Press Releases & Statements

September 28, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 856) to combat campus sexual assault, joined with 32 U.S. Senators to send a letter to U.S. Secretary of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Secretary DeVos' decision has undermined the rights of sexual assault survivors and created chaos… Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill Promoting Diplomatic Strategy To Resolve Afghanistan Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Promoting Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Act of 2017 Thursday, legislation to boost the United States' engagement in achieving a just, sustainable peace in Afghanistan. "The United States needs to center its engagement in Afghanistan around a bold, renewed effort to forge a negotiated political settlement and an accountable Afghan government that can deliver to its citizens … Continue Reading

September 28, 2017

Cardin Commemorates Third Anniversary Of Mexican Students’ Forced Disappearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement commemorating the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico: "This week, we observe the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Even though three years have passed, the tragedy of this event continues to weigh heavily on the families of the victims who have yet to receive a con… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Cardin Responds to “Big 6” Tax Outline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the tax reform outline released today by Republican Congressional leaders, the Treasury Secretary and White House National Economic Council Director. "While it is helpful that this outline has grown from a one-page document to something slightly longer, there are too few details to consider this any kind of comprehensive proposal. We have no idea how muc… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues To Trump: We Must Do More For Puerto Rico And USVIs

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), along with 37 other senator, in sending a letter to President Trump to express deep concern about the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the letter, the senators wrote, "We write to express deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria recently knocked out the entire islan… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Cardin Decries Trump’s Plan for Refugees Entering U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday upon reports the Trump Administration was set to lower the annual number of refugees entering the United States to 45,000 individuals: "The Trump Administration's move to arbitrarily slash our country's annual refugee admissions ceiling to just 45,000 is devastating to tens of thousands of innocent people, and a blow to America's standing as the prem… Continue Reading

September 27, 2017

Senate Passes Young & Cardin Resolution Calling For Urgent Campaign To Prevent Millions From Starving To Death

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the United States Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to tens of millions of people who desperately need it. The resolution calls on all parties to the… Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Cardin, Klobuchar Introduce Resolution Recognizing National Voter Registration

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today introduced a resolution recognizing September 26, 2017, as National Voter Registration Day. The resolution encourages each eligible citizen to register to vote; verify with the appropriate state or local election official that the name, address, and other personal information on record is current; and to go to the polls on election day. "In the United States, voting is a right, not a privilege for all Americans. We … Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Cardin Calls for Parity in Aid for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the current plight of Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes that overwhelmed the people and the infrastructure of the island. "The pictures coming from Puerto Rico are heart-breaking. The devastation that has hit the island deserves the same commitment and support that would go to any other location in the United States. Puerto Rico's 3.4 million residents are American citizens and they should be … Continue Reading

September 26, 2017

Cardin Statement on Corker 2018 Retirement Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Committee chairman, announced he would retire from the Senate when his term expires at the end of 2018: "Bob Corker is a consummate statesman and a thoughtful policymaker who has always served his constituents and his nation admirably. "Personally, I am saddened by this news because over our years of serv… Continue Reading

September 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on New Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after President Trump issued a revised travel ban last night: "President Trump's attempt to repackage his Muslim ban won't work. I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act with clarity to say that we will not allow religious tests as to who can come to America. That is the question that must be answered, because the selection of Muslim majority … Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Bipartisan Effort to Extend Critical Funding for Maryland Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to call for immediate action to extend critical funding for community health centers before funding runs out at the end of this month. In a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the Senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the c… Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Sarbanes and Cummings Calling On FEC To Help Prevent Foreign Governments From Using Social Media Ads To Influence U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings (all D-Md.) and a coalition of Democratic House and Senate members in sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections. Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook advertisements… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Stand In Solidarity With Imprisoned Hong Kong Democracy Activists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were joined by their colleagues U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) in a letter Wednesday expressing solidarity with pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law, who are currently serving jail time for their involvement in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests. "We want you to know that we have heard your words and that we share your earnest desire for a d… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Cardin Statement On Major Earthquake Outside Mexico City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after a major earthquake struck outside Mexico City yesterday. As of press time, the death and injury toll continues to rise: "I am devastated by the growing loss of life and injuries in and around Mexico City. The United States and Mexico share so many historical, political, economic and social ties that make our friendship an enduring one, but our … Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $7.8 Million Grant for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $7,809,101 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport to fund the reconstruction of the Pier B apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful lifespan. "BWI Airport is the heart of Maryland's aviation system. From keeping Marylanders connected to the country and the world to keeping trade and tourism booming, it's crucia… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Senior Dem. Senators Write Trump Administration Regarding Iran Deal Certification, Seek Additional Information

WASHINGTON - Seven Senate national security Ranking Members wrote to senior Trump Administration officials Wednesday, reminding them of their legal obligations to report to Congress on potential Iranian breaches of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as mandated by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) of 2015. "[INARA] requires the President to provide information to Congress on any potentially significant Iranian breach or compliance concern related to the JCPOA within ten… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Cardin: Trump’s UN Speech Narrow, Dangerous and Would Isolate America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly: "In his first major address to the United Nations as President of the United States, Mr. Trump missed a real opportunity to demonstrate leadership in rallying our friends and allies to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation and the world. The narrow and dangerous views … Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

Senators Praise Committee Passage of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of legislation that strengthens U.S. global leadership in the fight to end modern slavery and human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, which amends and reauthorizes international provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protect Act, will modify the criteri… Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Cardin Amendments to Defense Bill Establish Process Intended to Prevent Closure of Key Biodefense Lab at Ft. Detrick, Provide Upgrades to F-16 Fleet at Joint Base Andrews

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening. "I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the fiscal year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland is home to more than 40,000 active a… Continue Reading

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