Press Releases & Statements

February 22, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Agreement On Terms For Cessation Of Hostilities In Syria, Also Calls For Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria: "I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today," said Senator Cardin. "It is past time for full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for an end to aerial bombardments and immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to besieged area… Continue Reading


February 19, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Commemoration of the End of Slavery in Romania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement regarding the 160th anniversary of the emancipation of Roma slaves in Romanian. ‎ "On February 20, the Romanian Government will unveil a plaque at the Monastery of Tismana commemorating the end of … Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Renews Calls for Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 2nd anniversary of the detention of Leopoldo López. "Today marks two long and unacceptable years since Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was unju… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Says President Obama’s Trip To Cuba Represents Great Opportunity For The People Of Cuba And The U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president's announced trip to Cuba. "President Obama's travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests, the interests of the American people, and our support for Cuba's citizens and their fundamental freedoms. As the first U.S. president in ninety years to touch down in Cuba, Presid… Continue Reading


February 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Death of Associate Justice Scalia

Maputo, Mozambique- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "I join the Nation in offering my heartfelt condolences to the Scalia and Supreme Court families, who have lost one of their own today. For more than three decades, Justice Antonin Scalia devoted himself to the rule of law and public service at the highest levels. Whethe… Continue Reading


February 16, 2016

Cardin Calls Direct Flights to Cuba a Milestone, Urges Progress on Improving Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to allow for the scheduling of direct flights between the two nations. "The renewal of direct flights marks yet another milestone in the restoration of the US-Cuba relationship. As people-to-people contacts increase, the United States will be in a better position to advance our national interests, en… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Lauds Confirmation of Seven Key Nominees, Urges Senate to Finish the Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the confirmation of seven nominees by the Senate on Friday, February 12th. The nominees confirmed were: Sunil Sabharwal to be U.S. Alternative Executive Director of the IMF, Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Brian Egan to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, Samuel D. Heins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, John L. Es… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in ord… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on UN Report Documenting Assad Regime War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council Report on the killing of detainees in Syria: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic" on February 3, 2016. "The February 3 UN Human Rights Council's report confirms what we all already know, in stark detail: the Assad regime is guilty of war crimes and c… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for Wetland Protection in Important Southern Maryland Habitat

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has awarded $750,000 in funding under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to permanently protect approximately 140 acres of land in the Popes Creek region of Charles County, Md. The land includes 9 acres of estuarine emergent wetlands, 66 acres of forested uplands that buffer a seasonal stream/d… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Black History Month 2016

The immeasurable role African Americans have had in making the United States the strong nation it is today cannot be fully recognized in one short month. However, one fact remains clear: Black history is American history. This February, we highlight the titans of African-American history: Marylanders Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall, icons including Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Dorothy Height, and contemporary heroes like John Lewis and Mae Jemison. We also celebrate the countless men and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin Bill Would More Than Triple Funds Available to States for Fixing Crumbling and Polluted Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Building on legislation he introduced in previous sessions of Congress, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced new legislation (S. 2532) to dramatically increase the authorization levels for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRFs). Together, these funds serve as the primary source of federal funding for all states to maintain, repair and replace their aging … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin, McCain, Durbin Urge Polish Government to Recommit to the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Protection of Media

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) have written to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland urging her to restore Poland's position as a leading democracy in Central Europe. In the letter to Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o, the senators expressed support for a strong bilateral relationship as well as concerns regarding recently passed Polish laws that could infringe on fundamental values including freedom of the press and an indepe… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of Sanctions to Counter North Korean Belligerence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, legislation drafted by Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Menendez (D-N.J.). The bill, which now goes back to the House of Representatives for final passage, will expand and tighten sanctions on people and businesses anywhere in the world that are found to be supporting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile p… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution Supporting the Government of Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace and End the Country’s Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - In response to President Juan Manuel Santos' visit to Washington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution noting sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and encouraging efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace by consolidating democratic reforms and negotiating an end to the country's… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Decries Supreme Court Decision to Halt Clean-Power Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Decision to halt enforcement of the Clean-Power Plan while challenges work through the courts. "Science tells us climate change is real. It is deeply disappointing that a collection of special interests and politically motivated Attorney Generals were able to slow the implementation of the Clean- Power Plan. In re… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Senators Cardin, Coons, And Kaine Applaud Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage Of Tunisia Quartet Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Committee's passage of S.Res. 330, which congratulates the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution commends the Quartet for forging peaceful political compromises and reaffirms the United States' commitment to support Tunisia as it continues on the path to democracy, stability, and prospe… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin Applauds Veto Override Allowing Returning Citizens to Vote in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Democracy Restoration Act, issued the following in reaction to the Maryland State Senate's override of Governor Larry Hogan's veto of MD. HB980. "There isn't a single lawmaker at the federal or state level who hasn't received a second chance at one point or another. I applaud the Maryland General Assembly for overriding the Governor's veto and thereby allowing returning citizens to rejoin our democracy and their local communities. R… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin: President Obama’s Last Budget Deserves Thorough Consideration and Review

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship, released the following statement in response to the release of President Barack Obama's budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017. "A budget should reflect the priorities of a nation concerned with the well-being of all citizens. President Barack Obama's final budget builds upon strategic federal investments that have he… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin, Senators Applaud Electrify Africa Bill Becoming Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded President Obama's signing of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate last year and passed by the House of Representatives last week, will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans acces… Continue Reading

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