DEVILS LAKE, ND – Congressman Kevin Cramer will host a Q & A Town Hall with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in Devils Lake tomorrow to give local farmers the opportunity to ask questions about the Wetland Easement Program and wetland mapping. The event will take place from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Basement Meeting Room of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Press is welcome to attend.
Time: September 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Location: Ramsey County Courthouse, 524 4th Avenue NE, Devils Lake, ND
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled mobile office hours in Fessenden and Carrington on Thursday, September 28.
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 Fessenden and Carrington 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 Fessenden and Carrington 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.
Thursday, September 28
602 Railway St. S
Fessenden, ND 58438
Carrington City Library—1-2:30pm
87 8th Ave. N
Carrington, ND 58421
Contact Cramer’s Constituent Services Representative, Emily Custer, with any questions at Emily.Custer@mail.house.gov or by phone at 701-738-4880.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer joined a coalition of 30 House members to originally cosponsor the Carbon Capture Act, sponsored by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX).
H.R. 3761, the Carbon Capture Act, incentivizes carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects a technology that, according to Conaway’s office, can capture up to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from the use of traditional fuel methods in electricity generation and industrial processes.
“With our coal, oil, and gas industries in North Dakota, we’re in a perfect spot to develop these technologies to increase energy production, jobs, and security,” said Cramer. “The opportunity to lead the way in these new technologies is something North Dakota is very excited about.”
The Conaway bill improves the existing tax credit for the capture and utilization or storage of carbon dioxide to support the ongoing development of clean coal technologies. The bill compliments Congressman Cramer’s CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act to harmonize Internal Revenue Services and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
“Basin Electric supports the efforts of Congressmen Conaway, Cramer and others to advance carbon capture projects in America with the introduction of the Carbon Capture Act. We believe clean coal technology coupled with carbon capture projects holds the key to an energy future that involves all sources of energy. While domestic, abundant, and reliable, the coal industry is evolving and recognizes the need to lower carbon emissions. Through our efforts at Dakota Gasification Company’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant, we’ve captured more than 35 million tons of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. This legislation expands the tax credit to better foster opportunities for private industry and government to work together, innovate, and advance further carbon capture projects. This country has accomplished great things when industry and human ingenuity are facilitated, encouraged, and unleashed. This is a pivotal time for our nation’s energy future, and this legislation represents an important step in the right direction.” – Paul Sukut, CEO and General Manager, Basin Electric
“Many power plants in North Dakota (and elsewhere) are close to oil fields that could use carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery. Appropriate incentives could facilitate CO2 recovery from power plants, which would provide an environmental benefit to the electric power sector and would encourage more thorough recovery of the oil resource.” – Rick Lancaster, Vice President and Chief Generation Officer, Great River Energy
Cramer questioned witnesses at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy Hearing this past week emphasizing how critical it is to our modern economy and society to maintain a reliable electric system. He highlighted concerns with early shutdown of baseload generation, like coal, impacting reliability and increased costs to ratepayers. View Cramer’s questioning here.
Bismarck, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for this week. All times are local.
Monday, September 18
Meeting with Bruce Walker
Integrity Viking Funds
Meeting with Joan Morris
Meeting with Mike Schwab
ND Pharmacists Association
Tuesday, September 19
Petroleum Marketers Association
Roundtable with Energy Leaders
Point of View with Chris Berg
Wednesday, September 20
Scott Hennen: What’s on your Mind?
Greater North Dakota Chamber CEO Roundtable
The Rob (Re)Port - WDAY
Thursday, September 21
JT Show - KNOX
Rick Jensen – KHND
Bobcat Manufacturing Facility Celebration
Friday, September 22
Town hall with Landowners & U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Devils Lake, ND
Intel, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG) Building Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, September 23
2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Contact Adam Jorde for all state and national press inquiries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer joined a majority of his colleagues today in passing a comprehensive appropriations bill combining all 12 spending bills required to fund the government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
The Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018 combines the text of the every appropriations bill for FY 2018. It is the first time all appropriations bills have passed the House of Representatives through the standard appropriations process since FY 2006. “The House is proving to the American people that it can function as a governing body without kicking the can down the road,” said Cramer. “From subcommittee through full committee and on to the House floor, every appropriations bill has been thoroughly debated, amended, and passed in full view of the American public – the way our governing body is supposed to function.”
The House of Representatives:
As the only branch holding the purse strings for our federal government, Congress is charged with considering and passing 12 appropriations bills each year to fund the federal government. Through the appropriations process, Congress is able to enact spending reforms and reprioritize funding for our country. “Passing every appropriations bill annually shouldn’t be considered an accomplishment, but in recent decades, Congress has failed to consistently achieve this goal,” said Cramer. “Now that the House has done its work, it’s time for the Senate to avoid passing another continuing resolution, and instead, have an open debate on all 12 appropriations bills. Senators need to take this responsibility seriously. If necessary, Leader McConnell should change the archaic Senate parliamentary rules to allow simple-majority votes on appropriations legislation.”
A continuing resolution is an extension of funding to all branches of government at the current year funding levels. Oftentimes, Congress will pass continuing resolutions when they have not come to an agreement on government funding before the end of the fiscal year, which is on September 30. Congress will also pass ‘omnibus’ bills, which frequently pass at the end of the year with little deliberation or debate from members. “This is the problem,” said Cramer. “We need to make continuing resolutions and large omnibus bills put together behind closed doors the rare exception, not the norm. Congress needs to be a transparent body, and I’m going to keep fighting with leadership to prove we can do just that. America will be better off for it.”
