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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update OCTOBER 19-25

Honoring the Service of Senator Mark Andrews

Senator Hoeven and I delivered remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday honoring the life and service of former Senator Mark Andrews, who recently passed away. Kris and I were grateful for the counsel he and Mary gave us during my first year in the Senate. He served North Dakota well and will be greatly missed.

From growing up just 20 miles south of his farm near Mapleton, to working on his reelection campaign after college, to seeking his guidance in serving in the House and Senate, Mark Andrews was always a larger-than-life figure to me.

Senate to Vote Today on Judge Barrett's Supreme Court Nomination

On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Today, the full Senate will vote to confirm her. I am grateful she and her family answered the call to serve. I will vote to confirm her tonight, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.

On Saturday I delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining my support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination. During my speech I highlighted her views on federalism and the role of states in a cooperative federalist system.

“The states came together to form the federal government, not the other way around. I am grateful for the answers she gave me on the role of states in a cooperative federalist system like ours.”

Joe Biden's Energy Comments are a Mix of Incoherent and Terrifying

I wrote an opinion piece in Fox Business sharing my views on Joe Biden's energy comments during Thursday's presidential debate.

Under President Trump, American energy production has soared. His policies have made us less reliant on foreign sources and more prosperous here at home. His approach to energy is clear, and it works.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, got basic facts about the energy industry and its relationship with the federal government wrong. He also misinterpreted - or maybe just misremembered - his own stances and proposals. His energy proposals are dangerous and disconnected from reality. Thankfully, President Trump understands American energy.

Senate Democrats Block Multiple COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Democrats Block More PPP Funds for Small Businesses and Workers

On Tuesday Senate Democrats voted against the Continuing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Act, a bill to provide additional assistance to small businesses struggling to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Last month, Senate Democrats blocked a COVID-19 relief package. Two weeks ago, they told us to not consider a Supreme Court nominee because we should work on a relief package. Last Monday, they tried to adjourn the Senate to prevent us from considering a relief package. Their purely political antics make about as much sense as their vote against more Paycheck Protection Program funds for small businesses and workers in need. These are the actions of people who care more about their own jobs than they do about Americans losing theirs.

Democrats Block Targeted Relief for Americans in Need

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats also blocked the "Delivering Immediate Relief to America's Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act," a targeted relief package with bipartisan ideas to provide relief for the American people. Whenever Republicans have offered a lifeline to the American people, Senate Democrats have stood in the way. Because of them, we do not have more money for schools, small businesses, unemployment insurance, or to combat the virus that caused this mess. Democrats might think the American people should get nothing simply because they aren't getting everything on their liberal wish list, but that is wrong. Our constituents deserve better.

Bipartisan Push to Bolster the US-Israel Relationship in the NDAA

I joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees urging them to support provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act which will maintain the close cooperation between the United States and Israel.

“Expanding military and civilian cooperation between the United States and Israel will give us a leg up when countering emerging threats. We hope to work with you through the conference process to ensure these provisions are included in the final NDAA.”

Condemning Speaker Pelosi for Using the 25th Amendment to Attack President Trump

Earlier this month, as President Trump was recovering from COVID-19, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to unveil legislation which would allow Congress to oust a sitting president using the 25th Amendment. On Monday I joined Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) in introducing a Senate resolution condemning Speaker Pelosi's weaponization of the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to attack President Trump.

Shame on Speaker Pelosi for this third-rate stunt. Grossly politicizing the 25th Amendment is the latest in her efforts to unseat a duly-elected president and undermine President Trump just because she cannot accept he won in 2016 and could win again. Speaker Pelosi seems more interested in placating her radical fringe members so she can keep her job rather than delivering real results for the American people.

Trump Administration Leads Sudan and Israel Agreement to Normalize Relations

On Friday President Trump announced Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize relations. This President is getting results and bringing peace to the world's most volatile region, two things previous administrations and talking heads told us would never happen. Normalized relations between Sudan and Israel is a huge breakthrough in the quest for peace in the Middle East and another testament to our president's bold leadership and effective diplomacy. As the third nation to recognize Israel this year, this announcement will apply further pressure to our adversaries like Iran and encourage others to follow suit.

Welcoming Nuclear Power Purchase Agreement between U.S. and Poland

On Monday U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski signed the first Intergovernmental Agreement to cooperate on the development of Poland's civil nuclear power program.

Poland is an important ally for the United States. Helping it achieve energy security strengthens our partnership, brings further peace to the region, and increases American exports of this reliable and clean source of energy. Congratulations to President Trump on fulfilling his promise to Poland and to Secretary Brouillette for securing this agreement. It will benefit both countries for decades to come.

India Invites Australia to Annual Naval Exercise

I joined a bipartisan letter led by Senator David Perdue (R-GA) to the Ambassador of India expressing the United State's support for India's decision to invite Australia to participate in Exercise Malabar, an annual naval exercise scheduled for the end of November. The decision formally brings together the militaries of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, an informal strategic forum often referred to as the "Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the "Quad."

“From an operational perspective, the addition of such a uniquely capable and stalwart partner, like Australia, to this naval exercise is invaluable, providing increased interoperability, strengthening threat assessment abilities and enhancing the maritime roles and missions of the four naval powers. However, of equal importance is the symbolic nature of Australia’s inclusion in Malabar, marking the first time that the United States, India, Japan and Australia will engage collectively at the military level since the formation of the Quad and the Quad-plus-Singapore naval exercises held in September 2007.”

Grants for North Dakota

Nearly $69 Million to ND Electric Co-Ops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the following two loans totaling $68,997,000:

  • $45,000,000 to Cass County Electric Cooperative to connect 8,358 consumers, and build and improve 785 miles of line;
  • and $23,997,000 to Central Power Electric Cooperative for transmission system improvements.

Contact Me

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended guidelines, our state offices in Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks are closed for public meetings and appointments. Staff members are still available by phone or email. For more information, visit cramer.senate.gov/COVID19.

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

105 Federal Building

100 First Street SW

Minot, ND 58701

701-837-6141

Fargo

306 Federal Building

657 Second Avenue N

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 with Scott Hennen

Fridays 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

The 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

WDAY 970 AM – Fargo

TELEVISION

Chris Berg - Point of View

6:30 p.m. central (Semi-Monthly)

Valley News Live - Fargo

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