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  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing the Workforce Mobility Act, bipartisan legislation to limit the use of non-compete agreements.“Non-compete agreements stifle innovation and job mobility. I am glad North Dakota is a national leader in blocking these inhibitive practices,” said Senator Cramer. “Our bipartisan bill makes non-competes virtually illegal and puts more power back into the hands of... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here for audio.***BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on Fox Business yesterday to discuss the Democrats’ spending bill passed by the House of Representatives last night.On the Democrats’ Relief Bill:“It’s far from appealing to any Republican that I know so far … [Democrats] have the advantage of a tool that allows them to pass something in the Senate without... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act, bipartisan legislation to provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for the convention, trade show, entertainment, travel, and hospitality industries and their workers.“Many industries involving tourism and travel were the first to be hurt by COVID-19 and could be the last to fully recover,” said Senator Cramer. “Our bill... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – On Friday, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, convened the first Senate Space Force Caucus event of this Congress. As one of the Co-Chairs of the caucus, Senator Cramer began the event – conducted virtually – by delivering remarks on the importance of Space Force. His comments were followed by presentations by Major General Leah Lauderback, Space Force’s Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; and Mr. Brad Edmonson,... CONTINUE READING
  • BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, announced today the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) awarded $554,960 to North Dakota. The funds come through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program and will be used to conserve imperiled wildlife and their habitats using the best available scientifically-backed practices. CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Patty Murray (D-WA) in introducing the Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to remove the disincentive for retired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic controllers to work at federal contract towers.“Air traffic controllers keep airports running and air traffic safe, but a federal mandate discourages more... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) in reintroducing the National Right to Work Act, legislation to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to either form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.“There is no reason someone should be forced to join a union if they want a job,” said Senator Cramer. “Such mandates are designed to benefit politically-motivated union bosses who want to spend union dues on... CONTINUE READING
  • BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1,381,488 to Cankdeska Cikana Community College. The funds come through the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which promote school readiness for young children and toddlers from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development as well as early learning, health, and family well-being. CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, joined Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in reintroducing the Strengthening Local Processing Act, bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed federal support to America’s small meat and poultry processors and help strengthen and streamline their operations.“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated why we need to strengthen America’s food supply chain,” said Senator... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here to audio.***WASHINGTON – At today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s response to COVID-19, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) thanked the North Dakota National Guard for its response efforts and secured a commitment from the top military leader of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine efforts to speak with Fargo biotechnology company Aldevron about its ability to assist in response efforts.“But for our... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded $1.5 million to North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) Foundation.“By investing in North Dakota’s education system, these CARES Act funds will help create more economic opportunities in the state, both now and in the future,” said Senator Cramer. “Building a Career Workforce Academy in Fargo will strengthen and broaden the potential of... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee member, joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and 44 other members of Congress in introducing a bicameral resolution to oppose lifting sanctions on Iran.“The U.S. must maintain sanctions on the Iranian regime until it abandons its nuclear ambitions and ends its supports for violence and terror around the region,” the members said. “Iran took advantage of weak policies during the Obama Administration, and... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after voting to confirm Jennifer Granholm as U.S. Secretary of Energy today: “North Dakota is a world leader in energy production, and we are set to contribute greatly to the future of the industry. The actions of the Energy Department affect everything in our state from the nuclear assets at the Minot Air Force Base to carbon capture research at the University of North Dakota’s Energy and... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the National Parks Service (NPS) awarded five grants in North Dakota totaling $1,150,389 for state and tribal preservation.The State of North Dakota received $787,991 to fund and support preservation programs and efforts, and four tribes in North Dakota also received funds, including: $103,609 to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,$95,396 to Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation,$84,825 to Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here for audio.***WASHINGTON – At a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) hearing on transportation infrastructure today, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) highlighted the importance of maintaining the current infrastructure project funding formula – which ensures small population states with expansive road systems receive sufficient resources – in any future infrastructure reform package. Senator Cramer praised the work of North Dakota... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here for audio.***WASHINGTON – At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, spoke with a panel of industry experts about reforming the process for Department of Defense (DoD) contract disputes. The panel included former CEO of Google Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, President of Microsoft Brad Smith, and General (ret.) Herbert Carlisle, a... CONTINUE READING
  • Infrastructure investment should be a national priority, not a talking pointBy Senator Kevin CramerWashington Times02.23.21“In July 2019, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee did something rare. We put aside the partisan theatrics consuming the 116thCongress, crafted a bipartisan highway bill, and unanimously passed it through committee. While this bill, entitled America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (ATIA), did not become law, it still offers the... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download audio.***WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee, joined VA Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) and VA Committee Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-KS) in introducing the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits.“Military retirement pay and disability payments are two completely different benefits. One should... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today for establishing a new Dealer Statutory Trust to Protect Livestock Sellers. Senator Cramer helped introduce legislation to establish the trust and worked to secure its passage last December.“The Dealer Statutory Trust protects livestock producers when they need to recoup outstanding costs or livestock in the event of a dealer default,” said Senator... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download audio.***WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement today on the nomination of Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General of California and President Joe Biden’s choice to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS):“Health care is too important to the American people for us to let someone so unqualified and extreme be put in charge of it. Besides supporting partial-birth abortion, it appears the closest Mr. Becerra has come to... CONTINUE READING