Congress is empowered as the legislative branch of the federal government by Article I of the U.S. Constitution. Congress is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congressman Kelly Armstrong serves in the House.

The legislative branch is co-equal by design of the Constitution with the executive branch and the judicial branch of government.

Section 8 of Article I lays out the powers of Congress as it relates to the federal government, including establishing Post Offices, regulating Commerce, provide for the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, collect taxes and, one of the more famous clauses, “[to] provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”

More on Congress

January 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong honored the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team this week for winning its eighth NCAA Division I FCS National Championship in nine years.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced today that he will be hosting town hall meetings in Devils Lake, Minot, Beulah, and Mapleton. The town hall meetings are an opportunity for North Dakotans to hear directly from Armstrong and ask questions.

July 23, 2019 Media Resources

Note: This op-ed from Congressman Armstrong ran in newspaper outlets throughout North Dakota between April 20 and April 26.

By Congressman Kelly Armstrong

April 13 marked my 100th day as North Dakota’s congressman. This milestone offers an opportunity to look back at what has been accomplished so far for North Dakota and the American people.

July 23, 2019 Media Resources

WASHINGTON - More than 600 business and agricultural leaders from all 50 states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico called on their representatives today to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Three organizations from North Dakota are among the signatories of the letter to Congress: The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, the Greater North Dakota Chamber and The Chamber - Grand Forks/East Grand Forks.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong led a delegation of members of Congress to visit North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields Monday. Members toured multiple operations, from drilling to gas production in Watford City, and learned about how technology has transformed the oil and gas industry. The trip was organized as part of Armstrong’s role as a member of the House Energy Action Team, or HEAT, which is a group of conservative lawmakers who support the development, deployment, and efficient use of all-of-the-above energy resources.

July 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The North Dakota Congressional delegation issued the following statement on North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests:

“We support the Attorney General because the Army Corps allowed the protest on its land, and our state was forced to pay for law enforcement and public safety costs.”


July 17, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program today to discuss the week's votes in the House of Representatives, the fate of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and more. Watch his appearance below:

July 15, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. House will be voting on a bill later today, July 12, that would cover the healthcare costs for first responders of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

This bill came into the public eye last month after emotional testimony in front of a congressional committee from comedian Jon Stewart. Stewart referenced the fact that many members of the committee missed the testimony. That includes North Dakota's congressman Kelly Armstrong. Armstrong said he was there for the first hour, but stepped out due to a scheduling conflict.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The North Dakota Congressional delegation introduced legislation today to change the name of “Sullys Hill,” a National Game Preserve administered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) within the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation, to “White Horse Hill,” its traditional Dakota name.

The federal government named this preserve in 1931 after General Alfred Sully, who killed hundreds of Native Americans, including ancestors of the Spirit Lake Nation. Because the name change came through an act of Congress, it takes another act of Congress to restore its rightful name.

July 10, 2019 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong's staff will host a mobile office hour in Wahpeton, North Dakota, on Tuesday, July 16.

The mobile office hour is an opportunity for North Dakotans to bring any concerns or questions about constituent services directly to Armstrong's staff. Armstrong recently announced that his office is accepting applications for nomination to U.S. service academies and his office can also help resolve problems or answer questions with various federal agencies, such as the Department of Agriculture or the Department of Veterans Affairs.