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McCollum's e-Newsletter: Affordable Care Act, Fighting Military Sexual Assault, and more

May 20, 2013

McCollum Introduces Legislation to Form Special Committee to Address Military Sexual Assault

On Tuesday, May 14, Congresswoman McCollum introduced legislation to establish a special U.S. House Committee to focus on sexual assault across all branches of the military. Yesterday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said sexual assault in the military is a “crisis.” The “Special Committee on Sexual Assault and Abuse in the Armed Forces” would be a 19 member bipartisan panel charged with conducting oversight and making recommendations to end rape and sexual assault, as well as victim services.

"This special committee will maintain on-going pressure on the Pentagon to end a culture in which rape and abuse are far too common and all too commonly dismissed,” said Congresswoman McCollum.

McCollum Speaks on Floor on GOP Cuts to Nutrition Assistance Initiatives

This week, the farm bill passed out of the House Agriculture Committee, and it included nearly $21 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is our nation’s most important initiative to fight hunger and malnutrition. During a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman McCollum argued against these cuts.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--SNAP--is a lifeline for nearly 50 million Americans to have access to healthy, affordable food and avoid hunger.

“More than half of SNAP recipients live in deep poverty--an income of less than $10,000 dollars a year for a family of 3. And right now, the daily SNAP benefit is only $3.78. 

“In Minnesota, 2 out of 3 SNAP recipients are poor children, seniors, or adults with diabilities.

“To reduce the budget deficit by inflicting hunger on children, seniors, and people with disabilities is simply immoral.

“I urge my colleagues to reject this cruel and harmful proposal to increase hunger in America.”

House Tea Party-GOP Tries to Repeal Health Care Reform for 37th Time

Once again, Congresswoman McCollum voted against the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This effort marks the 37th time that House Republicans tried to abolish, defund or dismantle ObamaCare.

“The Republican obsession with ObamaCare has become an addiction to empty gestures and meaningless floor votes to repeal, defund, and dismantle health benefits for tens of millions of Americans. This debate is an embarrassing waste of time and tax dollars,” said Congresswoman McCollum.

Minnesota Guarantees Marriage Equality for All Minnesota Couples

Effective August 1, 2013, the state of Minnesota will allow same-sex couples to get married. Minnesota is the 12th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages.

“All Americans deserve to be treated equally under the law,” said Congresswoman McCollum. "I look forward to the day when we can celebrate marriage equality all across America. Until then, I share in the joy of another step forward in the struggle for equal rights for all, regardless of their race, age, gender, or sexual orientation.”

McCollum Speaks at University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Commencement

On Friday, Congresswoman McCollum was the keynote speaker at the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) graduation. The institution develops the latest research on nutrition, agriculture, resource management, climate change, energy, renewable resources, and more.