Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

CRAMER: STATEMENT ON FCC ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESTORING INTERNET FREEDOM ORDER

2017/11/21

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced the circulation of his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order. The Order will be voted on during the FCC’s open meeting in December.

“The partisan politics around the inappropriately named ‘net neutrality’ rules need to stop. There’s nothing ‘neutral’  about an unelected federal agency unilaterally taking authority over an entire industry. On the contrary, this anti-freedom, government-knows-best rule was another Washington power grab that stifled investment of our internet industry and punished internet providers, both small and large, for doing nothing wrong. I applaud Chairman Pai for restoring internet freedom, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to enact policy that is legitimately neutral for consumers, businesses, and internet providers alike.”

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CRAMER: STATEMENT ON ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES WAIVER

2017/11/21

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced agricultural industries will receive a 90-day compliance waiver for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate:

I am pleased the FMCSA has granted the agriculture industry a 90-day waiver. This extra time will allow the agency to fully consider the exemption requests that have poured in from the industry. I will keep pressure on the FMCSA and encourage our ag commodity haulers to voice their views to the agency as it reviews the exemption request.”

FMCSA also announced a delay in placing non-ELD compliant vehicles out-of-service until April 1, 2018. If a vehicle is stopped for inspection between December 18, 2017 and April 1, 2018, and it does not have an ELD, the driver will only be cited for not having an ELD, but will be allowed to continue driving. In addition, the violation will not impact the carrier’s safety percentiles.

In September, Congressman Cramer joined a majority of his colleagues in supporting the House appropriations package. The spending package included H.R. 3353, which contains report language that would instruct the Department of Transportation to analyze whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate. The package also prohibits any funds from being used to enforce the mandate on truckers transporting livestock. Cramer is also a cosponsor of H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act which would delay the ELD mandate for two years. 

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Cramer: Statement on Nebraska Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

2017/11/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the route for the Keystone XL pipeline:

“More than anything else the Keystone XL Pipeline is an important piece of energy security infrastructure. Unfortunately, it’s become a high profile example of the type of development paralysis the Obama Administration put our country through. This project displaces oil from hostile countries, like Venezuela, with that from a friendly country, like Canada. It helps restore this important relationship that was frayed by the last administration. It’s also important to remember that the completion of the Keystone XL provides additional options for Bakken crude once it comes online. The jobs that are created through the construction and operation, notwithstanding the additional employment created as a result of refining this oil here in the United States, will help continue the momentum of increased prosperity and job creation that’s realized as a result of the Trump Administration. And in addition to the other state regulators along the pipeline route, I’m sure that the Nebraska commissioners took a thorough review of the project in their state and will hold the company accountable.”

Since entering Congress in 2013, Cramer has been a leading advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the 114th Congress, Congressman Cramer introduced H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which passed Congress, but was vetoed by President Obama. While serving as a North Dakota Public Service Commissioner, Cramer sited the original Keystone Pipeline through North Dakota. 

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CRAMER ANNOUNCES MOBILE OFFICE HOURS IN WASHBURN AND STANTON ON NOVEMBER 29TH

2017/11/17

Contact: Kaitlyn.Weidert@mail.house.gov

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has scheduled mobile office hours in Washburn and Stanton on Wednesday, November 29th.  

 

Mobile office hours allow constituents time with Cramer’s staff and access to resources required for personal casework on issues ranging from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare, immigration issues, and other federal agencies. “Mobile office hours have facilitated a way for constituents across the state to get the help they need with federal agencies,” said Cramer. “I understand the difficulties in dealing with some of these agencies, and we strive to serve as many folks as possible by working on cases in numerous cities.”

 

Individuals from the Washburn and Stanton areas are encouraged to stop by the mobile office at the times listed below.   

 

Wednesday, November 29  

 

Washburn Public Library—11:00-12:00pm

705 Main Avenue

Washburn

 

 

Stanton Public Library—1:30-2:30pm

 

600 County Road 37

Stanton

 

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

 

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Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2017/11/16

 

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

 

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for November 17 - 22. All times are local.

