Press Releases & Statements

July 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on Ongoing Situation in Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on the ongoing situation in Turkey: "I would like to offer my condolences to the Turkish people for the deaths, injuries and destruction that befell them during the failed coup one week ago. I stand with the democratically elected government of Turkey and the thousands of Turks across the nation who took to the streets to show solidarity against the… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Statement on Conviction of Fanta Jawara

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney issued the following joint statement Thursday after Fanta Jawara of Frederick, Maryland, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in The Gambia. The Maryland Federal officials have followed her case closely, releasing a statement a few weeks ago as she went to trial: "We are outraged at the conviction and sentencing of Fanta Jawara. She has done nothing wron… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Cardin Statement on Killing of Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sheremet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, Ukraine: "I condemn the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine. While we do not yet know who was responsible for this tragic murder, we do know that Mr. Sheremet was a leader on anti-corruption issues in Ukraine, where he had lived for … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Joint Statement by Congressional Leaders On Violence In South Sudan

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) released the following statement Monday regarding the escalating violence in South Sudan that has put the peace agreement at grave risk: "Urgent action is needed to prevent further bloodshed in South Sudan and to sustain the prospect of peace. Escalating violence in Juba and othe… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Baltimore’s 35th Annual Artscape Festival

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing the national significance of Artscape, the largest free arts festival in America. It is held Baltimore's Bolton Hill and Station North Arts and Entertainment District neighborhoods. "For 35 years, Artscape has served as a reflection of Baltimore's rich history and reverence for the arts. From music to sculpture, photography to woodwork and every nearly every other medium imaginable, Artscape showcases the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin, Schumer, Senate Democrats Introduce Iran Sanctions Extension

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chair Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 12 other Senate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday to renew the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Congress unanimously passed the 1996 legislation to stop major foreign investment in Iran's energy sector, with the goal of denying the regime the ability to financially support international … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Calls on Judiciary Committee to Finally Move Forward Legislation on Police Reform, Ending Racial Profiling

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of both the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168) and the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056), has written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley urging him to take action on these two police reform bills as soon as the Senate returns in September. Senator Cardin has worked closely with Congressman John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, on both of… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Comdemns Terror Attack in Nice, France

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after an attack in Nice, France Thursday night killed scores of people and injured many others, including Americans. France was celebrating Bastille Day, their independence day: "I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were tragically killed and critically injured celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Statement On Nice Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after an attack in Nice, France Thursday night killed scores of people and injured many others, including Americans. France was celebrating Bastille Day, their independence day: "I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were tragically killed and critically injured celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. A… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, along with original co-sponsors U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), introduced a resolution Thursday expressing the Senate's profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging… Continue Reading


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

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