Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Transportation & Infrastructure

We need to rebuild America – beginning with our entire transportation infrastructure. Experts tell us we need to invest $1 trillion to rebuild our crumbling transportation system  – and in the process create some 13 million new good paying middle class jobs in construction, and throughout our economy.

As Minnesota’s only member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, I continue to work on a bipartisan basis to advance a comprehensive, long-term transportation plan with new sources of funding to rebuild our highways, roads, bridges, airports, harbors, railroads, mass transit systems and pipelines. Our ability to grow our 21st Century economy and successfully compete in the global marketplace depends on the progress we make in achieving these goals.

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Apr 18, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today called on leaders of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Aviation Subcommittee to hold a hearing to investigate the state of consumer protection practices within the airline industry.

“The recent incident where a passenger was violently removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight against his will is merely one of many instances where an airline has shown disregard for the rights of their passengers,” Nolan said.

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


An on-going project to clean up and protect the Great Lakes could be in trouble thanks to some major cuts in President Donald Trump's 1.5 trillion dollar budget proposal.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

The debate over the Essential Air Service program is typically resurrected when legislation is before Congress to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, and Northland airport leaders say they expect this year to be no different.

The regional airports in Hibbing and International Falls are among five Minnesota airports that receive funding from the EAS program — initiated after airlines were deregulated in 1978 — to ensure that airlines continue to serve smaller, rural communities.

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.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

HIBBING — Iron Range officials expressed their concerns to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan on Friday about the lack of federal funding for multi-million dollar projects to replace aging wastewater treatment facilities, as well as millions of dollars needed to update treatment facilities to meet changing discharge limits on mercury.