Press Releases & Statements

December 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made the following remarks in response to the announcement that President-elect Trump would nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I believe strongly in the cabinet confirmation process - including giving every nominee a fair and timely hearing. To that end, as a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I will listen to what Oklahoma Attorney… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. "December 7, 1941 was a day that will live in infamy for the brutal and deadly attack by the Japanese against our nation at Pearl Harbor. But it also is the day that launched America into World War II and solidified our collective resolve to turn anger into action and reven… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Team Maryland Announce $15 Million in Federal Funding To Expand High-Quality Preschool Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.), announced Tuesday that Maryland has been awarded $15 million through the Preschool Development Grants program to provide high-quality preschool programs in 19 school districts across Maryland. In the past three years, Maryland has been awarded more than $45 milli… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Cardin Praises Army Corps Response Halting Dakota Pipeline to Protect Drinking Water Sources for Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

WASHINGTON - Weeks after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his colleagues sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting the administration halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until affected tribes are consulted and a full environmental review is conducted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that such a review will indeed need to be completed prior to any additional work. "In order to protect the drinking water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and to… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement Ahead Of Ghanaian Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of Ghana's national election on December 7th: "Ghana has made enormous strides on its path to democracy since the country's return to civilian rule. It has served as a model in West Africa, on the continent and around the world for nearly 25 years. "The United States values our partnership with the government and our friendship with the Ghan… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Cardin Meets with Charles County Economic Development Team on Boosting Local Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate's Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, visited with officials from the Charles County Department of Economic Development and local small business leaders in Waldorf, Md., on Monday to discuss ongoing initiatives to expand the local economy and address the challenges faced by small businesses. The roundtable discussion featured presentations on how business leaders and government can work together to bring added mass t… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Entire Maryland Delegation Voices Support for I-81 FASTLANE Grant

WASHINGTON - All ten members of the Maryland congressional delegation have signed onto a bipartisan letter organized by Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD-6) on behalf of Maryland's request for FASTLANE grant funding for the I-81 Corridor Widening project. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD-3), Rep. Donna… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement On Arrest Of Dr. Merera Gudina In Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after Dr. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo People's Congress and one of Ethiopia's opposition leaders, was arrested earlier this week after returning home following his testimony to the European Union parliament on the current political crisis in the country: "Dr. Gudina's arrest appears to be based solely based on the fact that he is a member of t… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday in recognition of World AIDS Day: "Thirty years ago the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine issued a report calling for a 'massive media, educational and public health campaign to curb the spread of the HIV infection.' The global community heeded that call, and today, on World AIDS Day, we celebrate progress that we have made in tre… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement On Peace Accord Ratification By Colombian Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Colombian Congress ratified a peace accord between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group: "With the ratification of their peace accord, the Colombian people now have a real chance to move beyond the conflict that has torn at the fabric of their country for decades," said Cardin. "The nation … Continue Reading


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

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