Press Releases & Statements

July 01, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement On Murder Of IJM Employee, Client, Associate In Kenya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after the bodies of a client, employee and associate of the International Justice Mission were found murdered in Kenya. Mr. Josephat Mwenda and attorney Mr. Willie Kimani were last seen after a court appearance on Thursday, June 23rd when they were picked up by driver Mr. Joseph Muiruri. Mr. Kimani was representing Mr. Mwenda and working for IJM, an o… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of American Citizen in West Bank

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old American citizen, was murdered in the West Bank: "I am deeply disturbed by Hallel's murder and send my condolences to her family. Any murder is shocking, but the loss of an innocent child in such violent circumstances is heartbreaking, particularly in this instance when Hallel has nothing to do with the polit… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Cardin Statement on State Dept. Trafficking in Persons Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Thursday after the State Department released their 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of the … Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Pride Month 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Reaching back to Stonewall, June carries a special significance for LGBT individuals across the nation. For more than forty years LGBT Pride month has been a time for all Americans to celebrate the immeasurable contributions LGBT individuals have made to our great nation, the progress the LGBT community has made in the U.S. and abroad, and the challenges faced in the fight for equalit… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Celebrating Independence Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, on Monday we will celebrate the 240th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence and the enunciation of self-evident but nonetheless aspirational truths "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." As the American journalist John Gunther wrote, "Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea." When I think of "American excep… Continue Reading

June 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Call for Release of Maryland Resident Fanta Jawara from Gambian Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney, (all D-Md.), issued the following joint statement Thursday calling on the government of The Gambia to immediately release Fanta Jawara, a Maryland resident who has been jailed in that country since April. "Mrs. Fanta Jawara is an American citizen from Frederick, Maryland whose only crime appears to be visiting family in The Gambia. We are extremely concerned about he… Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Cardin, Gardner Introduce Resolution Commemorating 50 Years of U.S., Singapore Diplomatic Relations

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, and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, introduced a resolution in the Senate Wednesday commemorating 50 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore, and welcoming Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Washington ahead of a State Dinner at the White House on Au… Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Cardin Statement on North American Leaders’ Commitment to Clean Energy Future

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico announced Wednesday at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada, several joint environmental and conservation initiatives including a goal that 50 percent of the continent's energy will come from non-emitting sources by 2025, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Commit… Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Cardin, Markey Lead Senators in Urging Senate Leadership to Support Funding for Gun Violence Prevention Research, Remove Anti-Gun Safety Riders from Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON - As the Senate considers Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 21 Democratic Senators are urging Senate leadership to remove from appropriations legislation any anti-gun violence prevention research riders, including a rider that is commonly known as the "Dickey amendment". A 1996 Republican appropriations rider authored by former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) prohibits federal funds from being used to "advocate or … Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Rubio-Cardin Bill On Track To Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Last night, the U.S. Senate approved ‎H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The Senate version of the legislation, which is expected to soon pass the House and be signed into law by the president,‎ was sponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). U.S. Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) sponsored the House version. Once enacted, this law will bring greater transparency and accountability to U.S. foreign aid … Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Cardin Calls for Clean Vote on Emergency Funding for Zika Virus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate's failed cloture vote on the conference committee report for Zika response funding. The report came back from negotiations between House and Senate Republicans loaded with inappropriate and dangerous add-ons and pay-fors that would threaten women's health, drastically underfund critical ongoing Ebola response efforts, threaten safe drinking … Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Made in MD: Cardin Knocks Down Duckpins, Spotlights Small Business Growth at Baltimore’s Union Craft Brewing

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, recently took his "Made in MD" jobs tour to Union Craft Brewery, whose "beer unites!" philosophy has propelled exceptional growth since producing the first batch of its flagship "Duckpin Pale Ale" in 2012. In the past five years, Union Craft Brewing has grown from having 3 to 20 employees, amassing a lineup of 35 beers and numerous accolades. Having expanded its production f… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

SEC Issues Final Rule on Cardin-Lugar Effort to Increase Transparency in U.S. Extractive Industries

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled Monday that all foreign and domestic companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges and involved in oil, gas and mineral resource extraction must publish the project-level payments they make to foreign countries in which they operate. The rule implements Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in 2010. Americ… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Cardin Joins with Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Applauding SCOTUS Decision Protecting Women’s Constitutional Rights

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood of Maryland, on the landmark Supreme Court ruling Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The ruling strikes down Texas provisions that threatened to close all but nine health centers in the entire state that could provide abortion for the 5.4 million Texas women of reproductive age - down from approximately 40 health centers before passage of this dangerous law. As the Court recogni… Continue Reading

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

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