Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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America’s ‘wars of choice’ – and particularly our ongoing military involvement in the Middle East – have cost us more than $3 trillion over the past 13 years, taken the lives of more than 6,000 U.S. troops, and saddled tens of thousands more with injuries they will suffer for the rest of their lives. These Middle East wars are unending, thousand year old sectarian battles where we have no friends – wars that despite our good intentions have proved to be unaffordable, unwinnable and counterproductive exercises in bad economics where the money and weapons we provide frequently end up lost – or worse, in enemy hands. Our 2014 defense amendments to cut off funds for reconstruction projects and new construction projects in Afghanistan represent real progress in the fight against waste and corruption. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring our brave troops home and use our resources to rebuild America and create the good middle class jobs we need here at home to grow our economy. 

I support bipartisan efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba and have cosponsored legislation to end our embargo and allow U.S. citizens to travel there freely. The fact is, the Cuban market presents great business opportunities for Minnesota manufacturing, health care, high technology and industrial goods - including steel made with ore mined on the Iron Range. Moreover, our best diplomatic tools come from Americans - business people, tourists and people from all walks of life who expose the Cuban people to our entrepreneurship, creativity, industriousness, work ethic and all the successes democracy makes possible

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Apr 11, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDAL) - Reacting to President Trump's decision to launch an air strike against Syria, 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan has issued a statement that says a military attack against another country is an act of war.

Regardless of how good or compelling the reasons may be, Nolan says a declaration of war is a constitutional responsibility assigned to Congress and not the President alone.

Nolan says President Trump has moved America deeper into the Syrian conflict and that such attacks have consequences.

Apr 7, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike against Syria:

Jan 6, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement on his vote against H.Res.11:

Sep 28, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement on his vote to override the veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act:

“The bipartisan Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act will help ensure that hostile foreign governments pay the price for killing Americans. And with my cosponsorship, the House overwhelmingly reaffirmed support for this legislation to allow nations that sponsor terrorism on U.S. soil to be held accountable by victims and their families in U.S. courts.

Apr 19, 2016 In The News

Nearly 15 years after terrorists attacked the Pentagon and brought down New York’s World Trade Center towers, 28 pages of the official congressional investigation into the attacks remain classified for national security reasons.

Apr 19, 2016 In The News

Congressman Rick Nolan was one of few lawmakers who got special security clearance to go into a locked and guarded room beneath the U.S. Capitol building and read a secret part of the 9/11 Commission's official report.

The documents reportedly describe in detail who likely financed the Saudi-al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nolan, a Democrat representing Minnesota's 8th District, is now pushing for those 28 pages to be declassified and released to the public.

Apr 19, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan spent a few weeks last fall writing letters asking for access to a classified 28-page document that talks about who financed the Saudi Arabian Al-Qaida terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nolan got permission from House leaders to read the report and now wants everyone to be able to read what he did.

Apr 19, 2016 In The News

– Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan spent a few weeks last fall writing letters asking for access to a classified 28-page document that talks about who financed the Saudi Arabian Al-Qaida terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nolan got permission from House leaders to read the report and now wants everyone to be able to read what he did.

Apr 19, 2016 In The News

US Rep. Rick Nolan on Tuesday called for making public 28 pages of the 9-11 Commission's official report which he said describe in detail who likely financed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.