WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the death of Rollette County Deputy Colt Allery, who was killed in the line of duty Wednesday evening.
“Kris and I send our condolences to the family of Deputy Allery. This young man had a full life ahead of him and he sacrificed it to protect the citizens of North Dakota. He leaves a grieving family and an entire state deprived of a peace officer and hero. I ask all North Dakotans to show their appreciation today to our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.“
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer said the budget resolution passed by the House of Representatives today paves the way for Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. The House approved S. Con. Res. 3, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which was passed by the Senate Thursday.
The approval of this resolution by both chambers of Congress now triggers the reconciliation process, a fast-track legislative procedure that is filibuster-proof and only requires a simple majority vote for passage in the Senate. The reconciliation bill instructs four authorizing committees in Congress – Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce in the House, and Finance and Health, and Education, Labor and Pensions in the Senate – to report legislation to their respective budget committees by Jan. 27. This legislation will be combined for consideration by the House and Senate.
“Relief is on the way,” said Cramer, who is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Passage of the budget resolution is the first step to rescuing Americans from a very sick health care law. While it is too soon to spike the football, the blockers are set and the backs are in motion.”
He said the reconciliation package will include both repeal and replace provisions allowed by the rules, while additional repeal and replacement consideration will be subject to Senate filibuster. “We should have something passed by the House and Senate and on the President’s desk by late February.”
Since Obamacare first took effect, Cramer has been hearing from North Dakotans who have lost health insurance coverage or whose premiums and deductibles are too great a burden. A number of constituents have recently shared their experiences on Cramer’s Facebook page. “These stories are heartbreaking,“ he said. “They have health insurance coverage, but can’t access health care because of skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs.“
He said the new Republican plan will continue to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions and keep children on their parents‘ policies until age 26. ”We will develop a new patient-centered health care system to give Americans access to quality, affordable care.“Read More
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has signed on as an original co-sponsor of a bill to strip funding from sanctuary cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.
H.R. 400, the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, was introduced Wednesday with the support of 59 House cosponsors. It is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Police. Cramer was an original co-sponsor of an identical bill in the last session of Congress.
The bill withholds key federal funding from jurisdictions that forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. It specifically addresses jurisdictions refusing to share information about criminal illegal aliens with the federal government or declining to recognize Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) detainer requests.
The federal funding this bill would withhold from sanctuary cities includes certain economic development assistance programs and the community development block grants.
“It is long past time that America’s 300 cities refusing to enforce federal immigration laws face the consequences of losing federal funds,” said Cramer. “By defying the rule of law, these sanctuary cities compromise the safety of their citizens and endanger lives. This bill must be just the beginning of a renewed effort by this Congress to demand that our federal immigration laws be upheld across the nation. I look forward to working closely with the Trump Administration on achieving the goal of making America safer again.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released this statement following today’s announcement from Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee Jones that Joint McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Force Base in New Jersey and Travis Air Force Base in California have been chosen for the new KC-46A refueling tankers and refueling stations. The Grand Forks Air Force Base had been one of five bases considered for the new mission. Cramer was informed of the decision in a phone conversation this morning with top Air Force officials.
“While I am disappointed the Grand Forks Air Force Base was not chosen for this new mission, I remain very optimistic about the future of Grand Forks Air Force Base. Given its proud history of being the home of the 319th Refueling Wing from 1963 to 2010, returning the refueling mission to Grand Forks would have been fitting and appropriate. The Air Force knows well our great infrastructure, location and community support and how important they are to advancing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations. In our visit today it was good to hear how bullish Air Force leaders are on how well the Base is handling its current mission on the new frontier of UAS. Considering current communications and Global Hawk operations and the multitude of opportunities the FAA Test Site and Grand Sky are bringing, today’s decision gives us a clearer vision for the future and our ability to pursue it.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said a bill passed by the House of Representatives today further positions Congress for significant regulatory reform in the 115th Congress.
H.R. 5, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, combines six previously passed regulatory reform bills which lift unnecessary burdens on Americans and promote jobs, innovation, and economic growth.
“This new Congress is sending a strong message that significant and sweeping regulatory reform is a top priority. H.R. 5 brings increased transparency to the federal rule-making process. It is strong regulatory reform our nation badly needs after the record-setting 600 major regulations issued by the Obama Administration,” said Cramer.
“Federal regulations now impose an estimated burden of $1.89 trillion,” he said. “That is burying our job creators and costing each American household roughly $15,000. This is more than 10 percent of America’s gross domestic product, and more than the gross domestic product of all but eight countries in the world.“
The bipartisan action on H.R. 5 in the second week of the new session of Congress follows the House passing two other major regulatory relief bills last week. They are H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 and H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017.
Highlights of H.R. 5 include requiring agencies to choose the least costly option when issuing a new regulation, unless they can show a costlier option is needed to protect the public; requiring greater opportunity for public input and vetting of critical information and alternatives—especially for major and billion-dollar rules; repealing the Chevron and Auer doctrines to end judicial deference to bureaucrats’ statutory and regulatory interpretations; requiring agencies to account for the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of new regulations on small businesses—and find flexible ways to reduce them; prohibiting new billion-dollar rules from taking effect until courts can resolve timely-filed litigation challenges; forcing agencies to publish online, timely information about regulations in development and their expected nature, costs and timing; and publishing plain-language, online summaries of new proposed rules, so the public can understand what agencies actually propose to do.
Cramer was a co-sponsor of two of the bills in H.R. 5 when they passed in the last Congress, H.R. 185, the Regulatory Reform Act of 2015 and H.R. 4768, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016. He voted for the others four bills, H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015; H.R. 3438, the REVIEW Act of 2016; H.R. 1759, the All Economic Regulations are Transparent (ALERT) Act of 2015 and H.R. 690, the Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said a bill passed by the House of Representatives today opens doors for entrepreneurs seeking angel investors.
