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CNN – Al Franken: Why I support Iran deal

After careful review, I have decided that I will vote in support of the agreement the United States and our international partners reached with Iran last month.

It’s not a conclusion I came to lightly. Since the deal was announced, I’ve consulted with nuclear and sanctions experts inside and outside government; Obama administration officials, including Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; ambassadors from the other countries that negotiated alongside us; advocates for Israel on both sides of the issue; my constituents in Minnesota; and, of course, my colleagues in the Senate.

LA Times – Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Patrick Leahy: Restore voting rights

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, the bill many historians regard as the most influential legislation passed by Congress in the last half-century. It transformed our nation by opening access to the ballot box to racial and ethnic minorities, the disabled, seniors, non-English speakers, poor and rural voters. On Aug. 6, 1965, our nation took a historic step by creating a more fair, more just democracy.

Brainerd Dispatch: Franken introduces bill to combat payroll fraud

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., along with Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., introduced legislation on Wednesday to address the growing problem of payroll fraud, which occurs when an employer misclassifies a worker as an independent contractor rather than employee. The bill is designed to take action against improper misclassification practices and prohibit companies from using worker misclassification to avoid taxes.

Consumerist: Sen. Al Franken Calls For Federal Investigation Into Apple Music

In response to concerns arising from the recent launch of Apple Music, U.S. Senator Al Franken called on both the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the possibility that the tech giant may be creating an anticompetitive environment in the streaming music market.

Star Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers ask Obama to address human rights issues during Africa visit

Before President Obama left Thursday for his visits to Kenya and Ethiopia Minnesota lawmakers urged him in a letter to prioritize human rights on the trip.

“Minnesota is home to a large Ethiopian and Somali diaspora that adds rich cultural diversity to our state,” the letter states. “We are proud to represent them and ask that when you visit Africa you address issues of concern for our Ethiopian and Somali communities.”

The letter is signed by Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison, Betty McCollum and Tim Walz and Republican Rep. Tom Emmer.