Congressional Member Profiles

Sen. Benjamin Cardin

Sen. Benjamin Cardin

Democrat, Maryland
Office 202-224-4524 | @SenatorCardin | Facebook

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Grade

3

Votes for Children

48

Bills Sponsored or Cosponsored

0

Actions Against the Interests of Children

Sen. Cardin represents a state with a child poverty rate of 11.6 percent. 5.9 percent of children in this state are in extreme poverty, 15.2 percent are food insecure, and 3.3 percent lack health insurance. During the 116th Congress, Sen. Cardin has taken 3 votes that would help the children in his state. He has introduced 2 bills and cosponsored 46 bills to help children. Sen. Cardin has taken 0 actions in support of legislation we believe to be against the interests of children.

This report card includes information on more than 800 bills introduced during this Congress. So far, Sen. Cardin has taken the following action during this Congress:

  • voted for H.R.3401 the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019.

  • voted for H.R.6074 the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020.

  • voted for H.R.6201 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1138 the A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the earned income and child tax credits, and for other purposes..

  • co-sponsored S.1172 the Keep Our Promise to America’s Children and Teachers Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1258 the Tobacco to 21 Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1462 the Disarm Hate Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1481 the Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act.

  • co-sponsored S.150 the Raise the Wage Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1541 the Tobacco-Free Youth Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1591 the End Mass Deportation Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1600 the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1651 the Improved Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1703 the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1779 the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.

  • co-sponsored S.1795 the Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1816 the Safe Cribs Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.1831 the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2019.


  • co-sponsored S.2113 the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act.

  • co-sponsored S.2548 the Safe Schools Improvement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.266 the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.2843 the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.292 the Keep Families Together Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3256 the Schedules That Work Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3325 the PARENTS Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.3672 the Pandemic TANF Assistance Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3685 the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.3690 the Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020.


  • co-sponsored S.3874 the Child Care Is Essential Act.

  • co-sponsored S.3912 the Justice in Policing Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4068 the Background Check Completion Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4078 the Emergency Affordable Housing Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4095 the Emergency Broadband Connections Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4097 the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4098 the Coronavirus Housing Counseling Improvement Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4172 the Child Welfare Emergency Assistance Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.42 the Background Check Expansion Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4252 the Worker First Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.4263 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

  • co-sponsored S.4303 the Workforce Retention Act of 2020.

  • co-sponsored S.463 the FAMILY Act.

  • co-sponsored S.506 the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.568 the Child Care for Working Families Act.

  • co-sponsored S.655 the SAFE Kids Act.

  • co-sponsored S.66 the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.690 the American Family Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.788 the Equality Act.

  • co-sponsored S.931 the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act of 2019.

  • co-sponsored S.981 the Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019.

  • As with any scorecard, this tool is inherently limited. Some members may score differently than they might expect because a committee assignment requires they work primarily on issues outside the scope of CDF’s portfolio. Additionally, because the important work done by leadership in Congress is not entirely captured by our model, Members of Congress in leadership roles tend to appear near the middle of our range of grades. There are some data limitations as well. A truly comprehensive measure of action taken on behalf of children would likely include things like floor statements, committee votes, votes on amendments, public leadership, and much more. An expansion of this Report Card to include those additional data may be possible in the future.

    For more information on the methodology of this report card visit this page.

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