 

Friday, November 17

 

Keynote Speaker at Williston Petroleum Banquet

*Open Press

8:00pm

The Grand Williston Hotel & Conference Center

Williston, ND

 

Saturday, November 18

 

Remarks at Independent Beef Association of North Dakota

*Open Press

4:00pm

Baymont Inn

Mandan, ND

 

Tuesday, November 21

 

Remarks at North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts

*Open Press

9:15am

Ramkota

Bismarck, ND

 

Wednesday, November 22

 

Scott Hennen: What’s on your Mind?

10:00am-11:00am

Listen Live

 

Meeting with Jerod Hendrix

*Closed Press

11:30am

Bismarck, ND

 

The Rob (Re)Port - WDAY

1:30pm

Listen Live

  

Contact Adam Jorde for all state and national press inquiries.

 

 

 

 

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CRAMER: A Historic Moment for The Middle Class

2017/11/16

Video of 2017 11 16 Tax Reform Debate Floor Speech

Recording: HD Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act today - a bill bringing an estimated gain in after-tax income of $2,287 for middle-income North Dakota families and 2,676 new jobs.

H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will return an estimated $1.5 trillion to America’s hardworking families and businesses. In North Dakota, that means a roughly $2,287 pay raise for middle-income families across the state - enough for 8 months of groceries in the average household, or for a local restaurant owner to invest in wage increases or a much-needed new employee.

“For far too long, Washington lobbyists and special interest groups have held a chokehold on the 74,000 page U.S. Tax Code, said Cramer. “Bloated with carve-outs and gimmicks meant to incentivize one industry over another, the United States has the least competitive tax system in the industrialized world, which is why House Republicans are pushing the reset button.”

The bill lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans. It also significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples. And, contrary to rumors, it retains savings options for 401(k)s and other individual retirement accounts.

It permanently lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% - adding jobs, increasing workers’ wages, and making the United States one of the most competitive tax countries in the world. It also provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the exemption and repealing the Death Tax after six years while also maintaining ‘step-up in basis.’ Family-owned farms and businesses will no longer have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.

During debate today, Cramer emphasized the importance this bill has on the middle class – over-and-above the economic and job creation benefits. “It’s really the long overdue direct tax benefits to the vast middle-class who don’t have a lobbyist living in the rich suburbs of Washington D.C. that takes center stage for me and my fellow North Dakotan,” said Cramer. “The benefit of doubling the standard deduction combined with greater job opportunities and simpler, less expensive filing costs, and a generous family tax credit will put more money in the pockets and less anxiety in the hearts of middle-class North Dakotans.”

Summary of bill’s benefits to Americans

For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers individual tax rates for low- and middle-income Americans to Zero, 12%, 25%, and 35% so people can keep more of the money they earn throughout their lives, and continues to maintain 39.6% for high-income Americans.
  • Significantly increases the standard deduction to protect roughly double the amount of what you earn each year from taxes – from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples.
  • Eliminates special-interest deductions that increase rates and complicate Americans’ taxes – so an individual or family can file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
  • Takes action to support more American families by:
    • Establishing a new Family Credit – which includes expanding the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children, and providing a credit of $300 for each parent and non-child dependent to help all families with their everyday expenses.
    • Preserving the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to help families care for their children and older dependents such as a disabled grandparent who may need additional support.
    • Preserving the Adoption Tax Credit so parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.
  • Maintains the Earned Income Tax Credit to provide important tax relief for low-income Americans working to build better lives for themselves.
  • Streamlines higher education benefits to help families save for and better afford college tuition and other education expenses.
  • Continues the deduction for charitable contributions so people can continue to donate to their local church, charity, or community organization.
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and maintains the home mortgage interest deduction for newly purchased homes up to $500,000 – providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local property taxes up to $10,000.
  • Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts so Americans can continue to save for their future.
  • Repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax so millions of individuals and families will no longer have to worry about calculating their taxes twice each year and pay the higher amount.
  • Provides immediate relief from the Death Tax by doubling the exemption and repealing the Death Tax after six years. Family-owned farms and businesses will no longer have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington when they pass down their life’s work to the next generation.

