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July 12, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks as general debate began on the FY2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill:

Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I would like to thank Chairman Calvert for the warm birthday wishes, and the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach. I would also like to thank the wonderful staff on the Democratic side who will be helping me this evening.

July 11, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks at the House Rules Committee's hearing on the FY 2017 Interior-Environemnt Appropriations Bill:

Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and Members of the Rules Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FY 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

Before I get into the specifics of this bill, I would like to be clear that I believe consideration of this bill on the House floor should be under an open rule.

June 15, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, led House Democrats in opposing the FY2017 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill as it was marked up in the House Appropriations Committee today.

June 15, 2016 Press Release

As Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman Betty McCollum delivered the following opening statement as the House Appropriations Committee began the markup of the FY2017 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill:

I would like to thank the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach.

This subcommittee has a challenging portfolio of issues and I commend the Chairman’s efforts to find solutions in another difficult budget year.

May 25, 2016 Press Release

On Wednesday, the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee conducted a markup of the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill. As the lead Democrat on the committee, Congresswoman McCollum delivered this opening statement:

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

I would like to thank the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach. This subcommittee has a challenging portfolio of issues and I commend the Chairman’s efforts to find solutions in another difficult budget year.

May 24, 2016 Press Release

Following today’s release of the fiscal year 2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill draft — which is intended to fund vital programs that protect our nation’s natural and cultural resources — Interior-Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement:

April 5, 2016 Press Release

Today, Department of the Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Roberts announced that the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been prioritized for Fiscal Year 2016 funding to replace the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School.

January 19, 2016 Press Release

Thank you.

I’m delighted to be here today among those I count as my friends and allies.

President Cladoosby (CLAD-is-bee) and Jackie Pata—you are my valued partners.

You and the dedicated staff at NCAI are a tremendous resource for all Members of Congress in our work with tribal leaders.

November 23, 2015 Press Release

McCOLLUM of MINNESOTA: Each November, our nation recognizes the contributions of the First Americans during National Native American Heritage Month.  Minnesota is home to eleven proud Ojibwe and Dakota nations, and those nations and their people are a vital part of our state’s heritage and our future.  

November 17, 2015 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 511, The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) voted in support of the bill and released the following statement:

“In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect workers from harm and exploitation. This legislation allowed state and local units of government to develop their own separate labor standards. Tribal governments were not included in this bill because in 1935, tribal governments and their people were not included in much in the United States of America.

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