A bill to reauthorize the SBIR and STTR programs and pilot programs, and for other purposes. [S.4900]

Introduced: 2022-09-20 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Summary: SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 This bill reauthorizes through FY2025 and modifies the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, and related pilot programs. The SBIR and STTR programs are administered by various federal agencies and provide competitive awards for domestic small businesses to conduct research and development projects that have the potential for commercialization. The bill requires agencies with an SBIR or STTR program to assess the security risks presented by applicants with financial ties or obligations to certain foreign countries. The programs may not make awards to businesses with certain connections to foreign entities. Additionally, businesses with more than a specified number of prior awards must meet expanded minimum performance standards. The Small Business Administration's Office of Inspector General must audit the small businesses subject to these expanded performance standards. The bill also establishes various reporting requirements, including directing the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation to assess the national security and research and integrity risks of the SBIR and STTR programs. The Government Accountability Office must evaluate and report on aspects of the programs such as the subcontracting practices of award recipients.
Latest status: [2022-09-21] - Message on Senate action sent to the House.

A resolution designating the week beginning September 11, 2022, as 'National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week'. [S.RES.767]

Introduced: 2022-09-15 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Latest status: [2022-09-15] - Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4804-4805; text: CR S4643)

A joint resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the commitment of the United States to a free press by honoring journalists who sacrificed their lives in service to that cause. [S.J.RES.62]

Introduced: 2022-09-14 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Latest status: [2022-09-14] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

A resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of the inaugural launch of the Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites, a joint mission of the United States Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. [S.RES.721]

Introduced: 2022-07-26 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Latest status: [2022-07-26] - Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S3688; text: CR S3698)

A bill to amend title 51, United States Code, to direct the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish an initiative to conduct research, development, and demonstration on technologies capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise emissions from aircraft, and for other purposes. [S.4558]

Introduced: 2022-07-19 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Latest status: [2022-07-19] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

A bill to provide relief for small businesses suffering extraordinary losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [S.4471]

Introduced: 2022-06-23 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Latest status: [2022-06-23] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

A resolution congratulating the Terrapins men's lacrosse team of the University of Maryland, College Park for winning the 2022 National Collegiate Athletics Association Division I men's lacrosse national championship. [S.RES.699]

Introduced: 2022-06-23 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Latest status: [2022-06-23] - Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S3150; text: CR S3168)

A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to make improvements to that Act, and for other purposes. [S.4187]

Introduced: 2022-05-11 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Latest status: [2022-05-11] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

A resolution expressing the support for the designation of the week of May 1, 2022, through May 7, 2022, as 'National Small Business Week' to celebrate the contributions of small businesses and entrepreneurs in every community in the United States. [S.RES.630]

Introduced: 2022-05-11 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Summary: This resolution honors the contributions of small businesses in the United States and supports the designation of National Small Business Week.
Latest status: [2022-05-11] - Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2022, 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. [S.RES.613]

Introduced: 2022-05-03 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Summary: This resolution expresses support for National Minority Health Month.
Latest status: [2022-05-03] - Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S2291-2292; text: CR S2281-2282)

A bill to provide COVID relief for restaurants, gyms, minor league sports teams, border businesses, live venue service providers, exclave businesses, and providers of transportation services. [S.4008]

Introduced: 2022-04-05 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee
Summary: Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022 This bill provides support for restaurants and other businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the bill provides additional funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide grants to support the ongoing operations of eligible restaurants and similar establishments. The SBA must report weekly and biweekly information about grant applications, awards, and denials. Additionally, the bill funds grants to support other eligible businesses impacted by the pandemic, including gyms and fitness centers, minor league sports teams, businesses located near land ports of entry, businesses that provide and support live events, and businesses located in certain U.S. exclaves with limited accessibility. A business may receive a grant under only one program. The bill also establishes procedures for the SBA to implement and provide administrative support for these grant programs. The SBA must institute an oversight and audit plan to review the use of grants under these programs. Further, the bill provides additional funding for grants to support eligible transportation service providers. Finally, the bill designates the funding as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits.
Latest status: [2022-05-19] - Cloture on the motion to proceed not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 - 43. Record Vote Number: 192. (CR S2614)

A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to reauthorize and modify the boundary of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, and for other purposes. [S.3744]

