Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota


Thousands of workers and retirees across the country did everything right. They worked hard for years, if not decades, to support their families and they saved for retirement by putting money into their pensions. But now, through no fault of their own, the pensions they earned could go away. That isn’t right or fair. After the 5th hearing of the 16-person bipartisan congressional committee tasked with solving the multiemployer pension crisis, we went live on Facebook to hear stories from workers and retirees about how they're impacted by the crisis and how devastating it would be for them to lose their pensions. We also heard from senators and members of Congress about the need to address this crisis. After hearing these stories, how can Congress not be moved to act? We can’t be a country where workers and retirees are left behind.

U.S. Senator Heitkamp gave a speech on the U.S. Senate Floor on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 about her bipartisan bill to provide needed relief for community banks and credit unions so they can support consumers in rural America, while strengthening consumer protections. The bill is currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.
On the floor of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp leads her colleagues to call on Congress to do their job and vote on judicial nominees that are critical to the functionality of the judicial branch on September 7, 2016.
On July 14, 2016, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke at U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business hearing about a forward looking approach to support small business development, including her bills that would invest in startups in rural communities between New York and Silicon Valley and improving ability of the U.S. Small Business Administration to support startups in the 21st Century.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp questioned economic experts at a U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on the impact of China’s economy on the U.S. on July 14, 2016.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp urged her colleagues to support the Roberts-Stabenow compromise bill that would create a nationwide label for agricultural products, including those made with genetically modified ingredients, on the floor of the U.S. Senate on July 7, 2016.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the top Democrat on the U.S. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, helps lead a hearing on regulatory guidance on June 30, 2016.
On the one year anniversary since Congress let the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank lapse, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to call for action to approve a nominee critical to the function of the Bank on June 29, 2016.
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp discussed solutions to address the unique challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs, and the need for her bill that would help provide access to early stage funding, during a U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing on July 29, 2016.