Amy Klobuchar town hall covers health care and Green Deal proposal

Juliann Guerra, News Editor

Amy Klobuchar’s Town Hall special involved her answering a series of questions from audience members in the Koonz Theater.  The event was broadcasted by CNN and hosted by Don Lemon.

Klobuchar addressed topics such as Universal Health Care and the Affordable Care Act, which are areas she prioritizes.  She believes it is time for big pharmaceutical companies to stop thinking they own Washington.

“They don’t own me,” she exclaimed while answering the question.

She is also a big proponent of signing the USA back into the International Green Deal and revealed a list of changes she would make in her first 100 days, involving clean energy and  including implementing clean power rules. Klobuchar believes that Climate Change is an urgent cause that needs to be addressed.

Klobuchar has been questioned of allegedly causing hostile work environments for her employees.  When asked about this issue at the Town Hall event, she explained that she has had numerous people on her staff for an extended period of time and that she does keep her expectations high.  

“I want the country to meet high expectations,” she said.

However, she did not answer the part of the question that asked what she would do better to make her work environments more comfortable for her staff.

When asked about feminism, Klobuchar noted how New Hampshire was the first in the country to send a woman to Senate who was also a governor.

She discussed how she believed the recent government shutdown was unconstitutional.

Having a personal connection to addiction, Klobuchar believes that there needs to be more funding going towards it.  Preventative measures, in her opinion, will ameliorate the problem in the long run. She said, “We need to make sure that we’re there for people, we can offer good treatment, and the criminal justice system is humane.”

Klobuchar does not believe free tuition for four year colleges and universities is a good idea for the country, but she does think free two-year school options would benefit the country, since many jobs now require some form of degree.  She also thinks there are ways to make higher education more affordable, including refinancing options and more Pell grants.

Next she was asked about immigration and foreign allies.  She noted that most of what we hear in regards to immigration is hateful rhetoric, but it is important to remember that immigrants have created America.  In regards to foreign allies, she stated, “We must stand tall as a beacon of democracy, but we must stand with our allies.” She also mentioned the need to modernize the military to fight against cyber attacks.

She discussed her increased work on racial justice issues and the need to increase minimum wage, saying, “This should be a country of shared dreams.”

When asked about religion she mentioned that she is active in the weekly Senate Prayer Breakfast and that she recognizes the importance of faith and the ability for people to practice any religion they want to practice.

Klobuchar believes there are many ways the government can cut funding without hurting the people who can’t afford it.

The final question Klobuchar was asked involved gun control and school shootings.  She is a strong proponent of common sense gun laws which involve background checks.  She explained that since she is from Minnesota and knows plenty of hunters, she always looks at bills regarding gun control with them in mind.  She said there are plenty of ways to enforce gun control without hurting hunters and people who use guns properly.