Amy Klobuchar has represented Minnesota in the senate since 2007. She previously was the Hennepin County Attorney and worked as a corporate attorney.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Advocated for a proposal mandating that mothers of newborns stay 48 hours in the hospital.
- Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Was known, especially earlier in her career, for a focus on consumer protection legislation, which she linked to broader economic issues and challenges.
On the Issues
Jobs: Has stressed the importance of agricultural issues, and wants to increase insurance for framers. Supported steel and aluminum tariffs instituted by the Trump administration, though voiced concern about larger trade wars.
Affordable Housing: Co-sponsored legislation to make adjustments to the low-income housing tax credit and encourage families receiving housing assistance to move to areas with lower rates of poverty.
Health Care/Insurance: Favors expanding both Medicare (so Americans 55 and older can receive benefits) and Medicaid (to include a public option). Supports single-payer universal government health care. Has introduced legislation seeking to promote competition to lower prescription drug prices.
Education: Wants to expand Pell Grants, provide free community college for two years and streamline refinancing programs.
Criminal Justice: Has voiced support for criminal justice reform but has received some criticism from advocates for being a “tough on crime” attorney in Hennepin County.
Minimum Wage: Advocates for $15 minimum wage.
Safety Net: Wants to make Social Security more secure in the long-run and opposes raising the retirement age or other reforms that would reduce benefits.
Taxes/Tax Credits: Introduced the Removing Incentives for Outsourcing Act, which would close loopholes in the 2017 tax reform bill due to concern that they could lead to outsourcing. Co-sponsored legislation to increase the size of the Child Tax Credit.
“Amy Klobuchar Runs on a Record of Accomplishments – Including with Republicans” (WAMU: 3/19/2019)