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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update July 22 - July 28

Mobile Office Hours in Beach and Medora

Members of my staff will be holding mobile office hours in Beach and Medora on Tuesday, July 30. While it is not always easy or possible for people to get to my state offices, mobile office hours bring our services closer to constituents.

Individuals from the Beach and Medora areas are encouraged to stop by the mobile office for help with veterans and Social Security benefits, Medicare difficulties, immigration issues, military records or medals, or assistance with federal agencies.

Details on the Support Package for Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released details of their support package for farmers last week.

This administration prioritizes the needs of our agricultural community. I support their efforts and am glad to see the full plan released today, which will provide much-needed relief in the short-term as we work towards a deal in the long-term.

More information from USDA is available at farmers.gov.

Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and I introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank for 10 years. The bank is set to expire on September 30th. I spoke about the Export-Import Bank with Bloomberg TV, you can watch that video here.

Many North Dakota businesses utilize the Export-Import Bank to access global markets. Reauthorizing the bank, with these reasonable reforms, gives it a chance to implement necessary changes while also offering more American manufacturing firms and small businesses the opportunity to compete on the world stage.

Senate To Consider Peter Welte's Nomination Soon

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on Peter Welte’s nomination, meaning the Senate will consider his nomination soon.

Peter is eminently qualified and will be filling an important position left open for over a year. I look forward to supporting his nomination on the Senate floor, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.
Mixed emotions filled the room as we sent off six National Guard soldiers of the 957th Engineer Company. They are being deployed to Kuwait for Operation Inherent Resolve in the ongoing military actions against the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Thank you soldiers and families for your extraordinary service and sacrifice.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.

Those who ran toward danger on 9/11 to save the thousands running to safety deserve better than partisan division in Washington. Reauthorizing this program gives these heroes certainty and security for the future.

Indian Affairs Committee Approves Spirit Lake Nation Legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved legislation to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation. Senator Hoeven and I introduced this legislation in the Senate, and Representative Armstrong introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

I applaud Chairman Hoeven for moving this legislation quickly, and I thank the Indian Affairs Committee members for supporting it. Our bill honors the tribe’s request and respects their right to sovereignty. I now urge the full Senate to consider it and my colleagues to vote for it.

Rolling Back Insulin Price Hikes

Insulin is a life-saving drug for those with diabetes, but the price continues escalating to unaffordable heights.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Maine Senator Susan Collins, Deleware Senator Tom Collins and I wrote a new bill that incentivizes lower list prices by tackling rebates and deductibles, which could significantly change the insulin pricing model and finally ease the sticker shock North Dakotans and Americans experience every month.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper Confirmed

The Senate confirmed Mark Esper to serve as the next Secretary of Defense by a vote of 90-8. We expedited his nomination process because filling this post is vital to national security. I look forward to working with him on our shared priorities of nuclear modernization, Space Force, and the unique capabilities of North Dakota’s military community.

Public Comment on HOS Regulations

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on revising agricultural commodity or livestock definitions in hours-of-service (HOS) regulations:

This is a good next step, and I applaud DOT and USDA leadership for taking it. HOS reform is a top priority for our agricultural community. I encourage stakeholders in North Dakota and across the country to offer comments and look forward to working with the Administration to craft a final rule that works for North Dakota.

You can find more information and how to comment here.

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed General Mark Milley to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Milley is an impressive public servant who will make an excellent Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I am glad to see us fill another important national security position.

Discussing the Export-Import Bank and the USMCA on Bloomberg TV

Bloomberg TV's Kevin Cirilli and I discussed reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank and passing the USMCA. You can watch the full interview below.

North Dakotans in Washington

I spoke with the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association about our shared goal of securing better trade deals for our farmers with China, Japan, the United Kingdom, & the European Union.

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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