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Sen. Cardin Visits JHU Montgomery County Campus

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U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin met with business leaders, local clergy and the public during three events he held in August at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

At the first event, Cardin met with leaders of small businesses throughout Montgomery County in a forum to exchange ideas on ways to bolster their companies. Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, also discussed with the group small business issues percolating at the federal level.

The conversation expanded to include discussions about Hurricane Harvey relief, infrastructure, health care, taxes and immigration.

Members from local chambers of commerce participated in the mid-morning meeting: the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 people attended the event.

In the afternoon, Cardin, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships, led a roundtable discussion with faith leaders about ways to promote community unity in the aftermath of the protests in Charlottesville, Va. More than 50 people attended the meeting.

During an evening event, Cardin held a town hall with more than 250 local residents to discuss health care policy. He talked about the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and outlined his thoughts on ways the health care system could be improved while ensuring access to quality, affordable health care. Tom Lewis, Vice President for Government and Community Affairs for the Johns Hopkins Institutions, introduced Cardin at the town hall meeting.

Cardin serves as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. He is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served as speaker from 1979-1986. He also is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.

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