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Ellison Hits Back At Fields Over NoMi Attack

Congressman points to role in securing $28.5 million in grants for the Northside.

Ellison Hits Back At Fields Over NoMi Attack

Wednesday, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) hit back at that he ignored Minneapolis' Northside. Ellison wrote in an op-ed in the Star-Tribune:

We do not have a crisis in leadership. The North Side is working to overcome generations of disinvestment.

In his own op-ed, published the day before, Fields accused Ellison of not "making the case for the Northside in Washington." In his response, Ellison pointed to three major grants, totaling $28.5 million, that he helped Northside nonprofits and community organizations secure since 2009. The grants included a $28 million federal award to the Northside Achievement Zone a group seeking to close the achievement gap between white students and students of color.

Ellison also pointed to the Republican Party's recent record in Congress, saying a vote for Fields would be a vote for the party's policies.

It's a choice between those who fight to defund women's health organizations and those who fight to extend affordable health care to 31,000 children with pre-existing conditions in the Fifth District. It's a choice between those who cut funding for emergency responders and those who protect the jobs of emergency responders. It's a choice between those who would let student loan rates double and those who ask the rich to pay their fair share in taxes.

In an article published Wednesday, MinnPost reporter Devin Henry said Ellison had joined with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Al Franken (D-MN) to push President Barak Obama for disaster aid to help the Northside recover from last year's tornado.

Ellison Calls For End To Oil Subsidies

In a wide-ranging interview with Midwest Energy News, Elison touted his proposed legislation to end subsidies for oil companies like Chevron and Exxon Mobil.

Well, you know, Exxon Mobil is one of the most profitable corporations in America. So is BP. A lot of them are making money hand over fist. My question is: even if you’re the most capitalistic capitalist in American, why should the government fund and finance a profitable company? It’s irrational.

Ellison said he did not think ending the subsidies would cause an increase in gas prices. He concluded the interview calling on voters to pressure Republican leaders in the House to give his bil a hearing, its first step towards a floor vote.

Ellison: NATO Preparing For Old, Not New

In an interview with TheUptake last week, Ellison called for reductions in what he described as wasteful defense spending.

“I do agree we’re spending too much on the military, but I believe in the military,” said Ellison. “But I believe we have too many investments in Cold War-era weapons. We don’t need all that nuclear stuff. We don’t need to have 174 bases. We don’t need to protect Europe. We don’t need to protect Japan. Let’s move toward a partnership instead of us monopolizing things."

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