Press Releases & Statements

October 07, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Lifting Of Burma Sanctions

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and the author of the Burma Strategy Act of 2016, released the following statement Friday after President Obama announced a new executive order lifting the 'emergency' designation for Burma, ending U.S. sanctions on that nation per the International Emergency Economic Powers Act law: "Like President Obama, I too believe it is time to end … Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Statement On Philippines Suspension Of Military Exercises, Patrols With U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Friday after the Philippines informed the United States that they are suspending joint military exercises and naval patrols: "Today's announcement is cause for great concern. The Philippines are one of our oldest allies in the region and joint military exercises and naval patrols are a lynchpin of that partners… Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Cardin and Mikulski Urge Obama to Permanently Protect Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-Md) today joined a dozen other Senators in calling on President Barack Obama to use his authority under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to permanently protect the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from offshore oil and gas drilling. The statute states, "The President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer Continental Shelf." The absence of e… Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Federal Delegation for Howard County Asks Sheriff Fitzgerald to Show Respect for Fellow Law Enforcement and Citizens by Stepping Down from His Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.), have written to Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald asking him to resign his position in the wake of a detailed report from the Howard County Office of Human Rights. The full letter follows. October 6, 2016 Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald 8360 Court Ave Ellicott City, MD 21043 Dear Sheriff Fitzgerald: We … Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Cardin Statement On Nomination Of Antonio Guterres As Next UN Secretary-General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the United Nations Security Council voted to recommend to the General Assembly that Antonio Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, be elected as the ninth U.N. Secretary-General. The General Assembly is widely expected to confirm the Security Council's nomination of Mr. Guterres: "Mr. Guterres… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Statement On Deterioration Of U.S.-Russian Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday: "Russia clearly has no interest in counterterrorism cooperation, humanitarian relief, or political progress in Syria, evidenced by their direct and indirect actions that have killed civilians and humanitarian aid workers, destroyed hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure, and enabled the Assad regime to pursue a course of action that will o… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Lauds Critical Actions For Paris Agreement To Enter Into Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the European Union unanimously passed a resolution committing its member states to the Paris Agreement. The first entry into force threshold of at least 55 parties officially joining the agreement was met in September. The second entry into force threshold of parties tot… Continue Reading


September 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1.1 Million Grant to Help At-Risk Youth in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have announced that community service organization Civic Works in Baltimore will receive $1.1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as part of a new nationwide YouthBuild grant. "For more than 20 years, Civic Works has helped Baltimore's at-risk youth receive the education and job training they both need and deserve," said Senator Cardin. "Thanks to their efforts, countless Marylanders have ear… Continue Reading


September 30, 2016

Cardin Statement On Duterte Holocaust Comments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Friday after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was recorded comparing Hitler's Holocaust to his desire to kill drug users and drug dealers in his country: "It is reprehensible and frankly disgusting that a democratically-elected leader is talking about the mass murder of his own people, with Hitler's Holo… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Cardin, Portman Lead Senate Bill to Reject United Nations’ Attempt to Economically Isolate Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced Thursday the introduction of the Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act of 2016, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing number of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS actions, including through international governmental organizations like the United Nations. Earlier this ye… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Cardin Calls For Justice On 2nd Anniversary Of Mexican Students’ Disappearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record this week to mark the second anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico: "Mr. President, I rise today to observe the second anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero, a tragedy that continues to haunt the students' families and friends. I also rise to speak… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Floor Speech on the Veto Override of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

Mr. President, I take this time to speak about the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, better known as JASTA. I am going to support the veto override, but it is not without concern for the potential unintended consequences. I have come to the conclusion that the risk of shielding the perpetrators of terrorism from justice outweighs the risks on how other countries might respond to and perhaps compromise U.S. interests. Fifteen years have passed since the September 11, 2001, terrorist at… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Statement on JASTA Veto Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday on his expected vote on President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA: "After careful consideration of President Obama's veto, I believe that the risks of shielding the perpetrators of terrorism from justice are greater than the risks this legislation may pose to America's presence around the world. I will the… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Statement On Passing Of Shimon Peres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Israel announced the passing of former president and prime minister Shimon Peres: "I extend my deepest condolences to the people of Israel and to the family of Shimon Peres. "As a member of the military, lawmaker, government minister, and national leader, Mr. Peres played a formative role in the creation and flourishing of Israel from its… Continue Reading


September 28, 2016

Cardin Names Jessica Lewis As New SFRC Staff Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced today that Jessica Lewis will serve as the new staff director for the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Jessica is currently the Senior National Security Advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), handling a broad portfolio of national security issues and serving as the Senator's liaison to relevant government agencies and the Senate Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees. Prior to her… Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Cardin Strongly Applauds Federal and State Efforts to Resume Oyster Restoration in Tred Avon River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today welcomed an announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, that it had awarded a $1-million contract to resume the construction of oyster reefs in the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary in Talbot County, Md. The award of the construction contract, which had been temporarily stalled earlier this year owing to a state-requested delay, will allow for the con… Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Cardin, Toomey and Collins Question CMS Suspension of Emergency Psychiatric Services Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have written a letter to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Director for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), expressing concern over the agency's suspension of an emergency psychiatric services pilot program. The letter urges CMS to allow states to submit additional data before finalizing its decision to discontinue the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration (MEPD). "We are concerned that C… Continue Reading


September 27, 2016

Cardin Joins Senate Democrats: No Vote on Garland Nomination, No Recess

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other Senate Democrats in calling for a hearing and a vote on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland before adjourning for another Republican-scheduled recess. Because of Republican obstruction, Judge Garland's nomination has been stalled for 195 days, making him the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in history. Despite this fact, the Republican-led Senate has… Continue Reading


September 26, 2016

Cardin Travels to Colombia for Signing of Historic Peace Accord

CARTAGENA - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, traveled to Colombia with Secretary of State John Kerry and other American dignitaries to witness the signing of the peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Monday. Senator Cardin released the following statement: "To witness firsthand the formal conclusion of the world's longest civil war is a powerful and moving experience. "Today's s… Continue Reading


September 23, 2016

Cardin Statement On UN Vote To Reaffirm Ban On Nuclear Weapons Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the UN Security Council voted 14-0-1 in support of Resolution 2310, which reaffirms the global moratorium on nuclear weapons testing. The P5 Members of the Security Council also reiterated their support for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty: "Today's vote strongly reaffirms the international community's commitment to halt all nuclear-w… Continue Reading

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