Press Releases

September 22, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Representative Lofgren Introduce Election Mail Act to Ensure Free Postage and Fast Delivery for Ballots

Legislation seeks to codify long standing U.S. Postal Service practices and ensure voters do not have to pay to return ballots WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the Committee on House Administration, introduced legislation to direct the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to carry all election mail at a First-Class standard, postmark all ballots for federal elections, improve the … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Online Platforms to Take Additional Measures to Stop Voting Related Misinformation and Disinformation

The Intelligence Community has confirmed Russia is trying to interfere in the election through social media WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, along with 16 colleagues sent a letter to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and YouTube, urging executives to take further measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. The Intelligence Community has confirmed that Russia is trying … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

On Call with Bipartisan Group of State and Local Election Officials, Ranking Member Klobuchar and Leader Schumer Discuss Election Preparedness and Need for Additional Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), held a call with a bipartisan group of state and local election officials to discuss plans they are implementing to ensure a successful general election this fall. They also discussed the urgent need for additional emergency election funding as states continue to grapple with … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Urges Federal Voting Assistance Program to Protect Voting Rights for Military and Overseas Voters

Reports indicate that military members also have had difficulty accessing state election websites while serving abroad WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, sent a letter to David Beirne, the Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) - an agency that assists military and overseas voters with voter assistance and education programs - at the Department of Defense (DoD), urging FVAP to … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Menendez, Carper Urge Embassies to Protect Right to Vote for Americans Overseas

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and mail delays, Senators call on officials to provide information regarding contingency plans to ensure that the more than 3 million American citizens living abroad can safely vote WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Leads House and Senate Leaders with Jurisdiction over Federal Elections to Call on Director of National Intelligence to Immediately Reschedule In-Person Election Security Briefings

On August 28, 2020, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe sent a letter notifying Congress that in-person briefings would stop WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member on the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the Committee on House Administration, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate … Continue Reading


August 29, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Director of National Intelligence’s Cancellation of Election Security Briefings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, released the following statement regarding the Office of the Director of National Intelligence cancelling all election security briefings to Congress: "The very same month that the Director of National Intelligence issued a warning that foreign adversaries are currently working to interfere in our elections, he cancelled all election security … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Carper, Coons, Schumer, and Rules Committee Democrats Request Information From State And Local Election Officials on the Impact of Delays on Election Mail and Other Postal Service Changes

Letter to Secretaries of State and State Election Directors requests that information on election mail delays their state has experienced, delivery time and prices for election mail, changes they have made to state requirements in light of election mail delays, and other important information for investigating USPS WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democrats on the … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy’s Appearance at Senate Hearing

Klobuchar and her colleagues have called on USPS to immediately reverse changes to Postal Service operations and address mail service delays WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, released the following statement after the U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled, "Examining … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Postmaster General Suspending Changes at USPS until After Election

Klobuchar and her colleagues have called on USPS to immediately reverse changes to Postal Service operations and address mail service delays WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, released the following statement after the U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will halt changes in policies and operations that are … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Centennial of 19th Amendment Guaranteeing Women in America Right to Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, on the 100th anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement. [Note: This statement by Senator Klobuchar was published as part of the National Museum of American History's exhibit, Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage.] This year, we celebrate an important milestone in our democracy-the centennial of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women in America the right to … Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Colleagues Call on Postal Board of Governors to Immediately Reverse Changes Made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Which Have Degraded and Delayed Postal Service Operations

"It is Critical that you act Immediately to Address Efforts by President Trump and Mr. DeJoy to Sabotage the Postal Service" WASHINGTON -Today U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith and colleagues sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, calling on them to immediately use their authority to reverse changes to Postal Service operations and mail service delays put in place by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Mr. DeJoy appears to be engaged in a deliberate … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Schumer, Pelosi, Top Committee Democrats Press Postmaster General For Answers On Partisan Campaign To Slow The Mail Before The Election

Democratic Leaders Release Letters From Postal Service This Week Detailing Dangerous Operational Changes At Hundreds Of Facilities Across The Country WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other top Democrats from Congressional committees with jurisdiction over federal elections and the Postal Service - Chairperson Zoe Lofgren … Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Peters, Carper and Schumer Lead Senate Democratic Caucus Urging USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

Letter follows reports that USPS indicated to state election officials it will depart from long-standing practice of prioritizing election mail, delaying delivery times unless states pay more WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), led the entire Senate Democratic caucus in a … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on 55th Anniversary of Voting Rights Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, on the 55th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act into law, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, released the following statement: "Fifty-five years ago, our nation made historic progress in the fight for federal civil rights when the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. The Voting Rights Act was a cornerstone achievement for the civil rights … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Republican Proposal Failing to Protect Americans’ Right to Vote During Pandemic

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 the Republican proposal addressing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that failed to include funding to protect elections during the pandemic. "This proposal fails to help states safely administer elections during the pandemic by providing resources and expanding options for Americans to vote. I've … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Ranking Member Klobuchar, Colleagues Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Senators Call on Majority Leader McConnell to hold vote on bipartisan bill that would restore the landmark Voting Rights Act WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and over 40 colleagues to introduce the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which as a reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore the landmark Voting Rights Act and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis - one of America's … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

In Rules Hearing: Ranking Member Klobuchar Leads Call to Protect Americans’ Right to Vote During the Pandemic

"I would rather be putting ballots in a mailbox than people in the hospital," Klobuchar said WATCH VIDEO REMARKS FROM HEARING HERE WASHINGTON- Today, just 104 days before the 2020 General Election, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, spoke about the need to need to make sure no voter has to choose between their health and exercising their right to vote during a full hearing of the Senate Rules … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Blunt Announces Rules Committee Hearing on 2020 Election Preparations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, will hold a hearing titled, “2020 General Election Preparations” at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Room 301 of the Russell Senate Office Building. The committee will hear from state and local election officials about the steps they are taking to ensure safe, secure, and accessible elections. “State and local election officials face a unique set of challenges with the … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Following Request from Ranking Member Klobuchar, Colleagues, CDC Issues Updated Voting Guidance to Protect Voters Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Updated guidance recommends use of face coverings,voting alternatives that minimize contact, and safety measures for voters and election officials WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with jurisdiction over federal elections, and Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in … Continue Reading

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