For Minnesota farmers, it's striking how much has changed in the past year. Our country has a new president, a new agriculture secretary, and a new direction on a lot of policies that affect our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
As I've traveled across Minnesota in recent months, Minnesotans have made it clear to me just how important health care is to them, their families, and their communities. They want to know that when they are sick or injured they can get the care they need.
In the wake of last year's dramatic and surprising presidential election, there's a lot of uncertainty about what the new year will bring. Given the political earthquake we experienced in 2016, I'll refrain from making any predictions about what this year's political environment might be like. Instead, I'll make this promise: No matter what the new administration brings, and no matter how divisive Washington may be, I'll always put our state first — and I'll never stop fighting to deliver for Minnesota.