Press Releases & Statements

December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement On Extension Of Iran Sanctions Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Senate renewed the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 by a vote of 99 to 0. The measure is set to expire on December 31st. With House passage already secured, the measure now heads to President Obama for signature: "The House and the Senate's broad, bipartisan vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act demonstrates that the United States Congress is s… Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Responds to President-Elect’s Impending Announcement on Severing Ties with Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 23 of his Senate colleagues, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to … Continue Reading


November 30, 2016

Cardin Statement On U.N. Resolution On North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Wednesday after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on North Korea: "Today's action by the United Nations Security Council represents an important step forward in the on-going efforts by the international community to end North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and to place additional pressure on th… Continue Reading


November 29, 2016

Cardin Introduces Resolution Urging Trump to Comply with Constitution by Truly Severing Relationship with Private Business

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced a resolution Tuesday stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures in order to ensure compliance with the United States… Continue Reading


November 26, 2016

Cardin Statement On The Death Of Fidel Castro

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after Cuba announced that Fidel Castro had passed away: "The news of Fidel Castro's death brings with it an opportunity to close the deep divisions that have been suffered by Cuban society and by Cuban Americans in the U.S. For Castro's purported goals of social and economic development to be attained, it is now time for a half-century of authoritari… Continue Reading


November 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Nomination of Gov. Nikki Haley to UN Ambassador Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after President-elect Donald Trump nominated South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: "I want to acknowledge Governor Haley's nomination to be our next ambassador to the United Nations. I look forward to leading my Democratic colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee in a thorough hearing of her qualificatio… Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Cardin to Introduce Senate Resolution Asking Trump to Ensure Foreign Dealings do not Violate U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Finance Committee, announced today he will introduce a resolution next week stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Trump should convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures, in order to ensure compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution will note th… Continue Reading


November 22, 2016

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Inquires on Status of Consent Decree

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter yesterday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Mayor-Elect Catherine Pugh to inquire on the status of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore's consent decree negotiations. The Members wrote, "We appreciate that it is no small task to ensure the decre… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on Trump National Security Positions

BALTIMORE - 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, issued the following statement on the announcement of members of President-elect Trump's national security team. "I did not support Donald Trump for President because we disagree on nearly every issue of concern to the American people. H… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on General Mike Flynn Selection as National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after President-elect Donald Trump announced Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn would serve as his national security advisor: "I honor General Mike Flynn's three decades of service to the United States as part of our Armed Forces. Unfortunately, I have serious concerns regarding General Flynn's temperament, worldview, and potential conflicts of interest shoul… Continue Reading


November 18, 2016

Cardin Meets With Colombian President Santos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in the Capitol yesterday to discuss bilateral relations and the Colombian government signing a revised peace accord with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group. "It was an honor to welcome President Santos to the Senate today, where I thanked him for his steadfast leadership that has kept hope alive for peace in Colom… Continue Reading


November 16, 2016

Cardin, Portman Join with Tiberi, Neal for Bicameral Effort to Protect Retirement Security for Working Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), both members of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced updated legislation Wednesday designed to protect the retirement security of many American workers. The Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2016 (RSPA) amends the nondiscrimination rules that apply to qualified retirement plans to prote… Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Gwen Ifill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Peabody Award-winning journalist Gwen Ifill. "We have lost a good one far too early with the passing of Gwen Ifill. I had the privilege of knowing and befriending Gwen early in her career, when she was a politics reporter for the Evening Sun in Baltimore and I was a young Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. I will always remember her … Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Cardin Calls For Increased Humanitarian Assistance In Haiti Following Hurricane Matthew Devastation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry and Administrator Gayle Smith of the U.S. Agency for International Development Tuesday, calling for a substantial increase in assistance to the people of Haiti following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew last month. Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still lack reliable access to necessities such as shelter, water, food and medical supplies. "Haiti… Continue Reading


November 14, 2016

Cardin Calls on Trump to Demonstrate through Appointments that he Renounces Abusive Rhetoric from Campaign

BALTIMORE - 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, issued the following statement. "President-elect Trump's road to the White House was a bumpy one littered with hate-filled rhetoric that stirred racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic and xenophobic actions from the candidate and his support… Continue Reading


November 10, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Federal Decision to Keep Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) in Essential Air Service Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation for approving a waiver that will allow Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) to remain part of the Essential Air Service program, which was created to guarantee that small communities served by certificated air carriers before airline deregulation maintain commercial service. Under the terms of the FAA Modernization Act of 2012, in order to maintain federal subsidies, communities must maintain an average… Continue Reading


November 10, 2016

Cardin Applauds Myriad Contributions of Service Members, Families on Veterans Day 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating Veterans Day 2016, which is tomorrow, Nov. 11. "As America celebrates Veterans Day, I join in honoring our veterans' service to our country. Above all, we recognize that their service often comes with profound sacrifice, both on their own part and by their loved ones. Yet still they served. Still they risked life and limb to protect us, to defend our values, to guard our freedoms and interests, all without… Continue Reading


November 09, 2016

Cardin on Presidential Election: “Hate Cannot be the Ruling Force in our Nation”

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Environment & Public Works, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship, released the following statement on the results of the 2016 presidential election. "For many Americans, myself included, the results of this election will be hard to swallow. "Since the founding of our republic, the United States of America has been governed by the p… Continue Reading


November 02, 2016

Cardin, Frosh, Alsobrooks Urge Marylanders to “Know Your Rights,” Resist All Efforts to Intimidate Voters

LANDOVER, Md. - During Maryland's early voting this week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks and fellow leaders gathered outside the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex, an Early Voting site, to underscore the important rights of voters as they head to the polls. Voters will have support through 1-866-OUR-VOTE or one of the other hotlines set up by the Justice Department, Attorney … Continue Reading


November 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Fatal School Bus-Commuter Bus Crash in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement on the fatal bus accident in Baltimore. "I am deeply saddened by the news of this morning's fatal bus accident in southwest Baltimore. The situation is ongoing and we are still learning all the facts, including how many are injured or hospitalized. But so far we know at least six lives have been lost. Those are six people who woke up to go to work this morning like any other morning, but who won't be going home. Six fam… Continue Reading

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