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The U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001.
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ENG: Betty Louise McCollum (born July 12, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 4th congressional district, serving since 2001. She is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). The district centers on St. Paul, Minnesota's capital city. She is the second woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. Early life, education and career McCollum was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the older sister to Anthony and Monica. She is divorced and has two children. McCollum has worked as a high school social sciences teacher and as a sales manager. She first got involved in politics in 1986, when her daughter got hurt on a slide in a North St. Paul city park. The city council wouldn't do anything to fix the slide, so McCollum's neighbors encouraged her to run for a spot ...
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Proposed DFL redistricting map irks McCollum

The Minnesota DFL Party submitted a congressional redistricting plan Friday that would place Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum into a district with GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann. Bachmann is currently running for the GOP presidential nomination, but hasn't ruled out another run for Congress. The plan has prompted McCollum's chief of staff to send an e-mail criticizing the proposal. "The DFL Chair and his high-paid lawyers have proposed a congressional map to the redistricting panel that is hyper-partisan and bizarre," McCollum's chief of staff Bill Harper said in the email. "Their plan ignores the ...

McCollum blames Tea Party for nation's political gridlock

Mary Leary, a small business owner from Mendota Heights, isn't much concerned with the volatility currently gripping Wall Street. The partisanship and structural gridlock in national American politics are what's on her mind.She was one of more than 100 who gathered in St. Paul Tuesday night for Congresswoman Betty McCollum's town hall meeting. "It's more of the gridlock that has become really, really bad," Leary said as she waited to see McCollum, a politician she admires. "It's lethal." Constituents worried about rollercoaster stock markets, near government default, a potentially broken ...

Betty McCollum: What's wrong with the TRAIN act

Congressmember Betty McCollum joined local environmentalists and representatives from the American Lung Association September 29 at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul in opposition to a bill recently passed by the U.S. House, which she said would delay the cleanup of dangerous mercury and toxic pollutants from power plants.The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act was passed September 23. The TRAIN Act — which environmentalists are calling it the “train wreck”— will require a federal interagency committee to analyze the cumulative impact of ...

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McCollum Announces Federal Grant Expected to Create 40 Jobs in St. Paul
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today announced a federal grant to the Hmong American Partnership (HAP) that will help create 40 jobs on the East Side of St. Paul. Congresswoman McCollum advocated for the $800,000 in federal funding, including writing to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April to support the proposal. “This federal grant will create jobs, grow our economy, and help Fourth District families secure their economic future,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “I am proud to have been a strong advocate for this grant and I am excited to see the positive change it will bring over the next three years.” The $800,000 grant, from the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Community Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow HAP Transportation to expand its social enterprise bus transportation business and create 40 jobs for low-income residents of the East Side and Frogtown neighborhoods of St. Paul
McCollum Receives National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Leadership Award
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) received the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’s (NOFAS) Leadership Award at an event in Washington Tuesday evening. The award was given in recognition of Congresswoman McCollum’s work, beginning during her tenure in the Minnesota State House, to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome and to ensure that people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders receive the services they need. After receiving the NOFAS Leadership Award, Congresswoman McCollum delivered the following remarks: “Thank you Chairman Vig and thank you NOFAS for this special honor. And everyone here, thank you for your work on this important issue. Your dedication is helping to educate and make a difference in communities across this country. And as a nation, we too often push aside conversations about alcohol abuse, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. “Health care providers may offer a pamphlet on the topic for an expecting woman to read or mention it du
McCollum Celebrates Opening of Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) joined President Barack Obama and other dignitaries this morning on the National Mall for the official opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, the 19th museum and gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, is a state-of-the-art facility that interprets the African-American experience in the United States through the theme “a people’s journey, a nation’s story.” “More than 240 years after the founding of our country, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture will finally tell the diverse stories of African Americans throughout the United States in a beautiful location on our National Mall,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “As the lead Democrat on the committee that funds the Smithsonian Institution, it has been my honor to support this museum and work with many others to secure the federal funding that pushed this long-awaited project across the finish line.”
McCollum Statement on House Passage of Continuing Resolution
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the House passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through December 9: “Tonight I joined with my colleagues to fulfill our most basic responsibility: funding our government for the next 10 weeks. While not perfect, the continuing resolution includes a significant victory for American families by providing $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus. In addition, the House voted earlier today to authorize $170 million to address the Flint water crisis, an important first step in ensuring the children and families of Flint receive the resources they need. These victories were only possible because House Democrats stood firm and insisted that Congress act on these public health emergencies. “Unfortunately, however, the passage of a short-term continuing resolution means that the American economy is once again denied the certainty that

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