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 released the following statement after being sworn-in to represent the families of Minnesota's Fourth District in the United States House of Representatives in the 115th Congress:
I was honored to be sworn in today as the 115th Congress convened in Washington. I am very grateful to the families of Minnesota’s Fourth District for giving me the opportunity to represent our shared values in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the United States Department of Justice announced plans for a “comprehensive review” of the St. Anthony Police Department:
“After the shooting of Philando Castile in July, I called for a full federal investigation by the Department of Justice to determine relevant facts and ensure accountability appropriate to those facts. Today’s announcement of a Department of Justice review of the St. Anthony Police Department is another step in securing the accountability our entire community deserves.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize residents of the historic Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota as the community comes together to seek hope and healing. Earlier this fall, it was an honor to join community leaders to break ground on a Rondo Commemorative Plaza as a first step toward reconciliation for this neighborhood that was torn apart during the construction of the National Interstate Highway System in the 1960s.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged a St. Anthony Police Officer in the July shooting death of Philando Castile:
“After the shooting of Philando Castile in July, I called for a Justice Department investigation to establish the facts of this case and ensure appropriate accountability. With assistance from the Justice Department, County Attorney John Choi and state and local law enforcement have conducted a thorough and fair investigation.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement about this morning’s attack that killed two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa:
“This morning we awoke to the horrific and shocking news that two Des Moines area police officers were ambushed and killed in the line of duty.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) applauded a $100,000 grant to the New Brighton-based Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute to train law enforcement officers to de-escalate situations involving military veterans in crisis.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) joined President Barack Obama and other dignitaries this morning on the National Mall for the official opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, the 19th museum and gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, is a state-of-the-art facility that interprets the African-American experience in the United States through the theme “a people’s journey, a nation’s story.”
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.