Congresswoman Angie Craig Gets Results for Minnesotans in First 100 Days in Congress
Tomorrow marks the 100th day in office for the 116th Congress. Since day one, Rep. Angie Craig has prioritized showing up, listening and working across the aisle to solve the real problems families in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District face.
“I am humbled and honored to represent our families in Minnesota’s Second District. Every day, I look for ways to find common ground on the kitchen table issues that impact the lives of hardworking Minnesotans,” said Rep. Craig. “I will never stop fighting to lower the cost of healthcare, invest in our infrastructure, support our family farmers, and fund special education and career and technical skills in this country.”
In her first 100 days, Rep. Craig has authored three bills and cosponsored 93 - more than 60% of which are bipartisan. She’s hosted more than 45 community meetings, including three Town Halls in Dakota, Goodhue and Scott Counties. Her office has held five mobile office hours with five more planned across the district in the coming weeks.
Here’s a closer look:
Lowering Healthcare and Prescription Drug Costs
Rep. Craig knows that if healthcare isn’t affordable, it isn’t accessible. That’s why she:
- Authored the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act which would lower the cost of health insurance by an estimated 10% for people in the individual marketplace. This bill has passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
- Cosponsored a suite of bipartisan bills to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, including
- H.R. 478, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019,
- H.R. 938, the Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act of 2019,
- H.R. 1499, the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019,
- H.R.965, the CREATES Act.
- Launched a district-wide healthcare listening tour to bring constituents, healthcare providers and advocates together.
Strengthening Our Local Schools
Rep. Craig is fighting to make sure every student gets a high-quality education no matter where they live. That’s why she:
- Cosponsored the Individuals with Disabilities Education Full Funding Act with Republican Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08) to put the federal government back on track to honor its commitment to our students with special needs.
- Cosponsored the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019, which would invest in rebuilding physical grounds of schools and increasing broadband access.
- Joined the Career and Technical Education Caucus and declared February as CTE Month to highlight the work needed to make sure all young people have the opportunity to gain the skills they need for the high paying jobs of today.
Supporting Minnesota Family Farmers
Rep. Craig grew up watching her grandfather farm until the farm crisis in the 1980’s forced him out. That’s why she fights to make sure Minnesota farmers get the support they need during these uncertain economic times by:
- Pressuring the Administration to restore robust agricultural trading partnerships by questioning Secretary Perdue on efforts to restore soybean markets in China and leading a letter to United States Trade Representative Lighthizer to include agriculture in trade negotiations with the EU.
- Holding a listening session on a farm in White Rock about the impacts of trade renegotiations, the need for timely implementation of Farm Bill dairy programs, and the state of the farm economy.
- Advocating for biofuels by joining the Congressional Biofuels Caucus, opposing the issuing of small refinery waives and pushing Congressional Leadership to extend the Biodiesel Tax Credit.
Investing in Transportation and Infrastructure
Rep. Craig is a strong advocate for local transportation and infrastructure priorities across the District. That’s why she:
- Authored the Local Water Protection Act to protect local water quality through voluntary conservation through state and local partnerships. This bill has passed on the House floor with overwhelming bipartisan support.
- Ensuring her district office staff are working with local counties, cities, towns and townships to listen and prioritize their infrastructure investment needs for her work on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
- Cosponsored the Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019, because she knows that local communities know their neighborhoods best when it comes to expanding internet effectively and efficiently.
Standing up for Hardworking Minnesotans
- The first bill Rep. Craig cosponsored was the For the People Act, to end the dominance of big money in our politics, and make it easier to vote - which has now passed the House.
- Authored the Restoring Integrity in Democracy Resolution to eliminate conflicts of interest for Members of Congress - by prohibiting them from serving on for-profit boards. This was included as a part of the For the People Act which passed the House on March 8, 2019.
- Cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, because it’s time that our laws ensure every woman is paid fairly for equal work.
Rep. Craig serves on three House Committees: Agriculture, Small Business, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
Rep. Angie Craig's first 100 days by the numbers:
248 Outreach meetings
5 Mobile office hours (5 more planned in the next six weeks)
3,164 Minnesotans Met
68 Constituent Cases
10,125 Letters sent, and phone calls responded to
4 Bills & amendments introduced
93 Bills cosponsored
61% Of which are bipartisan
15 Bills passed out of committee
10 Bills & amendments passed out of the House