Press Releases & Statements

April 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Rules Change for SCOTUS Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after Republicans changed the rules of the Senate to allow nominees for the Supreme Court to move through the confirmation process. "This is a sad day in the Senate, but one the Republicans queued up years ago when blocking President Obama's lower court judges and then punctuated last year by not even considering the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Theirs was the ultimate filibuster of a judicial nominee. "A lifet… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin, National Capital Region Delegation Calls for Federal Investment in WMATA Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, along with Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, John Delaney, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Barbara Comstock, have sent a letter to Congressional appropriators calling for continued federal investment in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for safety and other improvements to Metrorail. The delegation stated that Metro has a… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Chemical Weapons Attack on Syrian Civilians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday condemning Bashar al-Assad and his regime for their continued use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Multiple media outlets and independent human rights organizations reported evidence of the latest chemical weapons attack Tuesday, when scores of innocent people, including children, were killed or injured. Th… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin, Portman Join with Tiberi, Neal for Bicameral Effort to Protect Retirement Security for Working Families

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), both members of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced updated legislation Wednesday designed to protect the retirement security of many American workers. The Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2017 (RSPA) amends the nondiscrimination rules that apply to qualified retirement plans to protec… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin, Isakson, Coons Introduce Legislation To Enhance, Modernize African Growth And Opportunity Act, Millennium Challenge Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act (AGOA and MCA Modernization Act) Wednesday, legislation to improve the transparency and impact of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and enable the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to address regional development challenges and enhance trans-border economic growth opportunities in develop… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin Remarks At Hearing On EU Partnership Against Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing Tuesday entitled, "The European Union as a Partner Against Russian Aggression: Sanctions, Security, Democratic Institutions and the Way Forward": "I particularly appreciate this hearing. I think it's very, very important that we share a lot in our transatlantic partnership, and one of the things we share is that we are all targeted by Ru… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Cardin, Johnson Encourage Tillerson To Meet With Russian Civil Society

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday ahead of his announced trip to Russia next week, encouraging the Secretary to follow the model set by his bipartisan predecessors and meet with civil society activists while in Moscow. In the letter, Senators Cardin and Johnson said, "Such… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

Young, Cardin Introduce Resolution Calling For Urgent Diplomatic Campaign To Prevent Millions From Starving To Death

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. The resolution outlined the dire conditions in each of these four regions and urged the administration to take s… Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Call on Tillerson to Raise Human Rights Concerns with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on democracy, human rights, and global women's issues, have written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in advance of President Trump's meetings this week with Chinese President Xi. The senators urge Secretary Tillerson to "make human rights a top priority, both publicly and privately" in the discussions. … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Calls on Attorney General Sessions to Rescind Request to Delay Baltimore Consent Decree

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions objecting to the request by the U.S. Department of Justice to delay finalizing the consent decree that was agreed to by DOJ and the City of Baltimore to address systemic civil rights violations. The agreement followed an exhaustive federal pattern-and-practice investigation. "We are gravely concerned that… Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Administration Termination of Funding to the United Nations Population Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump administration announced that it has cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): "The Trump administration's decision to cut off all U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund under the guise that it violates the Kemp-Kasten Amendment is extremely disheartening. UNFPA does not support coercion in reproduc… Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

After Latest Deadly Gas Attack, Cardin Continues Call for Assad Regime to Be Held Accountable for War Crimes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the latest deadly attack in Syria. "I am deeply alarmed by reports this morning of another chemical weapons attack on a town in Idlib Province, which so far has killed dozens of innocent Syrian civilians including children. Based on initial reporting, it appears this attack was carried out with a chemical nerve agent delivered by aircraft. Only the Assad r… Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Urge SEC to Reissue New Anti-Corruption Rule for Oil, Gas Industry after Congressional Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 11 of his colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday, following up on the February repeal by Congressional Republicans of a SEC rule to increase transparency and accountability in extractive industries. The SEC was instructed by Congress to issue its rule by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision … Continue Reading

April 04, 2017

Senators Urge Trump To Complete THAAD Deployment To South Korea, Press China To End Retaliation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump - prior to his meeting this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping - to support the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea and to draw attention to unwarranted Chinese retaliation to the deployment of this missile defense system. Underscoring the increasingly unpredictable and volatile nature of North Korea's recent nuclear and… Continue Reading

April 03, 2017

Cardin, Schatz Call on EPA to Enforce the Clean Water Rule and Protect Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) were joined by nine of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to demand answers on how the EPA plans to comply with President Trump's executive order on the Clean Water Rule. The order calls on the EPA to weaken the Clean Water Rule significantly, a move that would undermine the Clean Water Act, and directly contradict the mission of the EPA … Continue Reading

April 03, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on President Trump to Raise Case of Imprisoned Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi with President Al-Sisi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), wrote a letter to President Donald Trump to request that he raise the case of Aya Hijazi when he meets with Egyptian President al-Sisi today. Hijazi, a dual Egyptian-American citizen and resident of Virginia, has been unjustly imprisoned in Egyp… Continue Reading

April 03, 2017

Cardin Statement On St. Petersburg Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a bombing in the St. Petersburg, Russia subway system left multiple victims dead and injured: "I extend my sincerest condolences to the injured and to the families of the deceased in today's St. Petersburg subway bombing. Terrorism anywhere threatens the universal values and norms that bind us in our common humanity. It is my hope that the Russia… Continue Reading

March 31, 2017

Cardin To Introduce Bipartisan Egypt Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, announced Friday that when the Senate convenes Monday he will introduce a bipartisan resolution reaffirming America's commitment to the U.S.-Egypt partnership. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is scheduled to meet with President Trump and Members of Congress in Washington early next week. Joining Senator Cardin in introducing the resolution are U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Ti… Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Cardin, Wicker Support Territorial Integrity of the Nation of Georgia

WASHINGTON - Helsinki Commission Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Commission Chairman Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) today introduced a Senate resolution supporting the territorial integrity of the nation of Georgia. "Russia's violation of the territorial integrity of Georgia is a blatant breach of one of the guiding principles of the Helsinki Final Act by Russia. This reflects a broader pattern of disregard by Putin's regime for transatlantic security norms and democratic values, whi… Continue Reading

March 30, 2017

Cardin Statement on Republican Attempts to Restrict Access to Health Care for Women and Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate voting to block Title X federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood health centers. "Title X is the nation's only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing Americans with family planning and related health services. In fact, 40 percent of women who receive care from Title X clinics consider it to be their only sour… Continue Reading

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