Friday, May 24, 2013
McCollum says, "loss of a child's life is the greatest fear a parent could have" and the first responders "have the gratitude of our entire community."
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN4) issued the following statement Thursday about Wednesday's rockslide in Lilydale Regional Park that killed two St. Louis Park fourth-graders and injured two more: "Yesterday's school trip accident at Lilydale Park was as unexpected as it was heartbreaking. The loss of a child's life is the greatest fear a parent could have. During this time of grieving and sadness, I extend my deepest sympathies to all of the students, parents, and educators at St. Louis Park’s Peter Hobart Elementary School. The St. Paul Fire Department and the brave first-responders -- who put their own lives in danger to search for survivors -- have the gratitude of our entire community. My prayers are with all those involved in this …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The congresswoman, who represents Woodbury, released a statement Tuesday following the Pentagon's annual report.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum on Tuesday said there is "an epidemic of sexual assaults" in the nation's military. The congresswoman's office issued a statement in response to the release of the Pentagon's annual report on sexual assaults in the Armed Forces. Among the findings: Meanwhile, report was released less than a day after the Air Force's head of sexual assault prevention, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, was arrested for allegedly groping a woman, according to Military Times. Below is McCollum's statement in full: “This report should leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults in our Armed Forces that must be addressed at the Pentagon’s highest levels. Clearly, there needs to be a culture change in the …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Rep. Tim Walz's ‘Hermann the Germann Hotdish’ won this year’s competition.
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum whipped up a hotdish with beef, biscuits and even a bottle of Stillwater-brewed Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill Brown Ale, but she couldn't bring home the big prize at the third annual Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition. Rep. Tim Walz's “Hermann the Germann Hotdish” won this year’s “friendly, bipartisan, and bicameral ‘Hot Dish Off.’” The competition among Minnesota’s congressional delegation started in 2011 as a way to celebrate Minnesota before the session started. This year, McCollum—who represents Woodbury in Minnesota's Fourth Congressional District—entered a “Beef, Beer & Biscuits Hotdish.” Sen. Al Franken cooked “Willmar Stew,” while Sen. Amy Klobuchar prepared “Hormel ‘I Can't Believe It's Not SPAM’ …
Friday, March 22, 2013
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN4) on Thursday voted with all other house Democrats against U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan. She issued a statement calling the plan "disastrous for our economy, our families, and the future of our country."
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN4) on Thursday voted with all other house Democrats against a budget plan put forth by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI1) sent the following statement to Patch: “Today I voted NO along with every House Democrat, on the GOP-Ryan Budget, which is a disastrous for our economy, our families, and the future of our country. Imagine, this GOP budget, if it actually became law, would result in two million lost jobs in 2014 alone, according to the Economic Policy Institute. “Instead of common sense investments, such as growing the economy, creating jobs, and strengthening our families, this Republican budget is harmful. It lowers taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while 66 percent of the non-defense budget cuts come from …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The event, featuring several local elected officials, was held Saturday at City Hill.
MNCD4Conservative posted a YouTube video of a town hall meeting Saturday, March 9, in Woodbury that featured several local elected officials. Attending the meeting, held at City Hall, included: Constituents asked Kieffer to host the joint town hall meeting at her most recent library listening session in Woodbury, according to a pre-event release. Here's a post about the event from a local blogger: Betty McCollum on the Sequester Like Patch on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our free newsletter
Friday, March 1, 2013
The event is set for March 9 at the Woodbury City Hall.
State Rep. Andrea Kieffer, a Woodbury Republican, is hosting a March 9 town hall meeting to discuss state and federal issues. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, at City Hall. Sen. Susan Kent (DFL-Woodbury) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents Woodbury in the 4th Congressional District, will also be on hand, according to a release from Kieffer’s office. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and Washington County Commissioner Lisa Weik will also be present for the discussion, as will JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury), according to a release from McCollum’s office. Constituents asked Kieffer to host the joint town hall meeting at her most recent library listening session in Woodbury, according to the …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
"This sequester is a folly, it is shameful, and it is a man-made mess that is completely and wholly reversible," U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum said. "This Congress acts likes it has the luxury of governing this great country with gimmicks and game playing."
Washington, D.C., may be the hub of the federal workforce, but Minnesota has tens of thousands of federal employees and retirees who could be hurt by the looming sequestration crisis. If the president and Congress can’t strike a deal by Friday, a series of mandated federal budget cuts would automatically kick in. That would force more than a million federal employees to take unpaid leave, according to the Washington Post. Minnesota, alone, has about 59,000 federal employees and retirees. Washington County accounts for 1,779 of that total, or about 3 percent. Most of those are Department of Labor and Postal Service employees. (Use the table above to see how many federal employees and retirees Minnesota’s counties have.) The following are …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The congresswoman will begin her monthly constituent service hours Feb. 19 in Woodbury.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s staff will be available for constituents from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at City Hall. The Democrat, now representing Woodbury following redistricting and her 4th Congressional District win, will hold monthly constituent service hours at Woodbury City Hall, according to a release from her office. The events will be held the third Tuesday of each month to “assist residents with matters related to the federal government,” the release says. Related: From Students to Business Leaders, Economy the Focus as U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum Visits Woodbury “It is an honor to represent residents of Woodbury in Minnesota’s new Fourth Congressional District,” McCollum said in a statement. “As the federal representative for …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
She spoke with Patch at the Sheraton Hotel following a meeting with the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce.
Whether she was talking to students or local business leaders, one theme emerged Friday during U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum’s trip through Woodbury. People are still concerned about the economy. “That came across loud and clear,” said McCollum, who was in Stillwater on Thursday. On Friday, McCollum, a Democrat from St. Paul who now represents Woodbury in the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District, visited Woodbury High School, Aveka, Inc., and the Sheraton Hotel, where she met with members of the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce. Business owners she talked to say they feel the economy is rebounding, “but it’s still very fragile,” McCollum said. Many of them are “holding their breath” to see what lawmakers to at the federal level, she said. The …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Do you agree with Rep. Betty McCollum? What do you think is at issue in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting? Is it gun control? Addressing mental health? Both? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Fourth District Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who will soon represent the Woodbury area in the U.S. House, issued the following statement regarding the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "Today’s elementary school shooting is heartbreaking. As a mother, the mass murder of young school children and educators is incomprehensible. My prayers are with all families of the victims. "The time has come for President Obama, Congress and the American people to come together to act immediately to end the epidemic of gun violence and the proliferation of guns designed to be weapons of mass murder. Inaction and obstruction by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to common sense gun laws is not tolerable.” …