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U.S. Senator Smith’s Legislation to Strengthen Public Health Measures Takes a Key Step Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/17/22]—This week, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the bipartisan PREVENT Pandemics Act, which includes several important pieces of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D-MN) public health legislation.  “The COVID pandemic has further exposed the inequities and weaknesses in our public health system,” said Smith. “The PREVENT Pandemics Act would ensure we are better prepared in the future and that we have the resources to confront these challenges. I am proud we were able to include several of my bills in this package and look forward to voting on it on the Senate floor.” The PREVENT Act includes the following legislation introduced or co-led by Senator Smith: The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act, introduced by Smith and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT.), addresses the social, environmental, and economic conditions that exacerbate health inequities in Black, Brown, Indigenous, and communities of color. Specifically, it would provide grants to develop initiatives that improve health outcomes. Smith also worked alongside Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to successfully secure 5 percent of the bill’s funding for Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, and Tribal health departments. The Strengthening the Public Health Workforce Act, introduced by Smith along with Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), would reinforce and expand the public health workforce amidst shortages. Specifically, it reauthorizes the Public Health Workforce Loan Repayment Program to provide education loan repayment assistance to eligible individuals who work in a state, local, or Tribal public health department, and would evaluate the public health workforce

U.S. Sens. Tina Smith Secures Significant Federal Funding for Critical Senior Housing Repair in St. Peter

WASHINGTON [3.17.22] – U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) announced that she has secured $300,000 in federal funding to enable much-needed repairs for Parkview Manor, a low-income senior housing complex in St. Peter. Specifically, the project will support a new roof, proper smoke hatches, skylights, and an updated air system. “Without safe, affordable housing, nothing else in life works,” said Senator Smith. “Residents at Parkview Manor, and those in senior living across the state, deserve a high-quality, safe place to call home. I’m proud of our work to secure these resources and deliver much-needed repairs and improvements to Parkview Manor and all the Minnesotans living there.” “We are very grateful for the assistance championed by Senator Smith and others. This not only has a positive impact on the Park View Manor residents but on all of Saint Peter,” said St. Peter City Administrator, Todd Prafke. “Senator Smith and her staff were wonderful in working with Executive Director Michelle Connor. Sustainable affordable housing for Senior Citizens is so important in our community. Smith has been actively involved in securing federal funding for projects benefiting communities in Minnesota through a process called “Congressionally Directed Spending” (CDS). During the CDS process, Smith has considered project proposals and advocated for funding in close coordination with leaders from across Minnesota.

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith Announces Support of Bill to Rebuild America’s Schools and Create Nearly 2 Million Jobs

Senator Says Legislation Will Help Make Infrastructure Improvements to Schools in Rural and Urban Areas, Expand Access to Broadband WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/18/19]– U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) believes schools in both rural and urban areas in Minnesota—and across the nation—need strong investments in infrastructure so students can learn in healthy and safe environments, which is why she’s announcing her support for legislation that would provide significant investments to both physical and digital infrastructure in schools across the country. The legislation enjoys widespread support from educators and parent advocacy groups in Minnesota and across the country.  The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would create grant and tax bond programs

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith Push Trump Admin to Provide Farmer Guidance on Republican Tax Law

Urge IRS and Treasury Department to Issue Tax Guidance Promised to Farmers Before Tax Filing Deadline WASHINGTON D.C. [03/18/19]—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) are pushing the IRS and Department of Treasury to provide farmers long-overdue guidance on the Republican tax law before filing deadlines this year. The GOP tax law passed in 2017 created substantial changes to the federal tax code for certain agricultural cooperatives. Yet despite promises from the Department of Treasury and the IRS that guidance would be issued by the end of 2018, it still has not been delivered. In a letter to IRS commissioner Charles Rettig and

Klobuchar, Smith Announce More Than $3 Million in Grants Throughout Minnesota for Critical Investments in Affordable Housing and Community Development

WASHINGTON D.C. [03/20/19]—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith announced seven separate NeighborWorks grants totaling $3,104,000 for community organizations throughout Minnesota. The grants will help more Minnesota families realize their dream of owning a home, increase access to affordable rental units, provide needed financial and counseling services to households throughout the state, and support the repair or rehabilitation of existing homes. Last year, NeighborWorks-affiliated community development organizations in Minnesota provided these services to more than 18,300 households. “The availability of affordable housing – housing that a family can fit in their budget – is one of the most important issues

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Senate Democrats Continue Push for Affordable Child Care For Families in Minnesota, Across the Country

Senator Helps Introduce Legislation to Help Families in Minnesota, Across Nation Afford Comprehensive, High-Quality Child Care WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/27/19]—U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)—who last year launched “Child Care Access and Affordability” listening sessions across Minnesota—is continuing her work to ensure families in Minnesota and across the country are able to access high-quality childcare by supporting a comprehensive bill to address the skyrocketing cost of child care. The bill, called the Child Care for Working Families Act, would address child care costs in a number of ways. It would ensure that families do not have to pay a large percentage of their income onchild care and would provide universal access to