Congresssman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after spending today at the construction site of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Morton County near Lake Oahe. Hosted by Dakota Access Pipeline officials, Cramer joined a group including Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault, U.S. Corps of Engineers Omaha District Commander Col. John Henderson, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officer John Eagle, North Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer Paul Picha, Cheyenne River Sioux archaeologists and other tribal cultural and historical specialists.
“I found today’s construction site examination an invaluable relationship-building experience that helped us better understand North Dakota’s cultural landscape. I believe those of us on all sides of the Dakota Access Pipeline issue benefited from walking together and sharing our expertise, experiences and expectations. I hope this can help us establish a better understanding going forward. And, I am certain that after today the Corps of Engineers will feel confident it has the adequate affirmation to issue the final easement to complete the pipeline construction across the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.”Read More
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In denouncing the recent news of the unlawful butchering and displacement of livestock near Cannon Ball, U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp, John Hoeven, and Congressman Kevin Cramer today called for federal resources to support the efforts of Morton County law enforcement to keep tribes, ranchers, workers, and their property safe.
"When tensions are high, North Dakotans have always been able to count on one another to treat our neighbors, our land, and our livestock with dignity and respect,” said Heitkamp. “That’s what makes the news of unlawful butchering and taking of livestock so appalling. If the Administration is serious about maintaining the peace and sanctity of this land and our communities, it’s absolutely critical that it steps in with the support our local law enforcement needs to keep our ranchers, our tribes, and the protesters protected. For months I’ve been pushing our federal agencies to provide the resources and certainty North Dakotans need, and I’ll keep it up – because no family or business should have to fear for their personal safety or the safety of their property.”
“Stealing and butchering livestock is something no one can justify,” said Hoeven. “It represents not only the destruction of private property, but also deprives hardworking ranchers of their livelihood and causes them to fear for the safety of themselves and their families. We continue our call for the Obama Administration to provide much-needed assistance to state and local law enforcement to ensure that people and property are protected from this kind of unlawful activity. Also, the administration needs to act decisively and allow pipeline construction to proceed to completion so that the protest can be brought to an end and residents can resume their lives without fear of harm.”
“The Administration is to blame for this senseless act,” said Cramer. “Unfortunately, the President and his bureaucrats will be able to hide behind sovereign immunity, providing no means for civil relief from those who are most at fault. Just what must occur before Washington will step in and end this?”
Click here to read the letter sent to U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commanding General Lieutenant Todd Semonite, requesting federal reinforcements for North Dakota state and federal law enforcement.
“Our plan is based on the notion that the best way to restore our prosperity is to tap into the talents and aspirations of our people and then get out of their way and let them be successful,” said Rep. Cramer. He continued, “Our plan promotes reliable and affordable American energy, enhancing our global competitiveness. . . . Our plan offers a better path—an inspiring path—so we can have more success stories and more comebacks.”
Remarks of Representative Kevin Cramer of North Dakota
Weekly Republican Address
Grand Forks, North Dakota
October 15, 2016
Hi, I’m Kevin Cramer. You know, everyone loves to celebrate success. And that’s what I am doing today as I speak to you from Grand Forks, North Dakota, where the University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines has just dedicated a cutting-edge collaborative energy research complex. This center will bring students, faculty, and industry professionals together to develop better strategies for the next level of energy production in oil, natural gas, coal, wind, and biofuels.
Our state’s “all of the above” energy policy has elevated North Dakota’s economy to the top in the nation. At the same time, we enjoy the cleanest ambient air quality in the country. And we’ve proven that a strong economy and responsible environmental stewardship can go hand-in-hand. And with this same approach, other states can achieve North Dakota’s economic success.
Yet as I travel around our state, I hear from people frustrated with how needless regulations out of Washington are making things tougher—for their farms, their ranches, and their small businesses. People feel the system is working against them, no matter how hard they work, no matter how much they plan.
This is always my cue to hold up this Better Way booklet and share the bold agenda that Republicans have for a more confident America. It contains more than 100 ideas to get our economy back on track, many that have worked for us right here in North Dakota.
