Senator Cramer's Weekly Update April 1 - April 7

USS North Dakota

It was an honor to board the USS North Dakota this week.

Shakespeare asked “What’s in a name?” And the name “North Dakota” means an entire state of faithful patriots is on the USS North Dakota's team as the crew secure freedom for us all.

Senator Hoeven, Congressman Armstrong, Governor Burgum and I had the privilege to board the USS North Dakota this week.
I'm glad my family was able to join me on the tour.

Developing the Space Force

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and I met to discuss the importance of developing a Space Force as a sixth military branch.

Space is quickly emerging as a new realm of military conflict. If we fail to assemble a modern and capable Space Force, we run the risk of losing the military and commercial advantages we rely on.

Lance Yohe's Nomination

North Dakotan, Lance Yohe was nominated to serve on the International Joint commission. This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted him out of committee and his nomination will now be voted on the Senate floor.

For decades, Lance has been a recognized leader on regional water issues, especially in the Red River Basin. I recommended Lance to President Trump because he will bring extensive knowledge of the trans-boundary issues between North Dakota and Canada to the IJC, which exists to resolve conflicts involving the waterways flowing across the border.

Celebrating Israeli-Americans

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and I introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the contributions of the Israeli-American community and condemning all forms of discrimination against them.

Read the resolution by clicking the button below.

Protecting the Unborn

I co-sponsored the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act with South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds and Oklahoma Senator James Lankford to prohibit physicians from performing dismemberment abortions.

We must stand up to protect life at all stages and ban this inhumane practice.

Interior Department Nominee Bernhardt

I met with the Acting Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt to discuss a variety of issues relating to his nomination to be Interior Secretary and shared several problems and challenges North Dakotans experience in dealing with Interior.

I pledged to work closely and collaboratively with the department on a variety of issues to ensure North Dakotans a voice, and invited the Acting Secretary to visit North Dakota if confirmed.

Advocating for States' Rights

I helped introduce the STATES Act with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to ensure each state has the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within its own borders.

Watch the video below to learn more about the bill.

Nominations Reform

This week, the Senate voted to reform the nominations process in the U.S. Senate. At the current pace, it could take more than five years to confirm all of President Trump’s remaining nominees.

I voted for these commonsense reforms to modernize the nominations process and to ensure arcane procedural tactics cannot be weaponized to obstruct the current President and any future president.

Over the last two years, the Senate has filed cloture on 148 nominees and conducted cloture votes on 128 of them.

Voting on Disaster Relief

This week, Democrats blocked legislation to provide emergency aid to states and territories affected by recent natural disasters as a negotiating tactic.

The plan allows states like North Dakota to apply for this supplemental disaster relief as the need arises, while also providing immediate assistance to regions recently devastated by natural disasters.

I discussed this vote with One American News Network this week. We also spoke about the ongoing immigration crisis. Watch the video below to see the whole interview.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

Great to see my friend Pastor Terry Kern while he was in D.C. I am always thankful for the opportunity to have fellowship with fellow North Dakotans.
Ag lending and Community Bank Leverage Ratios were among topics discussed with ND Bankers who are in DC for ABA meetings. It’s always good to see my neighbors and friends who keep our communities strong.
Met with Dan Rorvig and Jeff Schafer of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. We spoke about ratifying the USMCA, implementing and funding the new national animal vaccine bank, and finding permanent solutions to the ELD exemptions that work for the agriculture community.
Perfect weather to welcome Valley-Edinburg High School and Turtle Mountain Community High School students to Washington. Enjoyed spending time talking about higher education and my work as their Senator.
Thrivent members play an important part in our communities by living faithfully and generously. It was a pleasure to meet Bismarck’s Betsy Debertin at the Fraternal Member Advocacy event. I applaud their work to help bridge gaps in our society.

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

Photo credit: North Dakota Tourism Department, Office of U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, U.S. Senate Photographers


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