US Senator Amy Klobuchar visits Olivia, Minnesota to present flag to American Legion to chat with voters – West Central Tribune > Minnesota

OLIVIA — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stopped in Olivia to drop a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol Monday and took time to review the issues on the local agenda as well as those in the to speak to Congress.

It was a good agricultural harvest, the seed and genetic companies in Olivia remain the bulwark of the community’s economy, but Mayor Jon Hawkinson said one issue continues to challenge the local economy.

“Childcare,” he said as he greeted the senator at 186 American Legion Post in the city’s west end.

The issue is “gigantic” in terms of its impact on families and economic growth, he told the senator. “We urgently need help,” he said.

Klobuchar’s visit to Olivia brought her to the American Legion post to deliver a flag to fly over the nation’s Capitol on November 11, 2022. Dan Knight, Commander of VFW Post and Legion member, accepted the flag on behalf of the Legion.

Overall, veterans are well cared for by the Veterans Affairs Health Centers that serve the area, according to Lee Stock, Renville County Veterans Service Officer.

But he told the senator about two veteran issues he hears concerns about. As he helps a growing number of female veterans, he’s hearing more concerns about sexual trauma in military service, Stock told Klobuchar.

He also hears from veterans about discrepancies when they receive medical services from private providers contracted by Veterans Affairs.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar presented a flag to Dan Knight, commander of the VFW post office in Olivia, which flew over the nation's capital on November 11, 2022.  He accepted the flag on behalf of Legion Post 186 in Olivia, where it will be on screen.  Klobuchar passed with the flag on November 21, 2022.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, left, presents a flag to Dan Knight, commander of the VFW post in Olivia, as it flew over the nation’s Capitol November 11, 2022. He accepted the flag on behalf of American Legion Post 186 at Olivia, where it is on display. Klobuchar surrendered the flag on November 21, 2022.

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Klobuchar anticipates a hectic congressional agenda as she and other Democrats seek to pass legislation before a new Republican-controlled House of Representatives is installed next year.

She has been working with colleagues across the aisle on legislation that would give media companies a temporary exemption from antitrust laws. It would allow newspapers and other media providers to collectively negotiate how their content is distributed online by companies like Google and Facebook.

Getting the bill approved before the end of the session will be “very, very difficult,” Klobuchar said. However, it is crucial that this session passes, she said. She believes US Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, currently the senior member of the House Judiciary, will not allow the bill out of the House of Representatives in the next session.
She is also in the midst of trying to get legislation she co-authored to authorize this session that would allow Afghan refugees in the US to receive green cards. She said her goal is to help the many Afghan refugees who have been helping US forces in their country.

Even though they’re in the US, they have to go through a process that can take up to 10 to 15 years to get the green cards they need for employment, she explained.

Klobuchar told her hosts in Olivia that she and her colleagues managed to pass legislation barring foreign shippers from “unreasonably” refusing to transport American products for export. The legislation was supported by farming groups facing transport obstacles.

She is optimistic for the Farm Bill rewrite, which will take place at the next session. She feels things are on the right track, she said.

The senator said she also remains optimistic that Congress will continue its strong support for Ukraine, despite the rhetoric voiced by some far-right and left-wing candidates during the past election cycle. She said many of those people had withdrawn their calls for US aid to be reduced.

US Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, stopped at the Olivia American Legion Post on November 11th.  November 2022 to deliver an American flag that flew over the nation's capital on November 11, 2022.  She took time to visit a handful of representatives from Olivia Legion and VFW posts and the city.  From left are Olivia VFW Post Commander Dan Knight, Olivia Mayor Jon Hawkinson, Dan Beckler, Olivia VFW and Klobuchar.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stopped at the American Legion Post in Olivia on Monday, November 21, 2022 to deliver an American flag to be flown over the nation’s Capitol on November 11, 2022. She took time to visit with a handful of Legion representatives and VFW posts in Olivia and city officials. From left are Dan Knight, Commander of the Olivia VFW Post and fellow Legion member, Olivia Mayor Jon Hawkinson, Dan Beckler of the Olivia VFW and Klobuchar.

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She was previously in Kentucky, where she said Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, is very supportive of continued support. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine has made it clear to the world that Russia will not limit its invasion to one country if it has the upper hand in his, she said.

Klobuchar met with the President of Ukraine during a visit to the country earlier this year. She recently learned that she is now banned from Russia, she said. After learning the news, Klobuchar said her husband told people to take it easy: she fought the world’s four biggest companies and is now banned from Russia.