Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today highlighted initiatives to strengthen Minnesota communities in a speech to the Association of Minnesota Counties, a statewide organization that assists Minnesota’s 87 counties in providing effective governance to local residents. Klobuchar discussed the importance of fostering economic development in local communities, strengthening local law enforcement, building a strong transportation system, and supporting rural residents.

“As a former County Attorney, I know from personal experience that Minnesota’s prosperity is rooted in the success of our counties,” Klobuchar said.“On my Made in America tour I’ve seen first-hand the good things happening in communities large and small across our state. From strengthening local law enforcement to crafting a robust Farm Bill to improving our transportation system, I will continue to work to ensure our counties have the tools they need to grow and thrive.”

Klobuchar has been a leader in helping ensure Minnesota communities have the resources and tools they need to succeed. Klobuchar fought against significant cuts to local law enforcement programs as well as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps ensure residents in cold-weather states like Minnesota can heat their homes. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Klobuchar is also working with House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson to craft a strong Farm Bill that helps farmers remain the most productive in the world while also strengthening the farm safety net to protect farmers during hard times.