Minnesota Farm Bureau congratulated nine of its members of Congress for being awarded the "Friend of Farm Bureau" award for the 116th Congress. This award, presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), is given to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau's position on policy issues as demonstrated by their voting records. Voting records are based on issues selected by the AFBF Board. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Representatives Jim Hagedorn, Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum, Tom Emmer, Collin Peterson and Pete Stauber each received this honor for the 116th Congress.
Angie’s making sure our votes for Congress will be counted in November. Knowing that’s possible, I have filled out my entire ballot, including the race for Congress, and I have voted for Angie Craig. We deserve representation in Congress, and she’s the best person to do it.
There should not be controversy about which candidate stands out in the race, however. Democrat Angie Craig should return to Congress in order to build upon her impressive first term.
“In this case, the decision was clear — Minnesota does not have the authority to alter the date for federal elections,” Craig said in a statement. “A February special election would have deprived the voters of the Second District of their seat at the table during a crucial period in Congress.”
Wright agreed with the argument put forth by Craig’s attorney that federal law preempts Minnesota’s 2013 law in regards to the death of a major party candidate. Moreover, Wright wrote that voters in the 2nd district would face “irreparable harm” because of a lack of representation that would occur.
Craig said earlier in the day in an MPR News debate that voters would be harmed without a November election. “The district would be unrepresented for a very critical time in 2021,” she said, citing the possibility that health care legislation could be up for discussion if the U.S. Supreme Court knocks down the Affordable Care Act. In a statement released on Twitter, Craig said the decision was “an enormous victory for the people of the Second District, who will still have an opportunity to make their voices heard in this election.”
Kistner has said he supports President Donald Trump 99 percent of the time, Craig said, so he must favor repealing Obamacare and its protections for people with preexisting conditions. “The ACA is literally on the ballot in November,” she said.
Craig’s position is that Congress should build on the health care law, and said she supports a public option, which would allow some Americans to purchase a public insurance health plan. She also said the federal government should be able to negotiate drug prices, a measure the Democrat-led U.S. House has already approved.
Angie worked in health care for nearly 20 years. She knows firsthand what’s broken in our health care system. That’s probably why she’s introduced and co-sponsored more than 100 bills dedicated to bringing down the cost of health care in her first term alone.
Angie Craig got to work on this issue in practical, Minnesotan fashion. She campaigned on a promise to sit down with anyone willing to get things done. Angie delivered on this promise by leading the way to create one of the only bipartisan climate change solutions: a carbon fee and dividend program. Her plan would cut emissions by 40% through a carbon tax, the revenue from which would go directly back into the pockets of American families. Angie’s plan would create millions of quality jobs in construction and engineering as we build up green technology in Minnesota and across the country.