Civil Rights & Justice
Protecting the civil rights of all Americans and keeping our families and communities safe is one of the most important responsibilities of government. We must continue the progress we have made in securing equality for all Americans, providing our law enforcement officers with the tools they need to keep Americans safe, and protecting civil liberties in all of our diverse communities.
In Congress, I have been a champion of legislation that guarantees equal rights to all Americans, including the LGBT community. I am a strong proponent of sensible gun violence prevention legislation to keep our families and communities safe. And, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have worked to provide police officers with the funding they need to do their jobs.
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As Minnesotans celebrate Pride this weekend and people throughout the United States mark LGBT Pride Month, I am once again reminded of how proud I am to be a strong ally of the LGBT community.
From my 1993 vote in the Minnesota State House protecting LGBT Minnesotans from workplace discrimination to celebrating last year's Supreme Court decision ushering in marriage equality across America, the progress we have made in advancing the rights of the LGBT community has been remarkable.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-04) vowed today to continue to demand action on gun violence prevention legislation as Democrats ended their historic 26-hour sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"The American people are demanding action to keep their families and communities safe from gun violence,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Unfortunately, House Republicans refuse to allow an up-or-down vote on bills that prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns and require background checks for all gun purchases.”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) joined 175 House Democrats sitting-in on the House Floor today demanding action on gun violence.
Congresswoman McCollum joined the sit-in shortly after 1 p.m., following the conclusion of the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security appropriations bill. In the markup, Congresswoman McCollum spoke in strong support of the “No Fly, No Buy” amendment that prevents suspected terrorists from purchasing guns or explosives. It was defeated in committee.
The horrible, tragic Orlando massacre has once again resulted in scores of people killed and wounded by a terrorist with high-powered firearms. This time it was at an LGBT night club. But it has also been at a black church, a college campus, a community center, and an elementary school. Gun violence is also found every day on the streets of our cities, in homes in our suburbs, and in our small towns too. It is an epidemic that is ripping apart communities and killing thousands of Americans every year.
Following the early morning attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Congresswoman Betty McCollum released the following statement:
"The mass killing in Orlando early this morning is being called a 'terrorist incident' by law enforcement. With dozens of victims dead and scores wounded, it is clear that this attack is a vicious crime against innocent Americans, apparently targeting the LGBT community in particular.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) voted against the Military Construction-VA appropriations bill today and released the following statement:
“Republican leadership today abused their power and violated their professed principle of regular order in order to defeat an important amendment that would have protected LGBT Americans from discrimination. The arm twisting that Republican leadership undertook to force members to change their votes has no place in the House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement today following the sentencing in Federal District Court of former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) to 15 months in prison for illegal bank transactions in an effort to cover up his sexual abuse of students while he was a high school wrestling coach:
(March 16, 2016) Rep. Betty McCollum issued the following statement today upon the announcement by President Barack Obama that he is nominating Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:
Remarks by Congresswoman Betty McCollum
No Honor in Racism Rally
November 2, 2014
Today, we are gathered in a spirit of peace and solidarity. It is in this spirit that I am so proud to be able to join so many tribal leaders and Native brothers and sisters from tribal nations across Minnesota and the country. I am honored to stand with you all!