By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Senator. POW. Veteran. Public servant. Patriot. Truth teller. Maverick. Advocate. Statesman. Grateful son. Devoted husband. Loving father. Friend. Hero. It's difficult to describe U.S. Sen. John McCain in a few words. He was a force of nature. Both in life and death, his legacy looms very large in the U.S. Senate, around our country, and across the world.
By Sen. Heidi Heitkamp North Dakotans know a thing or two about energy booms. We know what a true all-of-the-above energy strategy means because we live it. And we have felt the economic rewards that energy development has brought to our state.
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.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, women used to come up to me and whisper in hushed solidarity: “I’m a survivor.” Soon, we took breast cancer out of the shadows, put on pink ribbons, and raised a national campaign to beat it.