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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Entitlements and the Safety Net

Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic
Date Title
Aug. 2, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Urging CMS to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Coverage
July 15, 2016 Letter to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare-and Medicaid Services - Update Current Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children from Lead Hazards, Prevent Life-Long Health Effects
May 25, 2016 Letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - Warner & Kaine Join Colleagues In Calling For Action On Miners' Pensions
May 5, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Hon. Dr. John King, Secretary of Education - Implementation of Key Reforms to Improve Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care
April 27, 2016 Sen. Franken Fights for Minnesota Seniors with Commonsense Measure to Cut Medicare Prescription Drug Costs
March 23, 2016 Sen. Franken Says Expansion of His Diabetes Prevention Program Will Reduce Spending and Prevent Disease That Kills Two Americans Every Five Minutes
Feb. 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master for Implementation of the Treasury Department - On the Protection of Pension Plans of Central State Pension Plans
Feb. 2, 2016 Sen. Franken Presses President Obama to Help Bring Down Soaring Cost of Prescription Drugs
Dec. 17, 2015 Letter to the Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, Attorney General of the Department of Justice - Concerning Voter Registration Opportunities
Dec. 1, 2015 Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act
Oct. 26, 2015 Letter to Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and Loretta Lynch, Attorney General - Implement Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decisions
Oct. 26, 2015 Letter to Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration and Loretta Lynch, Attoney General - Lawmakers Call on Social Security Administration to Treat Same-Sex Marriages Equally
Oct. 20, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor - Stronger Oversight of State Workers' Compensation Programs
Oct. 16, 2015 Letter to The Honorable Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services and The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor - Full Implementation Of Mental Health Parity Law
Oct. 8, 2015 Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Sept. 22, 2015 After Call from Klobuchar, Franken, and Nolan, Department of Labor Approves Trade Adjustment Assistance for Steel Workers and Miners Impacted by Layoffs
July 1, 2015 Letter to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Mental Health Services
June 25, 2015 Sen. Franken: Supreme Court Decision is Huge Victory for Millions of Americans Who Have Insurance Because of Affordable Care Act
May 15, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Employees
March 27, 2015 Letter to Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, and Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee - Funding for Programs under the Older Americans Act
March 25, 2015 Letter to Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, and Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor - Title X Family Planning Program
March 23, 2015 Letter to Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, and Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - Support Community Health Centers
Dec. 19, 2014 Letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Increased Consumer Protections in Medicare Advantage Plans
Nov. 18, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - In Support of Rural Hospitals
Oct. 3, 2014 Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Director of Health and Human Services - Release Federal Aid for Home Heating Among Seniors, Low-Income Households
Oct. 2, 2014 Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Director of Health and Human Services - Swiftly Release Federal Home Heating Aid
July 31, 2014 Sens. Franken & Portman Introduce Bipartisan Fix to Help Homeless Students Access Affordable Housing
June 11, 2014 Sen. Franken Says Senate-Passed Bill Will Expand Accountability for VA Officials, Bolster Health Care Options for Veterans
June 9, 2014 Sen. Franken Says VA Audit Results Raise Serious Issues; Presses to Find out More
June 5, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Accept Free Private Sector Help to Fix Broken VA Scheduling System
June 5, 2014 Letter to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture- Support Farmers with Losses Due to Unplanted Crops
May 20, 2014 Sens. Harkin, Franken, Roberts, Barrasso Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Rural Health Care
April 10, 2014 Medicare Physician Payment System
March 6, 2014 Senators Fight to Protect Medicare for Seniors
Feb. 14, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Don't Cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
Feb. 12, 2014 Sen. Franken's Statement on Measure to Replace Military Pension Cuts
Feb. 6, 2014 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
Jan. 30, 2014 After Push from Klobuchar, Franken, and Baldwin, Administration Will Release Emergency LIHEAP Funds to Help Families During Ongoing Propane Shortage
Jan. 29, 2014 Letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius - Release Additional Emergency LIHEAP Funds to Help Families During Ongoing Propane Shortage
Jan. 28, 2014 Sen. Franken Backs Gov. Dayton's Emergency Action on Propane Shortage
Jan. 13, 2014 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
Jan. 7, 2014 Sen. Franken Vows to Keep Fighting for Struggling Families as Efforts to Extend Unemployment Insurance Clear Key Hurdle
Jan. 7, 2014 Sen. Franken Vows to Keep Fighting for Struggling Families as Efforts to Extend Unemployment Insurance
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Economy and Jobs
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Seniors
Dec. 20, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Protect Vital Home Energy Funding
Dec. 19, 2013 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
Dec. 6, 2013 Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Republican Leader McConnell, Chairman Baucus, and Ranking Member Hatch - Urge Reauthorization of Unemployment Insurance
Oct. 28, 2013 Letter to Farm Bill Conferees - Do Not Cut SNAP
Sept. 26, 2013 Letter to Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Chairwoman Mikulski, and Vice Chairman Shelby - Push for LIHEAP Funding
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