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Amy Klobuchar


Amy Klobuchar is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing Minnesota.

Family background

In 2006, Amy Klobuchar became the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Throughout her public service - both as chief prosecutor in the state's largest county and now as a U.S. Senator - Amy has always embraced the values she learned growing up in Minnesota. Her grandfather worked 1500 feet underground in the iron ore mines of Northern Minnesota. Her father, Jim, was a newspaperman, and her mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher who continued teaching until she was 70.

Amy Klobuchar is married to John Bessler, a native of Mankato, who attended Loyola High School and the University of Minnesota.[1]

Education

Amy Klobuchar was the valedictorian of her Wayzata High School class. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. Her senior essay in college, published as the book "Uncovering the Dome," chronicles the 10-year-history behind the building of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and is still used at colleges and universities across the country.[2]

Political career

In 1998, after serving as a partner of two of Minnesota's leading law firms, Amy Klobuchar was elected to serve as the prosecutor for Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis and 45 suburbs. She was a leading advocate for successful passage of Minnesota's first felony DWI law, for which she received a leadership award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Her safe schools initiative, community prosecution efforts, and criminal justice reforms earned national awards, including from the U.S. Department of Justice under both the Clinton and Bush administrations. She was elected by her colleagues to serve as president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

In 2006, the people of Minnesota elected Klobuchar to be their U.S. Senator.

At the national level Amy took the lead to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation, keeping foreign toxic products off our shores and out of our stores, and helped push through a new law to protect children from unsafe swimming pools. She also authored a bipartisan law to establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting public health and ensuring an even playing field between domestic wood products and foreign imports. She was part of a group of senators who fought for the creation of a bipartisan commission to address our nation's looming debt crisis. And she helped pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.

As chair of the Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, "Amy has been a leading voice in calling for an innovation agenda that can help grow our economy and create jobs in America".

Amy Klobuchar serves on five Senate committees: Agriculture, Environment and Public Works, Commerce, Judiciary and the Joint Economic Committee.[3]

Senate

As Ranking Senate Member of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the President’s Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee, Klobuchar has been a leader in working to implement a competitive agenda to ensure businesses have the tools they need to grow and create good jobs in their communities.

Klobuchar also serves as the Ranking Member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, where she has worked to advance policies that protect consumers from anti-competitive behavior and make sure businesses are able to compete on a level playing field.

In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, where she brings together senators, businesses, community leaders, policy experts and intergovernmental organizations to help develop policies to strengthen the economy and move the country forward.[4]

DSA reachout

Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America - Annual Meeting Agenda. Sunday, September 17, 2018.

Sheigh Freeberg presents. Spoke about Bernie’s Medicare for All campaign and postcard reach out to Amy Klobuchar.[5]

Wellstone connection

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Amy Klobuchar was very close to Paul Wellstone, and is actively involved in his legacy.

Goldfarb connection

In August 2014, The Alliance for a Better Minnesota found a new Democratic operative to direct its operation through the election, the group announced. Ben Goldfarb, who ran Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's first campaign and has been active in other campaigns, will guide the big spending Democratic interest group as a senior strategic advisor. Goldfarb is currently the executive director of Wellstone Action, which trains "progressive" candidates.[6]

Blodgett connection

Jeff Blodgett, executive director of Wellstone Action, ran all three of Paul Wellstone;s campaigns, and worked on Amy Klobuchar's successful election to the US Senate in 2006.[7]

Campaigning for Wellstone

Amy Klobuchar was heavily involved in Wellstone's second campaign. travelling on the campaign bus, even standing in for him at a speech he couldn't make.[8]

Wellstone connection

Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar wrote an article in the StarTribune, October 24, 2012 - Sens. Klobuchar, Franken: Paul Wellstone's legacy

For both of us, Paul Wellstone was a friend, mentor and hero.
As senators, we've experienced firsthand the lasting personal impression he made in Washington.
As an educator, an activist and a senator, Paul inspired people throughout America. His mission was to bring a voice to the voiceless, power to the powerless and justice to those who've suffered injustice.
Above all, he brought the hope to all of us that, by working together, it's possible to change the world and make tomorrow better than today.[9]

Wellstone legacy

Five years after his death in a plane crash, Paul Wellstone still has a powerful hold on Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

No sooner than she introduces herself as the new Democratic senator from Minnesota, it seems someone else has a story about Wellstone, the late two-term senator whose political roots still run deep in their home state, on Capitol Hill and beyond.