Our plan is based on the notion that the best way to restore our prosperity is to tap into the talents and aspirations of our people and then get out of their way and let them be successful.
We will cut down on needless regulations. To do this, we want to require a vote in Congress before any major regulation can take effect. Unelected bureaucrats should not have the final say—the people and their representatives should.
And we believe that there should be a cap on the amount of regulatory costs Washington can impose each year.
Our plan promotes reliable and affordable American energy, enhancing our global competitiveness. North Dakota has been a leader in our country’s energy boom—let’s continue to connect this success to the consumers and workers who benefit from it most. And no more Keystones—no more of these endless delays that hold up jobs and projects indefinitely.
This is truly a better way—far better than the path our country is on now. You know, over the last eight years, President Obama has led a regulatory onslaught the likes of which we have never seen. In fact, this administration is on pace to make this the "busiest regulatory year in history," and it won’t even be close. In the works are everything from regulating overtime pay to retirement planning.
And what do we have to show for this? This has been the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression. People are working longer hours for less. We are not bouncing back because big government is in our way.
Our plan offers a better path—an inspiring path—so we can have more success stories and more comebacks. I encourage you to learn more about these Better Way ideas by visiting better.gop.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled Mobile Office Hours in Kindred and Lisbon on Monday, Oct. 17.
Mobile Office Hours allow constituents to receive assistance with casework from the Congressman’s staff. “Several issues were raised at the Coffee with Cramer town halls I held around the state this summer and having my staff in Kindred and Lisbon will allow more time for those with concerns to meet with them,” 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 Kindred and Lisbon areas are encouraged to stop by the Mobile Office for help with veteran and Social Security benefits, Medicare billing problems, immigration issues, military records or medals, or for assistance with any other federal agency.
Mobile Office Hours — Monday, Oct. 17
Kindred Public Library
330 Elm Street
10:30 a.m. to noon
Lisbon City Building Conference Room
423 Main Avenue
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Contact Randy Richards, Cramer’s Field Representative, with any questions. His email is Randy.Richards@mail.house.gov and his phone 701-738-4880.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the ruling issued Tuesday by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the agency structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The appellate court found that the autonomy given to CFPB Director Richard Cordray, who can only be removed by a president for just cause, was “unconstitutionally structured,” and a “gross departure from settled historical practice,” according to Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Since entering Congress in 2013, Cramer has supported numerous bills to reform the CFPB, including H.R. 5485, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2017. This bill changes the CFPB to a five-member commission and subjects the bureau to the normal appropriations process. H.R. 5485 passed the House of Representatives on July 12.
“Our country was founded on the principles of limited government and separation of powers, yet the CFPB has been given virtually limitless power. I applaud the court’s efforts to rein-in this agency by allowing future presidents to fire the CFPB director without cause. Since its inception, the CFPB has proven to be a black box that can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants to. It’s no wonder this out-of-control agency continues to face problems ranging from racial and gender discrimination to extravagantly high salaries paid for with taxpayer dollars. Despite calling itself a watchdog for consumers, all the CFPB has done is use its command-and-control regulatory policies to stifle economic growth and bully our community financial institutions.”Read More
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WASHINGTION, D.C. -- North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer and Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke have introduced H.R.6295, the CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act. This bill, which is a companion to Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Steve Daines’ (R-MT) S.3459, allows for better use of the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit.
The 45Q tax credit is meant to offer incentives for environmentally friendly solutions so power plants can operate cleanly and efficiently. As it stands, tax guidelines and current federal regulations do not align, which makes it impossible for companies to use the tax credit for permanent or geological storage.
H.R.6295 helps to bridge that gap by getting Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on the same page so there is another option for carbon sequestration besides enhanced oil and gas recovery.
“This bill simply aligns EPA and IRS regulations as it relates to the existing carbon sequestration tax credit,” said Cramer. “This is one small way to correct this Administration’s insistence on picking winners and losers in energy markets at the expense of consumers and job producers. I will continue to work on every opportunity to ensure a level playing field for all energy sources.”
