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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

Historic Infrastructure Bill Will Benefit Minnesota for Years to Come

I was at the White House in November when President Biden signed the historic bipartisan infrastructure bill into law. I pushed hard to get the measure through the Senate and over the finish line because in the coming months and years, it will create thousands of jobs, make our state more competitive and improve the lives of rural, urban, suburban, and Tribal communities across Minnesota. Last week, I also joined the President when he visited Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) in Rosemount to talk about how the new law will directly improve the lives of all Minnesotans. At that event, he highlighted not only how it will make badly needed upgrades to our roads, bridges and water systems, but also advance two of my top priorities: addressing the climate crisis and expanding broadband service to Minnesota communities that aren’t yet connected.  The estimated impacts on key areas in Minnesota are historic. Minnesota will receive at least: $4.5 billion for Minnesota highways $302 million for Minnesota bridges $680 million for lead service line replacements to update Minnesota’s water infrastructure $297 million for Minnesota airports $856 million for Minnesota transit systems in rural, suburban and urban areas $68 million for electric vehicle charging in Minnesota At least $100 million to expand broadband to the tens of thousands of Minnesota households that currently do not have internet access As these historic investments are put in place in the coming years, Minnesotans will benefit in many ways. “Buy America, Build America” to Benefit Minnesota 

Where Do We Go From Here?

A Reminder of How Hard We Have to Fight to Keep our Democracy My husband Archie was in Washington, D.C. this past week to keep me company while the U.S. Senate worked over New Year’s.  As I was driving him to the airport on Tuesday, he expressed concern about what might happen on Wednesday when Congress would vote to confirm the electoral college results that would make Joe Biden our next President.  Congress was scheduled to meet in joint session at virtually the same time President Trump – near the White House – was inciting thousands of his supporters to

Protecting the Postal Service

Protecting the Integrity and Reliability of the U.S. Postal Service As I’ve traveled across Minnesota, I’ve seen the important role that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) plays in the lives of people across our state.  From small towns and rural communities to our largest cities, millions of Minnesotans depend upon the USPS to deliver the letters and packages that fuel their lives and our state’s economy.  And in 2020, the mail is how hundreds of thousands of our state’s residents plan to vote. In the past several weeks, I’ve raised deep concerns about the recent disruptions in mail service because

March 2020: Coronavirus Update Part II

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Coronavirus Update Note: This is the second installment of my regular updates to Minnesotans on my work to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Minnesota and the nation are facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis in the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, with a new bipartisan assistance package signed into law Friday, help is on the way.  It will provide significant and urgently-needed help for our health care system, families and small businesses. Minnesotans are coming together to respond to this economic and public health catastrophe. Soon, families will see direct financial help, local businesses will find a

March 2020: Coronavirus Update

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Coronavirus Update This is the first installment of regular reports I plan to send to keep Minnesotans updated on my work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for others in the coming days and weeks as we work to address the fallout from this crisis. -U.S. Senator Tina Smith News Minnesotans Can Use Staying Safe: Throughout this crisis, my top priority has been the health and safety of Minnesotans, and ensuring they are getting accurate information to deal with this crisis. You can turn to the Minnesota Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for