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June 14, 2016 Press Release

On Tuesday, during his historic visit to the Capitol, Congresswoman Betty McCollum met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

"It was an honor to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday during his visit to Congress. His life and work, especially his call for good stewardship of our planet, is an inspiration to all of us.

I am proud to represent Minnesota's vibrant Tibetan American community in Congress, which made this meeting even more important and special for me."

June 7, 2016 Press Release

Today, a bipartisan group of 18 House members – led by Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) – wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to prioritize religious freedom in India during his meeting tomorrow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, especially in light of ongoing violence and harassment against religious minorities, including Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

April 19, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON — This morning, Congresswoman Betty McCollum addressed a large delegation of the Minnesota Oromo community visiting Washington today to attend a briefing held by the United States House of Representative’s Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. In her address, Congresswoman McCollum reiterated her concern about human rights abuses against the Oromo people in Ethiopia.

Congresswoman McCollum delivered the following remarks:

March 22, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-D) issued the following statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels today:

November 19, 2015 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) released the following statement regarding the bill:

February 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – On March 3rd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress, just weeks before the Israeli people vote in their national election. The Prime Minister was invited to address the joint session by Speaker John Boehner.  The invitation was not shared with President Obama – in violation of the standard protocol for visits by foreign heads of state.  The United States is joined by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China in ongoing nuclear talks with Iran which Prime Minister Netanyahu opposes.

November 17, 2014 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) released the following statement in response to the announcement that members of the Minnesota National Guard Red Bull 34th Infantry Division Headquarters will be mobilized in the Spring of 2015 to provide command and control support for U.S. troops involved in Operation United Assistance supporting the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) response to the Ebola virus outbreak in Western Africa.

September 23, 2014 Press Release

St. Paul, MN – As the deadly Ebola epidemic continues to spread in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, devastating families and communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new projections showing the potential for the epidemic to explode.  In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of cases of Ebola could rise to as many as 1.4 million by January 2015 without immediate actions to contain the disease. 

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