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Senator Heidi Heitkamp
This week's guest on Open Mic is US Senator Heidi Heitkamp. As an outspoken advocate for agriculture and rural America, the North Dakota Democrat was instrumental in crafting the 2014 farm bill and now has proposed legislation to address uncertainty over renewable fuels and waters of the US as well as expanding trade with Cuba. In this interview Senator Heitkamp shares her thoughts on food labeling and outlines senate debate over Trade Promotion Authority for President Obama. While trade dominates the legislative agenda this week, Heitkamp hopes for timely action on the highway trust fund, the export-import bank and national security issues.
May 22, 2015
Feature: Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority before heading into Memorial Day recess, capping off a tumultuous week that also included committee action in the House and Senate ag panels and a final ruling from the World Trade Organization on a country-of-origin labeling law pitting North American neighbors against each other.