Senate Votes

Listed below are some bills that were important to us in recent months, representative of the voting records of Maryland’s senators. Following the chart, you can find fuller descriptions of each of these bills and resolutions.

BillCardin’s PositionVan Hollen’s PositionOur Position
Investing in Cures Before Missiles Act
Repealing 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (SJ Res 10) CosponsorYes
No First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Iran Diplomacy Act
Nuclear Sea Launch Cruise Missiles Ban
(S. 595)
Audit the Pentagon Act Yes


BillCardin’s VoteVan Hollen’s VoteOur Position
Iran War Powers ResolutionYeaYeaYes
Withdrawal of US Forces from YemenYeaYeaYes
National Defense Authorization Act, Last 3 YearsYeaYeaNo
Oppose Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (no vote taken yet on resolution)SponsorNo positionNo
“Hold the LYNE Act”No positionCo-sponsorYes

Iran:  Iran War Powers Resolution — S.J.Res. 68 — This resolution prevents the President from carrying out military action against Iran unless Congress authorizes it.  Passed 55-45.  Supported by both Cardin and Van Hollen. Peace Action position: Support

Yemen:  Override Trump’s Veto on Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from the Saudi-led War in Yemen — S.J.Res. 7 —   The Senate sought to override a veto on a resolution that would have ended U.S. support of the Saudi coalition’s egregious, years-long assault on Yemen. Failed 53-45.  Supported by both Cardin and Van Hollen. Peace Action position: Support

Military Budget:  Every year, the Senate votes for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  The budget outlined in the NDAA for each of the three years of 2018, 2019, and 2020 increased by many billions of dollars the amount of money going to the Pentagon, including for expenditures that Peace Action opposes, such as Space Force, the new so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapons,  the Sea Based Deterrence Fund, the F-35 fighter jet, and the nuclear cruise missile known as the Long Range Standoff Weapon, among others.  The NDAA passed the Senate for each of these years, with the following votes:  2018, 89-8; 2019, 85-10; 2020, 86-8. Peace Action opposed the NDAA for each of these years.  Supported by both Cardin and Van Hollen for each of these years.

Israel/Palestine:  Senator Cardin introduced S.Res.120 in 2019 – “A resolution opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.”  Leadership has not brought it up for a vote. This resolution is opposed by Peace Action. It has 69 cosponsors. Sen. Van Hollen is not a cosponsor.

Nuclear Disarmament: S 401:  “Hold the LYNE Act,” to prohibit the research and development, production, and deployment of the Trident D5 low-yield nuclear warhead.”  Introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D, MA) Feb. 7, 2019.  No vote has been allowed by Senate leadership to be taken on this bill.   It is cosponsored by 7 senators, one of whom is Sen. Van Hollen.  Sen. Cardin has not cosponsored it.