Unfortunately, so-called “free” trade agreements like NAFTA and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have allowed millions of good American jobs to be outsourced overseas where products can be produced cheaply, without those protections. Unfair trade agreements have helped spur the loss of more than 56,000 American manufacturing companies over the past 20 years. To that end, I am a strong supporter of Trade Adjustment Assistance which is designed to help through monetary assistance, job retraining and other benefits, those workers who have lost their living wage jobs due to our unfair trade deals.
I will continue to oppose the TPP, and similar agreements which would force Americans to compete against foreign operations that provide little or none of the wages, benefits, health, safety, environmental and human rights protections that have helped us build the strongest middle class in history.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
WASHINGTON—Applauding President Trump's announcement of his support for the use of exclusively American-made pipelines, U.S. Rep Rick Nolan on Tuesday reintroduced his American Pipeline Jobs & Safety Act. Nolan's bill would require that virtually all energy pipelines built and federally permitted in the United States contain 100 percent American steel — and iron ore that is mined, processed or reprocessed in America, a news release said.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, and the North American Free Trade Agreement already appears to be on life support. Better known as TPP and NAFTA, much has been written and said about the national implications of these trade deals.
But what does Minnesota stand to gain — or lose — if President Donald Trump follows through on stated plans to tax Mexican imports and renegotiate NAFTA with Canada?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDAL) - After President Trump's announcement earlier this week to clear the way for Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines, Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan was glad to hear the President say that the lines should be built with American made steel.
WASHINGTON – The new era of trade restrictions signaled by President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not be good news for some of Minnesota’s major corporate players and industries, but comes as relief to others.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China's influence in the region rises.
Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States out of the 12-nation TPP.