Press Releases & Statements

February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on General Flynn’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after General Michael Flynn resigned as the White House National Security Advisor: "General Flynn's resignation does not obviate the need for a broad investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 election and this administration's opaque relationship with the Kremlin. I have significant questions about what President Trump knew about Mr. Flynn… Continue Reading


February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement On New Venezuela Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump Administration announced it was sanctioning Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela: "Vice President El Aissami has helped foster the entrenched corruption that sent Venezuela into a d… Continue Reading


February 13, 2017

Corker, Cardin, Alexander, Kaine Introduce Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal To Master Sergeant Rodrick Edmonds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick "Roddie" Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis orde… Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Respond to FTA Action Cutting MD, VA and DC Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Friday that it would withhold five percent of Fiscal Year 2017 transit formula funds or approximately $8.9 million from the three local jurisdictions until a new Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) was established. According to FTA, "these funds are being withheld, not forfeited. The funds will be available to the tran… Continue Reading


February 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on 9th Circuit Decision to Continue Suspension of Immigration Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Friday regarding the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the suspension of President Trump's immigration orders will stay in place: "The President should immediately rescind his discriminatory executive order targeting Muslim refugees and travelers. His rush to act has made America less safe, damaged our relationships with our allies, and harmed countless numbers of law-abiding citizens, travelers, and their fa… Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cardin Joins Effort to Fight Unfair Trump Attacks on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 Senate Democrats unveiling their "Five Fights for Federal Employees," a proposal to protect current and retired government workers from ideologically motivated attacks from Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration. This resolution is a statement of principles that Senate Democrats intend to use to fight back against Republican attacks on the federal workforce. These principles include a commitment … Continue Reading


February 09, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks at Russia Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday at a hearing on, "The United States, the Russian Federation and the Challenges Ahead:" "Thank you Mr. Chairman, I welcome both of our witnesses today. We are indeed very fortunate to have you participate in this discussion and you are two people who are very knowledgeable in U.S.-Russian relations. "And Mr. Chairman, I want to begin first by thankin… Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Establishing Congressional Oversight of Russia Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation, The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017, which provides for congressional oversight of any decision to provide sanctions relief to the Government of the Russian Federation. "Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief," said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). "To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must b… Continue Reading


February 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on Suspected ISIL Attack on Red Cross Convoy in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the deadly attack on an International Committee of the Red Cross convoy in Jowzjan province, Afghanistan, by suspected ISIL fighters: "I am deeply concerned about the attack and offer my sincere condolences to the families of the six aid workers killed and two who remain missing at this time. This despicable attack on individuals who were sel… Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Resolution Reaffirming Strong U.S.-Australia Alliance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bipartisan resolution reaffirming the Senate's commitment to the enduring American-Australian alliance. The resolution reaffirms the strong alliance relationship between Australia and the United States; supports continued diplomatic, military, and economic cooperation between Australia and the United States; and reaffirms the importance of a U.S.-Australia … Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on Confirmation Vote for Betsy DeVos to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Tuesday regarding his vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education: "Thousands of Marylanders have called, emailed, contacted me through Twitter and Facebook, and stopped me on the street to express their strong support for public education and concerns about the commitment of Mrs. DeVos to public schools. I share their concerns. Marylanders and I agree that the students in our state d… Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on Confirmation Vote for Betsy DeVos to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Tuesday regarding his vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education: "Thousands of Marylanders have called, emailed, contacted me through Twitter and Facebook, and stopped me on the street to express their strong support for public education and concerns about the commitment of Mrs. DeVos to public schools. I share their concerns. Marylanders and I agree that the students in our state d… Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Floor Speech in Opposition to Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States and to head the U.S. Department of Justice. I have had the privilege to serve with Senator Sessions in the U.S. Senate for nearly a decade. I have served on several committees with him, including the years that I was on the Judiciary Committee. I no longer serve on that committee, but I served there with Senator Sessions. I was listening to Senator Klobuchar's exp… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Cardin, Leading NGOs Voice Unwavering Opposition to Trump Refugee and Travel Ban

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today was joined by international and faith-based non-profit organizations in expressing continued opposition to any and all discriminatory and ineffective actions like President Trump's attempt to bar citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and suspend the admission of all refugees. While hosting a press conference at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters, Senator Cardin assailed Trump's actions as clearly damaging to our national security a… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Cardin, Grassley Re-introduce Bill to Help Older Americans Stay in Their Homes for Care, Avoid Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today re-introduced their bipartisan legislation allowing older Americans to receive individualized care that would help them continue to stay in their own homes rather than nursing homes. "Allowing seniors to age in place, to stay in their homes as long as possible, takes an enormous financial and emotion burden off of families," said Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee. "Community-based servi… Continue Reading


February 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Fox News Interview

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after Fox News aired an interview between President Trump and host Bill O'Reilly: "Tonight, President Trump made clear he does not believe in America's exceptionalism when he equated the United States to Vladimir Putin and his murderous regime. Such a ridiculous statement sends a signal that this White House does not in fact prioritize the United State… Continue Reading


February 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on National Restraining Order Against Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Saturday. "Our founders wisely created three co-equal branches of government, including an independent judiciary, to serve as a strong check and balance on both the president and Congress. Like the president, our judges - and our Congress - are sworn to uphold the Constitution. When the president of the United States abuses or ignores the Constitution, and… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Latest Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Trump Administration announced it was enforcing existing sanctions against Iran following its ballistic missile test: "Yesterday I sent a bipartisan letter with 21 other Senators to express our alarm at Iran's ballistic missile test and ask President Trump to enforce existing sanctions and consider additional sanctions on Iran for its ballisti… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Team Maryland Calls on Hogan to Protect Marylanders from the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland Congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), have written to Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.) urging him to protect the needs of his constituents by speaking out against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a viable replacement. The letter, signed by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Senators to Mattis: President Trump’s Muslim Ban Degrades Our Ability to Defeat ISIS, Undermines Our National Security

WASHINGTON - As Secretary of Defense James Mattis begins a 30-day, government-wide review of the United States' existing strategy to defeat ISIS, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) pressed him to assess the impact of President Trump's Muslim ban on the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and our broader national security interests. Prior to this executive order, the sixty-six nation coalition dedicated to defeating ISIS h… Continue Reading

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