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A New Law to Modernize and Improve the Postal Service

I wanted to share some information on what we recently delivered on in the Senate: newly passed bipartisan legislation that will ensure the Postal Service maintains six-days of delivery per week—changes were under consideration—and puts the Postal Service on better financial footing after years of beleaguered budgets. It’s now headed to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law, and I’m proud to have cosponsored this legislation and helped get it over the finish line. Minnesotans and Americans across the country rely on the Postal Service—it’s how we get our medicine, Social Security checks and veterans benefits. And it’s also how many of us vote. Its services are so vital that it’s included in our Constitution. No matter where you live, you rely on the Postal Service. Yet, as you may know, the Postal Service has been plagued by unfair financial burdens. These challenges have made it hard to deliver reliable service, especially in the long run. I’ve been pushing in the Senate to ensure the USPS gets the stable footing it needs, so I’m proud we could deliver on this legislation. Reforming the Postal Service The bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act will modernize the USPS and make it more transparent, accountable, and financially stable. It’s also supported by Republicans and Democrats, postal workers, unions, and businesses. Here is what it will do: Ensure there are no cuts to delivery by permanently requiring the Postal Service to deliver six days per week. Save taxpayers $27 billion over the next decade

Working for All of Us

The past month, I have reflected on the resiliency and strength all of us have displayed over the past two challenging years. I am so proud to represent Minnesota in the US Senate, and I wanted to share some updates on a few pieces of my legislation that I have been working on:  •    A new bipartisan law I authored with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) to ensure federally connected school districts get the funding they need during the pandemic.   •    Legislation called the Veterans Hearing Benefit Act to help vets can get the care they deserve for hearing loss incurred while serving; and •    A bill to ensure rural and unserved communities get affordable, reliable internet access, called the Connect Unserved Americans Act with some of my colleagues.   -Tina Smith    Making sure school districts retain reliable, stable funding Last month, my bipartisan bill with Senator John Thune (R-SD) to help federally connected schools retain funding during the COVID-19 pandemic was signed into law by President Biden. Many school districts, especially in northern Minnesota, rely on federal funding through the Impact Aid Program because they have a lot of land that doesn’t generate property taxes. The Supplemental Aid Flexibility Act will allow these schools to get the support they need without having to jump through a bunch of hoops during the pandemic.   The pandemic continues to hit many Minnesota school districts hard, so it is important to me that school districts receiving Impact Aid maintain reliable, stable

Traveling Across Minnesota

August was a jam-packed month, and during the Senate’s annual August recess, I was able to travel to communities across the state and hear from Minnesotans about issues that matter to them most. These visits help inform my work in Washington, D.C. and will be valuable as the Senate returns this month to finish work on transformative budget legislation that will not only address the continuing economic fallout from the pandemic, but also rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, create jobs, cut taxes, lower costs for Minnesota working families, and address the urgent threat of climate change. Important Minnesota Events During August

Help Is On The Way

The American Rescue Plan Signed Into Law When President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) this week, it was a bold and historic response to a devastating pandemic that – for more than a year – has upended the lives of people in Minnesota and across the country.  The pandemic has taken more than 500,000 lives, strained our public health system, closed schools, and stolen millions of businesses and jobs.  I strongly supported the American Rescue Plan after hearing from thousands of Minnesotans throughout this past year about the devastating toll the virus has had

A New President

On Wednesday, we inaugurated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be President and Vice-President. I started the day feeling optimistic, worried, determined, excited and grateful.  Optimistic that today was finally here.  Worried in spite of myself that everything would go off without a hitch.  Determined and excited about the work ahead, and just plain grateful that I could be here representing Minnesotans.   We drove to my office in the Hart office building, passing through a check point with armed guards, fences and razor wire, and lots of National Guard troops.  This was a stark reminder that, after the events of last week, we cannot

End of Year Wrap-Up

As we near the end of 2020, which has been so hard for so many, I want to take a moment to thank you, and all of Minnesota.   It is my great honor to represent you in Washington D.C., and to do whatever I can in the United States Senate to make progress for people.  I’ll be honest, this can be a frustrating place, and progress comes slow.  But progress comes, sometimes because of what we accomplish in the Senate, and often because of what you do. In the midst of this global pandemic, which has shaken the foundations

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