Senator Smith's First Two Weeks in Washington

Updated: January 18, 2018 10:53 PM

It's been two weeks since Senator Tina Smith was sworn in to represent the state of Minnesota. And it's been a whirlwind. One of the first things she did was press the Commerce Department to finish up the Section 232 investigation, which looks into if steel imports are a threat to national security.

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And that investigation was wrapped up and presented to President Trump on Thursday last week. 

"I will continue to work with Senator Klobuchar and Congressman Nolan to make sure the President acts quickly. While we are waiting, we're seeing steel imports go up about 20%, and that is putting real financial pressure on Minnesota's taconite mines," she said.

Smith also referenced the looming budget battle and potential government shutdown as concerns. But she remains an optimist. "There's still been a lot of good problem-solving, and members of Congress are coming together. I continue to look at the bright side, even though we have real challenges."

She's been back and forth to D.C. In fact, her first weekend she was in Duluth and the Iron Range. She even visited the Wellstone Memorial in Eveleth, where she was inspired by Paul and Sheila, as she traveled the state for the first time as a senator.

As for what she misses. Smith said, "Snow! They don't have any here in Washington."


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