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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.

June 12, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, was denied a vote on an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bill to end funding for the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) program that kills targets with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones.  Committee members, both Republicans and Democrats, refused to support a motion calling for a vote on the amendment, effectively protecting the CIA’s lethal program from congressional accountability.

May 27, 2013 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  May 27, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149 maria.reppas@mail.house.gov

Washington, DC – As Americans across the nation commemorate Memorial Day, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement: 

May 21, 2013 Press Release

Washington D.C-- Yesterday’s devastating tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma is a national tragedy.  The significant loss of life, young and old, is heartbreaking and we mourn with all of those who have lost loved ones.  For the injured and the many families who have lost their homes, my prayers are with you.

May 20, 2013 e-Newsletter

McCollum Introduces Legislation to Form Special Committee to Address Military Sexual Assault

May 14, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum today introduced legislation to establish a special U.S. House committee to conduct oversight, ensure accountability, and report on sexual assault and abuse in the U.S. military.  Responding to the on-going and ever growing problem of sexual violence and abuse committed by members of the military, the “Special Committee on Sexual Assault and Abuse in the Armed Forces” would focus congressional attention on necessary reforms to the Department of Defense’s prevention, prosecution, and victims’ services efforts.

May 8, 2013 Press Release

May 7, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, the Pentagon released the FY2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, showing the number of sexual assaults in the military increased more than 30 percent since 2010. According to the report, an estimated 26,000 service members were victims of unwanted sexual contact in 2012. This release follows Sunday’s arrest for sexual battery of Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit.

April 22, 2013 e-Newsletter

Congresswoman McCollum: Boston’s Nightmare is Over
Last Friday evening, law enforcement captured Boston bombings suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev.  Early that morning, his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a shootout with police.  Congresswoman McCollum immediately responded to the news.  

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