News from Representative Betty McCollum

 
STANDING WITH THE UNITED STEELWORKERS

It was great to welcome members of the United Steelworkers from Minnesota to my office Wednesday afternoon. The Steelworkers are a great union that keeps our economy – and our country – strong.

I am proud to stand with the women and men of this union in support of Minnesota’s workers. We will continue to work together to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the dumping of foreign steel in our country.

CONVENING HEALTH DISPARITIES ROUNDTABLES

On Monday, I convened a roundtable discussion at United Family Medicine in St. Paul about health disparities that affect our district’s diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Representatives from the Hmong and Karen communities, as well as the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, and the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers all participated in a very informative discussion about the community’s unique needs and the challenges to improving health outcomes and advancing health equity.

Since February, I have held a series of discussions on health disparities, listening to representatives from our African-American and African-born, Latino, and Native American communities. Next week, I will bring more stakeholders together for a robust conversation about what can be done to address these disparities and improve the health of our entire district.

TAKING ACTION TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Earth Day, celebrated last Friday, was a time to reflect on what we can all do to protect our environment. With that in mind, it was good to see action on two important environmental issues this week.

Tuesday afternoon, the U.S. House passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act, a bill I co-sponsored. The GLRI has made measurable strides to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem, especially for Minnesota’s Lake Superior and St. Louis River. This bill authorizes $300 million a year to continue this crucial work.

On Thursday, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken joined me in urging the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure a complete cleanup of the contamination at Round Lake. The toxic pollution there was caused by decades of contamination by the U.S. Army and its contractors. It is critical that the EPA hold the Army to the highest possible standards in the cleanup.

Sincerely,

Betty

 

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