Speech on the National Defense Authorization Act

Highlights Space Force, Nuclear Triad, the USS Frank E. Evans Act, and ‘Unacceptable’ Attempts to Delay the Vote

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor today about the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“The primary obligation of Congress is to ‘provide for the common defense’ of our nation,” Senator Cramer...

Introducing the Patient Rights Act

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) introduced the “Patient Rights Act” today, a bill to restrict federal funding for health care entities that do not respect all human life and patient rights.

“The unborn deserve the same rights as any other human being,” said Senator Cramer. “All patients- from the unborn to the elderly- are given the unalienable right to life, but our current system too often denies them of it. Organizations...

HHS Awards $4.4 Million in Head Start Grants to Grand Forks and Bismarck

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Grand Forks and Bismarck public schools. Grand Forks received $2,667,685 and Bismarck received $1,749,636 under the HHS Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs work to promote school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families...

Senate Passes Emergency Funding to Address the Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate passing the Border Supplemental Appropriations Act, a bill to provide emergency funding for addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border:

“This is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Each day thousands of immigrants arrive at our southern border, many of whom are children or victims of sex trafficking. We must be able to...

Senator Cramer joins Senator Blackburn in introducing the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act to halt the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services

“Abortion providers do not deserve taxpayer subsidies,” said Senator Cramer. “While current law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions, companies like Planned Parenthood still receive millions of taxpayer...

Senator Cramer Joins Senator Smith as Cosponsor of Legislation to Bring Down Price of Insulin, Hold Manufacturers Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D-Minn.) legislation to hold insulin manufacturers accountable for excessive increases in the price of life-sustaining insulin—announced last week in Minneapolis and set to be introduced later this week in remembrance of Minnesotan Alec Smith—secured bipartisan support thanks to Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) cosponsoring the Emergency Access to Insulin Act.

“While 50,000 North Dakotans with diabetes rely on insulin as a life source, the cost...

Labor Offers New Apprenticeship Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new proposal on apprenticeship programs:

 “Apprenticeship programs help bridge the gap between the next generation of workers and our country’s workforce shortage. This proposal gives private businesses the opportunity to create paid and accountable apprenticeships where the emerging workforce can learn the skills they need. I applaud Secretary Acosta for offering these...

'Another Blow': Sen. Cramer on New Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump imposing new sanctions again Iran:

“Without the loss of human life, President Trump has dealt another blow to this state sponsor of terror by imposing further sanctions and giving his administration the authority to crack down on their funding sources. Let’s be clear: Iran was sanctioned because they refuse to end their support for terrorist...

White House Proposes New Guidance for Energy and Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) issued the following statement on the White House proposing new National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidance for energy and infrastructure projects:

“Bureaucrats in Washington should not hold up necessary energy and infrastructure development. Today’s proposed guidance provides much-needed clarity for those who have been bogged down by ambiguous and onerous onerous regulatory delays. I...

White House Nominates Mark Esper to be Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Mark Esper as U.S. Secretary of Defense:

“I am thankful President Trump is moving quickly to fill this important post. A Senate-confirmed Secretary in the Defense Department will help provide the stability and leadership our military needs. I look forward to meeting with Mr. Esper and working with him on our shared priorities.” 

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