Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Cramer Statement on President’s Speech Announcing Executive Order on Immigration

2014/11/21

BISMARCK, N.D. - Congressman Kevin Cramer today issued the following statement after President Obama announced an executive order on immigration policy: “We've just had an election where the vast majority of voters said they want their government to work together. They want the House and Senate working with the President. They want Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives, working on solutions. They want a government that listens to them. With this action, the President is turning his back on the people and their representatives, and acting inconsistently with our constitution and many of his own previous statements. If he persists with this type of dictatorial governing, he greatly harms our ability to function as three co-equal branches of government.” Read More

Cramer Continues Fight Against ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule, Requests No Funding Be Made Available

2014/11/20

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer is continuing to lead the fight against the drastic expansion of federal regulations known as the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Cramer requests no funding in the fiscal year 2015 spending bill be made available for any purpose associated with developing or implementing the rule. On March 25, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, which would grant the federal government unprecedented regulatory authority over nearly all bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches, and other occasionally wet areas, including those found on private property. The proposal had previously failed when introduced as legislation in the 110th and 111th Congress, and contradicts two U.S. Supreme Court decisions establishing limits on federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA). On September 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to prevent the EPA and Army Corps from moving forward with the rule. “As you prepare a fiscal year 2015 spending bill, I ask for you to ensure no funding be made available for the purpose of changing the definition of “waters” under the jurisdiction of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act,” wrote Cramer to Appropriations Chairman Hal Rodgers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey. “The House passed H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015, earlier this year with a bipartisan vote of 253-170. Section 106 of this bill prohibited any funds from being used to “develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change” to the definition of waters under the CWA. Therefore, I respectfully request the same language be included in any fiscal year 2015 spending measure or any Continuing Resolution the House may consider.” Congressman Cramer has consistently opposed the Waters of the U.S. rule and has called on the EPA to change course on numerous occasions, citing its devastating economic impacts, substantial regulatory costs, bureaucratic barriers to economic growth, and severely negative impacts on farms, small businesses, commercial development, road construction and energy production, as well as the fact waters are to be governed by states and not the federal government.  Read More

Congressman Cramer to Serve on Coveted Energy & Commerce Committee

2014/11/20

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Chairman of U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton announced Congressman Kevin Cramer will serve on the coveted committee for the 114th Congress. The Energy and Commerce Committee is among the most powerful in Congress, having the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. The Committee has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. It 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. "I am honored and pleased to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress. The biggest issues facing our state and nation will be deliberated on this important committee. I realize serving on one of the House's four “A” Committees carries additional responsibilities, and I am prepared for the challenge. North Dakotans have earned a seat at this prestigious table, and I am honored to occupy it on their behalf,” said Congressman Cramer. “I am grateful to our leadership, especially Speaker Boehner and Chairman Upton for the confidence they have expressed in me, and I am ready for the heavy lift that comes with this awesome privilege." “I look forward to welcoming Congressman Cramer as a valuable addition to the Energy and Commerce Committee. As a former energy and telecommunications regulator who now represents the dynamic North Dakota economy in Congress, he brings a deep understanding of the broad range of issues our committee faces as we prepare to hit the ground running next year,” said Chairman Upton. In the 113th Congress, Congressman Kevin Cramer serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, including five subcommittees. A full announcement on his committee assignments for the 114th Congress will be made at a later date. Read More

Congressman Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2014/11/20

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule in North Dakota. The list of events is below: Friday, November 21 Community Kick Off Event for Cpl Mark Haegele 7:00PM Central  McQuade Distributing 1150 Industrial Drive Bismarck Saturday, November 22 North Dakota Farmers Union Annual Convention Rep. Cramer will address the convention on topics including conservation compliance, the Waters of the U.S. rule, section 179 tax extenders, and the status of a new highway bill 12:15PM Central Holiday Inn 3803 13th Avenue S. Fargo NDSU Harvest Bowl 2:00PM Central Fargodome 1800 N University Dr. Fargo Wednesday, November 26 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of MN/ND Board Meeting 11:00AM Central Comstock Construction 4511 15th Ave N. Fargo Read More

