Senator Cramer's Weekly Update May 6 - May 12

Coffee with Cramer

I took questions on energy, immigration, trade, health care and more from a great crowd in Oakes at Friday's Coffee with Cramer. Thank you to Donna’s Diner for hosting!

Congratulations to the Warriors of the North!

Secretary Wilson announced the 319th Air Base Wing will be re-designated as the 319th Reconnaissance Wing next month, officially bringing a flying mission back to Grand Forks. Congratulations to the Warriors of the North! I am optimistic about the great potential for Grand Forks.

To read more about the re-designation click the link below.

Discussing Immigration at the White House

I met with President Trump, administration leaders, and fellow senators at the White House to discuss immigration this week.

I am thankful for the opportunity to talk about this important issue with President Trump, Jared Kushner, and several of my colleagues. While there is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border that needs to be addressed, Republican economic policies have also helped foster a rocket ship economy that has created an immediate demand for highly skilled workers. I encouraged the administration to introduce a plan that secures the border and adopts a more merit-based approach to immigration.

Watch Chris Berg's and my discussion about the meeting below.

Protecting our Agricultural Community

I spoke with Bloomberg reporter, Kevin Cirilli, about my concern for the new round of tariffs. While our farmers are patriots who understand China must be held accountable, these actions would harm our agricultural community too.

I urge the administration to reach a deal soon to avert any further hardship.

We Need a Space Force

I released an op-ed discussing America's need for a streamlined Space Force. As outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told me, “We are the best in the world at space,” and our adversaries know it. It is time for the United States to recognize this growing threat and to develop a Space Force.

Read my full op-ed on Fox News by clicking the button below.

A Functioning Export-Import Bank

This week, the Senate confirmed three nominees to serve on the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank. Several North Dakota businesses rely on the Export-Import Bank to access new markets to sell their products. I am thankful to Leader McConnell for moving quickly on these nominations and for adopting reforms that streamlined the debate process.

President Trump Nominated Patrick Shanahan to be U.S. Secretary of Defense

I am thankful President Trump has officially chosen a nominee for our next Secretary of Defense, a position that is vital to our national security. I look forward to considering this nomination and to meeting with Mr. Shanahan to discuss the administration’s and North Dakota’s priorities.

Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act

Utah Senator Mike Lee and I wrote an op-ed in support of the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, a bill to eliminate per-country caps on high-skilled immigrants. Immigration is often a contentious issue, but we should not delay progress in areas where there is bipartisan agreement

In the piece, we told the story of Dr. Sri Obulareddy, an oncologist working just outside Dickinson. Because of our current green card process, her patients had to travel as far as 100 miles, scrambling to find a temporary doctor. The system needs to be reformed.

We should not penalize people for where they were born. Treating people fairly and equally is part of our founding creed, and the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act reflects that. Read the full op-ed at the button below.

Extending the Refined Coal Tax Credit

I cosponsored legislation with Senator John Hoeven to extend the refined coal tax credit. The credit incentivizes power plants to pre-treat or refine coal to improve efficiency and decrease emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury.

The refined coal credit allows our innovators the space and tools they need to further develop clean coal. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. and 66 percent of North Dakota’s electricity is generated with coal. Without it, we lose our most reliable, low cost fuel for base load generation.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honorees Ishika Gupta and Olivia Allen for stopping by my office. These impressive young women represent our state well. You can read more about the great work they are doing here: https://spirit.prudential.com/honorees/state.
Grateful to visit with Commissioner Godfread and discuss Association Health Plans. In a state filled with small businesses, these plans can provide insurance for North Dakotans who may not otherwise have it. I will work with the Department of Labor to ensure these plans are protected.
Beautiful day in D.C. to meet with students from North Dakota! We talked about the Electoral College, tribal sovereignty and clean air standards.
Claire Cory just finished her internship with Senator John Hoeven. Good luck in your last few semesters at the University of North Dakota, Claire!
Caught up with Tim Hennessy, Regional President for U.S. Bank Community Banking in North Dakota – Thank you for coming by to speak about regulatory reform and other economic issues facing North Dakota.
Ran into the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota this week. Great to see so many familiar faces in our nation’s capital!

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.

400 Russell 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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