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4, A[ 9 -By U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp It's just commonsense -- if someone is too dangerous to board an airplane, they're too dangerous to buy a gun. But right now, our laws are permitting that to happen. That's a serious problem. The shooting in Orlando was a terrible tragedy for our country, for LGBT commu- nities, and for the families and loved ones of those who didn't come home that night. The American people want responsible action to make sure our communities are safe and free from terrorism. Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine and I, as well as other Republican and Democratic senators, came up with a compromise bipartisan solution that strikes a needed balance to accomplish that goal. It would both protect the Second Amendment - a critical right in our constitution and for North Dakotans - and help keep guns out of the hands of potential terrorists. Senator Collins and I have worked togeth- WASHINGTON Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new program that will help rural residents conserve energy and save money on their utility bills. The new Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) will make $52 mil- lion in loans available to energy providers to help rural families and small businesses reduce their energy use. "Investments like the ones we will make through the Rural Energy Savings Program not only reduce energy costs for consumers, but also build a cleaner and more sustainable energy future," Vilsack said. "This program is the latest of many financ- ing options USDA provides to rural communities to expand energy effi- ciency efforts and strengthen rural eebiiomies~" RESP will provide loans to rural energy providers who in turn fund projects for consumers to make energy efficiency improvements in their homes or businesses that - - will lower their energy use. Eligible applicants include current and for- mer Rural Utilities Service (RUS) borrowers, subsidiaries of current or former RUS borrowers, and entities that provide retail electric service in rural areas. er on a variety of bipartisan bills over the past several years. We understand the impor- tance of actually getting things done in the U.S. Senate. I greatly appreciate that she reached out to me to join in this effort and I'm proud to be part of it. Our compromise legislation would pre- vent those on the government's 'No-Fly' list or the so-called 'selectee' list, for people who are subject to heightened screening before boarding a plane, from purchasing firearms. There are just 2,700 American citizens or green card holders on these lists - making up just 2.5 percent of the lists. The legislation would also require the government to immediately notify the U.S. Attorney General and federal, state, and local law enforcement if someone who appeared on either of the lists in the previous five years attempts to purchase a firearm. According to news reports, Omar Mateen, the shooter in Orlando, was on the selectee list for 10 months. RESP borrowers finance loans at zero percent interest for up to 20 years, making the program an attrac- tive and affordable option to finance energy-saving measures. Energy customers participating in programs financed through RESP then repay the loans at an interest rate of up to 3 percent for up to 10 years through their electric bills. RESP builds upon the work that USDA Rural Development has done to help improve the energy effi- ciency of single- and multi-fami- ly housing, businesses, farms and utilities. It aligns with the Obama Administration's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity and Promise Zone initiatives to help revitalize communities and expand economic opportunity through tar- geted' funding, technical assistance and partnerships. RESP will be used to focus on low-income, high-ener- gy-cost communities. Congress authorized the program in the 2014 Farm Bill. RUS admin- isters RESP as well as the similar Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP). RESP is open to a broader pool of eligible borrowers, has a zero percent inter- est rate, and has a longer loan term than EECLP. To be considered for RESP funding, applicants should submit a letter of intent by August 5, 2016. E-mail the letter of intent to RESP@wdc.usda.gov. Applications will be processed on a first-come/ first-served basis until funds are expended. For additional informa- tion, see page 40262 of the June 21 Federal Register. USDA's Rural Utilities Service also administers infrastructure pro- grams that bring broadband, safe drinking water and improved waste- water treatment facilities to rural communities. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development (@USDARD) has invested $31.3 billion in 963 elec- tric projects that have financed more than 185,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines serving 4.6 million rural residents. USDA alt0 has invested $11 billion to start or expand 103,000 rural business- es; helped 1.1 million rural resi- dents buy homes; funded nearly 7,000 community facilities such aS schools, public safety and health care facilities; and helped bring high-speed Intemet access to nearly 6 million rural residents and busi- nesses. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results. Our bipartisan legislation addresses con- cerns about placing restrictions on the rights of Americans incorrectly placed on the 'No Fly' and 'selectee' lists. The legislation gives those identified on the lists due pro- cess rights, as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, by allowing citizens or green card holders on the lists who are blocked from purchasing firearms to appeal and get an answer from the federal government within 14 days. If they are successful, they receive attorney's fees. To make millions of American families safer, we developed a mechanism that both prohibits poten- tial terrorists from purchasing weapons and secures the rights of a very small group of Americans improperly placed on the gov- ernment's lists. In light of the very real concerns of North Dakotans about how the FBI compiles the 'No Fly' and 'selectee' lists, I met with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice to find out more about how people get put on these lists in the first place. I learned that the federal government uses much stronger informa- tion than it did 10 years ago to determine who is on the lists, which pre- vents far fewer incorrect names from appearing on them today. Last week, the U.S. Senate voted on a series of proposals that failed to strike this needed balance between public safety and Second Amendment rights, and which didn't have any chance of actually passing. North Dakotans are tired of Congress' lack of leadership, and so am I. Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists deserves more than partisan bills - it deserves honest action. We had an initial vote on our compromise proposal, where it received the support from a majority of U.S. senators - a good first step - and we'll keep building bipartisan support for it. Our legislation was also intro- duced in the U.S. House of Representatives by a group of Republican and Democratic members and received the strong backing from a group of retired top military and intelligence leaders. But we need Congress to actually act and pass our legislation. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, who helped introduce our compromise proposal, explained it this way: "We can fix the problem with the innocent person. Once the gun is bought, you don't fix that." - The views expressed above, by Senator Heitkamp, do not necessarily represent the views of the Dickey County Leader - wender Auct CONSIGNMENT AUCTION Saturday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. Awender Auction Yard 4-1/4 miles north of Oakes We will be taking consignments of Equipment and Guns. Call 701-742-2456 to consign early so it can be advertised. i One Selection of L Sa]_e__P_rice _ 100% Cotto ood 'hrough !iQuilt Qualit et]o, JUly 1.St.ll Salt Water Taffy Fabric .Traditionally Pulled 14 oz SALV, SALE! "--~~yn]yLe aoer _ '~-""-- "Soft to 7 99ard and "'2 Chew Ziploc EZ Slider Bags Quart or GallonSALE! 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