Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Jobs and the Middle Class

Minnesota's 8th District relies upon Taconite, Timber, and Tourism as its primary economic drivers. In Congress I will do all I can to ensure domestic manufacturing, aviation, and all our homegrown industries, are well recognized for their contributions to the creation of good-paying jobs and prosperity.

Across our Eighth District and across America, unemployed and underemployed middle-class families need action – good-paying jobs – not words from their government.

Democrats and Republicans must come together with common sense plans to put America back to work.

By promoting Make It In America legislation that will grow our domestic manufacturing industry and support northeast Minnesota companies from Tritec in Virginia to Polaris in Wyoming. I have also authored and introduced legislation to require that all pipelines in America use materials that are made in America - steel or iron ore that is mined, processed, or re-processed here in the U.S. The American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act would be a boon for American manufacturing and for jobs across Minnesota's Iron Range, and would also prevent future environmental disasters from pipeline oil spills or leaks, since U.S.-made steel is more reliable and durable than foreign steel.

By extending emergency unemployment insurance for the millions of Americans who have lost these benefits since Congress allowed them to expire last December. When emergency unemployment benefits were allowed to expire at the end of December 2013, I called upon the House Republican leadership to bring H.R.3824, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act, to the floor for a vote, to immediately extend these benefits while we figure out a permanent solution. More than 3 million Americans - including 200,000 veterans - have lost this crucial lifeline as they continue to look for jobs after the worst economic downturn in recent history, and I continue to call for the extension of these benefits.

By passing fair trade policies to protect American companies from unfair foreign competition.

By rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – reinvesting hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on so-called wars of choice and nation building abroad into American roads, highways, bridges, ports, and waterways. Investing in education, human development, and infrastructure enhances business, creates jobs, and improves our lives.

By passing a minimum wage that gives working families real buying power – so they can purchase the goods and services that drive employment and boost our economy.

By ending the gender wage gap in which women still make only about 77 cents on the dollar as compared to men.

In short, we need a real, bipartisan, pro-growth jobs plan for America. And we need to invest in small business and American manufacturing to create good-paying jobs in northeastern Minnesota and across the nation.


 

More on Jobs and the Middle Class

Sep 12, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Congressman Rick Nolan, a member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, today announced that the International Falls, Little Falls, Princeton, and Bemidji airports will receive a total of nearly $3.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for new safety equipment and infrastructure projects.

Sep 10, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that it was canceling a previously announced mineral withdrawal in the Superior National Forest:  

Aug 21, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Presses "No Government-No Pay" Bill While the President Threatens Federal Shutdown Over Taxpayer Funded Mexican Wall 

 

Jul 31, 2018 the Monday Report

A Big Win for Career & Technical Education as Nolan-Sponsored Bill to Reauthorize the Perkins Act Heads to President's Desk

Jul 25, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today applauded the bipartisan passage of his Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act (CTE) for the 21st Century Act. The legislation reauthorizes and reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, helping more Americans enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.

Jul 3, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Amendment Boosts Pentagon's Lung Cancer Research Program to $20 Million for 2019

Nolan Lung Cancer Amendment

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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. 

Jun 12, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Passes Measures to Finish North Country Trail, Repair Soo Locks, and Battle Invasive Species  


Our North Country Scenic Trails bill puts the finishing touches on America’s longest hiking trail.

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Mar 7, 2018 In The News

He’s taking a lot of heat, but President Trump did the right thing by imposing a 25 percent tariff on foreign steel last week, and I’m defending his decision to the hilt. Using his authority under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, Trump’s move came after the Commerce Department determined that illegal dumping of millions of tons of sub-par foreign steel into the U.S. marketplace is threatening U.S. national security by undermining the domestic iron ore and steel industries and putting thousands of miners and steelworkers out of work.

Mar 5, 2018 the Monday Report

Nolan Doubles Down in Defense of Trump's Decision to Impose Tariffs on Foreign Steel

 
Steelworkers rally in support of tariffs and taxes to put a stop to the illegal dumping of millions of tons of sub-par foreign steel into the U.S. marketplace. 

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