Minnesota's newest congressional lawmaker, Rep. Rick Nolan, has signed his first piece of legislation in Congress. The Democrat is a co-sponsor of a bill that aims to bring American troops home from Afghanistan, end funding for the war and invest the savings in U.S. infrastructure.
The bill has only about 30 co-sponsors, including Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. Last session the bill had 72 co-signers but it did not advance out of committee.
“I was very opposed and actively engaged in opposition to the war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan,” Nolan told MinnPost. “So this is more or less a fulfillment of one of my reasons for being here and rationales for running for the Congress. I think it's time we stop building infrastructure in places like Afghanistan and start rebuilding America.”
Nolan defeated one-term incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., in one of the nation's closest and most expensive congressional races.
President Barack Obama has announced a reduced U.S. role in Afghanistan starting this spring.