In the funding bill passed today, Cramer successfully spearheaded several policy provisions specific to North Dakota including:
North Dakota specific highlights for the bill include:
Other Bill highlights include:
Physical Barrier Construction - $1.6 billion
Agriculture - $20 billion
Commerce, Justice, Science - $54 billion
Homeland Security - $44.3 billion
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education - $156 billion
Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development - $56.5 billion
Foreign Operations - $47.7 billion
Financial Services - $20.2 billion
Interior and Environment – $31.4 billion
Energy and Water Development - $37.6 billion
Department of Defense - $658.1 billion
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs - $88.8 billion
Legislative Branch - $3.58 billion
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported legislation passed in the House of Representatives today, which ensures that alien gang members are kept off our streets.
The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697) bars known alien gang members from coming into the United States and allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to deport them if they’re participating in gang activity. Additionally, the bill ensures criminal alien gang members are not eligible for immigration benefits, such as asylum, special immigration juvenile status, and temporary protected status, which are reserved for those around the world most in need of protection.
“Protecting Americans is my number one priority and it makes me sick every time I hear of an innocent person losing their life to gang activity,” said Cramer. “We will not tolerate violent gangs like MS-13 taking advantage of our immigrations laws to bring drugs, violence, and other illegal activities to our communities. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act guarantees criminal alien gang members are not allowed through our borders and makes it easier for ICE to remove them.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has found that a majority of gang members in transnational gangs are foreign-born nationals. Under current law, it is not possible to deport such gang members unless they are convicted of an independent crime. In Fiscal Year 2016, over 2,000 criminal aliens removed by ICE were suspected of participating in gang activity. ICE also made more than 8,000 gang-related criminal arrests, leading to more than 2,600 convictions.
MS-13 originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, and currently participates in at least 40 states across America and the District of Columbia. According to the Department of Justice, the notoriously violent MS-13 gang has roughly 10,000 members inside the United States and more than 40,000 globally. Most members are originally from Central America.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer sent a letter today to several key decision makers for tax reform to stress priorities for farmers across North Dakota.
The letter, which was sent to Chief Economic Advisor and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Kevin Brady, and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch requests they take into account the unique characteristics of family farms across North Dakota when considering tax reform.
Specifically, Cramer points to maintaining interest deductibility, the stepped-up cost basis, and elimination of the estate tax as the three core tax priorities for North Dakota farmers.
“Since a vast majority of farmers and ranchers rely on debt to finance their operations, eliminating the interest deduction would raise the cost of doing business for farmers and ranchers and make it more difficult for them to acquire the land and equipment needed to feed our hungry world,” Cramer says in the letter.
As the lone-Representative for the state of North Dakota and a close ally of President Trump and the Trump Administration, Cramer continues to advocate for tax reform in order to grow our economy and allow North Dakotans to keep more of their hard-earned money.
View the full letter here
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in remembrance of the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001:
“On this day 16 years ago, America witnessed one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history. The evil and hatred displayed changed us forever, and terrorists believed we would cower in fear at the horrible atrocities committed by them. They were wrong. Where they believed America was weak, we showed strength. Where they believed Americans would run from catastrophe, heroes ran toward it. Where they believed Americans would splinter apart, we forged a deeper love and bond with our fellow neighbors than ever seen before.
Those who lost their lives that terrible day will always be remembered, but their lives were not lost in vain. Through our will, compassion, and steadfast love for everything that is the United States of America, we will always send a message to evil around the world that you will not hurt us, you will not break us, and you will never destroy the God-given rights every individual has to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will receive a $4.9 Million grant to construct the All Nations Veterans Cemetery near Fort Yates.
The grant, which is being provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration, will be used to for the construction of a main entrance, an administration building, a maintenance building, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, 128 pre-placed single depth crypts, 28 standard full casket sites, 12 cremated remains gravesites, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. The project will develop eight acres and serve 2,264 tribal Veterans and their families.
“This national cemetery will bring recognition and honor to many patriots, and some pride to the families of loved ones who have fought for, and in many cases, gave their lives for our country and for the world’s freedom,” said Cramer. “The funding for this cemetery to be built near Fort Yates is really long overdue, it’s a long time incoming, and I’m really grateful and pleased that the Trump Administration approved their application.”
According to a notice provided to Cramer’s office, since 1980, the program has awarded grants totaling more than $714 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 107 Veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. These VA funded Veteran cemeteries provided more than 36,000 burials in 2016. The closest national cemetery is Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota, which is 238 miles away. The closest grant-funded cemetery is North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota, which is 65 miles away. VA’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program is designed to complement VA’s 135 national cemeteries across the country.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation providing hurricane disaster relief, raising the debt ceiling, and funding the government through December 8:
“I voted for the Senate bill that provides $15 billion in disaster aid for Hurricane Harvey, and funds the government at current levels and extends the debt ceiling through December 8th of this year. President Trump has asked for this legislation in order to clear the deck for Congress to pass our highest priority, comprehensive tax reform. During this time, I will work with my colleagues to establish a more disciplined approach to our fiscal responsibilities. Our citizens deserve a more transparent and predictable process when handling their money.”
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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 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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In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech.