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Senator Cramer's Weekly Update July 15 - July 21

Mobile Office Hours in Beach and Medora

Members of my staff will be holding mobile office hours in Beach and Medora on Tuesday, July 30. It's not always easy or possible for people to get to my state offices, so mobile office hours bring our services closer to constituents.

Individuals from the Beach and Medora areas are encouraged to stop by the mobile office for help with veterans and Social Security benefits, Medicare difficulties, immigration issues, military records or medals, or assistance with federal agencies.

The Next Secretary of Defense

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the nomination of Mark Esper to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense out of committee. Mr. Esper has excellent credentials, readiness to serve, and a commitment to North Dakota’s military priorities. Next, his nomination will come to the Senate floor.

Earlier in the week, Mr. Esper met with me in my office and came before the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nomination hearing. There, I asked him questions about the nuclear triad and the Space Force. You can watch our exchange below.

Returning Jurisdiction to Spirit Lake

The entire North Dakota Congressional delegation introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation.

Right now Spirit Lake effectively holds jurisdiction in law enforcement matters involving their tribal members. This bill changes the law to match that reality and honors the tribe’s request.

DAPL Protests

Attorney General Stenehjem announced he is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

The delegation supports the Attorney General. The Army Corps failed to maintain law and order on federal land during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, and our state paid the price. Now they must appear in court to answer for neglecting their responsibilities.

Standing Against Washington State's Bakken Oil Ban

Senator John Hoeven, Representative Kelly Armstrong and I support Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation to overturn Washington State’s law imposing oil restrictions.

We stand with our state in their efforts to overturn this law. Washington’s law lacks scientific basis and represents a de-facto ban on Bakken crude oil. We urge the Department of Transportation to hear North Dakota’s petition and to act quickly.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched the Apollo 11 mission. That week, my eight-year-old self and an estimated 650 million of my closest friends around the world watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon and plant our nation’s flag.

I gave remarks on the Senate floor to commemorate the 50th anniversary and encourage my colleagues to ensure the United States maintains its edge in science, technology, and discovery. You can watch those remarks below.

I also highlighted astronauts with North Dakota roots and the University of North Dakota’s space program. North Dakotans leave an outsized mark in the world of space exploration.

Space was, is, and will be integral to our way of life. We must continue to maintain our commercial, technological, and military edge in this domain. And along the way, perhaps we can renew that unifying American spirit that was so prevalent on that day 50 years ago.

North Dakota and Economic Mobility

Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy held a hearing entitled “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” I discussed the uniqueness of North Dakota’s economy and the importance of aligning policies with available economic opportunities.

According to a recent study, North Dakota leads in economic mobility in the United States. Effective economic policies will pave the way to further the American dream.

I grew up in a home with a father who quit high school because he could make so much money as a rural electric lineman. Those are my roots. I come from a place where an MBA is not nearly as valuable as a CDL. Watch my full remarks below.

Debt Ceiling Negotiations

A debt ceiling deal does not need to be perfect. Politics is the art of the doable, and good politics is good for all players. I shared my thoughts about the recent negotiations between Speaker Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on CNBC's Squawk Box.

Combatting Hezbollah

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and I wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge his Brazilian and Paraguayan counterparts to acknowledge the devastation of Hezbollah’s presence in their home countries. The letter comes during Secretary Pompeo’s visit to Argentina this weekend to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina building, a Jewish community center, by Hezbollah operatives.

Brazil and Paraguay should not only label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, but they should also establish a public registry to track and blacklist terror financing entities. Combatting Hezbollah’s presence makes the world safer and allows these nations to look back on this tragedy and realize they are working to ensure a similar attack never happens again.

You can read our letter on the right.

North Dakotans in Washington

Thanks to members of North Dakota Corn Growers for stopping by during National Corn Growers’s Corn Congress. We spoke about year-round E15, small refinery waivers, and pushing for a trade deal with China.
The Federal Aviation Administration's Kirk Shaffer, Don Cardon of Cardon Global, and representatives from Propeller Airports came to my office to give an update on Williston Airport’s construction and various infrastructure projects.

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

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