For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 20% – down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world – the largest reduction in the U.S. corporate tax rate in our nation’s history.
  • Reduces the tax rate on the hard-earned business income of Main Street job creators to no more than 25% – the lowest tax rate on small business income since World War II.
  • Provides a new, low tax rate of 9% for businesses earning less than $75,000 in income to help the Main Street startups who fuel innovation and job creation in communities across the country
  • Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers – unleashing the growth of jobs, productivity, and paychecks.
  • Protects the ability of small businesses to write off the interest on loans that help these Main Street entrepreneurs start or expand a business, hire workers, and increase paychecks.
  • Retains the low-income housing tax credit that encourages businesses to invest in affordable housing so families, individuals, and seniors can find a safe and comfortable place to call home.
  • Preserves the Research & Development Tax Credit – encouraging our businesses and workers to develop cutting-edge “Made in America” products and services.
  • Strengthens accountability rules for tax-exempt organizations to ensure that churches, charities, foundations, and other organizations receiving tax-exempt status are focused on helping people and communities in need.
  • Modernizes our international tax system so America’s global businesses will no longer be held back by an outdated “worldwide” tax system that results in double taxation for many of our nation’s job creators.
  • Makes it easier for American businesses to bring home foreign earnings to invest in growing jobs and paychecks in our local communities.
  • Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.

Support from business community: Airlines for America, Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute, Alliance for Competitive Taxation (ACT), American Bankers Association, American Forest & Paper Association, American Hotels and Lodging Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America, American Petroleum Institute, American Trucking Association, AT&T, AT&T – $1 Billion Investment, Business Leaders for Michigan, Business Roundtable, Consumer Technology Association, CTIA, Electronic Transactions Association, Entertainment Software Association, Ford, Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Franchise Association, Intuit, Insured Retirement Institute, Motion Picture Association (MPAA), National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Wholesale-Distributors (NAW), National Federation of Independent Business, National Restaurant Association , National Retail Federation, Printing Industries of America, Raytheon, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably (RATE) Coalition, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council , UPS, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), Chamber Group Letter

Conservative Support: American Action Network, American Commitment, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Tax Reform – Key Vote, American Legislative Exchange Council Action, Association of Mature American Citizens, Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Center for Individual Freedom, Citizens Against Government Waste, Concerned Veterans for America, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Club for Growth, Digital Liberty, Faith & Freedom Coalition, Family Business Coalition, Freedom Partners, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, FreedomWorks, Generation Opportunity, Heritage Action, Hispanic Leadership Fund, Independent Women’s Voice, The LIBRE Initiative, National Taxpayers Union, Reaching America, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, 60 Plus Association, Group Letter

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CRAMER: National Defense Bill Passes House

2017/11/14

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

Recording: Audio

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today, which passed the House of Representatives by a 356 to 70 vote. The modified NDAA bill, which has been reconciled between House and Senate versions previously passed by the respective chambers, now moves to the Senate for approval before going to the White House for President Trump’s signature.

NDAA (H.R. 2810) for fiscal year 2018 increases defense spending 10 percent from last year’s level – a total of $696.1 billion. The added funding will further equip, supply, and train our troops while also caring for them and their families and setting national security policy in a dangerous world.  The defense bill also acknowledges North Dakota’s prominent role in defending our nation’s freedoms with continued support of the Air Force Bases in Minot and Grand Forks, as well as our state’s Air and Army National Guard. 

