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Rep. Ellison Opposes TPP

Rep. Ellison Statement on Trans Pacific Partnership Text Nov 5, 2015 WASHINGTON – Rep. Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after the full text of the Trans Pacific Partnership was released online. “Good trade deals put the priorities of working families ahead of corporate interests. Now that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has…

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MPP’s Strib Op-ed re Iran Deal

Iran deal is a significant step forward for peace. Here’s why. There’s prominent support for an action plan that takes these specific steps. By Barry B. Cohen, James V. Roth, Linda Thomson and Catherine Murphy MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE, August 17, 2015 — 5:36pm As members of the Minnesota Peace Project, we believe that the Iran…

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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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Sen. Franken sponsors SANE Act

Sen. Franken Helps Introduce Legislation to Save $100 Billion in Nuclear Weapons Budget WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/23/15]—U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is throwing his support behind a new measure that would make smart savings in the federal budget by cutting back on costly, unnecessary nuclear weapon spending. That Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act would…

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Rep. McCollum re Netanyahu speech

Why I won’t be attending Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress Washington Post by Rep. Betty McCollum Feb. 26, 2015 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a heated reelection campaign. Yet he is traveling 5,900 miles to give a speech before a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 — just two…

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Rep. Emmer’s New Assignment

Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) will serve on the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as well as Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Regarding this placement, Emmer issued the following statement: “Minnesota proudly boasts one of the country’s highest populations of new African immigrants,…

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