June 21, 2019 Update from Rep. Dean Phillips

June 21, 2019
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I'm checking in after another eventful week at home and in Washington. My promise to you has always been that I will listen, I will learn, and I will carry your stories and ideas with me as I represent you in Congress. Here's what that looked like this week: 


More than 200 of you came out to Mound on Saturday for my third town hall meeting. From healthcare to executive branch oversight and immigration to the environment, our conversation was respectful, informative and far-reaching. I'm humbled by your willingness to share your time and thoughts with me, and I want you to know that my team and I are already working to convert your ideas into action. 

If you weren't able to join us in Mound, the entire town hall meeting is available to watch here.


As Minnesotans, we value education and preparing the next generation for success. This week, I was pleased to announce that the House passed more than $2 billion in funding I requested for public schools and community colleges that will benefit students in Minnesota. The funding will help schools serve more students from diverse backgrounds, and expand career and technical education programs that prepare members of our community for 21st century jobs. I was thrilled to help secure this investment in our nation’s young people.


As my team and I continue to meet with local leaders, businesses and residents in all 36 cities and towns in the Third District, I've heard this message loud and clear: it's time to get serious about aquatic invasive species. Our lakes and waterways are part of our Minnesota identity, and protecting them is a value we all share. With that in mind, I convened local experts to learn more about our invasive species problem and identify ways we can work together to solve it. 

My gratitude to the local experts who joined me in Medicine Lake for an enlightening conversation about aquatic invasive species.

And finally, I released this statement today after the President's decision to approve and then cancel a military strike on Iran. I'm growing increasingly concerned about the potential for conflict with Iran and the likelihood of miscalculations by the leaders of both countries. Our President has lost credibility with our most valued allies, and is proving to be an ineffective leader by leaving the Secretary of Defense post vacant for six months, withdrawing from our diplomatic agreement with Iran, sending mixed signals about potential military action, and sharing tactical information on Twitter. I am determined to ensure Congress reasserts itself as a co-equal branch of government, and that no offensive military action be taken without our explicit approval.

Whether it's international relations or another issue that is important to you, my team and I are here to listen and to serve. So give us a call, send us an email or drop by - we can't wait to hear what's on your mind. 


Dean Phillips
Member of Congress


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