Posts tagged with "Al Franken"

Franken to host 5th annual Hotdish Competition

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 20, 2015

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) will host his fifth annual competition to determine which member of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation makes the best hotdish casserole. He will be joined by the rest of the Minnesota delegation, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), John Kline (R-Minn.), Keith Ellison […]

Senator Helps Introduce Legislative Proposal to Let Those Facing Bankruptcy Get Relief from Crushing Student Debt

Posted by HBC Newsdesk March 12, 2015

As part of his ongoing efforts to address the student debt crisis, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has helped introduce a legislative proposal to let private student loans be discharged in bankruptcy. These type of loans, he said, lack important consumer protections and often cost more than other loans to pay off. The Fairness for […]

Senator Franken Announces Committee Assignments for 114th Congress

Posted by HBC Newsdesk January 28, 2015

U.S. Senator Al Franken today announced his committee assignments for the 114th Congress. Senator Franken will continue to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, serving as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law. He will also remain on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and for this Congress, […]

FCC to increase investments for broadband internet for rural schools and libraries

Posted by HBC Newsdesk December 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it will increase investments in high-speed broadband Internet connections for Minnesota, especially in rural communities. Last week, the FCC voted to bolster the E-rate program, which provides support to improve Internet access in schools and libraries. Prior to the vote, Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar pressed the […]

Franken looks to identify rural health care needs

Posted by HBC Newsdesk December 11, 2014

U.S. Senator Al Franken, the new Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Rural Health Caucus, has kicked off a new initiative to identify the top health care needs of patients and providers in rural Minnesota and to find innovative ways to ensure top-quality care in rural communities. Last week, Franken met with top Minnesota rural health […]

Bipartian measure will improve access to quality child care

Posted by HBC Newsdesk November 18, 2014

Many families will have better access to quality child care through a bipartisan measure that is on its way to President Obama’s desk for his signature. The Child Care and Development Block Grant bill includes several provisions by Senator Al Franken. Franken says that thousands of Minnesota families will have better access to safe, quality […]

Gov. Dayton to tout Minnesota’s economy in Washington D.C.

Posted by HBC Newsdesk June 11, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton is in Washington, D.C. today where he will attend a number of meetings with Obama Administration and White House officials to discuss Minnesota’s economy and to push for federal funding for the Lewis & Clark Water Project. This afternoon, Governor Dayton will attend a meeting hosted by Senator Klobuchar with U.S. Secretary […]

Franken and colleagues push for increased rail safety

Posted by HBC Newsdesk April 4, 2014

Following a serious crude oil spill in Southeast Minnesota earlier this year, U.S. Senator Al Franken is one of several lawmakers pressing to expand the nation’s investment in rail safety. In a letter Friday to key Senate Appropriators, Senator Franken—along with several Senate colleagues—urged the creation of a Safe Transportation of Energy Products Fund to […]

Emergency LIHEAP funds to be released to assist with propane shortage

Posted by HBC Newsdesk January 31, 2014

The Obama Administration has announced he will release additional emergency LIHEAP funds to help families during the ongoing propane shortage. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), recently sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging the Administration to expedite the release […]

Propane shortage causes concerns for some Minnesotans

Posted by HBC Newsdesk January 27, 2014

Communities across Minnesota continue to monitor the effects of a natural gas pipeline rupture in Canada. The Department of Public Safety says it remains in contact with Xcel Energy and first responders throughout the state. A natural gas pipeline rupture and fire occurred early Saturday morning south of Winnipeg, Canada. The impacted lines provide the […]

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