Click here to read the Eden Prairie Sun Current's coverage of Sen. Franken's visit to Central Middle School to talk about mental health care access in schools.
As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy and Technology, Sen. Franken has said he has serious privacy concerns about a new facial recognition app called NameTag, which lets strangers get personal information-including a person's name, photos, and dating website profiles-simply by looking at a person with a Google Glass device. This app would work on "jailbroken" Google Glass devices that have been modified to override Google's ban on facial recognition apps for Glass.
Duluth News Tribune: Sen. Franken and Rep. Nolan Discuss Challenges of U.S. Economy, Remain Hopeful for Future
Sen. Franken spoke at the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon about his work to help local businesses deal with the "skills gap"-where jobs go unfilled because businesses cannot find workers with the right training and skills. The Duluth News Tribune reported on Sen. Franken's efforts to help businesses partner with local community and technical schools to ensure that workers have the right skills to fill current job openings.
Sen. Franken is pressing to change new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that reduce the nation's commitment to home-grown renewable fuels by lowering the amount of ethanol that big oil companies must blend into the nation's fuel supply. The Rochester Post-Bulletin covered Sen. Franken's meeting with Minnesota farmers.
Sen. Frankens Call for Increased Security for Power Grid Answered in Unprecedented Action by Top Energy Officials
After the urging of U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a key federal agency responsible for energy oversight took unprecedented action to establish security standards for the nation's power grid.
In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken announced that he is hosting his third annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. The theme of this year's contest is "Celebrating the Veteran in My Life."
Sen. Al Franken said he is pleased after the Senate took an important step to help address sexual assault in the U.S. Military by advancing one piece of legislation on the subject. However, he also expressed his disappointment after legislation that he cosponsored, which would have gone further, failed to advance.
Click here to find out more information on assistance to deal with the emergency propane shortage in Minnesota.
Sen. Franken Vows to Keep Fighting for Struggling Families as Efforts to Extend Unemployment Insurance
Sen. Franken was proud to be part of a bipartisan effort to extend Unemployment Insurance for millions of people in Minnesota and across the country. Click here to read more.
This week, the Senate has taken up a long-term budget compromise. I think this is a good step forward. We can't keep lurching from budget crisis to budget crisis, and passing this budget bill means we shouldn't see another costly government shutdown.
As your U.S. Senator, one of my jobs is to ensure that the implementation of health reform works well for Minnesotans. Already, individuals and families throughout the state have already started applying for and enrolling in coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's new online marketplace for getting quality health insurance.