The following list will be updated as legislation is introduced for the 116th Congress. This is not an all-inclusive list of all legislation Ben has sponsored or supported.
Rule of Law-Election Integrity
Investigating Russian interference in our election
Leading effort to create a 9/11-style commission that would fully investigate Russian cyberattacks on U.S. political entities and election infrastructure and any other attempts by the Russian government to influence U.S. elections, seek to identify those responsible, and recommend a response as well as actions the U.S. can take to defend itself in the future.
Ending Presidential Conflicts of Interest
Introduced a resolution urging the President to comply with the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, and follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures.
The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 in the United States Senate and House would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest. It also would require presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President's financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies.
Defending the Affordable Care Act
Repealing the Affordable Care Act without any semblance of a plan as to how to replace it will seriously impact Marylanders’ lives. I will continue to do all I can to stop the reckless attempts to dismantle this important lifeline.
This legislation increases Medicare payments to qualifying Medicare providers by 10% for cancer screening tests recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Terminates the increase for a test when it reaches a 75% utilization rate for beneficiaries for whom such screening is recommended. Makes a Medicare provider eligible for such increased payment only if the provider: (1) participates in a nationally recognized quality improvement registry with respect to such test, and (2) demonstrates that the tests were provided in accordance with accepted outcomes-based quality measures.
Civil Rights-Human Rights
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
S.J. Res. 5 would immediately revive the consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which needs to be ratified by only three additional states to ensure our Constitution finally guarantees full and equal protections to women.
End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 411)
This latest version of ERRPA legislation would make it clear that law enforcement actions based on discriminatory profiling - like the Trump Muslim Ban - are not only counter to our core values, they are ineffective. The bill would ban discriminatory profiling by all levels of law enforcement nationwide. It is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of laws through changing policies and procedures for law enforcement and promoting best practices in community-based law enforcement.
Democracy Restoration Act
This legislation would reduce recidivism rates by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffend, and that disenfranchisement hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into their community.
Progressive Consumption Tax Act
The Progressive Consumption Tax Act creates a Progressive Consumption Tax, or “PCT,” that changes the way the federal government raises revenue. Rather than taxing income, the PCT generates reasonable revenue by taxing the purchase of goods and services. This revenue is used to exempt most households from any federal individual income tax liability and significantly lowers the corporate income tax rate. Low- and middle-income families would be protected through a PCT rebate, and important benefits would be retained in a much simpler income tax code.
Leading bipartisan group of Senators on legislation that would impose comprehensive sanctions on Russia for their cyber intrusions, aggression, and destabilizing activities here in the United States and around the world.
Combating Global Corruption and Ensuring Accountability Act
Legislation would require the State Department to author and publicly distribute a report to track and analyze corruption in foreign countries, an increasingly pervasive problem around the world. The “corruption index” would be similar to the annual Trafficking in Persons Report that summarizes the extent of corruption in countries worldwide and assigns tiered classifications based on certain minimum standards of governmental efforts to combat corruption.
Philippines Security Assistance Act
Given on-going concerns with human rights and governance issues in the Philippines, including the involvement of the Philippine National Police in extra-judicial killings, the bill prohibits U.S. assistance to the Philippine National Police and provides additional support for human rights and democracy and additional monitoring mechanisms for U.S. military assistance and arms transfers to the Philippines.
After prompting the Department of State to issue its first-ever public apology for its termination of approximately 1,000 employees during the 1950s and 60s due to their perceived sexual orientation, Ben will be introducing legislation similar to what was enacted for our Armed Forces, to make amends to right the wrongs that were leveled against our U.S. diplomats during this un-American and unacceptable episode in our history. The ‘Lavender Scare’, as it came to be known, was part of the government’s larger attempt to rout out supposed communists and ruined thousands of people’s careers and personal lives.