Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has chosen Maryland as 1 of 7 states to take part in a pilot program that will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase their groceries online. Three Maryland retailers - Amazon, Safeway and ShopRite - will participate in the program, putting them - and Maryland - at the head of a new and more efficient SNAP program. The two-… Continue Reading


January 09, 2017

Cardin Reaction To Secretary Kerry Apology For Lavender Scare

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after Secretary of State John Kerry issued an apology for the Lavender Scare. Senator Cardin first wrote to the Secretary about this issue in November: "The apology made by Secretary Kerry today represents a welcome first step to acknowledge this dark stain on our nation's history, and I thank him for his principled leadership. I intend to move forward … Continue Reading


January 06, 2017

Cardin Statement On Intelligence Community Report On Russian Hacking, Interference In U.S. Political System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released, "Background to 'Assessing Russian Activities and Intensions in Recent U.S. Election'": "Russian interference in the U.S. political system was a premeditated and massive effort to erode the American public's confidence in our democratic process that goes beyond the troubling hacks of the… Continue Reading


January 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s State of the Bay Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement on the newly released "State of the Bay" report, issued biannually by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Today's report evaluates the overall and progressing health of the Bay from 2014 to 2016. "Today the Chesapeake Bay's health was given a grade of C-, a slight improvement from the previous State of the Bay report in 2014. This progress is due largely to… Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Cardin, Welch Lead Nearly 60 Colleagues in Introducing Resolutions Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led nearly 60 of their colleagues Wednesday to introduce resolutions in the Senate and House stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should comply with the Constitution and follow the precedent established by prior presidents a… Continue Reading


January 04, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Senate Resolution Condemning Anti-Israel Efforts at United Nations

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced a Senate resolution objecting to the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, as well as all efforts that undermine direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a secure and peaceful settlement. They are joined in this effort by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard… Continue Reading

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