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  • Letter to the Editor: The Opioid Epidemic is a National Emergency

    Congressman Collin Peterson, Minnesota 7th District|Jan 19, 2018

    Last summer, President Trump’s national opioid commission recommended that he declare the opioid epidemic a “national emergency” or a “public health emergency.” It was my hope that the President would choose the former, which would have allowed for the use of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to combat addiction. Instead, the president chose to declare a 90-day public health emergency which is set to expire on January 23. As we approach this deadline, it is clear that little has been achieved as a result. Over the...

  • Peterson Op-Ed: Observing Memorial Day

    Congressman Collin Peterson|May 25, 2016

    This year we will mark the 147th observance of Memorial Day. While many spend the long weekend enjoying the first days of summer with friends and family, we should not lose sight of the meaning behind this federal holiday. I hope you will take a moment to reflect on this Memorial Day. Government leaders first established “Declaration Day” following the Civil War as an opportunity for the nation to honor the graves of fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. The holiday has since extended to pay respect to all Americans who died serving in...

  • Peterson Op-Ed: Time to Get Serious About Transportation Funding

    Congressman Collin Peterson|May 25, 2015

    A few days ago, the House of Representatives passed another short-term, limited patch to address the growing funding crisis for transportation in this country. Meanwhile, shovel-ready projects in the 7th District stand idle. Time is of the essence. In Minnesota, our lingering, cold winters leave a short window for the construction season. Long-term certainty is the only way to ensure that local communities can have the time and flexibility they need to respond to unique transportation needs we face in rural areas. Minnesotans are also...

  • A grateful nation remembers those who gave all

    Congressman Collin Peterson|May 20, 2014

    June 6, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the first day of the invasion at Normandy. Our country will long remember those Americans who bravely gave or risked their lives for a worthy cause. I would like to recognize the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the millions more who supported them at home. Throughout my congressional career, I have made it a priority to ensure that our men and women in uniform, those who wore the uniform, and their families have a voice in Washington DC. It has been...

  • Finally, a Farm Bill

    Rep Collin Peterson|Feb 4, 2014

    After nearly four years of work, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill conference report (H.R. 2642) with a bipartisan 251-166 vote on January 29. It’s been a challenging and sometimes frustrating few years. I’ve described the process as lunacy, Never-Never Land, and have lamented being caught in farm bill hell. But I refused to give up and through it all, the Agriculture Committee members were able to work together and get the job done. The Agriculture Committees have a strong tradition of cooperation. We listen to...

  • Rep. Collin Peterson: Red Lake Tribe Meeting

    Collin Peterson|Mar 11, 2013

    Red Lake Tribe Chairman "Buck" Jourdain, Red Lake Representative Donald "Dude" May, and Holly Macarro I met with Red Lake Band of Chippewa Chairman Jourdain and representatives from the Red Lake Tribe this week. Last Friday Chairman Jourdain gave his State of the Band address, and it was good to speak with him and get an update on issues important to Red Lake....

  • Rep. Collin Peterson: National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

    Collin Peterson|Mar 11, 2013

    Members of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools from Minnesota stopped by my office including Brandon Lunak, from Waubun-White Earth-Ogema Public Schools, Rick Haaland, from Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools, Jeff Bisek and Jim DeVries, from Mahnomen Public Schools, Steve Wymore and Roy Nelson from Red Lake Public Schools. Roy Nelson gave me my famous "Ponemah, MN" cap that I wore to this year's Inauguration. Roy also brought his grandchildren Daisy and Dayton along for a visit to...