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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Nov 5, 2018 the Monday Report

GOP Plans to Cut Social Security and Medicare Are Real - And They Must be Stopped

These seniors clearly understand what GOP leaders fail to recognize: Social Security and Medicare are not “entitlements.” They are earned benefits we pay into from our very first day on the job - and they are not to be used to pay for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations. 

Nov 5, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan has joined 107 other Members of Congress in calling on Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to provide answers regarding the deployment of some 5,200 additional U.S. troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

Oct 24, 2018 the Monday Report

Climate Change is Altering Our National Parks - Not the President's Resolve to Ignore Facts and Science

If climate change continues unabated, studies predict indicated that many native trees like these along Echo Bay Trail in Voyageurs National Park will eventually be replaced by less desirable species that can better live in hot weather.

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Oct 16, 2018 the Monday Report

Whatever Happened to the President's 
$1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill? 


Sep 17, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today joined a bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers strongly urging the President to obtain authorization from Congress before ordering any additional U.S. military strikes in Syria.

The letter sent by lawmakers cites concerns of recent reports indicating that the President’s Administration is preparing to again strike Syria in the event of another chemical weapon attack.

Sep 10, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan to Introduce "No Shame-No Blame" Bill to Ban School Lunch Shaming and Hold Districts Accountable 


Aug 27, 2018 the Monday Report

It's Time to End the War in Afghanistan - Not Privatize it for Corporate Profit


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.”