Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

MEDIA ADVISORY: CRAMER HOLDS TAX REFORM ROUNDTABLE IN FARGO-MOORHEAD TOMORROW

2017/10/17

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

FARGO, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer will host a roundtable in Fargo tomorrow to brief community leaders on tax reform legislation being considered in Congress before the end of the year. The roundtable gives business owners and public officials the opportunity to learn how the legislation will benefit individuals and businesses. The meeting also allows them to ask questions and voice their opinions about the recently released tax reform framework. The event will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 AM at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Press is welcome to attend.

Time: October 18th from 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Location: Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN

 

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CRAMER: STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ENDING EPA ‘SUE AND SETTLE’

2017/10/16

BISMARCK, N.D. - Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issuing a directive to end EPA “sue and settle” practices:

“The Obama Administration was a breeding ground for extreme environmental groups suing the federal government only to get behind closed doors and reach a friendly settlement agreement.  Not only did these settlements circumvent the transparent rulemaking process and prioritize agency obligations to environmentalists’ liking, but it enriched the environmental group lawyers in the process at the expense of the taxpayer.  I’m pleased to see the Trump Administrator stomp out this practice mirroring many of the reforms put forward by House Republicans.”

The Administrator’s action today direct the EPA to increase transparency and public engagement when considering a settlement agreement.  Such actions include publishing notices of intent to sue the EPA, reaching out to states and/or regulated entities affected by  potential settlements, excluding attorney’s fees and litigation costs when settling with those suing the EPA, and publishing any proposed settlements for 30-day public comment.   

Through his work in the House of Representatives, Cramer has fought against similar ‘sue and settle’ practices such as during the debate of the Stream Protection Rule or Stream Buffer Zone Rule. In the 114th Congress, the House passed H.R. 712, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, which goes after sue and settle. No action was taken in the Senate. 

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CRAMER TO HOST TAX REFORM ROUNDTABLE AT BISMARCK CHAMBER

2017/10/16

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov 

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer will host a tax reform roundtable in Bismarck tomorrow to brief community leaders on tax reform legislation being considered in Congress before the end of the year. The roundtable gives business owners and public officials the opportunity to learn how the legislation will benefit individuals and businesses. The meeting also allows them to ask questions and voice their opinions about the recently released tax reform framework. The event will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Press is welcome to attend.

Time: October 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM

Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck, ND

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CRAMER ANNOUNCES MOBILE OFFICE HOURS IN BEACH AND MEDORA ON OCTOBER 25TH

2017/10/13

Contact: Kaitlyn.Weidert@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled mobile office hours in Beach and Medora on Wednesday, October 25th.

 

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 Beach and Medora 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 Beach and Medora 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, October 25

 

Golden Valley County Library — 11:00-12:00pm MT
54 Central Ave South

Beach

 

Billings County Courthouse — 1:00-2:00pm MT

Commissioner's Room

495 4th Street

Medora

 

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

 

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STATEMENT ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ELIMINATION OF OBAMACARE PAYMENTS

2017/10/13

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would end illegal Obamacare payments being made to private insurers:

“Last night’s action by the Trump Administration is a victory for separation of powers. Only Congress has the authority to appropriate money, which is why a federal court last year struck down the Obama Administration’s unilateral decision to issue unlawful payments to private insurers. With the future of Obamacare payments back in the hands of Congress, it’s time to negotiate a better deal. Any appropriations to maintain funding for cost sharing reduction payments should be tied to meaningful health policy reform that provides more flexibility for states and better care for the American people.”

Cramer serves on the House Energy and Commerce committee, which has primary jurisdiction over federal health issues. Through his work on the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee during the 114th Congress, Cramer investigated the illegal payments being made by the Obama Administration.

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CRAMER: House Votes to Protect Government Whistleblowers

2017/10/12

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

Recording: Audio

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the House of Representatives today which adds new protections for whistleblowers who face retaliation by agency managers.

The Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 585) establishes minimum disciplinary standards across all agencies for retaliation and expedites investigations of instances in which probationary federal employees are fired for whistleblowing. It provides the Office of Special Counsel with adequate access to information from federal agencies to allow for complete investigations and to better protect whistleblowers. The bill also ensures that all federal employees are informed of their rights as whistleblowers and provides training to managers on protections.

S. 585 is named after Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick, a psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin, who was fired after he questioned the over-medication of veterans being treated at the facility. On the day of his termination, Dr. Kirkpatrick committed suicide. The bill now goes to the White House where is awaits a signature from President Trump to become law.

“Retaliation against government employees like Dr. Kirkpatrick who are doing the right thing by exposing the mistreatment of our veterans and other abuses of government power is unacceptable and demands a response by Congress,” said Cramer. This bill adds necessary protections for whistleblowers and ensures stronger accountability in the VA system and among all federal agencies. Government employees should be able to report bad behavior in their workplaces without the fear of losing their job.”

Further Background

  • Establishes measures to hold VA employees that improperly access the medical records of their fellow VA employees accountable.
  • Requires the VA to come up with a plan to restrict unauthorized employee access to medical files so they cannot be used as a means of retaliation.
  • Requires the Government Accountability Office to provide two reports to discuss retaliation against employees on probationary status and assess management and staffing levels of police officers at VA medical centers.

 

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CRAMER: Statement on Health Care Executive Order

2017/10/12

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order directing his Administration to craft new policies increasing competition, choice, and affordability for health care across the American workforce:

“Given the Senate’s unwillingness to repeal and replace Obamacare, I greatly appreciate President Trump’s decisive actions. While an executive order can never take the place of passing meaningful health care reform legislation, it’s the least we can do until another U.S. Senator decides to put the interests of the American people first by voting to fix our collapsing health care system.”

In the House, Cramer voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. He also voted on several other major health reform bills including the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017, which allows small businesses to join together in association health plans across state lines.

 

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CRAMER ADDRESSES GRID RESILIENCY WITH PERRY IN COMMITTEE HEARING

2017/10/12

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer raised questions with Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a hearing today in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy.

During the hearing, Cramer expressed his appreciation for the Secretary’s proposal to bring action to the conversation on the premature closure of baseload power plants, which impacts electrical grid reliability and resilience. “Sometimes I worry, Mr. Secretary, it will require a crisis for some people to remember how important coal and nuclear are,” said Cramer in reference to the importance of baseload power.

He also asked the Secretary to explore if North Dakota coal-fired power plants which are subject to state or local rate regulation, yet still participate in wholesale energy markets, should be included in the Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule. Further, Cramer requested mine-mouth operations, whereby the power plant and fuel source are collocated, be examined in the context of the 90-day onsite fuel supply requirement. Most North Dakota coal power plants average a 30-day onsite supply, but with coal mines close by, hundreds of years worth of coal connect to the plants.

In response to comments by Democrats intended to make it seem as though the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) opposed Perry’s work in the DOE, Cramer also recited statements made by NERC. “Higher reliance on natural gas exposes electric generation to fuel supply and delivery vulnerabilities, particularly during extreme weather conditions. Maintaining fuel diversity and security provides best assurance for resilience. Premature retirements of fuel secure baseload generating stations reduces resilience to fuel supply disruptions.”  “Coal-fired and nuclear generation have the added benefits of high availability rates, low forced outages, and secured onsite fuel. Many months of onsite fuel allow these units to operate in a manner independent of supply chain disruptions.”

Following his comments in committee today, Cramer sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expressing his concerns about the early shutdown of baseload generation.  Similar to Secretary Perry, Cramer urged the Commissioners to modify the rule to include resources subject to cost-of-service rate regulations by any state or local authority as long as they participate in organized markets which includes all generating resources in North Dakota.  However, as the proposal currently stands, only merchant generation not subject to state and local rate regulation would benefit from this rule.  

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CRAMER: Statement on EPA Clean Power Plan Rewrite

2017/10/09

Recording: Audio 1, Audio 2

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced plans to rewrite the so-called Clean Power Plan Rule:

“President Trump and his Administration have come through for North Dakota, and frankly for energy consumers throughout our country. It has always been clear to North Dakotans that the EPA has overreached its legal authority by going outside the fence line of individual power plants and North Dakota is a good example of arbitrary and capricious emissions standards.”

Cramer also expressed his hope that any rewrite would include consultation with the states and industries at the table.

 

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Cramer Attends Tax Reform Roundtable in Minot

2017/10/09

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MINOT, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer joined a tax reform roundtable hosted by Senator John Hoeven today with community leaders and city officials in Minot today.

The roundtable discussion was held as Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration draft tax legislation expected to be voted on before the end of 2017.

In late-September, Republicans unveiled their unified Tax Reform Framework, which set key principles to be met as part of implementing tax reform. “A lower, simpler, and more globally competitive tax code will jumpstart our economy in ways we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan,” said Cramer.

In the meeting, locals discussed issues of importance to North Dakotans including repeal of the death tax, stepped-up in basis, property tax deduction, and the interest deduction.

They also discussed the politics behind passing the bill and how economic growth has the ability to pay for the cost of the tax reduction and reduce our country’s deficit.

“We have the highest business tax rate among all industrialized nations,” said Cramer. “I think we undervalue how the simplicity of this plan can boost our economy.. By reducing taxes for Americans and American businesses, we’ll jump start our economy for families and workers, and get back to more than 3 percent growth. In addition, the vast majority of Americans will be able to do their taxes on a postcard. The power of simplicity matters for every-day Americans.”

Cramer emphasized the significance of hearing from local leaders in Minot about the ideas presented in the tax framework.

“We have the framework, but now we need to put in the walls and insulation by ironing out the details, and that’s why meeting with our local leaders is so important,” said Cramer. “Local business owners help John and I understand what the must-haves are in terms of credits and deductions beyond what the framework already has in place.”

Cramer plans to bring the ideas and opinions given during the roundtable today back to Washington where he will help Congress and the Trump Administration set priorities for the bill.

He is also working with leadership to ensure that safeguards remain in place for charities, home mortgages, and small businesses - including family farms. Last month, Cramer sent a letter tax reform leaders advocating for the permanent elimination of the death tax as well as preserving the ‘stepped-up basis’ provision, which maintains the growing value of assets for small businesses and farmers when they pass their businesses along to the next generation of family business owners.

Read the tax framework here.

 

 

 

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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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