Press Releases & Statements

May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement On Confirmation Of Laura Holgate As IAEA Ambassador

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 voted to confirm Laura Holgate as U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. Vienna Office: "I would like to congratulate Laura Holgate on her confirmation as Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.N. office in Vienna. "For more than 27 years, Ms. Holgate has dedicated her care… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin Statement On Mexican Cartels And U.S. Heroin Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement into the record Thursday at a Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues hearing on "Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic": "As the United States continues grappling with the public health crisis posed by opioid and heroin abuse, today's hearing offers a much-needed space to analyze the links between the dramatic increase in U.S. heroin use and the sharp rise… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin, 30 Senators Introduce NDAA Amendment to Block Commissary Privatization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski ( both D-Md.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today introduced amendment #4204 to the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from privatizing commissaries at five major installations until a study, requested in last year's NDAA, to assess the costs and benefits of privatization is completed and properly taken into consideration by Congress. The following members are origin… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Senators Introduce NDAA Amendment to Strengthen Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D- Md.) were joined by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Col.) today in introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the president to elevate Cyber Command to a Combatant Command. U.S. Cyber Command it is currently a subordinate unit to Strategic Command. Congress established US Special Operati… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Azeri Political Prisoner Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist and host Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison in Azerbaijan. Cardin advocated heavily for her release through high-level meetings and media outlets: "I was heartened to hear that Khadija Ismayilova has been released from prison in Azerbaijan after being convicted on completely trumped up c… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Ukrainian Pilot, Parlimentarian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the release of jailed Ukrainian fighter pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko from prison in Russia. Cardin introduced S. Res. 52, which passed the Senate in 2015, condemning the Russian Government for its illegal imprisonment of Ms. Savchenko and calling for her immediate release: "I welcome today's release from prison in Russia of N… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Cardin Welcomes New Maryland Schools Superintendent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today welcomed the announcement that the Maryland State Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Dr. Karen B. Salmon, the Interim Deputy State Superintendent for School Effectiveness & Chief Performance Officer, as the next Superintendent of Maryland Schools. "Dr. Salmon is Marylander with a long track record of serving Maryland students. Dr. Salmon spent over 30 years on the Eastern Shore working with students, parents, administrators… Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Jewish American Heritage Month

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize and celebrate the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Since the founding of our Nation, Jewish Americans have indelibly shaped American society. As a proud Jewish American, I'm honored to have the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our vibrant community in the past, present, and future. In the 109th Congress, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL, 23rd) and then-Senator Arlen Spector (R-PA) a… Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

National Minority Health Month

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to ask my Senate colleagues to join me in recognizing - belatedly - April as National Minority Health Month. For over 30 years, this commemorative event has provided us the opportunity to celebrate the progress we've made in addressing minority health disparities and related issues in our Nation, and to renew our commitment to continue this critically important effort. The theme of this year's National Minority Health Month observance, "Accelerating … Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for Wastewater Treatment on Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to construct a new wastewater treatment plant that will service two towns in Queen Anne's County, Md.. The Town of Sudlersville will receive $700,000 in grant funding and a $250,000 loan to construct a wastewater treatment plant to serve Sudlersville and the Town of Barclay. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, for ev… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $37,836 In Federal Funds To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $37,836 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "Our first responders and their families deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have the equipment they need … Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce More Than $68,000 In Federal Funding To Purchase New Gear In Washington County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Hagerstown Fire Department in Washington County has been awarded $68,433 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "The men and women of the Hagerstown Fire Department face a unique set of challenges as they put their lives on the line to protect their community," said Sen… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on WMATA Personnel Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding personnel changes at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). "Paul Wiedefeld was brought to WMATA to inject professionalism and a true culture of safety throughout the nation's second largest rail system. Still early in his tenure at WMATA, once again, Mr. Wiedefeld is taking decis… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Acquittal in the Criminal Case against Baltimore Police Officer Nero

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the judge's verdict in the criminal trial of Baltimore City Police Officer Edward Nero: "As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore City, I have watched closely the emotional events and judicial proceedings that followed Freddie Gray's tragic death. Under our system of justice, we must respect the verdict in this case. In the coming weeks and months several other Baltimore City police officers also will stan… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Lifting of U.S. Arms Embargo on Vietnam

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after President Obama announced the United States would be lifting its arms embargo on Vietnam: "I welcome this development as an important element of our effort to build a stronger, deeper partnership with Vietnam, but I do so with my reiterated call to better balance security needs with adherence to basic human rights. "So for now I'm cautio… Continue Reading


May 20, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Gallagher to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat formerly held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. who retired in February 2016. "Ju… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin, McCain Statement on Global Magnitsky Act’s Passage by House Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The legislation passed the full Senate last year after being introduced by Cardin and McCain: "For to… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Joins Colleagues in Urging President Obama to Resettle More Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 24 other senators today in calling on the President to fulfill the Administration's commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year. He recently reiterated this commitment, but so far in the first seven months of FY 2016, only 1,736 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United S… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assault of Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny, Associates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the assault on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates: "I condemn Tuesday's assault of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates, which occurred in broad daylight in full view of Russian police. This is just the most recent attack on Russia's embattled civil … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Zika Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on an amendment to appropriate funding in response to the spread of the Zika virus: "The Zika virus is not some nebulous foreign threat; it is already on our shores. The Senate bipartisan agreement to fund a more robust response to the spread of the dangerous Zika virus moves us closer to a reasonable response, bu… Continue Reading

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