Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN)

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Washington, DC 20515

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Positions on MPP Peace Agenda and give voting record, position papers, etc.

A. Resolve Conflicts through Diplomacy

  1. Promote stability in the Middle East by withdrawing all US military forces from the area, replacing US military aid with development aid and engaging diplomatically with all nations in the region.
  2. Rep. Nolan voted in favor of all U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The bill also states that the president needs specific new congressional authorization to leave any U.S. troops in Afghanistan past that date. – 6/13/13

  3. Implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran without additional sanctions, and restore diplomatic relations with Iran.
  4. Rep. Nolan announced that he would vote to support the Iran nuclear agreement. -08.23.15

    Rep. Nolan signed the Pastor/DeLauro letter to the President called for continued robust diplomacy with Iran. – 2/12/14

    I believe the Congress must give diplomacy (with Iran) a chance. In my view, a bill or resolution that risks fracturing our international coalition or, worse yet, undermining our credibility in future negotiations and jeopardizing hard-won progress toward a verifiable final agreement, must be avoided. – exerpt from letter to MPP’s CD8 Coordinator, John Pegg – 2/5/14

    Rep. Nolan signed on to a letter to President Obama calling for additional sanctions against Iran, prior to even the first meeting between Iran and the P5+1 to resolve our concerns with their Nuclear Program. – 10/07/13

    Rep Nolan signed on to the Dent-Price letter to President Obama calling Hassan Rouhani’s election a “major potential opportunity,” and urging Obama to seize the moment for new negotiations. He also cosponsored and voted for H.R. 850, entitled the “Nuclear Iran Prevention Act,” which seeks to impose additional sanctions on U.S. allies for their ongoing trade with Iran. NIAC and others including the Obama administration have serious concerns that the bill would undermine rather than advance U.S. and international efforts to ensure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons and would make war more, not less, likely. – July 2013

  5. Support resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict through determined, balanced and multilateral diplomacy.
  6. Rep. Nolan joined 80 other House members in voting against H.Res 11 which criticized the Administration for abstaining from a UN Resolution condemning Israeli building of settlements in the West Bank. – January 2017

    However, what I found concerning was the Prime Minister’s dismissal of a diplomatic agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear threat without knowing the terms of the agreement currently being negotiated and without presenting a useful and viable alternative going forward. – Monday Report e-letter 3/09/15

    During the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestine last year Congressman Nolan talked about his support of a two-state solution:

    Last week, I took to the House Floor calling for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians of Gaza. As I noted in my speech, we must put an end to this escalating humanitarian crisis, and the mounting casualties on each side of the conflict.

    Having lived, done business, and studied the language and culture in the Middle East, I believe that a two-state solution is the answer. I’m hopeful that Secretary of State Kerry’s efforts with Israeli, Palestinian, and other Arab leaders will bring about an immediate ceasefire, as well as a resumption of negotiations, so that Israel and Palestine may live side-by-side in peace.

    We must return to the path of fulfilling the legitimate aspirations of independence for the Palestinians, while with the greatest certainty ensuring the safety and survival of Israel as a secure and democratic state. I commend President Obama’s and Secretary Kerry’s bold efforts to bring about a cease fire, stop the bloodshed, negotiate a settlement and find lasting peace for this troubled region. – Monday Report e-letter 7/28/14

    Rep. Nolan has not signed on to H.Res. 238 which seeks to affirm the House of Representatives concern for a vigorous U.S. government effort toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace. – March 2014

  7. Limit US involvement in African nations' internal affair to strengthen civil society, support domestic development, and mediate domestic conflicts when disputing parties request assistance.
  8. Rep. Nolan hand-delivered messages to Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel urging the U.S. to steer clear of the conflict in Iraq. “U.S. military re-intervention into Iraq, whether by supplying troops, weapns or support by air or sea, would be a terrible mistake.” – Star Tribune 6/15/14

  9. Continue normalization of relations with Cuba by lifting the trade embargo and closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
  10. Regarding Pres. Obama’s decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, Rep. Nolan “Rick Nolan praised Wednesday’s announcement that the U.S. would re-establish diplomatic ties to Cuba. Nolan traveled to Cuba in 1977 during his first stint in Congress and was involved in a past deal to release U.S. prisoners held there. Nolan says he hopes to travel to Cuba next year to meet with officials there.” – AP. “Minn. congressman praises Cuba policy, plans trip”. Dec. 17, 2014.

  11. Lead diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war engaging all interested parties.
  12. Rep. Nolan cosponsored a bipartisan amendment to prohibit the sale or distribution of shoulder-fired missiles to the rebel factions in Syria, saying these terribly dangerous weapons would only worsen a conflict in which we have no friends and very probably end up being used against America. Rep Nolan has also introduced a bill to prohibit U.S. combat troops in Iraq. – June 2014 I will vote and work against President Obama’s request for open-ended authority to launch military strikes against the Syrian army. After a three-hour classified briefing, and taking time to read all the classified documents, what I have heard and read has only served to convince me more than ever of the folly and danger of getting America involved in the Syrian civil war. – Press Release 9/2/13

B. Build an international infrastructure for peace and prosperity:

  1. Commit the US to strengthening the United Nations by becoming a signatory to the International Criminal Court and International Human Rights Treaties, respecting and upholding international law including military nonintervention, and promoting universal human rights.
  2. Not Yet Researched

