Details on the Support Package for Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released details of their support package for farmers last week.
This administration prioritizes the needs of our agricultural community. I support their efforts and am glad to see the full plan released today, which will provide much-needed relief in the short-term as we work towards a deal in the long-term.
More information from USDA is available at farmers.gov.
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.
Those who ran toward danger on 9/11 to save the thousands running to safety deserve better than partisan division in Washington. Reauthorizing this program gives these heroes certainty and security for the future.
Indian Affairs Committee Approves Spirit Lake Nation Legislation
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved legislation to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation. Senator Hoeven and I introduced this legislation in the Senate, and Representative Armstrong introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.
I applaud Chairman Hoeven for moving this legislation quickly, and I thank the Indian Affairs Committee members for supporting it. Our bill honors the tribe’s request and respects their right to sovereignty. I now urge the full Senate to consider it and my colleagues to vote for it.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper Confirmed
The Senate confirmed Mark Esper to serve as the next Secretary of Defense by a vote of 90-8. We expedited his nomination process because filling this post is vital to national security. I look forward to working with him on our shared priorities of nuclear modernization, Space Force, and the unique capabilities of North Dakota’s military community.
Public Comment on HOS Regulations
The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on revising agricultural commodity or livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations:
This is a good next step, and I applaud DOT and USDA leadership for taking it. HOS reform is a top priority for our agricultural community. I encourage stakeholders in North Dakota and across the country to offer comments and look forward to working with the Administration to craft a final rule that works for North Dakota.
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