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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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.
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 10/22/2019-7:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-10:21pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: No
  • 10/28/2019-10:08pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-9:32pm
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 10/30/2019-4:53pm
  • VOTE: On Passage of the Bill: Yes
  • 10/31/2019-4:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/31/2019-4:11pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: No
  • 10/31/2019-3:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Motion: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-5:32pm
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-5:12pm
  • VOTE: On the Motion to Table: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-4:34pm
  • 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.
  • Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate amendment., 3 days ago
NEWS:

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

Health Care

There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

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

Taxes

One of the key issues in tax reform is whether Big Business tax breaks should be repealed, and which organizations should enjoy nonprofit status.
  • VOTE: On the Joint Resolution: Yes
  • 10/23/2019-7:06pm
  • S.J.RES.50 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, relating to "Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits".
  • Failed of passage in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 43 - 52. Record Vote Number: 331., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans are against hypertaxation on any class or industry. They want to ensure past abuses against businesses, individuals, non-profits, and others are never repeated by the tax system. In regards to overseas businesses, they advocate for a territory based taxation- which will tax money made and stored abroad by American businesses and organizations. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats want to end tax breaks for large businesses and add tax penalties for companies that send their businesses, production, and funding overseas. They focus on increasing tax breaks to the lower- and middle-income families in order to lighten the cost of living burdens. source

FOR

Transgender

There are various controversies about transgendered in the military, among other topics. There is a rising trend of acceptance on both sides of the aisle despite media hype. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/americas-growing-support-for-transgender-rights/“>source</a>

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

While in recent years there was a lot of pushback from right-leaning republicans, there is a growing movement to support for transgendered individuals. The former focus to protect the religious rights of businesses and institutions is becoming less of an issue as religious views evolve. Members of the republican voting base are trending toward supporting transgendered figures in army and workplace. And Jennifer Williams received support as the first republican transgender to run for state assembly. source source

FOR Democrats

Democrats feel a person’s identity should not interfere with their ability to work, vote, marry, attain housing, or other basic life tasks. They focus on equal rights in all areas of life, and do not feel religious beliefs should be a factor when businesses choose to hire or serve an individual. source

AGAINST

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment is the government-supported execution of a criminal. There is an ongoing controversy as to whether the death penalty should remain an option in the criminal justice system.
  • VOTE: On the Joint Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-4:18pm
  • VOTE: On Overriding the Veto: Yes
  • 10/17/2019-5:46pm
  • S.J.RES.54 A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.
  • Failed of passage in Senate over veto by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 - 36. Record Vote Number: 325., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

While many support the choice of the states and the execution of violent criminals, there is a shift in favor of abolishing capital punishment in recent years. This is particularly true for various conservative groups, who view it as murder and share concerns about costs and the number of innocents sent to death row. source

AGAINST Democrats

Since about 2016, Democrats have increasingly opposed the death penalty because it’s morally seen as murder, and new technology has proven various people on death row were unjustly convicted. The party favors improving rehabilitation measures and CSI technology. 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.
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 10/22/2019-7:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-10:21pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: No
  • 10/28/2019-10:08pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/28/2019-9:32pm
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 10/30/2019-4:53pm
  • VOTE: On Passage of the Bill: Yes
  • 10/31/2019-4:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: Yes
  • 10/31/2019-4:11pm
  • VOTE: On the Amendment: No
  • 10/31/2019-3:33pm
  • VOTE: On the Motion: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-5:32pm
  • VOTE: On the Cloture Motion: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-5:12pm
  • VOTE: On the Motion to Table: Yes
  • 11/21/2019-4:34pm
  • 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.
  • Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate amendment., 3 days ago
NEWS:

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

Health Care

There is an ongoing controversy on how to address rising healthcare costs for Americans.

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

Taxes

One of the key issues in tax reform is whether Big Business tax breaks should be repealed, and which organizations should enjoy nonprofit status.
  • VOTE: On the Joint Resolution: Yes
  • 10/23/2019-7:06pm
  • S.J.RES.50 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury, relating to "Contributions in Exchange for State or Local Tax Credits".
  • Failed of passage in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 43 - 52. Record Vote Number: 331., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

AGAINST Republicans

Republicans are against hypertaxation on any class or industry. They want to ensure past abuses against businesses, individuals, non-profits, and others are never repeated by the tax system. In regards to overseas businesses, they advocate for a territory based taxation- which will tax money made and stored abroad by American businesses and organizations. source

FOR Democrats

Democrats want to end tax breaks for large businesses and add tax penalties for companies that send their businesses, production, and funding overseas. They focus on increasing tax breaks to the lower- and middle-income families in order to lighten the cost of living burdens. source

FOR

Transgender

There are various controversies about transgendered in the military, among other topics. There is a rising trend of acceptance on both sides of the aisle despite media hype. <a target=_top class=news-time href=“https://www.prri.org/research/americas-growing-support-for-transgender-rights/“>source</a>

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

While in recent years there was a lot of pushback from right-leaning republicans, there is a growing movement to support for transgendered individuals. The former focus to protect the religious rights of businesses and institutions is becoming less of an issue as religious views evolve. Members of the republican voting base are trending toward supporting transgendered figures in army and workplace. And Jennifer Williams received support as the first republican transgender to run for state assembly. source source

FOR Democrats

Democrats feel a person’s identity should not interfere with their ability to work, vote, marry, attain housing, or other basic life tasks. They focus on equal rights in all areas of life, and do not feel religious beliefs should be a factor when businesses choose to hire or serve an individual. source

AGAINST

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment is the government-supported execution of a criminal. There is an ongoing controversy as to whether the death penalty should remain an option in the criminal justice system.
  • VOTE: On the Joint Resolution: Yes
  • 09/25/2019-4:18pm
  • VOTE: On Overriding the Veto: Yes
  • 10/17/2019-5:46pm
  • S.J.RES.54 A joint resolution relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.
  • Failed of passage in Senate over veto by Yea-Nay Vote. 53 - 36. Record Vote Number: 325., 1 month ago
NEWS:

DETAILS:

FOR Republicans

While many support the choice of the states and the execution of violent criminals, there is a shift in favor of abolishing capital punishment in recent years. This is particularly true for various conservative groups, who view it as murder and share concerns about costs and the number of innocents sent to death row. source

AGAINST Democrats

Since about 2016, Democrats have increasingly opposed the death penalty because it’s morally seen as murder, and new technology has proven various people on death row were unjustly convicted. The party favors improving rehabilitation measures and CSI technology. source

DONORS/LOBBYISTS:
    • Company
    • Amount
    • UPS (UNITED PARCEL SERVICE)
    • $21.5k
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • $20k
    • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
    • $20k
    • NAREIT
    • $18.5k
    • Exelon Business Services, LLC
    • $16.5k
    • National Association of Letter Carriers
    • $15k
    • Raytheon Company
    • $15k
    • FMR LLC
    • $14k
    • American Hospital Association
    • $13.5k
    • NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION
    • $13k
Based on the July 2019 report, next report due August 20th.
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