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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Jul 17, 2018 the Monday Report

Chaos and Cruelty Continue as Administration Misses Deadline to Reunite Youngest Immigrant Children and Parents Separated at the Border


Jul 17, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan released the following statement today on the President’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Jul 3, 2018 Press Release

“Lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected the immigration bill after Republican leaders failed to convince 113 members of their own party, a single Democrat, and the American people. The simple truth is, the GOP needs to stop trying to fix this bill with a handful of leaders behind closed doors in a back room somewhere. The fact is, my fellow Democrats and many Republicans are ready and willing to work across the aisle on real bipartisan immigration reform that truly puts an end to parent child separation, solves the DACA crisis, and provides a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers.”

Jul 3, 2018 the Monday Report

Click on the screen above to hear my remarks on the floor of the House explaining the need for additional research dollars for the battle against lung cancer. 

Jun 26, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan, Kennedy and 188 Other House Democrats Back Bill to Keep Immigrant Families Together at Mexican Border


Jun 20, 2018 In The News

ST. PAUL, Minn. - KARE 11 reached out to Minnesota's U.S. representatives and senators asking them to respond to the federal government's immigration policy leading to the separation of children from their parents at the southern border.

Here are the responses we've received:

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

Jun 20, 2018 In The News

Hours before President Trump is scheduled to take the stage at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minneapolis attorney David Glaser will hit the road. Glaser and at least two dozen friends and coworkers are planning to drive up to Duluth Wednesday to protest a new immigration strategy that has separated more than 2,300 from their parents since early May, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Jun 19, 2018 the Monday Report

Duluth's Own Cirrus Aircraft Flies into Aviation History - Wins Flight Industry's Top Award for Excellence and Development

As the Cirrus delegation proudly pointed out during the awards ceremony, the incredible Vision Jet is the world’s first single engine, personal jet aircraft equipped with a parachute system that actually floats the aircraft safely to the ground if trouble arises. 

May 29, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Takes Amendment to Stop Endless Wars of Choice to the Floor of the U.S. House

May 24, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today condemned the President’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Congressman Nolan made the following statement: