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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update April 15 - April 21

Mobile Office Hours in Kenmare and Mohall

It's not always easy or possible for people to get to my state offices, so mobile office hours bring our services closer to constituents. I will have members of my staff in Kenmare and Mohall on Thursday, April 25, to give North Dakotans time to explore solutions to the problems they face with people who can help.

Community members from Kenmare, Mohall and surrounding 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.

Build the Wall

I spent time with fellow lawmakers in Arizona observing private companies demonstrate how to build the wall more quickly and efficiently than the Army Corps.

I spoke with Scott Hennen about new, innovative border construction methods. If the private sector has a plan that would be faster, cleaner, safer and cheaper why would we not do that?

The wall should be constructed by people who know how to build instead of people who know how to spend money.

The Mueller Report

Attorney General Barr fulfilled his promise to deliver Special Counsel Mueller’s report to Congress and the American people, and I thank him for his professionalism and thoroughness throughout this process.

Robert Mueller with 40 FBI agents, 19 lawyers, 22 months and $30 million issued 2,800 subpoenas, executed 500 search warrants, and interviewed 500 witnesses in order to write a 400 page report that found zero members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia.

It is time for Democrats to move on and join us in tackling the important issues of the day like securing the border, finding bipartisan energy solutions, fixing our broken immigration system, and achieving better trade deals for American workers.

Win for North Dakota's Producers

This week, the World Trade Organization declared China unfairly administered tariff-rate quotas for corn, rice, and wheat.

For decades China has acted unfairly on the world stage, and American agriculture has paid the price. China’s manipulation of tariff-rate quotas prevented these important North Dakota commodities from increasing their exports, even though the market allowed for it.

This week’s ruling is another win for our farmers and ranchers and a firm reminder of why President Trump is standing up for American interests on the world stage. While WTO rulings are important, they often take years to be resolved. Improved trade agreements like those the President is seeking will immediately improve market access.

Improving Flood Control

I’m pleased Lt. Gen. Semonite signed the Chief’s Report advancing the next phase of the region’s flood protection. I will continue to work towards getting the Souris River flood protection project authorized and funded.

I am thankful Minot and the communities throughout the state have made significant flood control improvements following the 2011 floods.

Given the impact of this recent flooding and the important role this region plays in agriculture, energy, and national defense, I believe federal contributions to this effort are fully justified.

Picture credit: Jill Schramm of the Minot Daily News

We Must Fix Our Immigration System

President Trump proposed a plan to send the illegal immigrants we are required to release into sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities were purposefully designed to ignore the rule of law and undermine our legal immigration system.

Given the Administration’s limited options, releasing these immigrants into sanctuary cities may make the most sense until Congress is willing to change the system.

Read more about President Trump's proposal by clicking the link below.

Making the Tax Cuts Permanent

Before recess I helped Senator Ted Cruz introduce legislation to make the tax cuts on individuals permanent.

The tax cuts are working in North Dakota, and they are working for the American people. Given their strong record of results, why would we not make these job-creating policies permanent?

National Park Week

I co-sponsored legislation recognizing this week as National Park Week. Thank you to all of the dedicated employees of the National Park Service who protect and preserve our nation’s wildlife and historical sites. I encourage everyone to go out and enjoy our national treasures.

Protecting Those with Pre-Existing Conditions

No American should lose their health care because they have a pre-existing condition.

I helped introduce the Protect Act to ensure coverage is available and affordable no matter one’s current health status, and to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums due to pre-existing conditions.

No Red and Blue Banks Bill

Banks should not be the arbiters of constitutionality and that's why I introduced the No Red and Blue Banks Act with Senator John Kennedy.

This legislation ensures financial institutions cannot do business with the federal government if they do not respect the constitutional rights of their customers. The federal government should not be rewarding banks who target supporters of the Constitution.

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.

Minot

105 Federal Building

100 First Street SW

Minot, ND 58701

701-837-6141

Fargo

306 Federal Building

657 Second Avenue North

Fargo, ND 58102

701-232-5094

Washington, D.C.

B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

202-224-2043

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

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