Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Cramer Tours Pembina Border Crossing, Discusses Trade with Canadian Leaders

2017/08/18

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PEMBINA, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer toured the Pembina border crossing this afternoon and met with U.S. and Canadian officials on security threats and cross border traffic efficiency.

With 1.1 million vehicles crossing yearly, the Pembina crossing is the fifth most heavily traveled border by trade volume. “So much time is spent discussing security threats at our southern border, but many people forget about the hard work done here to protect our northern border,” said Cramer. “Ensuring seamless cross border flows is crucial to maintaining the $19.5 billion traded through this crossing every year.”

During the tour, Cramer learned about the jobs and operations of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. He also discussed security measures to prevent drugs and human trafficking from entering the U.S. “Having the great relationship that we do with our Canadian friends is a major advantage,” said Cramer. “But, it doesn’t mean we can get weak on border security. We need to make sure our police force has the right tools necessary to get the job done.”

According to a 2017 Threat Assessment Report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the most common threat to U.S. public safety along the northern border continues to be the bi-directional flow of illicit drugs. Since 2012, less than 800 individuals have been apprehended per year, with the largest portion of these individuals being Canadian. In contrast, the apprehensions at our southern border number in the hundreds of thousands.

Cramer also met with Canadian business and political leaders at the Emerson Duty Free shop where they discussed economic impacts of the port of entry for both U.S. and Canada. “It was a very interesting discussion talking about how we can improve the flow of traffic across our border,” said Cramer. “With roughly 2.5 million people crossing here annually, understanding the components behind international commerce really is key since both Manitoba and North Dakota benefit tremendously from tourism and trade that crosses the border at Pembina and Emerson.”

As a Co-Chair of the House Northern Border Caucus and a member of the House Interparliamentary Group, Cramer plays a leading role in international relations with Canada. In addition to near-monthly meetings with Canadian officials in Washington, Cramer convened a meeting in Grand Forks earlier this year with members of the Canadian Parliament to discuss harmonizing Canadian immigration policies with ours, and the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On Monday, Cramer will also address the Northern Tribal Border Summit in Shakopee, Minnesota to discuss ways to improve relations with the Canadian government.

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Cramer Meets with 10th Space Warning Squadron, Tours Radar Station at Cavalier

2017/08/18

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CAVALIER, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer toured the Cavalier Air Force Station, located 15 miles south of the U.S./Canadian border.

Part of the United States Air Force 21st Space Wing, Cavalier controls the world's most capable phased-array radar system, providing critical missile warning and space surveillance data to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and regional combatant commanders. Their mission is to operate and sustain global missile warning and space control capabilities and installations to dominate the high ground for America and its allies.

Cramer’s tour of the facility comes as geopolitical tensions escalate across the world. “Perhaps more so now than any time since the Cold War, bad actors like North Korea, Iran, and Russia are making this special installation in Cavalier pivotal to protecting our nation against enemy fire such as intercontinental ballistic missiles,” said Cramer. “What’s particularly interesting about this facility is its relatively small footprint and the small number of troops needed to maintain it.”

According to a press release in June, the Air Force plans to add additional radar capabilities and an intel officer at the Cavalier station in order to make sure crews tracking space objects have appropriate classified information on the objects they’re monitoring.

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Cramer Announces Mobile Office Hours in Rolla and Minnewaukan on August 30

2017/08/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled mobile office hours in Rolla and Minnewaukan on Wednesday, August 30.

Mobile office hours allow constituents to receive assistance with casework from the Congressman’s staff. “Many issues are raised through various forms of contact with me and my offices. Having members of my staff in Rolla and Minnewaukan allows more time for those with concerns and questions to explore solutions with people in a position to help,” 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.”

Individuals from the Rolla and Minnewaukan areas are 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.

Wednesday, August 30

City Hall—10-11:30am

Clarence Eller Room

14 1st St. SE

Rolla, ND 58367

 

Minnewaukan Public Library—1:30-3pm

170 Main St.

Minnewaukan, ND 58351

 

Contact Cramer’s Constituent Services Representative, Emily Custer, with any questions at Emily.Custer@mail.house.gov or by phone at 701-738-4880. 

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CRAMER: Statement on Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Review for Infrastructure Projects

2017/08/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects: 

“Our state has seen the consequences of a flawed permitting and environmental review process for infrastructure projects. When dozens of agencies require approval before large projects can go forward, nothing ever gets built. President Trump, through his actions this week to help renew our crumbling infrastructure, shows he gets it when it comes to fixing the government red-tape surrounding these projects. I applaud the President for his actions and stand ready to get to work in Congress on passing an infrastructure bill.”

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CRAMER TO REPRESENT U.S. ENERGY ON PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATION TRIP TO EXPO 2017 IN KAZAKHSTAN

2017/08/17

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer will join U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on a Presidential Delegation trip to the Republic of Kazakhstan on August 28 to attend Expo 2017, an International Fair on “Future Energy” in the city of Astana.

