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

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. 

Dear Friend,

Feb 21, 2018 In The News

In a move that should help bolster U.S. steelmakers and the Minnesota taconite iron ore mines that supply them, the U.S. Commerce Department on Friday called for steep tariffs on all steel shipments coming into the U.S.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the steel tariffs along with a duty on aluminum imports.

President Donald Trump, who asked for a plan to thwart foreign imports, is expected to decide on the details by April.

Jan 25, 2018 In The News


U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with U.S. Representative Rick Nolan, have sent President Trump a letter urging him to crack down on foreign steel dumping. 

This comes days after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced they finished their investigation into the impacts of foreign steel on or economy.

The Department submitted the results of its investigation to President Trump who now has less than 90 days to potentially take action.

Jan 24, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today joined 183 Members of Congress in calling on the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to end the outsourcing of good paying American jobs. Specifically, the Members of Congress urge Lighthizer – the U.S. representative in the NAFTA renegotiations – to fight for strong labor standards that end wage suppression and support increased labor rights for Mexican workers.


Jan 19, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep Rick Nolan, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, today introduced legislation to expand access to crop insurance and advance land conservation. Rep. Nolan’s bill, The Crop Insurance Modernization Act of 2018, will expand access to insurance premium discounts for beginning farmers and create a stronger link between conservation efforts and farm risk management tools.


Specifically, this legislation will support beginning farmers by:


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.