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Al Franken's Public Statements

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
Dec. 6, 2017 Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn - Senators Blunt, Klobuchar, Young Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister on Adoptions
Dec. 5, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Senators Murray and Cantwell Demand Trump Administration Reinstate Birth Control Coverage for Millions of Women
Nov. 29, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services - Democrats Again Call on HHS to Explain Troubling Changes to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Nov. 21, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Ryan Zinke, Secretary of US Department of the Interior - Elephant Trophy Decision
Nov. 16, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, the Honorable Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Honorable Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Answers on Travel ban's Impact on Refugees
Nov. 15, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, DHS Acting Secretary - Accept DACA Applications Delayed by Postal Service
Nov. 14, 2017 Letter to Acting Secretary Duke and Acting Director Roman - ICE's Planned Expansion of Detention Sites around St. Paul
Nov. 13, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, DHS, and the Hon. Kevin McAleenan, US Customs and Border Protection - Call for Investigation to Immigration Arrests at Hospitals, Schools and Churches
Nov. 13, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Hon. Kevin McAleenan, US Customs and Border Protection - Call for Investigation into Immigration Enforcement in Sensitive Locations
Nov. 10, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Eric D Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Provide Answers on its Interference with Health Care of Young Women in HHS Custody
Nov. 9, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine C. Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Reverse Administration Decision to Expose Thousands to Dangerous Deportations
Nov. 8, 2017 Letter to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs In Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Nov. 8, 2017 Letter to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs In Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Nov. 8, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs
Nov. 7, 2017 U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Services for LGBT Seniors
Nov. 7, 2017 Letter to Mr. Brenton L. Saunders, CEO, Allergan plc - Monopoly Keeps Price of Drug High, Limits Competition
Nov. 7, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs
Nov. 3, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Donald J. Trump, President - Support Funding to Stem Opioid Epidemic
Oct. 27, 2017 Letter to Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, Mark Inch, Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons - Reverse Cuts to Critical Halfway Houses and Other Programs that Reduce Recidivism
Oct. 26, 2017 Sen. Franken Ratchets up Fight to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Minnesota & Across Country
Oct. 25, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Protect DACA Information
Oct. 25, 2017 Letter to President Donald J. Trump - Allow Government to Negotiate Lower Prices for Naloxone
Oct. 25, 2017 Letter to President Donald Trump - Senators Call on President to Allow Government to Negotiate Lower Prices for Naloxone, a Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug
Oct. 20, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations - Young, Merkley Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling for Action on Burma Crisis
Oct. 20, 2017 Letter to Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services, Robert Patterson, Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration - Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act
Oct. 20, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations - Young, Merkley Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling for Action on Burma Crisis
Oct. 19, 2017 Sens. Franken, Murkowski Make Bipartisan Push to Bring Justice to Native Survivors of Sexual Violence
Oct. 19, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, the Hon. Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador
Oct. 19, 2017 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Walz, Nolan, and Emmer Praise Restoration of Wolf Depredation Services
Oct. 18, 2017 Letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture - Locate, Shift, or Transfer Resource Necessary to Allow Wolf Depredation Services to Continue in Minnesota
Oct. 17, 2017 Hatch/Franken Child Protection Improvements Act Passes in the Senate
Oct. 17, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Reported Violations of Sensitive Locations Policy
Oct. 16, 2017 Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats to File Amicus Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood; Stand Up for Women's Health & Rights in Texas
Oct. 12, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, and Ms. Candice Jackson - Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools
Oct. 12, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, and Ms. Candice Jackson - Clarify Confusing Sexual Assault Guidance for Schools
Oct. 11, 2017 Letter to Dr. Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health - Warren, Murphy, Cortez Masto Lead Colleagues in Urging NIH to Renew Funding for Firearm Violence Research
Sept. 28, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance Makes It Harder for Victims and Survivors to Seek Justice
Sept. 25, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Senators Call for Extension of DACA Renewal Deadline in Wake of Storms
Sept. 21, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, the Hon. Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Hon. Jonodev Chaudhuri, Commissioner of the National Indian Gaming Commission - Strengthen Response to Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking in Indian Country
Sept. 14, 2017 Sen. Franken Pushes Measure to Ensure Minnesota Families Have Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care & Preschool
Sept. 14, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Senators Urge Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Uphold Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors, Invest in Civil Rights Office
Sept. 12, 2017 Congress Approves Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Condemning White Nationalists, Neo Nazis, KKK and Other Hate Groups
Sept. 8, 2017 Murphy, Durbin, Brown, Franken, Blumenthal, Warren & Harris Introduce Students before Profits Act
Sept. 5, 2017 Sen. Franken Blasts President Trump's Decision to End DACA Program
Aug. 24, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of US Department of Justice - Violence Prevention Funding Under Byrne-JAG Program
Aug. 18, 2017 Letter to Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security - After Charlottesville Attack, Senators Press DHS on Trump Administration's De-emphasis of Domestic Terrorism Efforts
Aug. 18, 2017 Letter to Elaine Duke, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security - After Charlottesville Attack, Senators Press DHS on Trump Administration's De-emphasis of Domestic Terrorism Efforts
Aug. 15, 2017 Letter to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA Commission to Combat Campus Sexual Violence - Democratic Senators Urge NCAA to Promote Campus Safety
Aug. 15, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Thomas E. Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Healthcare Discrimination under ACA
Aug. 4, 2017 Letter to the Honorable Jefferson Sessions, US Attorney General - Trump Comments on Law Enforcement use of Excessive Force
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