H.R. 79, the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, amends the Securities Act of 1933 to ensure that startup companies do not inadvertently violate Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations governing general solicitation of potential investors. It clarifies that certain startup companies can give presentations about their company and host events like demo days without violating SEC investment solicitation bans.
“There are so many barriers to entry for startup businesses and it’s time to bring some common sense to our securities laws,” said Cramer. “This bill is an appropriate rollback of outdated rules and helps ensure the United States remains the global economy leader in innovation. We must do all we can to recognize the primary source of new jobs as coming from new and young companies. In fact, recent studies have shown startup businesses account for almost 20 percent of gross job creation in our nation.”
Bruce Gjovig, CEO & Entrepreneur Coach of for the University of North Dakota’s Center for Innovation Foundation in Grand Forks, said this legislation makes it easier for entrepreneurs to reach out to angel investors. “Investors want to follow the law, and the HALOS Act brings SEC solicitation rules in synch with how they learn about investment opportunities. Private equity and angel capital are mother’s milk for business startups, and this bill makes it easier for them to connect.”
Angel investors are generally wealthy individuals who, unlike typical professional investors, are actively involved in the startups they back. In 2015, angels invested approximately $24.6 billion in more than 73,000 startups and were responsible for 90 percent of the equity investment that startups receive. Corporations like Amazon, Costco, Facebook, Google, and Starbucks were all first funded by angel investors.
Under the existing language in the Securities Act of 1933, any offer to sell securities must either be registered with the SEC or meet an exemption. SEC Regulation D contains three general rules for providing exemptions from the registration requirements, allowing some companies to offer and sell their securities without having to register the securities with the SEC. One such exemption is Rule 506 of Regulation D, which allows companies to offer securities for sale up to 35 non-accredited investors and an unlimited number of accredited investors, as long as the company does not market its securities through general solicitations or advertising.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said a bill passed by the House of Representatives today encourages growth and innovation of the rural broadband infrastructure.
H.R. 288, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, extends for five years an exemption for small broadband Internet providers from certain reporting requirements. This includes reporting about the performance and cost of services to consumers required under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s 2015 net neutrality rules. The bill also expands the definition of a small broadband provider from having fewer than 100,000 subscribers to fewer than 250,000 subscribers.
Similar legislation, H.R. 4596, passed the House last March.
“In places like North Dakota, access to reliable broadband internet is vital for education, job creation, health care, emergency services and personal use,” said Cramer. “Our internet service providers and communications companies should not have to comply with the FCC’s burdensome one-size-fits-all regulations that are designed for large-population and densly-populated areas that stifle innovation. They invest in these services at great cost and great risk, while dealing with the reality of covering large distances for small populations. This bill encourages innovation and continued growth for rural broadband infrastructure."Read More
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Kevin Cramer has been named to serve on three of the top subcommittees in the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 115th Congress. The appointments were announced Monday by Congressman Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Cramer will serve on the Communications and Technology, Energy, and Environment subcommittees. “I am pleased to have been appointed to the three committees I requested,“ said Cramer. “As this new Congress looks to shake up regulatory and authorizing agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, I am looking forward to being involved in legislation at this very first level. The issues these three subcommittees will consider include electric generation, transmission and distribution; clean air regulations, fuel economy, broadband technology and several others, all of which are very important to and have direct impact on North Dakota.“
This is Cramer’s second session of Congress as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee and is responsible for legislation encompassing the nation's health care, energy policy, telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, and interstate and foreign commerce.
The Energy and Commerce Committee oversees multiple Cabinet-level departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.
Cramer took the oath of office Jan. 3 for a third term as North Dakota’s At-Large Member of Congress.Read More
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said a bill passed by the House of Representatives today clarifies liability concerns of sports medicine professionals traveling with athletic teams to other states.
H.R. 302, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, ensures sports medicine professionals are covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling out-of-state with athletic teams. It clarifies their services are protected in the state where they are licensed and not in the state where they are providing the medical services.
“Sports medicine professionals have faced uncertainty about liability when traveling out of state with their teams,” said Cramer. “This bill allows these professionals to focus on providing exceptional health care to injured athletes without worrying about putting their medical licenses at risk.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer called a bill passed by the House of Representatives today a key tool for regulatory reform in the 115th Congress and incoming Trump Administration.
H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017, requires all major rules issued by an executive branch agency to be approved by Congress within 70 days before they can take effect. A major rule is one estimated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to impact the economy by $100 million or more, and had this law been in place during the last session of Congress, the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would have been subject to this Congressional action.
Cramer is a co-sponsor of H.R. 26, and has co-sponsored similar legislation passed by the House in the two previous sessions of Congress. “The pace and volume of federal regulations has been increasing every year, placing burdens on the growth of the economy,” said Cramer. “Eliminating this burden demands an equal pace of repeal and relief in the 115th Congress.”
He said a recent economic study found if regulations had been held constant at 1980 levels, by 2012 the U.S. economy would be 25 percent larger. “Add to this the Obama Administration’s record-breaking pace of issuing rules and regulations and it’s clear how actions by unelected bureaucrats have been a drag on the economy,” Cramer said.
He said the REINS Act also increases Congress's accountability for the content of Federal legal requirements. “This will force greater deliberation by federal agencies before they issue rules that expand their reach into the lives of Americans. Through legislation like the REINS Act, this new session of Congress is keeping its promise to make reducing the economic burden of regulations a top priority. And, this Congress will have the support of our new president to make it happen.”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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