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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 Will Not Attend Israeli Prime Minister's Address to Congress
Washington, DC – On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress, just weeks before the Israeli people vote in their national election. The Prime Minister was invited to address the joint session by Speaker John Boehner.  The invitation was not shared with President Obama – in violation of the standard protocol for visits by foreign heads of state.  The United States is joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China in ongoing nuclear talks with Iran which Prime Minister Netanyahu opposes. It is expected that Prime Minister Netanyahu would use his audience in front of Congress to voice his opposition to those talks. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement regarding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address: “As a Member of Congress, the national security interests of the United States are my highest priority. So, I find it very disturbing when a foreign leader in the midst of a campaign f
McCollum Statement Commemorating Black History Month
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement commemorating Black History Month: “February marks Black History Month, when we celebrate and remember the tremendous impacts that African American men and women have made on our society. From Civil Rights leaders like my friend and colleague in Congress Rep. John Lewis of Georgia who stood with Martin Luther King, to Minnesota cultural luminaries like Prince and August Wilson, our communities and our country would not be what it is today without the achievements of many great African Americans.  Minnesota was also changed immeasurably by the work of people like Roy Wilkins, Matt Little and Nellie Stone Johnson.  “2015 is a year where we can make great strides in ensuring that we remember and honor the history of African Americans in this country year round. In my role on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee here in Congress, we have the responsibility to appropriate the final funding for
McCollum Statement on President’s 2016 Budget Request
Washington, DC – President Barack Obama today announced a $3.99 trillion request to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016.  The proposal prioritizes investments in education, infrastructure construction, workforce development, and national security. President Obama’s plan would reduce the federal budget deficit, end mandatory across the board budget cuts, and increase taxes on the profits of multinational corporations and the wealthiest Americans. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in response to the President’s proposal: “President Obama has sent Congress a plan that is focused on strengthening the economy for middle class Americans while reducing the federal deficit and investing in rebuilding our infrastructure. I strongly support ending across the board budget cuts – sequestration – which is stopping lifesaving health research and damaging the preparedness of our servicemen and women. This is a budget that raises taxes on f
Statement on the Death of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto
  Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement following the release of a video by the Islamic State (ISIS) depicting the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto who had by held captive since October.  “I share the sadness of the Japanese people as they mourn the brutal murders Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa at the hands of their barbaric ISIS captors. Japan’s grief and outrage is shared by the American people as we watched three our own citizens, Abdul-Rahman (Peter) Kassig, James Foley, and Steven Sotloff, brutalized in the same manner.  The U.S. and Japan must stand united with the rest of the world community to combat and eliminate ISIS and all extremist groups like them.”

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