The Next Secretary of Defense
The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the nomination of Mark Esper to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense out of committee. Mr. Esper has excellent credentials, readiness to serve, and a commitment to North Dakota’s military priorities. Next, his nomination will come to the Senate floor.
Earlier in the week, Mr. Esper met with me in my office and came before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nomination hearing. There, I asked him questions about the nuclear triad and the Space Force. You can watch our exchange below.
Returning Jurisdiction to Spirit Lake
The entire North Dakota Congressional delegation introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation.
Right now Spirit Lake effectively holds jurisdiction in law enforcement matters involving their tribal members. This bill changes the law to match that reality and honors the tribe’s request.
Standing Against Washington State's Bakken Oil Ban
Senator John Hoeven, Representative Kelly Armstrong and I support Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation to overturn Washington State’s law imposing oil restrictions.
We stand with our state in their efforts to overturn this law. Washington’s law lacks scientific basis and represents a de-facto ban on Bakken crude oil. We urge the Department of Transportation to hear North Dakota’s petition and to act quickly.
North Dakota and Economic Mobility
Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy held a hearing entitled “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” I discussed the uniqueness of North Dakota’s economy and the importance of aligning policies with available economic opportunities.
According to a recent study, North Dakota leads in economic mobility in the United States. Effective economic policies will pave the way to further the American dream.
I grew up in a home with a father who quit high school because he could make so much money as a rural electric lineman. Those are my roots. I come from a place where an MBA is not nearly as valuable as a CDL. Watch my full remarks below.
Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and I wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge his Brazilian and Paraguayan counterparts to acknowledge the devastation of Hezbollah’s presence in their home countries. The letter comes during Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Argentina this weekend to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building, a Jewish community center, by Hezbollah operatives.
Brazil and Paraguay should not only label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but they should also establish a public registry to track and blacklist terror financing entities. Combatting Hezbollah’s presence makes the world safer and allows these nations to look back on this tragedy and realize they are working to ensure a similar attack never happens again.
You can read our letter on the right.
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