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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 Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Health Care for Native Americans
  Washington, DC – This week, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Native Contract and Rate Expenditure (CARE) Act (H.R. 4843), a bill that will provide an additional 250,000 physician services annually for Native Americans through payment reforms within the Indian Health Service (IHS).  “Our nation has a legal and moral responsibility to provide for the health care of Native Americans.  For far too long, Congress has failed to meet that responsibility and that needs to change,” said Congresswoman McCollum.  “There is an infamous warning in Indian Country: 'Don't get sick after June.'  The current system causes IHS to consistently run out of money for referred care months before the end of the fiscal year, denying Native people critical health care services for extended periods of time. “By paying health care providers the Medicare-rate, rather than the provider billed rates, IHS will be able to double the number of physician services provid
McCollum Statement on President Obama’s Visit to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Washington, DC – Today, President Obama will visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.  It is his first visit to a tribal nation since he became President in 2008.  Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) is the co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus and released the following statement in advance of the President’s visit: “I commend the President for his visit to Standing Rock to see first-hand the challenges and opportunities within this Lakota and Dakota nation. President Obama’s visit sends a strong message of his administration’s commitment to Native American issues. His administration has implemented major reforms that are important for Standing Rock and other tribal nations, such as the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act, the Violence Against Women Act, and the HEARTH Act.  Indian Country has a strong partner in President Obama.”
McCollum Statement on Metro Transit Green Line Opening
Washington, DC – On Saturday, Green Line light rail transit service will begin connecting downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis.  Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) has been an instrumental part of bringing that project to fruition.  From advocating federal funding for transit planning, to securing a $20 million appropriation for construction of the line, Congresswoman McCollum has been involved in every step of the process to make Saturday’s grand opening possible. “This weekend's opening of the Green Line is an important step that is cause for celebration. It represents the culmination of more than a decade of work by a diverse coalition of organizations and allies,” said Congresswoman McCollum.  “Businesses, labor leaders, state, local and federal elected officials all recognized the value that this project could have for downtown Saint Paul and worked tirelessly to see it happen.  I have been proud to work hand in hand with those organizations and leaders to

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