Proud to introduce the Rural Housing Preservation Act today with Senators Tina Smith and Jeanne Shaheen. This legislation will help support affordable housing for Minnesotans who live in rural areas – especially families, seniors, people with disabilities, and others at risk of losing rental assistance.

With affordable housing already at a premium in rural America, it’s more important than ever to ensure that thousands of low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities have the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing program available and fully funded. Our bill will help provide tenants with the assistance they need to stay in their communities with families and friends nearby. This common sense measure is good for people, and it will help make rural America stronger.

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Proud to introduce the Debt-Free College Act of 2018 today along with 22 other cosponsors. This legislation measure would boost access to higher education across the country by allowing students to attend 2-year and 4-year public institutions without taking out loans and leaving them in debt after graduation.

The cost of college, adjusted for inflation, has increased by 300 percent in the last 30 years. This has left some 42 million American college students drowning in a to...tal of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Further, for some Americans, the cost of college simply leaves higher education out of reach. For a young American in either situation – drowning in debt or not attending college due to its cost – the current higher education funding system is failing them. This bill we are introducing will help fix this system – and make higher education more affordable for everyone.

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Rep. Nolan: End Gerrymandering and Restore Democracy!
Rep. Nolan: No More Governing By Crisis!
Rep. Nolan: Why We Need to Overturn Citizens United

This is the $1.3 trillion omnibus government funding bill we were handed this morning and asked to approve. Many members on both sides of the aisle, including me, will not be voting for something of this magnitude without having had time to read and study it all - and I took an Evelyn Woods speed reading course in my youth!

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In honor of National Women's History Month, we recognize and celebrate Joan Mondale, a patron of the arts in Minnesota.

Joan Mondale was the Second Lady of the United States while her husband, Walter Mondale, served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States during the Carter administration. Mondale graduated from Macalaster College in St. Paul in 1952. After graduation, she worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She herself was an avid potter, writer, and art collector. Later in life, she served on boards for the Minnesota Orchestra, the Walker Art Center, Macalester College, and the National Portrait Gallery. Affectionately called “Joan of Art,” Mondale commented on many occasions that she loved her nickname.

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Three inches of snow have shut down federal agencies and much of DC today, but being Minnesotans, the entire Nolan crew made it into work without a hitch. We snapped this shot from one of our office windows.

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In honor of National Women's History Month, we recognize and celebrate Ann Bancroft, the first woman to reach both the North and South poles.

Ann Bancroft grew up St. Paul where she developed a love of exploration. She began her professional career as a physical and special education teacher in the Twin Cities before deciding to dedicate her life to exploration. In 1986, she left these positions to partake in the Will Steger International North Pole Expedition where she the first woman to reach the North Pole. In the early 1990s, Bancroft led a group of women to the South Pole on skis. They became the first all-female group to reach the South Pole and Bancroft became the first woman to reach both the Arctic and Antarctic poles. Aside from her explorations, Ann is an advocate for women and girls – encouraging them to dream and reach their goals. Since 1997, the Ann Bancroft Foundation has provided over $1.4 million in grant money to help Minnesota girls reach their goals.

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Excited to note the kick off to the 2018 commercial shipping season at the Port of Duluth-Superior. The six commercial vessels leaving port this week – the Erie Trader/Clyde S. VanEnkevort, the Edwin H. Gott, the Kaye E. Barker, the James R. Barker, the Burns Harbor, and the Lee A. Tregurtha – will carry iron ore to steel mills on the Lower Great Lakes. The Duluth area could see its first lakers arriving Monday or Tuesday next week after the Soo Locks open early Sunday morning in Michigan.

The Port of Duluth-Superior is the largest port on the Great Lakes-Seaway. It sees almost 900 vessels and moves an average of 35 million tons of cargo through its channels each year. Shipping through this port supports over 11,500 jobs and contributes $1.5 billion to our local and regional economies. Anchors away!

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In honor of National Women's History Month, we recognize and celebrate Coya Knutson, our state’s first female member of the United States Congress.

Coya Knutson was the first Minnesota woman elected to Congress in 1955, representing northern Minnesota’s rural former 9th District. During her two-term tenure in Congress, Knutson was the first woman to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. She also helped establish the first federal student loan program and the first researc...h grants for cystic fibrosis. While her accomplishments in Congress were impressive, she is most known for the infamous “Coya, Come Home” letter signed by her husband. The letter – which pleaded for her to quit Congress and come home to take care of her family – is thought to have been written by political enemies who wanted to un-seat and replace her with a male representative. The letter ultimately led to her re-election defeat and is often cited as an example of sexism and dirty tricks in politics.

