Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 2/1

Feb 1, 2013 Issues: Tax Reform, Veterans

Ice Castle in Spicer

Dear Friends,

This week the Department of Veterans Affairs announced 33 grants to improve health care services for women Veterans.  I signed on as a cosponsor of the Tax Code Termination Act because I have been a strong supporter of overhauling the tax code with a new simple and fair system.  I met with the Ethanol Agrifuels Co-Op at their annual meeting and also attended the Red Lake Watershed meeting.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District


Military Matters

Women Veterans Grants

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded 33 grants to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women Veterans, expand women’s health education programs for VA staff, and offer tele-health programs to female Veterans in rural areas.  This is the largest number of one-year grants the VA has ever awarded for enhancing women’s health services.  The goal of these new projects is to improve access and quality of critical health care services for women. 

Women serve in every branch of the military, representing 15 percent of today’s active duty military and nearly 18 percent of National Guard and Reserve forces. By 2020, the VA estimates women Veterans will constitute 10 percent of the Veteran population.  Visit and to learn more about VA programs and services for women Veterans.

Scrap the Tax Code

I have been a strong supporter of a major, comprehensive overhaul of the tax code as we seek to simplify the system and provide permanency and stability for small businesses.  As a former CPA, I understand a number of problems in the tax code that must be addressed.  Unfortunately, recent battles over our nation's tax-and-spend policies are getting us nowhere. 

That is why this week I signed on as a cosponsor of the Tax Code Termination Act.  This legislation would abolish the current tax code by December 2017 and call on Congress to approve a new federal tax system.  I am hopeful that in this way we can force Congress to debate and address fundamental tax reform as we seek to create a tax code that is simple, fair, and better for our economy.

Ethanol Agrifuels Co-Op Annual Meeting 1/24

Pictured above with Tim Rudnicki (MBA), Mike Jerke (CVEC), Brian Jennings (ACE)

Red Lake Watershed Meeting 1/29

House Announces History, Art & Archives Website

Recently the U.S. House of Representatives announced the launch of a new website to store the rich heritage of “the People's House” and its central role in U.S. history. is a collaborative project between the Office of the Historian and the Clerk’s Office of Art and Archives. Together they preserve, collect, and interpret the heritage of the House, serving as the institution’s memory and a resource.

This new comprehensive website integrates the history of the House, the art and artifacts in the House Collection, and records and research materials that date back to the beginnings of Congress. Features include:

This Week in American History

On February 2, 1842, Knute Nelson was born in Evanger in the Voss district of western Norway.  In his early life Nelson immigrated to the United States and moved to Alexandria, where he lived for twenty years before he decided to run for Minnesota governor.  After his election, Nelson became the first Scandinavian-born governor in U.S. history.  He then went on to serve in the U.S. Senate and focused on legislation related to commerce and labor.


Winter in the 7th