EDGEWATER, Md. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and member of the Senate Finance Committee, recently joined the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues affecting the region’s business community.
Senator Cardin’s opening remarks covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay and providing maximum consistency, clarity and fairness for businesses in the tax and health care codes. A subsequent question-and-answer period allowed for extended conversation on international trade policy, the need for investments in America’s crumbling infrastructure, and proposed educational reforms.
“Washington should be a partner with our local businesses and not an obstacle to growth. Our roundtable in Anne Arundel County offered me the chance to hear directly from business owners, operators and managers about their daily challenges and the ways Washington can better engage them and support their goals,” said Senator Cardin. “I value these exchanges and appreciate the Chamber of Commerce members sharing their perspectives on issues like identifying commonsense tax reforms, promoting the regional high-tech marketplace, and improving our schools.”
Senator Cardin and the business leaders also exchanged ideas on how the federal government can be a better partner in assisting Marylanders as they strive to be the best and most innovative in their fields.
“From government contracting to transportation projects, the tax code and education funding, the federal government can and should play a strong role in helping businesses succeed,” said Senator Cardin. “My conversation with Anne Arundel County business leaders spotlighted the many linkages between sound federal policies and regional economic growth. I intend to continue finding creative ways on Capitol Hill to advance both.”