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McCollum's eNewsletter: Upcoming Town Hall Meeting, February Jobs Numbers, and More

March 9, 2012

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Congresswoman McCollum Praises February Jobs Numbers
Earlier today, the Obama administration announced that 227,000 jobs were created in February, proving that President Obama’s policies are moving the economy forward.  Congresswoman McCollum is very pleased to see private sector job growth continue to expand as we slowly ease out of the darkest days of the recession.  Although job creation is taking hold, there is still much more work to be done.

03-09-12 enewsCongresswoman McCollum’s Address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Conference
This week, Congresswoman McCollum spoke before the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at its 2012 Executive Council Winter Session & Tribal Nations Legislative Summit.  Originally founded in 1944, the NCAI is a national tribal government organization, advocating for coordinated efforts between the federal government and sovereign tribal governments.

“Native Americans as citizens, constituents and voters, must be part of the congressional conversation about rebuilding America, reinvesting in America, and strengthening America for the future,” said Congresswoman McCollum.  “If Indian Country is strong, prospering, and successful, then America is stronger and more successful.”

Global Health Initiative Executive Director Lois Quam and Congresswoman McCollum Host Global Health Forum
Earlier today, two long-time St. Paul residents – Congresswoman McCollum and Lois Quam, Executive Director of the U.S. State Department’s Global Health Initiative – hosted a global health to discuss Minnesota’s role in the efforts to address global health crises and how the issue impacts our state.  Event attendees also learned about the life saving work of the State Department’s Global Health Initiative that spans over 80 countries.

“Every mother and father wishes the same things for their children: food, shelter, love, peace, and success,” said Congresswoman McCollum. “We share that commitment, and we are making progress [in terms of global health]!”

Minnesota to Receive Federal Grant to Promote Health Marriage and Parenting
This Tuesday, Congresswoman McCollum and Goodwill/Easter Seals will welcome a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The grant will fund Goodwill/Easter Seals’ FATHER Project, which promotes responsible parenting and healthy marriage, as well as foster economic stability for low-income parents. The FATHER Project is designed for low-income fathers to assist them in becoming more involved in their children’s lives. The grant will serve African-American, American Indian, Somali, Hmong, and Latino populations.

Saturday, March 10 is Passport Day
The State Department will acknowledge Saturday, March 10 as Passport Day.  All Minnesotans are encouraged to stop by the Minneapolis Passport Agency so they can learn more about travel requirements for U.S. citizens or apply for a U.S. passport.  No appointment is necessary.  This is the only Saturday of the year that Minneapolis Passport Agency is open to the public.   

State Legislators and Congresswoman McCollum to Host Town Hall at Saint Paul College
On Saturday, March 17, join legislators for a town hall meeting to get the latest updates on major policy issues affecting your community. State Senator Sandy Pappas (DFL-District 65), State Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL-65B), State Representative Rena Moran (DFL-65A), and I will participate.

Book March Capitol Tours
Minnesotans traveling to Washington, DC next month are encouraged to book their Capitol Tours as soon as possible.  Congresswoman McCollum’s office accepts requests for tours for various landmarks in Washington, DC.  Spring is an especially busy season for tours so please book now!