May 10, 2019: Weekly Update

May 10, 2019
Newsletter

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Ribbon Cutting at McMorrow Field in South St. Paul, MN

Hi all,

We had quite a few visitors in Washington this week!

I had the privilege of hosting Amy, Jen, and Nick Fox, owners of Spiral Brewery, to testify before the House Small Business Committee on their experience owning and operating the first brewery in Hastings since Prohibition! I was also honored to have Mike Peterson, a corn and soybean farmer from Northfield, MN to share his story of running a family farm in the face of a difficult farm economy and a reckless, escalating trade war.

Hearing directly from my neighbors in the district helps me better represent you and fight for legislation that will strengthen all of our communities and economies. Thanks Amy, Jen, Nick, and Mike for taking the time to share your stories with Congress!

Last weekend, I also had some time at home to meet with folks and hear about the issues facing our communities. I had the honor of hosting a roundtable on special education funding with Senator Tina Smith in Mendota Heights, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at McMorrow Field, and kicked off “Angie in the Aisles” with folks at a local grocery store in South St. Paul. Watch for me in a grocery aisle near you!

In Washington

Fighting for family farms: Minnesota farmers deserve certainty and financial security. That’s why I sent a letter calling on the Administration to end its unfair practice of granting small refinery waivers to big oil companies, which causes more market uncertainty for Minnesota farmers. Issuing these waivers to oil refineries on the backs of family farmers hurts farmers’ bottom lines and the ag economy as a whole. You can read the letter here.

Additionally, I was thrilled to have Mike Peterson, a fourth generation family farmer from Northfield, testify before the House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on Thursday. Mike shared how the current farm economy is taking a toll on Greater Minnesota and how Congress can step up as a strong partner. You can listen to Mike's remarks here.

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Expanding broadband access: Broadband is critical to success in the 21st-century economy - and local governments are the experts on how best to expand access for their communities. That’s exactly why I cosponsored the ACCESS Broadband Act, which passed out of the House this week.

Hearing from local business owners: I was honored to invite Amy, Nick, and Jen, the owners of Hastings’ very own Spiral Brewery, to testify in a House Small Business Committee hearing to discuss the hard work that goes into creating the successful businesses that power our economies and communities. You can watch their testimony here. And of course, I had to take them out to a DC brewery the night before!

Advocating for infrastructure: After hearing from counties, business owners, and stakeholders across the district, I sent a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee outlining our district’s needs for investment in more reliable infrastructure - from safer highways to increased access to public transportation. Hearing from our neighbors in the district continues to be a top priority for me as I push for policies that will benefit all of our communities.

In the district

Angie in the Aisles: I stopped by Knowlan’s Fresh Foods in South St. Paul to chat with folks about the issues they’d like me to tackle in Washington. I heard about everything from the need to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, to expanding opportunity through career skills, technical education and apprenticeships.

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Fighting for every student: Every student deserves a high-quality education. That’s why I sat down with parents and educators in District 197 to talk about real bipartisan solutions to fund special education like the IDEA Full Funding Act. I’m proud to work with Senator Tina Smith and Representative Pete Stauber to get this done!

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Visiting McMorrow Field: It was great to be out in the sun in South St. Paul for the reopening of McMorrow Field last weekend. I’m excited to stop by again soon and take advantage of a well-deserved start to summer at such an important community gathering space!

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