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

Jan 31, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced his subcommittee assignments on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

In the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Nolan will serve on the subcommittees on Highways and Transit; Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials; and Aviation.

Jan 31, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released a letter urging Acting Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Dan Jiron of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reverse the agency’s decision to withdraw more than 234,000 acres out of multiple-use purpose from the Superior National Forest.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

– The new era of trade restrictions signaled by President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will not be good news for some of Minnesota’s major corporate players and industries, but comes as relief to others.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

HOYT LAKES, Minn. — The U.S. Forest Service on Monday backed a major land trade that will give PolyMet Mining Co. access to the land where it plans to build an open-pit copper-nickel mine.

The Forest Service announced its final “record of decision’’ on the land swap that will see PolyMet receive access to 6,650 acres at the mine site between Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt.

In exchange, PolyMet already has purchased the rights to 6,690 acres of undeveloped private land within the boundary Superior National Forest that will now transfer to the Forest Service.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

The U.S. Forest Service signed off on a major land exchange for PolyMet and its proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes.

PolyMet will receive access to 6,400 acres in exchange for its purchase of 6,690 acres of undeveloped private land that will now transfer to the Forest Service.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

Good news for PolyMet on Monday. The U.S. Forest Service said they have signed the Final Record of Decision on the land exchange, which authorizes the exchange.

The exchange calls for the Forest Service to convey 6,650 acres of federal land to PolyMet, in exchange for acquisition of 6,690 acres of non-federal land. 

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

DULUTH, MN -

The U.S. Forest Service signed the Final Record of Decision on Monday, which authorizes a land exchange with PolyMet Mining, Inc.

The exchange calls for the Forest Service to convey 6,650 acres of federal land in exchange for acquisition of 6,690 acres of non-federal lands.

The decision will transfer the surface property owned by the Forest Service to PolyMet, which controls the sub-surface, or mineral rights.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump formally withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, distancing America from its Asian allies, as China's influence in the region rises.

Fulfilling a campaign pledge to end American involvement in the 2015 pact, Trump signed an executive order in the Oval Office pulling the United States out of the 12-nation TPP.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

The U.S. Forest Service on Monday backed a major land trade that will give PolyMet Mining Co. access to the land where it plans to build an open-pit copper-nickel mine.

The Forest Service announced its final “record of decision’’ on the land swap that will see PolyMet receive access to 6,650 acres at the mine site.

In exchange, PolyMet already has purchased the rights to 6,690 acres of undeveloped private land within the boundary Superior National Forest that will now transfer to the Forest Service.