“Because of this Administration’s perpetual war on fossil fuels, we need coal more than ever to keep energy costs reliable and affordable,” said Zinke. “We as a Congress must find more ways to utilize Montana’s coal reserves with innovative, clean technologies. This is why H.R.6295 is crucial. The current 45Q tax credit, which incentivizes carbon capture technologies, is unusable to companies who want to sequester carbon through geological storage. I am supportive of 45Q, but I want for companies in Montana to actually be able to utilize it. Rep. Cramer and I introduced this legislation to create new economic opportunities, protect our environment, and keep our coal, oil, and gas communities viable for generations to come.”
WILLISTON, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer praised the city of Williston for its five years of effort to bring more modern air services to northwestern North Dakota.
He joined Williston Mayor Howard Klug, Susan Mowry-Schalk, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Great Lakes Region Airports Division Manager, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and other officials at today’s groundbreaking of the new Williston Basin International Airport.
“Today illustrates how big projects like this airport do not happen on their own,” said Cramer. “It takes a team, and everybody here has had a part in bringing this airport to the point of reaching today’s groundbreaking.”
Cramer praised the partnership of the FAA in its support of airport projects across North Dakota. “There are many federal agencies which North Dakota has varying degrees of trouble with, but the FAA is not one of them,” he said. “It is a real partner that has helped solve problems and not create them, especially here in northwestern North Dakota.”
Construction will begin in 2017 with a targeted completion date of 2018 on the airport, located northwest of Williston on County Road 7. Funding for the $240 million project includes $112 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), $62.5 million from the City of Williston and $56.7 million from the State of North Dakota’s Energy Impact Fund, and other sources.
Work on relocation of the Williston airport from its current location at Sloulin Field began in 2011 when city officials met with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and began feasibility, environmental and site studies. Cramer has supported the relocation efforts in Congress, reaching out to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to communicate the need for an expanded air transportation hub in northwestern North Dakota to better meet the area’s growth and the need for larger runways to accommodate larger aircraft.
In August 2014, Cramer, along with Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp hosted Huerta in Williston to see firsthand the need for airport expansion and improvements.
Commercial air service activity in Williston has grown from fewer than 6,000 passengers in 2005 to more than 100,000 passengers in 2015. In addition to meeting greater security needs and safety standards for aircraft operations, the new airport will accommodate four jets and be capable of servicing 70- to 220-passenger aircraft.Read More
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Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the ruling issued today by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit following arguments Wednesday on the temporary injunction to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. This ruling dissolves its administrative injunction and allows the company to move forward with construction up to Lake Oahe.
“This 3-0 ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals confirms that the pipeline company, the North Dakota Historic Preservation Office, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the others involved in this pipeline have done what they need to do to move the project forward. I look forward to the workers getting back to work, doing the jobs they need to do Monday morning. Hopefully they can do it free from harassment and free from a threat of violence.”
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Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement on today’s announcement by President Obama the Paris climate agreement will take effect next month:
“This is exactly the type of circumstance the Founders had in mind when they gave ratification authority to the United States Senate instead of the United Nations or to the European Union. Barack Obama is not the king of the United States. He’s not the king of the world. He’s our President and he works for us. Unilaterally disarming the American economy at the behest of the world is not in his job description.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal today to reconsider a lower court ruling on the immigration system overhaul proposed by President Obama. The court ruling in U.S. v. Texas in June stopped the Obama Administration’s executive order on illegal immigration in a lawsuit filed by 26 states, including North Dakota. The Administration’s recent request for a rehearing was based on the fact that a vacancy on the Supreme Court at the time of the June ruling made it a tie with four justices each voting for and against the case. In the event of a tie vote, the ruling by the lower court stands.
“Today’s decision prevents the President’s unconstitutional executive order on illegal immigration from being revived. It is another federal court ruling on an Obama Administration effort that is a blatant overreach of executive branch power. I joined 112 Members of Congress in May 2015 supporting an amicus brief in U.S. v. Texas urging a federal court to declare as unlawful President Obama’s executive action in illegal immigration. Today’s decision affirms the rule of law and upholds the authority of Congress to make laws, not the President and Federal agencies.”
1032 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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