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February 28, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, over the past few weeks, hundreds of Minnesotans, as well as citizens from across the country, have contacted my office about the military's multi-million dollar taxpayer sponsorship of NASCAR race cars. Frankly, many of my constituents and citizens of all political persuasions - Democrats, Republicans, and Tea Party activists - are dumbfounded when race car drivers receive millions of dollars from the Department of Defense while the Speaker of the House of Representatives tells the American people our country is "broke."

February 20, 2011 Press Release

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

U.S. and Yemen Have National Security Interests in Defeating Al-Qaeda, Improving Life for Yemeni People

February 19, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1 - legislation introduced by the House Republican majority that would cut over $60 billion in essential funding to America's communities without making a significant impact on this year's federal deficit.

February 18, 2011 Press Release

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

Amendment to H.R. 1 to prohibit taxpayer funding of NASCAR sponsorship defeated; Intends to introduce legislation to end taxpayer funded motor racing

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.