07/27/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/27/2021 19:02
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that her legislation to rename the Wayzata Post Office in honor of former Minnesota Representative Jim Ramstad has passed the Senate. The bill will now head to President Biden's desk to be signed into law.
The legislation is led in the House of Representatives by Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN), who currently holds the seat Representative Ramstad once held. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and John Hoeven (R-ND), as Ramstad was born in North Dakota.
'Last year, Minnesota lost a friend and hero - former Representative Jim Ramstad. He was a true mentor to me on how to work with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done,' Klobuchar said. 'A faithful public servant, his personal struggle with addiction guided his life's work to help those facing substance abuse and mental health challenges. Now that this bill has passed the Senate, we are one step closer to renaming the Wayzata Post Office in Jim's honor and helping Minnesotans remember him for generations to come.'
Representative Jim Ramstad served in Congress from 1991 until 2009. He was a Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Health and Trade Subcommittees and Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. Ramstad also served on the House Small Business Committee and co-chaired the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, Medical Technology Caucus, Law Enforcement Caucus and Disabilities Caucus.
Representative Ramstad was co-sponsor of the landmark Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Parity Act which became law in 2008.
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