The ANCA carefully tracks Members of Congress on a range of issues of concern to Armenian Americans. We compile this information and present the profile of each Member in an easy-to-read Report Card format. Congressional grades and endorsements for the 115th Congress will be announced in September, 2018.

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ANCA Report Card: 115th Congress (2017-2018)

Benjamin Cardin

D- Maryland
U.S. Senate

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Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution, S.Res.136? No
Cosponsored the Haiti and Armenia Reforestation Act, S.3272? No
Cosponsored the Block F-35 Sale To Turkey Act, S.2781? No
Cosponsored the Restrict International Financial Aid to Turkey Act, S.3248? No
Cosponsored the Religious Freedom in Eurasia Resolution, S.Res.539? No
Cosponsored the Promoting Religious Freedom Resolution, S.Res.162? No
Cosponsored the End Cyprus Arms Embargo Act, S.2963? No
Condemned the May 2017 Erdogan-ordered attacks in Sheridan Circle? Yes
Offered remarks in 2017 / 2018 in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in the Senate? No
Participated in the 2017 / 2018 Capitol Hill Commemorations of the Armenian Genocide? No
Participated in the ANCA's June 2018 Armenia First Republic Centennial Event? No
Signed the February 2017 Corker-Cardin Letter demanding Erdogan free Pastor Brunson? Yes
Signed the April 2018 Tillis-Shaheen letter demanding Erdogan free Pastor Brunson? Yes

03/22/2018- Sen. Ben Cardin tweeted "I am deeply alarmed that the Trump Administration prefers to appease Erdogan over upholding the rights of Americans to protest peacefully without fear of violence from foreign security forces. Yet again, this Administration is trampling on the rule of law."Read the tweet here.

02/09/2018- Sen. Ben Cardin tweeted "Yesterday’s sentencing of US citizen & @NASA scientist #SerkanGolge to 7.5 yrs in jail w/o credible evidence heightens my concern about the #ruleoflaw in #Turkey. The Turkish government must take immediate action to restore confidence in the independence of its judiciary....Other wrongfully detained Americans, US consulate employees, & many more caught up in #Turkey’s sweeping purges face similarly flawed trials. In Oct. 2017 I urged @RT_Erdogan to lift state of emergency and ensure fair trials for all. @HelsinkiComm"Read the tweet here.

08/24/2017- Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin tweeted "Very concerned by detention of Mehman Aliyev, head of #Azerbaijan's last ind. media org @TuranAgentliyi. #FreePress"Read the tweet here.

07/01/2017 - Sen. Cardin's senior staff met with ANCA leadership and discussed Armenian American priorities. Read the full article here.

05/17/2017- Sen. Cardin tweeted "The Turkish government owes an apology; perhaps they forgot we have unalienable rights in this country." Read the Tweet here.

04/04/2017- Sen. Cardin discusses combat against corruption in Azerbaijan. Read the full statement here.

11/29/2016- Sen. Cardin discusses Trump ties with corrupt Azerbaijan government. Read the full statement here.

05/30/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

05/30/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

05/30/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

05/22/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

04/23/2018 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

04/18/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

03/22/2018 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

03/12/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

03/01/2018 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

02/27/2018 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

01/29/2018 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

12/14/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

11/17/2017 - Lobbyists from BGR Government Affairs, LLC e-mailed Carleton Atkinson from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Azerbaijan relations. Read the FARA filing here.

11/15/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Algene Sajery from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

10/27/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Chris Lynch from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

10/27/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Mike Thomas from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

10/03/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Chris Lynch from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

10/03/2017 - Robert Wexler of Ballard Partners e-mailed Mike Thomas from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkey relations. Read the FARA filing here.

05/02/2017 - Lobbyists from Daschle Group, LLC met with Sen. Ben Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkish relations. Read the FARA filing here.

04/21/2017 - Lobbyists from Daschle Group, LLC e-mailed Debbie Yamada from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding a meeting request. Read the FARA filing here.

03/28/2017 - Lobbyists from Daschle Group, LLC e-mailed Debbie Yamada from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkish relations. Read the FARA filing here.

02/10/2017 - Lobbyists from Greenberg Traurig e-mailed Debbie Yamada from the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin regarding U.S.-Turkish relations. Read the FARA filing here.