Honoring the Service of Senator Mark Andrews
Senator Hoeven and I delivered remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday honoring the life and service of former Senator Mark Andrews, who recently passed away. Kris and I were grateful for the counsel he and Mary gave us during my first year in the Senate. He served North Dakota well and will be greatly missed.
From growing up just 20 miles south of his farm near Mapleton, to working on his reelection campaign after college, to seeking his guidance in serving in the House and Senate, Mark Andrews was always a larger-than-life figure to me.
Senate to Vote Today on Judge Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination
On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Today, the full Senate will vote to confirm her. I am grateful she and her family answered the call to serve. I will vote to confirm her tonight, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.
On Saturday I delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining my support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination. During my speech I highlighted her views on federalism and the role of states in a cooperative federalist system.
“The states came together to form the federal government, not the other way around. I am grateful for the answers she gave me on the role of states in a cooperative federalist system like ours.”
Senate Democrats Block Multiple COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Democrats Block More PPP Funds for Small Businesses and Workers
On Tuesday Senate Democrats voted against the Continuing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Act, a bill to provide additional assistance to small businesses struggling to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Last month, Senate Democrats blocked a COVID-19 relief package. Two weeks ago, they told us to not consider a Supreme Court nominee because we should work on a relief package. Last Monday, they tried to adjourn the Senate to prevent us from considering a relief package. Their purely political antics make about as much sense as their vote against more Paycheck Protection Program funds for small businesses and workers in need. These are the actions of people who care more about their own jobs than they do about Americans losing theirs.
Democrats Block Targeted Relief for Americans in Need
On Wednesday, Senate Democrats also blocked the "Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act," a targeted relief package with bipartisan ideas to provide relief for the American people. Whenever Republicans have offered a lifeline to the American people, Senate Democrats have stood in the way. Because of them, we do not have more money for schools, small businesses, unemployment insurance, or to combat the virus that caused this mess. Democrats might think the American people should get nothing simply because they aren't getting everything on their liberal wish list, but that is wrong. Our constituents deserve better.
Condemning Speaker Pelosi for Using the 25th Amendment to Attack President Trump
Earlier this month, as President Trump was recovering from COVID-19, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to unveil legislation which would allow Congress to oust a sitting president using the 25th Amendment. On Monday I joined Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in introducing a Senate resolution condemning Speaker Pelosi's weaponization of the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to attack President Trump.
Shame on Speaker Pelosi for this third-rate stunt. Grossly politicizing the 25th Amendment is the latest in her efforts to unseat a duly-elected president and undermine President Trump just because she cannot accept he won in 2016 and could win again. Speaker Pelosi seems more interested in placating her radical fringe members so she can keep her job rather than delivering real results for the American people.
Welcoming Nuclear Power Purchase Agreement between U.S. and Poland
On Monday U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski signed the first Intergovernmental Agreement to cooperate on the development of Poland's civil nuclear power program.
Poland is an important ally for the United States. Helping it achieve energy security strengthens our partnership, brings further peace to the region, and increases American exports of this reliable and clean source of energy. Congratulations to President Trump on fulfilling his promise to Poland and to Secretary Brouillette for securing this agreement. It will benefit both countries for decades to come.
Grants for North Dakota
Nearly $69 Million to ND Electric Co-Ops
The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the following two loans totaling $68,997,000:
- $45,000,000 to Cass County Electric Cooperative to connect 8,358 consumers, and build and improve 785 miles of line;
- and $23,997,000 to Central Power Electric Cooperative for transmission system improvements.
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