Bemidji Pioneer: Franken touts federal workforce bill: Says bipartisan legislation will help skills gap in Minnesota
Sen. Franken's help in passing the first comprehensive update to the nation's workforce development system in 16 years will give a much-needed shot in the arm to our existing federal workforce programs, the Bemidji Pioneer reports. Since joining the Senate, Sen. Franken has visited community and technical colleges all across the state to discuss how schools and businesses can help prepare students for their careers.
Click here to read the Minneapolis' Star Tribune's coverage of the legislation that includes Sen. Franken's priorities to help community and technical colleges link up with businesses to fill open, high-skill jobs in growing sectors like manufacturing, IT, and energy.
Sen. Franken toured the mudslide near Fairview Hospital in Minneapolis, which caused more than $4 million in damage and forced the Hospital to relocate large oxygen tanks. After meeting with hospital officials, Sen. Franken reiterated the need for federal assistance-not only in Hennepin County, but in flood damaged communities across the state-telling reporters that he had "never seen a massive mudslide like this" in the state.
Click here to read about how Sen. Franken helped secure several of Minnesota WWII Navy Veteran Lewis Meaney's service medals and award them to his family.
Sen. Al Franken said he is disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked a vote on legislation to fix the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The bill would have ensured that women in Minnesota and across the country can continue to receive contraceptive coverage through their employer-sponsored health insurance plan.
Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz Announce USDA Disaster Declaration for Rock and Adjacent Counties, Allowing Them to Be Considered for Emergency Assistance
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a disaster declaration for Rock County and the adjacent counties of Murray, Nobles and Pipestone, allowing them to be considered for emergency assistance.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the critical need to keep access to the Internet equal for consumers in Minnesota and across the country. The FCC's proposal for new net neutrality rules, he said, would tilt the Internet's level-playing field by letting deep-pocketed corporations deliver their content on an Internet "fast lane."
Click here to read about resources available to those affected by recent floods from high rain fall in many areas of Minnesota.
Click here to read the winning poems from Sen. Franken's 3rd Annual Minnesota Military Children's Poetry Contest. Students from across Minnesota submitted poems paying tribute to the men and women who have honorably served our country.
Minnesota's winning bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl is exciting news, not only for the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota, but also for the entire Midwest region.
Click here to watch Sen. Al Franken's remarks on the Senate floor on the passing of former Congressman Jim Oberstar.