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Klobuchar, Smith Announce Federal Funding for Glencoe Municipal Airport Infrastructure Improvements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $712,500 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to the Glencoe Municipal Airport. The airport will use the money to design and construct a new general aviation terminal. This project will replace an existing facility outdated that was constructed in 1970. “Investments in our airports serve as a down payment on the long-term economic well-being of our state,” said Klobuchar. “This funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will improve the travel experience at the Glencoe Municipal Airport by supporting the construction of a new terminal.” “The Glencoe Municipal airport is a key transportation hub and economic driver for Glencoe and its neighboring communities,” said Smith. “This investment, made possible by the Infrastructure Law, will make our airport more modern, safe and efficient. I’m excited to see this law making an impact and will keep pressing for opportunities to improve our state’s infrastructure.” This funding is from the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

U.S Senator Tina Smith Applauds Biden Administration’s Rule Implementing Senate-Passed Pension Relief Stopping Drastic Cuts for Over 22,000 Minnesotans

WASHINGTON, D.C. [7/6/22]— Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) celebrated a key step in implementing pension relief funding to reverse pension cuts for thousands of Minnesotans who earned pensions through union jobs. The latest rule, issued by the federal Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, marks the completion of multiemployer pension system fixes which will bolster the solvency of the multiemployer pension system and prevent drastic cuts to pensions.   The multiemployer pension relief package included in the American Rescue Plan stems from Sen. Smith’s push to help the more than 1 million workers and retirees nationwide—including more than 22,000 Minnesotans—who had been facing deep cuts of up to 90 percent to their hard-earned pensions. The completion of these multiemployer pension system fixes ensure that pension benefits for workers and their families will be fully protected, and workers can enjoy the retirements they earned.  “After putting in a lifetime of hard work, retirees deserve the pensions they were promised,” said Sen. Smith, a member of the Senate Labor and Pensions Committee. “Today’s announcement from the Biden Administration will not only ensure that thousands of hard-working Minnesotans will receive the secure retirement they’ve worked so hard to earn, but also help shore up pension systems across the country that millions of working Americans rely upon.”   Today’s announcement is a direct result of provisions in the American Rescue Plan, which Senator Smith helped secure in 2019. In 2018, Sen. Smith was one of just eight Senators named to a bipartisan committee on pension solvency, where she worked with Minnesota

U.S. Sens. Klobuchar, Smith Press Trump to Immediately Extend Deadline for Thousands of Liberians Who Risk Deportation

Senators Join Group of More Than 50 members of Congress In Urging Extension of Temporary Status WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/05/19]—U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) pressed President Trump to immediately reverse an order he gave last year that could deport thousands of native Liberians living lawfully in Minnesota and across the country back to their troubled nation as soon as March 31. The Senators said Trump’s 2018 order to end the temporary status, known as Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), for Liberians living in the United States would hurt thousands of people—many of whom fled their country to escape civil war more

U.S. Senator Tina Smith Fights to Protect Veterans’ Economic Security

Bipartisan Reform Amends Current Bankruptcy Law to Better Support Veterans  and Their Families Experiencing Financial Hardship WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/07/19]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) pushed for reforms to current bankruptcy law in order to protect veterans experiencing financial hardship in Minnesota and across the country. The bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act, led by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) excludes Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense disability benefits from veterans’ monthly income calculations, preventing those funds from being taken by creditors. “Disability benefits are not a luxury.  They are essential for ensuring veterans are compensated for serving our country and making sacrifices,” said Sen. Smith.

U.S. Senators Klobuchar, Smith Fight to Expand Child Tax Credit to Increase Economic Opportunity for Families in Minnesota, Across the Nation

Senators Support Legislation to Improve Child Tax Credit, Reduce Child Poverty WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/07/19]—Minnesota’s U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith said today that they are pushing a new tax cut measure that will not only put more money in the pockets of families raising children, but also cut child poverty by an estimated 38 percent in Minnesota and across the country. The American Family Act of 2019—led by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) would increase the Child Tax Credit to $3,000 per child, with an additional $600 per-year credit for children under six. Further, the measure would make the tax credit fully refundable to allow all families to claim

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Bipartisan Group of Senate Colleagues: “Provide Back Pay to Compensate Contractor Employees for Their Lost Wages”

WASHINGTON D.C. [03/08/19]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith continued her fight to secure back pay for federal contract workers who went many weeks without a paycheck during the recent 35-day federal government shutdown by pushing the leaders the Senate Appropriations Committee to include funding for back pay in an upcoming disaster relief package. Unlike federal government employees, who received back pay after they returned to work when the shutdown ended in February, federal contract employees—many of whom serve in modestly-paid jobs—did not receive back pay to make up for the wages they missed. During the shutdown, Sen. Smith led the  Senate effort to secure