  3. Develop and strengthen alternatives to military force such as civilian peacekeeping forces, mediation and conflict-resolution, and significantly grow the US diplomatic corps.
  4. Rep. Nolan has been a staunch advocate for military withdrawal from Iraq and remaining disentangled in the Syrian Civil War. On his website, Nolan claims that “the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act sent a clear message to the entire country: our priorities must be redirected homeward” – Nolan’s website July 2015

  5. Commit to just and sustainable economic development strategies.
  6. Rep. Nolan posted on his twitter feed that “The Trans-Pacific Partnership #TPP is bad for American workers, middle class & the American Dream. We MUST stop it.” – Rep Nolan’s Twitter @USRepRickNolan July 3, 2015

    Rep. Nolan signed on to a letter to the President expressing opposition to fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He also co-authored an Op-Ed with Rep. Keith Ellison expressing their concerns re the TPP. – Mpls. Star Tribune 3/6/14

  7. Take a leadership role in international agreements on climate change, including reduction of emissions that cause global warming, and develop energy alternatives.
  8. Rep. Nolan advocates for advancements in clean energy and energy independence from other nations. He also supports the Renewable Fuel Standard and to take advantage of renewable energy sources.

    On his Environment page <>, Nolan states that he has sponsored legislation to require companies to abide by health, safety and environmental standards as well as provide tax incentives to renewable energy producers, and to encourage new uses for wood biofuels and advanced wood products. -March 2016

C. Dismantle the infrastructure that encourages militaristic response to conflicts:

  1. Significantly reduce the US defense budget, increase its transparency and ensure the military is accountable for its defense expenditures.
  2. Rep. Nolan is adamant for more oversight for our military. He states on his website that “I successfully authored and passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 (NDAA) to prevent future fraud and abuse of taxpayer money on construction projects in Afghanistan. According to the Special Inspector General to Afghanistan and Iraq, since 2002, our government has spent more than $100 billion in construction projects in those two countries – $60 billion of which is completely unaccounted for. Up to $79 billion more has been authorized for new construction projects, many of which fall outside our scope of oversight”. – Nolan’s website (July 2015)

    Rep. Nolan voted in favor of H.R. 347, 2015: Repeal the 2001 AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force). This amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would have prohibited the use of funds pursuant to the AUMF after December 31, 2015. The amendment failed (157-270) – 6/11/2015

    Rep. Nolan also voted in favor of repealing the AUMF when it was brought before the house on May 22, 2014.
    Rep. Nolan voted in favor of H.A. 917 to H.R. 4870, which Prohibits United States from Providing Weapons in Syria. The Amendment was rejected (167-244) – 6/19/2014

    Rep. Nolan voted aye, along with 190 of his colleagues, on Rep. Schiff’s amendment to the NDAA to repeal the Authorization of the Use of Military Force. There were 233 votes against it. -05.22.14

    Rep. Nolan cosponsored the Schiff bill to repeal the AUMF. – May 2014

    Rep. Nolan voted in favor of the Schiff Amendment to the which would have restricted the use of funds in the Military Appropriations Bill for any use of force under the legal rationale of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) after December 31, 2014. Failed 185 – 236. – July 2013

    Rep. Nolan voted against the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act – 6/14/13

    Rep Nolan is a cosponsor of H.R. 2324 which calls for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, on December 31, 2014, congruent with the end of the US war in Afghanistan. The bill asserts that the AUMF, passed in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001 to use force against those responsible, has served its purpose and must be repealed as the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan. – 6/14/13

  3. Negotiate and approve agreements and treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, that reduce the risk of war.
  4. Rep. Nolan cosponsored H.R. 669 which restricts first use of nuclear weapons. – 05.01.17

    Rep. Nolan sponsored H.A. 475 to H.R. 2685 which would have eliminated funding for the Iraq train and Equip program and apply the $715 million to the spending reduction account. The amendment failed (56-375) – 6/11/15

    Rep. Nolan signed on to cosponsor H.R. 1534, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act which would save $100 Billion over ten years and: – Cut the number of ballistic-missile submarines from 14 to eight and delay the purchase of replacement submarines. ‘ Reduce the number of submarine-launched ballistic missiles from 410 to 250.1 ‘ Reduce the number of ICBMs from 772 to 200.2 ‘ End the nuclear mission of strategic bombers. ‘ Cancel new, wasteful nuclear weapons facilities. ‘ Require a clear accounting of future nuclear weapons spending.

    Rep. Nolan was rated 100% by Peace Action West for his votes on nuclear weapons. – 2013 Report

    Rep Nolan voted for the Quigley Amendment to reduce funding for Weapons Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration – 7/10/13

  5. Reaffirm US commitment to the Geneva Conventions, US Rules of Engagement and US Code of Military Conduct.
  6. Rep. Nolan voted in favor of H.R. 347, 2015: Repeal the 2001 AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force). This amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would have prohibited the use of funds pursuant to the AUMF after December 31, 2015. The amendment failed (157-270) – 6/11/2015

    Rep. Nolan voted in favor of H.A. 907, which Repeals Prohibition on Guantanamo Bay Detainee Transfers and Facility Construction and would provide more humane treatment for those imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. The amendment failed (163-249) – 9/6/2014

    Rep. Nolan also voted in favor of repealing the AUMF when it was brought before the house on May 22, 2014.

    Rep. Nolan voted for the Moran/Smith Amendment to the NDAA to strike sections of the bill that would restrict funding for the transfer or release of detainees being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the United States or another sovereign country. Amendment failed 175-247. – 7/24/13