Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 5/17

May 17, 2013 Issues: Transportation

Farm Bill Markup

House Agriculture Committee


Dear Friends,

The 2013 Farm Bill markup took up most of the day Wednesday and went well into the evening, ending with a bipartisan vote to send the legislation forward.  I am hopeful that this year we finally will be able to bring it up for a vote on the House floor.  Recently the winner of the 2013 Art Competition was selected to represent the 7th District, and you can view the winning artwork below.  On Tuesday my band performed at an event for farm broadcasters.  I met with ABATE of Minnesota to talk about issues important to motorcycle riders on Thursday, and later that day I was honored to receive an award from Lutheran Services in America in recognition of my service.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson

Minnesota 7th District


2013 Farm Bill Markup

The House Agriculture Committee late Wednesday night approved H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, on a bipartisan 36-10 vote. Needless to say, this process has gone on far too long and it is past time to get a new, five-year farm bill signed into law. I’m optimistic that if everything stays on track, we can make that happen this summer.

Art Competition Winner Selected

The 2013 Congressional Art Competition has come to a close.  It was impressive to have such a large number of high quality submissions this year, and in fact this was one of the best years for turnout in terms of volume of artwork submitted.  My office received over 50 entries, ranging in medium from photograph, painting, drawing, computer art, and more. 

Congratulations to this year's winner, Liz Wedll, a sophomore at Fergus Falls High School!  Her watercolor painting, pictured above, is titled "Northern Lights."

Examples of the wonderful artwork that was submitted will be showcased in my weekly e-newsletter.  Thanks again to all those who participated in this year's Congressional Art Competition, and a special thanks to all the talented young artists in District 7!

2nd Amendments Perform

National Association of Farm Broadcasters (NAFB) members were in Washington, D.C. for their annual Washington Watch event. As part of the event, farm broadcasters from across the country visit Washington to meet with members of Congress, administration officials and D.C. representatives of farm and rural interests. This year’s event coincided with farm bill consideration by both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.  On Tuesday my band got together and played at an event for farm broadcasters. 

Lutheran Services in America

On Thursday I was honored to receive an award from Bob Francis of Lutheran Services in America recognizing my faith-inspired public service.  Lutheran Services in America represents over 300 health and human services organizations from across the country, and they work together on behalf of their neighbors on issues like health care, aging and disability, community development, and more.

ABATE of Minnesota

On Thursday I also met with ABATE of Minnesota, the American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education.  With warm weather finally returning to Minnesota, motorcycle riders are back on the roads.  May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, reminding all drivers to make sure to watch carefully for motorcycles at all times because they can be difficult to see in traffic.  Riders should also make sure to use good lane positioning to ensure maximum visibility.

This Week in American History

Located inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. is the Old Senate Chamber.  The Senate deliberated in this room from 1810 to 1859, and Minnesota was the last state to acquire two seats inside the Old Senate Chamber before they moved into a larger chamber.

The “Land of 10,000 Lakes” officially joined the United States as the 32nd state on May 11th, 1858.  At the time of its statehood, Minnesota was the farthest state to the west that connected to Atlantic Ocean trade ships via the Great Lake channels.  The state benefited from the expansion of railroad systems and the Mississippi River, and the growing economy encouraged the population boom from 6,000 in 1850 to 150,000 in 1857. Minnesota was a land dominated by small farmers and used its vibrant wheat fields to feed and support the Union’s armies during the Civil War.  

Visitors from the 7th

Hyberger Family (LITCHFIELD), Nicole Pecaut graf (Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland; former exchange student hosted by Bonnie and Dick Johnson), Bonnie and Dick Johnson (LITCHFIELD), Lana Leishman (MOORHEAD), and Justin Farren (MOORHEAD)

The picture above was taken inside the U.S. Capitol rotunda while the group was on a tour.

National Police Week in DC

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Each May, the United States recognizes the services and sacrifice of our law enforcement while also paying tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.  This year, we honored National Police Week from May 12-18.  On Monday, a candlelight vigil was held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the peace.  Throughout the week DC hosted events for the hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the U.S. who travelled to our nation's capital for the week.  We remember those who have given their lives and the officers who continue to work in our community streets, putting themselves in potential harm's way to keep us safe.  Thank you for your service.