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Phillips Votes to Pass Inflation Reduction Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement after voting to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. The landmark health care, climate change, cost-cutting and deficit-reducing bill now heads to the President's desk:  "Today is a leap forward for young people, retirees, progressives, conservatives – and America. As a pragmatic problem solver,…

Phillips Applauds Department of Interior's Cancellation of Twin Metals Mining Leases

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MINNETONKA, MN - Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) applauded the Department of Interior’s announcement canceling two hard rock mineral leases adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). The Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor found the Twin Metals leases were improperly renewed by the Department in 2019. “Minerals, jobs, and Minnesota's clean water and…

Phillips Helps Pass Build Back Better Act

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“Just as Social Security improved the lives of retired Americans, Build Back Better will improve the lives and lower costs for American kids and families,” Phillips said. “And WE will become a better prepared, more self-sufficient, and more competitive nation for generations to come.” Independent reports, such as the one provided by the non-partisan Moody’s analytics, have concluded that…

Rep. Phillips praises new protections for Minnesota's Boundary Waters

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 – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) praised the Biden Administration’s announcement of new protections of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and surrounding watershed in northeastern Minnesota. The White House will initiate consideration of a 20-year withdrawal of key portions of the national forest lands from disposition under the mineral and geothermal…

In Letter to Army Corps of Engineers, Phillips Expresses Concern About Line 3 Pipeline

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing concerns over the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline. Full text of the letter is available here and below:  Dear Acting Assistant Secretary Pinkham: On March 12th, 2021, I sent a letter to President Biden expressing my concerns regarding the Clean Water Act 404 permitting process for the Line 3…

Phillips Explores the Impact of Climate Change on Small Businesses

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations, held a hearing examining the role of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and small firms in fighting climate change. In 2021, historic floods, record temperatures, and blazing wildfires have wreaked havoc on communities, posing a significant threat to small businesses…

With Russia Ascendant, Phillips Bill Proposes New Arctic Ambassador to Fight Climate Change and Enhance National Security

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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…

Phillips Presses Climate Envoy Kerry About Permitting for Transnational Pipelines

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry asking the Biden Administration to clarify its policy regarding cross-border pipelines and to explain how the permitting process can mitigate the risks pipelines pose to tribal sovereignty and our natural environment. After hearing from concerned Minnesotans about the Enbridge Line 3…

Phillips Questions Special Climate Envoy John Kerry on Building a "Foreign Policy for the Middle Class"

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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…

Phillips Helps Introduce Critical Legislation to Preserve and Protect the BWCA

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Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped announce the reintroduction of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, legislation that would safeguard the pristine BWCA and prevent sulfide-ore copper mining in the Superior National Forest. The bill is led by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) and Rep. Phillips is an original co-sponsor. The Boundary Waters Wilderness…