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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update August 19 - September 2

Happy Labor Day!

I learned from my hardworking parents if you want to make a living in this country, you have to earn it. Work is noble. It is good for the soul, brain and body. We are truly blessed to live in the freest country in the world, built by the hardworking laborers that went before us. As your United States Senator, I want you to know there’s a very big part of me that still has that blue collar streak in him to roll up his sleeves and tries to get the job done on your behalf. But it only works when we work at it together.

Have a great Labor Day. Take a break from your work today, spend some time with your family, and we will get back to work tomorrow.

Touring the Southern Border

I traveled to El Paso, Texas, to tour a port of entry, border wall construction, and an ICE processing center with agents from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The men and women who work to protect our border are the very best our nation has to offer. We had a productive day of touring these facilities and seeing the border while meeting with those on the ground and observing the crisis they are managing first hand.

The tour started with Customs and Border Protection at the Paso del Norte Port of Entry and processing facility. Customs and Border Protection previously reported illegal immigrant apprehensions at the southern border reached a 12-year high in 2019. In fiscal year 2019 alone, 862,788 people have attempted to enter the country illegally. I saw how they process legal and illegal immigrants, and demonstrated their ability to constantly adjust to handle the number of people coming in.

From there, we went to Monument Three- near the Rio Grande- to view the border and receive a briefing on border security operations and border wall construction. The day’s events concluded with a visit to the ICE El Paso Service Processing Center. In the last two years, ICE officers arrested 266,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records.

You can watch a video recap of the day below.

Daniel M. Traynor Nominated to Be North Dakota's District Judge

President Donald J. Trump announced his nomination of Daniel M. Traynor of Devils Lake to be U.S. District Judge for North Dakota.

I am grateful President Trump nominated Dan, whom I have known for over 30 years. I urged the President to choose him because he is a person of tremendous character, committed to the rule of law and our Constitution. Like his father, Dan has spent his professional life as an attorney, always going above and beyond for his clients and giving extra to his community in noble endeavors. I look forward to helping shepherd his nomination through the United States Senate.

You can read more about Dan by clicking the button below.

Coffee with Cramer

I held a Coffee with Cramer in Jamestown and answered questions from constituents on agriculture, drug prices, and federal spending.

We can solve every problem we face during family discussions over coffee. Our country needs more family discussions where we listen to each other and share new ideas. Thank you to everyone who came to Babb's Coffee House to engage in one of these important discussions.

Space Command Launches 🚀

Last week, President Trump established the U.S. Space Command. I applaud him and his administration for acting quickly to maintain our dominance in space, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to finish the job of establishing a modernized, independent, and fully functional Space Force.

The United States is the best in the world at space, and our adversaries know it. Our capabilities in space provide our military forces with significant advantages, which is why our enemies target this domain.

You can watch the President's announcement by watching the video below.

Protecting our Judiciary

My Senate Republican colleagues and I sent a letter to the Supreme Court in response to Democratic Senators threatening to pack the court if a certain case was not heard.

"Judicial independence is under assault. Democrats in Congress, and on the presidential campaign trail, have peddled plans to pack this court with more justices in order to further their radical legislative agenda,” the letter says.

Like the rest of the Democratic party platform, this court-packing scheme is nothing more than a sloppy regurgitation of a 1930’s failure. Their threat to implement this radical plan if the court does not follow their demands should concern all Americans, and I urge the court to be guided only by the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.

Seeking Comment: EPA's Proposed Methane Rule Update

The U.S. Environmental and Protection Agency proposed updates to the prior administration’s national standards for the oil and natural gas industry and are seeking comment on the changes.

North Dakota is a leader in oil and natural gas production; and as I like to say, North Dakota does not need Washington imposing its mediocrity on our excellence. This proposed rule maintains health and environmental protections while eliminating duplicative regulations which increase compliance costs for producers that get passed along to consumers. I applaud Administrator Wheeler for continuing President Trump’s promise to eliminate burdensome regulations placed on energy production, and I urge North Dakotans to offer their input on this proposal.

Veterans Advisory Board

In the six years I served in the House of Representatives, this Advisory Board helped shape the policies I supported and the bills I introduced. Over the August Recess, I reformed the committee and added more people who have either served our country or serve those who served our country.

The Veterans Advisory Board brings a practical viewpoint to the policies we debate in Congress. They offer proposals for legislation and help give me guidance on oversight, with everything from implementing the VA Mission Act to ensuring our veterans receive their benefits. They are an invaluable resource for me; and I am grateful for their service to our country and to our state, as well as for their willingness to advise me on the policies important to them.

You can read about each member of the Veterans Advisory Board at the button below.

Meeting with North Dakotans

Throughout the August recess, I have been traveling around the state to meet with constituents. The best part of public service is the public. Meeting with a variety of groups helps me to do the best job representing the interests of our state.

While in Fargo, I participated in the ground breaking ceremony for Aldevron. Aldevron never takes a back seat when it comes to biotechnology innovation. They lead the way for entrepreneurship and innovation. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of today’s event that highlights the growth of another successful North Dakota company.
The North Dakota chapter of the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers came to my Bismarck office. We discussed legislation to help find a cure for Chronic Wasting Disease. I assured them their voice had been heard and highlighted the bills I support to address this issue.
The America's Grassland Conference brought us together to highlight and craft innovative conservation solutions for our nation’s grasslands. I would ask that as we build conservation plans and priorities, we start with the cornerstone of respecting landowners. The most successful conservation programs are achieved when the stewards of the land, water, and resources are personally convinced and willingly participate in a shared priority. Anything less fosters resentment and stunts the long-term goals we all share.
Many cargo loading systems- used all around the world on commercial and military aircraft- are made right here in Jamestown by Collins Aerospace. I appreciate the opportunity to meet with the team at Collins and to tour their facility. I am always impressed.

Contact Me

My offices are open in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Fargo and Washington, D.C. You can stop by or call any of the following offices. You can also visit my website at www.cramer.senate.gov.

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 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, Senate Photographers and the Office of U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer

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