WASHINGTON, DC – Today U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Export Council. The council, which is the primary national advisory committee on international trade, assists the President with matters affecting U.S. trade, including policies and programs that promote export expansion and work to resolve trade-related issues in the business, industrial, agricultural, labor and government sectors.

“Exports are literally a world of opportunity,” said Klobuchar. “In order to compete in the global economy we need to make sure our businesses and farmers can capitalize on these opportunities and access international markets. I have long been committed to these efforts and I am honored to continue this work on the President’s Export Council.”

"3M applauds the appointment of Senator Klobuchar to the President’s Export Council and looks forward to her leadership in improving American competitiveness, opening global markets, and increasing U.S. export opportunities around the world," saidH.C. Shin, Executive Vice President of 3M’s International Operations.

“Senator Klobuchar is a great supporter of manufacturing and has done much to promote the value of manufacturing to our communities, state and nation,” said Robert H. Kill, President and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. “She has been a strong and visible advocate for doing business internationally. The visibility she has provided to the value of exporting has prompted more companies to pursue international markets and grow revenue and jobs because of it.  We find that our clients who pursue global markets experience stronger growth and this growth creates to well-paying jobs and careers.”

As chair of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, Klobuchar has been a leader in efforts to boost America’s ability to compete in the global economy, working to cut red tape for businesses and open up new markets to U.S. exports. In 2010 she passed legislation—the Export Promotion Act—to help small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products in international markets. She has also introduced legislation —the Innovate America Act— to promote innovation

Klobuchar will serve on the Export Council alongside four other senators, five members of the House, the Secretary of Commerce and several other cabinet-members, and 28 members of the private-sector.