Heidi Heitkamp

Heitkamp says she will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Oct 4, 2018

"I will not vote to confirm him."

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she waited until she had a chance to review the FBI report from its investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh before deciding how she would vote on his nomination to the Supreme Court. Heitkamp says as a former lawyer, prosecutor and North Dakota Attorney General, she knew she needed to see all the information before she made her final decision. She says any Senator who had made up their mind before reviewing the report did so prematurely.

Heitkamp continues work to save pensions

Apr 4, 2018
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Senator Heidi Heitkamp met with members of the Fargo Committee to Protect Seniors Rights, a local chapter of a nationwide group fighting to preserve pension funds.

About 2,000 North Dakotans and 400,000 pension fund participants nationally paid into a program called the Central States Pension Fund, which will no longer be solvent unless Congress intervenes. Many participants have been told their pensions will be reduced by half or even more. Dick Bye drove a UPS truck for 31 years, and says he relied on his pension for his retirement.

Heitkamp/McCain Reservation Amber Alert bill passes House

Mar 1, 2018

A bill introduced by Arizona Senator John McCain and North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is aimed at expanding the Amber Alert system to Native American Reservations.

Amy Sisk / Inside Energy

Coal state lawmakers want to make cleaning up coal more economically attractive. A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced Wednesday they are re-introducing a bill to expand tax credits for projects to capture carbon dioxide.

The coal industry faces a big problem in cleaning up emissions: cost. It’s often a barrier to moving clean coal technology out of the research stage and getting it to work on a commercial scale.

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said when it comes to working on the problems with the US Postal Service, Congress hasn’t done its job.

Heitkamp brought Postmaster General Megan Brennan to North Dakota, to hear first hand some of the concerns people have about the Postal Service. Heitkamp said Congress needs to allow the USPS to innovate – and find new ways to do business, as some of the traditional first class mail has gone away.

"We're seeing more e-mail, more e-bills, and fewer bank statements being sent out," Heitkamp said. "That has presented some real challenges."

Senator Heidi Heikamp says one of the largest issues facing rural North Dakota – AND rural America – is having available healthcare… Reporter Todd McDonald brings us this story...

Congress Nearing New Deadline

Dec 8, 2015

Members of Congress are up coming against their next deadline to keep federal operations going. Prairie Public Reporter Todd McDonald spoke with Senator Heidi Heitkamp about what has to happen before Friday’s deadline…

Strong and Safe Communities

Oct 15, 2015

A group of law enforcement, first responders, lawmakers and community leaders from across the state gathered in Fargo, Thursday, for the first ever Strong and Safe Communities Summit. The event was organized and moderated by U-S Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Answers Emerging On Train Derailment Response Plans

Jun 20, 2014

Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirkson says he is encouraged by the wide range of activity to increase the local ability to respond to emergencies like oil train derailments. Dirkson says the December derailment in Casselton raised a lot of questions in the public safety community…