Press Releases

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


December 16, 2019

Blunt Applauds Rules Committee Approval of Brett Blanton’s Nomination to Serve as Architect of the Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee approved the nomination of Brett Blanton to serve as Architect of the Capitol: “Brett Blanton has the right background and credentials to serve as Architect of the Capitol. The leadership experience he gained over more than two decades in the U.S. Navy, combined with his significant background in facilities operations and … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Senate Rules and House Administration Committees Congratulate Architect of the Capitol Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), along with Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (Calif.) and Ranking Member Rodney Davis (Ill.), released the following statements congratulating J. Brett Blanton upon receiving the nomination to become the new Architect of the Capitol (AOC). Mr. Blanton has over 25 years of experience in the public sector, retiring from the Navy as a Commander in … Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Rules Committee Approves Nomination of Hugh Halpern to Serve as Government Publishing Office Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee voted to approve the nomination of Hugh Halpern to serve as Director of the Government Publishing Office:“Hugh Halpern is widely known and respected on both sides of the aisle. During his more than 30 years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, he had extensive experience working with the Government Publishing Office and … 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


October 10, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement Regarding Arrests of Giuliani Associates on Campaign Finance Violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the Federal Election Commission (FEC), released this statement following reports that two associates of Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly helped fund efforts to investigate one of President Donald Trump's political rivals, have been arrested on charges of campaign finance violations. Klobuchar has sent two letters to the FEC in recent weeks calling for more information regarding … Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Following Arrests, Ranking Member Klobuchar Urges Attorney General, Federal Election Commission to Investigate Rudy Giuliani for Potential Campaign Finance Violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections and the Federal Election Commission (FEC), sent a letter today to Attorney General William Barr and the FEC urging them to investigate whether Rudy Giuliani, the President's personal lawyer, violated campaign finance laws and who is financing his efforts. Earlier today, two associates of Giuliani, who reportedly helped fund efforts to investigate one of … Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

In Response to Senate Intelligence Committee Report Ranking Member Klobuchar Urges Rules Chairman Blunt to Immediately Schedule a Markup of the Honest Ads Act

The Senate Intelligence Committee report examines Russia's efforts to use social media to sow societal discord and influence the outcome of the 2016 election and urges Congress to "examine legislative approaches to ensuring Americans know the sources of online political advertisements" The Honest Ads Act would help prevent foreign actors from influencing our elections by ensuring that political ads sold online have the same transparency and disclosure requirements as ads sold on TV, radio, … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Following Publication of Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on Russia’s Use of Social Media to Interfere in the 2016 Presidential Election, Ranking Member Klobuchar Pushes for Passage of Honest Ads Act and Other Legislation to Combat Foreign Election Interference

The Honest Ads Act would help prevent foreign actors from influencing our elections by ensuring that political ads sold online have the same transparency and disclosure requirements as ads sold on TV, radio, and satellite, the Intelligence Committee Report specifically calls on Congress to pass such legislation WASHINGTON - Following publication of the Select Committee on Intelligence's new report titled, "Russia's Use of Social Media," U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Requests Additional Information from Federal Election Commission Regarding Foreign Contribution Ban

Klobuchar is the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight of the Federal Election Commission WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the Federal Election Commission (FEC), requested information from the Commission today regarding how they previously defined a "thing of value" and "anything of value" and to provide information on all past instances in which these were applied for enforcing campaign … Continue Reading


October 03, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Expresses Concern over Reported Justice Department Failure to Notify Federal Election Commission of Campaign Finance Complaint

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over the Federal Election Commission (FEC), sent a letter expressing concern regarding reports that the Department of Justice allegedly failed to follow a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the FEC by not referring campaign finance related complaints to the Commission. "The FEC's jurisdiction over federal elections provides it with tools not at the [Justice] Department's … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

Blunt, Klobuchar, Hyde-Smith Announce New Senate Leave Policy for Wounded Warriors

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), a member of the committee, announced a new Senate leave policy for wounded warriors. The policy was authorized under H.R. 6160, the House companion measure to a bill introduced by Hyde-Smith, that passed the Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law in December 2018. The legislation amended the Wounded Warriors … Continue Reading


September 28, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Reports that Trump Told Russians He Was “Unconcerned” with 2016 Election Interference

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 on the recent reports that President Donald Trump told two senior Russian officials that he was "unconcerned" about Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "Our nation's top law enforcement and national security officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations have made it clear that … Continue Reading

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