Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Unfortunately, so-called “free” trade agreements like NAFTA and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have allowed millions of good American jobs to be outsourced overseas where products can be produced cheaply, without those protections. Unfair trade agreements have helped spur the loss of more than 56,000 American manufacturing companies over the past 20 years. To that end, I am a strong supporter of Trade Adjustment Assistance which is designed to help through monetary assistance, job retraining and other benefits, those workers who have lost their living wage jobs due to our unfair trade deals.

I will continue to oppose the TPP, and similar agreements which would force Americans to compete against foreign operations that provide little or none of the wages, benefits, health, safety, environmental and human rights protections that have helped us build the strongest middle class in history. 

More on Trade

Jun 16, 2017 Press Release

After testifying before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in May, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today lauded the ITC’s decision today to heed his call to place duties of up to 209% on foreign steel rebar. 

In its final affirmative determination on the petition, the ITC agreed to duties on Japanese rebar totaling 209% and Turkish steel totaling 24%.

Jun 2, 2017 In The News

As president, Donald Trump has used his bully pulpit in expected ways — talking tough on topics like foreign relations, the travel ban, and repealing Obamacare.

Jun 2, 2017 In The News

Congressman Rick Nolan was back in front of the International Trade Commission

Nolan, who previously testified on behalf of the currently in-place tariffs on illegally dumped steel, returned on Thursday to push the ITC toward a final decision on duties up to 209 percent on foreign steel rebar.

Jun 2, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan testified before the International Trade Commission Thursday, to urge them to make a final affirmative determination on a petition to place duties on foreign steel rebar, a news release from Nolan's office said.

Jun 1, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump moved on Thursday against China and other exporters of cheap steel into the U.S. market, launching a federal investigation to determine whether foreign-made steel threatens American steelmakers and national security.

Winning praise from U.S. companies that are constantly fighting with foreign competitors, Trump invoked a rarely-used trade law that raises the possibility of new tariffs. The action triggered a rally in U.S. steel stocks.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) to urge them to make a final affirmative determination on a petition to place duties of up to 209% on foreign steel rebar. 

Apr 20, 2017 Press Release

After championing successful efforts to end illegal steel dumping with tariffs and taxes as high as 500%, U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan expressed his cautious support for President Trump’s latest executive order to direct the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports to the United States should be prohibited on national security grounds.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

After a backlog in processing federal benefits for laid-off steelworkers in 2015, the Iron Range’s congressional delegation introduced legislation to better protect those benefits.

Apr 11, 2017 In The News

Minnesota and Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation in Washington that would speed up the federal effort to provide relief for workers displaced by illegal trade.

The Workforce Training Enhancement Act would allow the Department of Labor to reimburse states that choose to provide federal benefits to workers while their petition to receive benefits is pending.

Apr 5, 2017 In The News

That rousing cheer from Northeastern Minnesota during President Donald Trump's first address to Congress came when he announced, "We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs. And I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel."