Working Hard for North Dakota: August 2016 in Review

This past month I traveled across North Dakota to meet with local leaders, advocates, professionals, and community members to talk about the issues that matter to them most. Together, we worked toward solutions to some of our state’s top challenges — from promoting better housing opportunity in Indian Country, to implementing an all-hands-on-deck approach to our state’s opioid addiction and abuse crisis, to mapping out with farmers and producers in the field ways we can strengthen the Farm Bill in 2018.

Keep scrolling for highlights from this month, and follow the links to learn more about the many different issues I worked to address in North Dakota this August. I look forward to bringing what I discussed with folks across the state back go Washington, D.C. this fall to make sure the voices of rural America resonate in the halls of Congress.

Spoke at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) first Great Plains regional Indian housing conference with HUD Secretary Julián Castro in Bismarck about long-term solutions to boost housing opportunities on tribal lands.
Kicked off opioid abuse listening tour with community leaders, health professionals, and advocates in Grand Forks.
Brought together veterans, local VA officials, and health care providers to discuss fixes I proposed to the Veterans Choice program in Grand Forks (left), and continued my discussions on opioid abuse with leaders, law enforcement and community advocates in Fargo (right).
Full house at my opioid abuse discussion in Fargo (left) and Jamestown (right).
Brought U.S. Consumer Finance and Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray to North Dakota to meet with North Dakota banks and credit unions (left) and ran into an old friend at the Bismarck Mail Processing Center (right).
Brought U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Bismarck for her first-ever visit to North Dakota to see firsthand North Dakota’s mail challenges and to discuss solutions to chronic statewide service issues.
Held roundtable discussion with North Dakota businesses and organizations who rely on the U.S. Postal Service with the Postmaster General (left), spoke at an opioid symposium in Bismarck on need to address our state’s addiction and abuse epidemic (middle), and toured Parksite’s Fargo location (right).
Spoke with folks in Grand Forks about how the Small Businesses Innovation Research program can support local startups and small businesses and Grand Forks (left), and held press conference in Fargo with workers and retirees who are unfairly facing severe cuts to their hard-earned pensions (middle & right).
Nearly 100 workers and retirees joined for press conference calling on Congress to take action and protect North Dakota workers’ and retirees’ pensions (left) and helped celebrate North Dakota’s first national VA Veterans Cemetery (right).
Toured the new Dickinson Safety Center to see firsthand the innovative improvements that are helping keep folks safe in their homes and communities.
Spoke with folks from the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota about supporting the unique needs of rural banking (left) and hosted first U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing focused on addressing impacts of childhood trauma in Indian Country in Bismarck (right).
First-ever U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing specifically aimed to address impacts of trauma brought together local advocates, health care professionals, and tribal leaders in Bismarck.
During a two-day Farm Bill tour, I visited a wetland near Cleveland to discuss the Delta Waterfowl pilot project and conservation compliance (left & middle), and discussed my commitment to protecting crop insurance with folks at the North Dakota Farmers Union (right).
Discussed the need to continue to support agriculture research in the 2018 Farm Bill with folks at the Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan.
In addition to visiting with folks at Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan (left), I also discussed how to strengthen export programs with Central Valley Bean Co-op workers in Buxton and toured the facility (middle & right).
Wrapped up my two-day Farm Bill tour in a meeting with young farmers and sugar growers near Chaffee where I reinforced my commitment to fighting for maintaining a strong sugar program in the 2018 Farm Bill.