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. 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.
Klobuchar, Franken, Hoeven, Baldwin Introduce Senate Legislation to Make It Easier to Transport Propane to Communities Impacted by Ongoing Propane Shortage
Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced legislation to make it easier to transport propane to communities impacted by the ongoing propane shortage.
Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, and Rep. Peterson: Army Corps to Fund Completion of Roseau Flood Project This Year
Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Rep. Collin Peterson, said that the Army Corps of Engineers plans to fund the completion of the Roseau flood control project in 2014, a long-awaited action that will help prevent a repeat of the devastating flood that destroyed homes, businesses, and public structures across the city in 2002.
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.