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May 17, 2017 Press Release
The discharge petition Congresswoman McCollum signed today would force a House vote on the Protecting Our Democracy Act (H.R. 356), bipartisan legislation that establishes an outside, independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal. Thus far, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has refused to schedule a vote on the bipartisan bill and House Republicans have voted seven times to block its consideration in the House.
May 15, 2017 Press Release
President Donald Trump’s reckless disclosure of state secrets to senior Russian officials is profoundly disturbing. Leaking sensitive information provided by an American ally to the Russian Foreign Minister is either grossly incompetent or extremely sinister, or both.
April 7, 2017 Press Release
“I urge Speaker Paul Ryan to immediately call the U.S. House of Representatives back into session. Now is not the time for Congress to be in recess for two weeks. Congress must fully debate the Trump administration's military actions in Syria and set clear limits on the use of U.S. troops and military action in accord with our responsibilities under the Constitution.”
March 2, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement calling for President Donald Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions deceived both his colleagues in the Senate and the American people about his contacts with the Russian government. Just over a month into his term, President Donald Trump’s entire administration has been engulfed in scandal over communications with Russian officials and misleading the public about them.

February 27, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) previewed President Donald Trump's Address to a Joint Session of Congress in a post on Medium:

At four town hall meetings last week in St. Paul, I heard a clear message from my constituents: the State of our Union is anxious.

February 15, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum shared the following op-ed on Medium and sent a similar letter to constituents:

Flynn Resignation Underscores Need for Full Investigation of Trump-Russia Ties
Republican silence begs the question: what are they covering up?

February 15, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s comments that he can “live with” a one-state "solution" in which Israel permanently controls all Palestinian territory and ends the prospect of an independent Palestinian state existing in peace and security with Israel:

“President Donald Trump’s comments abandoning a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians are a gift to extremists who reject a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

February 14, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement on the resignation of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor:

“National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation exposes a White House in chaos and makes it obvious that a full investigation of President Donald Trump’s close ties to the Russian government is in order.

February 13, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement about President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn:

“In December, President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for its attacks on our democracy during the 2016 presidential election. It has now been publicly reported that President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn communicated with Russian officials about those sanctions and may have suggested sanctions could be lifted once Mr. Trump took office.

February 2, 2017 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) joined House Democrats and Gold Star Father Khizr Khan today to introduce the Freedom of Religion Act, which prohibits the use of religious litmus tests as a means to ban immigrants, refugees, and international visitors trying to enter the United States. The legislation would help overturn President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees, discriminating against Muslim immigrants, and targeting Muslim Americans.