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Senator Smith Announces Passage of Bipartisan Legislation That Will Unlock Major Investments in Nation’s Waterways

Washington D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced the Senate has passed the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022, which will unlock and expedite a number of significant projects in Minnesota and across the country. The legislation greenlights investments in the nation’s ports and waterways and includes several priorities Senator Smith has pushed for including Mississippi River protections and Great Lakes coastal resiliency. “Minnesota is blessed with pristine waterways and lakes from Lake Superior to the headwaters of the Mississippi,” said Senator Smith. “This bipartisan legislation will help unlock funding to improve and restore our ports, waterways and ecosystems here in Minnesota and across the country. These water resources are central to our economy and way of life. I’m thrilled to pass this legislation and look forward to seeing these important projects get started.”  WRDA authorizes investments in US Army Corps of Engineers projects and programs around the country and is generally passed every two years. This year, the bill authorizes 36 new feasibility studies, authorizes or modifies 21 projects for construction, and for the first time, authorizes environmental infrastructure projects. WRDA will expedite spending from the Infrastructure Law, which was passed earlier this year, and help jumpstart around $17 billion in significant water resource projects. In a letter to the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Smith pushed for provisions to improve coastal resilience along the Great Lakes and improve the functioning of the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis. Both provisions

Senator Smith, Assistant Speaker Clark Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Expand Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark (D-MA-5) introduced legislation to improve support for youth with the Trauma-Informed Schools Act. The bill would make key federal funding sources available for teachers, staff and after school programs to support trauma-informed practices in school settings. The bill also defines “trauma-informed practices” for the first time in federal education law, ensuring that such practices are evidence-based and help all students. The bill is co-led by Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL-5) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1). The bill would support positive behavioral interventions, efforts to build strong school-wide cultures of trust, acceptance and connectedness, and students’ social-emotional skill development and overall well-being.   “Young students have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, losing loved ones and valuable classroom time to the virus. We need to do more to provide them the mental health support they need,” said Sen Smith. “I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which will expand trauma-informed practices and positive behavioral interventions in school so that students who are struggling with their mental health can get the support they need to succeed.” “Our students’ success in school is about more than just test scores – they need the social and emotional support of properly trained educators to navigate incidences of trauma and stress,” said Assistant Speaker Clark. “As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important that we invest directly in the mental health of our students and

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, in Bipartisan Effort, Urges Trump Administration to Keep SNAP Benefits for Families

WASHINGTON D.C. [03/29/19] – Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) raised concerns about a proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—which would affect some 1.1 million people across the country—and urged the Trump Administration to withdraw the proposal.  In a bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Sen. Smith emphasized the administration’s proposal is in direct contradiction to Congressional intent and would hurt many families struggling to find stable employment. The letter was led by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “Congress recognizes that one-size-fits-all rules for SNAP and employment practices actually end up fitting

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

Washington, D.C. –  As many Republicans in Congress refuse to accept the facts about climate change, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)—a member of Senate Democrats’ new Special Committee on the Climate Crisis announced Wednesday—delivers this week’s Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Smith begins by addressing recent news and underscoring the importance of releasing the entire Mueller report to the American people. Smith goes on to highlight the new Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, efforts underway to tackle the climate crisis, and outlines how America can either follow or lead on climate change. She closes by saying that Democrats think the

Sen. Tina Smith Sworn in to Serve Minnesota in US Senate

U.S. Senator Tina Smith was sworn in to serve the state of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Photos of the ceremonial swearing-in are attached and you can watch video here. “Every time I talk about Minnesota I feel incredible pride—in our communities and community leaders, in hard-working families, in farmers and businesses, and in all the women, men, and children who call our great state their home,” said Sen. Smith. “I’m thinking about all of those people—and the weight of this seat, which carries a long progressive legacy that I intend to uphold—as I begin representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. “I want to thank everybody who joined me today, including my husband Archie, our sons Mason

Sen. Tina Smith Fights for Minnesota in First Weekend as U.S. Senator

Back in Washington after a productive trip home to Minnesota, U.S. Senator Tina Smith said she plans to take what she learned from her first weekend as Senator and use it to continue fighting for Minnesota’s priorities. Over the weekend, Sen. Smith made several stops—which you can read more about here—on her way from the metro area to Duluth and the Iron Range and back. “What a great first weekend as Senator,” said Sen. Smith. “The stops I made, and meetings I held, and Minnesotans I met really drove home what a big, diverse, welcoming state Minnesota is. I’m excited to hit the ground