WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, issued the following statement after voting against Governor Gina Raimondo’s nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Commerce today:

“President Biden and his Administration are too soft on the Chinese Communist Party. Huawei is its poorly-disguised vehicle to spy on Americans, which is why the Commerce Department under President Trump effectively blacklisted it, but during her confirmation Governor Raimondo refused to take a strong stand against Huawei and commit to continuing this common sense effort by the Trump Administration. Her lackluster commitment is nothing short of problematic. The Biden Administration needs to start treating the Chinese Communist Party and its many satellites as the serious threats they are.”