Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
A barley field outside Rolla, N.D., just below the Canadian border, is as far from Mexico as it gets in this country. But don't let that distance fool you. Disrupting trade with Mexico has consequences as far away as that barley field—especially when agricultural exports alone support 27,000 good-paying jobs in North Dakota, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
CLEVELAND, N.D. Brushing aside cattails and wading into a wetland last week, I thought about how Congress would work better if members got out in the field more. In this case, it was farmer Denny Ova's field. He and his family grow wheat and corn near Cleveland, including on acres enrolled in a Delta Waterfowl pilot project I wanted to learn about up close. The program gives farmers incentives not to drain wetlands, protecting duck habitat while still allowing producers to farm their land.
WASHINGTON North Dakotans shouldn’t need to create community-wide Facebook groups to sort through stacks of mail that end up at the wrong address. But that’s exactly what folks in a south Fargo neighborhood had to do last year to get their mail — anything from bills to employment forms, tax returns to medication.
WASHINGTON -- When more than 50 ranchers take time out of a busy day to talk about high-frequency trading, you know you’ve got a problem in the cattle markets.
WASHINGTON — Last week as I walked around Havana, Cuba, as part of the president’s historic trip to the country — the first by a sitting U.S. president in almost 90 years — I kept running into Cubans who had met North Dakotans before. It was incredibly telling.
WASHINGTON — When people think of startups, often New York and Silicon Valley are the only places that come to mind. But the fact is that we’re breeding a strong,...
WASHINGTON — When I think about the courageous character of North Dakotans, I think about Beth from Bismarck. About a year into her marriage, her husband became sick with hereditary pancreatitis and died in 2012. That same year, her 9-year old daughter and 12 year-old son — both needed transplants for the same condition, and have suffered from complications ever since.
WASHINGTON -- On a brisk November morning in our nation’s capital, I joined a group of young North Dakota students from Bismarck High School as they made their way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to pay their respects to the fallen servicemembers who never made it home from Vietnam. The men who served in that war, many of whom did not receive the welcome home they deserved so many years ago, were in the minds of these young students as they walked past this solemn memorial of black marble.
WASHINGTON -- On Veterans Day, we honor our state’s proud veterans and thank them for their service.
I’m supporting the deal negotiated between the U.S., Iran, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia to halt Iran’s nuclear program. The decisions Congress makes relating to our military and our relationships with other countries are some of the most important ones we make as U.S. senators. Earlier this year, I helped introduce legislation — which Congress passed — to make sure Congress votes on this deal. Over the past few months, I’ve participated in dozens of meetings, briefings and congressional hearings on the agreement.