Press Releases & Statements

July 14, 2016

Cardin Introduces Major Anti-Corruption Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced legislation Thursday to track and analyze corruption in foreign countries, an increasingly pervasive problem around the world. The Combating Global Corruption and Ensuring Accountability Act of 2016 would require the State Department to author and publicly distribute a report, similar to its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, that summarizes the extent of corruption in cou… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Hearing on ‘Iran Nuclear Agreement – One Year Later’

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday entitled 'The Iran Nuclear Agreement: One Year Later'. The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were offered by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member: "Thank you, Chairman Corker, for convening this hearing today. Mr. Nephew and Mr. Dubowitz welcome back to the Committee. During the Congressional Review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), both of you testified for many c… Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation of Nominee Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve As Next Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Dr. Carla Hayden to fill the vacancy of Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. "I congratulate Dr. Hayden on her confirmation as the 14th Librarian on Congress. Dr. Hayden's impressive career and diligent service to the people of Baltimore as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Librar… Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Cardin, Thune Introduce Bill to Improve and Modernize S Corporations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2016 (S. 3181), legislation that would make several pro-growth reforms to help S corporations operate more easily, which would improve their ability to raise capital. S corporations were created in 1958, must be domestically owned, and are limited to 100 shareholders. This type of business has grown in popularity, par… Continue Reading


July 13, 2016

Cardin Calls for Additional Funding to Backup Just-Passed Bill to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement on the passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), which now heads to the president for his signature. "Funding to combat public health crises, including the opioid and heroin addiction and abuse that has spread throughout every corner of our country, should not be held hostage to political posturing, but it has. Congress had to a… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Trafficking in Persons Report Hearing

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday to review the State Department's 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report. The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were offered by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member: "I want to thank Chairman Corker for calling this hearing today. He and I share a deep commitment to this issue and to ensuring that the integrity of the TIP report and tier ranking system is maintained. This report rema… Continue Reading


July 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Philippines v. China Law of Sea Ruling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea issued a ruling in the case 'The Republic of Philippines v. The People's Republic of China', finding that there is no legal basis for China's claims within the 'Nine Dash Line' and that none of the features claimed by China are capable of generating an exclusive economic zone: "I welcome that a … Continue Reading


July 11, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding to Connect Children in Rural Areas with Specialized Medical Services

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Kennedy Krieger Institute's (KKI) KKI-NECT (Network for Early Childhood Telehealth) Program. KKI-NECT connects children in rural areas of three Maryland counties with screenings and specialty care for social, emotional and behavioral care through the use of telemedicine. "Your zip code should not dictate the quality … Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Cardin Statement on THAAD Deployment in South Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Friday after the Department of Defense and the South Korean Defense Ministry announced a deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in response to increased aggression by North Korea: "I welcome the decision by the United States and the Republic of Korea to move forw… Continue Reading


July 08, 2016

Cardin: Terror in Dallas was an Attack on Our Civilized Society

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of both the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168) and the Blue Alert Act (P.L. 114-12), issued the following statement on the violent, targeted attack on law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas. "Right now, Americans, citizens of a country boldly built on the rule of law, are joining the people of Dallas in mourning a horrible attack on law enforcement. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and their com… Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $271,620 In Federal Funding to Purchase New Firefighting Gear in St. Mary’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department in St. Mary's County has been awarded $271,620 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. As Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Commit… Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement regarding the recent Senate passage of compromise legislation on the labeling of foods whose ingredients contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). "Few things matter to the public health of the American people as much as the food we put in our bodies, which is why I fully believe that we need a single, national GMO labeling policy. It will be … Continue Reading


July 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Arrests of Anti-Slavery Activists in Mauritania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after being updated on the arrests of several anti-slavery activists in Mauritania: "Last week I had the great privilege of meeting Mr. Biram Dah Abeid and Mr. Brahim B. Ramdhane at the State Department launch of the 2016 Trafficking in Persons report. These remarkable gentlemen were both born as children of slaves, and have gone on to channel … Continue Reading


July 04, 2016

Cardin Marks Fourth of July 2016

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in celebration of Independence Day on Monday, July 4: "On Monday we will celebrate the 240th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence and the enunciation of self-evident but nonetheless aspirational truths 'that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.' When I think of 'American exceptiona… Continue Reading


July 02, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Elie Wiesel

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the passing of Holocaust survivor, author, human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. "Elie Wiesel was a voice for a generation of the Jewish people who had seen and experienced horrors no people should endure. From Night to Day, and far beyond, his words broke through barriers and spoke for all humanity. He was a man of conviction an… Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

Senate Approps. Committee Passes Legislation With Significant Cardin Priorities On Democracy, Development, Governance, Human Rights

WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee passed the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs bill this week with a significant number of foreign policy and national security measures authored and championed by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Provisions related to democracy and good governance, development assistance - including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - atrocity prevention and efforts to support … Continue Reading


July 01, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement On Murder Of IJM Employee, Client, Associate In Kenya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the bodies of a client, employee and associate of the International Justice Mission were found murdered in Kenya. Mr. Josephat Mwenda and attorney Mr. Willie Kimani were last seen after a court appearance on Thursday, June 23rd when they were picked up by driver Mr. Joseph Muiruri. Mr. Kimani was representing Mr. Mwenda and working for IJM, an o… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of American Citizen in West Bank

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old American citizen, was murdered in the West Bank: "I am deeply disturbed by Hallel's murder and send my condolences to her family. Any murder is shocking, but the loss of an innocent child in such violent circumstances is heartbreaking, particularly in this instance when Hallel has nothing to do with the polit… Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on State Dept. Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Thursday after the State Department released their 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of the … Continue Reading


June 30, 2016

Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Reaching back to Stonewall, June carries a special significance for LGBT individuals across the nation. For more than forty years LGBT Pride month has been a time for all Americans to celebrate the immeasurable contributions LGBT individuals have made to our great nation, the progress the LGBT community has made in the U.S. and abroad, and the challenges faced in the fight for equalit… Continue Reading

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