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The Nolan family was in Phoenix this weekend cheering on granddaughter Maggie, playing golf for the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the National Invitational Tournament. That's our daughter Leah, Maggie's proud mom, on the right in this shot. Our other daughter, Maggie's Aunt Katherine, is on my left. Go Gophers!

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And the luck of the Irish to you!

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Mary and I are heartbroken by the sudden passing of our dear friend Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. The daughter of a Kentucky blacksmith, she rose to become one of our Nation's greatest leaders - a true champion for women as well as for all those who are too easily forgotten and left behind in our society.

She was the first woman to lead the powerful House Rules Committee and called herself the only microbiologist on Capitol Hill.

Great meeting between the House Cancer Survivors and Lung Cancer Caucuses with National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless (at the head of the table in this picture). I appreciate Dr. Sharpless answering my questions about lung cancer research under the Recalcitrant Cancer Act and what types of trials are underway for small cell and non-small cell lung cancer.

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In honor of National Women's History Month, we recognize and celebrate the Andrews Sisters, a trio of Minnesota singing sisters from the World War II time period.

The Andrews Sisters were born and raised in Mound, MN where their careers began at young ages. The sisters sang in traveling vaudeville acts until they had their first hit – “Bei Mir” – in 1937. Known for their striking harmonies, the sisters became a household name in the 1940s following a string of hits including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “I’ll be with you in Apple Blossom Time.” The sisters provided entertainment to enlisted and wounded men and embarked on a two-month USO tour in 1945. The women brought music and laughter to America during a hard-fought war and remain one of the best-selling female vocal groups in history.

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Delighted to report that the House has just passed my bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1350) to save taxpayer dollars by streamlining management of lands located within and adjacent to Voyageurs National Park. Here's the news release:

House Passes Nolan Bill to Streamline
Voyageurs National Park Land Management


H.R.1350 formally transfers Bureau of Land Management lands to the National Park Service.

This legislation will save staff time and taxpayer dollars by eliminating duplicative land management.

[WASHINGTON D.C.] The U.S. House of Representatives today passed by unanimous consent U.S. Rep Rick Nolan’s legislation to streamline the management of land within and adjacent to Voyageurs National Park.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) currently manages 49 acres of land within the boundaries of the Park that were not transferred to the National Park Service (NPS) when the Park was established. Rep. Nolan’s bill, H.R.1350, formally transfers Bureau of Land Management lands to the National Park Service. This legislation will save staff time and taxpayer dollars by eliminating duplicative land management requirements between the two Department of Interior agencies.

In addition, the measure resolves an outstanding land management issue faced by the State of Minnesota and Koochiching County by authorizing the use of a land exchange to swap certain State tax-forfeited tracts within the boundaries of Voyageurs National Park for an NPS-owned tract outside the Park boundary.

“I am pleased to see the House pass this much-needed legislation, which will enhance land management at Minnesota’s crown jewel in the parks system, Voyageurs National Park,” said Nolan. “This legislation ensures that Voyageurs National Park will be managed consistently to provide thousands of visitors with an even better experience here in our beautiful Minnesota north country.”

Minnesota’s Senators have introduced companion legislation, S. 502, which cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources back in May 2017. Koochiching County, the State of Minnesota, and the National Parks Conservation Association support the bill. According to the National Park Service, there are no anticipated costs associated with the inter-agency land transfer.

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Just ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson now joins at least 19 other top Administration officials who have either been fired or have resigned since the President took office – including a White House Chief of Staff, several communications directors and press secretaries, the FBI Director, Ethics Director, National Security Advisor and Attorney General.

Moreover, nearly two-thirds of the important posts that must be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate h...ave yet to be filled. And hundreds of lesser but still critical jobs in government agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs are still either vacant or being staffed by temporary appointees who have exceeded the 300 day limit after which any decision they make can be challenged in court.

As the CEO of his privately held company, Donald Trump could run things any way he liked. But this is the United States government, and the American people deserve better from their CEO.

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The move brings major changes as the United States deals with delicate foreign policy efforts such as possible outreach to North Korea.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Austin from KBJR-TV this morning in our Duluth office. We had the chance to sit down and discuss many issues affecting our district. Look out for my interview!

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