107th Congress Press Releases


Peterson to announce selection of Willmar district office December 4, 2002
U.S. Rep. Collin C. Peterson will announce the selection of a district office in Willmar. The announcement will be at 11 a.m., Friday, December 6, at 320 Fourth Street SW in Centre Point Mall in Downtown Willmar.
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Dayton, Wellstone and Peterson staffers to meet with residents of flooded communities October 4, 2002
Staff members from the offices of Rep. Collin Peterson and Senators Mark Dayton and Paul Wellstone will be in Roseau, Warroad and Mahnomen next week to discuss the federal disaster response to the June flooding. Congressmen encourage those with questions to attend
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First Care Medical Services awarded USDA loan for expansion October 1, 2002
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson announced that First Care Medical Services in Fosston has been awarded a USDA Rural Development Loan for $2.4 million as part of the Community Facility Direct Loan program. The Rural Development funds will be used to renovate and construct an addition to the hospital.
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Jobs saved at Fosston MDV plant September 23, 2002
Rep. Collin Peterson announced that 59 jobs will be saved, and 25 new jobs will be created over the next five years at the Minnesota Dehydrated Vegetable plant in Fosston as a result of a grant from the federal government.
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President Bush continues to ignore Minnesota farmers September 20, 2002
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson today expressed frustration at the Bush Administration’s continued opposition to a complete disaster package while announcing $752 million in livestock disaster aid for drought-affected areas. 
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Peterson praises state legislative action on flood relief September 18, 2002
Praising legislative leaders for coming to agreement on relief for flood-stricken areas of northwestern Minnesota, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) said Thursday’s special session will be a good first step in the region’s recovery process.
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Peterson Concerned with Farm Bill Implementation  September 6, 2002
Citing problems associated with USDA Secretary Veneman’s implementation of the Farm Bill, Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minn) called for the Secretary to step up efforts in carrying out these changes to the new legislation and has asked for Congressional oversight hearings to determine the cause for delay.
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Peterson Encourages Minnesota High School Students To Participate In “Team America Rocketry Challenge” August 26, 2002
To celebrate the centennial of powered flight in 2003, Congressman Collin Peterson is encouraging interested high school students in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District to take part in the “Team America Rocketry Challenge,” a national contest jointly sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
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Peterson Testifies On Behalf Of Rural Hospitals July 23, 2002
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn) testified in front of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health during a hearing assessing Medicare’s geographic cost adjustments used for Medicare payments and the adequacy of the definition of labor market areas.
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Peterson: "Those affected by floods need to contact SBA" July 18, 2002
Homeowners, business owners, renters and landlords in flood-affected communities who are seeking assistance should immediately make application with the SBA even if they are waiting for grant money, according to Congressman Collin Peterson.
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Peterson calls Court Panel ruling "Ridiculous" -- calls for support of the Pledge of Allegiance June 27, 2002
"This is ridiculous," Peterson said.  "I don't think a handful of liberal judges out in California should be making this kind of decision for the rest of the country."
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Peterson announces additional disaster assistance June 24, 2002
“Even though this is good news, I want to stress the importance of continuing to report all damage assessment information.  There’s more damage out there, and there are things that can be done to help, but FEMA won’t know about it unless we all report it.”   
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Congressman Peterson Calls for Flood Recovery Volunteers June 18, 2002
Volunteers can call the Roseau Area Volunteer Effort at (218) 463-0940 or (218) 463-3373 or simply go the volunteer staging area at the wayside rest stop west of Roseau on Highway 11.  Volunteers for Lake of the Woods county should call the flood center at (218) 634-0050.
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Peterson Announces Presidential Disaster Declaration June 14, 2002
U.S. Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced this afternoon that President Bush declared thirteen counties in Minnesota a major disaster area.  This Disaster Declaration makes available several different kinds of Federal aid, including individual and public assistance for those affected by the flooding and severe weather in northwestern Minnesota. "I appreciate the President’s prompt attention to this serious situation.  I have been speaking with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director, Joe Allbaugh, during the past several days explaining the urgent needs we have.  He assured me that FEMA will immediately begin their work in our area,” Peterson said.
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Peterson Announces Intelligence Committee Inquiry June 5, 2002
U.S. Rep. Collin C. Peterson, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence announced today that an agreement was reached for a joint House and Senate Intelligence Committee review of the U.S. intelligence community.
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Peterson signs agreement for $1.2 billion in grain sales to Taiwan May 22, 2002
The agreement, signed by representatives of the soybean, wheat and grain organizations from both the United States and Taiwan, commits Taiwan to purchasing 14.7 million metric tons of American grain during 2002 and 2003. Western Minnesota is expected to reap the most significant rewards from Taiwan’s promise.
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Congressman Collin Peterson and Northwest Technical College convene Housing Summit 2002 May 16, 2002
The summit will include 23 workshops on issues such as senior housing concepts for small communities, rehabilitation and preservation, assessing your local housing market, financing of single and multi-family projects and many more. Exhibitors will be on hand throughout the day and a legislative wrap-up will conclude the summit.
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House passes 6-year Farm Bill May 2, 2002
“This farm bill represents a balanced bill that provides a safety net and flexibility,” Peterson said. “Even though we couldn’t get this done before our farmers were in the field, this vote today provides farmers with at least some predictability for the future. Overall, this Farm Bill is good for Minnesota and good for the consumers in America. We’ve renewed our commitment to rural America.”
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Peterson Announces Farm Bill Agreement April 26, 2002
The six-year bill contains $73.5 billion in funding over current spending levels to pay for programs in commodities, conservation, rural development, nutrition, and trade.  The final bill is expected by next week, followed by approval of the full House and Senate, and then signed by the President. 
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Farm Bill Conference Settles Important Conservation Issues April 19, 2002
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) says that the farm bill conference committee has agreed on important conservation measures in their negotiations this week.  "As the conference committee has been making its way through the farm bill, there has been strong support for conservation," Peterson said. "I think farmers, sportsmen and conservationists agree that we share common ground on increasing these programs."  Biomass and Wind Energy Programs to Become Part of Farm Bill
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Peterson continues fight for disaster assistance April 11, 2002
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) on Thursday appealed to his colleagues on the Farm Bill Conference Committee, saying that federal disaster assistance this year is critically important to northwestern Minnesota’s farmers.   “For many of the farmers I represent the question is not ‘when will they get in the ground this spring?’, but rather ‘will they get in the ground at all?’”, Peterson said.
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Peterson proposes national dairy compromise April 10, 2002
During today’s Farm Bill Conference Committee session Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-7th District) offered a national dairy compromise that would remove regional compacts and provide a safety net for dairy farmers.  Current Senate bill provisions would give payments to northeast dairy farmers that are double what dairy farmers in the rest of the country would get.  Peterson’s plan would give all dairy farmers equal payments and would be structured to discourage overproduction.
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Peterson Appointed to Farm Bill Conference Committee February 28, 2002
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (DFL – MN 7th District) has been appointed to the House-Senate Conference Committee on the Farm Security Act, the ongoing effort to overhaul and reauthorize the nation’s federal agriculture programs.  “My top priority in this is to take care of disaster assistance,” Peterson said.  “Although this bill contains some new policy initiatives, we’ve got to take care of first things first.  We have to have disaster assistance that’s sufficient to address the immediate needs we have in the 7th District.”
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Peterson votes against new local phone company monopolies February 27, 2002
Congressman Collin C. Peterson (DFL-7th District) today expressed disappointment at House passage of HR 1542, also known as the “Tauzin-Dingell bill,” which would repeal certain anti-monopoly requirements imposed on the four Regional Bell Operating Companies. The legislation would allow Qwest, Verizon, SBC and BellSouth to revert back into long-distance companies for the purpose of routing a large portion of the phone line data flow that comprises the Internet.
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Congressman Collin Peterson’s statement on campaign finance reform February 14, 2002
I believe what we really need is a system like we have in Minnesota, with public financing tied to voluntary spending limits. Not only has Minnesota’s system stood up to court challenges, it has increased the grassroots efforts of political parties and reached out to more people than ever.
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Peterson votes to pass Aviation Security Overhaul November 16, 2001
"One of our most crucial needs after the events of September 11th was plugging the holes in airline security systems," Peterson said.  "That is what this legislation is designed to do, and I think it lays out a solid plan for making airline security a federal government responsibility."
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Ten-year farm bill clears House October 5, 2001
Emphasizing a balanced package for all farmers, Congressman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn) on Friday announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Security Act by a vote of 291-120.  “Today’s passage of the farm bill is good news for American Agriculture and especially Minnesota’s farmers,” Peterson said.
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Peterson Bill Overwhelmingly Passes House Of Representatives September 24, 2001
“It is time for us to focus our efforts and target funds to Muscular Dystrophy research at NIH and CDC,” urged Peterson.  H.R. 717, will fight childhood Muscular Dystrophy by boosting research funding and raising public awareness.  Less than 1/2000 of the NIH budget is focused on research linked to Muscular Dystrophy.
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Statement of Congressman Collin C. Peterson on this National Day of Remembrance September 14, 2001
On this National Day of Remembrance words are inadequate to express the shock and outrage I know all Americans feel as a consequence of these despicable acts of terrorism perpetrated against our nation.
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Peterson Announces Farmer-Friendly Farm Bill Proposal July 12, 2001
Congressman Collin C. Peterson announced today the introduction of a comprehensive farm proposal with concepts that he will seek to have considered in the upcoming rewrite of the farm bill.      “The current system has failed our farmers and American consumers,” Peterson said. “It is time to write new policy that provides meaningful assistance to farmers in order to assure a bright future for American Agriculture.”
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Peterson Says “Time To Wake Up” -- China Trade Predictions Affirmed June 22, 2001
"[T]he United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) trade analysts have revised their estimates of China’s grain reserves, and it’s not good news for Minnesota farmers.     The free traders in Washington, D.C., have been telling everyone that China represented almost endless market opportunity for U.S. farmers and agricultural exports.     Many of us were skeptical of this view and in fact I repeatedly criticized predictions of a China market for grain farmers.  In my view, growers were being sold a world trade “bill of goods” with regard to China opportunities when there were actually no real prospects. "
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Statement on House passage of the “Economic Growth & Tax Relief Act” March 8, 2000
“First of all I want everyone to understand that what the House passed today was NOT the entire $1.6 Trillion Bush tax cut plan”, Peterson said. “What we passed today was only one part of the President’s plan, and in my opinion it is also the best part of his plan -- for the economy, for fairness to all taxpayers and for Minnesota.”
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Peterson, Dayton To Hold Farm Meetings In East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls February 15, 2001
“Sen. Dayton and I will discuss the upcoming farm bill,” Peterson said. “We welcome all farmers and others interested in providing input about agricultural issues facing Congress.” 
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Congressman Peterson To Host Veterans Meeting In Fergus Falls February 15, 2001
“I have invited county veterans service officers from the area, along with regional VA officials to attend and discuss issues important to veterans,” Peterson said. “ I hope to hear from veterans and others who want to share their questions or concerns.”   New York Mills veteran to receive Purple Heart.
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Peterson Introduces Bill To Fight Childhood Muscular Dystrophy February 14, 2001 Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL-7th District) on Wednesday introduced legislation designed to fight childhood muscular dystrophy by boosting research funding and raising public awareness.  
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Peterson to Hold Meeting on Rural Telecommunications Access January 4, 2001
Citing a need for affordable telecommunications access in rural communities, Congressman Collin C. Peterson will sponsor a rural telecommunications meeting on January 15, 2001. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Northwest Technical College on their Wadena campus.
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