Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Jobs and the Middle Class

Minnesota's 8th District relies upon Taconite, Timber, and Tourism as its primary economic drivers. In Congress I will do all I can to ensure domestic manufacturing, aviation, and all our homegrown industries, are well recognized for their contributions to the creation of good-paying jobs and prosperity.

Across our Eighth District and across America, unemployed and underemployed middle-class families need action – good-paying jobs – not words from their government.

Democrats and Republicans must come together with common sense plans to put America back to work.

By promoting Make It In America legislation that will grow our domestic manufacturing industry and support northeast Minnesota companies from Tritec in Virginia to Polaris in Wyoming. I have also authored and introduced legislation to require that all pipelines in America use materials that are made in America - steel or iron ore that is mined, processed, or re-processed here in the U.S. The American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act would be a boon for American manufacturing and for jobs across Minnesota's Iron Range, and would also prevent future environmental disasters from pipeline oil spills or leaks, since U.S.-made steel is more reliable and durable than foreign steel.

By extending emergency unemployment insurance for the millions of Americans who have lost these benefits since Congress allowed them to expire last December. When emergency unemployment benefits were allowed to expire at the end of December 2013, I called upon the House Republican leadership to bring H.R.3824, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, to the floor for a vote, to immediately extend these benefits while we figure out a permanent solution. More than 3 million Americans - including 200,000 veterans - have lost this crucial lifeline as they continue to look for jobs after the worst economic downturn in recent history, and I continue to call for the extension of these benefits.

By passing fair trade policies to protect American companies from unfair foreign competition.

By rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – reinvesting hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on so-called wars of choice and nation building abroad into American roads, highways, bridges, ports, and waterways. Investing in education, human development, and infrastructure enhances business, creates jobs, and improves our lives.

By passing a minimum wage that gives working families real buying power – so they can purchase the goods and services that drive employment and boost our economy.

By ending the gender wage gap in which women still make only about 77 cents on the dollar as compared to men.

In short, we need a real, bipartisan, pro-growth jobs plan for America. And we need to invest in small business and American manufacturing to create good-paying jobs in northeastern Minnesota and across the nation.


More on Jobs and the Middle Class

May 18, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) to urge them to make a final affirmative determination on a petition to place duties of up to 209% on foreign steel rebar. 

Apr 20, 2017 Press Release

After championing successful efforts to end illegal steel dumping with tariffs and taxes as high as 500%, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan expressed his cautious support for President Trump’s latest executive order to direct the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports to the United States should be prohibited on national security grounds.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

CN and Duluth Cargo Connect announced a new alliance Monday that establishes the first rail-served intermodal container ramp in the Twin Ports.

Loaded containers from ports originating on all three coasts served by Canadian National Railroad will arrive at Clure Public Marine Terminal in Duluth via CN’s network. The containers then can be used by Twin Ports exporters as storage vessels in which they ship their goods to world markets. 

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

After a backlog in processing federal benefits for laid-off steelworkers in 2015, the Iron Range’s congressional delegation introduced legislation to better protect those benefits.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

Minnesota and Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation in Washington that would speed up the federal effort to provide relief for workers displaced by illegal trade.

The Workforce Training Enhancement Act would allow the Department of Labor to reimburse states that choose to provide federal benefits to workers while their petition to receive benefits is pending.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

That rousing cheer from Northeastern Minnesota during President Donald Trump's first address to Congress came when he announced, "We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs. And I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel."

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

HIBBING — To keep up with Hibbing’s 227 miles of paved roads and 81 miles of “crumbling” sanitary and storm water sewers, the city needs help.

“We can only do so much,” said Mayor Rick Cannata. “We can only raise taxes so much and go back to the taxpayers so many times. No one wants to pay more, and we can’t keep going back year after year.”

Apr 5, 2017 In The News


Congressmen Rick Nolan listened to Northland county and municipal leaders in Hermantown today about funding concerns when it comes to transportation and infrastructure.

Hermantown Mayor, Wyane Boucher, said the town has little money to maintain and fix the roads. 

Others from Carlton and Lake County say funding is scarce to build new and much needed improvements to waste water treatment facilities. 

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) sat down with Iron Range leaders Friday afternoon to talk transportation and infrastructure. As one Iron Range mayor explained, wastewater facilities are aging and costing cities a lot of money. "Currently, Keewatin's plant is aging. It's falling apart, and they are dumping a lot of money, a lot of taxpayer money into that plant to keep it going," Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci said. DeNucci said although a wastewater plant project isn't glamorous, it's a basic need. But cities are running into roadblocks trying to get enough funding for those types of projects. Rep.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- U.S Congressman Rick Nolan held a transportation forum in Hermantown Saturday.

Local leaders and stakeholders were invited to discuss transportation and infrastructure needs in the Northland.  Attendees included wastewater treatment managers, city planners, and economic developers.

“We’ve been neglecting America. And trying to rebuild the rest of the world. But we have to refocus and get America back on track,” said Rep. Nolan.

A Similar forum was held in Hibbing Friday.