Press Releases

July 19, 2021

At Rules Committee Field Hearing in Georgia, Klobuchar Calls for Bold Action to Protect Voting Rights

WASHINGTON - At today's Senate Rules and Administration Committee field hearing in Atlanta, Georgia, Chairwoman Klobuchar, emphasized the need to take bold action and enact basic federal voting standards in response to new laws limiting Americans' freedom to vote. "We've got to be as sophisticated in Washington as the people trying to mess with us. That's what civil rights legislation was back in the 60s and...people are doing this again, they're finding new ways to mess with the fundamental … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

In Georgia, Chairwoman Klobuchar Opens First Rules Committee Field Hearing in Two Decades

Klobuchar: "We are here to hear firsthand about the attack on voting rights in Georgia, why we must pass the For the People Act...This would create those basic federal voting rights that are allowed for by our Constitution, that were clearly anticipated in our Constitution." Klobuchar: "The location of today's hearing, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, is a powerful reminder of how our country has long fought against the forces of injustice - and that it has only been through … Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Rules Chairwoman Klobuchar Announces Date of Georgia Field Hearing on Voting Rights

Klobuchar to chair field hearing in Georgia as part of series of hearings on critical voting, campaign finance, and ethics reforms It will mark the first Rules Committee field hearing in 20 years WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, today announced the Rules Committee will hold a field hearing in Georgia on Monday, July 19th. This will be the first field … Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Blunt Announces Rules Committee Staff Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today announced that Rachelle Schroeder will serve as Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, replacing Fitzhugh Elder IV who has been named Republican Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.“Fitz Elder has done a remarkable job leading the Republican staff of the Rules Committee over the past three years,” said … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Klobuchar, Blunt, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Provide U.S. Capitol Police Chief with Unilateral Authority to Request Emergency Assistance from National Guard

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and colleagues, introduced the Capitol Police Emergency Assistance Act to empower the Chief of the United States Capitol Police to unilaterally request the assistance of the District of Columbia National Guard or federal law enforcement agencies in emergencies without prior approval of the Capitol Police Board. The legislation … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Praises Joint Report of Rules and Homeland Security Committees on Security, Planning, and Response Failures on January 6th

WASHINGTON - Today in the Rules Committee hearing on oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, asked U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton about his reaction to the bipartisan joint Rules Committee and Homeland Security Committee report focused on the security, planning, and response failures of January 6th that was released last week. Bolton praised the work of the committees and stated that … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Chairwoman Klobuchar Opens U.S. Capitol Police Oversight Hearing Following the January 6th Insurrection

Klobuchar: "We are here today just over a week after releasing our bipartisan joint report with the Homeland Security Committee that focuses on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th" WATCH KLOBUCHAR OPENING REMARKS HERE WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, opened a hearing on oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police following the January 6th … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Senators Klobuchar, Merkley, and Rules Committee Colleagues Urge Capitol Police Board to Obtain Input in Search For Capitol Police Chief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over the U.S. Capitol Police, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) led a letter with six colleagues to the Capitol Police Board urging it to conduct an inclusive and transparent search for the next Capitol Police Chief. In their letter, the Senators highlighted how the insurrection on January 6th eroded trust in departmental leadership among the rank-and-file officers. The letter noted that, … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Klobuchar, Blunt Introduce Legislation to Award Congressional Gold Medals to Law Enforcement Officers Who Defended Capitol on January 6th

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced legislation to issue four congressional gold medals to recognize the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th. The legislation authorizes the medals honoring law enforcement to be awarded for display by the U.S. Capitol Police and the … Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Chairwoman Klobuchar, Ranking Member Blunt, Announce U.S. Capitol Police Oversight Hearing Following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced a hearing titled "Oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol," with Michael Bolton, Inspector General for the U.S. Capitol Police, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. This week the Rules and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees released a joint report on the security, … Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Klobuchar, Blunt, Peters, Portman Release Bipartisan Report Investigating January 6th Capitol Attack

Full text of the report and recommendations is available for download HERE WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Rules and Administration, and Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a bipartisan report on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Klobuchar and Merkley Statements on For the People Act Markup

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), sponsor of the For the People Act, issued the following statements on the markup of the legislation, which would strengthen democracy, make it easier to vote, and end the influence of secret money in U.S. politics. "Today, we engaged in meaningful discussion to strengthen the For the People Act, legislation … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Chairwoman Klobuchar Opens For the People Act Markup

Klobuchar: "The bill is based on a simple idea that Americans must be able to freely choose their elected officials, and government must be accountable to the people. This is not a Democratic or Republican idea - it is a core American idea." WATCH KLOBUCHAR OPENING REMARKS HERE WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, opened the markup of the For the People Act, … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Reforms in the For the People Act are Widely Popular With Both Republicans and Democrats

Many of the legislation's provisions have already been implemented in states with governors from both parties WASHINGTON - With nine bipartisan bills, including several provisions that have already been implemented in states with governors from both parties, the For the People Act includes reforms that are broadly popular with Americans across the political spectrum. 78% of Americans, including 63% of Republicans, support making early in-person voting available for at least two weeks prior … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Blunt Delivers Opening Statement at Rules Committee Markup of S.1

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, delivered his opening statement at the committee markup of S.1, Senate Democrats’ partisan, 800+ page election bill.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“As we prepare for this markup, my staff actually went back and reviewed transcripts of previous Rules Committee business meetings. As most of you know on this committee, we work primarily through consultation, courtesy, and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2021

Klobuchar Statement on Security Failures and Recommendations Detailed by U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General

Testimony at Committee on House Administration hearing shows reforms to Capitol Police intelligence sharing and procedures are needed WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration, made the following statement regarding testimony from United States Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton at today's hearing of the Committee on House Administration. "On January 6th brave law enforcement officers were left to defend not only … Continue Reading


April 14, 2021

Klobuchar Announces Markup of the For the People Act

Legislation would strengthen democracy, make it easier to vote, and end influence of dark money in politics WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, announced that the Rules Committee would hold a markup of the For The People Act, S. 1, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. The markup follows the March 24 hearing in the Committee. "Across the country, the right to vote is … Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Blunt Questions Panel Regarding S.1’s Unworkable Mandates, Partisan Changes to the FEC & More

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.),Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, questioned a panel of experts regarding provisions of S.1 that impose costly, unworkable mandates on states, raise serious constitutional concerns, and turn the Federal Election Commission into a partisan body.Video of Blunt’s Q&A is below. The full video of the hearing and list of witnesses can be found … Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

First Senate Hearing on For the People Act Details Need for Legislation to Strengthen Democracy

Chairwoman Klobuchar: "This bill is about strengthening our democracy by returning it to the hands of its rightful owners: the American people" Video of the hearing is available HERE. WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, held the first Senate hearing on the For The People Act, legislation that would strengthen democracy, make it easier to vote, and end the … Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Blunt Delivers Opening Statement at Rules Committee Hearing on S.1

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.),Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, delivered his opening statement at a hearing on S.1, Senate Democrats’ partisan, 800+ page election bill.Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:“Good morning to everybody here, and pleased others will be attending as the morning goes on.“Before I begin my comments on today's hearing, I'd like to congratulate Chairwoman Klobuchar on becoming head of our committee. Senator Klobuchar … Continue Reading

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