Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer

NORTH DAKOTA

Statement on Grand Opening of Northrop Grumman UAS Facility Near Grand Forks

2017/04/21

Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today following the grand opening of Northrop Grumman’s UAS facility located in the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park near Grand Forks:

“My congratulations and best wishes go to Northrop Grumman as they celebrate the grand opening of their new UAS facility. Through demonstrated leadership, Northrop has cemented themselves as an industry leader in UAS technology. With the expertise and essential resources readily available to them at North Dakota's Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park, Northrop's new 36,000 square foot facility will undoubtedly up the ante in the UAS industry as we move towards an autonomous world.”

Located on the Grand Forks Air Force Base, the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park is one of seven Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to test autonomous aircrafts. This is the second major Northrop Grumman facility located in North Dakota. Through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Cramer continues working to seek federally-allocated spectrum for the use of UAS technologies.

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CRAMER: HHS Grants North Dakota $2 Million to Address Opioid Epidemic

2017/04/20

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded North Dakota $2 million to address the opioid addiction crisis. 

“I’m grateful to see funding from the 21st Century Cures Act being put to good use to help the most vulnerable among us. At the end of the 114th Congress, ‘Cures' became law – bringing with it a windfall of resources to address opioid addiction as well as additional means to support opioid education and prevention efforts. While we still have a long way to go in solving the problems of opioid abuse, I’m glad to see Secretary Price has hit the ground running at HHS with the roll out of these grants, and I look forward to continuing our work here in Congress to help solve the opioid crisis once and for all." 

Cramer, through his work on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, continues working to address the opioid epidemic in America. In addition to his work on the 21st Century Cures Act in committee, Cramer has also co-sponsored several opioid-specific bills. which passed the House last Congress including the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications, the Mental Health First Aid Act, and the Synthetic Drug Control Act.

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CRAMER: Statement on EPA Reconsidering Oil and Gas Rule

2017/04/19

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after it was announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would reconsider a rule finalized last June, which targeted the oil and gas industry with unwarranted regulations on methane emissions.

“I’m encouraged by EPA’s notice to reassess their methane rule facing the oil and gas industry and ultimately the states responsible for implementing the rule in the field. Like I’ve said from the very beginning, regulations – when necessary – need to be tailored to the diverse geography across the United States and overseen by the very people living in those communities. In this instance, industry has every natural incentive to capture methane since it’s the product they sell and states like North Dakota have rules on the books to prevent waste. The federal government had no business injecting themselves in this arena and should partner with states and industry like it has in the past. It works, as demonstrated by the U.S. reducing the six criteria air pollutants by 71 percent since 1970. I commend the President and Administrator Pruitt for their action on this rule.”

The announcement comes in the wake of the Energy Independence Executive Order signed by President Trump on March 28, which aims to “promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.“  The President’s Order also called for review of the Bureau of Land Management’s separate methane rule titled “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” Congressman Cramer cosponsored and voted in favor of Congressional Review Act resolution H.J.Res. 36 to disapprove of that rule. The resolution passed in the House on February 3 and awaits action in the Senate.  

According to a report conducted by the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, of which North Dakota is a member, “[as] of 2015, the combined emissions of the six criteria air pollutants that have federal standards were down 71 percent since 1970.”  The report also says, “the United States has exceeded international progress in air quality.”

North Dakota is leading, with the backing of 13 other states, a lawsuit against this EPA rule, which defends the state’s sovereign jurisdiction over oil and gas regulation. A decision on the lawsuit, defined as a petition for review, is forthcoming in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2017/04/17

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for the next seven days. Listing of events is below:

 

Tuesday, April 18

Meeting with Mike Seminary of Houston Engineering, Inc.
10:00AM Central

Office of Rep. Kevin Cramer

220 E Rosser Avenue

328 Federal Building
Bismarck

 

Meeting with Canadian Members of Parliament 
3:00PM Central
Office of Rep. Kevin Cramer

UND Center for Innovation

4200 James Ray Drive, Office 400

Grand Forks

 

Guest Speaker for Bruce Gjovig Retirement Event

4:00PM Central

Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center for Students

4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks

 

Wednesday, April 19

Speaker at Lignite Energy Council Annual Meeting

3:45PM Central

Bismarck Event Center

315 S 5th St.

Bismarck

 

