Senator 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.

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12/12/17 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Abandon Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules 12/12/17 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Citing Unknown Impacts on Students and Schools, Senators Murray and Cantwell Demand Delay of Net Neutrality Decision 12/07/17 Executive Session 12/06/17 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, the Hon. Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader - Extend Secure Rural School Program 12/06/17 Letter to the Hon. Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the EPA - Protect Strong Fuel Economy Standards 12/06/17 Letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn - Senators Blunt, Klobuchar, Young Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister on Adoptions 12/05/17 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 12/04/17 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Delay Vote Rolling Back Net Neutrality Rules 12/04/17 Letter to the Hon. Donald J. Trump, President - Nominate Aggressive Head of Consumer Watchdog 12/04/17 Letter to the Hon. Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General - Trump Tweets Aimed at Influencing Justice Department 11/30/17 Letter to Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, James Mattis, Secretary of Defense, and Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy - Senators to Trump Administration: Reject Calls for New Nuclear Weapons 11/29/17 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 11/21/17 Letter to the Honorable Ryan Zinke, Secretary of US Department of the Interior - Elephant Trophy Decision 11/17/17 Letter to Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Judiciary Democrats Denounce Grassley Blue Slip Decision 11/17/17 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Senator Markey Leads Senators in Call to Fund Program for School and Library Internet Access 11/16/17 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 11/15/17 Letter to the Hon. Elaine Duke, DHS Acting Secretary - Accept DACA Applications Delayed by Postal Service 11/15/17 Letter to the Hon. Robert E. Lighthizer, US Trade Representative - Strong Protections for Workers 11/15/17 Letter to the Hon. Brock Long, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Hon. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development - Nelson Calls for Better Coordination To Address Housing Needs of Hurricane Victims 11/15/17 Letter to the Hon. David L. Hunt, FCC Inspector General - Impartial Investigation into Potential Quid Pro Quo between Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump Administration, and Sinclair Broadcasting 11/15/17 Letter to the Hon. Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission Chairman - Impartial Investigation into Potential Quid Pro Quo between Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump Administration, and Sinclair Broadcasting 11/14/17 Letter to Acting Secretary Duke and Acting Director Roman - ICE's Planned Expansion of Detention Sites around St. Paul 11/14/17 Letter to the Hon. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - Discharge Federal Student Loans of Defrauded Students 11/13/17 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 11/13/17 Letter to Steven T. Walther, Chairman of the Federal Election Commission - Senators Urge FEC to Improve Transparency for Online Ads 11/13/17 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 11/13/17 Sen. Franken: GOP Tax Plan is Giveaway to Corporations & the Rich; Says New Provision to Gut ACA is Unconscionable 11/13/17 Letter to Assistant Attorney General Delrahim - Feinstein, Senators Work to Prevent Undue White House Interference with Justice Department Antitrust Enforcement Decisions 11/10/17 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 11/09/17 Letter to the Hon. Nancy Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of the SSA - Details of Coordination with Trump Voter Fraud Commission 11/09/17 Letter to the Hon. Gene L. Dodaro, GAO - Examine Pruitt's Science Advisory Board Double Standard 11/09/17 Letter to the Hon. Elaine C. Duke, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security - Reverse Administration Decision to Expose Thousands to Dangerous Deportations 11/08/17 Sen. Franken's Statement on Reports that DOJ Has Discussed CNN as Part of ATT/Time Warner Deal 11/08/17 Letter to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs In Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic 11/08/17 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Continue to Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs 11/07/17 Letter to the Hon. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services - Prioritize LGBTQ Youth in Key Programs 11/07/17 Letter to Mr. Brenton L. Saunders, CEO, Allergan plc - Monopoly Keeps Price of Drug High, Limits Competition 11/07/17 Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Bill to Protect Midwest Family Farmers Signed into Law 11/07/17 U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Services for LGBT Seniors 11/07/17 Millions of Seniors to Benefit from Fast-Approaching Expansion of Sen. Franken's Bipartisan Diabetes Prevention Program 11/07/17 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 11/06/17 Letter to the Hon. Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget - Feinstein, Senate Democrats Call For Comprehensive Disaster Relief 11/03/17 Letter to the Hon. Donald J. Trump, President - Support Funding to Stem Opioid Epidemic 11/02/17 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and the Hon. Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader - King, Colleagues Urge Senate Leadership to Protect Prevention and Public Health Fund 11/02/17 Letter to the Hon. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Sen. Franken Demands Attorney General Jeff Sessions Explain Himself Amid New Trump-Russia Revelations 11/02/17 Letter to the Hon. Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the DOI - Oppose Delay of BLM Waste Prevention Rule, Save Taxpayer Money and Protect Public Health 11/02/17 Letter to Jeff Sessions, Attorney General - Feinstein, Colleagues Urge Sessions to Protect Transgender Workers from Discrimination 11/02/17 Letter to Ms. Seema Verma, Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Halt Proposals to hike Medicare Costs 11/01/17 Letter to President Donald Trump - Sen. Franken Presses President Trump to Stand Strong for America's Iron & Steel Industry During His Upcoming Trip to China 11/01/17 Letter to the Hon. Wilbur Ross, U.S. Department of Commerce - Sen. Franken Renews Call on Trump Administration To Maintain Scientific Integrity in National Climate Assessment Update

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