Press Releases & Statements

January 04, 2017

Senators Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy, Carper, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Create Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation Wednesday to create an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure and any other attempts by the Russian government to influence U.S. elections, see… Continue Reading


December 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on White House Announcement of Russia Sanctions Following U.S. Cyber Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the White House announced an extension of Executive Order 13964 to include Russian individuals and entities, following a new FBI/DHS report and the Intelligence Community's assessment in October that senior Russian government officials authorized cyberattacks in the United States related to the 2016 election and our democratic institutions: "The… Continue Reading


December 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on White House Announcement of Russia Sanctions Following U.S. Cyber Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the White House announced an extension of Executive Order 13964 to include Russian individuals and entities, following a new FBI/DHS report and the Intelligence Community's assessment in October that senior Russian government officials authorized cyberattacks in the United States related to the 2016 election and our democratic institutions: "The… Continue Reading


December 28, 2016

Cardin Statement Following Secretary Kerry’s Speech on Israeli-Palestinian Peace

"Secretary of State John Kerry's personal commitment to Middle East peace is well-known and admirable. During his tenure at the State Department, his dedication to facilitating direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for a two-state solution was evidenced in his investment of time, travel, resources, and creative proposals. "I welcome Secretary Kerry's articulation of six principles that should guide direct negotiations between the parties for a secure, just, and realistic two-… Continue Reading


December 27, 2016

Cardin Praises CMS Waiver for Streamlining Treatment of Substance Abuse Patients

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, praised action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granting Maryland's 1115 waiver to implement initiatives to address substance use disorders. The waiver also makes dental services available to former foster youth, continues the evidence based home visiting program for at risk pregnant women and children, and implements the Assistance in Community Integration services pilot program. As not… Continue Reading


December 22, 2016

Cardin Updates Colleagues on Tillerson Hearing Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to his Democratic Committee colleagues Thursday updating them on his communications with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) regarding Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's hearing date, financial disclosure and ethics agreement documents, and tax returns: December 22, 2016 Dear Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic Members, I have heard from a number of yo… Continue Reading


December 22, 2016

Cardin Urges Veto on Draft Israeli Settlements Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday on the United Nations Security Council resolution that unfairly targets Israel: "The Security Council resolution offered yesterday by the Egyptian delegation on behalf of the Palestinians does nothing to move forward the shared goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. This resolution is one-sided and unfairly calls out Israe… Continue Reading


December 20, 2016

Cardin Lauds Effort to Permanently Block Oil and Gas Drilling on the Atlantic Coast

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, praised President Barack Obama's action to permanently protect the Atlantic Coast from the threats of oil and gas drilling. The action under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) comes shortly after Senator Cardin and a dozen of his colleagues urged the president to take this necessary step to preserve the fragile ecosystem and the economy of the Atlantic Coast. "… Continue Reading


December 20, 2016

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Laud Federal Recommendation of $1 Million to Remove Bloede Dam on Patapsco River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen, along with Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.), today lauded the announcement of a $1 million funding recommendation through the NOAA Fisheries Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants program to remove the obsolete Bloede Dam on the Patapsco River. When finalized, an action expected soon, the funding will enable the non-profit organization American Rivers, working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natura… Continue Reading


December 19, 2016

Cardin on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the killing of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara early Monday. "My thoughts and condolences are with the Russian people and the family of Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who was serving his country on the front lines of diplomacy in Ankara when he was killed. Such an attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is wholly unacceptable. Diplomacy is a noble … Continue Reading


December 19, 2016

Cardin Statement On Appointment Of Amina Mohammed As Deputy Secretary General And Progress On Gender Parity At The UN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday on the appointment of Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General, and gender parity in incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres' Secretariat: "I applaud incoming Secretary General Antonio Guterres' appointment of Nigeria's Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. Amina Mohammed most recently served as Sp… Continue Reading


December 16, 2016

Senators Call for Investigation After Trump Transition Waves Off Reported Attempts to Discriminate Against Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Following reports that transition officials for President-elect Donald Trump requested information about civil service employees who have worked on certain climate change policies, prompting widespread outcry, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and eight of his colleagues are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to investigate the apparent attempt to retaliate or discriminate against federal employees. As the Senators wrote, "These requests appear to have violated long-standing fed… Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

Cardin Statement As Evacuation of Eastern Aleppo, Syria Continues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday as the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Aleppo, Syria was underway: "I welcome the news that some civilians have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo. This evacuation operation is complex and will take time - it is absolutely critical that the ceasefire remains in place and humanitarian access continue to allow for safe and secure evacuation operations. I… Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

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

Washington, D.C. - On the day President-elect Donald Trump was supposed to inform the American people about his future with the Trump Organization, a group of Democratic U.S. senators announced they will introduce a bill in January 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 inte… Continue Reading


December 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Delay in Announcing Future with Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - On November 29th, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, led nearly two dozen of his colleagues in introducing a resolution asking the President-elect of the United States to comply with the Constitution before taking an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Not twelve hours later, Donald Trump responded that on December 15th, he would make an announcement about his future with the Trump Organization. Today, Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


December 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Crisis in Aleppo, Syria

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday: "Not 24 hours after reports of civilians in Aleppo being slaughtered by the Assad regime and their Russian and Iranian backers, and a necessary but weak ceasefire was supposed to allow for evacuations, the aerial bombardment, shelling and killing have started again. The utter disregard for innocent human life in Syria is a stain on all of us. I join the international c… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on Rex Tillerson’s Nomination as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after President-elect Donald Trump announced he will nominate Rex W. Tillerson, the president and CEO of Exxon Mobil, to be the 69th Secretary of State of the United States of America: "The President-elect deserves to nominate individuals he believes will best carry out his agenda and serve our country. But as a separate and co-equal branch of governme… Continue Reading


December 13, 2016

Cardin Statement On Passage Of Congressional State Department Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Congressional passage over the weekend of the first legislation to fund the State Department in 14 years. The 2017 U.S. Department of State authorization bill provides for critical reforms to diplomatic programs and core operations of the State Department. The bill also includes embassy security provisions to improve protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and Foreign Service personnel, … Continue Reading


December 12, 2016

Senators Cardin, Feinstein, Leahy Call for Independent Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called Monday for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to comprehensively investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. The commission would fully investigate alleged Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the U.S. can take to defend itself in … Continue Reading


December 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Passage of the Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following statement on the Conference Report on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which was approved by the Senate 78-21 early Saturday. "The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is one bill that truly impacts every single person in our country. Every community- urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods - has a right to expect that water coming from their tap i… Continue Reading

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