Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 1/8/2016

Thief River Falls

Dear Friends,

As this year’s Congressional session begins, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. A lot of important work was done in 2015, and I look forward to representing you and protecting the farm economy in 2016. I met with USAID Administrator Gayle Smith this week to discuss our mutual efforts to provide global food security, and voted to help maintain privacy for those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

USAID Administrator Smith

On Wednesday, I met with Gayle Smith, the new Administrator to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). We discussed global food security, food aid reform, and agency programs that provide food and supplies to impoverished nations. Much of the food that can help save lives overseas is grown right here in the United States, so I look forward to the Agriculture Committee continuing its work in providing relief during famine emergencies across the globe.

Hearing from Victims of Asbestos

Susan Vento, wife of longtime Minnesota Congressman Bruce Vento, visited my office this week to discuss her opposition to H.R. 1927, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015.” This bill would require victims of asbestos exposure to publically disclose personal information when seeking compensation for their injuries. I voted against the measure, and will continue to support privacy and justice for the victims of asbestos-related illness, including my friend Congressman Vento.

Legislative Update

H.R. 3762

This week, the House voted on the budget reconciliation bill H.R. 3762. I supported the bill because it includes a number of provisions including the repeal of the medical device tax and the tax on people’s healthcare plans. Unfortunately, this bill was never designed to be something that could be enacted in law, and I believe that leaders on both sides need to work together to fix our healthcare system instead of repeatedly voting on partisan bills.

Streamlining the Regulatory Process

The House also considered H.R. 1155, a bill that would help bring our regulatory system back under control, and H.R. 712, to provide more transparency in our regulatory and legal systems. Increasing transparency and accountability will increase our competitiveness and also give Congress another opportunity to reconsider regulations that are no longer appropriate.


New York Public Library Digital Collections

“Red River Carts” (Date Unknown)

The New York Public Library released more than 180,000 high-resolution images this week, all of which are publically available within the NYPL Digital Collections database. Many records, part of the library’s existing catalogue that have fallen out of copyright, feature images from Minnesota’s pioneer history.

Discovering the 7th

Established by eight Crookston area farmers in 2004, the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum collects and displays equipment and memorabilia from Minnesota’s Sugarbeet industry. Each year, the museum hosts a Harvest Festival to display their refurbished antique machinery, much of which is donated by the community. 

This Week in American History

1788-89 Presidential Election Results

The first presidential election in the United States took place on January 7, 1789. Prior to this election, the national government of the United States was headed by the Confederation Congress, which featured several executive departments but lacked an independent executive branch. The immense popularity of George Washington ensured his victory, earning him the only unanimous election among the Electoral College in United States history.  

Ivy Labbe (FRAZEE)
2015 Congressional Art Competition