Press Releases & Statements

March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of U.S. Citizen Taylor Force in Jaffa Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement strongly condemning Tuesday's stabbing attack in Israel that left 12 injured and Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student, dead. "The recent wave of terror attacks against civilians in Israel is unconscionable. Yesterday's attacks that claimed the life of Taylor Force, an American combat veteran and graduate student, are a tragic reminder of the… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement On The Continuing, Unjust Detention Of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian authorities. "I join the defenders of human rights who have declared today 'International Free Savchenko Day.' The international community must continue to speak out against Nadiya's inhumane treatment by the Russian Federation. "Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian fighter pilot, has been hel… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Bipartisan Senate Coalition Introduce Resolution Recognizing International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) together with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan coalition of Senators today announced that they have introduced a resolution to recognize March 8, 2016 as International Women's Day (IWD) and commemorate the achievements of women around the world. "At home and abroad, the way women are treated is very much a barometer for the economic and social success of a given community," Senator Cardin said. "Ensuri… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin, On International Women’s Day, Highlights “More Work To Be Done” To Achieve Gender Equality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, 2016: "Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, and it is a goal that I strongly support. Yet, in 2016, it is obvious that the tremendous steps we have made toward achieving gender equality are insufficient.… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin Statement On Latest Iran Ballistic Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles. "I am deeply concerned by Iran's repetitive disregard of and indifference to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran to cease any ballistic missile activities," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration should act swiftly to raise these concerns at the United Nations and take action to hold all p… Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Cardin, Isakson Promote Innovation And Empower Effort To Tackle International Development Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Development Lab Act (S.2629) along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The Global Development Lab Act authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Development Lab and gives it the tools it needs to solve our world's most pressing international devel… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin Condemns Murder of Honduran Human Rights Activist Berta Caceres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Berta Caceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), in her home in Honduras: "The brazen murder of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres is a shocking reminder of the challenges facing Honduran human rights defenders," said Cardin. "Ms. Caceres was a tireless c… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin, Delaney, Luján Introduce Resolutions Establishing National Clean Energy Goals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) have filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America's electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the "50x30 Resolutions" are cospons… Continue Reading


March 02, 2016

Cardin Praises UN Security Council Resolution 2270 Imposing Robust New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea: "I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Power and her team are to be commended for their good work. "It is essential for the international c… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Cardin Salutes Peace Corps on 55th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. "Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace Corps has empowered and saved the lives of countless people across the world. The Peace Corps is the most impactful volunteer humanitarian force in the world. It has he… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Women’s History Month 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to join the American people in celebrating Women's History Month. It is clear that one month is hardly enough time to recognize all that women have done, what they are doing, and what they have yet to accomplish. Despite the persistence of dogmatic opposition, women have played a major role in advancing every society on earth. Mr. President, I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather. In my time representing the people of Maryland, in the United S… Continue Reading


February 29, 2016

Cardin Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Reject Challenges to Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today hailed an announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court that it will not hear a challenge to Chesapeake Bay pollution controls in the case of American Farm Bureau v. Environmental Protection Agency. The Supreme Court's decision to let stand lower courts' rulings that upheld the EPA restrictions on wastewater treatment and runoff from farms and construction sites allows the bluepr… Continue Reading


February 27, 2016

Cardin, Johnson Announce Resolution Honoring Nemtsov, Renewing Call For Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday their plan to introduce legislation Monday honoring Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and renewing a call for a full and transparent investigation into his tragic murder in Moscow on Feb. 27, 2015. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) join them in co-sponsoring the res… Continue Reading


February 26, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $87,000 Federal Grant For Dental Career Training At Allegany College

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded an $87,000 federal grant to Allegany College to purchase 15 new dental hygiene units which will improve efficiency for students, reduce expensive repair costs, and help maintain hygiene services offered to the public. The new equipment for Allegany College's dental hygiene program will improve training fo… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin Provides Comprehensive Response to National Crisis in Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced a package of legislation that responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water, crumbling infrastructure and inadequate water protection that has combined to poison residents of Flint, Mich., and communities throughout the country. "Americans have a right to expect that water coming from their taps is safe to drink. We can no longer delay needed upgra… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin to Republican Senators: Stop Pandering, Do Your Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2007-2010), urged Senate Republicans to abandon their unprecedented decision to ignore any nominee put forth by President Obama to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. "I find it disgraceful that my Republican colleagues are vowing to obstruct a Supreme Court nomination before the nominee has even been named. The president doesn't stop… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin Recognizes National Children’s Dental Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, spoke on the floor of the United States Senate Thursday recognizing February as National Children's Dental Health Month and the 9th anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver. Senator Cardin has been a leading advocate for children's dental health care, authoring provisions that guaranteed children access to dental coverage first through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and late… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin Delivers Remarks on Ending Modern Slavery, Highlights Maintaining Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today. I share your commitment to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, which is one of the great challenges of our time. "Modern slavery involves crimes of forced labor, sexual ex… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud President Obama’s Nomination of Enoch Pratt Library Director 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 President Obama's nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress in Washington, D.C. Since 1993, Dr. Hayden has served as the Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. In October, Senators Cardin and Mikulski wrote to President Obama in support of her nomination. A copy of that letter is available here. "For more than two decades, Dr. Carla Hayden has overseen on… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on GTMO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama's commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to do more to counter ISIL's messaging and finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay will deny terrorist organizations a powerful recruiting and propaga… Continue Reading

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