Press Releases & Statements

February 19, 2017

In Visit To Mexico City, Senators Reaffirm Strong U.S.-Mexico Relationship

MEXICO CITY - Three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee concluded an official visit to the Mexican capital Sunday to reaffirm the strong security, economic, and cultural ties that bind the United States and Mexico. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's Ranking Member, led his colleagues U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in meetings with members of the Mexican cabinet, Senate, and civil society. "We know that damage has been done to the bil… Continue Reading

February 17, 2017

Cardin To Tillerson: Address Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation In Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Friday regarding his concerns over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, and his recommendations for additional United States efforts to stem the crisis. "Countries in the Lake Chad Basin are experiencing what United Nations officials and aid workers have called a forgotten crisis as a result of the ter… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin Leads Colleagues in Dissent Cable Letter to Secretary Tillerson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led the full Democratic membership of the Committee and his fellow Marylander, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, in a letter Thursday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, urging him to take full and appropriate advantage of the State Department's 'Dissent Channel.' U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.); Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.); Chris Coons (D-Del.); Tom Udall (D-N.M.); Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); Tim Kaine… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin, Democratic Senators Demand Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself from All Issues Related to Lawsuits He Brought Against the EPA to Overturn or Weaken Clean Air and Water Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, joined 29 other senators in calling on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend itself against the lawsuits he broug… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill to Ban Religious, Racial and Discriminatory Profiling by Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with more than two dozen original cosponsors, has introduced an updated version of his legislation to ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. S. 411, the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017 (ERRPA), is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law enforcement. "… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

National Capital Region Members Introduce Joint Resolution to Establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), John Delaney (MD-06), Don Beyer (VA-08), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) introduced a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. Once Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columb… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Black History Month Floor Statement

"Mr. President, I rise today to celebrate Black History Month, a time to honor and reflect on the many achievements and sacrifices of African Americans throughout our Nation's history. "This February, we highlight the titans of African-American history. We honor the culture-shifting accomplishments of civil rights icons such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Dorothy Height, and our esteemed colleague, Congressman John Lewis. "As the senior Senator from Maryland, I would be remiss if I didn't… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort to Boost Economic Growth & Create Jobs in Low-Income Rural & Urban Communities

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2017, S. 384. The measure would promote investments in underserved communities by permanently authorizing a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median. "In Maryland, the New Markets Tax Credit has been depl… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Cotton Reintroduce Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), a CECC commissioner, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, bipartisan legislation that would renew the United States' historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong at a time when its autonomy is increasingly under assault. The legislation al… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks At Friedman Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Thursday at the confirmation hearing of Mr. David Friedman to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "The U.S.-Israel relationship is a strategic anchor for the United States in the Middle East. Indeed, it is one of our most important relationships with any country. It is a deep and genuine friendship that extends across our governments and is enriche… Continue Reading

February 16, 2017

Congressional Leaders Seek Release Of American Pastor Unjustly Detained In Turkey

WASHINGTON - Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees sent a letter signed by 78 members of Congress to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an seeking the unconditional release of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been unjustly detained in Turkey since October and denied regular and appropriate access to legal counsel and American consular services. The letter was led by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking membe… Continue Reading

February 15, 2017

Cardin: Congress Must Stand Up for America’s Values, the Right Type of Relationship with Russia

Video of CAP Action Fund Speech and Q&A WASHINGTON - At the Center for American Progress Action Fund today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered a major address on U.S.-Russian relations and key issues between the two nations. The Senator's full speech and answers to questions from the audience can be found at this link. In concluding his speech, Senator Cardin said the following: "We are very much for the Russian people. Bu… Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on General Flynn’s Resignation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after General Michael Flynn resigned as the White House National Security Advisor: "General Flynn's resignation does not obviate the need for a broad investigation into Russia's interference into the 2016 election and this administration's opaque relationship with the Kremlin. I have significant questions about what President Trump knew about Mr. Flynn… Continue Reading

February 14, 2017

Cardin Statement On New Venezuela Sanctions

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 it was sanctioning Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. El Aissami is the Executive Vice President of Venezuela: "Vice President El Aissami has helped foster the entrenched corruption that sent Venezuela into a d… Continue Reading

February 13, 2017

Corker, Cardin, Alexander, Kaine Introduce Bill To Award Congressional Gold Medal To Master Sergeant Rodrick Edmonds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Master Sergeant Rodrick "Roddie" Edmonds, a lifelong Tennessean, in recognition of his heroic actions during World War II. As the senior noncommissioned officer responsible for 1,275 members of the Armed Forces at a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany, Edmonds orchestrated a remarkable show of unity when the Nazis orde… Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Respond to FTA Action Cutting MD, VA and DC Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Friday that it would withhold five percent of Fiscal Year 2017 transit formula funds or approximately $8.9 million from the three local jurisdictions until a new Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) was established. According to FTA, "these funds are being withheld, not forfeited. The funds will be available to the tran… Continue Reading

February 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on 9th Circuit Decision to Continue Suspension of Immigration Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Friday regarding the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the suspension of President Trump's immigration orders will stay in place: "The President should immediately rescind his discriminatory executive order targeting Muslim refugees and travelers. His rush to act has made America less safe, damaged our relationships with our allies, and harmed countless numbers of law-abiding citizens, travelers, and their fa… Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

Cardin Joins Effort to Fight Unfair Trump Attacks on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 Senate Democrats unveiling their "Five Fights for Federal Employees," a proposal to protect current and retired government workers from ideologically motivated attacks from Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration. This resolution is a statement of principles that Senate Democrats intend to use to fight back against Republican attacks on the federal workforce. These principles include a commitment … Continue Reading

February 09, 2017

Cardin Opening Remarks at Russia Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday at a hearing on, "The United States, the Russian Federation and the Challenges Ahead:" "Thank you Mr. Chairman, I welcome both of our witnesses today. We are indeed very fortunate to have you participate in this discussion and you are two people who are very knowledgeable in U.S.-Russian relations. "And Mr. Chairman, I want to begin first by thankin… Continue Reading

February 08, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation Establishing Congressional Oversight of Russia Sanctions Relief

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation, The Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017, which provides for congressional oversight of any decision to provide sanctions relief to the Government of the Russian Federation. "Russia has done nothing to be rewarded with sanctions relief," said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). "To provide relief at this time would send the wrong signal to Russia and our allies who face Russian oppression. Sanctions relief must b… Continue Reading

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