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 2, 2018 the Monday Report

Happy New Year! America Gets Ready for 2018

Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol are a joy - now hopefully we’ll see fewer fireworks and more cooperation inside the Capitol and the halls of Congress here in 2018. 

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Dec 19, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] Rep Rick Nolan today voted “no” on the conference report of the Republican tax bill that punishes America’s middle class. The bill, met with bipartisan opposition, would provide a $1.5 trillion dollar tax cut to the super-rich and corporations, raise taxes on 86 million middle class households – more than half of America’s middle class – and pave the way for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.


Dec 7, 2017 In The News

A bill that would direct antitrust agencies to study the impact of mergers marks the first legislative step of the newly-formed House Antitrust Caucus and underscores how cracking down on corporate consolidation is a growing issue for congressional Democrats.

The effort comes in the wake of major mergers, like and Whole Foods Market Inc., that some advocates said would hurt workers and competition.

Dec 6, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan

U.S. Rep Rick Nolan


As Republican leadership attempts to rush its tax bill through Congress, let's not forget the cold hard facts of the bill: It hands huge tax breaks to the super rich and corporations, raises taxes on millions of middle-class families, and sets the stage for enormous cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement regarding the Republican tax plan, H.R.1, which gives enormous tax breaks to the super-rich and big corporations while raising taxes on middle-class Minnesota families.


Aug 15, 2017 In The News

Mining copper and nickel on Minnesota’s Iron Range and addressing global climate change are compatible, complementary and essential to our way of life. We have the brains, the technology and the need to do both.

Aug 10, 2017 In The News

It’s tough to be effective in this unproductive Congress, especially when the other party controls the agenda. But over the past few weeks, I’ve moved important bipartisan measures forward to support Minnesota’s Iron Range and the Great Lakes, advance lung cancer research, battle invasive species, stop wasting taxpayer dollars in the Middle East, bolster our military, reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, and provide airline passengers with a ‘one-pager’ listing their consumer rights.

Aug 10, 2017 In The News

Hundreds of mining supporters attended a Tuesday rally in Virginia to condemn federal intervention that might prevent copper-nickel exploration near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA).

Jul 26, 2017 In The News

MINNEAPOLIS — The fight over whether to allow copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northeastern Minnesota is shifting to the capital city as the U.S. Forest Service opens a new set of public meetings on its proposal to bar minerals exploration and development on more than 234,000 acres near the pristine wilderness for up to 20 years.

Jul 26, 2017 In The News

– U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan asked federal lawmakers Friday to approve a land exchange that would benefit the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

“It facilitates an important mining project for our national economy, for our national security,” Nolan, a DFLer, testified to a panel of lawmakers.

Nolan is pushing a bill he sponsored to give 6,650 acres from the Superior National Forest to PolyMet Mining Corp., in exchange for other land owned by the company.