“It’s not just Ted Kennedy telling stories about him,” Klobuchar said. “You’ve got police officers, secretaries, anybody. ... They all want to talk about Paul and how he always treated people with such respect and dignity.”

Lawmakers marked the anniversary of Wellstone’s death with speeches on Thursday, remembering his infectious personality and fiery brand of progressive politics and savoring his legacy, from the new crop of leaders inspired by him to the mental health legislation that bears his name.[10]

Wellstone Memorial

Organizers have announced the date of a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and others killed in a plane crash 10 years ago.

Wellstone Action and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will host the event Nov. 28, 2012 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter, Marcia Wellstone Markuson, three campaign staffers (Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy, and Will McLaughlin)and two pilots were killed Oct. 25, 2002, when their plane crashed in northern Minnesota.

Event organizers plan to remember the victims and hear how Wellstone's legacy continues today. They also will present the annual Sheila Wellstone Institute Awards to those who continue her work to end domestic and sexual violence.[11]

"Paul told me I should run for office"

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Amy Klobuchar on Paul Wellstone October 25, 2017;

Paul told me I should run for office. He taught me the importance of purpose in politics. He taught me how to campaign

Honoring Wellstone/Domenici Act

October 9, 2018 WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (both D-MN) introduced a resolution recognizing the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The MHPAEA ensures that health insurance companies don’t impose less favorable limitations on mental health or substance abuse use disorder benefits than on medical or surgical benefits, and in so doing greatly expanded Americans’ access to treatment for mental illness.

Paul Wellstone was a crusader, an inspiration and a friend. He was a passionate champion for those suffering from mental illness, always fighting for better care, better services and better representation for patients. In 2008, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was enacted and named in his honor, finally bringing mental health parity to health insurance coverage,” Klobuchar said. “With this resolution, we honor Paul’s legacy and this landmark legislation that has changed the lives of millions of Americans living with mental illness who faced unfair discrimination in their access to affordable health care treatment.”

“Throughout his life, Paul Wellstone always stood up for people who were powerless and often forgotten,” Smith said. “His groundbreaking efforts to make life better for those with mental health issues are a major part of his legacy, and his bipartisan work on mental health parity has helped millions of people in Minnesota and across the country get the help they need and deserve. I’m proud to hold his seat, and I’m proud to honor his work with this resolution.”[12]

mnpACT!

Amy Klobuchar Candidate for US Senate, was a speaker at mnpACT! December 2005.[13]

Take Back America Conferences

Amy Klobuchar was on the list of 237 speakers at the 2007 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.[14]

Blue Green Alliance

The Blue Green Alliance sponsors the annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The 2009 conference was held from Feb. 4-6, 2009.

Conference speakers included:[15]

Minnesota Peace Project

In 2009, Roxanne Abbas, of Women Against Military Madness, helped form the Minnesota Peace Project.

MPP’s Roxanne Abbas with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar

“Never a meeting without an action!” Most of us know and live by WAMM’s motto, but we don’t all have the same preferred mode of action. Some like to hit the streets. Some write letters to the editor. Some plan or attend educational programs. Some lobby their members of Congress. And some do it all.

Several WAMM members are leading the development of a statewide network of peace activists and groups with the working name “the Minnesota Peace Project” to influence foreign policy through their elected officials in the U.S. House and Senate. The group, which is organized by Congressional district, plans to use dialogue techniques to build a mutual understanding of each other’s views and to present documented information from reliable sources to build credibility. District groups will function semiautonomously based on the issues of greatest concern to their members and their opportunities to influence their representative.

Although the project is still in the organizational stages, there has been some progress to report:

Keith Ellison and Wellstone Action have both offered to conduct a training session on lobbying techniques for group members.