Introduced: 2022-03-03 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Summary: Baltimore National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act This bill extends the authority of the Department of the Interior to provide any assistance for the Baltimore National Heritage Area in Maryland through March 30, 2036. It also revises the map and modifies the boundaries of the heritage area.
Latest status: [2022-03-03] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

A bill to address the importance of foreign affairs training in national security, and for other purposes. [S.3492]

Introduced: 2022-01-12 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Summary: This bill makes changes to the Foreign Service Institute and addresses other issues related to training Foreign Service and Department of State Civil Service personnel. The bill establishes within the institute (1) the Board of Visitors, which shall provide the State Department with advice and recommendations pertaining to the institute; and (2) the position of provost, which shall have duties such as overseeing and coordinating the institute's academic curriculum. The State Department may establish and implement an incentive program to encourage Foreign Service members with critical foreign language skills to maintain such skills. The bill also requires the State Department to expand its professional development and training, including by increasing offerings at partner organizations and offering courses using computer-based or computer-assisted simulations. The Foreign Service must (1) establish new fellowship programs for Foreign Service and Civil Service officers that include opportunities in certain organizations, such as think tanks and industry entities; and (2) report to Congress on how to expand certain existing fellowship programs to allow fellows in those programs to undertake follow-on State Department opportunities that will benefit from practical knowledge of the people and processes of Congress. The State Department must report to Congress on (1) offering certain training and professional development opportunities to congressional staff at State Department facilities, (2) a strategy for adapting and evolving training requirements to better meet current and future needs for 21st century diplomacy, and (3) a strategy for broadening and deepening training at the State Department.
Latest status: [2022-04-04] - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 319.

A bill to require guidance on extending expiration dates for certain drugs, and for other purposes. [S.3493]

Introduced: 2022-01-12 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
Summary: Drug Shortages Shelf Life Extension Act This bill requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue or revise guidance to address issues relating to extending drug expiration dates. Specifically, the guidance must address recommendations to drug companies relating to (1) submitting stability testing data in applications for market approval for drugs or biological products; and (2) establishing on drug labels the longest feasible expiration date supported by such data, taking into consideration how extended expiration dates may help prevent or mitigate drug shortages. The FDA must also periodically report to Congress certain information about requests to change the expiration date on a drug label, including the number of such requests from the FDA to the manufacturer and the rationale for each request.
Latest status: [2022-01-12] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S191-192)

A bill to require non-Federal prison, correctional, and detention facilities holding Federal prisoners or detainees under a contract with the Federal Government to make the same information available to the public that Federal prisons and correctional facilities are required to make available. [S.3164]

Introduced: 2021-11-04 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Judiciary Committee
Summary: Private Prison Information Act of 2021 This bill specifies that a record related to a nonfederal prison, correctional, or detention facility must be considered a federal agency record for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A nonfederal prison, correctional, or detention facility must disclose information under FOIA unless the information is exempt from disclosure or the disclosure is prohibited by law. The term nonfederal prison, correctional, or detention facility means (1) a private prison, correctional, or detention facility; or (2) a state or local prison, jail, or other correctional or detention facility.
Latest status: [2021-11-04] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve coverage of dental and oral health services for adults under Medicaid, and for other purposes. [S.3166]

Introduced: 2021-11-04 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Finance Committee
Summary: Medicaid Dental Benefit Act of 2021 This bill requires state Medicaid programs to cover dental and oral health services for adults. It also increases the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (i.e., federal matching rate) for such services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must develop oral health quality and equity measures and conduct outreach relating to such coverage. Additionally, the Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission must report on specified information relating to adult oral health care.
Latest status: [2021-11-04] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S7793-7794)

A bill to require the Attorney General to make competitive grants to State, tribal, and local governments to establish and maintain witness protection and assistance programs. [S.2958]

Introduced: 2021-10-07 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Judiciary Committee
Summary: Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2021 This bill directs the Department of Justice to award competitive matching grants to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or maintain witness protection programs in cases involving (1) a homicide, serious violent felony, or serious drug offense; or (2) gangs or organized crime.
Latest status: [2021-10-07] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

A bill to require a review of sanctions with respect to Russian kleptocrats and human rights abusers. [S.2986]

Introduced: 2021-10-07 by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin | Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Summary: This bill requires the President to report to Congress a determination as to whether certain specified Russian persons meet the criteria to be subject to sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Russian persons specified in this bill include businessperson Roman Abramovich, Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko, and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
Latest status: [2021-10-07] - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S7002)