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Benjamin L. Cardin

United States Senate
Democratic Party

United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
100 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(202) 224-4524

a Senator and a Representative from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., October 5, 1943; attended public schools; graduated from Baltimore City College, Baltimore, Md., 1961; B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1964; J.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md., 1967; lawyer, private practice; member of the Maryland state house of delegates, 1966-1986, speaker, 1979-1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1987-January 3, 2007); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1989 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Walter L. Nixon, judge of the United States District Court for the District Court of Mississippi; not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 2006 for the term commencing January 3, 2007; reelected in 2012, and again in 2018 for the term ending January 3, 2025.

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A resolution commemorating the victory of the University of Maryland in the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Sports and Recreation
This resolution congratulates the Maryland Terrapins women's lacrosse team of the University of Maryland, College Park for winning the 2019 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.


A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2019, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.
This resolution expresses support for National Minority Health Month in April 2019.


A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify nondiscrimination rules to protect older, longer service participants in retirement plans.


A bill to eliminate racial, religious, and other discriminatory profiling by law enforcement, and for other purposes.
Crime and Law Enforcement


A bill to amend the Small Business Act to increase lending to underserved borrowers through the largest loan program of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.


A bill to establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration that will strengthen the development of small business concerns in emerging markets, including those owned by women, minorities, veterans, and those located in rural areas, and for other purposes.


A resolution calling on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens, to end all violence, and to pursue an inclusive dialogue to resolve the conflict in the Northwest and Southwest regions.
International Affairs


A bill to amend the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 to reauthorize grants for and require applied water supply research regarding the water resources research and technology institutes established under that Act.
Water Resources Development


A bill to amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide social service agencies with the resources to provide services to meet the urgent needs of Holocaust survivors to age in place with dignity, comfort, security, and quality of life.
Social Welfare


A bill to waive participant fees on small-dollar and veteran Express loans in the largest loan program of the Small Business Administration to close the capital gap for underserved business owners, and for other purposes.


A bill to amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to provide grants to States for summer employment programs for youth.
Labor and Employment


A resolution commemorating the life of Luis Alejandro 'Alex' Villamayor and calling for justice and accountability.
International Affairs


A bill to authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.
Public Lands and Natural Resources
Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019 This bill authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on eligible federal land in commemoration of the sacrifices made by journalists for a free and independent press.


A bill to authorize the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to seek compensation for injuries to trust resources and to use funds received as that compensation to restore, replace, or acquire equivalent resources, and for other purposes.
Public Lands and Natural Resources


A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to compel States to require illuminated signs and other measures on ride-hailing vehicles, to require transportation network companies to implement an electronic access system on ride-hailing vehicles, to prohibit the sale of such signs, and for other purposes.
Transportation and Public Works


A bill to provide for the treatment of a pharmacy counter refusal as a coverage determination under Medicare part D.


A bill to prohibit deceptive practices in Federal elections.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to permit occupational therapists to conduct the initial assessment visit and complete the comprehensive assessment under a Medicare home health plan of care for certain rehabilitation cases.
Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2019 This bill establishes circumstances under which an occupational therapist may conduct an initial or comprehensive assessment for an individual who is eligible for home health services under Medicare. Specifically, an occupational therapist may conduct the assessment if the physician's referral order does not include skilled nursing care but does include (1) occupational therapy, and (2) physical therapy or speech language pathology.


A bill to improve the understanding of, and promote access to treatment for, chronic kidney disease, and for other purposes.


A bill to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 respecting the scoring of preventive health savings.
Economics and Public Finance
This bill requires the Congressional Budget Office, upon receiving a request from Congress, to determine if legislation would reduce spending outside of the 10-year budget window through the use of preventive health and preventive health services.