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12/23/2020

The NDAA is overwhelmingly bipartisan. Trump's veto slashes support for those who serve in the military, and our national security.

Now we have to fix what he's done. Again.

You can’t see our smiles but you can tell U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and I are happy and grateful after receiving the...
12/19/2020

You can’t see our smiles but you can tell U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and I are happy and grateful after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine earlier today. We’ll get the second round of the vaccine in 21 days. Keep masking up to keep yourselves and those around you safe.

Our federal government literally tried to erase Native people, so naming Representative Deb Haaland, a Native woman, to ...
12/17/2020
With historic picks, Biden puts environmental justice front and center

Our federal government literally tried to erase Native people, so naming Representative Deb Haaland, a Native woman, to Secretary of Interior has deep meaning and historical significance. She is an amazing, strong, compassionate person.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/12/17/deb-haaland-interior-secretary-biden/?outputType=amp

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, a Native American congresswoman from New Mexico, to serve as interior secretary in a historic pick for a department that oversees the country's vast natural resources, including tribal lands.

Folks, you have until December 22nd to sign up for health insurance in Minnesota.  Head over to MNSure.com and find a pl...
12/16/2020
MNsure Home / MNsure

Folks, you have until December 22nd to sign up for health insurance in Minnesota.

Head over to MNSure.com and find a plan that’s right for you and your family. #GetCovered

MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most...

12/15/2020

COVID-19 vaccines start today in Minnesota. I’m so grateful for the scientists and researchers who developed these vaccines in record time, and the thousands of volunteers who participated in trials.

Now we begin the careful process of vaccinating people. In the meantime, 4,462 Minnesotans have lost their battle with COVID - a tragedy of historic proportions for our state and country. Researchers also tell us that wearing masks could save over 100,000 lives this winter and spring.

I’m a mom and a grandmother, listen to me: don’t let COVID fatigue steal away the people that you love.

12/14/2020

Great to see Coach Bob Motzko’s undefeated Gopher Men’s hockey team take over the top national ranking for the first time since 2014. They don’t call us the State of Hockey for nothing, and this year’s team is for real. Ski-U-Mah!

How many grown ass women out there have been called kiddo by some jerk like Joseph Epstein? And for this he gets a colum...
12/12/2020
Wall Street Journal draws backlash over op-ed urging Jill Biden to drop 'doctor' title

How many grown ass women out there have been called kiddo by some jerk like Joseph Epstein? And for this he gets a column in the WSJ?

Guys like Joseph Epstein are so boring. I can’t count how many times I’ve been called kiddo - even after winning statewide elections. FWIW I also have delivered two babies. Personally. Not as a doctor.

Several public figures and others on Twitter are condemning The Wall Street Journal for an op-ed published Friday that suggested incoming first lady Jill Biden should “drop the ‘Dr.’” before her name, with some sayi

Mr. Moose Goes to Washington.
12/12/2020

Mr. Moose Goes to Washington.

In the middle of these dark days of the pandemic, read the wisdom of frontline nurses.
12/10/2020
The Wisdom of Frontline Nurses — WikiWisdom

In the middle of these dark days of the pandemic, read the wisdom of frontline nurses.

Wisdom of nurses on the frontline of fighting COVID-19 and 14 solutions to ensure the country Never Again mishandles a healthcare crisis.

12/10/2020

To all those celebrating Hanukkah tonight, Archie and I wish you peace, prosperity and health. Chag Sameach.

It's #GetCoveredDay, Minnesota. There are 2 weeks left to sign up for health insurance. If you're uninsured, you have op...
12/10/2020
MNsure Home / MNsure

It's #GetCoveredDay, Minnesota. There are 2 weeks left to sign up for health insurance. If you're uninsured, you have options and could be eligible for federal assistance. Find a plan that makes sense for you at MNSure.com. If you're insured, you can explore other plans too.

MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most...

What’s next? “GOP Senators reluctantly admit sun likely rises in east; also say Trump should exhaust legal options provi...
12/10/2020
GOP senators ready to acknowledge Biden won but struggle with Trump's refusal to concede

What’s next? “GOP Senators reluctantly admit sun likely rises in east; also say Trump should exhaust legal options proving western sunrise”

A growing number of Senate Republicans are ready to publicly acknowledge what's been widely known for weeks but what they've refused to say: Joe Biden won the presidency and will be sworn in on January 20.

Testing has always been a crucial part of our fight against COVID, yet this administration has failed to deliver every s...
12/09/2020
As Nation Grapples With COVID-19 Surge, Warren, Smith Release Their Findings on National Testing Capacity and Pediatric Testing Availability | U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

Testing has always been a crucial part of our fight against COVID, yet this administration has failed to deliver every step of the way.

