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February 17, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Chairman, my amendment ends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars from being wasted on the sponsorships of NASCAR race cars by the Department of Defense.

With trillion dollar deficits this amendment is where the rubber meets the road for my Republican-Tea Party colleagues who want to cut wasteful spending.

Defense Department waste is nothing new. Many Americans remember in the 1980s when the Pentagon was spending $400 for a hammer and $600 for a toilet seat.

Now we have the Army spending $7 million for a decal on a racing car. Talk about taxpayer sticker shock!

February 16, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

U.S. Army Spends $7 million on NASCAR and $5 million sponsoring drag racing in 2011; Air Force and National Guard Spend Millions More

January 21, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Congresswoman McCollum to Serve on Interior-Environment and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Subcommittees

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on her appointment to two House Appropriations Subcommittees for the 112th Congress.

January 12, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, this House and the entire Nation extend our support, love, and best wishes to our colleague, Representative Gabby Giffords, and all those wounded in Saturday's shooting.  We also mourn the deaths -the tragic and senseless deaths - of six Americans who were engaged in participating in street corner democracy with their Congresswoman.

My Minnesota constituents feel the pain and loss inflicted by a few seconds of gun violence.  One of my St. Paul constituents visited my office on Monday and wrote a note to Congresswoman Giffords.

December 20, 2010 e-Newsletter

Congresswoman McCollum Rejects Tax Cut Compromise

December 16, 2010 Statements For the Record

Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2965, the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.  This will be the second time this year that the House votes to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and I urge my colleagues to support it.

October 1, 2010 Press Release

Congresswoman McCollum Votes Protect American Jobs
Congresswoman McCollum and Democrats were joined by 99 Republicans in passing the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act (H.R. 2378), which helps prevent unfair trade practices that hurt U.S. exports and push American jobs overseas. Certain countries, such as China, suppress the value of their currencies to make exports cheaper on the international market. This currency manipulation makes U.S. exports less competitive, hurts U.S. manufacturers, and slows the economic recovery.

September 14, 2010 Statements For the Record

Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H. Res 1251, which recognizes and honors the United States troops who fought and died on D-day at the Battle of Normandy.

September 10, 2010 e-Newsletter

Congresswoman McCollum Speaks Before the Midway Chamber of Commerce

September 10, 2010 Statements For the Record

Nine years ago on September 11th, I was at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, only a short distance from the Pentagon, when the attack occurred. As Members and staff fled the Capitol grounds, not knowing if an attack on Congress was imminent, I remember seeing the smoke rising from the Pentagon in an otherwise clear blue sky.