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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update May 21 - May 27

Honoring our Fallen

I attended the Sherwood Memorial Day Service to honor our service members who made the ultimate price in defending our freedom. We must never forget their sacrifice.

I snapped this photo on the North Dakota Capitol grounds as I considered the price of liberty. It’s a beautiful memorial.

Coffee with Cramer in Beulah

I will be holding a “Coffee With Cramer” town hall in Beulah, North Dakota on Wednesday, May 29.

The best part of public service is the public. Coffee with Cramer events—in addition to weekly talk radio town halls— afford me the direct access to North Dakotans I need in order to serve our state well. I hope those in the area will be able to join me on Wednesday.

Senate Armed Services Passes a Pro-North Dakota NDAA

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed this year’s National Defense Authorization Act out of committee with strong bipartisan support. In bolstering our nuclear triad, improving the lives of our service members, and paving the way for a modernized, adequately-equipped Space Force, this legislation reflects the priorities of North Dakota and addresses the needs of our military community.

North Dakota’s military community is a source of a pride to our state. This legislation supports those in North Dakota who defend our nation at home and around the globe through deterrents, covert missions, and with cutting edge technology that represents the future of military combat. A few of North Dakota's priorities that were included are listed below.

Senate Passes Disaster Aid Package

This week, I joined my colleagues in voting for a disaster relief package that provides funding for areas recently affected by natural disasters. The bill also lifts a payment restriction on trade assistance for farmers and extends the flood insurance program which expires at the end of this month. I am thankful to President Trump for his leadership in working with Senate leaders to strike a deal that can become law.

Combatting Excessive Bureaucracy

I met with leaders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week.

We discussed recent updates on border wall construction, permanent flooding relief for Fargo and Minot, North Dakota’s claim filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and Select Energy Services’ application for increased volumes of water for fracking.

The federal government has become an overblown bureaucracy, and the priorities of states like North Dakota often fall victim to its slow and arduous procedures. I pressed the Army Corps to streamline their processes to ensure they no longer inhibit projects from being completed, the southern border from being secured, or our energy needs from being met. I further committed to using my position in the United States Senate to continue combatting this excessive bureaucracy.

Helping our Farmers and Producers

President Trump unveiled his plan to protect the agricultural community from unjustified retaliation and trade disruption.

I appreciate the President's work protecting the hardworking farmers, ranchers, and producers in North Dakota and across the country against China’s unfair retaliatory acts. For decades China has taken advantage of the United States in trade negotiations, violating intellectual property rights and overly subsidizing their products with almost no repercussions. I applaud the President for putting American interests first on the world stage and for blunting China’s attempt to make our farmers the victims of their bad-faith negotiating.

Click the button below to learn more about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to support farmers.

Introducing Former Senator Conrad to my Colleagues

I had the opportunity to introduce former Senator Conrad at a Budget Committee hearing on "Fixing a Broken Budget and Spending Process: Perspectives of Two Former Chairmen."

It was fun to see Senator Conrad and to introduce him at a hearing of the committee he once chaired.

Air Force Secretary Nominee

President Donald Trump announced he will nominate Barbara Barrett as the next U.S. Secretary of the Air Force.

I am pleased to see President Trump nominate a well-qualified candidate to this important post. North Dakota’s Air Force bases are a foundational part of our state, and they play a pivotal role in the defense of our country. I look forward to meeting to discuss my priorities and to hear about her vision for leading this branch of our military.

Cracking Down on Robocalls

Don’t like robocalls? Neither does the United States Senate!

I cosponsored this legislation because North Dakotans should not have to tolerate these unsolicited calls, and I am thankful to see it pass.

Read more about the TRACED Act by clicking the button below.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to Aldevron's biotechnology, Fargo resident and cancer survivor Gary Gilder is able to stand here today. Gary is a testament to the importance of innovation and research in the medical field, and we must continue encouraging scientists to work toward the next great discoveries.
Met with students from my alma mater who are participating in Concordia’s “Washington DC Experience.” This alumnus was impressed by these impressive undergraduates!

Contact Me

I currently have offices in Fargo, Minot and Washington, D.C. Offices in Grand Forks and Bismarck will open in June. 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.

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, Office of U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, Grand Forks Air Force Base

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PC: North Dakota Tourism, Grand Forks Air Force Base

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