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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Business and Consumers

Full Name: Al Franken
Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Democratic/Farmer/Labor for U.S. Senate
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Franni; 2 Children: Thomasin, Joe
Birth Date: 05/21/1951
Birth Place: New York, NY
Religion: Jewish
Date Title
March 19, 2014 Letter to Renata Hesse and David Gelfand, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General of the Antitrust Devision of the Department of Justice - Comcast-Time Warner Cable Proposal Threatens Nature of Internet, Raises Net Neutrality Concerns
March 5, 2014 Letter to Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - FDA's Proposed Rule to Protect Consumers of Generic Drugs
Feb. 28, 2014 Sens. Franken, Begich, Hirono, Shaheen, Landrieu, Warner, Walsh Co-Sponsor Legislation to Expand Tax Credits to Small Businesses
Feb. 27, 2014 Letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
Feb. 13, 2014 Letter to Thomas Wheeler, Chairman Federal Communications Commission, Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, and Edith Ramierez, Chairwoman Federal Trade Commission - Comcast/Time-Warner Deal
Jan. 23, 2014 Letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator Environmental Protection Agency - Revise Fuel Standards Proposal
Dec. 16, 2013 Sen. Franken Announces Witness List for Tomorrow's Hearing Examining Americans' Dwindling Right to Their Day in Court, Including a Minnesotan
Dec. 16, 2013 Letter to Max Baucus, Chair, and Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member, of the Senate Finance Committee - Clean Energy Tax Incentives Extension
Nov. 26, 2013 Letter to Mary Jo White, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
July 23, 2013 MSNBC "The Rachel Maddow Show" - Transcript: 80/20 Rule
July 19, 2013 Sen. Franken Seeks to Make it Easier for Minnesota Small Businesses & Charities to Provide Pensions
July 11, 2013 Letter to Director Cordray and Acting Secretary Harris - Fees Associated with Prepaid "Payroll Cards"
July 11, 2013 Letter to Secretary Duncan, Chairwoman Ramirez, and Director Cordray - Federal Student Loan Repayments
July 11, 2013 Letter to Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Federal Trade Commission, and Director Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Student Loans
June 20, 2013 Sen. Franken: Supreme Court's AmEx Decision Hurts Small Businesses, Helps Corporate Giants
June 18, 2013 Need for Sen. Franken's Bill to Rein in Prescription Drug Costs Underscored by Supreme Court Ruling
May 21, 2013 Letter to Secretary of Energy Moniz - Action on Gas Price Spikes
May 16, 2013 Sen. Franken Wins Fight to Help Protect Small Businesses During Immigration Reform
May 8, 2013 Sen. Franken Introduces Amendments to Help Small Businesses & Kids in Immigration Reform
May 7, 2013 Sen. Franken Leads Charge to Protect Legal Right to Day in Court
May 2, 2013 Sen. Franken Reacts to Boise Paper Mill Layoffs
April 30, 2013 Letter to SEC Chairman Mary Jo White - Protect Consumers' Legal Rights Against Wall Street
April 26, 2013 Harkin, Alexander, Franken, Roberts Release Draft Bill to Make Clear Oversight Responsibilities for Pharmaceutical Compounding, Ensure Safety for Consumers
April 25, 2013 Letter to Mr. Lowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Inc. and Mr. Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, Inc. - Expanded Cell Phone Service in Southwest Minnesota
April 23, 2013 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 --Motion to Proceed--Continued
April 19, 2013 Sen. Franken Continues Fight to Protect Minnesota's Retailers from Unfair Online Competition
April 14, 2013 Sen. Franken Says Approval of New Crystal Sugar Contract is Good News For Workers, Families, and Communities Across Red River Valley
April 11, 2013 Sen. Franken Introduces Bill to Protect Consumers from Potentially Harmful Chemicals in their Homes
April 1, 2013 Sen. Franken Calls for End to Disturbing Consumer Tracking Trend
March 23, 2013 Sen. Franken: Senate-Passed Budget Plan Reins in Spending, Grows Minnesota's Economy
March 22, 2013 Sen. Franken, Bipartisan Group of Senators Pass Amendment Showing Strong Support to Protect Minnesota's Retailers
March 21, 2013 Klobuchar, Franken, Bipartisan Group of Senators Pass Amendment Showing Strong Support for Repealing Medical Device Tax
March 21, 2013 Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014
March 13, 2013 Sen. Franken Wins Major Victory in Ongoing Fight to End Dropped Calls in Greater Minnesota
March 13, 2013 Sens. Franken, Harkin, Mikulski Introduce Legislation to Improve Student Loan Counseling
March 13, 2013 Letter to Mr. Will Smith, CEO Euclid, Inc. - Stop Tracking Consumers without Their Permission
March 11, 2013 SJC Members Introduce Legislation To Restore Consumer Choice
March 4, 2013 Letter to Budget Chairman Murray, Sen. Franken Presses Senate Budget Chair to Craft Budget with Balance of Smart Cuts, Critical Investments, New Revenue
Feb. 25, 2013 Letter to President Obama, Sen. Franken Continues Fight to Protect Minnesota Farmers, Businesses from Unfair Rail Monopolies
Feb. 20, 2013 Letter to Acting Administrator Perciasepe - Environmental Health
Feb. 14, 2013 Letter to Chairman Walter, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sens. Franken, Wicker, Schumer Press SEC to Take Next Steps to Reform Credit Rating Industry
Feb. 6, 2013 Sen. Franken: Ending Saturday Postal Delivery a Disservice to Minnesota Communities
Feb. 6, 2013 Sen. Franken: Ending Saturday Postal Delivery a Disservice to Minnesota Communities
Dec. 21, 2012 Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Klobuchar, Collins Urge Administration to Crack Down on Unfair Canadian Trade Practices in the Paper Market
Sept. 27, 2012 Letter to The Honorable Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense
July 30, 2012 Sen. Franken's Statement on Minnesota's Settlement with Accretive Health
July 19, 2012 Sen. Franken Presses for Tax Cuts to Bring Jobs Home, End Tax Breaks for Companies Sending Jobs Overseas
July 11, 2012 At Sen. Franken's Urging, White House Issues Rules to Help Minnesota Small Businesses Get Paid Quickly by Federal Contractors
May 30, 2012 At Senate Field Hearing, Sen. Franken Questions Accretive, Fairview on Debt Collection Practices
March 29, 2012 Statements on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions
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