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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Employment and Affirmative Action

Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic
Senator Franken announced his resignation from the US Senate on December 7, 2017. He stated that he will formally vacate his seat in the coming weeks.
Date Title
Nov. 7, 2017 Letter to the Hon. William Emanuel, Member of the National Labor Relations Board - Warren Leads Senate Colleagues in Calling on NLRB Member to Disclose All Potential Conflicts of Interest
Nov. 2, 2017 Letter to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Feinstein, Colleagues Urge Sessions to Protect Transgender Workers from Discrimination
Oct. 13, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Lamar Alexander, Senate Committee on Health, and the Hon. Patty Murray, Senate Committee on Health - Renew Career and Technical Education Programs
Sept. 25, 2017 Letter to the Hon. R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor - Request for Information, Overtime Protections for Working Families
Sept. 21, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Alexander Acosta, Department of Labor - Administration Too Lax on Worker Safety
Sept. 19, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Neomi Rao, Administrator of the Office of Management and Budget and the Hon. Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Congress Members Slam President Trump's Attack on Equal Pay for Equal Work
Aug. 9, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General and John Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General - Senators Call on Sessions to Answer for Anti-affirmative Action Program and to Prevent Discrimination Against Career DOJ Attorneys
Aug. 1, 2017 Murray, Brown, Franken, DeLauro, Scott Introduce Bill to Stop Wage Theft, Boost Workers' Financial Security
July 10, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Labor - Senators Demand Answers, Action from Administration to Reverse Alarming Rate of Latino and Immigrant Workplace Deaths
June 7, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Richard Shelby and the Hon. Jeanne Shaheen, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies - Calling for Robust Funding for National Sea Grant College Program
June 7, 2017 Sen. Franken Makes the Case: Minnesota Iron and Steel Workers Strengthen Our National Security
May 25, 2017 Sen. Franken Continues to Lead the Fight to Tackle Nation's "Skills Gap," Prepare Students for 21st Century Jobs
May 18, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Scott S. Dahl, Inspector General of the Dept. of Labor - Request to Review Delay of Rules Protecting Workers from Lethal Substances, Reversal of Policy Publicizing Workplace Safety Violations
May 1, 2017 Sen. Franken Fights to Improve Workplace Safety for Millions of Americans
May 1, 2017 Letter to the Hon. John M. Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget - Maintain Revision of Employment Form to Improve Wage Data, Address Pay Gap
April 17, 2017 Sen. Franken Announces New Bill to Spur Innovative School-Industry Partnerships
April 4, 2017 Sen. Franken Fights to Ensure Women Receive Equal Pay for Equal Work
March 22, 2017 Franken, Klobuchar, Nolan Introduce Legislation To Ensure Laid-Off Workers Affected by Steel Dumping Receive Support They Deserve
March 15, 2017 Sens. Al Franken, Tammy Duckworth Continue Efforts to Train Workers for Open, High-Skill Jobs in Minnesota and Our Nation
Feb. 10, 2017 Letter to Andrew Puzder, Nominee for Secretary of Labor - Women and Worker Safety
Feb. 8, 2017 Hirono Leads Pledge to Fight Unfair Trump Attacks on Federal Workers
Jan. 25, 2017 Letter to President Trump - Exempt Entire VA from Hiring Freeze
Dec. 28, 2016 Sen. Franken Releases Responses From Uber, Lyft on Discrimination against Customers
Dec. 2, 2016 Sens. Warren, Schumer, Murray, Brown, and Franken Release Joint Statement on DOL Appeal of Overtime-Pay Rule Injunction
Oct. 26, 2016 Letter to Federal Regulators - Strengthen Accountability Measures for Executive Pay
Oct. 25, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hon. Jack Reed, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Hon. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the Hon. Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee - Call for a Provision Rolling Back Critical Workplace Protections Be Stripped From Final Defense Authorization Bill
Sept. 30, 2016 CBS - Labor Secretary Tours U.S. Bank Stadium
Sept. 21, 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017--Motion to Proceed--
July 19, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Promote Diversity at Federal Land Management Agencies
July 18, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor - Protect Workers from Violence on the Job
July 12, 2016 Letter to Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Protect Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces in Defense Bill
July 12, 2016 Letter to Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Protect Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces in Defense Bill
June 24, 2016 Markey Joins U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Workplace Protections
June 9, 2016 Sen. Franken: United Taconite Will Reopen Two Months Ahead of Schedule, Bring Hundreds of Minnesotans Back to Work, Help Iron Range Communities
May 31, 2016 Sen. Franken: Cliffs Natural Resources' Plan to Reopen United Taconite in October Will Bring Hundreds of Minnesotans Back to Work, Help Iron Range Communities
May 23, 2016 Franken, Klobuchar, Peterson, Nolan Announce USDA Grant Awarded to Boost Rural Economic Development in Minnesota
May 19, 2016 Kaine Introduces Legislation To Promote Apprenticeships, Help More Students, Workers And Employers Compete In The Global Economy
May 18, 2016 Sen. Franken Applauds New Rule That Will Extend Overtime Pay to Millions of American Workers
May 18, 2016 Mesabi Daily News - Commerce Sets Big Tariffs on Illegal Steel
May 18, 2016 Sen. Franken: New Bipartisan Bill Will Make Minnesota Workers and Employers More Competitive in Global Economy
May 13, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz, Nolan Announce New Funding for Miner Safety and Health Training in Minnesota
May 12, 2016 Franken, Klobuchar, Peterson, Walz, Nolan Announce New Funding for Miner Safety and Health Training in Minnesota
May 12, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Janet Yellen, Chair, Federal Reserve Board of Governors - Calling for Diversity at the Federal Reserve Bank
May 12, 2016 For First Time Ever, Senate Approves Funding for Tribal Loan Program Championed by Sen. Franken
April 28, 2016 Sen. Franken's Statement on Workers Memorial Day
April 28, 2016 Sen. Franken's Statement on Workers Memorial Day
April 23, 2016 Star Tribune - Sen. Franken Measure to Get Loans to Indian Country Garners Bipartisan Love
April 21, 2016 After Hard Work from Sen. Franken, Loan Program That Would Help Minnesota's Tribal Economies One Step Closer to Reality
April 20, 2016 Sen. Franken: Senate-Passed Energy Bill a Bipartisan Compromise That Will Support Clean Energy & Help Create Jobs
April 15, 2016 Sen. Franken: Proposal to Extend Overtime Pay to Millions of American Workers Nearly Finalized
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