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Klobuchar, Smith Secure Significant Federal Funding to Expand Broadband Access in Minnesota

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that the Department of the Treasury has awarded $68.4 million in federal funding to expand broadband access in Minnesota. The funding, enabled by the Treasury Department’s Capital Projects Fund created through the American Rescue Plan, will provide $68.4 million in federal funding to Minnesota’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program (B2B Grant Program), allowing broadband providers to service more than 23,000 homes and businesses across the state that lack high-speed internet. “We’re really, really excited about this Capital Fund award…This funding is expected to help us with an estimated 23,000 homes and businesses across our state. And I think we all know this is not just about being able to email your grandma. It’s necessary to access…school, getting classes online and being able to get community college classes,” said Klobuchar.  “Broadband is the infrastructure of the 21st century – it isn’t just nice, it’s necessary if we’re going to build an economy that works for everyone,” said Smith. “I’m proud to have helped secure this funding, which will expand access to affordable, high-speed internet to thousands of Minnesotans.” These resources will support broadband infrastructure and are designed to deliver reliable internet service needed for a household with multiple users to simultaneously access the internet to telework and access education and health monitoring. The Treasury Department designed its guidance to prioritize connecting families and businesses in rural and remote areas. As co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus and Chair of

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Announces Hearing Aimed at Addressing Homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/14/22]—Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) – Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (HTCD) – announced she will be leading a hearing on homelessness and opportunities to support veterans and others who face challenges with housing. Members of the subcommittee will hear from Ms. Ann Oliva, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Ms. Kathryn Monet, Chief Executive Officer, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; Ms. Cathy ten Broeke, Assistant Commissioner and Executive Director, Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness (MICH); Ms. Isabel McDevitt, Co-Founder and Board President Work Works America; and Ms. Jamie Kirsch, Board Member, Journey On. The hearing will take place on Tuesday July 19, 2022 at 2:30 pm ET. “Without access to housing nothing else in your life works. Not your job, your health, your education or your family,” said Senator Smith. “We know that housing issues have touched people in nearly every community across the country, with many families struggling to find a safe, affordable place to live. I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about ways we can help address the challenges of homelessness and serve more people.”  The hearing is titled Opportunities and Challenges in Addressing Homelessness. The purpose of this hearing is to address the general state of housing and homelessness and highlight effective responses and ways that the federal government can help local providers. The hearing will also look at the impact of the pandemic on homelessness with a particular focus on rural communities, veterans and Native communities. WHO: Ms. Ann

Sen. Tina Smith Presses to Help Schools in Minnesota, Across the Country Hit Hard by Teacher Shortages

WASHINGTON D.C [07/09/18]—Today, U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.)—a member of the Senate Education Committee—introduced legislation to help schools in Minnesota and across the country fill their growing need for STEM and special education teachers, to give rural districts resources to overcome teacher shortages, and to develop a more-diverse teacher workforce in the nation’s schools. Sen. Smith’s bill—the Addressing Teacher Shortages Act—would allow school districts across the country to apply for grants to help them to attract and retain the quality teachers they need. The bill would also provide funding for the Department of Education to administer the grant program and help

Sen. Tina Smith’s Remarks on President Trump’s Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Serve as Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/09/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) took to the Supreme Court steps shortly after President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Sen. Smith joined fellow Senate colleagues, advocacy organizations, and groups to call for a Justice who will protect the rights of all Americans. “This is a pivotal moment for our country–the person who fills this seat long held by Justice Kennedy will shape the course of American democracy for decades,” said Sen. Smith. “I had hoped that the President would appoint a consensus Justice, a person

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s Staff Kicks Off “Health Care Cost Listening Tour”

WASHINGTON, D.C. [07/11/18]—U.S Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) continued her push to make health care more affordable for Minnesotans by deploying her staff to kick off their statewide “Health Care Cost Listening Tour.” The listening sessions will include Minnesota residents, as well as health experts and care providers in discussions of how to make health care more affordable and accessible in Minnesota and across the country. “Without question, the number one issue I hear about most frequently from Minnesotans is the high price of health care,” said Sen. Smith. “Over the coming weeks, my staff will be traveling all over the state to

Sen. Tina Smith Pushes for Stronger Safeguards for Minnesotans Taking Out Expensive Private Student Loans

WASHINGTON [07/13/18]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is pushing to make sure students in Minnesota and across the nation understand all of their options when it comes to taking out private loans to pay for school, which can often be deceptively risky and expensive, especially for inexperienced or first-time borrowers.   The “Know Before You Owe Act of 2018” would require schools to provide information to prospective borrowers about federal loan eligibility and benefits before certifying a private loan.  The bill would also require schools to confirm the student’s enrollment status and cost of attendance before the private student loan is approved. “The student