Press Releases

September 25, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Trump-Zelensky Phone Record

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement on the released record of the phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "The record of this call is deeply disturbing-the President solicited a foreign leader to investigate a political rival and his family, prioritizing his personal gain over the national security interests of the United States. President Trump indicated that he would direct his personal attorney … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Amendment to Provide $250 Million in Election Security Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, released the following statement after the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment led by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and cosponsored by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) to provide $250 million for State Election Security Grants. Klobuchar has been a leader in working to secure election security funding for states … Continue Reading


August 31, 2019

In Response to Lack of Quorum at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Ranking Member Klobuchar Urges the President to Nominate a New Commissioner

Beginning today, the FEC no longer has a quorum and cannot 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, sent a letter to President Donald Trump today urging him to work with the Senate to help reestablish a quorum at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) … Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Report Highlighting Election System Vulnerability

This week, the Brennan Center for Justice released a report evaluating the state of our country's election security and recommended that more must be done to secure our elections WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement on a report from the Brennan Center for Justice highlighting the urgent need for action on election security. "Election security is national security. It is time we started acting like it. The integrity of our election system is the cornerstone … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

On Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Presses for Action on Election Security Legislation

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 entities … Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Introduces Redistricting Reform Legislation to Help End Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, introduced new legislation to help end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation's patchwork redistricting process. The Redistricting Reform Act would require states to establish independent, bipartisan redistricting commissions to draw fair statewide district maps after each decennial census. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Educate Americans about Misinformation Online, Prevent the Impact of Foreign Influence Campaigns

The Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Act would establish a grant program at the Department of Education to help develop digital citizenship and media literacy education across grades K-12 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced new legislation to combat foreign interference campaigns by improving media literacy education that teaches students skills to identify misinformation online. Foreign adversaries are using information warfare to influence democracies across the … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement after Republicans Block Her Election Security Legislation

Republicans refused to take up Klobuchar's Securing America's Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, which already passed the House WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, released the following statement today after Republicans blocked Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) effort to pass her bill, the Securing America's Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, which already passed the House of Representatives. "Today, Leader … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decisions in the partisan gerrymandering cases of Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek. "Today's Supreme Court decision gives a green light to politicians who manipulate congressional districts. This is wrong. How we divide our electoral maps should not be political. It should be a fair, non-partisan process that puts the people first, not political parties. That is why I … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

On the Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls for Action on Election Security Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) took to the Senate floor to call for action on election security legislation. She asked for unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of S.1540, the Election Security Act and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) objected. "Russia invaded our democracy. They didn't use bombs, jets, or tanks. Instead, they planned a sophisticated cyber mission to undermine our democratic system," Klobuchar said in her remarks. "The … Continue Reading


June 25, 2019

Klobuchar, Warner Introduce Legislation to Prevent Foreign Interference in American Politics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, introduced legislation today to expand the scope of the prohibition on political activity by foreign nationals. The Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars (PAID AD) Act would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) to prevent … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Blunt, Klobuchar, Brown Bill Giving Senate Cafeteria Workers the Full Retirement Benefits They Have Earned Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senators Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) announced that their bill to restore full retirement benefits for certain Senate dining employees has been signed into law. Blunt, Klobuchar, and Brown have worked on this effort for over a year.In 2008, the Senate privatized its dining operations, which changed the employment status of 45 Senate … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

On the Senate Floor, Ranking Member Klobuchar Celebrates Centennial of Women’s Constitutional Right to Vote

Klobuchar joined her colleagues on the Senate floor to recognize the importance of the women's suffrage movement that led to the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN) took to the Senate floor to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Klobuchar joined her colleagues on the Senate floor to recognize the importance of the women's suffrage movement that led to the 19th amendment, … Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Blunt Congratulates Lonnie G. Bunch III on Selection to Lead Smithsonian Institution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, commended the Smithsonian Institution’s announcement that Lonnie G. Bunch III has been elected as the next Secretary of the Smithsonian:“Lonnie Bunch has dedicated his career to preserving and sharing our nation’s history, and it’s fitting that he will now be making history as the first African American to lead the Smithsonian Institution. The millions of visitors who experience the Smithsonian each year … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Leads Landmark Election Security Bill

The Election Security Act would improve election cybersecurity and combat foreign interference in our democracy Over three dozen senators have cosponsored the legislation WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, introduced major election security legislation with 38 Senate cosponsors. The Election Security Act would require backup paper ballots and provide election security grants to states for cyber … Continue Reading


April 24, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Klobuchar Leads Letter with 31 Senators Urging Increase in Funding for the Election Assistance Commission

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with assisting election officials to provide accessible, secure, and accurate elections WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, which has jurisdiction over elections, led a letter with 31 Democratic senators urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to increase funding for the Election Assistance … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Urges Department of Homeland Security and FBI to Establish Election Security Task Force

Letter encourages Department of Homeland Security and FBI to establish a task force to combat the spread of online misinformation designed to undermine our elections WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) today urging them to work with the businesses and state election officials to establish a task force to combat the spread of misinformation. Leading tech companies such as Facebook, … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

On 54th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ranking Member Klobuchar Calls on Congress to Make Voting Easier for All Americans

WASHINGTON - On the 54th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) called on Congress to pass her legislation to make voting easier for all Americans. Klobuchar, the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight jurisdiction over federal elections, introduced three bills. One to automatically register all eligible voters, another to inform young people about voter registration and elections, and finally, one to make it easier to vote on Election Day by … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Ranking Member Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Make Voting Easier for All Americans

The Register America to Vote Act would require every state to register eligible citizens to vote when they turn 18 The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote on the same day as the election The Students Voicing Opinions in Today's Elections (VOTE) Act would create a pilot program to educate high school seniors about registering to vote WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with … Continue Reading


February 13, 2019

Senators Blunt, Lankford Resolution to Reduce Needless Delays for Senate-Confirmed Nominees Passes Rules Committee

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and Senator James Lankford's (Okla.) resolution (S. Res. 50) to update the Senate rules for most Senate-confirmed nominees passed out of the committee in a vote of 10 to 9. The resolution will reduce the 30 hours of post-cloture debate time to two hours for most nominees, including many Executive Branch nominees and district court judges, while maintaining 30 hours for high-level … Continue Reading

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