Board of Directors Meeting at University of Mary

12:30 to 3:00PM Central

7500 University Drive

Bismarck


Thursday, April 20

Meeting with Wayne Drangsholt

11:05AM Central

Office of Rep. Kevin Cramer

315 Main St. S., Suite 203

Minot

 

Meeting with Brian Argabright

11:35 AM Central

Office of Rep. Kevin Cramer

315 Main St. S., Suite 203

Minot

 

Joining L. John MacMartin for Coffee with the President

1:30 PM Central

Minot Chamber

1020 20th Ave SW

Minot

 

Contact Adam Jorde for all state and national press inquiries.

 

Adam Jorde

Communications Director

Rep. Kevin Cramer | North Dakota

1717 Longworth HOB | O: 202-225-2611

Mobile: 202-308-3853 | @JordeAdam

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Cramer Statement on Signing of Pro-Life Legislation

2017/04/13

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump signed H.J. Res 43 to overturn former President Obama’s regulation, which forces states to fund Planned Parenthood clinics using Title X funding:

“I applaud the overturning of this dreadful regulation, which is a huge win for the Pro-Life Movement. States should not be forced to use Title X funding at abortions clinics when that same funding can be used for family planning services at other providers such as community health centers and hospitals that do not perform abortions. Congress and the Trump Administration will continue to move forward ensuring that religious liberty and the sanctity of life is protected by the Federal Government.”

This is the 13th bill signed by the President using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to overturn recently finalized regulations by the previous Administration.

Click here for more information on H.J. Res 43.

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Cramer Announces Public Schedule

2017/04/09

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced his public schedule for the next seven days. Listing of events is below:
 
Tuesday, April 11
 
Meeting with Assoc. Dean Marc Basson,
1:00 to 2:00PM Central
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
1301 N Columbia Road
Grand Forks
 
Remarks at UND Leadership Class 
3:30PM Central
335 Gamble Hall
293 Centennial Drive
Grand Forks
 
Guest Speaker at Wenstrom Lecture Series
7:00PM Central
UND Gorecki Alumni Center
3501 University Ave.
Grand Forks
 
Wednesday, April 12
 
Remarks for Spirit of Enterprise Award
8:30AM Central
The Chamber
202 1st Ave. N
Moorhead

Remarks at NDSU Center for Agriculture Policy and Trade Studies 2017 Conference
12:00PM Central
Ramada Plaza (Now Delta by Marriott)
1635 42nd St. SW
Fargo
 
Contact Adam Jorde for all state and national press inquiries at 202-308-3853 or adam.jorde@mail.house.gov.
 

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CRAMER: Statement on Senate Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch

2017/04/07

Contact Adam Jorde for press inquiries

(202) 308-3853

adam.jorde@mail.house.gov


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to be Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court:

“Neil Gorsuch – a man devoted to the Constitution and the rule of law – has a legal background unparalleled by most, and integrity respected by all. Backed by esteemed legal scholars from all political spectrums, he is a jurist above partisan politics – and was undeserving of the political indictments made by Senate Democrats who filibustered the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice nominee for the first time in half a century.

Without question, Majority Leader McConnell gave Senate Democrats every opportunity to break ranks with Minority Leader Schumer in order to give Gorsuch an up-or-down vote under the Senate’s customary 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees. But unfortunately, even Senate Democrats who issued a half-throated vote for Gorsuch in the end, refused to vote with the Majority to invoke the so-called ‘nuclear option’ – a display of solidarity meant to appease the Warren/Sanders faction of the Democrat party.

I applaud the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch and thank the Senate majority for their willingness to rise above Democrat politics in order to do what’s right for North Dakota and the United States of America.”

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CRAMER: Supporting America’s Innovators Act Provides Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

2017/04/06

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today, which raises the limit on the number of individuals who can invest in certain venture capital funds before they must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

H.R. 1219, the Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2017, amends an exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940 by increasing the investor limitation from 100 to 250 persons for a qualifying venture capital fund. During the 114th Congress, a substantially similar bill passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 388-9.

