The Obama administration said that for the current fiscal year, it would reduce mineral payments to North Dakota by about 5 percent due to the sequester. But North Dakota's delegation pushed back and said these funds shouldn't be affected at all by the sequester, because they were always slated to return to their state.
"The fact is that this revenue is meant for energy producing states, so money meant for North Dakota shouldn't be diverted to reduce the federal deficit," the delegation said Wednesday. "We will continue to work to see that the federal government is correctly disbursing the funds generated from energy production."
Sens. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampSchumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems 'not going to work' A guide to the committees: Senate Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault MORE (D-N.D.) and John HoevenJohn HoevenA guide to the committees: Senate GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Dem senator: DeVos bigger threat to education than grizzlies MORE (R-N.D.) and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) worked together to ensure the money was returned to their state.