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September 3, 2013 Press Release

St. Paul, MN – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN04) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s request for Congressional authorization for military action in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

“Without final legislative language to consider it is impossible for me to commit at this time to support or oppose President Obama’s request for Congressional authorization for military action targeting the Syrian regime.”

August 29, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  August 29, 2013                              
Contact:  Matthew Hilgart, (202) 579-4905; matthew.hilgart@mail.house.gov

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum issued the following statement in anticipation of the White House response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime.

August 19, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  August 19, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

July 31, 2013 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, last week The Hill published a column entitled “Don’t force an irresponsible vote on Iran sanctions.” The column started with the following two sentences: “The House of Representatives is under pressure to vote on a new Iran sanctions bill, H.R. 850, before members leave town for August recess.  Scheduling such a vote would be irresponsible and highly counterproductive to U.S. strategy on Iran.” 

July 30, 2013 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, in the world’s poorest countries, nearly one billion people struggle with hunger every day.  Chronic food insecurity limits a child’s ability to grow and to learn.

Across Africa and Asia, hard-working farmers need help producing enough food to feed their families throughout the year.  Many of these farmers are women.  In fact, it is estimated that 80 percent of these agricultural workers are women.

July 25, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  July 25, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas (McCollum) (202) 225-6631 

June 17, 2013 Press Release

Saint Paul, MN. — On Tuesday, June 11th, Congresswoman McCollum hosted Vietnam-era Army Veteran and Army Reservist Russell (Russ) Omdahl in her District Office for a military service medals presentation.  Army Reserve Ambassador James A. Lundell, who is also a retired Colonel, presided over the ceremony and presented Mr. Omdahl with the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Reserve Component Achievement Medal.   Congresswoman McCollum’s staff was instrumental in assisting Mr. Omdahl in obtaining his medals and full service records.

June 14, 2013 Speech

June 13th, 2013

Mr. Speaker,

June 14, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  June 14, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 / maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

June 14, 2013 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I am deeply disappointed that I must rise in opposition to H.R. 1960, the FY14 Defense Authorization Act. America’s men and women in uniform deserve, and Congress must pass, legislation that provides them with the resources they need to preserve our national security.  Unfortunately, this bill does not reflect the range of 21st-Century threats the United States must prepare for, nor does it reflect the urgent fiscal crisis this Congress must address. What this $638 billion defense bill does reflect, however, are misplaced priorities.

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