“Since the recession, gaining access to capital is becoming increasingly difficult for small businesses,“ said Cramer. “Unfortunately, the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act as well as the overwhelming increase in financial regulations has only made matters worse for our community banks and financial institutions. That’s why Congress must continue passing bills like Supporting America’s Innovators Act in order to provide relief for the financial sector and allow our entrepreneurs the access to capital they need in order to live out the American dream.“

According to the House Committee on Financial Services, “With online fundraising and general solicitation becoming more common because of the JOBS Act, companies are bumping up against the limit more frequently.” H.R. 1219 is a companion bill to the bipartisan JOBS Act. As the JOBS Act permitted up to 2,000 individuals to invest in private companies, H.R. 1219 allows qualifying venture capital funds to obtain the backing of up to 250 individuals without having to register under the Investment Company Act, in an attempt to promote capital formation at the earliest stages in a private company’s life cycle.

Due, in part, to its low cost-of-living, low tax burden, and innovative startup incubators, North Dakota has been labeled a small business hotspot with the most per capita startups in the nation, according to a 2016 Kauffman Index for Growth Entrepreneurship study. Cramer has also supported the HALOS Act this Congress, which supports increased access to capital for startups by angel investors.

 

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CRAMER: Veterans Deserve Better From Choice Program

2017/04/05

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today extending the Veterans Choice Program.

The Veterans Choice Program (Choice Program) allows veterans to receive care from non-Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers when access to care isn’t nearby or readily available. Congress created the Choice Program in 2014 to solve long wait times at VHA facilities.

S. 544 amends the Veterans Access Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 by eliminating the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, originally scheduled to sunset on August 7, 2017. The VA estimates that up to $1 billion of the original $10 billion will remain on August 7.

“I appreciate the extension of the Veterans Choice Program since it allows our veterans better access to health care. However, the program still needs improvement and we can do better,” said Cramer. “While I’m certainly grateful for the hard work the North Dakota VA has done to decrease appointment scheduling times, our veterans should be waiting hours – not days – for appointments to be scheduled. We owe them that level of responsiveness, and I intend to continue working with Congress and the Trump Administration to make it happen.”

Veterans seeking to use the Veterans Choice Program should call 1-866-606-8198 to confirm their eligibility and to schedule an appointment.

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CRAMER: Self-Insurance Protection Act Preserves Choice for Families and Small Businesses

2017/04/05

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today, which ensure workers and employers can continue having access to affordable, flexible health plans through self-insurance.

H.R. 1304, the Self-Insurance Protection Act, reaffirms the long-standing policy that stop-loss insurance is not deemed as health insurance, and clarifies that federal regulators cannot redefine these insurance plans in future administrations.

“Self-Insurance is a legitimate and proven free-market approach to lowering health care costs for families and small businesses,” said Cramer. “It’s concerning the prior administration was considering regulating this market, which would only continue to decrease health care options for employers. I applaud the passage of this bill, and I hope it moves swiftly through the Senate and on to the President for his signature.”  

According to the House Education and Workforce Committee, in 2016, 61 percent of all employers offering health care coverage were self-insured. With this option, employers cover the costs of their employees’ medical expenses either by directly reimbursing health care providers or directly reimbursing employees as claims arise. Employers can either process claims in-house or work with a third party administrator. Through a self-insured plan, employers and employees have greater control over their health care dollars and are able to retain savings in years with lower-then-expected costs. Unlike traditional or fully-insured health care plans, self-insured plans are free from the myriad mandates that force employees to purchase specific benefits they may not want or need. Even union leaders have embraced this approach and the flexibility it provides to customize a health care plan to the unique needs of workers and families.

Most self-insured employers also purchase “stop-loss” insurance, a financial risk-management tool designed to protect employers from catastrophic claims expenses. The federal government has never regulated stop-loss insurance, recognizing it is wholly different than traditional health insurance. However, the Obama administration repeatedly signaled interest in regulating stop-loss insurance as health insurance, which would severely restrict access to self-insured plans.

Considered part of the “third phase” in the GOP health reform plan, the Self-Insurance Protection Act is the third House bill passed this Congress to address the faults of our failing health care system. Cramer also supported the Small Business Health Fairness Act and the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, which both passed in mid-March.

 

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1032 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2611
Fax 202-226-0893
cramer.house.gov

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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