Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Rep. Cramer Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

2014/10/15

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2014 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Rep. Kevin Cramer the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award is based on his votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to manufacturing in the United States. “Manufacturers in North Dakota and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Rep. Cramer who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.” Key Votes included in the Voting Record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee. Additional information on the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here. -NAM- The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.     Read More

Cramer Kicks Off GATX, BNSF Rail Safety Training in Fargo

2014/10/06

FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer helped kick off a rail safety training hosted by GATX Corporation and BNSF Railway in Fargo. During the two-day event GATX and BNSF will provide training to emergency responders on the proper handling of railcars using its TankTrainer and Classroom Car. “I thank GATX and BNSF for being proactive in providing a great training opportunity for emergency responders in North Dakota. It is important for our first responders to have the knowledge necessary to react safely and effectively to situations which arise on our railways, therefore providing a sense of security which comes from the public’s trust and confidence in our emergency services,” Cramer said. “I am working hard in Washington to ensure PHMSA finalizes new tanker car rules in a timely fashion and the proper federal agencies have the resources necessary to continue supporting other means of rail safety.” Since joining the House of Representatives in 2013, Congressman Cramer has spearheaded efforts to enhance rail safety in North Dakota and across the country. On February 26, 2014, the Congressman provided testimony at a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing on passenger and freight rail safety. His testimony can be found here. On September 9, 2014, the Congressman delivered remarks and questioned witnesses at a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing examining the characteristics of Bakken crude oil. A video of the hearing can be found here. Earlier this year, Congressman Cramer became the second North Dakotan to receive the prestigious Golden Spike Award presented by the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP). NARP honored Congressman Cramer for his strong support of passenger rail and efforts to improve safety on our nation’s railways.  Read More

Cramer Statement on Waters of the US Rule Extended Comment Period

2014/10/06

FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in response to the extended comment period for the proposed Waters of the US rule. "I’m glad to hear the comment period has been extended so American’s voices can be heard, but no extra amount of time and input will improve this proposed rule to a point which will be acceptable," said Congressman Cramer. "Let's scrap this power grab and free our individuals and business people from at least some of the regulatory overreach and uncertainty this administration is so famous for."  Read More

Small Business Administration Says to Withdraw Waters of the US Rule

2014/10/02

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration stated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have improperly certified the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and requests the agencies withdraw the rule. The RFA requires federal agencies to consider the impact proposed rules will have on small businesses. If such impacts are determined to be significant, agencies must take the impact into account and study less burdensome alternatives.   “This issue of federal agencies skirting their responsibility under the Regulatory Flexibility Act has come up numerous times and I commend the independent advocates at the Small Business Administration for standing up for small business and for what’s right,” said Congressman Kevin Cramer. “In this instance with the Waters of the U.S. rule, even the agencies limited economic analysis indicated direct costs on small business, but chose to ignore it and certified the rule will not have a significant economic impact. In the instance of the EPA’s greenhouse gas rules, they’ve simply said the rule won’t have a significant impact and ignored their requirements under the law.” Cramer has strongly opposed the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, calling for its withdrawal and helping pass legislation in the House of Representatives. With Cramer as a cosponsor, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act passed September 9, 2014 on a bipartisan vote to prohibit the rule from moving forward and requiring the EPA and Army Corps to consult with states and local governments to develop a consensus on regulatory jurisdiction. At the urging of a North Dakota small business owner, Congressman Cramer challenged the EPA in front of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on the agency’s incomplete economic impact on small businesses.    The entire letter from the Office of Advocacy can be seen here. Read More

Congressman Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2014/09/29

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for the week of September 28. The list of events is below: Monday, September 29 Remarks at North Dakota Optometric Association 11:00AM Central Ramada Inn 1400 E. Interchange Ave. Bismarck Tuesday, September 30 Walmart North Dakota Day of Giving 10:30AM Central Minot Walmart Supercenter 3900 S. Broadway Street Minot ND National Guard Community Fit Fair 5:00PM Central Sertoma Park, near Super Slide Bismarck Wednesday, October 1 Lignite Energy Council Annual Meeting 3:00PM Central Ramkota Hotel            800 S. 3rd St. Bismarck Friday, October 3 Business Roundtable Hosted by Bruce Gjovig 11:00AM Central UND Center for Innovation James Ray IdeaLab 4200 James Ray Drive Grand Forks 15th Anniversary of Amazon.com 2:00PM Central Amazon 1450 South 48th St Grand Forks Read More