A meeting was held with Amy Klobuchar aides to present the Peace Agenda and to exchange perspectives on the Israel/Palestine conflict. [16]

Lobbied by Minnesota Peace Project

2009

In 2009 Senator Amy Klobuchar told a delegation from the Minnesota Peace Project that she would cosponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.416). After months of intense lobbying by peace advocates throughout the state, Klobuchar agreed to support the bill that would prohibit the United States from using unreliable cluster munitions systems (virtually all such systems).[17]

2010

A summary of the meeting notes with Senator Amy Klobuchar’s staff which occurred on February 3, 2010 regarding the brief trip the Senator made into Afghanistan in January 2009. The Senator’s staff provided answers to all questions and the MPP prepared the meeting notes. The MPP sent the notes back to the Senator’s office to ensure that the notes and the responses given by the staff truly reflected the Senator’s perspectives on the issues. The answers to the last two questions, however, are still being revised by the Senator’s office and will be posted by the MPP as soon as they are received. The MPP decided to post the meeting notes without the final answers to the last two questions because of the urgency of the new debate in the Congress regarding additional funds for the war in Afghanistan. Meeting Notes with the Staff of Senator Amy Klobuchar February 3, 2010 Attending: (Staff) Joe Campbell, Marian Grove, John Kavanagh, and Tom Sullivan (MPP) Roxanne Abbas, Bill Davnie, Dennis Dillon, Jay Kvale, Omid Mohseni, Coleen Rowley, and Bill Sorem.

Questions and responses Q: What did Senator Klobuchar learn on her recent trip to Afghanistan, and what opinions or positions did she change or form as a result of what she learned? A: Senator Klobuchar visited Afghanistan in January of this year, stopping in both Kabul and Bagram for meetings and tours. The Senator met with U.S. military leaders, troops, diplomatic attachés, and Afghan political leaders. This was the Senator’s first trip to Afghanistan, and she found the meetings and tours useful in providing a clearer picture of the situation on the ground. The Senator met with General McChrystal. Because Ambassador Eikenberry was out of the country, she met with his deputy instead. Both troops and civilians gave detailed briefings. Senator Klobuchar was impressed by our military leadership as well as the partnership on the civilian side. Senator Klobuchar also met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other representatives of the Afghan government. She continues to have concerns about whether the Afghan government and President Karzai can gain the confidence of the Afghan people and serve as a credible partner in the fight against the Taliban. She sensed, however, that President Karzai’s commitment to improve the situation in Afghanistan is real. This is in part evidenced by a meeting President Karzai had held with Southern tribal leaders, prior to the Senator’s trip, to engage them in the government’s reforms and developments. During the trip, Senator Klobuchar stressed to U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders alike that America’s commitment will not be open-ended and that significant progress in Afghan governance and the economy must be made. She specifically focused on the timeline.

Q: At a recent visit in London, Karzai was questioned about allowing Taliban participation at the table in peace/de-escalation talks. Is the United States prepared to back his view, rather than ours, of what needs to be done? A: President Karzai is taking steps to build confidence with the Afghan people, and we must back him as much as possible. The Senator believes that President Karzai needs to demonstrate that the Afghan government can be a credible alternative to the Taliban. U.S. commanders have said they need to find a path to bringing low-level Taliban back into Afghan society. While not all Taliban may choose to lay down their arms, the Senator nevertheless believes there must be a path toward reconciliation. Q: How will the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan benefit the security of Americans? It’s clear to all that al Qaeda is no longer an issue in Afghanistan. A: 1. The Senator believes there are immediate and long-term security gains for the U.S. by not allowing Afghanistan to be a base for terrorism.

Q: Has the Senator decided how she will vote on the Administration’s request for $30B in supplemental funds for the occupation of Afghanistan? A: This issue is extremely important to the Senator, and she will make her decision when the bill comes before the Senate. Frequently, many amendments are offered on supplemental funding bills that pertain to other issues than the war. As a result, the Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill may include funds for the State Department, Haiti, and other needs. The amount of $30 billion is not a certain figure. Senator Klobuchar will not establish her position on the bill until the complete language has been laid out. Senator Klobuchar agrees with President Obama’s position that, ideally, funding for the troops should be provided through the DOD budget to ensure accurate accounting. In this instance, however, there may be no choice but to provide the funds through a supplemental funding bill.