Pro-Manufacturing Legislation Passes U.S. House

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation to promote new manufacturing and job growth has passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Congressman Kevin Cramer voted for the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, which will boost manufacturing by increasing transparency in permitting at the federal level. “In his 2014 State of the Union address, the President said he wanted to ‘cut red tape’ to help states build new factories. Nearly one year later, we still haven’t seen him come through with his promise, so the House has passed this legislation to help him take action,” said Cramer. The legislation passed today will reduce delays for manufacturing projects which require preconstruction permits under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review by: Creating a dashboard to provide increased transparency on the timing for permitting, providing the public with access to this information Reducing permitting delays by ensuring the EPA provides timely guidance on how to comply with new or revised air quality standards which affect the permit applications Promoting more efficient processing of permits by requiring the EPA to provide Congress an annual report on the actions it is taking to expedite the permitting process “The American Chemistry Council has testified approximately $112 billion in new U.S. investment is made possible by abundant supplies of natural gas and natural gas liquids. This same energy production could create as many as one million new jobs by 2025, in manufacturing facilities for iron, steel, cement, fertilizer, chemical, aluminum, plastics, and other materials. Yet, all of these new investments and jobs risk becoming stifled by New Source Review permitting which regularly takes one to three years,” Cramer added. Read More

Rail Companies Issue New Status Reports on Grain Car Backlog

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly grain backlog status updates as required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota is below. Previous weeks are in italic.   BNSF Number of outstanding cars Average number of days late Number of new car orders Number of car orders filled Number of orders canceled by shipper Number of orders canceled by railroad 11/09/14 – 11/15/14 3,005 14.6 days 506 1,193 45 0 11/02/14 – 11/08/14 3,411 15.7 days 433 1,284 0 0 10/26/14 – 11/01/14 3,334 15 days 497 912 22 0 10/19/14 – 10/25/14 3,509 14 days 195 1,127 0 0 10/12/14 – 10/18/14 3,724 15 days 470 1,149 0 0 10/09/14 – 10/15/14 3,704 14.1 days 341 1,296 0 0   CP Number of outstanding cars Average number of days late Number of new car orders Number of car orders filled Number of orders canceled by shipper Number of orders canceled by railroad 11/09/14 – 11/15/14 2,684 2.94 weeks 897 1,378 377 0 11/02/14 – 11/08/14 2,479 2.85 weeks 636 1,293 363 0 10/26/14 – 11/01/14 2,324 2.42 weeks 756 894 677 0 10/19/14 – 10/25/14 2,529 2.14 weeks 1,219 1,424 527 0 10/12/14 – 10/18/14 2,031 2.82 weeks 1,293 1,935 767 0 10/06/14 – 10/11/14 1,801 3.77 weeks 1,015 1,045 1,015 0 View the full reports: BNSF | CP ### Read More

Vice Chairman Cramer Questions Former Obamacare Website Official

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer, Vice Chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Oversight Subcommittee, questioned a former top aide to President Obama who was the White House point-man for the development and rollout of the HealthCare.gov website. In his testimony during the hearing, Todd Park revealed he did in fact brief President Obama on concerns about the website before its launch. In the wake of serious concerns about the security of personal data, the Science Committee has repeatedly asked for Mr. Park to testify. On September 17, the Subcommittee on Oversight approved a subpoena compelling Mr. Park’s appearance today. Although he denied having detailed knowledge of security and testing prior to the rollout of the website on October 1, 2013, the Committee has obtained many emails where Mr. Park demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of these issues. A recently released interim Majority Staff Report lays out a timeline of events and emails raising further questions about what the White House knew. Still, as of today, the White House has failed to provide all emails and documents covered under the subpoena. In his questioning of Mr. Park, Cramer referenced an email on page 6 of this PDF, in which a federal employee, Michelle Snyder, said she was threatened with a demotion or forced retirement if she did not carry out the website rollout “no matter what”. Ms. Snyder also referenced “risks” of the rollout, and ended the email by requesting it be deleted after reading. “What were these risks that Ms. Snyder referenced in her email, which she asked you to delete?” asked Cramer. Mr. Park indicated the risks were related to hardware, but refused to be any more specific. In January, Congressman Cramer voted for successful bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to notify individuals in the event their personal information stored in the Obamacare exchange is stolen or unlawfully accessed. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act requires such notification to occur no later than two business days after discovery by the HHS Secretary. 224 Republicans and 67 Democrats voted for its passage. [[{"fid":"359","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Vice Chairman Cramer Questions Former Obamacare Website Official","height":"380","width":"640","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Make EPA Science Transparent

