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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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.

 

BNSF

Number of outstanding cars

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.  

Sep 26, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer officially called on the Canadian government to let the grain shipment performance mandates it is imposing on rail companies permanently expire. In a set of individual letters to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), Cramer outlined his growing concerns about the mandates and the recent fines levied by Canada against Canadian National Railway (CN).

Sep 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled the details of the two new programs created by the 2014 Farm Bill: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Congressman Kevin Cramer said agriculture producers now are able to gain a more complete picture of which program best suits their operation.

Sep 24, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Cramer applauded the recent decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow farmers better access to spent grains from breweries and distilleries. In 2013, the FDA proposed a restrictive rule based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which would have applied burdensome regulations to the distribution of spent grains for use as animal food. After receiving comments from stakeholders, the FDA announced they are changing their proposals and seeking public comment for 75 days.

Sep 10, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on its lack of transparency and inconsistent redactions of information requested by Congress. For more than a year, the FWS has delayed fulfilling requests for documents providing insight into its enforcement of wildlife laws.

Sep 9, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with its “Waters of the U.S.” rule, which would drastically expand the agency’s authority over bodies of water including small ponds, creeks, ditches, and other occasionally wet areas, including those found on private property.

Sep 8, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed updated weekly status reports on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 936 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 8 days late as of September 5, compared to the report the previous week which indicated 1,016 past due cars were averaging 10 days late. The CP report shows a total of 5,866 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 12.54 weeks.

Sep 4, 2014 Press Release

FARGO, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer addressed the Surface Transportation Board field hearing on delayed grain shipments. The public hearing was convened in Fargo to provide concerned citizens with an opportunity to report on service problems they are experiencing, and discuss options for improving service.

“We all realize the pressing nature of these serious rail delays. While progress is being made against the backlog, I remain concerned about the ability of the rail system to handle another large harvest which is in full swing,” said Cramer.