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Lewis & Ellison call for slush fund elimination

July 2017 Rep. Jason Lewis joined Reps. Keith Ellison and Peter Welch to introduce an amendment to the Department of Defense Authorization Act to cut wasteful spending by eliminating a $26 billion Pentagon slush fund.

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Walz signs on to invoke War Powers

October 5, 2017 Rep. Walz has signed on to H.Con.Res.81 which invokes the War Powers Resolution regarding US involvement in Yemen’s civil war. If passed, the resolution would end all US involvement/support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, including refueling, targeting assistance/intelligence, and other logistical support. This resolution is privileged, meaning it is guaranteed a…

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Franken opposes Trachtenberg

October 2017 Senator Franken was one of 17 senators who voted to oppose David Trachtenberg to serve as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the #2 slot in the DOD policy shop. Trachtenberg has argued that the US should field a space-based missile defense system that would (in theory be able to destroy a…

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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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Ellison call for U.S. to protect protestors in Saudi Arabia

Dear Secretary Kerry: I write to request your direct intervention to ensure the protection of three juveniles sentenced to death for protesting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Mr. Mi al-Nimr, Mr. Dawood al-Marhoon, and Mr. Abdullah al-Zaher. The United States must protest and oppose the execution of minors arrested after pro-democracy protests and convicted…

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Rep. Nolan calls for end to “Nation Building”.

We need to stop pouring trillions of dollars into so-called “nation building” abroad and endless Middle East wars of choice in a region where we have no friends outside of Israel, and no national interest. Iraq, where we have spent more than $3 trillion, is a good example. For $1 trillion of those dollars, we…

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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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