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  • ***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
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on the Senate confirming Thomas Vilsack as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today:“No one can beat North Dakota’s producers and landowners. They are the backbone of our state’s economy, and the decisions made at the Department of Agriculture greatly impact them. I look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack to ensure North Dakota’s agricultural community has the tools it needs to keep feeding... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today he is cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-NC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) celebrating Black History Month. The resolution “acknowledges the significance of Black History Month as an important opportunity to commemorate the tremendous contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States.” It also “encourages the celebration of Black History Month to provide... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the following two grants in North Dakota totaling $2,593,839:$1,204,111 to Three Affiliated Tribes, and$1,389,725 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.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... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, issued the following statement today after voting against the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be President Joe Biden’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN):“The Chinese Communist Party is one of the biggest threats the world faces. They regularly engage in market distorting practices which hurt American producers. They are ramping up their presence in space to weaken ours. They caused a... CONTINUE READING
  • BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $2,115,001 to the University of North Dakota (UND).The funds will be used for pharmacology, physiology, and biological chemistry research. CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member, joined a bipartisan letter led by SASC Ranking Member, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), urging President Biden to reverse the decision to recognize the Kingdom of Morocco’s illegitimate claims of sovereignty over Western Sahara.“The abrupt decision by the previous administration on December 11, 2020, to officially recognize the Kingdom of Morocco’s illegitimate claims of sovereignty over... CONTINUE READING
  • GRAND FORKS – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Hoeven (R-ND) joined Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown, Jr. at the Grand Forks Air Base (GFAFB) and the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research and Development Park for a classified briefing and tour today.“Advanced technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Unmanned Aerial Systems are the future of Air Force missions, and as this visit to Grand Forks by yet another senior military leader demonstrates, North Dakota is... CONTINUE READING
  • BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, announced today NeighborWorks America awarded $432,000 to members of the NeighborWorks network serving North Dakota.NeighborWorks America is a public nonprofit organization, established by Congress in 1978, that supports and enhances a network of nearly 240 local and regional nonprofit partner organizations across all 50 states. The funds announced today will be used to... CONTINUE READING
  • BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today he will serve as the Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee’s (SASC) Subcommittee on Seapower during the 117th Congress.“It’s an honor to receive a leadership position on the Armed Services Committee,” said Senator Cramer. “The Seapower Subcommittee plays a pivotal role in overseeing the military branches responsible for maintaining our presence at strategically important ports and bodies of water, and fending... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download audio.***WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today he is cosponsoring bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) entitled the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Fairness Act, which would repeal a mandate requiring the USPS to pre-fund its employees’ retirement health benefits. The USPS is the only federal agency subject to this requirement, which has caused significant financial strain. Senator Cramer... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) on a bicameral letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in support of their proposed rule to reduce roadblocks created by the Cottonwood decision and help spur responsible forest and grassland management and conservation projects on federal property.“We write today in support of the proposed rule published on January 12, 2021 to amend the U.S. Fish and Wildlife... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here to audio.***WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement after voting against the article of impeachment brought before the Senate by the House of Representatives against former President Donald J. Trump:“I do not believe the Constitution gives us the authority to hold an impeachment trial for a former president who is now a private citizen, but because a majority of senators voted otherwise, it was our duty to... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined John Roberts on Fox News today to discuss Democrats voting for witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. Senate Democrats abandoned this idea later this afternoon. Excerpts and video are below. On Responding to Democrats’ Wanting Witnesses:“They've unleashed a whirlwind and they now have – they being the House Democrats – who have surprised even their own leaders in the Senate, have... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download videos of the questions.***WASHINGTON – During the Q&A portion of the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump today, U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) asked questions to both legal teams regarding the rhetoric of the managers in the trial, the implication of politicians’ actions as it relates to rioters, and the Senate’s power regarding impeachment. This portion of the trial follows the defense team’s arguments and precedes the... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior rescinding the Trump Administration’s Secretarial Order which prioritized the role of state and local communities in Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) projects:“The Interior Department’s action paves the way for bureaucrats to expand the federal estate without the consent of local communities. The Trump Administration’s Secretarial Order rightfully gave governors and... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) on a letter to President Joe Biden questioning why he revoked an executive order requiring federal agencies to post guidance documents in a searchable database. The executive order was modeled after bipartisan legislation, the Guidance Out Of Darkness Act (GOOD Act) that has been approved by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs each of the last two sessions of Congress.“Your... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, joined Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in introducing the Hire Student Veterans Act, bipartisan legislation to provide a tax credit for businesses that hire part-time veterans who are using their GI benefits and taking advantage of paid internships and other work opportunities while still in school. “It’s hard to imagine a... CONTINUE READING
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on President Joe Biden terminating the national emergency over the US-Mexico border:“Rescinding a national emergency does not make the problem disappear. Even as parts of the southern border remain porous and a caravan continues to make its way toward us, President Biden is taking action that will actively undermine the efforts of immigration law enforcement officers on the ground. The President... CONTINUE READING
  • ***Click here to download video. Click here for audio.***WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Linsey Davis on ABC News Live tonight to discuss the conclusion of the House Managers’ arguments in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Excerpts and video are below. On the House Managers’ Presentation: “They did as good a job as I think they could presenting the case ... But I think it was a difficult challenge to convince us while we were... CONTINUE READING