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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update December 14-20

Update on the Next COVID-19 Relief Package

Congress spent last week negotiating a year-end spending bill and a targeted COVID-19 relief package, which was finalized late Sunday night. I look forward to reviewing the details and sharing them as quickly as possible.

I spoke to KX News about the negotiations on Thursday.

Joining Stuart Varney on Fox Business

On Friday I spoke to Stuart Varney on Fox Business about local COVID restrictions, Joe Biden's energy nominees, and the special elections in Georgia.

Commemorating the First Year of Space Force

Sunday marked the first-year anniversary of the creation of the United States Space Force. On Wednesday, I highlighted this milestone with Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Space Force's Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond during a virtual meeting of the Space Force Caucus. Friday, Vice President Mike Pence hosted an event celebrating the anniversary at the White House.

Space is the next warfighting domain. Allowing America's presence in space to diminish is not an option. I have been impressed by the progress made in standing up Space Force during year one and appreciate our space leaders visiting North Dakota to learn how our state can contribute to this ongoing effort. I am optimistic about what year two will bring.

Reflecting on the EXIM Bank One Year after Reauthorization

One year ago, under President Trump's leadership, Congress came together to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), our nation's export credit agency. American exporters face an unlevel playing field in the global marketplace, where adversaries like China stack the deck. The EXIM bank counteracts that, ensuring our producers and manufacturers can compete around the world.

I published an opinion piece with EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed reflecting on EXIM's past year.

Joining ND Association of Nonprofit Organizations Press Conference

On Wednesday I spoke to members of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations as part of the organization's virtual State of the Nonprofit Sector Press Conference.

I'm grateful to North Dakota's nonprofits for the work they do and for the opportunity to talk with them.

Calling on the Administration to Waive Tax Filing Penalties for Those Delayed by COVID-19

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and I led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig urging the Trump Administration to eliminate late filing penalties for taxpayers whose filing delay is caused by COVID-19.

“Many taxpayers are facing economic hardships and business closures due to COVID-19. Taxpayers expect fair treatment from their government, and the current unwillingness to provide an expedited process for taxpayers and their advisors to request pandemic-specific relief places an undue burden on them. We ask that you move to address these issues immediately so the American people can receive the relief they urgently need.”

Defending Right to Freely Exercise Religion

I joined a resolution led by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) defending the free exercise of religion.

For months, liberal governors and mayors have cherry-picked parts of the First Amendment to support. The freedom to exercise religion is protected just as much as the right to protest under the First Amendment, and it is wrong for liberal leaders to target certain constitutional freedoms.

Bringing the Notary Process into the 21st Century

On Tuesday REX Real Estate CEO Lynley Sides and I published an opinion piece on the Securing and Enabling Commerce Using Remote and Electronic (SECURE) Notarization Act. This bipartisan legislation Senator Mark Warner and I introduced earlier this year permits immediate nationwide use of Remote Online Notarizations, a type of electronic notarization where the notary and signer are in different physical locations.

Americans for Tax Reform Support Ending Wind Subsidies

Americans for Tax Reform, a political advocacy group, recently applauded my efforts to end the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy.

In July I led a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, urging him to oppose another wind PTC extension. The wind production tax credit is fundamentally unfair and has long outlived its expiration date.

Introducing the Bipartisan FRESH Air Act

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and I introduced the Filtering and Retrofitting the Environment for Safe and Healthy Activities Indoors and Revenue (FRESH AIR) for Businesses Act, a bipartisan bill to provide a tax credit to businesses and nonprofit organizations that purchase or upgrade their air ventilation, filtration, and purification systems to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne diseases.

Bill of Rights Day

On Tuesday we celebrated the 229 year-anniversary of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution becoming law.

Impaired Driving Month

December is Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Too many Americans have lost loved ones to accidents caused by impaired driving. During this holiday season, there's no better time than now to encourage friends and loved ones to be safe, smart, and responsible.

Contact Me

As recommended by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our in-state offices are taking precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our staff members are available by phone or email and are taking in-person meetings by appointment only.

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

Williston

125 Main Street

Suite #217

Williston, ND 58801

701-441-7230

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

WDAY 970 AM - Fargo

KFYR 550 AM - Bismarck

AM 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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