Senator Benjamin Cardin

DETAILS: Senator Benjamin Cardin
(1943 - ) Maryland
  • United States Senate
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
  • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Subcommittee on Health Care
  • Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
  • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
  • Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
  • Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
  • Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
  • Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • MD Senate
    (2007- present)
  • MD - 3 House
    (1987- 2007)
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ISSUES: Senator Benjamin Cardin

FOR

Health Care

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There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.311 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 56 - 41. Record Vote Number: 58. (CR S1136), 9 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4653 A bill to protect the healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 43. Record Vote Number: 200. (CR S6015), 1 month ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


FOR

Environmental Regulation

$
There is growing awareness of the importance of taking care of our planet for future generations. The two parties primarily differ in where they focus their efforts and who they believe should regulate efforts.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.1158 To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-93., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.J.RES.76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability".
  • The Chair announced that the bill and accompanying veto message were referred to the Committee on Education and Labor. The Chair directed the Clerk to notify the Senate of the action of the House., 5 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.56 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability".
  • Indefinitely postponed by Senate by Unanimous Consent., 8 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.3055 Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-69., 1 year ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4049 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Held at the desk., 3 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4653 A bill to protect the healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 43. Record Vote Number: 200. (CR S6015), 1 month ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support the care and sustainability of our environment. Their focus is putting that regulating power into the hands of the states instead of the federal government and EPA. They also support all forms of clean energy use- including coal and natural gas. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support strengthening of the EPA and federal legislation. They also focus on proactive measures to aggressively change how we affect and interact with our environment in ten years or less. source source


FOR

Military

$
Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.68 A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • Failed of passage in Senate over veto by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 44. Record Vote Number: 84., 6 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4049 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Held at the desk., 3 months ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


FOR

Voting

There are various aspects to voting that are in contention. Two popular topics are securing the ballots and if a popular vote should replace electoral votes.
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Against Popular vote. Republicans support greater transparency, stronger security, and a paper ballot. They strongly oppose a popular vote because they feel it would make ballot boxes and technology more vulnerable to exploitation. source

FOR Democrats

For popular vote. Democrats support further funding of HAVA and updating equipment to support more secure paper ballots. They believe everyone has a right to vote, including people who have already served their time for past legal transgressions. There is also a movement to push for a National Popular Vote instead of an electoral vote because it is more in line with the voice of those voting. source


FOR

Law Enforcement

$
Different approaches to dealing with crime.
  • H.R.1865 To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-94., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 9 months ago
See Voting »
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republican favor a more strict approach to crime and criminals.

FOR Democrats

Democrats favor a more lenient approach to crime and criminals to make sure their rights and the chance to reform and improve are always possible.


FOR

Health Care

$
There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.311 A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 56 - 41. Record Vote Number: 58. (CR S1136), 9 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4653 A bill to protect the healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 43. Record Vote Number: 200. (CR S6015), 1 month ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans have put forth a 68-page bill that is focused on Choice and Competition in the public healthcare marketplace. Some plans include loosening rules on health savings accounts and allowing businesses more freedoms in insuring their employees. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats primarily back a Medicare for All Plan, which would insure everyone has insurance and that costs were controlled. source


FOR

Environmental Regulation

$
There is growing awareness of the importance of taking care of our planet for future generations. The two parties primarily differ in where they focus their efforts and who they believe should regulate efforts.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.1158 To authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-93., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.J.RES.76 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability".
  • The Chair announced that the bill and accompanying veto message were referred to the Committee on Education and Labor. The Chair directed the Clerk to notify the Senate of the action of the House., 5 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.56 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to "Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability".
  • Indefinitely postponed by Senate by Unanimous Consent., 8 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.3055 Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-69., 1 year ago
See Voting »
  • H.R.2333 To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes.
  • Signed by President., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4049 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Held at the desk., 3 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4653 A bill to protect the healthcare of hundreds of millions of people of the United States and prevent efforts of the Department of Justice to advocate courts to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 51 - 43. Record Vote Number: 200. (CR S6015), 1 month ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republicans support the care and sustainability of our environment. Their focus is putting that regulating power into the hands of the states instead of the federal government and EPA. They also support all forms of clean energy use- including coal and natural gas. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support strengthening of the EPA and federal legislation. They also focus on proactive measures to aggressively change how we affect and interact with our environment in ten years or less. source source


FOR

Military

$
Both sides support the soldiers, but differ in how much spending and size should go into the active military force.
  • S.1790 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-92., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.J.RES.68 A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress.
  • Failed of passage in Senate over veto by Yea-Nay Vote. 49 - 44. Record Vote Number: 84., 6 months ago
See Voting »
  • S.4049 An original bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
  • Held at the desk., 3 months ago
See Voting »

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

See the military as integral to security. They support growing and funding military branches and operations as well as improving the care of veterins. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats support the military and call for more robust support programs for veterans. They want to cut back on large scale military maneuvers, finding them dangerous and costly.


FOR

Voting

There are various aspects to voting that are in contention. Two popular topics are securing the ballots and if a popular vote should replace electoral votes.
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Against Popular vote. Republicans support greater transparency, stronger security, and a paper ballot. They strongly oppose a popular vote because they feel it would make ballot boxes and technology more vulnerable to exploitation. source

FOR Democrats

For popular vote. Democrats support further funding of HAVA and updating equipment to support more secure paper ballots. They believe everyone has a right to vote, including people who have already served their time for past legal transgressions. There is also a movement to push for a National Popular Vote instead of an electoral vote because it is more in line with the voice of those voting. source


FOR

Law Enforcement

$
Different approaches to dealing with crime.
  • H.R.1865 To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
  • Became Public Law No: 116-94., 11 months ago
See Voting »
  • H.RES.755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • The Senate adjudges that Donald John Trump, President of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the second Article of Impeachment by Yea-Nay Vote. 47 - 53. Record Vote Number: 34., 9 months ago
See Voting »
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

Republican favor a more strict approach to crime and criminals.

FOR Democrats

Democrats favor a more lenient approach to crime and criminals to make sure their rights and the chance to reform and improve are always possible.


DONORS/LOBBYISTS:
    • Company
    • Amount
    • NAREIT
    • $28.5k
    • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
    • $25k
    • UPS (UNITED PARCEL SERVICE)
    • $21.5k
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • $20k
    • American Hospital Assn
    • $18.5k
    • Raytheon Company
    • $18k
    • Exelon Business Services, LLC
    • $17.5k
    • Comcast Corporation
    • $16.5k
    • National Multifamily Housing Council
    • $16k
    • WINE AND SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA, INC
    • $15.5k
Based on the July 2020 report , next report due January 2021
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