I teamed up with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to investigate what went wrong and the path forward. This week, we published our findings.

The Official U.S. Senate website of Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

The Leech Lake Band has had its land whittled away by the federal government over the years. This year, we finally took ...
12/08/2020
'Land is culture': Measure could restore nearly 12,000 acres of Leech Lake land

The Leech Lake Band has had its land whittled away by the federal government over the years. This year, we finally took a step to right that.

The bill I authored to restore nearly 12,000 acres of land back to its rightful owners has passed Congress.

The Leech Lake band, which says it owns the smallest percentage of its original reservation of any of Minnesota tribes, is about to see a historical wrong righted with a federal act that just awaits President Trump's signature.

Historic progress today. I’ll keep fighting to end the failed and racist policy of marijuana prohibition by working to p...
12/05/2020
House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Historic progress today. I’ll keep fighting to end the failed and racist policy of marijuana prohibition by working to pass U.S. Senator Kamala Harris’ companion bill in the Senate, as well as my bill to legalize it safely.

At the end of the day, the public overwhelmingly supports legalization but our laws have not kept up. We can legalize marijuana in a smart and safe way.

Read more about my bill: https://www.smith.senate.gov/us-senator-tina-smith-introduces-marijuana-reform-legislation-protect-health-safety-civil-rights

The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws.

Minnesota Dairy farmers: Please consider enrolling in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program by December 11. The DMC could pr...
12/04/2020
Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program

Minnesota Dairy farmers: Please consider enrolling in the Dairy Margin Coverage Program by December 11. The DMC could provide some certainty and predictability during these uncertain times. Learn more here:

The 2018 Farm Bill authorized the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, which is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers. DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).

Tou-Fu Vang’s long-time leadership in the nation’s Hmong Community touched the lives of so many Minnesotans. His legacy ...
12/04/2020
COVID-19 claims life of Hmong American community leader

Tou-Fu Vang’s long-time leadership in the nation’s Hmong Community touched the lives of so many Minnesotans. His legacy will be long lasting. Peace be with his family and friends, and peace be with everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID.

Tou-Fu Vang, a Hmong community leader and former lieutenant colonel in the Secret War, died on Thanksgiving Day after several weeks in the hospital fighting COVID-19.

12/03/2020

We are in the most serious crisis this nation has faced in generations. I've not heard a peep about this in weeks from the President.

Grow up, accept the election results, and fight this pandemic instead of the will of the American people.

12/02/2020

To my Republicans colleagues: tell your constituents the truth. Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States.

Minnesota high schoolers who lost jobs in the pandemic had been denied unemployment benefits they should have been eligi...
12/02/2020
MN Court of Appeals allows high school students to receive pandemic unemployment assistance

Minnesota high schoolers who lost jobs in the pandemic had been denied unemployment benefits they should have been eligible for—benefits I fought for. A court ruling today fixes that—which is great news. BUT you must apply by December 25th.

According to court documents, a previous ruling was reversed Tuesday, allowing qualified high school students to receive assistance through the current CARES Act.

This is classic Mitch McConnell. We are in the dark, dark days of this pandemic and a group of Republicans and Democrats...
12/01/2020
McConnell shoots down bipartisan $900 billion coronavirus stimulus plan as stalemate drags on

This is classic Mitch McConnell. We are in the dark, dark days of this pandemic and a group of Republicans and Democrats come together in good faith to devise a framework for emergency funding to help our country. And what does Mitch McConnell say? He calls it a waste of time. NOBODY knows more about wasting time than Mitch McConnell. He had the Senate do nothing on COVID relief in November. Nothing in October. September. August. It’s painful how long this has gone on. He refuses to negotiate with Democrats. And he wants to talk about wasting time?

I have never seen a place like Mitch McConnell’s United States Senate. It’s like he owns it. If he doesn’t like something, it’s “a waste of time” and that’s the end of it. If he doesn’t want my constituents to get emergency help, they don’t get it. It should be the people’s Senate, not McConnell’s.

This framework is a proposal, and we don’t know any of the details because they haven’t been worked out yet. I think we should work on it. In an emergency like we face with COVID, the perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of the good, and we need to do some good right now.

Bipartisan lawmakers are pushing a new stimulus plan as Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell have made no progress on a coronavirus relief bill.

12/01/2020
Banking Hearing Question

We’ve gone months without passing a relief package so I wanted my colleagues to hear directly from the chair of the Federal Reserve. It’s a simple question, “what happens if we don’t take serious action right now?”

