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Congresswoman Betty McCollum's eNewsletter

July 8, 2011

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Congresswoman McCollum on the Minnesota State Government Shutdown
This week, Congresswoman McCollum responded to the Minnesota state government shutdown on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"The Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature issue ultimatums and want to mortgage our state's future by cutting health, education, and law enforcement," said Congresswoman McCollum. "In Congress and Minnesota, Republicans use the same play book. First, create a crisis, put jobs at risk, put the economy in peril, and ignore the needs of middle class families."

Congresswoman McCollum's Amendment Passes House – Reduces Spending on Military Bands Amendment Saves U.S. Taxpayers $124,800,000
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) to save taxpayers $124,800,000 by limiting Pentagon spending on military bands to $200 million in the Fiscal Year 2012 defense appropriations bill. The amendment passed the House by a vote of 226-201 with 90 Republicans joining 136 Democrats.

"While I respect the service of military musicians, spending $325 million on bands and musical performances is excessive," said Congresswoman McCollum. "At a time when emergency nutritional support is being cut for hungry infants and women and other painful cuts to vulnerable Americans, spending more than $200 million on military bands is an extra America cannot afford."

New Brighton Offers Its 2011 Public Safety Camp for Minnesota Youth
The New Brighton Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Spring Lake Park Fire Department and Mounds View Parks and Recreation, are offering the 2011 Safety Camp, July 27-28 for children in between 3rd and 5th grades.

IRS Provides Assistance to Minnesotans
The IRS will be hosting an open house in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 16, 2011, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This event will provide free assistance to taxpayers who need help resolving their tax problems. Learn more.

This Sunday morning at 10:00 AM, Congresswoman McCollum will be on the Esme Murphy Show on WCCO-TV. She will be discussing the latest public policies affecting Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District. Tune in!