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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update July 29 - August 4

Congratulations Judge Welte

After nearly two years with a vacant seat, the United States Senate voted to confirm Peter Welte to the federal bench. His confirmation as District Judge for North Dakota is welcome news for our state and another example of President Trump and Senate Republicans working to end the judicial vacancy crisis.

I am grateful to Peter for his willingness to serve and to President Trump for choosing a qualified and capable North Dakotan who dedicates his life to public service.

Passing the Budget Agreement

I supported this deal and was grateful to see it pass. This agreement strengthens our military, helps our farmers, and delivers a win for all sides.

The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan budget agreement struck between President Donald Trump and leaders of Congress last week. They deserve accolades for striking this deal, especially Speaker Pelosi, who convinced her increasingly-radical caucus to support this rather conservative compromise. Our ability to work together should encourage the American people that divided government can work.

CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act

Senator John Hoeven and I, with Montana Senator Steve Daines, reintroduced the CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act. Under current regulations, energy companies are unsure if they can take advantage of the Section 45Q tax credit. This legislation aligns Treasury’s regulations with the Environmental Protection Agency’s to ensure carbon capture, utilization and storage project developers can utilize the 45Q. That will provide much-needed clarity and consistency for North Dakota’s energy stakeholders. If 45Q is going to successfully incentivize carbon capture, it must be applicable to all producers who participate, not just a select few.

General John Hyten's Nomination

I met with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff nominee General John Hyten, and during General Hyten’s Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing, I announced my support for the his confirmation. My colleagues on the committee passed General Hyten out with a strong bipartisan vote of 20-7.

General Hyten’s background and understanding of the importance of Space Force, the Arctic Mission, and Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence makes him an asset both to our nation and to our state’s military community. I look forward to working with him once he is confirmed.

During General Hyten’s hearing, we spoke about the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrence program, which will replace the Minutemen III missiles housed at Minot Air Force Base. You can watch our exchange below.

Protecting Our Borders

As the border crisis becomes increasingly concerning, I joined Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy to introduce the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act.

The asylum system is broken: it contains loopholes which divert resources from those who need them and creates challenges for law enforcement, which result in the current crisis at our southern border.

This legislation builds on the work President Trump is doing to secure the border by eliminating loopholes and preventing further abuse. It also provides families with alternatives to detention as they await their asylum hearings.

Thank you to our Interns

As summer internships come to a close, Senator John Hoeven and I met with the interns serving in our Washington, D.C. offices. We appreciate their positive attitudes and dedication this summer. North Dakotans were blessed to be served by these outstanding students.

If you're interested in becoming an intern in one of my offices, you can find more information below.

TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen and I introduced the TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act, which prioritizes health care and nutrition services for Holocaust survivors. The legislation will incorporate several provisions into the Older Americans Act to ensure that Holocaust survivors have coordinated, trauma-informed care and services particularly tailored their needs, increasing the likelihood they could continue to live in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or assisted living facilities

Those who sought shelter in our country after the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust deserve better assistance, not worse. This legislation is a productive step toward helping survivors receive the quality care they need.

Cutting Costs of Prescription Drugs

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy led a bipartisan group of my colleagues to introduce the Phair Relief Act to lower drug costs for seniors and improve financial certainty for community pharmacies. This legislation provides more certainty and transparency in the prescription drug pipeline.

Pharmacy direct or indirect remuneration fees are unpredictable for pharmacies and subsequently push patients to the coverage gap prematurely, causing them financial hardship.

Clarifying Law Around Insurance of Marijuana Act

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and I introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure legal marijuana and related businesses have access to insurance coverage.

Federal law should not prohibit access to insurance for employees of local businesses, nor should it prohibit employers from acquiring insurance that protects their stores.

The CLAIM Act takes a federalist approach by opening the insurance market to compliant businesses and preventing federal law from hindering employees’ market access.

North Dakotans in Washington

I enjoyed meeting with Chairman White and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal leadership. I’m thankful for open dialogue with the tribe and the opportunity to work on their behalf.

Contact Me

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

Bismarck

328 Federal Building

220 East Rosser Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501

701-699-7020

Grand Forks

114 Federal Building

102 North 4th Street

Grand Forks, ND 58203

701-699-7030

Minot

If you have questions or need help with a federal agency, please contact Lisa Gibbens.

701-837-6141

Fargo

306 Federal Building

657 Second Avenue North

Fargo, ND 58102

701-232-5094

Washington, D.C.

400 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

202-224-2043

Weekly Radio and TV Schedule

RADIO

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

PODCAST

Rob Port - Plain Talk Podcast

Thursday mornings

Say Anything Blog

TELEVISION

Chris Berg - Point of View

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

Valley News Live - Fargo

Photo credit: North Dakota Tourism Department and the Office of U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer

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