Issues

Agriculture

Agriculture remains the top industry in North Dakota, with our state leading the nation in the production of a variety of commodities, including flaxseed, canola, durum wheat, spring wheat and dry edible beans. Our farmers and ranchers do a tremendous job providing us with the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I worked to pass into law a strong, long-term farm bill for our producers and continue working to ensure the farm bill is implemented effectively and efficiently for our farmers and ranchers. I also continue working to help our producers to meet challenges, including flooded farmlands and rail shipment backlogs and read more...

Economy and the Budget 

One of the most important challenges we face as a nation is making the right kind of pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory reforms that will create good jobs and opportunities for all Americans. For too long, government has stood as an obstacle to business. By removing those obstacles and empowering the private sector to invest, innovate and create jobs, we will have a higher standard of living for our citizens. I will work hard to put policies in place that will build a positive business climate and spur job creation and growth read more...

Education

As governor of North Dakota and now as U.S. Senator, I have supported policies to ensure education accountability is coupled with adequate local flexibility. The federal government should empower schools, administrators, and teachers to create local strategies that prepare students to succeed in a global, high-tech economy; not mandate rigid, one-size-fits all regulations.

In order to prepare our students to compete, we need to ensure that our teachers have access to resources and professional development. The future of our nation and our ability to compete in a global economy will depend on solid science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, training, and research. I am a member of the Senate STEM Education Caucus and the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus and I sponsored the Innovate America Act, which would increase the number of STEM schools and read more...

Energy

In North Dakota, energy is a key industry and a vital sector in our increasingly more diversified economy. It is also a key industry for the nation. That’s because every other industry – and every American household – relies on dependable, affordable energy. Energy is not only heating and cooling our homes, powering our businesses and fueling our transportation systems, it's also powering our economy.

North Dakota stands as an example of what we can accomplish when we take a comprehensive approach to energy development and build a healthy business climate, like we did a decade ago with EmPower ND, our state’s first, comprehensive energy plan. Those efforts to create a pro-business legal, tax and regulatory environment have produced tremendous benefits, raising our standard of living, keeping unemployment low and generating a budget surplus for the future. I am pushing to implement these same policies nationally by introducing a comprehensive plan for federal energy development that lets states lead the way in developing all of their energy resources and read more...

Health Care

Our country needs comprehensive health care reform, but it needs to be done in the right way. While the President’s health care law promised to lower costs and increase availability of quality health insurance to Americans, unfortunately it has failed to accomplish these goals.  Since the implementation, these policies have raised overall health care costs, imposed unprecedented coverage requirements on individuals and businesses, and created new taxes and penalties.  This law has already begun to erode the private health care marketplace, making it increasingly difficult for the read more...

National Security

From the persistent threat of terrorism to the proliferation of nuclear weapons to military aggression in Eastern Europe, the U.S. faces no shortage of national security concerns across the globe.  We have to meet these challenges head-on, and that means marshaling all elements of our read more...

Public Safety and Quality of Life

North Dakota is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live. Numerous publications and agencies have ranked our state high in categories ranging from happiness and well-being, to business and careers. Personal income growth is higher in North Dakota than it is anywhere else in the country and almost three times the national average. We continue working to do all we can to maintain the high quality of life we expect in North Dakota. That means not only providing infrastructure to meet our needs, but also ensuring we have the resources necessary to read more...

Transportation

North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the nation. To maintain the high quality of life we expect in our state, I am working to ensure that we invest in transportation infrastructure and improvements to move people and products safely and efficiently in our communities. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I continue to work to improve and expand roads, bridges, airports and rail systems in North Dakota. Last spring, I hosted the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary in North Dakota to show him firsthand our state’s growth and to read more...

Veterans and Military

The cornerstone of U.S. security and the foundation for a peaceful future is a strong U.S. military.  We can never take for granted the sacrifices of our servicemen and women, and we must provide them with the best equipment, facilities, and support possible so they can continue to defend our freedom.  Through my position on the Appropriations Committee, I work to ensure our military is getting the support it needs to meet today’s security threats while modernizing the force for the read more...

Water Infrastructure

North Dakota has abundant water resources.  If they are carefully managed, these resources will provide tremendous economic and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Well-constructed, well-managed flood protection infrastructure can protect the lives, livelihoods and property of North Dakotans across our state.  From my position on the Energy and Water Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, I am working to restore, improve and build up our state’s water infrastructure.  In addition to the maintenance and read more...

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Washington D.C.
338 Russell Senate Office Bldg.
Washington DC, 20510
Phone: 202-224-2551
Fax: 202-224-7999
Bismarck, ND
US Federal Building
220 East Rosser Avenue
Room 312
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-250-4618
Fax: 701-250-4484
Fargo, ND
1802 32nd Avenue South
Room B
Fargo, ND 58103
Phone: 701-239-5389
Fax: 701-239-5112
Grand Forks, ND
Federal Building
102 North Fourth Street
Room 108
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: 701-746-8972
Minot, ND
100 1st Street SW
Suite 107
Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-838-1361
Fax: 701-838-1381
Western North Dakota
Williston, ND
Phone: 701-580-4535