Economy

Congressman Armstrong believes that the best way to boost the economy is to ensure that the federal government stays out of the way. A limited government unleashes the true potential of the American economy. We have especially seen this in the last few years, where businesses have thrived, more jobs have been created, unemployment is near record lows and wages have been rising.

North Dakota’s economy is based on agriculture and energy. North Dakota is proud to grow the world’s food and produce the world’s energy.

Congressman Armstrong’s priority is to help farmers, ranchers, small businesses and workers reach their greatest potential by making sure the federal government is not stopping them from achieving their goals.

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December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kelly Armstrong released the following statement following his vote in favor of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430):

December 13, 2019 In The News

Historic rainfall. Early snow and sub-zero temperatures. Trade wars.

What more could have gone wrong for the region’s farmers in 2019?

But now comes a bit of good news with forward movement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the trade deal expected to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico ratified the USMCA this past summer, and now – as both U.S. political parties come into agreement – the deal is likely to be formalized.

December 13, 2019 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Trump to approve the State of North Dakota’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. In a letter to the Administration, the delegation wrote in support of the state’s request for a presidential declaration, which would make assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

December 13, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON - Congressman Kelly Armstrong joined the "Inside Agriculture" podcast with Erick Johnson to discuss USMCA and the latest news out of Washington. Listen to their discussion below:

December 11, 2019 In The News

The stage has been set, finally, for a deal on a new North American trade agreement, which has been stalled amid both partisan rancor and concerns about various provisions ranging from labor standards to a 10-year protection for biologic drugs that might have kept prices high.

The U.S. House of Representatives has agreed to bring the USMCA trade deal to a vote in its chamber after nearly a year of negotiations. The measure is widely expected to pass, after which it will head to the Senate for its consideration.

December 11, 2019 In The News

BISMARCK, N.D. - House Democrats announced a modified U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement Tuesday morning.

House Democrats and the Trump administration have been working on the agreement for more than a year.

New provisions outlined in the agreement, benefits North Dakota's oil and agriculture industries.

A new agreement that made key changes to a 1994 deal.

"There is no question that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

September 13, 2019 In The News

While talks of impeaching President Donald Trump continue to swirl nationwide, North Dakota Representative Kelly Armstrong sees the movement as a waste of time.

“We have an election coming up in two years,” he said. “If they don’t want Donald Trump to be president they should go beat Donald Trump.”

September 6, 2019 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong held a roundtable discussion today with key agriculture stakeholders on the United States’ proposed trade deal with Mexico and Canada, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

Joined by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and two dozen farmers and stakeholders on the North Dakota State University campus, Armstrong stressed that finalizing this trade agreement is one of his top priorities this fall – if Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow it to come up for a vote. 

August 8, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Congressmen Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio), this week led a bicameral letter urging the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to preempt the recently-passed Washington State crude-by-rail law, which requires crude oil unloaded in the state to meet a 9 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), starting in 2020, and will effectively block the Pacific Northwest as a destination for Bakken crude oil.

July 30, 2019 In The News

GRAND FORKS - Though the United States has not yet ratified the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, its proponents are confident it will.

The U.S. reached agreement with Mexico and Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in November. Mexico ratified the USMCA in June, and it appears Canada is making progress toward that, as well.

However, in the U.S., Republicans and Democrats continue to debate parts of the agreement and Congress recessed Sunday, July 28, without taking action.