Senator Klobuchar Visits Brainerd, Talks About Issues

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 7:14 am

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited several area cities on Tuesday, Jan. 11 with economic innovation and job growth on her mind. Her trip included a stop in Brainerd.

Klobuchar told reporters and onlookers that economic development is a high priority of citizens everywhere.  The Senator is the number two person on the Joint Economic Committee, a committee of the House and Senate that looks at economic issues in the country.

“We just have to be more efficient in how we do this if we are going to compete,” Klobuchar told the Brainerd Dispatch.  “We call it nation building in our own nation.”

As for challenges going forward besides the economy and jobs, Klobuchar said it’s reducing government debt but doing it in a way that doesn’t worsen the already shaken economy. Klobuchar hinted that other things coming are No Child Left Behind reform, deficit reduction and caps on spending.

Going forward, Klobuchar said she doesn’t expect a lot of action on immigration but sees some changes to the health care bill. Republicans are already planning a repeal attempt in the House.

Klobuchar also expects some work on education reform and potentially something on energy. She believes that the Senate to take the lead on the farm bill over the next two years.

“I think the American people want us to focus on the economy, the deficit,” Klobuchar said.

After the session, Klobuchar said the work for the economy is not limited to the metro areas but also encompasses outstate areas, including the hard-hit northern region.

“So many of our companies that need to get stronger and we need to build are in the rural areas of our state,” she said, noting the impact of the fallen housing market on builders here.

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