Amy Klobuchar Is Running for President. Silicon Valley Had Better Take Notice


Amy Klobuchar announced Sunday, during a heavy snowfall, her intent to run for president in 2020. The Democratic senator from Minnesota is joining an already crowded race–she’s one of twelve candidates, six of whom are women, to file with the Federal Election Commission or announce an exploratory committee.

“We are tired of the shutdowns and the showdowns, of the gridlock and the grandstanding,” Klobuchar said in her speech. “Today…we say enough is enough.”

While Klobuchar boasts more than a decade of experience in politics–she was first elected to the Senate in 2006–she’s recently received harsh criticism over her treatment of staffers. Several former aides, who spoke anonymously to The Huffington Post, described her as “habitually demeaning and prone to bursts of cruelty.” Klobuchar has acknowledged that she can be a tough boss, but also says that she loves her staff.

Klobuchar, who worked as a corporate lawyer and an elected county attorney in Minnesota before entering the Senate, has an extensive record on business-related issues. Here are some of the highlights.

Data security and net neutrality 

Klobuchar has been a strong critic of Silicon Valley while in the Senate. This year, she introduced the Social Media Privacy and Consumer Rights Act, which aims to improve Internet privacy by requiring tech companies to increase transparency in their user policies. In 2017, she worked with Arizona senator John McCain to create the Honest Act, a bill that would force tech companies to increase transparency about who is purchasing ads on their platforms. The bill stalled in the Senate, but Facebook and other industry giants said they would support the legislation. 

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Klobuchar has also championed net neutrality–rules designed to stop Internet providers from blocking or slowing certain websites’ traffic. After the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules in December 2017, Klobuchar spoke out against the decision. She’s pledged to guarantee net neutrality and promised to get all Americans connected to the Internet by 2022.

Health care policy

In May 2013, Klobuchar and fellow Minnesota senator Al Franken unsuccessfully tried to delay and repeal a tax on medical devices that was expected to add $28 billion over 10 years to cover the costs of health care reform. Klobuchar argued the tax would endanger thousands of high-paying jobs that device companies provide in the state.

Immigration

In January 2013, Klobuchar and a group of other senators introduced the Immigration Innovation Act, which was designed to increase the number of STEM visas for immigrants with college degrees in math and science fields. Fees from the applications would go toward funding STEM education programs in the U.S. The legislation is still under consideration in the Senate.



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