Senator Cramer's Weekly Update April 19 - 25

North Dakota Seeks Intervention Status in Dakota Access Pipeline Case

North Dakota is seeking intervention status in the lawsuit over the Dakota Access Pipeline. I applaud Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for standing up for North Dakota's sovereign interests after the Justice Department abandoned its previously vigorous defense of the Dakota Access Pipeline on April 9. The pipeline was sited independently by our state, and its successful operation over the last four years has contributed greatly to our economy and America's energy security. Shutting it down would be in direct defiance of states' rights, the country's collective interests, the career officials who oversee the pipeline's environmental impact, and the economic interests of the MHA Nation in North Dakota. There is no compelling reason for Judge Boasberg to take such action.

Congress Working to Address America's Crumbling Infrastructure

Floor Speech Urges a Bipartisan Infrastructure Package That Works for Rural America

On Wednesday I delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging Congress to pass a bipartisan infrastructure package that works for rural America. I used durum wheat as an example of how a commodity grown in North Dakota can impact the entirety of America’s food supply chain and why we need to bolster transportation infrastructure in rural America.

Congress has a tremendous opportunity to pass a major, bipartisan infrastructure bill that will benefit our country as a whole and the states we represent. I believe we should go big and aim high. One of Washington's most bipartisan policy areas should not be derailed by a narrow Senate majority pursuing partisan goals. I am committed to advancing an infrastructure bill that's bold, bipartisan, and able to meet the demands of the moment. My colleagues should do the same.

Republicans Offer Infrastructure Proposal Built on Bipartisan Progress

On Thursday, Senate Republican leaders released the outline for our infrastructure proposal. It is a robust plan built on the bipartisan progress we have made at the committee level, and it should be the foundation of any future package. It would help America repair its crumbling roads and bridges, expand broadband access, revitalize our water infrastructure, and ensure the needs of rural states like North Dakota are met. The plan aims to bolster economic growth, strengthen national security, prepare for the future, and improve our constituents' quality of life.

I urge my colleagues to support it and to come to the negotiating table so we can deliver a significant bipartisan win for the American people.

Fox Business Interview Covers Latest on Infrastructure

Larry Kudlow and I had a wide-ranging conversation on Wednesday about why Congress needs to pass a bipartisan infrastructure package and what it should look like.

Highlighting North Dakota Energy Priorities

Hearing Covers Economic Opportunity in the Oil & Gas Sector

On Tuesday the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on investing in rural communities. I highlighted the REGROW Act, a bipartisan bill Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and I are leading to create oil and gas jobs by plugging orphaned wells across America. I also discussed the Dakota Access Pipeline and financial discrimination against rural communities and energy providers.

Letter Demands Biden Administration Stop Trying to De-Bank Energy Companies

My Republican colleagues on the Senate Banking Committee and I also wrote a letter to the Biden Administration's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry calling on him to stop pressuring banks to make energy-related lending commitments. Those efforts will distort capital allocation, raise energy costs for consumers, and slow economic growth.

Democrats Unveil Harmful Energy Plans

President Biden Releases His Climate Agenda

On Thursday President Biden unveiled a litany of unattainable goals founded on ideas from the Green New Deal and achieved by harming the American people while hoping the plan's obvious shortcomings will magically disappear.

The United States can use the Paris Accord to its advantage if it uses that platform as a way to assert American leadership, but President Biden's proposal fails to do that, opting instead to pursue domestic policies which will cover our economy in red tape and avoid taking serious action against foreign nations like China whose emissions continue to skyrocket. His plan is dangerous and unworkable.

Earlier this year, I wrote an op-ed outlining how rejoining the Paris Climate Accord can be successful if the United States takes an America first approach.

Democrats Reintroduce the Green New Deal

Democrats also reintroduced the Green New Deal on Tuesday.

This is not a serious proposal. It's a pipe dream. The Green New Deal would ruin the economy, bankrupt the nation, and destroy America's energy and national security. And while wreaking all this havoc, it would still fail to lower emissions because demand would simply shift to dirtier, foreign sources of energy. I urge my colleagues to reject the Green New Deal as they did last Congress and join us at the table with real, consensus-driven solutions.

