U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Wednesday voted with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate to pass a funding bill that includes big wins for North Dakota water projects, energy jobs, military installations, and veterans. The legislation is a compromise bill reached between the Senate and House.
“Since arriving in the U.S. Senate, I’ve fought to support hardworking families in rural America by making sure their communities remain strong and safe—and this bill includes important funding that helps our towns receive the clean water they need, improves access to affordable health care for our rural veterans, and gives much-needed security to our state’s energy workers,” said Heitkamp. “This bipartisan bill would improve support for our state’s servicemembers by strengthening protection for the B-52s and ICBMs at Minot Air Force Base and providing funding to start a new National Guard training center in Fargo. And increased support in this bill for commonsense energy projects like carbon capture technology means that we’re one step closer to securing a long-term, viable future for good-paying North Dakota energy jobs. In this bill, we also pushed back against proposed cuts to the Army Corps’ budget, so that we can protect more homes and businesses in communities like Fargo-Moorhead from severe flooding events.”