Senator Cramer's Weekly Update March 11 - March 17

Coffee with Cramer TODAY

I will be in Stanley today for a Coffee with Cramer from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pinnacle Travel Center. I look forward to speaking with North Dakotans about how I can best serve them in the U.S. Senate.

National Agriculture Week

This week we recognized and celebrated the important role agriculture plays in providing for a world in need. North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers are true patriots who produce high quality food, fuel, and fiber. Their contributions touch every part of our lives, and I’m grateful for the work they do.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in North Dakota

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta will visit North Dakota on Thursday, March 21, for roundtables on workforce issues and association health plans in Fargo and a meeting with Tribal College presidents in Bismarck.

I invited Secretary Acosta to come to North Dakota during our meeting in January, and I’m glad to announce we are making that happen. These events afford us the opportunity to hear directly from the people of North Dakota about problems and solutions regarding the workforce shortage, association health plans, and tribal colleges.

The U.S.S. Frank E. Evans Act

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.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and I introduced the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans Act, a bill to honor the crewmembers who died in the sinking of the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans during the Vietnam War.

The 74 sailors who perished on the U.S.S. Frank E. Evans did so while serving our country. Their sacrifice- and that of their families- is worth not only remembering, but also being forever memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. alongside those with whom they served.

The Resolution of Disapproval

I voted against the resolution because I read the declaration and I read the statutes, and I am confident President Trump is within his constitutional and statutory authority.

There is a crisis at the southern border. Congress accepted a paltry $1.375 billion to address this crisis knowing in advance that the President would declare this national emergency. If Congress did not want the President to take action, we should have worked with him when we had the opportunity.

I shared some North Dakota commonsense with CNN about this issue when they interviewed me just before the vote.

The Nuclear Triad Remains a National Necessity

Late last year, Representative Adam Smith (D., Wash.), then the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and now its chairman, said, “The rationale for the triad I don’t think exists anymore." The Chairman is wrong. I shared my thoughts with National Review about why such dangerous disregard for the effectiveness of the nuclear triad directly contradicts the consensus of our military, the intelligence communities, and the lessons we’ve learned throughout history.

Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan spoke with me about the nuclear triad, and also the space force, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

I spoke with the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas about how I can advocate for credit union members on the Banking Committee.
I met with the North Dakota League of Cities Tuesday to discuss infrastructure funding, flood insurance, the importance of North Dakota’s military operations.
I met with North Dakota native and University of North Dakota grad David Black, who was nominated to be Social Security Deputy Commissioner.
It was great to see students from Wing, Wilton and Davies High Schools. We spoke about my duties as their Senator on the Capitol steps.

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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