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Occurrences in the Congressional Record

Entry Title Date
Morning Business March 10, 2014
Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
"This isn’t just a problem for Lake Superior; it is also a critical issue impacting the shipping industry on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi moves hundreds of millions of tons of goods, such as corn, grain, coal, and petroleum. The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota. In Minnesota one can actually walk over the Mississippi at Itasca State Park. The 2012 drought led to low water conditions which made barge travel down the Mississippi very difficult. If shipping were completely cut off, as was possible, the economic repercussions would be severe. If barge traffic is disrupted, cargo valued at over $7 billion could experience shipping delays, including 300 million bushels of farm products, 3.8 million tons of coal, and 5 million barrels of domestically produced crude oil. A prolonged shipping delay would be devastating to the bottom lines of farmers, businesses, and common citizens. These are just a few examples of the economic costs of climate change."
Equal Pay Day April 9, 2013
Tammy Duckworth, D-IL
"Pay discrimination doesn’t just hurt women; it hurts working families in towns like Itasca and Elgin, Illinois. I know that my neighbors in the Eighth Congressional District believe that their daughters deserve better than this."
Sequestration February 27, 2013
Tammy Duckworth, D-IL
"In Itasca, veterans who would sacrifice everything for our Nation wonder why Congress can’t come together and stop the cuts that will hurt this country they love so much. They didn’t go home until they got their mission accomplished, and we shouldn’t go home until we revolve this self-inflicted crisis."
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2013—Continued February 7, 2013
Al Franken, D-MN
"But there is something heartwarming too about seeing people come to each other’s aid in their time of need. That is what the people who run the shelters do every day—the staff of Advocates for Family Peace in Itasca County, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, the Casa de Esperanza, and the many other advocacy groups across my State. Talk to these folks about VAWA, and they will tell you what it means for women in Minnesota. It means nights spent under a roof instead of in a tent or in a car or on a street or, even worse, having to go back to live with their abuser and exposing their children to that danger, to witnessing that violence. We need these shelters and transitional housing programs for women who are fleeing danger. The VAWA reauthorization bill provides continued support for these programs."
2012 Olympics Games July 26, 2012
Richard Durbin, D-IL
"Growing up in Itasca, Sarah Zelenka tried swimming, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. But it wasn’t until she went to college that this naturally gifted athlete found her sport: rowing. She has since won gold at the Rowing World Cup and World Championships and will be looking to add an Olympic medal to that collection in London."

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