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June 28, 2012 Statements For the Record

[as prepared]

Chairman Drier, Ranking Member Slaughter, Members of the Rules Committee, I must say I am surprised to be here today responding to this effort by the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee to perpetuate wasteful and ineffective government spending on Department of Defense sports sponsorships.

This year the Pentagon will spend in excess of $80 million on NASCAR racing sponsorships, professional bass fishing tournaments, ultimate cage fighting, and a myriad of other sports sponsorships.

May 25, 2012 Press Release

A Memorial Statement by Congresswoman Betty McCollum

St. Paul, MN – Monday, May 28 marks Memorial Day 2012 in the United States.  During her time in Congress, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) – who serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military, Construction, and Veterans Affairs – has been an advocate for our armed forces and veterans. 

She issued the following statement:

May 25, 2012 e-Newsletter

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May 18, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  May 18, 2012                                        
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Wasting Taxpayer Money Subsidizing NASCAR Must Stop

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) expressed her outrage and disbelief at the level of waste in the National Guard’s recruitment budget.

May 17, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release:  May 17, 2012                
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Ends sponsorships costing taxpayers $1 billion over the past decade

May 15, 2012 Statements For the Record

I rise in strong support of H.R. 4045.  This bill will ensure that all service members returning from overseas—including the Minnesota National Guard’s ‘Red Bulls’— receive the full benefits they were promised.

May 9, 2012 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, once again the U.S. House is acting on legislation, this time H.R. 4133, to restate what has been stated frequently in Congress, by President Obama, and by virtually every candidate running for federal office in the United States:  that the U.S.

April 9, 2012 Press Release

More than half of the women state legislators in Minnesota request a reduction in military spending in a letter presented to Congresswoman McCollum

For Immediate Release:                                                                                      

Contact: Rachel Wisch, Public Information Officer
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
Phone: (781) 643-6740

April 5, 2012 Speech

In March 2012, the Department of Defense announced that thousands of military men and women are still owed back pay for an extension of their service obligation under Stop Loss.   

January 24, 2012 Press Release

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2012
Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following response to President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress.