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Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs

Farmers, other exporters need access to shipping containers WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., along with Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John Thune, R-S.D., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., this week introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would update federal regulations for the global shipping industry, helping American producers to […]
by The Dakotan
February 4, 2022

2,000 Airmen, Guardians are Denied COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemptions

Air Force and Space Force commands have turned down more than 2,000 requests for religious accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate while approving none, the Department of the Air Force announced Dec. 22. Airmen and Guardians whose religious accommodation requests are denied by their major command or field command can appeal the decision to the […]
by The Dakotan
December 23, 2021

Air Force Discharges First Service Members for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

The Department of the Air Force discharged 27 service members for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, marking the first known instance of military personnel being kicked out of the service for failing to follow Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III’s order that all service members receive the vaccine. An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed the […]
by The Dakotan
December 14, 2021

Combat Role in Iraq Ends, US Troops Remain in Country in Advise and Assist Role

The United States ended its combat mission in Iraq and will transition to an “advise, assist, and enable” mission supporting Iraqi forces, reported Combined Joint Task Force-Inherent Resolve Dec. 9. “Many brave men and women gave their lives to ensure Daesh never returns, and as we complete our combat role, we will remain here to […]
by The Dakotan
December 10, 2021

Air Force Releases Policy for Dealing with Unvaccinated Airmen, Guardians

Airmen and Guardians who are denied a medical, religious, or administrative exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will have five days to start the vaccination process, file an appeal, or request to separate or retire, according to a new Department of the Air Force memo issued Dec. 7. Should the appeal be denied or the […]
by The Dakotan
December 10, 2021

23,000 Airmen and Guardians Unvaccinated as Deadline for Guard and Reserve Passes

More than 23,000 Airmen and Guardians across the Total Force remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 as the deadline for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve passed Dec. 2
by The Dakotan
December 6, 2021

Judge Expands Injunction Against Vaccine Mandate

Reversal for President Biden  Healthcare workers will no longer be forced to choose between termination or complying with President Biden’s national vaccine mandate for COVID-19. A federal judge in Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, or CMS, was the agency that issued the vaccine mandate presented to the court.  “There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million […]
by Kim Fundingsland
December 1, 2021

Multi-State CMS Lawsuit Awaits Ruling

A Missouri judge is considering a lawsuit asking for an injunction against a federal rule requiring most hospital and clinic workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Attorneys General of 10 states, including North Dakota, sued the Biden Administration on November 10th, less than a week after the federal government announced a final rule for Centers for […]
by The Dakotan
November 24, 2021

House Passes Huge Spending Bill

ND Legislators Voice Opposition Washington, D.C. – The United States House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion spending bill Friday morning. Dubbed social safety net expansion legislation, the bill passed 220-213.  The legislation is a key piece of President Joe Biden’s domestic transformation program. It now goes to the Senate where its passage is expected to […]
by Kim Fundingsland
November 20, 2021

800 Airmen and Guardians Refuse COVID Vaccine by Deadline; 10,000 Remain Unvaccinated

The Air Force released its first snapshot of COVID-19 vaccination compliance Nov. 3, the day after the Active-duty deadline, with some 800 uniformed personnel refusing the shot and nearly 5,000 Airmen and Guardians waiting to find out if their religious exemptions will be approved. In all, . . . [Read the rest of this article […]
by The Dakotan
November 4, 2021

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