Joining the North Dakota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting
I delivered remarks at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Farm Bureau on Friday. It is always a pleasure to hear from North Dakota's agricultural producers, give them an update on the work we're doing in Congress, and thank them for feeding and fueling the world.
Joining the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota Annual Meeting
On Saturday I got to speak at the annual meeting of the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota.
In the face of unprecedented challenges, North Dakota's ranchers have risen to the occasion, overcome obstacles, and kept America's food supply chain up and running. Now it's time for Congress to take action and get our ranchers the resources they need.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park to Receive Maintenance through Great American Outdoors Act
On Friday the Department of the Interior announced the slumped section of roadway at the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park has been selected as a Deferred Maintenance Project through funds authorized by the Great American Outdoors Act.
Last year we took Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to this area of the park during his trip to North Dakota to show him the need for federal assistance.
I am glad the Secretary turned what he learned in North Dakota into concrete action by the federal government. This announcement is precisely why we passed the Great American Outdoors Act: to ensure visitors have the best experience possible when they visit North Dakota's national parks and public lands.
Prioritizing Nuclear Modernization, Space Force, Frank E. Evans Act in First Meeting of NDAA Conferees
I delivered remarks on Wednesday during the first formal meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee, a ceremony known as “pass the gavel." I spoke about the importance of continuing to maintain a credible nuclear deterrent, bolstering Space Force through the National Guard, and including my USS Frank E. Evans Act in this year's NDAA.
Interior's Action on LWCF Funding A Win for State and Local Control
The Department of the Interior recently released an Secretary’s Order which prioritized states' role in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) investments. The LWCF was established by Congress to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources and to provide state and local governments with funds to purchase land, water, and wetlands. I backed legislation – which this Congress passed and President Trump signed – to reauthorize and fully fund this program.
I trust Governor Burgum and our county commissioners to know North Dakota's recreation and public access priorities better than any bureaucrat in Washington ever could. Secretary Bernhardt is taking the right approach, working collaboratively with state and local partners instead of imposing the federal government's mediocrity on each state. Washington should not be expanding its footprint without the consent of state and local leaders.
Announcing My 2020 Military Academy Nominations
I announced my nominees to be appointed to the U.S. military academies on Tuesday. It's an honor to play a part in raising up the next generation of American military leaders. I am grateful Abigail, Loren, and Rebecca are each eager and willing to use their drive, enthusiasm, and patriotism in service to our country. They will represent North Dakota well.
Here are my nominees:
- Abigail Post – U.S. Military Academy (West Point). Abigail is a Senior at Hankinson High School. She plays varsity volleyball and takes Tae Kwon Do lessons. She also participates in the Science and Engineering Fair, math competitions, band, choir, and Teens for Life.
- Loren Steinberg – U.S. Naval Academy. Loren, a member of National Honor Society in Fargo, currently attends Liberty University Online Academy. She cheerleads, plays golf, sings in choir, and is a member of her student council.
- Rebecca Van Vleet – U.S. Naval Academy. Rebecca attends Fargo North High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, 4-H competitive rifle, and Air Force Jr. ROTC. She's also a runner, writer, hiker, and volunteer at her local food bank.
Demanding Transparency for Chinese Sister Cities
I joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in introducing legislation to shed light on the 157 sister city partnerships between U.S. and Chinese communities.
Communist China regularly exploits its sister-city partnerships around the world to aggressively advance its own agenda. Our bill would give us a better understanding of China's reach into the U.S. and allow us to address that accordingly.
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Weekly Radio and TV Schedule
What's On Your Mind with Scott Hennen
Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. central
KFYR 550 AM - Bismarck
1100 The Flag - Fargo
KLTC 1460 AM - Dickinson
KTGO 1090 AM - Tioga
The Jarrod Thomas Show
Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. central
KNOX 1310 AM - Grand Forks
Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. central
KHND 1470 AM - Harvey
Every other Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. central
WDAY 970 AM – Fargo
Chris Berg - Point of View
6:30 p.m. central (Semi-Monthly)
Valley News Live - Fargo
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