Press Releases & Statements

May 26, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Passes Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statements after their Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "For over six years, Bashar al-Assad has committed horrific war crimes against the Syrian people, including women and children," said Rubio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues. "Co… Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on Russia Sanctions Legislation Path Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday following a Committee business meeting where Russia sanctions legislation was discussed: "I welcome Chairman Corker's commitment that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up a sanctions bill on Russia after the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, pending a discussion with Secretary Tillerson on his efforts to make progress… Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on 4th Circuit Decision to Continue Suspension of Immigration Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday regarding the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the suspension of President Trump's immigration orders will stay in place. Senator Cardin signed onto an amicus brief with other Members of Congress in the case of IRAP v. Trump, which was an appeal from the decision of U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in the District of Maryland (Greenbelt).… Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Cardin Leads Call to Fully Fund Programs to Find Lead and Remove It from Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, led more than two dozen of his colleagues this week in urging appropriators to continue robust support for grant programs to reduce lead in drinking water. The senators are looking to ensure Congress keeps its promise of improving testing in schools for lead, replacing lead pipes and revising financing programs so underserved communities can replace their crumbling water infrastructure, a… Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen to President Trump on Proposed Medicaid Cuts: America’s Veterans Deserve Better

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 15 other Democratic Senators to raise grave concerns with President Trump about his plans to gut Medicaid funding and slash investments in behavioral health research, and the impact on America's veterans. More than 30,000 veterans in Maryland and nearly 2 million veterans across the country rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The American Health Care Act would … Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Cardin, Collins Introduce Legislation to Support Volunteer Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, introduced two bipartisan bills today that would enhance communities' ability to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and EMS workers. The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA) and the Volunteer Firefighters' Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) Cap Adjustment Priority Act would protect the modest incent… Continue Reading

May 25, 2017

Senators Applaud Committee Passage Of Comprehensive Bill To Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today applauded Senate Foreign Relations Committee passage of their legislation to hold Iran accountable. The bipartisan legislation, now with 48 cosponsors, would expand sanctions for Iranian ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations. "We can no long… Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Call Transcript with Philippines Leader

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs released the transcript of the phone call between Presidents Trump and Duterte last month in which Mr. Trump is quoted as telling Mr. Duterte he is doing "an unbelievable job on the drug problem": "Independent press, civil society groups, foreign governments and international organizations have all … Continue Reading

May 24, 2017

Cardin Urges Trump to Remain in Paris Climate Agreement (with video)

VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING/SHARING (YouTube) WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following remarks at a press conference today with Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and several of his colleagues, urging President Trump to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement and to exercise U.S. leadership in the fight against global climate change. Senator Cardin also joined 39 of his colleagues in … Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $67,300 Grant for Allegany College for STEM Enhancement Project

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $67,300 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Allegany College of Maryland's STEM Enhancement project. The federal funding will be matched by $67,300 in local funds for a project total of $134,600. "ARC continues to deliver important federal investments for Allegany County. This federal investment in our students' future is good news for western Maryland and an example what we should be d… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Cardin Calls the Trump FY18 Budget “Dead on Arrival”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the president's full budget for fiscal year 2018. For Senator Cardin's comment on the national security sections of the Trump budget, click here. "A budget is supposed to reflect the president's priorities and the values our country holds dear. Unfortunately, President Trump's full budget shows how much disdain he has for supporting American famil… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Cardin Statement on Manchester Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday following last night's bombing in Manchester, England, that killed nearly two dozen people and injured scores more. Children and teenagers were among the victims: "I strongly condemn yesterday's heartbreaking attack in Manchester. I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones, especially the innocent and defensel… Continue Reading

May 23, 2017

Cardin Statement On Administration’s Foreign Affairs Budget Priorities

May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Finalize Federal Approval of Purple Line and Other Public Transit Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (T&I), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, (both D-Md.) urged the Trump Administration to back off of its threat to cancel funding for nearly 60 shovel-ready public transit projects in 20 states - including Maryland's Purple Line - jeopardizing thousands of American jobs and severely impacting the economi… Continue Reading

May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on Murder of Bowie State Student

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statement on the murder of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III: "Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Richard Collins III, along with the entire Bowie State University community. By all accounts, Second Lieutenant Collins had distinguished himself academically and would have done the same in his forthcoming military service. The senselessness of this loss is… Continue Reading

May 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $21,429 for Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $21,429 grant to the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety. The grant will be used to buy a specially designed washer and drying cabinet for personal protective equipment, giving the department the ability to quickly remove dangerous carcinogens and hazardous materials tha… Continue Reading

May 19, 2017

Cardin Requests Extension of Protected Status for Haitians in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly Friday requesting an extension of the existing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 58,000 Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, which expires in July. The Senator also asked the Secretaries to bolster the bilateral relationship between the United States and Haiti. Senator Card… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Signs Letter to Trump Organization Requesting Answers On President’s Compliance With Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and 16 of his Senate colleagues have sent a letter pressing the Trump Organization and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust for answers about each entity's financial relationship to the President, and about the President's compliance with the Constitution. The letter comes as President Trump is set to leave on Friday for his first foreign trip, which includes stops in two countries - Saudi Arabia and Israel - where there have been questions of possible confli… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Writes To Trump Ahead Of First Trip Abroad As President

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Thursday ahead of his first trip abroad to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium. In his letter, Senator Cardin urges President Trump, "to demonstrate through your actions, and your words, that you are committed to United States leadership in the global community, to human rights, and to strong, sustained partnerships with our global allies." Cardin also asked Pr… Continue Reading

May 18, 2017

Cardin Commends Canada for Pursuing Magnitsky Human Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced her government's support for legislation to hold human rights abusers accountable worldwide. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the co-authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which became U.S. law in December 2016, the inspiration behind Canada other nat… Continue Reading

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