Read our 2017 Report Card for Cardin.
Cardin is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cardin has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Benjamin Cardin sits on the following committees:
- Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
- Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
Cardin was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 832: AGOA and MCA Modernization Act
- S. 1221: Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017
- S. 2588 (114th): GET THE LEAD OUT Act of 2016
- S. 284 (114th): Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act
- S. 599 (114th): Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act
- S. 2308 (114th): Church Plan Clarification Act of 2015
- S. 1349 (114th): NOTICE Act
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cardin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (39%) Health (15%) Taxation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Environmental Protection (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Education (5%)
Some of Cardin’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2892: A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit ...
- S. 2893: A bill to provide for prompt payments to small business contractors, and for ...
- S. 2855: A bill to require the Attorney General to make competitive grants to State, ...
- S. 2725: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
- S. 2596: FSA Fairness Act of 2018
- S. 2527: Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2018
- S.Res. 410: A resolution commemorating the life of Luis Alejandro “Alex” Villamayor and calling for ...
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On the Nomination PN734: Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for the unexpired term of fourteen ...
Oct 5, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 65/32.
S. 89: A bill to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the ...
Apr 3, 2017. Bill Passed 85/12.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
May 22, 2015. Bill Passed 62/37.
This vote turned what was a bill regarding administrative appeals of IRS determinations into the Trade Act of 2015, which included Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal as well as Trade Adjustment Assistance.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
On the Nomination PN1643: Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2019
Jul 15, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 90/7.
H.R. 3630 (112th): Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
Feb 17, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 60/36.
H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 2007 to May 2018, Cardin missed 12 of 3,431 roll call votes, which is 0.3%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills