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Port: Senator Heitkamp’s words don’t match her voting record when it comes to regulatory reform

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s ability to keep her seat in the U.S. Senate this election cycle rest squarely on her ability to convince North Dakotans that she’s not like other Democrats in key policy areas. Case in point, government regulation.

That’s why Heitkamp has been busy patting herself on the back for an initiative she’s started (along with Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio) to reform the federal rule making process.

“This isn’t new,” she told The Hill of the policy push. “This is a culmination of work that I started when I got here. To say, ‘Oh, now she’s just jumping because Trump’s president,’ that doesn’t explain the last four years of work.”

In other words, Heitkamp wants us to believe that this is an organic policy position for her and not posturing ahead of what could be an arduous re-election bid. But is it really?

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