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Sen. Franken Observes Factory Worker

I wouldn't be the first to observe that these are tough economic times. Our nation is still reeling from the most disastrous economic collapse in a generation. Many families in Minnesota are relying on their unemployment benefits to put food on the table and pay their rent. For every single job opening, there are five unemployed workers, and too many people are left with little hope.

But Minnesotans still do have a lot going for us. Minnesota is a leader among states when it comes to R&D spending and patent applications. We are home to many great companies like 3M, Target, General Mills, Hormel, Land O'Lakes, Medtronic, and Best Buy. And we're at the forefront of green job creation, leading the nation in the energy-efficient windows market.

That is why I am optimistic about our future. But as Minnesotans struggle looking for work, I will continue to press Congress to enact legislation that quickly and efficiently creates jobs, spurs economic growth, and provides an adequate safety net for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

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