“Maintaining peace and fending off foreign aggression from the likes of North Korea and Iran is easier when the world understands the strength and capabilities of the United States military,” said Cramer. “The passage of this defense bill is a good start to resolving concerns about combat readiness and cannibalizing old military planes due to lack of funding. The National Defense Authorization Act gives our troops the largest pay raise in eight years, ensures the Pentagon is spending wisely by performing the first ever audit, and strengthens our missile defense with a $4.4 billion increase to the budget.”

READINESS: The legislation authorizes increasing the size of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard, and increases funding for maintenance for all Services, for increased training opportunities, and for sustaining, restoring, and modernizing facilities. It also enhances our defense by modernizing our nuclear weapons stockpile, missile defense, and military vehicles; and supporting defensive and offensive cyberspace strategy. Furthermore, It prohibits transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States, and from transferring the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba.

RESOURCES: NDAA fully funds the 2.4 percent pay raise our troops are entitled to under law. It also extends special pay and bonuses for service members. It blocks the misguided attempt to close military medical facilities upon which our deployed troops and their families rely. Provides commonsense resources to help families manage challenges like relocations, including reimbursements for spouse’s obtaining licensing/certification in another state.

REFORM: NDAA instructs for the first-ever audit of the Pentagon, adds oversight to service contacts to prevent wasteful spending, and streamlines bureaucracy through transparent purchasing.

NORTH DAKOTA HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Authorizes the full budget request for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapons activities, including vital efforts to modernize the nuclear weapons stockpile. The bill authorizes $21 billion for nuclear weapon programs – including modernization of the infrastructure that supports the nuclear triad.
  • Includes $27 million for an indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base 
  • Fully funds MQ-9 Reaper procurement and modifications at roughly $345 million, which are flown by the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo.
  • Funds RQ-4 Global Hawk modernization at nearly $230 million, which are flown out of the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
  • Authorizes a 2.4 percent  pay raise for our troops – a plus for the thousands of soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors who serve in our state.
  • Directs the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to establish an intelligence fusion center to enhance the protection of nuclear command and control.
  • Does not allow for a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
  • Commissions the DOD and National Guard to study the effectiveness of uses of  unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for National Guard operations

For more information, view the a full summary of the bill here.

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CRAMER: House Reforms National Flood Insurance Program

2017/11/14

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

Recording: Audio

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer supported the passage of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, which puts the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on a fiscally sustainable path and promotes the private flood insurance marketplace.

The taxpayer-backed NFIP was created in 1968 to provide government insurance protection against flood risks for both homeowners and commercial businesses. 50 years later, the federal program in effect has a monopoly, has borrowed over $30 billion from taxpayers, operates a $1.4 billion annual deficit and lacks the innovation expected of a company with $1.2 trillion of insurance coverage.

The 21st Century Flood Reform Act is a collection of seven bills reauthorizing the NFIP for five years and modernize the program. “Given the risk of flooding in many North Dakota communities we’re very aware of the federal flood insurance program,” said Cramer. “While it’s served many well, it’s also been a source of frustration, illogical cost, and dissatisfaction for others. By providing an affordable path to more accurate risk-based premiums and improved mitigation policy, consumers and taxpayers alike will be better served. Most importantly, bipartisan reforms to establish a strong private flood insurance market will bring consumer choice, broaden the financial risk, and, as we’ve seen in several cases, save consumers money.”  

Specifically, the bill would:

·         Decrease the cap on individual annual rate increases from 18% to 15%.

·         Limit the chargeable risk premium of any residential property to no more than $10,000 per year.

·         Leave in place the current practice of grandfathering. 

·         Consider differences in flood risk for coastal and inland properties in premium rates.

·         Reduce annual surcharges from $250 to $125 for certain non-owner occupied low-risk residential properties.

·         Allow for the continued coverage of new construction.

·         Include the Ross-Castor Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act [H.R. 1422] to provide greater private market access, competition and consumer choice.

·         Allow localities, who elect to use their own resources, to develop their own map alternatives to NFIP flood maps using better and cost-effective technology at an accelerated pace, subject to FEMA standards and approval.

