Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to hold a “meet and greet” in Orange Sunday, one day before she is set to join three fellow candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination in San Diego for the annual conference of the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

Klobuchar, former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are set to speak Monday at a luncheon at the UnidosUS Annual Conference, where they are expected to discuss education, immigration, health care, the economy and other issues, according to Janet Murguia, the organization’s president and CEO.

Klobuchar is set to make what her campaign calls a major policy announcement Wednesday in Iowa, outlining plans to help America’s family farmers and revitalize rural communities.

Klobuchar has pledged that if elected president she would enact an optimistic economic agenda that bridges the rural-urban divide and ensures no community gets left behind.

On Friday, Klobuchar and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, introduced a bill to crack down on monopolies that violate antitrust law.

The Monopolization Deterrence Act would give the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission the authority to seek civil penalties for monopolization offenses under the antitrust laws.

“We have a major monopoly problem in this country,” Klobuchar said. “So, when federal enforcers uncover illegal monopolistic conduct, they need to act decisively to make sure it stops.

“But the threat of an injunction isn’t always enough to deter this unlawful conduct from happening in the first place. Dominant companies need to be put on notice that there will be serious financial consequences for illegal monopolistic behavior.

“Our legislation will increase the ability of the Justice Department and the FTC to deter companies from engaging in monopolistic practices that hurt competition, consumers, and innovation in our economy.”

The bill’s co-sponsors include Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

Klobuchar is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.

Klobuchar announced her candidacy Feb. 10 in a park in Minneapolis amid snow saying, “Our nation must be governed not from chaos but from opportunity. Not by wallowing over what’s wrong, but by marching inexorably toward what’s right. That’s got to start with all of us.”

Klobuchar said she was running “for this job for every person who wants their work recognized and rewarded … for every parent who wants a better world for their kids … for every student who wants a good education, for every senior who wants affordable prescription drugs, for every worker, farmer, dreamer, builder, for every American.”

Klobuchar promised that if elected, in the first 100 days of her administration she would “reinstate the clean power rules and gas mileage standards and put forth sweeping legislation to invest in green jobs and infrastructure” and on her first day, have the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate agreement.

Mandi Merritt, the Republican National Committee’s Ohio communications director, called Klobuchar “a radical Democrat trying to masquerade as a moderate” who “has endorsed the same radical agenda as the rest of the 2020 field.”

The 59-year-old Klobuchar was born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale and a law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law, then worked as a corporate lawyer.

Klobuchar began her career in elected office in 1998 as county attorney for Hennepin County, Minnesota’s largest county, which includes Minneapolis. She was re-elected in 2002. She was elected to the first of three terms in the Senate in 2006.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *