Rep. Peterson's Newsletter and Questionnaire 11/10/2020
Fall afternoon in HALLOCK
While the election is over, the 116th Congress has unfinished work to be done. We need to pass a government funding bill and hopefully secure assistance for Coronavirus relief. I’ve received calls from constituents throughout the Seventh District asking for my support on Line 3 and I contacted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an update on the project. I encouraged them to review the findings of Minnesota’s state agencies and issue the permits needed to continue with the replacement. The Enbridge Line 3 replacement will have a significant economic impact in Western Minnesota.
It is worth noting that even as passions ran high throughout the country, millions of Americans were able to peacefully choose their political leaders. I have been honored to be a part of this great system of self-governance and to have been entrusted with the great responsibility of representing the people of Western Minnesota for all these years.
Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District
Serving the 7th
Line 3 Replacement Permitting
I called Colonel Karl Jansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get an update on the permitting process and emphasize my support for the Line 3 Replacement Project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is expected to sign off on their review of the project in the coming weeks that will be used by the Army Corps for their consideration of permits. I encouraged Colonel Jansen to quickly review MPCA’s findings and issue the relevant permits so the project may move forward. The Line 3 Replacement will provide an economic boost for western Minnesota and I look forward to seeing the project move forward in Minnesota.
In last week’s questionnaire, I asked if you think the United States has done enough to deter foreign adversaries from interfering in our elections, this is what you said.
I also asked which recent Administration would be the strongest in deterring foreign interference in our elections, this is what you said.
COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise in Minnesota, visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the most up to date information on the Coronavirus Pandemic. To get regular COVID-19 email updates, including announcements of new community testing events, subscribe to COVID-19 Updates.
COVID-19 Community Testing
COVID-19 Community Saliva Testing
Former Thomas Edison Elementary School
1110 S. 14th Street
Moorhead, MN 56560
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health
River's Edge Convention Center
10 Fourth Ave South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Wednesday - Friday: 12 - 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Schedule Appointment with Vault Health
Parking in the west surface lot next to the Convention Center is available to those being tested. Look for the COVID-19 testing parking signs.
Minnesota Biofuel Update
In 2007, Minnesota adopted the Next Generation Energy Act, which set a goal to replace 30% of the state's petroleum with biofuels by 2025. To meet its carbon emissions reduction target, the Governor's Council on Biofuels recently recommended Minnesota should adopt a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program and accelerate the state's move toward 15% ethanol content in gasoline (E15). The Council on Biofuels also recommended that all new fuel storage and delivery systems be compatible with E25 within 18 months. Since 1997, Minnesota was the first state to require biofuel blends and has the possibility of becoming the first state to implement an E15 standard. According to Rep. Jeanne Poppe, Chairwoman of the Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy Division, nine out of ten cars can use E15.
Veterans History Project 20 Year Anniversary
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and will host a series of virtual events through its Facebook page. Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 in order to collect, preserve, and make remembrances of United States war veterans accessible so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
This week’s events:
Tuesday, November 10
“Old Glory” Kimberley Mitchell, Operation Song, 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 12
Organizational Benefits to Collaborating with VHP, Panel Discussion, 12 p.m.
A group of renowned liaisons discuss how they engage with their communities to ensure their local veteran and Gold Star family members’ contributions are not forgotten.
Friday, November 13
“Precious Pearl” Kim Mitchell, Operation Song, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 14
Volunteering to Make History, Panel Discussion, 12 p.m.
A compelling panel of students and professionals share their experiences, best practices, and what the Veterans History Project has meant to them.
National EIP Registration Day
Photo courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Today is National EIP Registration Day. To ensure all qualified individuals receive economic relief, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) set National EIP Registration Day to encourage non-filers to apply for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP). If you did not file a 2019 federal tax return, did not get an Economic Impact Payment, or did not register for an Economic Impact Payment already, you may qualify for an EIP.
Use the IRS Non-Filers Tool by November 21 to register for an EIP.
MNsure & Medicare Open Enrollment Reminder
The MNsure and Medicare open enrollment period is now open for coverage beginning in 2021. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urges Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage choices during the open enrollment period and compare coverage options to choose which health and prescription drug plans best meet their health needs in 2021. Medicare open enrollment is open until December 7, 2020. Go to Medicare.gov for more information.
MNsure open enrollment is open until December 22, 2020. All plans sold through MNsure include comprehensive coverage so your family is covered, no matter what the future may hold. For more information and to enroll, visit MNsure.org.
This Week in History
President Eisenhower signing H.R. 7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.
Photo courtesy of The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
On Wednesday, November 11, we remember and give thanks to all those who have served in our military to protect the United States and our democracy. While the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I in 1919, fighting ceased between Allied nations and Germany seven months prior on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. One year later, on November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the first Armistice Day. It wasn’t until 1954 when President Dwight Eisenhower signed H.R. 7786 changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, a day dedicated to world peace and to honor veterans on the 11th day of November each year.
Woodrow Wilson said, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…". Be sure to give thanks to our veterans this Wednesday.