As the only elected official joining the delegation, Cramer will use his position as a former energy regulator and the lone-Representative of energy-rich North Dakota as a platform to promote American energy at the global fair. “I am honored to help represent the interests of North Dakota and the United States while attending Expo 2017,” said Cramer. “With North Dakota becoming a global player in all-of-the-above energy production, I am excited to share with the rest of the world the incredible achievements of our great state.”

Much like the World’s Fair, Expo 2017 is an international exhibition designed to showcase the achievements of nations from across the globe. According to the Bureau International des Expositions, Expo 2017 is being organized under the theme ‘Future Energy.’ This, along with the three subthemes – Reducing CO2 Emissions, Living Energy Efficiency, and Energy for All – allows the Expo to present the state of energy today and to showcase sustainable solutions and innovative technologies. More than 2 million visitors are expected to attend the event.

“The United States remains the global leader in producing innovative energy solutions across all sources of production,” said Cramer. “As we look to future challenges of global energy, America can showcase the benefits of the shale revolution while also touting the promises of highly efficient and low emission coal-fired and nuclear power plants. Through breakthrough technologies like carbon capture, utilization, and other storage technologies, we’re able to bring desired emission-reducing technologies to the rest of the world right now – even as we look at other renewable fuels for the future.”

Cramer served as an energy liaison on behalf of then-candidate Donald J. Trump, and has advocated for leveraging the United States’ influence as a global leader to promote American energy. In Congress, he plays a leading role on energy matters as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In addition to Perry and Cramer, other members of the presidential delegation include:

  • The Honorable George Krol, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Mr. Ray W. Washburne, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Ms. Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia, National Security Council
  • Mr. Ronald J. Pollett, Vice President of General Electric, President and CEO of General Electric Russia/CIS
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Cramer Visits with General Robinson, Tours Grand Forks Air Force Base

2017/08/16

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer today met privately with U.S. Air Force General Lori Robinson, head of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Commander for U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) to stress the incredible assets available in Grand Forks and its importance to the Northern Tier. Cramer was then joined by Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp for further discussion and a tour of the base.

“Given the ongoing concerns of ICBMs and nuclear-proliferation in North Korea and Iran, the importance of Grand Forks Air Force Base for the Northern Tier cannot be overstated,” said Cramer. While this is a legacy base with legacy infrastructure, Grand Forks is best positioned for the 21st century defense due to its expertise with our Global Hawks and other modern capabilities such as the Grand Sky Technology Park.”

In a letter sent to General Robinson in May, Cramer invited the General to visit Grand Forks Air Force Base.

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Cramer to Community Bankers, Regulatory Relief Happening Under Trump

2017/08/15

BISMARCK, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer spoke this afternoon at the Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota (ICBND) convention in Bismarck.

Annually held in Bismarck, ICBND’s theme this year is Remembering the Past, Anticipating the Future – a tribute to the association’s 50th anniversary.

Following the theme, Cramer’s remarks at the luncheon emphasized the regulatory and policy frameworks of the past, and how Congress and the Trump Administration are addressing the shortcomings of these policies for the future.

Notably, Cramer discussed passage of the Financial CHOICE Act, which gives banks practicing safe, traditional banking an ‘off-ramp‘ for many of the onerous regulations put in place as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the legislation made law following the financial collapse.

“Before the passage of Dodd-Frank, 100 new bank charters we’re being created every year,“ said Cramer. “Since its passage, less than five new bank charters have been created total. With big banks only getting bigger, we need to enact regulatory relief that allows our smaller community banks to go about the business of serving their communities. The Financial Choice Act will do just that if my colleagues in Senate can move it through committee.“

He also discussed the promise of tax reform and the current wave of American optimism, which has spurred more than 1 million new jobs since President Trump’s inauguration.

“The growth happening in the economy today is based on our agenda to reinstitute a pro-jobs, pro-business government that gives North Dakotans living in places like Tioga or Cando, the ability to take care of themselves,“ said Cramer. “For too long, we’ve incentivized employers to not hire, and incentivized workers to not work. Through our plans for tax reform, and perhaps even an infrastructure bill, we’re making sure families and small businesses, like community banks, have the chance to flourish in the American economy.“

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CRAMER: Ranchers Get Answers at RMA Info Session in Dickinson

2017/08/14

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DICKINSON, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer hosted an informational presentation on Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Insurance as well as a question and answer session with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) on Monday in Dickinson.

The event was scheduled after it was brought to Cramer’s attention that ranchers had concerns about the way precipitation was being calculated in western North Dakota as part of the PRF Insurance program, which serves as a safety net for below average rainfall. Specifically, the rain estimates produced under PRF Insurance are, in some cases, drastically different from the estimates in the USDA Drought Monitor. Ranchers had the chance to get answers to many of these questions directly from RMA officials.

“I appreciate RMA officials and Commissioner Goehring coming out to Dickinson to speak with producers from the surrounding area on the Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance,” said Cramer. “The informative discussion brought light to this program, and I think it will help ranchers make better choices for their future. At the same time, we as legislators need to take a deeper look into the way the model evaluates precipitation across the region. The more transparent and understood the PRF program, and others, can be for our producers, the better off we’ll all be in making decisions during times of drought and other disasters.”

