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 (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement ahead of Philando Castile’s funeral today. Congresswoman McCollum is unable to attend the funeral due to her responsibilities managing the FY2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill on the House floor today.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the shooting attack on police officers in Dallas:
“In Dallas last night, a peaceful protest turned into a terror attack on our police. My heart breaks for the families and loved ones of these fallen officers. I know that all Americans and Minnesotans will join me in keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.
Today, Representative Betty McCollum, Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Representative Keith Ellison sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the death of Philando Castile.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), who represents Falcon Heights and Minnesota’s Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives, released the following statement after the shooting death of Philando Castile:
“My deepest sympathies are with Mr. Castile’s family, loved ones, and friends. I have watched the video of this incident circulating online. It is profoundly disturbing.
As the House of Representatives returned to Washington from the July 4 District Work Period, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) spoke on the House floor demanding House Speaker Paul Ryan allow votes on bipartisan, commonsense gun violence prevention bills:
Today I rise to demand action to prevent gun violence.
Every year more than 30,000 Americans die from gun violence.
The American Medical Association has identified this situation as a “public health crisis.”
There are two immediate, common sense solutions:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) met today with grassroots Minnesota members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to discuss the urgent need for Congressional action to prevent gun violence.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for women and their families and a rejection of Republican attempts to deny a woman’s right to access reproductive healthcare.
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.