Senator Cramer's Weekly Update March 25 - March 31

No Collusion

Robert Mueller with 40 FBI agents and 19 fellow lawyers spent 22 months and well over $25 million to issue 2,800 subpoenas, execute 500 search warrants, and interview 500 witnesses to confirm there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

With the report finished, I hope both sides will move forward with a renewed focus on growing the economy, bolstering national defense, and securing better trade deals for American workers. Unfortunately the Democrats’ obsession with all things Russia may prevent them from doing so.

Trade Deficit Drops Sharply

The trade deficit dropped sharply as exports rebounded, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is the sharpest drop since the trade dispute with China began and yet another sign President Trump’s efforts are paying off.

Vietnam War Veterans Day

Friday was Vietnam War Veterans Day. We remember and pay tribute to those who fought in Vietnam and thank them for their service. May we also remember the Lost 74: Vietnam Veterans who perished during the war but are not included on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The U.S.S. Frank E. Evans served multiple tours during the Vietnam War. Although they were scheduled to return to war, they collided with a friendly ship, which resulted in the death of 74 U.S. sailors.

Read more about the Lost 74 below.

We Need Nine

I joined Florida Senator Marco Rubio and 11 of my colleagues in introducing a constitutional amendment that would permanently fix the number of seats on the Supreme Court at nine.

I agree with what my Democratic colleagues have said for years: we need nine Supreme Court justices. Like the rest of the Democratic party platform, this court-packing scheme is nothing more than a sloppy regurgitation of a 1930s failure.

Just as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s blatant disregard for presidential term limits necessitated a constitutional amendment then, efforts to revive his court-packing plan necessitate an amendment now.

Voting on the Green New Deal

Last week, the Senate voted down the Democrats' Green New Deal. This bipartisan rejection of extreme ideas like eliminating fossil fuels is a positive sign, and I hope to move forward by working collaboratively with my Democratic colleagues to advance pragmatic energy solutions.

"Mornings with Maria" on Fox Business

I joined "Mornings with Maria" on Fox Business this week to talk about the Green New Deal vote, the Army Corps of Engineers plan to build the wall and the Mueller report.

Reforming the Way We Consider President Trump's Nominees

For over two years, the nominations of highly-qualified candidates have been unnecessarily delayed or derailed without proper debate or consideration. Democrats consistently exploit Senate rules as part of their wide-ranging effort to obstruct President Trump and his agenda. The system has to change. No presidency should be forced to fall victim to such unprecedented levels of obstruction.

Since February, I have been calling for the Senate to consider reforming the way we handle nominations. Last week, I released a new video that explains the current process and highlights the need for reforms. Then on Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate will be voting on these rule changes.

China Makes Largest Corn Purchase in 5 Years

Amid this week’s trade talks, China is making its biggest corn purchase- a top North Dakota commodity- in half a decade. I am thankful to President Trump for continuing to deliver for our producers in North Dakota and across our country.

Hopefully this positive announcement is a sign of more to come. Read more about the announcement below.

Nuclear Warhead Modernization Funding

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, I questioned Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty about nuclear warhead modernization efforts.

Airmen at Minot are depending on getting the new warheads on schedule so they can continue providing the strategic deterrence our country and our allies need.

Both Secretary Perry and Administrator Gordon-Hagerty assured me all five modernization programs are on cost and on schedule.

Watch our exchange below.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

It was great to have students from across North Dakota visit D.C. with Close Up to explore our nation’s capital. They asked important questions about tariffs, term limits, and reducing government waste.
I received an update on the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project, Souris River Flood Control, and flood prevention efforts in North Dakota from Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Calkins, who oversees their regional office.

Contact Me

I currently have offices in Fargo, Minot and Washington, D.C. Offices in Grand Forks and Bismarck will open in May. You can stop by or call any of the following offices. You can also visit my website at www.cramer.senate.gov.


105 Federal Building

100 First Street SW

Minot, ND 58701



306 Federal Building

657 Second Avenue North

Fargo, ND 58102


Washington, D.C.

B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510


Weekly Radio and TV Schedule


What's On Your Mind

Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. central

KFYR 550 AM - Bismarck

1100 The Flag - Fargo

KLTC 1460 AM - Dickinson

KTGO 1090 AM - Tioga

Jarrod Thomas Show

Thursdays from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. central

KNOX 1310 AM - Grand Forks

Rick Jensen

Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. central

KHND 1470 AM - Harvey

Jay Thomas

Every other Tuesday from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. central


Rob Port - Plain Talk Podcast

Thursday mornings

Say Anything Blog


Chris Berg - Point of View

6:30 p.m. central (Semi-Monthly)

Valley News Live - Fargo

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