Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

CRAMER: New Quarter Secures North Dakota’s Association with Theodore Roosevelt

2016/08/25

 

MEDORA, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said the image of Theodore Roosevelt sitting on his horse overlooking the Little Missouri River on the new America the Beautiful quarter further secures North Dakota’s association with the nation’s 26th president.  “A coin, while commemorative, is not a legacy,” Cramer said. “Coins are collected, moments are commemorated, birthdays are celebrated. But legacies are continuous. And the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is embodied in this park.” 

The quarter was released at a ceremony today at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) Painted Canyon Visitor Center near Medora. The coin release was held in conjunction with today’s 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS), which is being celebrated across the United States.

Established in 1978, TRNP is North Dakota’s only national park, covering more than 70,446 acres in McKenzie and Billings counties. Two national historic sites, also administered by the NPS, are located in North Dakota -- Fort Union Trading Post and Knife River Indian Villages.

Cramer said national leaders and Congress need to engage in a serious discussion about conservation and preservation.  “As we enter the second century of the National Park Service, we need to consider what the federal government's responsibility is to our parks,” he said. “There is a conflict of visions -- one is preservation and the other is attracting visitors. This conversation needs to continue.”

He said a coin is a document of sorts, “but the true legacy for our children is embedded in our national parks.”

This quarter is the 34th release in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks. Five new quarters are being released every year, depicting one national park in each state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories.  The program was established by Public Law 110-456, which passed Congress in 2008.

Also participating in the release ceremony today were National Park Service Deputy Regional Director Patricia Trap, TRNP Superintendent Wendy Ross and U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Direct Rhett Jeppson. After the coin release ceremony, Cramer participated in a meeting with park leaders and stakeholders on the future of the TRNP.

Cramer is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. From 1993 to 2000, he served in North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet, first as State Tourism Director from 1993 to 1997, and as State Economic Development and Finance Director from 1997 to 2000.

 

 

 

 

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CRAMER: UAS Development in North Dakota Having ‘Breakout Year'

2016/08/23

GRAND FORKS, N.D – Congressman Kevin Cramer said the development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology in North Dakota has had a “breakout year” in potential and progress. He spoke at the 10th Annual UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks today, after presenting remarks at the UAS Field Day at the Hillsboro, N.D., airport Monday.

“After talking about the potential for so long, it is nice to be able to touch the progress here at the Grand Sky Park and the new Robin Hall at the University of North Dakota,” Cramer said.    

He compared the work on UAS development in North Dakota to the original Lewis and Clark Expedition’s Corps of Discovery more than 200 years ago.  That expedition opened the west, including present-day North Dakota, to development and trade.  

“The past 10 years have sparked an entrepreneurial spirit like we saw with the original pioneers who established our agriculture and energy industries,” said Cramer. “And this UAS development is helping these traditional industries be more productive in areas like precision agriculture and utility infrastructure monitoring.”

He said large companies, including Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, which now have facilities at the Grand Sky UAS Park, “have brought new energy and synergy to North Dakota.” He praised the leadership of the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the support of the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Lake Region College and Northland Community College as being vital to the advancement of UAS technology over the past 10 years.

Cramer noted the recent approval of the small aircraft rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that provides flexibility for technology advances in the drone industry.  He said he is hopeful this year the FAA will waive the “beyond the line of sight” requirement for flying UAS above 10,000 feet for responsible users.  

“In Washington we will continue to advocate with federal agencies, introduce legislation and monitor regulations to advance UAS technology,” Cramer said. “We have a lot to look forward to with this industry in North Dakota. And, we are blessed to have strong leaders at every level to use their collective wisdom to follow through on the vision like you have done for the past 10 years at this UAS Summit.” 

 

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CRAMER: Research Partnership Highlights Potential of UAS Applications in Agriculture

2016/08/22

HILLSBORO, N.D. -- Congressman Cramer praised the partnership between the State of North Dakota and Elbit Systems of America to advance the potential for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in commercial applications.

Cramer gave remarks at the Hillsboro Airport UAS Field Day today highlighting the research underway to use unmanned aircraft to collect digital images of the region’s cropland. The project is a partnership between North Dakota State University and Elbit Systems of America, the American branch of the electronics company based in Israel. Elbit manufactures the Hermes and Skylark UAS aircraft, and its President and CEO Raanan Horowitz spoke about the success of the project and its potential.    

“I am pleased Elbit has chosen to partner with North Dakota on this data collection project that will advance UAS use in agriculture applications. As a longtime leader in agriculture and now an emerging international leader in UAS development, North Dakota is an ideal place to conduct these studies. Bringing global partnerships to the breadbasket of the world in the Red River Valley has the potential to find the solutions to feed a hungry world.” 

