Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Many of us know a loved one who has faced Alzheimer's disease. It's a wrenching experience — watching them slowly slip away, trying to be a source of comfort and companionship, even as a cure remains painfully out of reach. Alzheimer's has come to be known as the "long goodbye," a disease that gradually takes its toll on millions of people in Minnesota and across the country every year. As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia claim more than 500,000 lives per year.
In 2014, Minnesota's unemployment rate sank to its lowest level in more than a decade at 3.7 percent, state exports reached a record $5.5 billion this past quarter, and our manufacturing industries continued to surge. Nationally, the economy added 321,000 jobs in November — the largest monthly gain in nearly three years — and gas prices continued to drop with the U.S. overtaking Saudi Arabia as the number one oil producer in the world. With the economy improving, we are no longer governing from crisis — we are governing from opportunity.
This month, major bipartisan legislation was signed into law that will give Minnesota’s waterways, ports, flood protection, and economy a big boost. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) will deliver much-needed funding to water resource projects across Minnesota that will help strengthen our communities, our economy, and our environment.