Senator. POW. Veteran. Public servant. Patriot. Truth teller. Maverick. Advocate. Statesman. Grateful son. Devoted husband. Loving father. Friend. Hero. It's difficult to describe U.S. Senator John McCain in a few words. He was a force of nature. Both in life and death, his legacy looms very large in the U.S. Senate, around our country, and across the world. There are so many who have told — and will continue to tell — the story of John's life, accolades, and legacy — a story that should be told over and over. I'll leave it to others to do it justice.
A barley field outside Rolla, N.D., just below the Canadian border, is as far from Mexico as it gets in this country. But don't let that distance fool you. Disrupting trade with Mexico has consequences as far away as that barley field—especially when agricultural exports alone support 27,000 good-paying jobs in North Dakota, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Brushing aside cattails and wading into a wetland last week, I thought about how Congress would work better if members got out in the field more. In this case, it was farmer Denny Ova's field. He and his family grow wheat and corn near Cleveland, including on acres enrolled in a Delta Waterfowl pilot project I wanted to learn about up close. The program gives farmers incentives not to drain wetlands, protecting duck habitat while still allowing producers to farm their land.