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 25, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Associate Professor of French Studies Dana Lindaman Ph.D. was Rep. Rick Nolan’s guest to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron’s, address to Joint Congress.

Professor Lindaman came to UMD in 2010 to develop and teach courses related to French studies. Together with Professor Kovacovic, he revived the French major at UMD and has helped grow the program into a dynamic major supporting student interest in French from across the UMD campus.

Apr 16, 2018 the Monday Report

Congress and the President Abdicated Responsibilities in Military Attack on Syria


Shame on the Congress, on Speaker Ryan, and on the President for failing to uphold their Constitutional obligations in the attack on Syria last Friday.

Dear Friend,

Mar 28, 2018 the Monday Report

Trump Can’t Negotiate With North Korea Alone - All Hands on Deck for Talks to be Successful


South Koreans gathered by this store window last week to hear the news that President Trump has accepted a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss dialing down that nation’s nuclear threat.

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Aug 22, 2017 In The News

Afghanistan's government is applauding President Donald Trump's speech for focusing on needs and conditions instead of timelines.

Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib calls it a "10 out of 10." He tells The Associated Press by telephone from Kabul that Afghans heard "exactly what we needed to."

Mohib says critiques of the speech for failing to disclose troop numbers are misguided. He says the focus on numbers detracts from the "real focus" on conditions and support needed for Afghanistan to succeed and achieve peace.

Aug 22, 2017 Press Release

"The President’s decision to pursue this futile and seemingly endless 17-year war in Afghanistan is deeply disappointing and disturbing. If there is one Trump campaign promise the American people agree with, it’s putting a stop to endless wars of choice that are costing us so much precious American blood and treasury – and reinvesting those resources in America and our people. The simple fact is that this conflict in Afghanistan has become America’s longest war. It is bleeding us to death.

Jul 26, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON: A bipartisan bill seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO-ally (MNNA) was moved by two US Congressmen in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

Republican Congressman Ted Poe and Democratic lawmaker Rick Nolan introduced the bill, HR 3000.

Pakistan was granted MNNA status in 2004 under President Bush to assist the United States in combating Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Jul 17, 2017 Video
Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with three amendments from Congressman Rick Nolan. In addition to his amendment passed on Thursday to reaffirm the connection between a strong U.S. iron ore and steel industry and our nation security, the House passed two additional amendments from Nolan on Friday:

Jun 1, 2017 In The News

Democracy requires time and participation. The hundreds who took valuable time to participate in our seven Northern Minnesota listening sessions over the Easter recess proved that point. I get my best ideas from the folks I represent, and I’m grateful to all who showed up and spoke out.