My Experience on January 6 in the United States Capitol
The United States of America is the greatest country the world has ever known, but we did not live up to that standard on January 6th, when the Capitol was stormed by violent rioters. Thankfully, our nation is better than its worst moments, and we were able to accomplish our constitutionally required duties later that evening. In case you missed it, I shared a few thoughts and memories on my experience in the Capitol that day.
Earlier that week, I had announced how I would vote on the Electoral College count. You can watch my statement below.
While I don't believe Congress overturning certified Electoral College votes is constitutional, Congress can and should play a role in providing clarity to our constituents and restoring their trust in our elections. That's why I joined Senators Tim Scott and John Hoeven in introducing a bill to establish a Bipartisan Advisory Committee charged with examining the integrity of the 2020 November election and making recommendations for improving the security, integrity, and administration of federal elections.
New PPP Loans Now Available for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) began to accept new applications on Monday. Congress authorized a second round of PPP loans in last month's relief package to help those struggling small businesses in our nation who need a lifeline. We also made commonsense fixes to the program like adding deductibility for expenses, simplified forgiveness, and an expansion to ensure faith-based organizations are eligible.
Interested borrowers should visit the Small Business Administration (SBA) website and visit with their lenders to learn more.
I also joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) in sending a letter urging the SBA to prevent Planned Parenthood affiliates from receiving illegal loans through PPP, as they did last year.
Administration Proposes to Sunset Wind PTC in Rescissions List Sent to Congress
After a request from me and Senator John Hoeven, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urged Congress to eliminate the one-year extension of the production tax credit (PTC). This was included in a list of proposals sent to Congress urging them to vote to eliminate certain provisions of the year-end spending package passed in December.
Senator John Hoeven and I worked with the Trump Administration to include the Wind PTC in the list and urged Congress to consider the proposal.
“We have been working hard to finally get the wind production tax credit to expire, but its extension was once again slipped into must-pass legislation in December. We appreciate the Administration recognizing it’s time for this credit to end and urge our colleagues to join our efforts and support this recommendation.”
45Q Carbon Capture Tax Credit Regulations Finalized by Administration
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service finalized the section 45Q carbon capture utilization and storage tax credit, an issue I've been working on with North Dakotans to get over the finish line.
With the Administration's long-awaited guidance finalized, investors can now take advantage of this credit with confidence and clarity.
Interior Signs Record of Decision for ENDAWS
Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kelly Armstrong, and I announced the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project.
This is the final step of the federal environmental review process and provides the required authorization for the state to construct the project's infrastructure and facilities. I appreciate BOR sticking to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's commitment to get this completed in a timely manner.
NDDOT to Receive $62 Million through COVID-19 Relief Package
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will receive more than $62 million through the $10 billion authorized by the COVID-19 relief package for highway projects. The funding is allocated through a formula, ensuring smaller population states with higher transportation activities receive the funding they need. I worked with my colleagues to ensure transportation funding was included in this relief package and used this formula.
Congress Passes Legislation to Curb Surprise Medical Billing
As part of December's year-end spending bill, Congress passed legislation mirroring the STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act. This bipartisan legislation I cosponsored curbs surprise medical billing, a convoluted process that leaves patients confused and financially hamstrung. I am grateful we took action to protect patients and increase transparency in the health care industry.
Congress Authorizes Additional Rental Assistance for Struggling Families
Congress passed $25 billion for rental assistance to help struggling families keep a roof over their heads during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be used by states and local governments to assist constituents in paying for rent, overdue payments, and utilities and home energy costs. The moratorium on evictions was also extended until January 31. It had been set to expire at the end of 2020 until the extension was included in the year-end relief package.
VA Selects Fargo for Fisher House
The Fargo VA was selected for priority construction by the Fisher House Foundation earlier this month. A Fisher House in Fargo means the dedicated caretakers and loved ones of North Dakota's veterans can receive free housing when these veterans are receiving care at the Fargo VA Medical Center, making it easier for those who live further away to have a loved one by their side during treatment. The health care workers at Fargo's VA do excellent work, and I look forward to working with our state and federal partners to ensure this gets built as quickly as possible.
New In-State Office in Williston
I have opened a new office in Williston, my fifth in-state office.
The future is bright for Williston and the region. Our new office presents another opportunity for me and my staff to stay attuned to what is happening in western North Dakota and brings me closer to the people I serve.
Grants for North Dakota
CDC Awards $43.8 Million to NDDOH
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $43,863,056 to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDOH). The funds come through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will be used for a program entitled, "Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases."
$4 Million for North Dakota Water and Propane Repairs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Rural Development awarded four loans and grants totaling $4,007,468 to address water and propane needs throughout North Dakota.
$470k to Lutheran Social Services to Combat Elder Abuse, Exploitation
AmeriCorps awarded $467,906 to Lutheran Social Services North Dakota. The funds will be used to combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, opioid abuse/prevention, transportation services, intergenerational education, housing services and more.
$450k for Food Processing Research at NDSU
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $454,400 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to study food processing chemicals in raw cereal grains such as barley, wheat, and rye.
$380k for Environmental Research at NDSU
The National Science Foundation awarded two grants totaling $379,038 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for environmental research.
$220k for Animal Nutrition Research at NDSU
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded two grants totaling $220,000 for animal nutrition research projects at North Dakota State University (NDSU).
As recommended by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our in-state offices are taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our staff members are available by phone or email and are taking in-person meetings by appointment only.
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