Senator Al Franken's Public Statements

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Full Name: Al Franken
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Democratic/Farmer/Labor
First Elected: 11/04/2008
Last 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
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4/16/14 After Sen. Franken Presses to Fix Poor Rail Service in MN, Key Oversight Board Directs Rail Companies to Take Action 4/14/14 Letter to Daniel R. Elliott, III, Chairman of Surface Transportation Board - Poor Rail Service in Minnesota Must Be Addressed 4/11/14 Letter to Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman and Richard Shelby, Ranking Member of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee - Bulletproof Vest Program 4/10/14 Sen. Franken Introduces Bill to Help Students in Minnesota, Across Country Access School Meals 4/10/14 Medicare Physician Payment System 4/09/14 Letter to Jack Reed, Chairman and Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies - Strong Investment in Important Land Conservation Programs 4/09/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President - Community Bank Experience Needed on Federal Reserve Board 4/09/14 Sen. Franken: Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Will Lead to Fewer Choices, Higher Prices, Even Worse Service 4/07/14 Sen. Franken's Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Unemployment Insurance Extension 4/04/14 Letter to Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Collins - New Investments in Crude-by-Rail Safety 4/04/14 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture - Act Quickly to Prevent Further Spread of PED Virus in Minnesota Swine Herds 4/04/14 Letter to Mark Pryor, Chairman and Roy Blunt, Ranking Member of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee - The Emergency Food Assistance Program 4/04/14 Sens. Klobuchar, Franken Fight to Lower Minnesotans' Energy Costs 4/04/14 Letter to Tom Harkin, Chairman and Jerry Moran, Ranking Member of Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - Sens. Collins, King Seeking Boost to LIHEAP Fuel Assistance, Weatherization Programs 4/04/14 Letter to Dianne Feinstein, Chairwoman and Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member of Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development - Sens. Collins, King Seeking Boost to LIHEAP Fuel Assistance, Weatherization Programs 4/04/14 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture and Michael Froman, US Trade Representative - Fight to Protect U.S. Producers Against Ridiculous EU Trade Demands on Names of Meat Products 4/03/14 Letter to Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Collins - Support Safe Transportation of Energy Products Fund to Increase Rail Safety 4/03/14 Letter to Senators Mikulski, Shelby, Feinstein, and Alexander - Funding for Great Lakes 4/03/14 Letter to Dianne Feinstein, Chairman and Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development - Funding for Great Lakes 4/03/14 Letter to Tom Harkin, Chairman and Jerry Moran, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - Seniors Programs 4/03/14 Letter to Patrick Leahy, Chairman and Lindsey Graham, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs - Funding for Great Lakes 4/03/14 Letter to Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman and Richard Shelby, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies - Funding for Great Lakes 4/03/14 Letter to Jack Reed, Chairman and Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations - Funding for Great Lakes 4/02/14 Sen. Franken Calls Supreme Court Ruling on Campaign Finance Laws a "Terrible Decision" 4/02/14 Letter to Barbara Mikulski, Richard Shelby, Mary Landrieu, and Daniel Coats - Strong Support for Firefighters 4/02/14 Letter to Mark Pryor, Chairman and Roy Blunt, Ranking Member of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee - WIC Benefits 4/02/14 Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014 4/01/14 Sen. Franken: Time is Now to Curb Income Gap Between Women & Men 3/28/14 Sens. Franken, Johnson Bring Attention to History of Women Stripped of Citizenship & Voting Rights 3/27/14 Senator Franken Honored for His Leadership in Improving Access to Mental Health Services 3/27/14 Minnesota Public Radio - Franken Pushes Bill Aimed at "Stalking' Apps 3/27/14 Senator Franken Reignites Efforts to End Stalking Apps Once and for All 3/26/14 Senator Franken Says Extending Biodiesel Tax Credit Would Create Minnesota Jobs, Cut Nation's Dependence on Foreign Oil 3/21/14 Pine Journal: County, Reservation Land Exchanges Heads for the President's Desk 3/21/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President - Ongoing Negotiations Between the P5+1 and Iran 3/21/14 Letter to Ron Wyden, Chairman Committee on Finance and Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member Committee on Finance - Include Extensions of Investment Tax Credit and Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy in Upcoming Tax-Extenders Package 3/19/14 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 3/19/14 Sen. Franken's Statement on Retirement of LifeScience Alley CEO Dale Wahlstrom and Succession of new CEO Shaye Mandle 3/18/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Merkley Leads Over 200 Members of Congress in Calling for Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Workplace Discrimination 3/18/14 Letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works - Protecting the Great Lakes from Destructive Asian Carp 3/18/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Negotiations with Iran 3/17/14 Klobuchar, Franken, Hoeven, Baldwin Legislation Making it Easier to Transport Propane to Communities Impacted by Propane Shortage Passes Senate, Heads to President's Desk 3/14/14 Letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works - Great Lakes Asian Carp 3/14/14 Hoeven, Klobuchar Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Impacted by Propane Shortage Passes Congress 3/14/14 Letter to Mark Wetjen, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Scott O'Malia, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Bart Chilton, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Oil and Gas Market Speculation 3/14/14 After Passing Senate, Sens. Franken, Klobuchar, & Rep. Nolan's Land Exchange Bill Set to Become Law 3/13/14 Sen. Franken: Supreme Court Shouldn't Allow Employers to Interfere with Women's Health Choices 3/11/14 Letter to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative - Dairy Products in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 3/10/14 Sen. Franken's Call for Increased Security for Power Grid Answered in Unprecedented Action by Top Energy Officials 3/07/14 Hoeven, Klobuchar, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Help Communities Impacted by Propane Shortage