·         Simplify FEMA’s approach to designating and addressing multiple-loss properties.

·         Require prioritization in maintaining its Reserve Fund, which would avoid NFIP borrowing from the U.S. Treasury.

·         Require due process protections for consumers pursuing their NFIP contract rights

·         Allow for more efficient claims processing

·         Provides each policyholder a disclosure sheet that provides general information about the policyholder’s standard NFIP policy

Cramer spoke at length about the opportunities for private flood insurance in a recent opinion editorial to the Fargo Forum. “Just like health care, or any other insurance market, we need extensive private sector competition to drive consumer choice and affordability,” said Cramer in the editorial. “Now with improved mapping and risk modeling developed in recent years, the flood insurance market should be included.”

The bill is supported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), and many other groups.

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Cramer Announces 2018 Military Academy Nominations

2017/11/13

Contact: Adam.Jorde@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer has nominated seven students to the United States military service academies. Nominees would enter their academy in the fall of 2018.

Cramer nominated Brenna Bulman of Cando and Ian Tjelta of Sheyenne to the United States Military Academy at West Point as well as Aidan Lambrecht of Bismarck and Brody Armstrong of Minot to the United States Naval Academy. He also nominated Evan Carmichael of Dickinson to the United States Air Force Academy, and John Lynch and Daniel Carroll, both of Dickinson, to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

“These young North Dakotans are second-to-none and I’m proud to be able to nominate them to our nation’s prestigious military academies,” said Cramer. “Every year, North Dakota produces strong candidates for the academies and this year is certainly no different. These students exemplify what it means to work hard, serve their community, and be leaders among their peers. I have no doubt each of them would be extremely successful cadets.”

Students must be nominated to an academy by a member of Congress, the Vice President of the United States, or a Service Branch Secretary. Final appointment decisions are made by the individual academies.

Those interested in applying for 2019 admission to a military service academy can find more information on Congressman Cramer’s official website, or by calling Randy Richards in the Grand Forks office at 701-738-4880.

Information on the students is below:

United States Military Academy at West Point: 

  • Brenna Bulman (Cando, ND) – Brenna, daughter of Lee and Lori Bulman, attends North Star Public School and is active in many activities including volleyball, basketball, band, choir, drama club, FCCLA, and tutoring. She also serves as president of the Honor Society and student body.
  • Ian Tjelta (Sheyenne, ND) – Ian, son of Peter and Jodi Tjelta, attends Devils Lake High School and participates in track and field, cross country, North Dakota All-Star Trap Team, 4-H Shooting Sports, JROTC, hunting, dog sledding, and church youth group.

United States Naval Academy:

  • Aidan Lambrecht (Bismarck, ND) – Aidan, son of Craig and Jewel Lambrecht, attends Shiloh Christian School and is active in football, basketball, student council, Sunday school, youth basketball coaching, youth mentoring, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
  • Brody Armstrong (Minot, ND) – Brody, son of Darren and Amy Armstrong, attends Minot High School and is a part of student council, varsity wrestling, National Honor Society, and Air Force JROTC.

United States Air Force Academy:

  • Evan Carmichael (Dickinson, ND) – Evan, son of Bruce and Kim Carmichael, attends Dickinson High School and is involved in Academic Club, 321 Competition, hockey, National Honor Society, Boys State, Leadership Dickinson, golf, and has an interest in military history.

United States Merchant Marine Academy:

  • John Lynch (Dickinson, ND) – John, son of Christopher and Nancy Lynch, attends Point Pleasanton Beach High School and is active in the National Honor Society, marching band, jazz band, musical theatre, football, track, Boys State. In addition, John also serves a life guard.
  • Daniel Carroll (Dickinson, ND) – Daniel, son of Russell and Carolyn Carroll, attends Dickinson High School and participates in cross country, FBLA, science club, Civil Air Patrol, Boys State, and math club.