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base its regulations on scientific data that is public. The Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 requires the EPA to make publically available any scientific information it uses to propose, finalize, or disseminate regulations. “Time and time again, the EPA has refused to provide the scientific data they claim to be using to justify their regulatory decisions. Even after we voted for a subpoena in the House Science Committee, they have continued to insist on secrecy. If the EPA wants to tell North Dakota how to run our energy industry, operate our farms, and take care of our air and water, then we ought to at least be able to look at the data they’re using to draw their conclusions,” said Cramer. Congressman Cramer spoke on the House floor this afternoon to underscore the need for transparency in the federal government, and highlight North Dakota examples of federal regulation through secret data. “In western North Dakota we have a brick plant in Hebron - Hebron Brick - that is subject MACT rule, a rule based on studies that are tightly held, and again, only available to the bureaucrats. We have countless acres of private farm land and ranch land in our state and states around us that have been owned privately for generations. It’s up for grabs if this Waters of the U.S. rule continues to go forward. It took forceful inquiry by the Science, Space and Technology Committee to find, to get, to reveal the secret maps the EPA was creating as part of this massive land grab” Cramer said in his speech. Last year, Congressman Cramer voted to issue a subpoena to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for scientific data it uses to justify regulations, yet refuses to release publically. The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology filed the subpoena after continually asking the EPA to provide the data and receiving no response from the agency. Many of the EPA’s most costly regulations including standards for air quality and for coal-fired power plants are based on two government-sponsored studies: the Harvard Six Cities Study and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study II. This taxpayer-funded data has never been made available to Congress or to the public for independent analysis. Both the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the National Academy of Sciences have expressed significant concerns with the EPA’s continued use of this decades-old data. In a 2013 report to Congress, the OMB states “some of the scientific and economic questions are not resolved… significant uncertainty remains” regarding the numbers. The legislation passed today has received letters of support from over 80 scientists and experts, 30 trade associations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and the former head of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. [[{"fid":"358","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"U.S. House Passes Legislation to Make EPA Science Transparent","height":"380","width":"640","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

Cramer Statement on Failure of Keystone XL Legislation in U.S. Senate

2014/11/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after a failed vote in the U.S. Senate to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline: “I am disappointed with today’s vote, and the failure of too many Senators to recognize the need for job creation in this country. However, this is not the end of the road. We will bring this same legislation up once again for a vote next year. In the meantime, I would strongly encourage the President to recognize the writing is on the wall and sign the Presidential Permit based on the data he already has, which is more than sufficient.” Last week, Congressman Cramer spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the legislation. It passed the House on a bipartisan majority with 221 Republicans and 31 Democrats voting in favor. Read More

House Approves Cramer Co-Sponsored Legislation to Reform Science Advisory Board

2014/11/18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to reform the Science Advisory Board (SAB), which plays a crucial role in reviewing the scientific foundation of regulatory decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shortcomings in the SAB have been widely reported, including a lack of public participation during meetings, the exclusion of state and private sector expertise, and a potential conflict of interest with the EPA. “For too long, the Science Advisory Board has acted more like an extra arm of the EPA rather than the independent scientific review panel it was intended to be. This legislation will make the Board more transparent by reinforcing peer-review requirements, limiting non-scientific policy advice and recommendations, and strengthening public participation and comment opportunities. This is just one step in the long road to an acceptably transparent and accountable EPA,” said Cramer. According to the Congressional Research Service, 34 of 58 members of the key EPA advisory panels have also received grants from the EPA since 2000 totaling roughly $140 million in taxpayer dollars. The research they are reviewing is often directly related to the money they receive. In addition, many panel members have made strong public statements advocating specific policies, while also being relied upon for impartial scientific advice. The EPA has also attempted to use the SAB to help implement the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which would grant the federal government unprecedented regulatory authority over nearly all bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches, and other occasionally wet areas, including those found on private property. At a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on July 9, Congressman Cramer asked EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe if he believes the law allows the EPA to intercept questions from the committee to the Science Advisory Board, but the Deputy Administrator refused to answer the question. The Science Advisory Board Reform Act will: Strengthen public participation and public comment opportunities Reduce conflicts of interest by reinforcing peer review requirements Broaden debate by increasing the ability of dissenting panelists to make their views known Requiring uncertainties in scientific findings and research to be disclosed On Monday evening, President Obama issued a veto threat for the legislation. 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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