Next time you’re in DC, check out this new, powerful memorial dedicated to Native Veterans.Native Veterans serve in our ...
11/30/2020
National Native American Veterans Memorial | National Museum of the American Indian

Next time you’re in DC, check out this new, powerful memorial dedicated to Native Veterans.

Native Veterans serve in our armed forces at a significantly higher rate than any other group and we thank them for their tireless sacrifice for our country.

NMAI is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere through partnership with Native people and others. The museum works to support the continuance of culture, traditional values, and transitions in contemporary Native life.

As National Adoption Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to celebrate the Cronen family.  Jack is six years old. ...
11/30/2020
Meet the Cronen Family — Voice for Adoption

As National Adoption Awareness Month comes to a close, I wanted to celebrate the Cronen family.

Jack is six years old. He loves riding his bike and playing with his family’s three pet beagles. He was adopted by his parents Allan and Diane. Every child deserves a loving home.

Adoption has blessed us with two wonderful sons. Ryan, now age 21, and Jack, age 6, each came to us on a foster care basis. We were fortunate to become each boy’s permanent family. Read more about the Cronen family's story.

If you live in a rural area and you want to help ensure our maps identify gaps in broadband coverage, take this speed te...
11/30/2020
Minnesota Broadband Speed Test Initiative | Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition

If you live in a rural area and you want to help ensure our maps identify gaps in broadband coverage, take this speed test at the link below and help ensure that Minnesotans get covered.

Minnesota Broadband Speed Test Initiative View State Map of Results Help spread the word about the speed test in your community!

11/26/2020

For all of you staying safe and close to home this Thanksgiving for the good of those you love, thank you. To those of you remembering a lost loved one, and an empty seat at the table, may their memory be a blessing.

This has been a hard year, but we are near the beginning of a new one, and a better one. I feel hopeful. Thank you Minnesota.

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, wanted to share a link to Minnesota Department of Health’s website for folks who need...
11/24/2020
Emergency food support / Minnesota Department of Human Services

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, wanted to share a link to Minnesota Department of Health’s website for folks who need emergency food support during these tough times. There are resources available, click below to learn more.

The people of Minnesota are here to help communities during these difficult times. There are many resources in your community that can help.

11/23/2020
covidawaremn.com

Minnesota—you can help protect your family, friends, neighbors and community by using the free, anonymous COVIDaware app to make sure you’re alerted about COVID-19 close contacts. It’s going to take all of us to get this virus under control. More info: http://covidawaremn.com

11/21/2020

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and I’m feeling both grateful and exhausted by this year. Grateful that all my family is healthy and safe, and exhausted by the sheer weight of what we have all gone through.

COVID has touched everyone’s lives one way or another. But let’s be honest: if you haven’t been sick or known someone who’s been sick, it’s pretty hard to feel like the risk is immediate. There’s a fundamentally human way of thinking that says, in effect, “That bad thing won’t happen to me.” Psychologists call it the optimism bias. It’s what makes us believe, for example, that we won’t be the one to get cancer from smoking.

With COVID, a lot of us have the optimism bias. It’s what lets us believe, even in the face of over 200,000 lost, that we won’t be the one to get sick, and we definitely won’t be the one to get really sick.

Yesterday, I was blessed to talk with five Minnesotans who have seen COVID up close and personal. They shared their deeply personal experiences because they want their fellow Minnesotans to know that it CAN happen to you, because it’s happened to them.

Here are two of the stories I heard.

Terra lost Teddy, her husband of 41 years in October. He worked as a security and baggage screener with TSA, so he was around a lot of people. One day he was healthy, then he started to feel sick. Five days later he was really sick. And then he was gone. He was 67. As she spoke to me her dog perched next to her on the couch, watching over her. “She’s been very upset since Teddy died,” Terra told us.

Dr. Shirlee Xie, an amazing young doctor who works on the COVID ward at HCMC, told us about the patients she cared for this week: a woman of 41 with COVID, who was discharged to hospice, reminding us that this isn’t just an old person’s disease. And she told the story of an old couple in their eighties, who spent the first night of their 62 years of married life away from each other when the wife checked into the hospital with COVID. The next day the husband became ill, and so the hospital made an exception so the two of them could be in the same room together. With tears streaming down her face, Dr. Xie told us how the wife died, and the husband is left, bereft.

I was deeply touched by these stories. And I was also inspired by the sense of coming together and working together that was at the root of all these stories. That’s something we need more of in this moment.

