U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she supports President Barack Obama's plans for U.S. airstrikes to battle Islamic State extremists. Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, says Obama made "a clear national security case" for "why we need to take strong and decisive action." Klobuchar says she supports targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as well as training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. Another Minnesota Democrat, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, says Obama should exercise his authority to expand airstrikes in Iraq, but should consult with Congress before taking "any warranted action" in Syria.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has signed on to a letter asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to adopt a “real zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence.” Klobuchar is among sixteen women U.S. senators criticizing the league’s handling of the domestic abuse case of player Ray Rice after the recent release of video by TMZ.com showing him striking his now-wife, knocking her unconscious. “We were shocked and disgusted by the images we saw this week of one of your players violently assaulting his now-wife,” the senators wrote. “Tragically, this is not the only case of an NFL player allegedly assaulting a woman even within the last year.” The Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely following the release of the footage.
Joy Friedman was 15 years old when she was first sold for sex. A pimp found her and made all kinds of promises — promises that sounded pretty good to a scared kid away from home. Unfortunately, Joy’s story is not unique: Every day, girls and boys are sold in this country for sex. Their average age? Thirteen. That’s not old enough to get a driver’s license or go to a high school prom. While Joy was eventually able to escape, and has since devoted her life to helping victims of sex trafficking, many others are not so lucky. This week, girls even younger than Joy are being advertised and sold for sex in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.
Amy Klobuchar states he position on the renewal of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act.