Q: Will the Senator back the President’s plan to fund the troops? A: Senator Klobuchar will not make any decision in the abstract. She will wait until she has seen the language of the request and of the bill. An increase in troops may be necessary and could lead to improved security in the short term. However, we must continue to address the Afghan government’s credibility with the Afghan people. One of the Senator’s top priorities with regard to the issue is that the funding must not be open-ended. She wants to see that the Afghan government and people take their responsibilities seriously and view the July 2011 date as a real deadline.

Q: What is the Senator’s position on the call for investigation of the 12/31/09 story reported by the Times of London and NY Times Asia edition that U.S. troops or contractors executed several children in eastern Afghanistan? A: Senator Klobuchar is aware of the story. The reports are deeply disturbing. The Senator’s office is pursuing the issue, questioning both the Department of State and the Department of Defense on their actions in response to the reports. There seem to be slight discrepancies between facts cited in some of the articles. The Senator will continue to seek clear information on the facts of the case. Regarding investigation of the case, the Senator understands that there is a NATO investigation currently underway. The Senator is questioning the above-mentioned Departments on this specific issue, and is waiting to hear their responses.

Q: The Christmas Day bomber, angry at U.S. attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan, suggests we are creating terrorists by our military actions. How does the Senator see the impact of our military actions overseas?

Q: Does the senator believe that they just hate America – and the attacks won’t stop?

Minnesota Peace Project Requests from the Senator: • In 2004, the State Department ceased providing its International Terrorism Assessment reports. These were critically important reports; the Congress should be dealing with more factual information and expert assessments. We think the Senator should initiate a process for the Senate to request that these reports be reinstituted. • There seems to be almost no National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) reports that we know of. None was done last fall during the long deliberations leading up to the President’s big decision on Afghanistan. This seems to be a serious missing piece in the process and is something essential for the Senate to use in making its funding decisions. A recommendation would be to ask for an NIE report on the Islamic terrorist threat. • We would like the Senator to know that we think that Emergency Supplemental Fund should differ significantly from the last one (last spring). We would like the Senator to propose an amendment to significantly shift the funding from military spending to development and humanitarian aid.[18]

2014

In 2014 seven Minnesota Peace Project members from across the state went to Washington DC to meet with 9 out of 10 Minnesota members of Congress or their foreign policy aides. We explored our differences on key foreign policy issues such as military budget, nuclear disarmament, and support for ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The team had lengthy second meetings with both Senators’ staff.

Due to MPP’s perseverance in presenting documentation from recognized authorities, Senator Klobuchar’s foreign policy aide announced that Senator Klobuchar’s constituent letter on diplomacy with Iran would change; no longer stating that tough sanctions had brought Iran to the negotiation table.

When Senator Klobuchar learned that four MPP leaders were in D.C. for a conference, she instructed an aide to try to schedule a meeting with them.[19]

JStreet Dinner

One hundred and sixty members of the Congress allowed their nam es to be listed as honorary hosts for the JStreet inaugural conference Gala Dinner on 27 October 2009. AIPAC then began calling them, sometimes making threats against their reelection, to have them to withdraw their names. Twelve members of the Congress, mostly Republicans, withdrew their names. This was a victory for JStreet.

Two of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota, Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum, and the two of the Senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar attended the dinner.[20]

Vietnam visit

In 2009 Democrat Amy Klobuchar visited Vietnam with Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican.[21]

Lobbied by communist Mark Froemke

HCan lobbyists with Sen. Klobuchar

Minnesotans were well-represented at the June 25, 2009 Washington DC rally for health care reform. Among the union members urging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Collin Peterson to support health care reform that will "offer quality affordable health care to America now" were: Linda Slattengren, president of MNA, Laura Askelin, president of SE MN ALC, Mark Froemke, president of the Western Minnesota ALC and Tim Lovaasen, president of the CWA State Council.[22]

Standing with communist Mark Froemke

Right is a photo taken July 1, 2009 at an Al Franken Rally in Minnesota . Standing behind Amy Klobuchar's left shoulder is Minnesota/Dakotas Communist Party USA leader Mark Froemke.

