Smith 'House did right thing in condemning President's tweets'

Comments follow Tuesday's resolution

Mark Freie
July 17, 2019 - 8:32 am

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A resolution passed Tuesday by the House of Representatives condemned President Trump's "racist comments" about four Democratic congresswomen of color.

235 Democrats and four Republicans joined together to condemn the comments following hours of back-and-forth between the two sides. The GOP even objected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's remarks about Trump and whether she would be allowed to keep speaking on the floor.

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., joined The Morning News with Dave Lee on Wednesday and praised the resolution. "It's racist language," Smith said. "The House did the right thing to stand up to it. All of us, regardless of our political persuasion, need to stand up the hateful a divisive language that the President used."

Smith went on to say she's ready to focus on a number of issues that Minnesotans need answers on including insulin prices, mental health services, and ensuring the security around the 2020 election.

It's a busy Wednesday for Smith, who is part of the Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The committee will hold its inaugural hearing at noon.

"There's good news when it comes to climate change efforts," she said. "They're going to be good for the environment, for jobs in Minnesota, our economy, and our health. It presents a huge opportunity."

She hopes the U.S. can take the lead in climate change innovation. "China is taking the lead on a lot of the technology and a lot of the expansion into solar and wind. I want us to be in the forefront"

Minneapolis mayor, Melvin Carter, will join Smith at Wednesday's hearing to discuss the role the federal government can and should play in helping cities achieve clean energy goals and fight climate change.

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