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December 10, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding the imprisonment of Mr. Shezanne Cassim of Woodbury, MN in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for posting a spoof YouTube video.  At a time when Dubai is hosting an international film festival and was recently awarded the Expo 2020 World Fair, the imprisonment of an American and his friends for posting a satirical video on-line exposes the UAE’s intellectual repression and disdain for free speech.

December 5, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum released the following statement on former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away today at age 95:

“With the death of Nelson Mandela the world has lost an icon for justice and a true freedom fighter.  President Mandela’s courage, determination, and profound sacrifice inspired not only Africans, but a global generation committed to abolishing apartheid. I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa for their loss which is truly a loss for the human race.”

November 25, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

October 28, 2013 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota (PPMNS) on the 85th anniversary of its founding.

In 1928, Minnesota's first clinic was established, providing women with access to reproductive care. Since then, additional clinics in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota have opened ensuring women, men and their families have access to affordable, comprehensive care. Each year, more than 60,000 patients access a broad range of health services including preventative screenings, reproductive care, and routine exams.

October 7, 2013 Speech


[Remarks as prepared]

Good morning. It is my honor to be here today to support the “Change the Mascot” campaign.  Let me thank Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation for his leadership and the tremendous effort put forth by his community. 

September 26, 2013 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the 100th anniversary of the Saint Paul Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and acknowledge their tremendous efforts to defend the ideals of justice and equality for all people. The origins of the Saint Paul NAACP are closely tied to those of the national organization, which is the oldest, largest and most recognized civil rights group in the country.

August 13, 2013 e-Newsletter

Congresswoman McCollum Tours Children’s Hospital

July 31, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  July 31, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

July 19, 2013 Statements For the Record

July 8, 2013

Ms. McCOLLUM: Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to the families of the Rondo neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota on the 30th anniversary of the Rondo Days festival. Rondo Days offers a remembrance of this historically African-American community that was dramatically altered by the construction of U.S. Interstate 94 in the mid-1960s. More importantly, Rondo Days is a celebration of the perseverance and tenacity of the modern Rondo community, which remains a vibrant, diverse and thriving neighborhood.

June 26, 2013 Press Release

Washington D.C. — In a highly-anticipated announcement, the U.S. Supreme Court today released their decision on United States v. Windsor, a case which challenged the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court held that “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of the person that is protected by the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.” Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) responded to the Supreme Court’s decision with an official statement: