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Klobuchar, Smith Announce Major Federal Funding to Boost Duluth Tourism Industry, Strengthen Shoreline Resiliency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the Economic Development Association (EDA) has awarded $5 million in CARES Act recovery assistance funding to boost the Duluth tourism industry by strengthening shoreline infrastructure. This funding will make shoreline infrastructure more resilient to storms and other weather disasters while allowing for greater access to waterfront services. The investment will specifically enable the reconstruction of a seawall behind the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC).  “This investment is a win-win — helping boost the tourism industry integral to Duluth’s economy while bolstering critical shoreline infrastructure,” said Klobuchar. “I’ve long pushed for this funding, and as co-chair of the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus, I’ll keep fighting to make sure Minnesota’s tourism industry has the economic resources it needs to thrive.”  “This grant will help reinvigorate our waterfront in Duluth and protect the surrounding areas against increasingly frequent storms,” said Smith. “The project will help create jobs, boost the local tourism industry, and generate over $25 million in private investment. I am proud of our work on the CARES Act, which has made investments like this possible.” In July 2020, Klobuchar and Smith wrote letters to former Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressing their support for this funding to repair essential city infrastructure and reinvigorate regional tourism. Klobuchar and Smith have long prioritized supporting Minnesota tourism through strengthening infrastructure. Recently, the senators announced major federal funding to upgrade capacity at two border ports of entry, which will help

Sen. Smith Applauds Passage of Emmett Till Antilynching Act

WASHINGTON [3.8.22] – Last night, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) joined her Senate colleagues to unanimously pass the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The legislation, which Senator Smith co-sponsored in the Senate, will designate lynching as a federal hate crime. “It is deeply shameful that it has taken over 100 years and 200 attempts to finally criminalize lynching in this country,” said Sen. Smith. “There is nothing we can do to erase the pain inflicted on thousands of African American men, women, and children who were victims of this shameful instrument of terror. Yet this bill is an important step in our efforts to reckon with the racialized violence that has stained our country’s history. I’m proud of our work to pass this legislation and make forward progress towards healing and justice.”   More than 6,500 Americans were lynched between 1865 and 1950, according to a report from the Equal Justice Initiative. Yet the failure of Congress to codify federal anti-lynching legislation — despite more than 200 attempts since 1900 — meant 99 percent of lynching perpetrators walked free. Last night, the Senate took a meaningful step toward correcting this historical injustice. Full text of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act can be found here. The legislation is supported by: Equal Justice Initiative, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Action Network, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable, Anti-Defamation League, and the National Urban League.

Sen. Tina Smith Introduces Bill to Prevent Another Sun Country Airlines Debacle

WASHINGTON, D.C. [06/28/18]—Today, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) followed up on her promise to explore legislation to prevent another incident like the Sun Country Airlines blunder by introducing the Airline Consumer Protection Act. Earlier this year, Eagan-based Sun Country Airlines stranded travelers in Mexico and around the country, leaving them scrambling to find additional lodging and their own way home. Sen. Smith’s Airline Consumer Protection Act seeks to ensure that this won’t happen again by guaranteeing that when a consumer purchases an airline ticket you are getting the transportation you paid for—which often is not the case in the fine print of airline tickets. The bill would also

Sens. Smith, Warren Continue to Demand Answers on Trump Administration’s Failed Promise of “Voluntary, Massive Drops” in Prices

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/02/2018]—U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are continuing their investigation of the Trump Administration’s promises of “voluntary, massive drops” after these reductions in drug prices fail to materialize. The senators have reached out to nine Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and drug distributors asking for their response to allegations by Secretary Azar during a Senate Health Committee hearing that they are setting uproadblocks that are preventing drug companies from voluntarily lowering their drug prices. This latest effort follows similar letters previously sent toSecretary Azar and to drug manufacturers. “These are extremely disturbing allegations by Secretary Azar,” wrote Sens. Smith and Warren. “If

Smith, Klobuchar Call on Federal Communications Commission to Establish Protections for Consumers from Unwanted, Harassing Robocalls

U.S. Senators Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar joined Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and 11 other senators in calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish protections for consumers from unwanted and harassing robocalls and robotexts. “In an era when the onslaught of unwanted and abusive robocalls is on the rise, we are concerned that the absence of core protections would result in even more invasive calls and texts,” the senators wrote in their letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “It is the FCC’s obligation to use its existing authority to reestablish robust, enforceable protections to enhance the precious zone of privacy

Sen. Tina Smith’s Statement on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/05/18]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)—a member of the Senate Energy Committee—released the following statement on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation.  This statement originally appeared on Sen. Tina Smith’s official Senate Facebook page. “Scott Pruitt abused our trust. I’m glad he stepped down. I had repeatedly called on him to do so, and now the Trump Administration needs to replace him with somebody who has the integrity and effectiveness to fight for our environment. After all, that’s the job of the EPA Administrator.” ###