U.S. Senate

There are no elections for U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 2016.

Your Senators are:

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D) (2007-present)

Senator Al Franken (D) (2009-present)

Amy Klobuchar (D)

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Al Franken (D)

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| Legislative Goals |

Al Franken was first elected to the Senate in 2008 and won reelection in 2014. Senator Franken currently sits on the following committees: the Health, Education, and Pensions Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. His legislative priorities include improving health care, preserving Americans’ privacy, fighting back against corporate greed on Wall Street, modernizing farm policy, and increasing the quality and availability of job training programs.

After National Security Advisor Flynn resigned, Franken has started to push for a comprehensive investigation into the links between the Trump administration and Russia. Franken is pushing for a special committee to conduct this investigation and wants the information made public if possible.

Furthermore, Franken has pledged to withhold his vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Legislative Goals

Education:

  • Provide funding for neglected Native American schools
  • Reform standardized testing so success on the tests are measured as progress towards a goal rather than the goal itself
  • Restructure standardized testing so that exams are integrated into the year-long curriculum rather than appearing as end of year autopsies on student growth. This will ensure test results can provide feedback necessary to help students learn, rather than just serve as a pass/fail indicator after the year is over

Agriculture:

  • Increase American market presence in foreign agricultural markets. Particularly: American pork in China and American poultry in Russia
  • Protect American dairy farmers from the potentially harmful effects of phasing out trade restrictions with countries like New Zealand

Civil Rights:

  • Protect the reproductive rights enumerated in Roe vs. Wade
  • Prevent Republicans from defunding public health organizations like Planned Parenthood
  • Prevent discrimination against LGBT+ citizens, especially youth
  • Protect DREAMers who have come to the US for education or to serve in the military

Infrastructure:

  • Increase funding to repair the nation’s roads and bridges
  • Invest in high-speed rail
  • Ensure the federal government supports flood control efforts in Minnesota

Veterans, Defense, and Foreign Policy:

  • Increase access to service dogs for returning veterans
  • Increase military mental healthcare funding
  • Reduce American nuclear arms stockpiles
  • Secure protections for the Hmong in Thailand and Laos

 

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