STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Abeler set to challenge Franken
A moderate Minnesota Republican known for his work on health care legislation plans a U.S. Senate campaign.
State Rep. Jim Abeler of Anoka Tuesday announced his intention to challenge Democratic Sen.... Posted on 6/18/13 at 11:09 AM
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday that the current backlog in processing claims for veterans in Minnesota and across the country is unacceptable, and he urged passage of his legislation to speed up the process.
This week, U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minnesota, reintroduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which protects students who are—or are perceived to be—lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) from harassment, discrimination, and violence at school.
This week, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) reintroduced a bill to guarantee Minnesota seniors basic rights and protections from abuse and neglect as they receive long-term services and support in their homes and communities.
Franken said he will push to get this bill included in the Older Americans Act when it comes up for reauthorization in this Congress.
Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) sponsored legislation designed to help volunteer fire departments across Minnesota recruit firefighters by restoring and expanding tax incentives that have proved successful in attracting volunteers.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Representatives Tim Walz and Betty McCollum recently introduced bipartisan legislation to help train child protection professionals to detect and prevent child abuse.
Today, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.)'s Local Courthouse Safety Act – which he introduced in response to a December courthouse shooting in Grand Marais – was passed with strong bipartisan support by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said today that cash-strapped communities across Minnesota won't have to spend tens of millions of dollars to replace traffic signs - many of which still have years of life left in them - after a federal regulation requiring them to do so was shelved at his urging.
In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced recently that he is hosting a poetry contest for children of military families in Minnesota. The theme of the contest is, “My Experience as a Military Child.”
Key members of U.S. Senator Al Franken's staff will be in Alexandria on Wednesday, February 29 as part of the Senator’s Farm Bill Outreach Tour. Staffers will meet with local farmers, ranchers and agriculture officials to discuss the upcoming Senate debate over the 2012 Farm Bill.
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) said a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling will help improve rural phone service in Minnesota and across the country by holding all communications carriers accountable for providing high quality voice service to rural customers.
Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told a key Senate panel that with millions of families in Minnesota and across the country facing foreclosure, the need to ensure they have access to legal advice and to end abuse by lenders is critical to helping them stay in their homes.
U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) has introduced the Prescription Drug and Health Improvement Act to cut prescription drug costs for seniors in Minnesota and across the country by allowing the federal government to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries.
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