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July 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and his colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act, an unprecedented China policy package that invests in U.S. diplomacy, strengthens U.S. economic leadership that bolsters engagement, enhances transparency, and empowers American workers and small businesses, and holds our adversaries to account for their unacceptable violations of human rights.

June 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the United States African Development Foundation’s 40 years of tireless and effective community development work. The initiative is co-led by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, and Subcommittee Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA) is an original co-sponsor.

May 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped introduce the Documenting Adversarial Trade Aggression (DATA) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would establish a new Center in the Department of Commerce dedicated to collecting and consolidating data on China’s financial markets. The bill is led in the House by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), who serves with Phillips on the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) introduced the Arctic Diplomacy Act of 2021, legislation that would establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs. The newly created Arctic Ambassador would work with partner nations to maintain peace and stability while encouraging environmentally sustainable natural resource management and economic development. The bill would also mandate an Arctic Region Security Policy to bolster U.S.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) and 11 other Jewish Members of Congress sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging the Administration to facilitate de-escalation to stop the pain and suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians. 

Read the letter here and below: 

Dear President Biden,

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) questioned Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry about U.S. diplomacy and the global response to climate change. During the hearing, Rep. Phillips compelled testimony on President Biden’s vision for a “foreign policy for the middle class” and the link between decarbonization and American competitiveness in the global economy.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) along with Reps. John Curtis (R-UT), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Young Kim (R-CA), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), announced the reintroduction of the Foreign Advanced Technology Surveillance Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill that would counteract foreign governments who abuse cutting-edge technology to repress their citizens. If passed, this legislation would for the first time designate oppressive government surveillance as a human rights abuse.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives will vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, a landmark law that combats sexual assault and domestic violence. Included in the bill was an amendment authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) that would ensure that women and children immigrants who face domestic violence can leave their abuser without losing their legal immigration status. 

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the House of Representatives takes up immigration reform this week, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging the Biden Administration to improve the program that provides a pathway to citizenship for Liberian refugees living in America on the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the 117th Congress begins its work on behalf of the American people, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) today announced his committee assignments along with new leadership positions for his second term. At his request, Phillips will now serve on the Small Business Committee – where he’ll Chair the Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Subcommittee – along with the Foreign Affairs and Ethics Committees and the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. He will also help lead the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus as Vice Chair.

December 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2021, including the bipartisan “Cheryl Lankford Memorial to Improve Assistance for Gold Star Spouses and Other Dependents” amendment by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03).

October 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Congressmen Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Tom Reed (R-NY), along with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), have introduced a resolution in both the Senate and House of Representatives to honor the life, legacy and example of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 25 years ago on November 4, 1995 for his pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

July 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) joined a bipartisan majority in the House that voted to pass the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 60th consecutive year.

January 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Dean Phillips sent a letter today to the heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting information about contingency plans for air travel restrictions related to the recent coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) teamed up with Reps. Justin Amash (I-MI), Ken Buck (R-CO), Jared Golden (D-ME), Scott Perry (R-PA), Chip Roy (R-TX) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) to call on their colleagues to put aside partisanship and safeguard the constitutional duty of Congress to declare war by reconsidering the 2001 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs). In a joint opinion piece published in the Washington Post, they write:

January 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) offered the following statement after the House passed H.Con.Res.83 - Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran: 

December 26, 2019 Press Release

MIDDLE EAST – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) returned today from spending his holiday week visiting U.S. troops serving in the CENTCOM Area of Operations in the Middle East. From December 22 – 26, Phillips traveled with a bipartisan Congressional delegation and discussed the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Iranian aggression, and trade in a series of high-level diplomatic and military visits in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) is celebrating with the members of the Liberian community in Minnesota after President Trump signed the National Defense Department Authorization (NDAA). The defense agreement provides Liberians on Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) with a pathway to citizenship for the first time - the culmination of a year-long effort by Phillips and a core group other lawmakers.

December 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) voted in favor of both articles of impeachment before the House of Representatives after viewing the whistleblower report and related evidence. 

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) stood with House leaders to announce a strong and enforceable USMCA trade deal that will improve the American economy, safeguard workers’ rights, protect the environment, and improve access to affordable prescription drugs.

November 4, 2019 Editorials

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October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, the House passed the Expositions Provide Opportunities Act (EXPO Act), authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (D, MN-03). Bloomington, in Phillips’s Third Congressional District, is one of two U.S. cities interested in competing to host the 2027 World Expo. In a unanimous, bipartisan show of support, the entire Minnesota House Delegation signed on as original co-sponsors.

