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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update April 29 - May 5

Coffee with Cramer in Oakes

I've always said 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. That's why I will be holding a Coffee with Cramer in Oakes on Friday, May 10.

I hope you can join me at Donna’s Diner from 1 to 2 p.m.

Donna's Diner is at 604 Main Ave in Oakes, North Dakota

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Week Kick-Off

I attended Chapter 941 of the North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America's Vietnam Veterans Memorial kick-off at the Fargo Air Museum. The opening ceremony kicked off this week of celebration and gratitude for our Vietnam veterans.

15,000 North Dakotans served in the Vietnam War. I was grateful to visit with some of them this weekend and to thank them for answering the call to serve our nation.

I attended the opening ceremony of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Week in Fargo.

MFP Certification Deadline Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the deadline from May 1 to May 17 for farmers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program.

Throughout this trade dispute, President Trump and Secretary Perdue have consistently prioritized the needs of our agricultural producers, and I applaud them for their efforts.

Extending this deadline gives producers whose crops were affected by extreme weather the chance to maximize the assistance they receive.

Builders, Not Bureaucrats, Should Build The Wall

There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. When Congress was not willing to address this crisis, President Trump took action. He declared a national emergency to put more troops on the ground and to construct the physical barriers along the southern border our immigration law enforcement has requested. The President is fulfilling his promise to secure the border and build the wall, and American people deserve swift and sufficient action.

I wrote an op-ed for the Minot Daily News outlining our need for a wall. Read the full op-ed at the link below.

Venezuela

I stand with the people of Venezuela this week. This is not an ‘attempted coup.’ This is oppressed people rising up to a dictatorial government in order to secure basic human rights. Anyone debating whether to stand with those seeking freedom should remember our history. As a nation founded by brave patriots who sought freedom from tyranny and recognition of our unalienable rights, the United States must now stand united in support of those seeking the same.

Carbon Capture Tax Credit

Over a year after the enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act, the IRS took a long overdue step toward implementing carbon capture tax credits.

If implemented properly, these credits will incentivize private investment in deploying technology and storage techniques that are vital to reducing fossil fuel emissions.

However, if this credit is going to successfully encourage funding, it must be applicable to producers across the nation, not just a select few.

I recently wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to enact these reforms quickly and properly. You can read my letter on the left.

Members of the public who wish to offer public comment may do so here at the link below or by clicking here.

Introducing the Legacy IRA Act of 2019

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and I introduced the Legacy IRA Act of 2019, which increases the ability of elderly middle-class Americans to give to charity without facing double taxation.

Current law allows elderly Americans to contribute previously-taxed funds in their IRA directly to qualified charities without facing double taxation. However, most middle-class Americans cannot do so because they need their IRA to last their entire retirement. Charitable life income plans allow retirees to transfer their IRA into an accessible trust that automatically donates any remaining funds to a charity of their choice. Unfortunately, that transfer is taxable, making it infeasible for any middle-class senior who cannot afford a cut to their retirement savings.

The Legacy IRA Act exempts these transfers from taxation and makes it easier for middle-class Americans to give their life savings to a good cause.

Read the statements of support from us and the American Heart Association, Jewish Federations of North America, National Catholic Development Conference and more below.

Introducing the Bipartisan, Bicameral FLAIR Act

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich and I introduced the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to create a single database for lands owned by the federal government.

We cannot expect our government to properly manage federal lands if it cannot even account for the land it has. The FLAIR Act eliminates duplication and conflicts between federal departments and increases transparency by creating a searchable system available to the public. This is a commonsense move that would improve management of federal lands and reduce the ambiguity that often bogs down the federal bureaucracy.

New Protections of Conscience Rights

This week, President Trump announced new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students, and faith-based charities.

No doctor, no nurse, no physician of any kind should be forced to administer an abortion or any other morally objectionable procedure. I support President Trump taking steps to protect the rights of conscientious objectors in the health care industry. Every American deserves the right to refuse to be complicit in the death of an unborn child. Congress should now take up the Conscience Protection Act, which I helped introduce with Senator Lankford, to codify the rules announced today.

Watch the President's remarks below.

North Dakotans in Washington, D.C.

Received an update from the Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota about the impacts of overregulation and the importance of community banks lending to ag, business, and housing industries.
Thankful to meet with North Dakota’s 2019 Teacher of the Year, Kayla Dornfeld. There is no more noble path than investing in the lives of the next generation – Congratulations on your recognition!
Discussed ways to keep electricity reliable and affordable with the North Dakota Association of rural Electric Cooperatives. Thank you for visiting our nation’s capital.
Students from Beach, Strasburg and Linton High Schools joined me on the Capitol steps to talk about the Farm Bill and my work on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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.

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, U.S. Senate Photographers

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