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CRAMER: HOUSE ENSURES VA REFORM WITH PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION

2017/11/10

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported legislation this week to reform policies for our nation’s veterans.

The passage of fourteen bills by the House this week comes as Veterans Day is honored across the country. These bills aim to serve our military members by protecting both medical and housing benefits while holding VA officials responsible for program efficiency.   

“We are reminded this Veterans Day weekend of the sacrifice made by countless men and women in our country. Our vets deserve the best care possible regardless of rank, location, or health condition,” said Cramer. “The House-passed measures this week will hold the VA accountable and improve the Department’s ability to provide much needed coverage.”  

Veterans legislation passed by the House this week include:

  • H.R. 2123, the VETS Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), would allow a VA licensed health care professional to practice telemedicine in any location and state. H.R. 1066, the VA Management Alignment Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), would mandate a one-time report submitted to Congress by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on organizational structure within the Department.
  • H.R. 4173, the Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), would require the Secretary of the VA to provide a report on the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line.
  • H.R. 3122, the Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), would require the VA to publish information on people who financially exploit veterans receiving pension benefits.
  • H.R. 3562, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes, authored by Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX). This bill would provide a veteran in rehabilitation accommodations for housing.
  • H.R. 3656, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consistent eligibility date for provision of Department of Veterans Affairs memorial headstones and markers for eligible spouses and dependent children of veterans whose remains are unavailable, authored by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN).
  • H.R. 3657, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide headstones and markers for the graves of spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries, authored by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME).
  • H.R. 918, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, authored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), would provide mental health care to veterans that were ineligible due to other than honorable discharge.
  • H.R. 1133, the Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017, authored by Rep. John Carter (R-TX), would authorize the VA to provide transplant operations on a live donor for an eligible veteran at a VA or non-VA facility.
  • H.R. 1900, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, authored by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), would designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Ohio as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
  • H.R. 2601, the VICTOR Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), would create more access to community transplant centers through the Choice program for veterans who require transplants and experience travel burdens.
  • H.R. 3634, the SERVE Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), would require the Secretary of the VA to provide proof to a veteran receiving housing payments to provide as proof to a landlord.
  • H.R. 3705, the Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), would require the VA and Veterans Services Organizations (VSOs) to develop a new method of notifying veterans of debt and how they can dispute claims.
  • H.R. 3949, the VALOR Act, authored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), would simplify job training and apprenticeship programs under the GI bill. 

Other legislation supported by Cramer this Congress include:  

  • H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, authored by Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), reforms the process of veterans claims for benefits. This bill was signed into law by the President on August 23, 2017.   
  • Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, combines the text of the every appropriations bill for FY2018. This legislation funds the VA at $78.3 billion, providing the highest level of funding for the VA. This bill supports medical care for 7 million patients including mental health services, suicide prevention activities, traumatic brain injury treatment, opioid abuse prevention, and homeless veteran services.  
  • H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, authored by Rep. David Roe (R-TN), extends GI benefits with increased funding and removal of certain restrictions. This bill was signed into law by the President on August 16, 2017.      
     
  • S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017, authored by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), requires the VA to submit an annual report on the awards and bonuses given to Department officials. This bill was signed into law by the President on August 12, 2017.
  • H.R. 1690, the Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act, authored by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), requires the VA to submit a report on the performance given to Department officials. H.R. 1690 awaits action in the Senate.
  • H.R. 1848, the Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of 2017, authored by Rep. David Poe (R-TN), directs the VA to raise the use of medical scribes throughout facilities. H.R. 1848 awaits action in the Senate.  
  • H.R. 95, the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, authored by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), would expand access to private or public child care assistance. This bill awaits action in the Senate.
  • H.R. 282, the Military Residency Choice Act, authored by Rep. Elise Stefanik, authorizes the spouse of a military member to use the same residence as the member. This bill awaits action in the Senate.

H.R. 2781, the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act, authored by Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), requires the VA to show preference is given to a fair amount of small businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled veterans in contracting. This bill awaits action in the Senate.

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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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