Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Brainerd Dispatch: Nolan lauds Trump support of American steel in pipelines

Apr 5, 2017
In The News

WASHINGTON—Applauding President Trump's announcement of his support for the use of exclusively American-made pipelines, U.S. Rep Rick Nolan on Tuesday reintroduced his American Pipeline Jobs & Safety Act. Nolan's bill would require that virtually all energy pipelines built and federally permitted in the United States contain 100 percent American steel — and iron ore that is mined, processed or reprocessed in America, a news release said.

Following Nolan's letter in December 2016 urging Trump to join him in his unequivocal support of the use of exclusively American-made products in all U.S. infrastructure projects, particularly the construction of pipelines, Trump said "if we are going to build pipelines in the (U.S.), the pipes should be built in the United States. We will build our own pipes," according to White House reporters.

"I applaud President Trump's support for the requirements in my American Pipeline Jobs & Safety Act," Nolan said. "Pipelines made with low-grade, foreign government subsidized iron ore and steel illegally dumped into the U.S. marketplace are costing us thousands of good jobs, threatening our environment with leaks and spills and jeopardizing our health and safety. When constructed with tough, top-quality American iron ore and steel, pipelines are the safest, most efficient way we transport oil and gas to meet our nation's growing energy needs. We cannot rebuild America's economy and infrastructure with foreign steel."