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June 12, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Colleagues, Urge Federal Election Commission to Act Now to Require Transparency for Online Political Advertisements

Americans have the right to know who is paying for advertisements placed to influence their vote WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urged the FEC to act quickly to complete the rulemaking process to provide clear rules concerning disclaimers on online political advertisements. The letter follows a nearly ten month period where the FEC lacked a quorum and was unable to … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Following Chaos in Georgia Primary, Ranking Member Klobuchar, Senators Feinstein, Peters, Call For Hearings on How to Safely Vote during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changes in primary dates, election rules and practices, present the threat that disinformation will disenfranchise voters WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, led her colleagues in calling on Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) of the Senate Rules Committee, Ron Johnson (R-WI) of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in calling for hearings … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Problems with Georgia’s Primary Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, issued the following statement in response to reports of widespread problems facing primary voters in Georgia today. Reports from the metro Atlanta area indicate that voters faced hours-long lines and malfunctioning machines. Additionally, some voters never received the mail-in ballot they requested so they could safely vote from home. "Today in … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement in Response to the President’s Tweet

Klobuchar: "The President's tweet amounts to a ransom note. In the middle of a pandemic, he wants to hold our democracy hostage." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, issued the following statement in response to tweets from President Trump on funding for vote-by-mail. "The President's tweet amounts to a ransom note. In the middle of a pandemic, he wants to hold our democracy hostage. … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

On Senate Floor: Following Requests from Republican and Democratic Election Officials, Ranking Member Klobuchar Pushes to Pass Legislation to Make it Easier for States to Access Emergency Election Funding

Klobuchar asked for unanimous consent to lift restrictions that prevent states from accessing election funding designated to help them safely carry out elections during the pandemic, Republicans objected to Klobuchar's request WATCH VIDEO OF KLOBUCHAR'S REMARKS HERE WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, spoke on the floor of the Senate and called on her Republican colleagues to pass … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Labor Presidents from AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT, NEA, SEIU Join Ranking Member Klobuchar For Discussion on Election Funding

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, hosted a call with labor union presidents including, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, AFT President Randi Weingarten, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry to discuss the need to pass funding immediately to protect Americans' right to safely vote during the coronavirus pandemic. "I … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

At Senate Rules Committee Hearing, Ranking Member Klobuchar Opposes Trainor and Abandonment of Bipartisan Process for Advancing FEC Nominees

At the Rules Committee markup, Klobuchar criticizes abandonment of the tradition of advancing Republican and Democratic nominees together in order to move forward an extreme nominee who doesn't believe in basic campaign finance law WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, reiterated her opposition to the Senate abandoning the bipartisan tradition of considering Federal Election Commission … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

With Unprecedented Disruptions From Coronavirus, Ranking Member Klobuchar and Senator Wyden Introduce Bill to Ensure Americans are Still Able to Vote

The Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 would expand early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states and would reimburse states for additional costs in administering elections during the coronavirus pandemic Confusion regarding Ohio's primary underscores need for federal action WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, and Senator Wyden (D-OR), … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

On Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls on Republican Colleagues to Bring For the People Act to the Senate Floor

Today marks one year since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 For The People Act, to restore ethics and transparency to government, which includes over a dozen Klobuchar provisions, including the Honest Ads Act and Election Security Act WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, spoke on the floor of the Senate and called on her Republican colleagues to bring H.R. 1, the For the People … Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

At Senate Rules Committee Hearing, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls on Colleagues to Restore Bipartisan Process for FEC Nominations

At the nomination hearing for only the Republican FEC nominee, Klobuchar urges the White House and Senate Republicans not to abandon bipartisan tradition and to move forward in nominating a Democratic candidate WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, called on her colleagues to restore the Senate tradition of considering Federal Election Commission (FEC) nominees on a bipartisan basis. At … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Opposes Partisan Nomination to FEC

Following announcement that Republicans will hold nomination hearing only for the Republican FEC nominee, Klobuchar urges the White House and Senate Republicans not to abandon bipartisan tradition and to move forward in nominating a Democratic candidate WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, pushed back on the White House and Senate Republicans today following the decision to proceed with a … Continue Reading


January 17, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Renews Calls to Immediately Restore Quorum at the Federal Election Commission (FEC)

The FEC has not had a quorum since August and has thus been unable to fully enforce federal election laws Klobuchar is the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the FEC and federal elections WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, led a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone urging the Administration to immediately nominate the bipartisan pair of candidates that … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on New Facebook Ad Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released this statement following Facebook's announcement that they will introduce changes to their platform to allow users to control more of the ads they see, but won't limit political advertising. "Facebook is doubling down on a policy that hurts our democracy. It is wrong to take money from political campaigns in exchange for disseminating blatant lies to the American people. It is also wrong that Facebook is immune from any liability for the … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Senator Bennet, Colleagues Urge Increase in Funding for Election Security Grants and the Election Assistance Commission

State and local officials require significant resources to improve election security and modernize election infrastructure The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with assisting election officials to provide accessible, secure, and accurate elections WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over elections, Michael Bennet (D-CO), and 37 of their colleagues led a … Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

One Year Before Election, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls for Passage of Election Security Legislation

WASHINGTON - With this week marking just one year before the next federal election, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, issued this statement calling for passage of election security legislation. "Russia invaded our democracy in 2016, and our top intelligence and military officials are sounding the alarm bells that Russia is at it again and other adversaries are following suit. With a year to go until the … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Twitter Banning Political Ads

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, released this statement following news that Twitter will no longer run political ads. Klobuchar is the author of the Honest Ads Act with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to help prevent foreign interference in future elections and … Continue Reading


October 29, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Introduces New Legislation to Remove Barriers to Running for Federal Office

The Help America Run Act (HARA) would update the law to reflect the realities of modern America and make it so that an American's net worth and network doesn't dictate whether they can serve their country, allowing candidates for federal office to use campaign funds for child care, elder care, and health care premiums Representative Katie Porter (D-CA-45) introduced companion legislation earlier this spring and the House is expected to pass the legislation this week WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

On Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls for Immediate Consideration of New Legislation to Stop Foreign Interference in our Elections

In remarks on the floor of the Senate, Klobuchar asked for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of the SHIELD Act The Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act includes three Klobuchar provisions to secure U.S elections, including the Honest Ads Act, PAID Ads Act, and Deceptive Practices and the Voter Intimidation Prevention Act The House of Representatives is expected to pass companion legislation today … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

On Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Presses for Action on Election Security Legislation and Passage of the Honest Ads Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, spoke on the Senate floor today urging her Republican colleagues to take up legislation to protect our election infrastructure. The intelligence community, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, has repeatedly confirmed that foreign agents have … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar: The Department of Justice Failed to Refer Probable Campaign Finance Violation to the Federal Election Commission

Klobuchar received a response to her letters to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) which confirmed that the Department of Justice did not follow the longstanding memorandum of understanding between the Department and the FEC when it failed to refer their inquiry on whether President Trump violated campaign finance laws; The FEC also confirmed that opposition research is "a thing of value" under the law Klobuchar is Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the … Continue Reading

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