MinnPost.com: National military group honors Walz and his aide

A coalition of dozens of military and veterans groups has given leadership awards to Congressman Tim Walz and his legislative assistant, Brian Kessler.

The Military Coalition, a consortium of 34 military and veterans groups, said Walz, a retired Army National Guard sergeant, and Kessler have pursued “quality-of-life improvements for service members, veterans, their families and survivors.”

Narrangansett Patch: Whitehouse Meets With URI Students To Discuss Pell Grants

With House Republicans looking to make significant cuts to the Pell Grant program, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has come out to make a resolution in the Senate to defend and keep the program alive.

As a part of the resolution, Whitehouse met with University of Rhode Island students Friday afternoon to hear how important the grants have been to their higher education.

Advocate Tribune: Keeping Minnesota at work: Senator Klobuchar visits Granite Falls manufacturer SpecSys

In confronting the economic downturn, the United States would do well to bolster export efforts, says U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“People have to start viewing this as a way out of this economic downturn,” she said. “Because it is.”

In many ways Minnesota gets it, and by riding the wave of its agriculture and manufacturing sectors has managed to stay ahead of the unemployment levels that have crippled much of the nation.

Olean Times Herald: Senator Gillibrand Visits Area

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., toured the Alfred State College Wellsville campus Friday afternoon to learn about the campus’ workforce development efforts for new, green industry.

Toledo Blade: In Toledo, Brown pushes China bill

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) Tuesday called for the recently passed China currency bill to be signed into law when he stopped by a West Toledo production plant for a 30-minute news conference.

Senator Brown told the audience of about 15 employees and managers of Quality Tool and Metal Stamping, 577 Mel Simon Drive, that once signed into law, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011 will help — over the next three years or so — get back the 2.8 million U.S. jobs, including about 100,000 in Ohio, that were lost to China since 2001.

WTSP: Low-cost Internet access offered to low-income families

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is applauding a new private-sector program that aims to bring Internet access to low-income families across Florida and the country.

Sen. Nelson joined with Comcast at a Tallahassee middle school on Thursday to announce that the company is offering low-cost Internet service, discounted computers and training to low-income families.

Earth Techling: Wind Bill Could Boost Farmers, Communities

Locally owned wind farms could get a boost under new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The Community Wind Act would extend existing investment tax credits to small wind farms with total capacities of up to 20 megawatts (MW). The act was introduced by Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and has the support of more than 40 energy groups.

Right now, wind turbines with capacities of up to 100 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for a 30 percent investment tax credit. The new legislation would amend the current credit and allow projects with total wind capacity of no more than 20 MW to also take advantage of the 30 percent tax credit. There would be no restriction on the size of any one turbine.

Albany Times Union: Gillibrand: lift restrictions on homosexual couples who want to adopt

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced Friday that she would introduce a bill barring federally-funded foster care and child adoption agencies from discriminating against potential adoptive parents because of their sexual orientations or gender identities.

Gillibrand, D-NY, will be the Senate sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, backed in the House by California Democrat Pete Stark. The federal government invests some $8 billion in the child welfare system annually, but Gillibrand doesn’t want that money ending up with adoption agencies and foster care entities that don’t consider LGBT parents as candidates to adopt.