Cramer Calls on Canada to Let Rail Performance Mandates Expire

2014/09/26

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer officially called on the Canadian government to let the grain shipment performance mandates it is imposing on rail companies permanently expire. In a set of individual letters to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), Cramer outlined his growing concerns about the mandates and the recent fines levied by Canada against Canadian National Railway (CN). The Canadian government decided in March of this year to fine Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and CN if either fails to move at least 536,250 metric tonnes of domestic grain per week. Cramer first expressed his concerns about the mandates in a letter to Ambassador Doer in March, and followed up by meeting with Doer and Canadian Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield. After the mandates were renewed on August 1, Cramer reiterated his concerns about U.S. agriculture producers and shippers being placed at a disadvantage in a subsequent letter to Doer. The letters sent by Cramer today are in response to Doer’s reply, which did not specify whether Canada plans to again renew the mandates after they expire on November 29. “I respect the fact that you want to protect your domestic and international patrons. Your customers are also our customers. But, the nexus between your performance mandates, and their implicit encouragement for CP and CN to provide less service to the United States, in my opinion provides a solid foundation for a successful trade violation claim,” Cramer wrote to Doer. In addition to his letter to Ambassador Doer, Cramer separately asked the STB to join his effort to persuade the Canadian government to allow the mandates to expire on November 29th, called on U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to investigate Canada’s actions for potential trade violations, and asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to speak with Canadian Transport Minister Raitt and Agriculture Minister Ritz to encourage the Canadian government to allow the mandates to lapse. “Yesterday I received electronically a letter from Ambassador Doer, indicating “the railways have met or exceeded required volumes on a weekly basis, demonstrating the requirements are achievable.” Assuming these mandates are predicated upon actual, rather than political need, doesn’t this statement actually confirm coercion at the expense of CP’s and CN’s United States customers? No one, especially CP and CN, benefit from poor service,” wrote Cramer to the STB.      The letters sent by Cramer can be viewed below: Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack U.S. Surface Transportation Board Read More

USDA Unveils Details of ARC and PLC Coverage Options

2014/09/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the details of the two new programs created by the 2014 Farm Bill: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Congressman Kevin Cramer said agriculture producers now are able to gain a more complete picture of which program best suits their operation. “The end of direct payments and the transition to the new risk mitigation programs is a significant shift in farm policy. Today, North Dakota farmers gained access to the full set of details on these programs, as well as new online tools which will aid the decision-making process by simulating different risk scenarios. It’s important to keep in mind farmers have until early next spring to decide between ARC and PLC,” said Cramer. The new tools launched today by the USDA are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc. Agriculture producers can enter details specific to their operation, and the program will compute projections of how each program would perform under future scenarios. Tools are available on the local level as well; the NDSU Extension Service received $43,525 in May to launch outreach and education efforts on the choice between the programs. Beginning on Monday, September 29, local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will assist farmers in updating their yield history and reallocating base acres as they prepare to choose a program. Producers’ choice between ARC and PLC will remain in effect between the 2014 and 2018 crop years. Read More

FDA Revises Animal Feed Safety Rule

2014/09/24

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Cramer applauded the recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow farmers better access to spent grains from breweries and distilleries. In 2013, the FDA proposed a restrictive rule based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which would have applied burdensome regulations to the distribution of spent grains for use as animal food. After receiving comments from stakeholders, the FDA announced they are changing their proposals and seeking public comment for 75 days. “I am happy our calls to temper some of the onerous potential of FSMA have been heeded by the FDA. It’s unfortunate it took this much effort to achieve a common sense correction, considering the rule in its original form would only encourage the growth of landfills, rather than the bellies of our livestock,” said Cramer. For hundreds of years, brewers and distillers have allowed farmers access to their leftover grains for use as animal feed, for little or no cost. The FDA’s initial rule threatened to disrupt this mutually beneficial arrangement by forcing the brewers to dry and package the grains instead of simply allowing farmers to pick up the grains as-is. Congressman Cramer is a cosponsor of the Protecting the Sustainable Use of Spent Grains Act of 2014, which exempts alcohol-related facilities who distribute spent grains used for animal consumption from this rule. “I encourage any concerned North Dakotans to submit comments on this revised rule, because it is not too late to weigh in and have an impact on the outcome. The FDA has said it will consider comments received on the original rule, as well as comments received on this revised version, before issuing a final rule in 2015,” Cramer added. Read More

Cramer Statement on Launch of Airstrikes in Syria

2014/09/23

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement after the United States began airstrikes last night in Syria to combat the Islamic State (IS): “Like many, I stand with our Commander in Chief in this bombing strike effort. Last week I voted to train and equip certain moderate Syrian rebels to join in combating the Islamic State. I am concerned about our ability to sustain the air strikes long enough for a sufficient amount of moderate Syrian rebels to be trained up and ready to fill the void. The timing of these events is critical, as terrorists adapt to air strikes and become harder to target. The fact we were joined in our efforts by a handful of Arab allies is a positive sign. I am hopeful the Administration is working to add more European and Arab nations to this coalition. I support doing all we can to root out extreme Islamic terror wherever it exists in the world. The threat of the Islamic State must be taken seriously. It is the highest priority of the federal government to protect the safety of American citizens.” Read More

Cramer Statement on 6th Anniversary of Keystone XL Application

2014/09/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of TransCanada Corporation submitting its first application for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which has yet to be approved by President Obama: “The Northern Route Approval Act, which would allow construction to move forward without the President’s signature, first passed the House of Representatives in May 2013. It has yet to be considered in the U.S. Senate. Yesterday, the House passed this legislation a second time along with 13 other energy bills designed to put America on a path to energy security. The President’s refusal to approve a project which would provide jobs, lower energy costs, and reduce the amount of oil traffic on our railroads and highways shows how out of touch he is.” Read More

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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 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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