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U.S. Senator Tina Smith Celebrates the Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) released the following statement celebrating the passage of the historic Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: “This is a historic bill that meets the moment. It fights inflation and reduces the federal deficit. It’s takes on the climate emergency, creates a clean energy future and spurs domestic clean energy production. It lowers prescription drug costs, and makes health care more affordable for millions of families. And, it requires big corporations making a billion or more in profits to finally pay their fair share in taxes. “Make no mistake: This legislation represents the most significant action we have ever taken to fight the climate crisis. It will lead to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030, lower energy costs, and spur the economy by creating millions of union jobs in manufacturing and clean energy. The Inflation Reduction Act is a big deal.  It has the broad support of Americans. And Senate Democrats got it done – without the help of a single Republican in the Senate.” ###

Senator Smith Presses Postal Service for Answers on Missing and Delayed Mail in Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [8.4.22] – This week, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeking answers about missing and delayed mail deliveries in Minnesota. Sen. Smith’s office has received numerous calls from constituents reporting inconsistent and missing mail, and mail delays of over a week have been reported on by KTTC in Rochester. “I am deeply concerned about these reports, as many Minnesotans, especially the elderly, disabled people, veterans, and rural communities, rely on the Postal Service as a lifeline,” wrote Smith in her letter. “The Postal Service is an essential service and as such is required by law to maintain a six-day per week delivery schedule with rare exceptions for geographically remote areas, natural disasters, and federal holidays… When service is inconsistent and unreliable, these Minnesotans face late payment fees, days without vital medications, and other serious consequences.” In her letter, Smith pressed DeJoy to answer the following questions by September 4, 2022: Are you aware of irregular, inconsistent, or missing mail deliveries in Minnesota? If so, in how many zip codes have these issues occurred in the last six months? What is causing these unreliable deliveries? What steps are you taking to address critical delivery delays, such as delays of medicine? What is the national Postal Service doing to address these root causes? When can Minnesotans expect a return to reliable, six-day mail service? Will you provide me with regular updates regarding any significant mail delays in Minnesota? You can access the full

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith Laud Lewis & Clark Project’s Rural Development Milestone in Southwestern Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/21/2019]—Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) released the following statements after Worthington in southwestern Minnesota became the latest city to be connected to clean water through the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. “The Lewis and Clark pipeline is critical to delivering reliable, clean water to farmers, businesses, and families in Southwestern Minnesota,” said Sen. Klobuchar. “So many people have been working on this project for years and this is an exciting step forward for the community.” “The Lewis & Clark project is essential to supply clean drinking water to rural communities, and it’s a

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Pushes for Service Members to Receive Owed Student Loan Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/16/2019]—United States Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is pushing to get servicemembers the student loan payments they have been incorrectly denied under existing law. In a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Sen. Smith expressed her support for a proposed “matching agreement” with the Department of Education which would enable servicemembers to automatically get the refunds they are owed. The letter was led by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “The new matching agreement should allow all eligible servicemembers and veterans-including those who were formerly eligible-to automatically receive refunds for any interest amounts that they

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Helps Push Bill to Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Get Affordable Health Care Both During and After Pregnancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/15/19]– U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) today joined an effort to ensure that all expectant mothers get the health care services they need both during and after pregnancy by cosponsoring the Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act.   Sen. Smith said the measure would ensure that all women eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, as well as women eligible for other individual or group health plan coverage, can access affordable health coverage throughout their pregnancies. Currently, marriage, divorce, having a baby, adoption and changing jobs are considered a qualifying life event that

U.S. Senator Tina Smith in Senate Speech: “Why I’m Sharing My Experience with Depression”

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/15/19]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) took to the Senate floor to share her own mental health story as part of her push to make access to mental health care for Minnesotans and Americans a top priority.   In her speech, Sen. Smith—a member of the Senate Health Committee—shared her own experiences with depression earlier in life, and highlighted the need to provide mental health support to people at every age across the nation in both rural and urban areas, no matter what zip code they live in. “That’s my story. Really, it’s the story of millions of