Laura McCarten, regional president of Xcel Energy, spoke about another UAS research project underway this summer at the Hillsboro Airport. Xcel has partnered with the University of North Dakota to research UAS applications for utility infrastructure monitoring.

"While defense contracting and weapons systems are among the emerging fields in UAS development, agriculture crop management and utility infrastructure are other promising commercial applications," Cramer said. 

The Hillsboro Airport UAS Field Day was held in conjunction with the UAS Summit to be held Tuesday in Grand Forks, at which Cramer will also give remarks.

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Cramer Announces Mobile Office Hours in Dickinson Aug. 26

2016/08/21

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following his successful Coffee with Cramer town hall in Dickinson, Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled Mobile Office Hours from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Dickinson Library.  

Mobile Office Hours allow constituents to receive assistance with casework from the Congressman’s staff. “Several issues were raised by constituents at the town hall Aug. 4, and this will allow more time for people with concerns to meet with my staff,” said Cramer. “I realize it's not always easy or even possible for people to get to my district offices. Mobile Office Hours brings these services closer to constituents.”

Anyone from the Dickinson area is encouraged to stop by the Mobile Office for help with veterans and Social Security benefits, Medicare billing problems, immigration issues, military records or medals, or for assistance with any other federal agency.

Friday, Aug. 26

Dickinson Area Public Library

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (MDT)

139 3rd St. West

Dickinson

Contact Congressman Cramer’s District Representative Kaitlyn Kline with any questions.  Her email is Kaitlyn.Kline@mail.house.gov and her phone is 701-839-0255.

 

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CRAMER: CMS Reverses Revocation of Jamestown Hospital Critical Access Designation

2016/08/09

 

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced he received word today that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services has reversed a decision it made last week to revoke the critical access hospital (CAH) status of Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC).

“Critical Access Hospital” is a designation given to certain rural hospitals by CMS to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to healthcare by keeping essential services in rural communities. The primary eligibility requirements for CAHs are that the hospital have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds, be located more than 35 miles from another hospital, maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients and provide 24/7 emergency care services.

Upon being notified of the revocation decision by JRMC President and CEO K.C. DeBoer last Thursday, Cramer immediately sent a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, and he reached out to him by email over the weekend. Cramer is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over CMS.

Cramer said the decision to revoke the Critical Access Designation for JRMC was based on the misunderstanding that the North Dakota State Hospital, also located in Jamestown, was a traditional hospital.  “The North Dakota State Hospital provides psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment to North Dakotans who require in-patient or specialized residential care,” he said.  “It does not meet the traditional definition of a hospital.”

Cramer said he was confident that once he reached out to him, Slavitt would realize the misunderstanding and immediately reverse the decision to revoke the CAH designation the JRMC has had since 2009. “I am pleased the JRMC administration contacted me right away.  JRMC is the only acute care hospital in the Jamestown region and it is imperative it retains its status as the area’s critical access hospital.”

 

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Cramer Discusses Addiction and Family Issues With The Village Staff

2016/08/06

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer discussed new initiatives to combat drug and addiction problems and other issues facing families during a visit to The Village in Fargo Friday.  Hosted by Village President and CEO Gary Wolsky, Cramer met with representatives of several Village programs to learn more about chemical addiction treatment; mental and behavioral health; at-risk youth; family services; workplace challenges; truancy and child care.

The Village has 20 locations in North Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to Fargo, other North Dakota offices are located in Williston, Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown, Devils Lake and Grand Forks.

“For the past 125 years, The Village has demonstrated how effective programs can strengthen high-risk individuals and successfully keep families together,” said Cramer. “With your entrepreneurial spirit and the partnership of many regional communities, your programs have been able to focus on success.”

Cramer shared details of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), major legislation receiving strong bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law last month. He said the bill increases prevention and educational efforts for abuse of methamphetamines, opioids and heroin, specifically for teens, parents and the elderly. It also adds resources to provide evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention programs to promote best practices, and launches a medication-assisted treatment and intervention demonstration program.

He also highlighted provisions  of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 422 to 2 last month and is awaiting consideration by the Senate. He said the legislation helps families to better work with professionals in health care delivery, targets underserved and rural populations, focuses on suicide prevention and develops alternatives to institutionalization.

“Drug addiction and mental health problems affect North Dakotans as much as the rest of the nation,” said Cramer. “These bills address many areas to improve treatment, offer new resources and focus on intervention and prevention.”

Cramer  discussed with The Village representatives the challenge of developing effective future programs that better meld behavioral and physical health services. Cramer shared some poverty and  health care initiatives included in the “A Better Way” government reform agenda developed by Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans.

d like to see the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, explore opportunities for pilot programs that integrate the best practices of successful family health and treatment initiatives, such as those offered at The Village,” said Cramer. 

