Press Releases

Jun 16, 2016

Minnesota Delegation Urges State Department to Prevent the Closure of the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya, the Largest Refugee Camp in the World

Nearly 350,000 Somali refugees who were displaced by war call the refugee camp in Kenya home; the closure may worsen the security situation throughout the Horn of Africa, as closing the camps would force their residents to repatriate to Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Eritrea—countries that lack the necessary infrastructure to handle a sudden population influx In a bipartisan letter to Secretary Kerry, Minnesota lawmakers highlight the harmful impacts the closure of the refugee camp would have in East Africa and on the lives of thousands of refugees

Jun 16, 2016

After Effort from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, McCollum, Nolan, Paulsen, and Emmer, Department of Transportation Approves New Direct Flights from Minnesota to Cuba

As part of the Administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, the U.S. and Cuba recently signed a civil aviation accord that will open up new opportunities for American businesses and travelers, including regular flights between the U.S. and Cuba In an April letter to Secretary Foxx, lawmakers urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to consider the application of Sun Country Airlines to provide direct flights between Minnesota and Cuban airports; today DOT approved two direct Sun Country flights a week between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and airports serving Cuban cities of Santa Clara and Matanzas