October 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHNGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about online foreign interference in U.S. Elections during a hearing in the House Financial Services Committee. The hearing comes as the House passed the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for A Lasting Democracy Act), a comprehensive election security package.

October 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) introduced the Firewall Act aimed at preventing foreign meddling in U.S. elections. The bill would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign nationals from paying for online advertisements created to attack or support federal candidates. Current law prevents similar foreign spending on television, radio, satellite and print advertisements, leaving bad actors with an open door to spread malice and misinformation in the burgeoning online political ad market.

September 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:

August 15, 2019 Press Release

MINNETONKA, MN  – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to Israel denying entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).

July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last Friday, members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus visited McAllen, TX to see facilities and conditions at the southern border. The trip was led by Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA). Members visited the Donna Holding Facility for family units and unaccompanied children, the Port of Entry in Hidalgo, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) living and learning center for unaccompanied minors run by the non-profit BCFS, and the McAllen Central Processing Center.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus will be visiting the southern border of the United States in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, July 19, 2019. Among the facilities the Caucus members will be inspecting are points of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center. Caucus members will also be inspecting the physical U.S.-Mexican border and will participate in briefings and discussions with experts on the ground. Reps.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today after the House passed emergency funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the border:

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border:

June 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today following the President's decision to approve and then cancel a military strike on Iran: 

June 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Last night, the House passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which was co-led by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03). The bill includes a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Delayed Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients who meet certain criteria.

June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, The American Dream and Promise Act, which was co-led by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03), passed the House of Representatives. The bill includes a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Delayed Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients who meet certain criteria.

March 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) issued the following statement on President Trump signing a one year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for Liberians.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) issued the following statement on President Trump signing a one year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for Liberians.

“This is excellent news, and I am thrilled for our Liberian community. They are our family and deserve admiration for their relentless fight for this DED extension. The White House has been responsive and helpful throughout this process and I am grateful to President Trump for hearing our voices and taking action.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) delivered 48 letters to the White House from a bipartisan group of Minnesota senators today. The letters urge the President and Congress to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program for Liberian refugees before it expires on March 31, subjecting thousands to deportation. Fifty-five members of the Minnesota House sent a similar letter to the White House and Congress last week.

 

March 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – With 4 days left until Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status expires for the Liberian community, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) today introduced the bipartisan Protect Our Liberian Community Act.

The bipartisan bill would move Liberian DED holders to Temporary Protected Status (TPS), providing legal status to the community for three years. DED is set to expire on March 31st, which would subject thousands of Liberian workers and taxpayers to deportation. Liberians on DED have no pathway to citizenship.

March 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – With 4 days left until Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status expires for the Liberian community, Rep. Dean Phillips pressed the House to take legislative action tomove DED holders to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for three years and give Congress time to pass a more comprehensive solution.

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March 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Rep. Dean Phillips pushed for a legislative fix to prevent the expiration of the Liberian community’s Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. DED is set to expire on March 31st. Unless there is an extension or another fix, the expiration will subject thousands of Liberians to deportation.

March 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This morning, Rep. Dean Phillips took to the House Floor to urge his colleagues to take legislative action to fix the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) program for the Liberian community.

February 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) today announced that he has co-sponsored Rep. Joaquin Castro’s privileged resolution to end President Trump’s emergency declaration.

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) today announced that he is the only freshman member of Congress who will appear as an original cosponsor of the Honest Ads Act in the 116th Congress. The bill is aimed at strengthening our democracy - as well as national security - by increasing the transparency and accountability of digital political advertising. The Honest Ads Act has bipartisan support, boasting an equal number of Republican and Democratic sponsors.
 

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips released this statement on President Trump declaring a national emergency today:

February 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced today that he is an original sponsor to the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, H.R. 1169, aimed at providing legal status and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Liberian refugees. Phillips represents a large and vibrant Liberian community and has been a consistent advocate for Liberian Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.

 

February 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) had an impassioned, face to face conversation with Rep. Ilhan Omar this evening during which he expressed offense to her recent anti-Semitic tropes and extended an invitation for future discussions aimed at fostering a better understanding between Jewish and Muslim members of Congress. Rep. Phillips offered a statement following that conversation:
 

January 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) today announced his appointments to the House Financial Services and House Foreign Affairs Committees for the 116th Congress.