 

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Cramer Announces ‘Coffee with Cramer’ Events Across North Dakota

2016/07/22

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has announced the dates for eight Coffee with Cramer Town Hall events he is hosting across North Dakota the first two weeks in August. 

As North Dakota’s only member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Cramer has made constituent outreach a top priority.  "The best part of public service is the public,” said Cramer.  “My Coffee with Cramer events, along with my weekly Talk Radio Town Halls, afford me access to North Dakotans that serves me and our state well.” 

The August Coffee with Cramer events will be held in Mayville, Devils Lake, Rugby, Steele, Dickinson, Jamestown, Wahpeton and Tioga.  Since 2013, the other communities in which he has hosted his coffee meetings are Bismarck, Casselton, Cavalier, Fargo, Garrison, Grafton, Grand Forks, Harvey, Hillsboro, Larimore, Linton, Lisbon, Mandan , Minot, Stanley, Valley City, Watford City and Williston.

According to the Capitol Hill government issues website Legistorm.com, Cramer has held the most town halls of any Member of Congress.  Since taking office in 2013, Cramer has held 335 town halls, 122 more than the Member of Congress with the next highest number of town halls.

Cramer holds weekly radio town halls for two hours every week that are heard statewide Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. central on four North Dakota stations: KFYR 550 AM (99.7 FM) in Bismarck, 1100 AM The Flag in Fargo, KLTC 1460 AM in Dickinson,  and KTGO 1090 AM in Tioga; and Thursdays from 10-10:30 a.m. on KNOX 1310 AM in Grand Forks, and 10:30-11:00 a.m. on KHND 1470 AM in Harvey.

The details of the upcoming Coffee with Cramer events are below:

Monday, Aug. 1, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mayville

Whistle Stop Restaurant

226 9th Ave S.E.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Devils Lake

Dunn Brothers Coffee

210 Highway 2 West

 

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Rugby                                                      

Coffee Cottage Cafe

106 Highway 2 SW

 

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Steele

Coffee Cup Fuel Stop

620 Mitchell Ave. N.

 

Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dickinson

The Brew

215 Sims Street

 

Monday, Aug. 8, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Jamestown

Sabir’s Buffalo Grill

103 1st Ave. S.

 

Monday, Aug. 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Wahpeton

Fry’n Pan

1010 Dakota Ave.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Tioga

Neset Consulting Conference Room

6844 Highway 40

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CRAMER: Veterans Compensation Bill Ensures Annual Increases Without Legislative Action

2016/07/15

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement about H.R. 5588 -  the Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016, which was passed by the House of Representatives this week.  The bill links cost of living allowance (COLA) increases for veterans to COLA increases for Social Security recipients. This includes disability compensation, compensation for dependents, clothing allowance, and surviving spouse benefits. Social Security recipients automatically receive annual COLA increases determined by the executive branch, based on the Consumer Price Index. With the passage of this bill, COLA rate changes for veterans will no longer require legislative action.

“The point of the bill is to permanently tie together the two rate increases to avoid any potential payout stall for veterans and their dependents. This bill gives veterans and their families the peace of mind that they deserve as they plan their financial futures. Many veterans depend on these benefits to assist with their housing, food, and other necessities, so it is essential they keep up with the cost of living. This is the least we can do for our veterans.”

 

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CRAMER: House Bills Address Concerns One Year After Iran Deal

2016/07/15

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported three bills addressing concerns one year after the United States approved its nuclear deal with Iran.  These bills, passed by the House of Representatives today, are designed to block the Obama Administration from granting any more concessions and to hold Tehran accountable for its actions.

“July 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal,” said Cramer. ”Our relations continue to be tense, not only with Iran, but the other countries in the region, both allies and adversaries. Iran continues to be a major sponsor of terrorism and its increasingly aggressive hardline Revolutionary Guard has tightened its grip on much of the country’s industry.  Our bill simply addresses concerns with continued United States-Iran relations.  Someone needs to take a stand on this, instead of coddling them like the Administration is doing.”

The bills are as follows:

H.R. 5119 – No Heavy Water (2H2O) from Iran Act – This bill, of which Cramer is a co-sponsor, prohibits the purchase of heavy water from Iran. This bill is in response to an announcement in April from the Department of Energy that the U.S. would purchase heavy water from Iran. It ensures that no funds will be used by any federal department or agency to purchase heavy water or to issue a license for the purchase of heavy water from Iran.

“The Iran nuclear deal does not require the United States to purchase excess heavy water produced by Iran,” said Cramer. “This bill ensures that our taxpayer dollars will not subsidize the regime.”

H.R. 5631 – Iran Accountability Act of 2016 – This bill imposes sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, and human rights violations. It also requires the President to report to Congress on efforts to free Americans held hostage by Iran.

