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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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!
Saint Paul, MN – This morning, the United States Supreme Court allowed lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage to stand unchallenged, leading to the immediate recognition of marriage equality in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Eventually, this decision will lead to marriage equality in thirty states and the District of Columbia. In response, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement:
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, following nearly six years leading the Department of Justice. In response, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-04) issued the following statement:
STATEMENT By Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
“CHANGE THE MASCOT PRESS CONFERENCE”
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Over the past year and a half, our campaign to Change the Mascot of the Washington NFL franchise has grown into a movement. And for that I want to thank the Oneida Nation and NCAI for their tremendous leadership.
Congresswoman McCollum's Keynote Speech
Minnesota Poverty: A Call to Action
May 1, 2014
[Remarks as prepared]
Good afternoon.Thank you, Clarence,for that kind introduction andfor your leadership in our community.
I am very proud of the work you and your entire team at the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties do every day to support families and seniors.You are on the frontlines working with ourneighbors in need.Thank you for all you do!
[Remarks as prepared]
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in response to remarks made today by President Obama regarding reforms to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance practices: