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Amy Klobuchar on Families & Children

DFL Sr Senator (MN)

 


1996 AdWatch: my daughter endorses 48 hour stay for new moms

[Republican opponent Mark] Kennedy and I broadcast our first TV ads in July 2006, we launched one about my role in helping to pass the 1996 Minnesota law requiring hospitals to offer new moms and their babies a minimum forty-eight hour stay. Political ads nearly always end with that familiar message from the candidate: "I approve this message." But for this commercial we added a new feature to the boilerplate closing: our smiling daughter. Abigail, who had just celebrated her tenth birthday, was shown in several shots twirling around as she walked down the street. At the end of the ad's filming, she spontaneously held up her two thumbs as I said, "I'm Amy Klobuchar and I approve this message." The image became her trademark.
Source: AdWatch of 2008/2006 in The Senator Next Door, p. 205-6 , Aug 24, 2015

Daughter's "drive-by birth" inspired 48-hour maternal stay

[In my daughter] Abigail's "drive-by birth," I was forced by insurance rules to leave the hospital after 24 hours with no sleep and a sick baby in intensive care. As John wheeled me out of the hospital door that night--dizzy, sacred, exhausted, and still in pain--I asked him whether he thought this would be happening to the wife of an insurance company executive under these same circumstances. Answering my own question, I told him I didn't think so.

Once Abigail's health began slowly improving, I spent a lot of time thinking about what had happened and decided that I didn't want any other mom to go through what I had experienced. I became determined to change the policy. I went to the state legislature and worked to pass one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and their babies a minimum 48-hour hospital stay. I testified in support of the bill before both houses of the legislature.

The 48-hour maternity hospital stay rule became law on March 20, 1996.

Source: The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar, p.122-3 , Aug 24, 2015

Allow adoption of older kids to keep siblings together

The Merkouris family of Cambridge, Minnesota, had the unimaginable dream of adopting nine sisters and brothers from the Philippines. The kids' story was tragic: their mom had died, and all nine children were put in an orphanage. When the two oldest children turned 16 and 17, they became ineligible for adoption in the US.

The Merkourises was ready for these nine kids. But the law was inflexible and it required the Merkourises to make a painful decision. There was only one solution: the law had to be changed. They brought their case to me.

I led the bill to change the adoption restriction, and in the end we were able to pass legislation that allows 16- and 17-year-old kids from other countries to be adopted if they have a younger sibling who is also being adopted. The International Adoption Simplification Act meant that after years of waiting, thousands of kids, including the children of the Merkouris family adopted, would be able to come to the US to loving parents.

Source: The Senator Next Door, by Amy Klobuchar, p.247-8 , Aug 24, 2015

Strengthen Family and Medical Leave Act

I will fight to get working families the flexibility they need to care for their children without losing their jobs. No parent should have to choose between a paycheck and being with their child at a critical time. I support the Family and Medical Leave Act and oppose the current Administration’s efforts to weaken this important law.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.amyklobuchar.com, “Issues” , Jan 18, 2006

More funding & services for victims of domestic violence.

Klobuchar co-sponsored Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Introduction by co-sponsor Sen. Kay Hagan (D,NC):
We have a serious responsibility to ensure that women and families are protected. The rates of violence and abuse in our country are astounding and totally unacceptable: domestic violence affects more than 12 million people each year. In my home state, 73 women and children are killed on average every year because of domestic violence.

Since 1994, the STOP Program has provided grants for services, training, officers, and prosecutors, and has transformed our criminal justice system and victim support services. And this bill includes the bipartisan SAFER Act, which helps fund audits of untested DNA evidence and reduces this backlog of rape kits. I ask you: What other victims in America have to identify the attacker before authorities will take action? None.Introduction by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R,IA):
I urge my Republican colleagues, as I will do, to support the motion to proceed. There has long been bipartisan support for the Violence Against Women Act. Too many women are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for 98% of what is contained in S. 47. [Since our negative vote last session], controversial provisions have been removed. The key stumbling block to enacting a bill at this time is the provision concerning Indian tribal courts. Negotiations are continuing, and compromises would allow the bill to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. Introduction by Sen. Pat Leahy (D,VT):
Our bill will allow services to get to those in the LGBT community who have had trouble accessing services in the past. The rates of domestic and sexual violence in these communities are equal to or greater than those of the general population. We also have key improvements for immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Source: S.47/H.R.11 13-S0047 on Jan 22, 2013

Sponsored recognition of National Foster Care Month.

Klobuchar signed Recognizing National Foster Care Month

RESOLUTION recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.

Source: H.Res.577/S.Res.442 14_SRes442 on May 13, 2014

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