Delivering the Keynote Address at the Eide Bailly Bank Seminar
Wednesday morning I delivered the keynote address at the annual Eide Bailly Bank Seminar. My remarks focused on efforts to advance regulatory relief and reform the bureaucracy, such as my legislation to streamline Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness for small businesses and my work to repeal Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) regulations.
I'm grateful to Eide Bailly and its clients for letting me speak with them and for being strong and consistent partners who offer invaluable and innovate insight into how Congress can better assist their important industry.
FCC Takes Steps to Help Close the Digital Divide for Tribes in North Dakota
The Federal Communications Commission issued the first set of spectrum licenses to Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Telecommunications Inc., Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Better connectivity creates better opportunities. It is good to see the FCC taking steps to close the digital divide for tribes in North Dakota. I look forward to working with the Commission to make sure these efforts are successful.
Urging HHS to Ensure Free COVID Testing
I joined a letter led by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting clarification on the department's guidance for ensuring individuals who need a COVID-19 test can receive one without any out-of-pocket costs.
“For Americans who wish to safely return to school and work, access to testing is critical. No one should have to pay for a test. If someone wants a test, they should be able to get a test, and that test should be covered by insurance without any out-of-pocket costs.”
Grants for North Dakota from the Trump Administration
$1.7 Million to Improve Public Safety
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded three grants totaling $1,752,667 to the following recipients:
- $999,638 to North Dakota Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation to identify innovative approaches to address persistent or emerging crime and public safety problems;
- $676,596 to the North Dakota Attorney General to, in collaboration with Minnesota, purchase an Automated Fingerprint Identification System replacement system;
- and $76,433 to the North Dakota Attorney General to support gang task forces to reduce violent crime, firearms offenses, human trafficking, and drug trafficking.
$749k for Environmental Protection
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $749,985 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) for programs which protect access to clean air and water and ensure the proper management of hazardous materials.
$466k for Rural Community Development
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development (RD) approved a loan of $466,044 to the Dakota Horizons Fund. The funds will be used to improve quality of life via job creation and retention in 22 counties and rural communities in North Dakota.
$82k to Improve the Economy and Quality of Life on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development (RD) awarded $82,072 to the OYATE Community Development Corporation to improve the economy and quality of life on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation through education, training, and direct lending of money to support community and business development.
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