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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
105 Federal Building
100 First Street SW
Minot, ND 58701
306 Federal Building
657 Second Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102
400 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Weekly Radio and TV Schedule
What's On Your Mind
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KFYR 550 AM - Bismarck
1100 The Flag - Fargo
KLTC 1460 AM - Dickinson
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Jarrod Thomas Show
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KHND 1470 AM - Harvey
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Rob Port - Plain Talk Podcast
Say Anything Blog
Chris Berg - Point of View
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Valley News Live - Fargo