JStreet/communist lobbying

On 26–29 October 2009, Erwin Marquit traveled to Washington DC to attend the first national conference of JStreet, the nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 2008 to promote a resolution of the Israel- Palestine conflict through a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.

I attended the conference on 26-28 October and participated in lobbying members of the Congress on 29 October...
The guidelines for the lobby stressed Congressional support of Obama. With two other Minnesotans, I met with the two Senators from Minnesota, Franken and Klobachar , and Rep. Oberstar, the DFL member of the House from northeastern district of Minnesota...[23]

Marquit went on to participate in JStreet in Minnesota.

NFU Farm Bill rally

September 12, 2012 U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Representative Collin Peterson joined the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau at a rally calling on the House of Representatives to swiftly pass a 5-year Farm Bill; the current Farm Bill expires on September 30. Senator Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and worked to craft the 5-year, 2012 Farm Bill which passed the Senate in June with bipartisan support. Representative Peterson is the Ranking Member on the House Agriculture Committee, which passed a bipartisan farm bill in July that has yet to receive a vote in the House.

“This critical legislation will help preserve and strengthen the farm safety net and includes vital livestock disaster programs to support producers during drought,” Klobuchar said.“It is time for the House to take action and pass this 5-year Farm Bill so our farmers and ranchers can have the continuity they need to thrive and succeed.”

“I simply can’t understand why the Republican Leaders in the House won’t take yes for an answer. House Leaders are choosing to play politics rather than bringing the bipartisan five-year farm bill to the floor before September 30,”Peterson said. “The farm economy is one part of the economy that’s actually doing well and has been solid through the past few tough years due, in part I believe, to the strong 2008 Farm Bill. We should not jeopardize one of our nation’s economic bright spots. Everyone - farmers and consumers - needs to call their Representatives and urge passage of a five-year farm bill.”

"Farmers Union thanks Sen. Klobuchar for her work in ensuring the Senate did its part to get the farm bill passed and Rep. Peterson for his work in the House. It is a critical piece of legislation to Minnesota farmers and consumers,"said Doug Peterson, President of the Minnesota Farmers Union.[24]

Anti "speculator" bill

in April 2012 Ben Cardin joined a group of his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a bill, S. 2222, which "will give federal regulators immediate authority to invoke emergency powers to rein in speculators who are responsible for rapidly rising gasoline prices".

There is broad agreement among energy experts and economists that speculators are one of the causes for the rapidly rising price of gas. Domestic oil production has risen to its highest level in a decade, oil supplies are greater today than they were three years ago and demand for oil in the United States is lower today than it was in 1997. Yet gas prices continue to soar.

There is something wrong with this equation. There is no logical reason why gas prices should continue to rise if oil supplies are up and demand is down.
The American Trucking Association, Delta Airlines, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and other experts all say excessive oil speculation in the futures markets significantly increases crude oil and gasoline prices. A Feb. 27, 2012 article in Forbes Magazine cited a recent report by the investment bank Goldman Sachs pointing out that excessive oil speculation adds 56 cents to the price of a gallon of gas.

This "speculators" bill would set a 14-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to take emergency steps to stop excessive speculation by Wall Street traders in the crude oil, gasoline and other energy futures markets. Also co-sponsoring the measure were: U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).[25]

2012 CLW Senate victories

2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[26]

ARA endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Amy Klobuchar in 2014, also 2012.[27]

Cuban connections

Senator Amy Klobuchar is very involved with Cuba.

Cuba visit

Second from left Claire McCaskill, Amy Klobuchar, Sarah Stephens, in Cuba
Warner address Cuban press conference, Klobuchar and McCaskill look on
Klobuchar, McCaskill, Warner at press conference

In mid February 2015, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), travelled to Cuba, for four days.[28]

They traveled with Sara Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

Democratic senators visiting Havana called for a bipartisan effort in the US Congress to lift the decades-old embargo against communist Cuba. Related Stories.

