In December 2014, the U.S. made a stunning announcement: after more than 50 years of isolation, we would pursue a more normal relationship with Cuba. This decision was based on the logic that engagement is a better way for the United States to pursue, protect and represent our interests and values.
By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp It's been quite a year. People often ask me what it's like serving in the U.S. Senate, as Congress has become so partisan and filled with gridlock. I'm quick to remind them that far too often in Congress, extreme views on the right and left get all the attention. But there are those in the middle, who work across the aisle to negotiate, compromise and reach results. I'm proud to be one of those senators. That's how I've always worked. It isn't flashy, but it's how to get the job done for our state and it's what North Dakotans rightfully expect.
By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp These days, Congress is far too often a place of partisanship and grandstanding. It's apparent with the hastily written tax reform bill that is being pushed through Congress which would explode our country's debt. But during my time in the U.S. Senate, I've found that if I seek out Republicans and Democrats who really want to work together to find solutions, we can reach results that support North Dakota and the country.
By Heidi Heitkamp Earlier this month from the floor of the U.S. Senate, I looked up at a family who had experienced one of the most heartbreaking losses I could ever imagine as a mother — but whose tragedy had long been ignored by the chamber I was standing in.
WASHINGTON — Last week from the floor of the U.S. Senate, I looked up at a family who had experienced one of the most heartbreaking losses I could ever imagine as a mother — but whose tragedy had long been ignored by the chamber I was standing in. They were there that day to hear me tell the story of Lakota. A shy and reserved young woman, Lakota had been forced into sex trafficking, and found brutally beaten, raped, and killed — hundreds of miles and several states away from the family that loved her.
WASHINGTON — North Korea poses the most urgent national security threat currently facing the United States, and we need a tough, smart national security strategy to keep North Dakotans and Americans safe. This isn't a situation to take lightly. Despite sanctions and decades of condemnation from nations around the world, North Korea has made alarming progress on missile and nuclear weapon technology, and its rhetoric has become increasingly belligerent against the United States.
Far too often in Congress, politics dictates legislation, and it needs to stop.
MANDAN, N.D. — Independence Day brings back some of my favorite childhood memories, and that's the case for so many folks across North Dakota. For some, the yearly tradition was a parade down Main Street or a rodeo that brought friends and loved ones together from across the state. Others grew up celebrating with a boat parade at the lake or at a backyard barbeque with neighbors, gathering around a fire to make s'mores.
When North Dakota is blessed with natural resources like oil, gas, coal and wind, the last thing we want to do is waste them. That's why I voted against overturning a federal rule that will help limit methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on public or tribal land—resources that belong to American taxpayers and tribes.
GRAND FORKS — In our day-to-day lives, we don't think much about organ transplants, beyond perhaps checking the donor box on our driver's license at the DMV every few years. Until something hits us personally, life-or-death issues such as organ donation aren't at the top of our minds. But Gail Hand, who manages my Grand Forks office, knows that can change overnight — especially when you learn that someone you love needs a transplant to survive.