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Cardin named top-ranking Democrat on Senate small biz committee
Cardin named top-ranking Democrat on Senate small biz committee

When the new Congress begins its work next month, Sen. Ben Cardin will become the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees government policy on small business, giving the Maryland lawmaker a new platform to influence a key sector of the economy. The assignment to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee puts Cardin in line for his first chairmanship if Democrats reclaim the Senate in 2016. In the meantime, it offers him a position to affect policy on federal contracting — a particularly important issue for Maryland — and possibly tax reform. Cardin has served on the panel since he joined the Senate in 2007. "Small businesses create jobs. They are the...

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