Sen. Cramer Notice: Corporation for National and Community Service Grants $307k to Try-Valley Opportunity Council

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) granted $307,062 to the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council through the Senior Corps Senior Companion Program grant competition.

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) engages adults age 55 and over to help other older adults - most of whom are homebound - live fuller, more independent lives. The Senior Corps volunteers provide companionship and assistance with daily tasks, and give...

Sen. Cramer Highlights the North Dakota Military Community's Importance and Capabilities during Defense Secretary's Visit to Minot

MINOT, ND – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, a Senate Armed Services Committee member, stressed the importance of North Dakota’s military community and highlighted its capabilities to Defense Secretary Mark Esper today as they toured 91st Missile Wing and the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base together.

“The world is a safer place because of the work being done by the military members in North Dakota every day,” said Senator Cramer. “It is important we provide them with the tools they need and...

Sens. Cramer, Daines Urge the Trump Administration to Fight for Favorable Pulse Crop Provisions in Trade Negotiations with India

BISMARCK – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Steve Daines (R-MT) wrote a letter to President Donald Trump and Administration leaders urging them to fight for favorable pulse crop provisions during trade negotiations with India. Their letter comes amid reports that concessions made by India ahead of President Trump’s visit did not include such provisions.

“The most commonly consumed pulse crops in India are lentils, chickpeas, dried beans, and peas, yet the Republic of India has levied...

Sen. Cramer Statement on the IRS Issuing Carbon Capture Pre-Regulation Guidance

MINOT, ND – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee member, issued the following statement on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) releasing pre-regulation guidance on carbon capture tax credits today: 

“Thank you to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and the Trump Administration for issuing this long-awaited guidance. 45Q is meant to incentivize investment in carbon sequestration technology, but North Dakota’s coal, ethanol, and energy producers have been...

Sen. Cramer Notice: Dept. of Transportation Awards $4.6 Million to North Dakota Airports

MINOT, ND — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $4,678,890 to North Dakota airports. 

The FAA grants are as follows:

Sen. Cramer Notice: Standing Rock Granted $1.3 Million for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start awarded a grant of $1,327,650 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates to support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote school readiness of children of AIAN heritage by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional...

Sen. Cramer Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Give Guard and Reserve Members Equal Hazard-Duty Incentive Pay

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan bill to give National Guard and Reserve members equal hazard duty incentive pay (HDIP). Identical bipartisan legislation has already been introduced in the House.
 
Hazard Duty Incentive Pay is a type of special and incentive pay used to improve recruiting and retention by increasing compensation for hazardous duty assignments or conditions. This pay is in addition to base...

Sen. Cramer Joins Delegation to Munich Security Conference

MUNICH – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a delegation to the Munich Security Conference on February 15, 2020. The delegation, which included Sen. Rounds, Sen. Boozman, Sen. Cramer, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Walberg, conducted bilateral meetings with key leaders, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Other meetings included the Norwegian Minister of Defense Frank Bakke Jensen, Foreign Minister...

Senators Request Meeting with Defense Secretary on Honoring Fallen Vietnam Veterans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a bipartisan letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper requesting a meeting about adding the names of sailors who died aboard the USS Frank E. Evans to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

“Last year marked 50 years since we lost these 74 sailors,” the senators wrote. “Honoring their sacrifice alongside the nearly 60,000 other service members who died in Vietnam is long overdue.”

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Sens. Cramer, Rubio, Cotton, Blackburn, Cruz Introduce FDIC Act to Combat Banks' Political Attacks on Federal Contractors

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the Financial Defense of Industrial Contractors (FDIC) Act, which would combat today’s political discrimination by some of the largest banks operating in the United States against federal contractors, including those which operate facilities on behalf of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement Agency (ICE). A one pager of the bill is available here....