Press Releases

Jun 11, 2014

Peterson's request for DOT livestock transportation exemption granted

Issues: Transportation

Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a one-year exemption to drivers transporting livestock and poultry from the 30-minute break requirement during the first eight hours of a shift. This requirement is part of the current Hours-of-Service (HoS) rules for truck drivers. Peterson had recently asked DOT Secretary Foxx to consider such an exemption for animal welfare.

Jun 4, 2014

Peterson applauds USDA CRP and beginning farmer announcement

"This announcement is good news in that the one-year extension will allow producers at the end of their contract a chance to get in the general signup next year if they want to. And with an aging farm population, the TIP Program will help to expand opportunities for beginning, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers looking to get started in agriculture."

May 28, 2014

Peterson calls for Shinseki to resign

Issues: Veterans

Statement from Congressman Collin C. Peterson calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki

May 28, 2014

Peterson introduces legislation to ask Congolese government to resume issuing exit permits for adopted children

Congressman Collin C. Peterson has introduced H.Res.588, a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to address the suspension of exit permit issuances for adopted children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

May 27, 2014

Red River Valley designated as part of new conservation program

Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced that the Red River Valley of the North was named as part of the Prairie Grasslands Critical Conservation Area under USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The RCPP will allow USDA to partner with third parties or work directly with producers in watersheds and other critical conservation areas.

May 23, 2014

A grateful nation remembers those who gave all

Issues: Veterans

June 6, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the first day of the invasion at Normandy. Our country will long remember those Americans who bravely gave or risked their lives for a worthy cause. I would like to recognize the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the millions more who supported them at home.

May 21, 2014

Peterson asks RMA to delay planting dates

Congressman Collin C. Peterson has written to USDA Risk Management Administrator Brandon Willis to request a delay in May 25 and May 31 planting dates for corn, grain and silage as they apply to certain Minnesota counties.

May 16, 2014

Peterson recognized as "Hero of Main Street" by retailers

Congressman Collin C. Peterson was recognized by the National Retail Federation (NRF) as a "Hero of Main Street" for his advocacy and leadership on behalf of the retail industry.

May 14, 2014

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson: Final Water Infrastructure Bill Authorizes Funding for Roseau Flood Project, Marsh Lake Restoration

The bipartisan provisions, which now go to the full Senate and House of Representatives for final approval, will ensure that these two projects can continue to move forward.

May 3, 2014

Peterson statement on the passing of Congressman Oberstar

Congressman Collin Peterson issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Jim Oberstar: