Economy & Jobs
I hear from Minnesotans every day about their concerns over the state of our economy and rising economic inequality. While we have made a strong recovery from the Great Recession, we have more to do to create good-paying jobs for all working families.
I strongly support investments in education and infrastructure that will make us more competitive. To stimulate economic growth and job creation, the government needs to ensure a fair playing field that protects both workers and businesses. I support legislation that promotes a thriving middle class and ensures that working people in America still have the opportunity to achieve success in our country.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor about her opposition to the FY2017 Continuing Resolution:
Mr. Speaker, once again this Congress has abandoned its responsibility to provide a full year appropriation. Months of hard work were thrown away, pushing important funding decisions down the road.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today announced a federal grant to the Hmong American Partnership (HAP) that will help create 40 jobs on the East Side of St. Paul. Congresswoman McCollum advocated for the $800,000 in federal funding, including writing to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April to support the proposal.
Today, the Minnesota congressional delegation urged support for Minnesota’s bid to host the 2023 World’s Fair. In a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the Minnesota lawmakers highlighted the state’s innovative economy, welcoming community, and many accomplishments in promoting health and wellness.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement ahead of Labor Day:
“On Monday, Labor Day, we celebrate the success of America’s working men and women, past and present, who built our great country and created a strong middle class. Through organizing and bargaining, the American labor movement established the bedrock values that we often take for granted such as the minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, and safety and health measures that protect workers on the job.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) toured small businesses and met with civic leaders in White Bear Lake on August 31. Congresswoman McCollum's productive conversations touched on the needs of the community and its businesses.
In addition to White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emmerson, Congresswoman McCollum also met with City Manager Ellen Richter and John Lupo, the president of the White Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce. Congresswoman McCollum visited two restaurants — Grandma's Bakery and Key's Restaurant — and several boutique stores: Goodthings, Primp, and John Henry.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representatives Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant of $1,100,550 to Twin Cities & Western Railroad Company to improve rail safety. The funds will be used to implement and test Positive Train Control systems.
WASHINGTON, DC –Following efforts from the Minnesota congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced it will grant nonstop service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to award $200,000 in federal funds to the St. Paul Port Authority for brownfield restoration.
The EPA grant will help address lead and petroleum contamination on the 9.9-acre former streetcar and maintenance facility that is being transformed into the new home of Minnesota United FC. It is part of a national program of EPA grants for cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites.
The Treasury Department’s rejection of a proposed plan to cut retirement benefits to over 400,000 workers and retirees of the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund provides Congress needed time to fix this problem and stabilize this fund. With the retirement security of 22,000 Minnesotans on the line I don’t want to see promises broken or retirees forced into poverty.
Washington, DC – On Monday we celebrate Labor Day. It is a day to reflect and honor the hard-working men and women in all walks of life, across our country, who keep our nation strong, our economy growing, and are building a better future for the next generation of Americans.
This Labor Day is also a time to redouble our efforts to extend greater justice in the workplace – ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work, a fair minimum wage, and paid sick leave for all workers.