Press Releases & Statements

June 26, 2016

Cardin, Van Hollen Call for Truth, Justice One Year after Marylander Alex Villamayor’s Murder in Paraguay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-08) released the following statement Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Marylander Alex Villamayor in Paraguay: "We solemnly recognize the one-year anniversary of the death of Alex Villamayor, a United States citizen from Maryland who was brutally murdered one year ago in Encarnación, Paraguay. We honor the life he led, t… Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Maryland Expansion of Federal Second Chance Pell Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the announcement Friday by the U.S. Department of Education that will expand second chance opportunities available through Maryland institutions of higher education. Under the Department's Second Chance Pell Program, eligible incarcerated Americans will receive Pell Grants to pursue postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support their families upon release. A 2013 study from the RAND Corporation, funded by the U.S. D… Continue Reading


June 24, 2016

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Statement on Brexit Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union: "I respect the will of British voters but am disappointed by the outcome of the referendum. Euro-Atlantic institutions, which are built on shared democratic values and interests, have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of World War II, and strong democratic i… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Bipartisan Gun Safety Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after a successful test-vote on a bipartisan compromise gun safety amendment put forth by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). "This Senate has taken the first procedural step in support of an amendment that would help keep guns and explosives out of the hands of terrorists. Fifty-two senators voted in support of the bipartisan proposal. I applaud Senator Collins an… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Cardin Says 4-4 Immigration Decision Exemplifies Why the Senate Must Do Its Job Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement after the deadlocked Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. v. Texas. "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's split decision, which blocks the implementation of the president's executive actions on immigration, including the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Since our nation's founding, immigration has been one of the buildi… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Acquittal of Baltimore City Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.

WASHINGTON - 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 Caesar Goodson Jr.: "Baltimore City residents have experienced and expressed a wide range of emotions since the death of Freddie Gray. As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore, I have watched closely the events and judicial proceedings and, while our goal has been to seek justice for the tragic death of this young man, I urge every… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $418,720 In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department has been awarded $418,720 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase specialized gear washer and dryers. As Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Durbin And Cardin Applaud OAS Special Session On Venezuela Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement after the Organization of American States (OAS) affirmatively voted today to review the OAS Secretary General's report on the deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela. "Secretary General Almagro's leadership in invoking the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter is a much-needed step toward defusing Venezuela's urgent and deepening political, economic, and humanitarian crises… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Statement By Senators McCain, Reed, Corker, And Cardin On East China Sea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on China's actions in the East China Sea: "As the international community awaits the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea's decision regarding China's excessive maritime claims to the … Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement On Colombia-FARC Ceasefire Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement in response to the signing of a bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and after meeting with Colombian Ambassador to the U.S., Juan Carlos Pinzón: "I'm greatly encouraged by today's historic announcement of a bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the FARC." s… Continue Reading


June 23, 2016

Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of the Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), their bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanded trade in developing countries. "We need to reform U.S. foreign assistance to promote economic growth that can improve living standards and make societies more self-sufficient … Continue Reading


June 22, 2016

Mass Shooting In Orlando

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time to continue the discussion as to the tragedy that occurred on June 12 in Orlando, FL. The shooting occurred at a popular LGBT club, Pulse. The club owner, Barbara Poma, lost her brother to the AIDS epidemic. The club was named to remember a pulse that faded from this world far too early. Pulse was not just a place to socialize, it was a refuge and a place of acceptance and solidarity where members of the Orlando LGBT community could be themselves witho… Continue Reading


June 21, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Gun Safety Votes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the series of Senate votes Monday on gun control, all of which failed to reach the 60-vote threshold for action by the United States Senate. "The movie 'Groundhog Day' eventually ends when its main character finally takes a different path after taking a look at his life and the way he has mistreated others around him. Following the mass shooting in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub, Congress is locked in its own vers… Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Cardin, Colleagues Commemorate World Refugee Day, Introduce Resolution to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution Monday recognizing June 20th as World Refugee Day and reaffirming the commitment of the United States Senate to protect and assist millions of refugees and other forcibly uprooted persons worldwide. "The international community must get serious about protecting the most vulnerable refugees - women and children. Women are facing ferocious threats in conflicts acr… Continue Reading


June 20, 2016

Cardin, Colleagues Encourage European Council to Extend Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, led five of his bipartisan colleagues Monday in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, urging the Council to roll over sanctions on Russia. The co-signers are U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). The text of the letter follows: Dear President Tusk: We write to urge the Europea… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nicaragua’s Expulsion of U.S. Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday regarding the expulsion of three of U.S. officials from Nicaragua: "As the U.S. is building partnerships across Central America that promote greater security and economic growth, the Nicaraguan government's decision to expel U.S. officials from the country runs counter to the region's shared agenda," said Cardin. "The U.S. and Nicaragua need to m… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Upcoming Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Christian Churches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in advance of the Holy and Great Council to be held in Greece. "This weekend, I join Orthodox Christians in recognizing the beginning of the historic Holy and Great Council on the island of Crete, Greece. This marks the first time since the year 787 that the leaders of the Orthodox churches will gather together to discuss fundamental issues related to faith a… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Notes Progress in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Urges Further Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and author of the True LEADership Act (S.2821), a comprehensive plan that recommits the federal government to a critical role in water infrastructure investment, lauded the announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of significant progress made on the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment targets for the Bay watershed, especially the significant contributions of wast… Continue Reading


June 17, 2016

Cardin Statement On Israel Security Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on Congressional funding for Israel's security: "One of the most successful aspects of the decades-long partnership between the United States and Israel has been our joint development of missile defense systems. Cooperative programs such as Iron Dome have saved the lives of countless civilians from Hamas rockets fired indiscriminately into Israel. N… Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban and Effort to Keep Terrorists from Legally Buying Weapons

WATCH- Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban and Effort to Keep Terrorists from Legally Buying Weapons WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated Wednesday afternoon with colleagues including Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to force the Republican leadership to finally allow votes on provisions that would make it harder for terrorists to legally purchase weapons and keep military-style weapons out of the h… Continue Reading

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