Guiding Federal Legislation

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and its members remain active and involved in the legislative process, and we accomplish that through an aggressive legislative effort.

Energy-related issues continue to remain a focus at our nation's capital, and our staff closely monitors pending federal legislation relevant to MRES and its members. Working with our congressional delegation and other key policymakers is an integral part of our work agenda.

For 2021, MRES has prepared legislative fact sheets on five topics. Click on the links below to download the fact sheets, which will be used in discussions throughout the year as MRES staff engages with federal legislators and policymakers:

Regulatory Certainty Needed on Carbon Emissions

Gregory County, South Dakota, Pumped Storage Project

Infrastructure Initiative

Municipal Tax Issues

Protecting the Federal Power Program


Federal Legislators

MRES serves as an advocate for its members and continues to build on the relationships with the lawmakers and policymakers representing out member districts. Here is a listing of federal legislators along with their committee appointments and legislative contact information.

2021 APPA Congressional Roster

Iowa:

Senators

Sen. Charles Grassley (R)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee: Rural Development and Energy
  • Budget
  • Finance
    • Subcommittee: Taxation and IRS Oversight
  • Joint Committee on Taxation
  • Judiciary (Ranking Member)
Legislative contacts:
Sen. Joni Ernst (R)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee: Rural Development and Energy (Ranking Member)
  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee: Cybersecurity
    • Subcommittee: Emerging Threats & Capabilities (Ranking Member)
  • Environment and Public Works
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Republican Conference Committee (Vice Chair)
LEGISLATIVE CONTACTS:

Representatives

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-2nd District)
Committees:
  • Education and Labor
  • Homeland Security
  • Veterans’ Affairs
Legislative Contacts:
Rep. Cindy Axne (D-3rd District)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Services
Legislative Contacts:
Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-4th District)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
    • Subcommittee: Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit
  • Budget
  • Science, Space and Technology
Legislative Contacts:

Minnesota:

Senators

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Rural Development and Energy
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Communications, Media and Broadband
    • Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports
  • Joint Economic
  • Judiciary
    • Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights (Chair)
  • Rules & Administration (Chair)
  • Democratic Steering Committee (Chair)
Legislative Contacts:
Sen. Tina Smith (D)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Rural Development and Energy (Chair)
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
    • Housing, Transportation and Community Development (Chair)
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Indian Affairs
Legislative Contacts:

Representatives

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (D-1st District)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Small Business
Legislative Contacts:
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-7th District)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
    • Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit (Ranking Member)
  • Judiciary
  • Rules
Legislative Contacts:
Rep. Pete Stauber (R-8th District)
Committees:
  • Small Business
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazard Materials
Legislative Contacts:

North Dakota:

Senators

Sen. John Hoeven (R)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee: Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee: Energy (Ranking Member)
    • Subcommittee: Water and Power
  • Indian Affairs
Legislative Contacts:
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R)
Committees:
  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee: Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Budget
  • Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee: Transportation and Infrastructure (Ranking Member)
  • Veterans’ Affairs
Legislative Contacts:

Representative

Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R)
Committees:
  • Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee: Energy
    • Subcommittee: Consumer Protection & Commerce
  • Ethics
Legislative Contacts:

South Dakota:

Senators

Sen. John Thune (R)
Committees:
  • Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee: Communications, Media and Broadband (Ranking Member)
  • Finance
    • Subcommittee: Taxation and IRS Oversight (Ranking Member)
Legislative Contacts:
Sen. Mike Rounds (R)
Committees:
  • Armed Services
    • Cybersecurity (Ranking Member)
  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee: Housing, Transportation and Community Development (Ranking Member)
  • Foreign Relations
  • Indian Affairs
  • Veterans’ Affairs
Legislative Contacts:

Representative

Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-At Large)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee: Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
Legislative Contacts:

Impacting Federal Regulation

MRES and its members actively monitor and participate in major federal regulatory matters, as the regulatory landscape is changing. We participate or intervene in matters that affect MRES and our member municipal electric utilities through targeted efforts in specific agency dockets. We will post more information when issues important to MRES and to our members arise.


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