Sen. Franken, a member of the Senate Education Committee, is a strong supporter of making sure that every child in Minnesota and around the country can get a world-class education. He has long fought to overhaul the law known as "No Child Left Behind," and has proposed a number of commonsense reforms to improve how the law works for student, parents, and teachers alike.
Sen. Franken is a longtime advocate for making sure consumers can pursue justice when they are wronged by a big company or corporation. But the practice of forced arbitration-a clause often found in the fine print of everything from your cell phone bill to your employment contract-means that if you have a dispute with that company, you have waived your right to take them to court, which puts victims of wrongdoing at a huge disadvantage.
During his time in the Senate, Sen. Franken has been fighting to protect net neutrality-the principle that all content on the Internet be treated equally and delivered at the same speed-in order to ensure the Internet remains an open marketplace for ideas and innovation.
Sen. Franken visited Common Roots Café in Minneapolis to hear from a local business owner and a young mother about the importance of earned sick leave. Click here to read more from KMSP TV.
With debate over the Senate budget underway, U.S. Sen. Al Franken pressed to include a key amendment that would protect the federal Pell Grant program-which helped more than 160,000 students in Minnesota afford college last year-from steep, devastating cuts.
After Press from Sen. Franken, Top Consumer Agency Takes Step Toward Ending Abuse in Payday Loan Industry
Sen. Al Franken said he is glad to see the nation's top consumer agency taking action in response to his request for measures to protect people in Minnesota and across the country from being abused by the payday loan industry.
Sen. Franken: Senate Republican Budget Proposal Fundamentally Misaligned With Values of Working Americans
Sen. Al Franken took to the Senate floor to express his opposition to the Senate Republican budget proposal, which would make steep cuts in programs that support families in Minnesota who are in the middle class or aspiring to join the middle class, but does nothing to close corporate tax loopholes or address basic economic fairness.
On Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United, Sen. Franken Makes Push to Fix Nations Broken Campaign Finance System
Sen. Al Franken marked the fifth anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC—the Supreme Court decision that allowed deep-pocketed corporations to spend unlimited money on influencing elections—by reigniting his push to fix our nation's broken campaign finance system.
Sen. Franken invited University of Minnesota Student Body President Joelle Stangler as his guest to the State of the Union Address. You can click here to read his response to the speech.
Click here to read more about the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Chippewa National Forest and the Reservation of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.
New Report: Sen. Frankens Health Reform Measure Sent Insurance Refunds To Consumers in Minnesota, Across the Country
A health care reform measure authored by U.S. Sen. Al Franken required insurers to rebate $330 million dollars to consumers in Minnesota and across the country this year. Click here to read more.