The three senators spoke to reporters after talks on the island with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Josefina Vidal, Cuba's chief negotiator in talks with the US aimed at normalizing relations.

"I think there is clearly interest in Cuba in lifting the embargo," said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, the lead sponsor of legislation introduced this month to end the 1962 sanctions. "The issue will be in the US."

"One of the reasons we came on this trip was that we could go back and tell our colleagues what we've seen: That there are more and more people engaged in private sector business, that there is an entrepreneurial spirit here," she said.

"The people want to see better relations with the US."[29]

Cuban Embassy soiree

It was remarkable how many non-Cubans knew the Cuban national anthem well enough to sing along July 2015 as the flag was raised over the newly re-established embassy on 16th Street NW. Then they joined in the delirious shouts of "Viva Cuba!"

"It's an amazing moment," said Phyllis Bennis, a fellow with the progressive think-tank, Institute for Policy Studies. "In the decades-long effort to normalise relations with Cuba, to stop the US attacks and hostility toward Cuba, we have not had so many victories. Suddenly we have a victory. The flag going up - that's huge."

“Hemingway would be proud,” said Scott Gilbert, an attorney who represented jailed American contractor Alan Gross, by way of compliment to the bartenders mixing the concoctions in a room named after the famed American ex-pat writer. “There’s a feeling today of joy, but also of disbelief,” Gilbert said. “So many people here thought this would never happen.”

Guests included Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.); plus administration types including deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell slipped through the phalanx of protesters, camera crews, and folks celebrating just outside the gates.

“I’m excited,” said Danny Glover, who in addition to his “Lethal Weapon” roles has been part of numerous cultural delegations to Cuba. “This is the beginning of another narrative….What’s happened in the last 54 years is an insult to our intelligence as human beings and [American] citizens.”[30]

Cuba forum

On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar hosted the Modernizing U.S.-Cuba Relations Summit. This forum will highlight the historic opportunity for our country to modernize our relationship with Cuba. The event will be free and open to the public. Klobuchar was joined by keynote speaker Michael Scuse, the USDA Undersecretary for Farms and Foreign Agriculture Services. There was also be a panel discussion with voices representing Minnesota’s agriculture, business, and Latino communities. Senator Klobuchar has "been a strong proponent of normalizing ties with Cuba and increasing travel and commerce that could create new economic opportunities for American farmers and businesses while improving the quality of life for Cubans".[31]

Panelists included:

“Freedom to Export to Cuba Act”

March 27, 2015 Senator Klobuchar, introduced the “Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015.” If passed, it would repeal or amend the long-entrenched laws that have restricted trade between the two nations during the Castro regime’s repressive rule. The bill’s introduction follows President Obama’s historic use of executive power in December to re-establish diplomatic relations and ease travel restrictions.[33]

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[34]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats - Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [35]

2016 Cuba visit

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 16 other House Democrats will join President Barack Obama on his historic trip to Cuba March 20-22.

Obama will be the first president to visit Cuba in 88 years, and the trip is a symbolic next chapter in his attempts to normalize relations with the country.

The House members will attend along with several senators who previously announced they will make the trip.

The House delegation includes Reps. Karen Bass, Cheri Bustos, Sam Farr, Rosa DeLauro, Barbara Lee, Charles Rangel, Kathy Castor, David Cicilline, Steve Cohen, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Alan Lowenthal, Jim McGovern and Lucille Roybal-Allard. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra of California will also travel to Cuba along with Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and Tom Udall of New Mexico are slated to join the trip. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been a leading advocate for normalizing relations with Cuba, will also attend. Additional House Republicans may also join.

Pelosi previously led the first official House delegation trip to the country after Obama announced the change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in 2014.[36]

Muslim connections

Amy Klobuchar is very well connected to Islam and some Muslim organizations.

The "Jihad" Caucus

In May 2015, a group of 14 U.S. senators, led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians into the United States as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy called these Senators the "Jihad Caucus" because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.

The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians were: Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Robert Menendez, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons, Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Sherrod Brown, and Mazie Hirono.

These same 14 had sent another letter in April Demanding action on the Syrians.[37]

CAIR banquet speaker

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Some 400 people turned out for the April 2013, 6th Annual Banquet of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).

