Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large
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Agriculture

I believe the private sector is the best champion of our farmers. Farmers in North Dakota do not need Washington instructing them on how to farm and care for their land. Ensuring crop insurance remains decoupled from conservation programs is a top priority for our farmers and ranchers. This, along with other appropriate programs, will provide a safeguard for the future of farming across America.

The Farm Bill is currently being considered in Congress. Below is a comparison between the versions proposed by the House and Senate.

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Dec 8, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to withdraw a proposal to dramatically increase fees for agriculture inspections at U.S. ports of entry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) first proposed the increases to Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) fees in the Federal Register on April 24.

Dec 4, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly grain backlog status updates as required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota is below. Previous weeks are in italic.

 

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Dec 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It was announced last month Congressman Kevin Cramer will serve on the coveted Energy and Commerce Committee during the 114th Congress. Today, Committee Chairman Fred Upton announced Cramer’s subcommittee assignments as follows: Communications and Technology, Environment and the Economy, and Oversight and Investigations.

"I am pleased to serve on these three important Subcommittees in the next Congress. Some of the most crucial issues facing North Dakota and our nation will be debated in their hearings and meetings," said Cramer.

Nov 20, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kevin Cramer is continuing to lead the fight against the drastic expansion of federal regulations known as the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Cramer requests no funding in the fiscal year 2015 spending bill be made available for any purpose associated with developing or implementing the rule.

Nov 20, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly grain backlog status updates as required by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB). A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota is below. Previous weeks are in italic.

 

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Nov 19, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base its regulations on scientific data that is public. The Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 requires the EPA to make publically available any scientific information it uses to propose, finalize, or disseminate regulations.

Nov 3, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. - Congressman Kevin Cramer today said the Canadian government has indicated they will allow their grain-by-rail shipment performance mandates to expire at the end of November, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Oct 31, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly grain backlog status updates as part of a more detailed reporting requirement announced by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) on October 8. A summary of the reporting data specific to North Dakota is below. Previous weeks are in italic.

 

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Oct 6, 2014 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in response to the extended comment period for the proposed Waters of the US rule.

"I’m glad to hear the comment period has been extended so American’s voices can be heard, but no extra amount of time and input will improve this proposed rule to a point which will be acceptable," said Congressman Cramer. "Let's scrap this power grab and free our individuals and business people from at least some of the regulatory overreach and uncertainty this administration is so famous for." 

Oct 2, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration stated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have improperly certified the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and requests the agencies withdraw the rule. The RFA requires federal agencies to consider the impact proposed rules will have on small businesses. If such impacts are determined to be significant, agencies must take the impact into account and study less burdensome alternatives.