Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Bernie Lieder was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
In July 2010, Minnesota DFL-endorsed candidate for governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher was in Crookston .
- Kelliher will visit the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute in Crookston at 9:30 a.m., according to her press officials. AURI is located at 2900 University Ave. in Crookston. A press conference will follow. She will be joined by state Rep. Bernie Lieder, state Rep. Kent Eken, state Sen. Leroy Stumpf, Red Lake County Farmers Union President Steve Linder, Polk County Farmers Union President Kory Chervestad, and President of the Minnesota Farmers Union Doug Peterson and AURI Executive Director Teresa Spaeth.