The event, themed “Upholding the Constitution, Defending Civil Liberties,” included a silent auction, a networking social, an awards ceremony, and an opportunity to learn about CAIR-MN’s accomplishments in defense of civil rights over the past year.

In her welcome remarks, CAIR-MN Chair Ramla Bile spoke of CAIR-MN’s vision in creating a society in which all Americans are treated with respect and dignity. Senator Amy Klobuchar D-MN) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) were special guest speakers. Iowa state Representative Ako Abdul-Samad was the keynote speaker for the event.

The Master of Ceremonies was Phil Duran, incoming President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The Courage Award was presented to community activist Dr. Richard Johnson and the Justice Works award was presented to attorney Jordan Kushner.

Banquet attendees included community members, leaders of mosques and Muslim organizations, business executives, and interfaith partners. This year’s banquet included 12 sponsors and over 20 table sponsors from local corporations, small businesses, law schools, and nonprofit organizations.[38]

CAIR

“I firmly believe that every person - regardless of race, gender, or financial status - is entitled to civil rights. I applaud CAIR for empowering American Muslims to participate locally and nationally in social and political activism. Your advocacy for justice, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and continual promotion of civil rights is crucial.” - Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) (September 2014).[39]

“I am proud to serve you in the United States Senate and look forward to continuing our work together in the future”. (October 2017.[40]

MAS 2008 convention

Senator Amy Klobuchar's delivered a Video Message to MAS MN Convention 2008.[41]

Muslim American Society of Minnesota

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In 2017 Senator Klobuchar delivered remarks to the Muslim American Society of Minnesota Convention (Hennepin County).[42]

Islamic Center of Minnesota

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On Saturday, July 28 2012, Senator Klobuchar delivered remarks at the Islamic Center of Minnesota's Annual Ramadan Dinner in Fridley (Anoka County).[43]

She spoke to an enthusiastic and welcoming audience of over 300 people. The event also featured Haroon Moghal as an invited speaker.[44]

Abubakar Islamic Convention

Circa 2016 Senator Klobuchar delivered remarks at the 12th Annual Abubakar Islamic Convention in Minneapolis (Hennepin County).[45]

Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center

Circa 2016 Senator Klobuchar convened a meeting with leaders of the Twin Cities' Muslim community at Abubakar As-Sadique Islamic Center (Hennepin County).[46]

MSA staffer

In 2017 , Ibad Jafri a former Muslim Student Association activist, was seving as a Constituent Advocate for Senator Klobuchar.

MAS meeting

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Muslim American Association Minnesota;‏

Meeting with Senator Amy Klobuchar. #MuslimHillDay, 2 May 2017.

21st Century Democrats

21st Century Democrats endorsed Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown and Martin Heinrich in 2018.[47]

Local Progress

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Regina Romero, Amy Klobuchar, Melvin Wills and Ady Barkan at Local Progress.

EMILY's List

Klobuchar has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

SR 59 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Ed Markey's SR 59 (Green New Deal) included Amy Klobuchar.

Democracy Alliance

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"Be HEARD" Act

April 9 2019, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they seek accountability and justice, and sends a clear message to those who think they can get away with assault or harassment on the job: time is up.

Senator Murray announced the introduction at a news conference with survivors and advocates who shared their personal stories about workplace assault and harassment, including Adriana Cazorla, a Washington state domestic worker and advocate with National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Maria del Carmen Ruelas, farm worker with Justice for Migrant Women Advocates who also resides in Washington state. Additionally, leaders from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) participated and highlighted the urgent need to pass the legislation.

“No matter who you are or where you work—whether you are the only woman on the board, or a janitor, or farm worker, you should be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity. This should be true no matter your gender or race, your religion or sexual orientation or age—and regardless of whether you have a disability or are a veteran.” said Senator Murray. “For far too long and for far too many people in our country this hasn’t been true. So today, I’m proud to be standing up to fight for change and make clear that time is up.”

In addition to Senator Murray, the Senate bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The House bill is being introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL-26).[48]

Staff Members

External links

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