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Senator Ben Cardin

Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; Joint Security and Cooperation in Europe; Small Business and Entrepreneurship

“I will continue my leadership role in protecting the Chesapeake Bay because every American should enjoy the freedom and good health of clean, safe water.”


Leadership: Senator Cardin has authored laws to address polluted stormwater runoff, passed bills to preserve critical estuaries, and cosponsored a bill to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxic dead zones. Chesapeake Bay health is a focal point of the Senator’s environmental leadership, where he has introduced bills to accelerate Bay restoration by engaging states, counties, municipalities, businesses, sportsmen and environmental groups.

Senator Cardin is also working hard to address climate change by pushing for a clean energy future and preparing for the changing weather conditions that are already impacting our infrastructure. The Senator believes that investing in renewable energy technology will help reduce the impact of global warming while also reviving our economy. He has cosponsored several measures to catalyze clean energy development while opposing expansion of offshore oil drilling. In response to the disruptions caused by extreme weather, Senator Cardin has introduced the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, which will enable communities to strengthen their water systems against these new challenges.

Senator Ben Cardin is one of the most respected members of the U.S. Congress, and a true champion for Maryland, our oceans, and our coasts.

Senator Cardin sponsored:

  • S. 653 (Water Resources Research Amendments Act of 2015)
  • S. 741 (Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015)
  • S. 1554 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • S. 2532 (A bill to authorize appropriations for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund)
  • S. 2587 (CLEAR Act)
  • S. 2588 (GET THE LEAD OUT Act of 2016)
  • S. 2583 (Firm, Unwavering National Dedication to Water Act)
  • S. 1077 (Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • S. 899 (Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2011: To protect wetlands from nutria – a rodent turning wetlands into barren mud flats)
  • S. 898 (Safe Treatment of Polluted Stormwater Runoff Act of 2011)
  • S. 538 (A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act of 2011)
  • S. 1816 (Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009)

Senator Cardin cosponsored:

  • S. 785 (FRAC Act: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes)
  • S. 1918 (Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act)
  • S. 1254 (Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2014)
  • S. 741 (North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2014)
  • S. 2042 (Clean Estuaries Act of 2014)
  • S. 2226 (WaterSense Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act of 2014)
  • S. 2963 (A bill to remove a limitation on a prohibition relating to permits for discharges incidental to normal operation of vessels)
  • S. 51 (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • S. 401 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • S. 741 (North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013)
  • S. 769 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • S. 969 (A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act, 2013)
  • S. 1210 (National Fish Habitat Conservation Act)
  • S. 926 (Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act)
  • S. 850 (Shark Conservation Act of 2009)
  • S. 858 (National Oceans Protection Act of 2009)
  • S. 170 (Coastal and Estuary Land Protection Act of 2009)
  • S. 787 (Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009)