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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill authored by Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) to rename the Wayzata Post Office in honor of former Minnesota Rep. Jim Ramstad. The legislation was cosponsored by the entire Minnesota Delegation and now moves to the Senate, where Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) leads the companion proposal.
Phillips, who represents the same district Ramstad once did, offered a tribute to the late statesman before the vote:
MINNEAPOLIS – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Dean Phillips introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to rename the Wayzata post office in honor of former Minnesota Representative Jim Ramstad who passed away last month. Senator Tina Smith and Representatives Tom Emmer (MN-06), Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Angie Craig (MN-02), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Collin Peterson (MN-07), and Pete Stauber (MN-08) have also sponsored the legislation.
Minnetonka, MN — Today, Dean Phillips released a speech he is submitting to the official Congressional Record honoring the life of longtime Star Tribune columnist and Minnesota legend Sid Hartman, who passed away on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the age of 100.
The full text of the speech is below:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Representatives Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Angie Craig (MN-02), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Betty McCollum (MN-04), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Tom Emmer (MN-06), Collin Peterson (MN-07), and Pete Stauber (MN-08) sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expressing concern about continued delays in the processing of paper tax returns and requesting further information on what the agency plans to do to address this issue.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) announced the endorsement of legislation to promote affordable housing development, increase access to affordable lending, and provide transparency of COVID-19 housing and rental relief.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (MN-2) were joined by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Dean Phillips (MN-3), Ilhan Omar (MN-5) and Betty McCollum (MN-4) as they introduced bicameral legislation to help high school students in Minnesota who have lost jobs due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and Representatives Angie Craig (D-MN-2), Dean Phillips (D-MN-3), Betty McCollum (D-MN-4), Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) sent a letter to Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and House Minority Leader McCarthy requesting relief for state unemployment insurance programs in any upcoming coronavirus relief package.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, aimed at rebuilding America’s infrastructure. The legislation includes an amendment authored by Phillips to help suburban communities access highspeed broadband as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic pushes Minnesota schools, businesses, and consumers to do more online.