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring commented on how inaccurate data reporting has been a problem for a number of years. “I’m working with the National Weather Service to close some of these loopholes, said Goehring. “You lose confidence in the system when it tells you that this grid is reporting at 139% or that grid is at 237%, and you’re thinking ‘we didn’t even get that back then.’”

Producers highlighted a number of concerns including the lack of rain sensors in western North Dakota, compared to the eastern side of the state. The question sparked a longer discussion about who does or does not get subsidies based on precipitation in a certain area. “The more I learn about this program, the more I believe that it’s not the right fit for North Dakota producers without some modifications,” said Cramer. “Like others, the PRF Insurance program uses a national model to try and predict a very local issues.”

RMA officials highlighted that the PRF Insurance program wasn’t created as a drought insurance program, but rather a risk management tool meant to hedge losses over a long period of time for producers. While Cramer agreed with their explanation of the product and how it’s meant to hedge risks over the long-term, he disagreed with its usefulness throughout the country. “While this product might work well east of the Mississippi, I’m not convinced it’s doing a good job in North Dakota. The west has different topography, larger farms, and more remote spaces – I don’t think PRF Insurance takes those and other unique qualities into account.”

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Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2017/08/14

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for this week. All times are local.

 

Monday, August 14

                             

USDA Risk Management Agency Q&A Session on Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance

*Open Press

9:00am MST

Dickinson, ND

 

National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Meeting

*Closed Press

3:00pm

Bismarck, ND

 

Tuesday, August 15

 

Morning Lowdown with Dennis Lindahl – KTGO

8:20am

Tioga, ND

Listen Live

 

Independent Community Banks of North Dakota Luncheon

*Closed Press

12:00pm

Bismarck

 

Wednesday, August 16

 

Meeting with General Lori Robinson and Grand Sky Tour

*Closed Press

9:00am

Grand Forks Air Force Base

 

Scott Hennen: What’s on your Mind?

10:00am-11:00am

Listen Live

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Innovets Meeting

*Closed Press

11:00am

Grand Forks Air Force Base

 

Rob Port

1:30pm-2:00pm

Listen Live

 

Grand Forks Editorial Board Meeting

2:00pm

Grand Forks, ND

 

Thursday, August 17

 

JT Show - KNOX

10:05am-10:25am

Listen Live

 

Rick Jensen – KHND

11:40am-11:55pm

Listen Live

 

Greg Westlind and Cando Hospital Administrator Ben Bucher

*Closed Press

11:30am

Cando, ND

 

Lawrence Weber

*Closed Press

1:00pm

Cando, ND

 

Friday, August 18

 

Cavalier Air Force Station Tour

*Closed Press

9:00am

Cavalier, ND

 

Rob Fleming Meeting

*Closed Press

11:00am

Pembina, ND

 

Pembina Border Tour

*Closed Press

1:00pm

Pembina, ND

 

Emerson Duty Free

*Closed Press

2:00pm

Emerson, MB

 

Saturday, August 19

 

Key Ceremony for Eric Marts Hosted by Homes for Our Troops

*Open Press

9:30am

Moorhead, MN

 

Corn Picking for Great Plains Food Bank

*Open Press 

1:00pm

Skune’s Farm, Arthur, ND

 

Contact Adam Jorde for all state and national press inquiries.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Cramer Hosts Q&A Session with Risk Management Agency in Dickinson

2017/08/13

DICKINSON, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer will host an informational presentation on Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Insurance as well as a question and answer session with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) on Monday, August 14 in Dickinson. Also in attendance will be North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Press is welcome to all events.

Full agenda of events is below. All times are listed in Mountain time.

Agenda:

·         9:00 AM (MST) – Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance History, FAQ and guidance by RMA

·         9:45 AM (MST) – Q & A with RMA

Location: Dickinson Research Extension Center, 1041 State Avenue Dickinson, ND 58601

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Kevin Cramer was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. He serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has the broadest jurisdiction of any committee in Congress. Cramer is assigned to three subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy, and Environment. In November 2016, Cramer was elevated to the influential House Republican Steering Committee – as the Small State Representative. The Steering Committee determines all committee assignments and chairmanships.

He is Co-Chairman of the House Rural Broadband Caucus, which develops policy solutions addressing Rural America’s digital divide, and the Northern Border Caucus, which fosters continued growth in the relationship between the United States and Canada. He is also a founding Chair of the Congressional Kid’s Safety Caucus.

He is North Dakota’s only member of the House of Representatives. Cramer has made constituent outreach a top priority, describing interacting with the public as “the best part of public service.” According to Legistorm, the Capitol Hill government issues website, since becoming a Member of Congress, Cramer has held more town halls than any other Member.

Cramer has had a distinguished career in public service. In 1991, he 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 from 1993 to 1997, then as State Economic Development & Finance Director from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he was Executive Director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation, which connects emerging leaders from the University of Mary in Bismarck with community business leaders. In 2003, then-Governor John Hoeven appointed Cramer to the Public Service Commission, and in 2004 he was elected to the position.

As North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer helped oversee the most dynamic economy in the 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 America’s energy security is integral to 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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, 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 nine-year-old son, Abel; one granddaughter, Lyla; and three grandsons, Beau, Nico and Chet.


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