Sen. Cardin New Ranking Member of Senate Small Biz Committee

February 7, 2018

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) and its two councils—the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) and Small Business Exporters Association (SBEA)—are proud to welcome back in a leadership role to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.). Cardin will take over as Ranking Member on the Committee, replacing long-serving Committee member and Ranking Member Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

It was announced Tuesday that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) would regain his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, replacing Sen. Cardin who was then moved back to his leadership role on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“I look forward to resuming our work with Sen. Cardin as he returns to the Committee as Ranking Member,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “The Small Business Committees are one of the few areas where bipartisanship is alive and well on Capitol Hill, we are confident Sen. Cardin will continue his past leadership in that spirit alongside Committee Chair  James Risch (R-Idaho) and work to protect the interests of America’s small businesses.”

McCracken went on to state: “Sen. Shaheen has been an outspoken proponent for small business on a wide range of topics, including energy efficiency, business lending, exporting, procurement, innovation and much more. It has been a pleasure working with Sen. Shaheen and her staff these past several years and we look forward to continuing our work together as she remains an active member of the Committee.”

“Sen. Shaheen has been an invaluable ally on countless small-business priorities, not the least of which includes her stewardship of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,” stated , SBTC Executive Director Jere Glover. “These two critical programs that foster small-business innovation simply would not be the same if not for her tireless efforts and support. We especially appreciate her helping get the programs reauthorized one year before they expired.”

Celebrating more than 80 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization with 65,000 members in every state and every industry in the U.S. SBTC is NSBA’s hi-tech industry association of companies dedicated to promoting the creation and growth of research-intensive, technology-based U.S. small business. SBEA is the largest and oldest nonprofit association in the country dedicated exclusively to small- and mid-size exporters. Please visit or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.


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