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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Agriculture and Food

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
Oct. 26, 2017 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Bill to Protect Midwest Family Famers Sent to President's Desk for Signature
Oct. 24, 2017 Grassley-Franken Farm Bankruptcy Relief Bill Sent to President for Signature
Sept. 28, 2017 Letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture - Provide Relief to Dairy Farmers in Minnesota and Across the Country
Sept. 21, 2017 Durbin, Brown, Reed, Blumenthal, Markey, Franken Introduce Legislation To Reduce Youth Tobacco Use, Close Tax Loopholes
Sept. 8, 2017 Grassley-Franken Farm Bankruptcy Relief Bill Clears Senate
Sept. 7, 2017 To Support Minnesota Farmers & Rural Communities, Senator Franken Offers Blueprint for Energy Section of New Farm Bill
July 26, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture - Chinese Poultry Product Ban
July 7, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of US Department of Justice - Hemp Industry Access to Financial Services
May 30, 2017 Letter to President Donald Trump - Concerns over Cuts to Rural Development
May 9, 2017 Franken, Klobuchar, and Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Farm Service Agency Loan Funding
May 9, 2017 Letter to Chairmen John Hoeven and Thad Cochran, Ranking Members Jeff Merkley and Patrick Leahy, Senate Appropriations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture - Call for Farm Service Agency Loan Funding
April 24, 2017 Sen. Franken's Statement on the Confirmation of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture
April 21, 2017 Sen. Franken Pushes President Trump to Keep Promise to Support Minnesota Dairy Farmers
April 13, 2017 Letter to Donald Trump, President of the United States - Support Minnesota Farmers in Enforcement of Trade Laws With Canada
April 12, 2017 Senate Health Panel Approves Three of Sen. Franken's Provisions as Part of Bipartisan FDA Reform Bill
April 5, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Donald J. Trump - Prioritize Opening Chinese Markets to U.S. Beef
March 14, 2017 Letter to the President - Farmers in Minnesota, Across the Country Need Action to Stop Further Spread of Avian Flu
Oct. 20, 2016 Letter to Senate Committee Leaders - Unlock Federal Funds for U.S. Dairy Farmers Struggling with Historically Low Milk Prices
Oct. 13, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director of Office Management and Budget - Urging Support For USDA's Efforts To Ramp Up Help To Struggling Dairy Farmers
Oct. 12, 2016 Following Efforts from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz, and Nolan, USDA Announces New Plan to Help Dairy Producers and Families in Need
Oct. 11, 2016 Following Efforts from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz, and Nolan, USDA Announces New Plan to Help Dairy Producers and Families in Need
Oct. 11, 2016 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretarty of the Department of Agriculture - Concern About Economic Challenges for Dairy Farmers
Aug. 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Continue Efforts to End Discrimination on U.S. Turkey Exports
Aug. 1, 2016 Letter to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Following HPAI Outbreak, Ernst, Klobuchar Lead Efforts to End Discrimination on U.S. Turkey Exports
Aug. 1, 2016 Letter to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Following HPAI Outbreak, Ernst, Klobuchar Lead Efforts to End Discrimination on U.S. Turkey Exports
Aug. 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Continue Efforts to End Discrimination on U.S. Turkey Exports
July 29, 2016 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Call on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Protect U.S. Dairy Farmers from the Dairy Industry Financial Crisis
July 28, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Request for Market-Balancing Help For Struggling Dairy Farmers
July 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary, U.S. Department of State, and The Honorable Kathryn D. Sullivan, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere - Combat Seafood Fraud and Illegal and Unregulated Fishing
Dec. 18, 2015 Letter to 167 Liquid Nicotine Retailers - Marketing Flavored Liquid-Nicotine Using Recognizable Brand Names
Dec. 18, 2015 Letter to Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission - To Urge the Federal Trade Commission to Investigate Liquid-Nicotine Retailers' Advertising
Dec. 18, 2015 Letter to 25 Candy, Cereal, Food and Drink Companies - Liquid-Nicotine Retailers Using Trademarked Brand Names
Nov. 23, 2015 Sen. Franken and Bipartisan Group Press for Increased Flexibility for Dairy Farmers in Transportation Bill
Nov. 20, 2015 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Industrial Hemp
Oct. 27, 2015 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Invest in Research to Support Wisconsin Farmers
Oct. 27, 2015 Klobuchar, Franken Announce Over $1.6 Million to Help Minnesota Farmers Lower Energy Costs, Boost Renewable Energy
Aug. 24, 2015 Letter to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administrator - Help Small Farmers Comply with New Food Safety Law
July 22, 2015 Sen. Franken's Statement on Agriculture Secretary Calling for Poultry Insurance Program
July 8, 2015 Letter to Tom Donohue, President of the US Chamber of Commerce - Undermining Global Anti-Smoking Measures
May 15, 2015 Letter to Stephen Ostroff, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Provide Clarity to Businesses Before Enforcing Menu Labeling Rule
Jan. 23, 2015 Klobuchar, Franken: USDA Now Accepting Applications for REAP Grants to Help Minnesota Farmers Lower Energy Costs, Boost Renewable Energy
Oct. 6, 2014 Letter to Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman, and Richard Shelby, Ranking Member, of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall, Chairman, and Mike Johanns, Vice Chairman, of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee - Keep COOL
Sept. 10, 2014 For Fifth Year in a Row, Sen. Franken Honored as Champion for Minnesota Farmers, Ranchers, Rural Communities
Sept. 8, 2014 Letter to Michael Froman, Ambassador Office of the US Trade Representative - Restore the Flow of U.S. Agriculture Exports to China
July 31, 2014 Letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, and Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Clarity Over the Clean Water Act
July 3, 2014 Letter to Debra Crusoe, Minnesota State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency - Support Minnesota Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Flooding
June 6, 2014 Sen. Franken Backs New $26.2 Million Investment By USDA to Combat PED Virus Affecting Swine Herds in Minnesota, Across the Country
June 5, 2014 Letter to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture- Support Farmers with Losses Due to Unplanted Crops
May 12, 2014 Letter to Daniel Elliott, Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board - Address Poor Rail Service in Midwest
April 14, 2014 Letter to Mark Pryor, Chairman and Roy Blunt, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Related Agencies - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Vaccine
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