Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Trade

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

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

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 24, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order officially withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

Dec 6, 2016 Press Release

[WASHINGTON D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today urged President-Elect Donald Trump to join him in his unequivocal support of the use of exclusively American-made products in all U.S. infrastructure projects.

Oct 12, 2016 In The News

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today jointly announced that U.S. Representative Rick Nolan (D-MN) was honored with the “2016 Congressional Steel Champion Award” from AISI. The award recognizes Rep. Nolan for his dedication to and support of the American steel industry and its employees. 

Lourenco Goncalves, Cliffs’ Chairman, President and CEO, and Thomas J. Gibson, AISI President and CEO, presented the award at a gathering of Cliffs’ employees at Hibbing Taconite mine in Hibbing, MN. 

Aug 25, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced the dramatic results of his work against illegal foreign steel dumping. The Obama Administration’s historic crackdown began after White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough visited Minnesota’s Iron Range at Nolan’s request last December, which resulted in some of the highest tariffs and taxes ever imposed on steel from China and 11 other trade cheater nations. In the three most important trade cases for the U.S. iron ore and steel industry in 15 years, China was hit the hardest with combined steel tariffs and taxes of up to 522%.

Aug 10, 2016 In The News

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan on Friday applauded final determinations for tariffs (taxes) on lowgrade, foreign government subsidized coldrolled steel from several additional foreign nations announced this week by Department of Commerce. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to finalize them in September.

Jul 25, 2016 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today applauded final determinations for tariffs (taxes) on low-grade, foreign government subsidized cold-rolled steel from several additional foreign nations announced this week by Department of Commerce. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to finalize them in September.

Jul 12, 2016 In The News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission has finalized hefty tariffs on illegally subsidized steel from China.

Those imports have been cited as the main culprit in devastating the nation’s iron ore and steel industries the past year and leading to closing of plants and layoffs of tens of thousands workers across the country, including on the Iron Range.

The new tariffs, which are the same as taxes, are: