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

May 24, 2016

Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Nolan Announce USDA Grant Awarded to Boost Rural Economic Development in Minnesota

The USDA awarded grants to 23 organizations to support rural economic development projects; The Initiative Foundation in Minnesota was selected for a $173,372 grant to provide training, technical assistance and financial support to 20 non-profit intermediaries that are locally-based and skilled in business development and job creation

May 13, 2016

Klobuchar, McCollum, and Minnesota Delegation Urge Department of Transportation to Consider Application for Service Between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

In a bipartisan letter to Secretary Foxx, Minnesota lawmakers highlight the importance of access to growing Asian markets for Minnesota businesses and travelers

May 13, 2016

Rep. Tim Walz Wins Sen. Franken’s 6th Annual Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition

Rep. Walz’s Turkey Taco Tot Hotdish Beat Out Fellow Competitors Sens. Franken, Klobuchar, and Reps. Peterson, McCollum, Kline, Ellison, Nolan, Paulsen, and Emmer

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