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Letter to suspend arms for Saudi Arabia

Reps. Ellison, Peterson and Nolan signed on to a letter urging the President to postpone the sale of new arms to Saudi Arabia. The goal was to give Congress sufficient time to debate the merits of the deal in light of the Saudi-led operational conduct in Yemen. The other 5 MN House members chose not…

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Cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia?

MN House members voted along party lines with Reps. Paulsen, Emmer and Kline opting to continue selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. Walz, Ellison, McCollum, Peterson and Noland voted against the bill. Although the bill went down, human rights advocates pointed to the close vote, 216 to 204, as progress towards ending the U.S.-Saudi trade…

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Franken & Klobuchar call for Human Rights Investigation

After MPP met with our Senators in D.C. re human rights abuses by the government of Ethiopia, they jointly sponsored a resolution calling for an investigation and issued this press release: April 26, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken Condemn Ethiopia’s Lethal Violence Against Protesters The bipartisan resolution calls for the Secretary of State to conduct a review…

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Human Rights violations by Ethiopian Government

Senator Franken co-authored a letter with Senator Klobuchar to Secretary Kerry asking that “the State Department provide recommendations for actions the United States can take to address the escalating violence against civilians in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.” Ethiopia is the 3rd largest recipient of U.S. Foreign Aid despite the fact that the Leahy Law…

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On Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United Decision, Klobuchar Continues Push for Campaign Finance Reform

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which allows special interests to spend unlimited amounts of money on federal election activity, Super PACs and other outside groups have dramatically increased their spending on federal elections Klobuchar cosponsored a constitutional amendment to allow Congress to override the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court rulings and cosponsored…

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Emmer & Ellison Launch Somali Caucus

WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. Tom Emmer and Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison said Tuesday they were joining together to launch a Somalia Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The effort comes as the African country “emerges from decades of violent conflict and humanitarian crises,” the two said in a statement Tuesday. “We are committed to…

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Rep. Nolan offers amendments to stop flow of U.S. arms to Iraq and Syria.

The progress toward halting arms shipments to warring sects in Iraq and Syria actually came in the form of two defeated amendments that demonstrate growing bipartisan support for an exit from conflicts that have already cost us $3 trillion dollars. That’s enough to graduate every college student debt free, rebuild our transportation infrastructure and still…

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Walz calls for DOD Audit

Washington, DC [4/21/15] – Late yesterday, a broad bipartisan coalition of over 70 Members of Congress, led by Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Tim Walz (D-MN), sent a letter to Secretary Carter regarding his commitment to making the Department of Defense (DoD) fully auditable and his strategy to achieve this goal. The Department’s recent advances…

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Franken Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Franken: Newly Announced Agreement is Important Step to Preventing Iran from Getting Nuclear Weapon WASHINGTON, D.C. [04/02/15]—Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement in response to the United States and partnering countries coming to a breakthrough agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program. “Americans want to prevent Iran from getting…

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Sen. Klobuchar introduces “Freedom to Export to Cuba Act”

Senator Klobuchar, introduced the “Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015.” If passed, it would repeal or amend the long-entrenched laws that have restricted trade between the two nations during the Castro regime’s repressive rule. The bill’s introduction follows President Obama’s historic use of executive power in December to re-establish diplomatic relations and ease…

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