Hearings Cover Priorities and Capabilities in North Dakota, Middle America

U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Space Command Leaders

I questioned U.S. Strategic Command Commander Admiral Charles Richard and U.S. Space Command Commander General James Dickinson during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday. We discussed weapons housed at Minot Air Force Base, proper coordination to combat our adversaries, and North Dakota's military capabilities.

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats

At a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats hearing, I pushed military leaders to recognize the capabilities and opportunities found in states in Middle America like North Dakota which have invested in making their states available to help meet the military's technology needs.

President Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide

On Saturday President Biden formally recognized the massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, the first U.S. President to do so.

This is a good move by the President. Official recognition of the genocide committed against the Armenian people is long overdue but an important step to take. I’m glad the United States officially reached this point, and I urge the Turkish government to join us in acknowledging its role.


Letter Requests Information from CDC on Mask Guidance for Kids

I joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) on a bicameral letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requesting information on how the agency determined its guidance for children aged two years and older to wear face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The implementation of these questionable recommendations has had a harmful impact on many American families.

Legislation Would Bolster Domestic Critical Mineral Supply Chain

I cosponsored legislation Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced to improve the quality and timeliness of federal permitting and review processes with respect to critical mineral production on federal land.

American manufacturing and technological development can't be beholden to the whims of foreign nations, especially when we have these resources in our own back yard. If we don’t develop critical minerals in the United States, we force ourselves to rely on adversarial countries like China who have little-to-no labor or environmental protections. Our bill would responsibly develop these resources while prioritizing American workers, reducing emissions, and safeguarding our economy and national security.

Senators Introduce the Iran Nuclear Deal Advice and Consent Act

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and I introduced a bill to curb President Biden's ability to renegotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The Iran Nuclear Deal failed to keep the regime in check. If President Biden or any future administration wants to reenter an agreement with Iran, Congress should be properly consulted and involved, and our legislation would ensure that happens.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Veterans Service Organizations

Wednesday evening, the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and I to honor Veterans Service Organizations for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Since their inception, Veterans Service Organizations have always supported and advocated on behalf of members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. They have adapted to the unique challenges posed by the pandemic in order to continue to support veterans and advocate for the veteran community."

The resolution discusses the immense challenges veterans have faced during the pandemic, including the loss of more than 10,000 veterans to COVID-19, as well as more than one million veterans losing their jobs.

Senate Works to Address Surge in Violence against Asian Americans

The Senate passed legislation on Thursday to help address the rise in violence targeted at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

Our diversity is one of America's greatest strengths. The rise in bigotry toward Asian Americans is unacceptable and antithetical to our nation's founding principles. The bill we passed will improve coordination between local and federal law enforcement and help them address targeted attacks more quickly and effectively.

The bill authorizes the Department of Justice to designate an employee to help review crimes against AAPIs reported to law enforcement and provides local agencies guidance on how to establish online reporting for those incidents. The Senate worked in a bipartisan fashion to amend the bill and pass it with overwhelming support.

National Parks Week Celebrates U.S. History, Culture

April 17 to 25 was National Park Week. National Parks and Sites like Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site are American treasures filled with rich history, culture, and opportunity for adventure.

Holiday Celebrates North Dakota Across the Nation

Last week we recognized National North Dakota Day. Although every day is a good day to celebrate North Dakota, Monday we especially appreciated all that the Rough Rider State has to offer.

Grants for North Dakota

North Dakota Cities Receive $4.1 Million for Rural Water and Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded funds to the following three North Dakota cities:

  • $1,110,000 grant and a $1,426,000 loan to the City of New Salem to replace the city’s water main and sewer pipes,
  • $466,626 grant and a $585,000 loan to the City of Hillsboro to fund new pipes for the city's water systems, and
  • $236,250 grant and a $290,000 loan to the City of Beach to build a new water transmission main that services the city.

The USDA's Office of Rural Development is making the investments under the Water and Environmental Program, the Rural Energy for America Program, the Electric Loan Program and the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program.

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Receives $3.2 Million for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $3,256,259 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds come through the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which promote school readiness for young children and toddlers from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development as well as early learning, health, and family well-being.

HHS Awards $1.2 Million for Tobacco Control and Head Start Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1,055,244 to the North Dakota Department of Health for a National and State Tobacco Control Program. This funding comes through the HHS Center for Disease Control.

UND Awarded $500k for Environmental Research

The National Science Foundation awarded $500,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used to research the decomposition of substances in soil environments.

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