Busy week after spring break for Minnesota delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They’re back! Here are some things that the Minnesota delegation has been up to since returning from their two-week spring recess.

• Sen. Amy Klobuchar pushed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, which will give money to the FBI for 160 additional special agents and 200 professional staff and forensic analysts. It also will fund 200 Justice Department prosecutors and civil enforcement attorneys, as well as 100 support staff. The U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Secret Service, and the inspector general for HUD will get to hire more than 200 additional fraud agents, analysts and investigators to combat fraud.

Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Sen. Collins, R-Maine, also introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow individuals who make less than 115 percent of the national average median income to apply for low-interest loans to cover the difference between tax credits available for energy-efficiency improvements and up to 90 percent of the cost of those improvements.

• Democratic 1st District Rep. Tim Walz co-sponsored a credit cardholder’s bill of rights, aimed at providing increased protections against deceptive credit card practices.

• Democratic 4th District Rep. Betty McCollum offered an amendment to the National Water Research and Development Initiative that would evaluate the nation’s water supply, “in light of increased risk due to chemical contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and endocrine-disrupting compounds,” according to a statement. The amendment passed.

• Republican 6th District Rep. Michele Bachmann received the endorsement of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association for her legislation to track sex offenders. The act would give law enforcement officials access to a currently off-limits database — the National Directory of New Hires — to find sex offenders.

• Democratic 7th District Rep. Collin Peterson continues the fight to put over-the-counter derivatives legislation under the supervision of a commission that his House committee oversees. Peterson said this week that Wall Street would “escape” meaningful regulation if the Federal Reserve were appointed to regulate OTC trading instead, according to Reuters.

• Democratic 8th District Rep. Jim Oberstar bounced between meetings and Transportation Committee hearings on the Hill this week but got gridlocked in traffic here.

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