May 31, 2019 Update from Rep. Phillips

May 31, 2019
Newsletter Archive

Another week in Minnesota has flown by and I’m happy to report that it was full of listening and learning. Here’s what I was up to: 

MEMORIAL DAY IN MINNESOTA 

I spent Memorial Day weekend in Minnesota thanking those who have served our great nation, honoring those who are serving now, and thinking of those we have lost. Visiting with family members of Minnesota National Guard soldiers stationed in Kuwait on Saturday, and attending Memorial Day gatherings in Chaska and Chanhassen, I was reminded that America is the home of the free because of the brave. I’m filled with gratitude for our service members and their families, and promise to be an advocate for them all in Congress.

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I was on bread stick duty as Minnesota families joined their loved ones serving abroad in Kuwait for a live-streamed steak dinner.


LEARNING FROM OUR VETS AND SERVICE MEMBERS 

I hosted a community conversation on Thursday at which veterans, service members, military families and advocates shared their struggles and perspectives with me and four members of my Veterans Advisory Council. It was a fantastic conversation, and I’m so grateful to all who came. From addressing the barriers that exist in veterans’ services to better serving women in the military, our conversation illuminated opportunities for improvement and action. I will carry these stories back to Washington where there is work to be done.

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Lindsey, a veteran from Minnetonka, shared her powerful story about how women can be treated in integrated basic training. You can watch the whole conversation here.


RADICAL HOSPITALITY AT HOME 

I spent part of my afternoon today saying hello to our neighbors in Minnetonka, sharing cookies and having conversations about the issues important to them. Our address 13911 Ridgedale Drive, Suite 200 – and you’re invited to stop by any time and share what’s on your mind as well.

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Darla the poodle is the star of the show at an office down the hall from us. Our building is dog friendly, so bring along some four-legged constituents next time you stop by!


Finally, like many of you, I listened intently as Robert Mueller delivered his first public comments this week. I continue to believe that Congress deserves to see his full, unredacted report, and we need to know more about the countless other ongoing investigations before making decisions on what to do next. As I told the Boston Globe just yesterday, we are being patient and methodical – but patience has its limits. I will be watching closely and expect the President and his administration to comply with court orders and subpoenas from Congress. 

Still, as I talk with Minnesotans throughout our district, most are focused primarily on bread and butter issues like the cost of prescription drugs and healthcare, and on gun violence, and climate change. We must continue to make progress in all of these areas – and more – while at the same time fulfilling our duty to provide oversight over the Executive Branch, which we are doing.

I am certain we will talk about all that and more at my
 next town hall meeting, and I hope you'll join us at the Gillespie Center in Mound at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 15th. There’s nothing more important to me than learning from you and hearing your questions, observations and ideas. Until then, enjoy the sunshine and continue to reach out if there is any way my office can be of service.

 

Thank you,

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Dean Phillips
Member of Congress

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