As you think about this coming holiday weekend, it’s normal to react by thinking that these stories are sad, but they probably won’t happen to you and your family. The truth is they can. The virus is spreading everywhere. It’s everywhere. So I ask you to think about what you would do to protect and care for the people you love most in the world. You would do anything. So would I. That’s why I won’t be holding our darling grandson Ari this weekend, or hugging our beloved children. It’s why Archie and I will be staying close to home, fixing a small dinner, Zooming with my dad, and planning for better days ahead. I’m not going to let the optimism bias fool me into taking risks that could hurt the people I love most.

Wishing you all a healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

MyPillow guy Mike Lindell helped pay the $2M bail for accused Kenosha murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.If you have a spare $2M,...
11/21/2020
Ways Minnesotans can help during the holiday season

MyPillow guy Mike Lindell helped pay the $2M bail for accused Kenosha murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.

If you have a spare $2M, and also a moral compass, MPR has assembled this helpful list of places you can donate to help people during the holidays.

COVID-19 cases are reaching new peaks in the state, and many Minnesotans are still unemployed. The pandemic is still affecting thousands of people. If you are looking for places to donate to, or are looking for help, here is a list of nonprofits and organizations working across the state.

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copy of email to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell>>> Senator McConnell: I have heard too much. Fraudulent ballots were injected into the system to switch votes from Trump to Biden. This is not human error. This is domestic, criminal interference into a Presidential Election. If you really care about the Constitution and the future of this Republic you will decertify the electoral votes and remedy the problem in a way consistent with the Constitution. I am more concerned with knowing which candidate won the electoral vote via a free and fair election than having my candidate come out on top. Finally, you should demand that that DOJ investigate the crimes that had been committed pursuant to the 2020 election and bring criminal charges. Many people need to go to prison and I don't care how many that is nor do I care about what party they represent. Not taking action on this is a crime against the Republic and the rule of law. Jeffrey Wolfe Berks County Pennsylvania 12-22-2020 copy to members of the Senate copy to members of the House copy to President Trump
$1.5 m study for a lizard on a tread mill, $700 m for Sudan, $450m for Ukraine, $250 m for Palestine, $33m for Venezuela, $10m for Pakistan gender program, $0 for small businesses, $600 for American citizens, this is just part of the Covid relief fund. Now how does it work for a lizard, Sudan, Ukraine, Palestine, etc????? Wasting our tax dollars pure and simple! Disgusting!
Happy holidays Senator, As i was scrolling down on Facebook this morning i saw a video of President Trump breaking down the monies that are being used for the Heals Act. Is it true? Please advise and Thanks in advance.
Senator Smith; A hard need that’s missing in the COVID-19 relief Bill is the guaranteed sick leave. Don’t they understand the incentive will be to keep working when sick complicating COVID-19 health and economic recovery. The people least able to weather this are those working for minimum wage. Appreciat your work on this and trying to improve the ACA, must make it universal, with comprehensive and preventive care based on sustaining health not fee 4 service. Nothing less makes sense. We can do this, especially now. Thank you.
I suppose you voted for all the Pork in the relief bill.
It's time to recall congress. They have failed this country.
Senator Smith, can you explain just what the hell is going on? Our relief for American citizens and healthcare workers involves $177 million in aid for Israeli missile systems?
Please vote NO on the stimulus bill. There should be NOTHING in it other than items to benefit Americans and American businesses.
Your jobs do not require you to get a vaccine before front line workers. Shame on you!
Iam here representing the Lumber tribe pass help pass the bill for us Lumberton N.C Pembroke N.C and surrounding communities thank u
Question Tina, I am wondering if you or any other legislators have considered the problem the rest of the workforce is having in getting 3M N95 masks? As a industrial mfg, these were the only ones we like to use because they are made in America , made in Minnesota and the best on the market. I understand the importance of the situation but are the people's health in mfg's important to? Is the general publics health important? If this was going to be a problem, couldn't something be done to insure production of these masks so they available to everyone to purchase. Try to buy any anywhere by first getting them and then also by not getting price gouged by suppliers that have remaining inventory.
Senator Smith, Ask any veteran about VA math when determining total compensation for multiple service connected disabilities. A veteran with separate ratings of 60%, 20%, 10% and 10% adds up to 70% using VA math. A 100% rating for a single vet with no dependents will have a compensation rate of $3106.04. If a single vet with no dependents has a 10% rating, his compensation will be $!42.29. Why isn't it $310.60, 10% of $3106.04 ? If this same vet has a 50% rating, his compensation will be $893.30. Why isn't it $1553.02 ? Even if this same vet has a 90% rating, his compensation is $1862.96. Why isn't it $2795.43, 90% of 3106.04 ? The US will spend trillions on wars but when a soldier brings home the wounds of war they do everything they can to limit what they spend.