“The Obama nuclear agreement with Iran didn’t do a thing to address the regime’s egregious human rights record, its illicit ballistic missile program or its continuing role as the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” said Cramer.  “Our bill imposes sanctions to Iran for these violations. It’s time to hold them accountable, not reward them.”

H.R. 4992 – United States Financial System Protection Act – This bill codifies regulations to prevent Iran from accessing the dollar and U.S. financial system. It maintains Iran’s designation as a primary money laundering concern and denies Iran access to the U.S. dollar, including through any offshore dollar clearing system, for transactions involving the government of Iran.

“Granting Iran access to the dollar is a concession well above and beyond the letter of the nuclear agreement,” said Cramer. “This would give Tehran access to billions of dollars in additional commerce to supplement the billions it has  already been provided in the form of nuclear sanctions relief.  I encourage the Senate to consider similar legislation to show our concern for continued vigilance to keep what was a bad international agreement from causing more harm to our country.  I know there are a lot of Senators who fell for it. This is an opportunity for them to make good on their mistake a year ago.”

 

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CRAMER: GMO Bill Protects Consumers

2016/07/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer voted for legislation today establishing a national mandatory disclosure standard for food that contains genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.

The House of Representatives approved S. 764, the Biotech Labeling Bill, which now goes to the President’s desk for signing.  It requires disclosure for all bio-engineered foods except those in which meat, poultry, and egg products are the main ingredient.  The labeling mandate does not go into effect until two years after its date of enactment, and allows for several different disclosure options, such as text, symbol, or electronic link.

The bill also gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to exempt a food from labeling and prohibits the USDA from considering any food product derived from an animal to be bio-engineered solely because the animal has eaten bio-engineered food.

A year ago, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a voluntary labeling bill, H.R. 1559, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. It established a voluntary non-genetically engineered food certification program within the USDA to govern the labeling of food in a nationally uniform manner. In contrast to the House-passed bill, the Senate amendment approved today establishes a mandatory labeling requirement.

This law prevents the State of Vermont from enacting a mandatory labeling law, which took effect July 1. “The Vermont law is a perfect example of why we can’t have state-by-state interstate commerce laws,” said Cramer. “This is an area where the Constitution specifically provides Congress this authority.  While our bill is not perfect, it does retain some flexibility for marketers as they put the labels on.” 

Cramer said the law protects consumers from situations like what is now happening in Vermont. “The state’s new restrictive labeling laws, which aren’t consistent with other states, have forced the removal of 3,000 products from store shelves due to improper labeling as per one state’s laws.” 

This legislation was supported by several agriculture manufacturers and producers, including the sugarbeet industry.  American Crystal Sugar Company, an agricultural cooperative owned by approximately 2,800 sugarbeet growers along the Red River Valley, operates six processing plants, including two in North Dakota located in Hillsboro and Drayton.

American Crystal Sugar is a member of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, which issued the following statement today: “This bill gives consumers across the country more information than ever before about genetically engineered ingredients in food while still protecting family farmers and small businesses from the costs and confusion of a patchwork of different state labeling mandates.  The food and agriculture community came together like never before to advance a solution that works for consumer and stakeholders up and down the value chain.”

 

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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. He serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings appointed Kevin Cramer to three sub-committees including Energy and Mineral Resources, Public Lands and Environmental Regulation and Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith appointed Mr. Cramer to the Energy Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over such science as hydraulic fracturing and clean coal technologies, and as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, which has general and special investigative authority on all matters within the jurisdiction of the full-committee. Congressman Cramer also serves along with Rep. Bill Owens (NY-21) as Co-Chairman of the Northern Border Caucus, fostering continued growth in the U.S.-Canada relationship.

Cramer has a distinguished career in public service. In 1991, Kevin was elected Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, making him the youngest member of the Republican National Committee. From 1993 to 2000, he served in Governor Ed Schafer’s cabinet, first as State Tourism Director from1993 to1997, then as State Economic Development & Finance Director from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Kevin was Executive Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation, which connects emerging leaders from the University of Mary with community business leaders. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed Kevin to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position, gaining over 65% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2010 with 61.5% of the vote in a three-person contest.

As North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer helped to develop and oversee the most dynamic economy in our nation. He worked to ensure North Dakotans enjoy some of the lowest utility rates in the nation, enhancing their competitive position in the global marketplace. An energy policy expert, Cramer understands our country’s energy security is integral to our national and economic security.

A strong advocate for the free market system, Cramer has a proven record of cutting and balancing budgets, encouraging the private sector through limited, common sense regulations and limited government.

Cramer has a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Leadership, honoris causa, by the University of Mary on May 4, 2013. He is a native of Kindred, North Dakota where he received all of his primary and secondary education. Kevin and his wife, Kris, have two adult sons, Ian and Isaac, two adult daughters, Rachel and Annie, a seven-year-old son, Abel, and a new granddaughter, Lyla.


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