Every August, Congress goes out of session and representatives head back to their respective districts.

While people in Washington, D.C. call this time period “August recess,” for me and my staff, it was anything but a recess. While I was home, we drove thousands of miles all over Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District for the chance to hear about the issues that matter most to everyone at home.

From meeting with our farmers at Farmfest to hosting a town hall, many productive conversations were had, and I appreciate the feedback.

Now that I am in Washington, D.C. for the next three weeks for votes, I will keep the priorities and concerns I heard in mind as I bring forward real solutions to help our communities.

If there is something you think I should be doing, then please contact my office.

Pass the USMCA now

During my many meetings at home, one of the top requests I heard from farmers, workers and business owners alike was that Congress must pass the USMCA trade deal now.

Minnesota’s farmers and workers are some of the hardest working people in the world, but unfortunately, no matter how hard they work, unfair trade deals have left them at a competitive disadvantage.

Fortunately, the President has put the American worker first and negotiated a trade deal with Mexico and Canada that would eliminate unfair trade deals and practices that have long hindered U.S. companies' access to Canadian and Mexican markets. In short, this 21st century trade deal will deliver a win for our farmers and workers.

While members of both parties can agree that strong trade relationships are vital to the success of this nation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused for months now to bring this deal to the House floor for a vote. Now that we are back in session, I promise to continue to put pressure on Speaker Pelosi until she finally brings this important trade deal to the House floor.