SEN. TINA SMITH

Democrats Pass Massive Economic Bill Along Party Lines in U.S. Senate, Heads To House Next

WASHINGTON (AP/KVRR) – The estimated $740 billion economic package from Democrats is nowhere near what President Joe Biden first envisioned with his effort to rebuild America’s public infrastructure and family support systems. The Senate has approved the slimmer but still substantial compromise package 51-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. It heads next to the House. It’s…

Senate negotiators announce a deal on guns, breaking logjam

WASHINGTON (AP/KVRR) – Senate bargainers have announced a bipartisan framework responding to last month’s mass shootings in New York and Texas. It’s a noteworthy though limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs. The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even…

$31 Billion Included For Indigenous Americans In COVID Relief Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The $1.9 trillion COVID relief package passed by Congress this week contains an historic amount of funding for Indigenous Americans. The American Rescue Plan, signed by President Biden into law Thursday, includes $31 billion to help tribal communities recover from the pandemic. It’s the largest single infusion of resources to tribal communities in U.S. history. Senator Tina…

ND & MN Senators React To The Return of Tom Vilsack as Ag Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack was confirmed by the Senate this week as the next Agriculture Secretary, a job he held previously for 8 years. Minnesota and North Dakota lawmakers were asked about what’s in store for agriculture under the Biden administration. In a 92-7 vote Tuesday, Vilsack was confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture….

Smith, Hoeven discuss Biden’s choice to lead USDA

WASHINGTON (KVRR) – During his confirmation hearing Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack addressed climate change, food insecurity and economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vilsack is one step closer to leading USDA, a role he held for eight years during the Obama Administration. “I’m back again. I also realize this is a different time and I am…

Dispute Over USDA Relief Payments Between North & South

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A nonpartisan report from the US Government Accountability Office reveals that Southern states have been receiving more in payouts from the USDA Market Facilitation Program than other regions. Farmers in states like Minnesota and North Dakota received on average between $29,000 and $36,000 in payouts from the program. In states like Georgia and Arizona, those payouts ranged…

U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Advances Through More Senate Committees

Sen. John Hoeven says USMCA will provide much needed certainty for our agriculture, energy and other industries

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Our local congressional delegations are praising the advancement of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the trade deal. It has also been approved by the Finance, Energy and Public Works and Budget committees. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Commerce and the Foreign Relations committees still have to weigh in before going to the full…

Collins and Smith Propose Bill to Combat Lyme and Other Tick Diseases

The proposal would develop a national strategy about the diseases.

BANGOR, Maine–A U.S. Senate committee is advancing a proposal from Sen. Susan Collins to improve research about Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Collins, a Republican, introduced the proposal with Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith. It’s also designed to beef up prevention, diagnostics and treatment for tick-borne diseases, and it’s headed to the full Senate next. The proposal’s named the…

Sen. Tina Smith Introduces Bill to Create a Clean Energy Standard

Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan want to establish a federal Clean Energy Standard

WASHINGTON–A Minnesota Senator has teamed up with a Congressman from New Mexico on a bill to achieve net–zero emissions in the electric sector. Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan want to establish a federal Clean Energy Standard. They say it would put the nation on course by mid-century to fight climate change. The Democrats say the science is…