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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Jul 29, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The first reforms to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since 1988 passed the U.S. House of Representatives today. Congressman Kevin Cramer cosponsored the legislation and said the changes to the law are necessary to protect the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers from being harmed by litigation from environmental activist groups.

Jul 25, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their fifth weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 3,359 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 23.6 days late as of July 25, compared to the report last week which indicated 3,908 past due cars were averaging 26.6 days late. The CP report shows a total of 22,811 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 11.15 weeks.

Jul 24, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer met with BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice to discuss what the rail company is doing to reduce ongoing delays of grain shipments in North Dakota. During the meeting Cramer pressed Ice on BNSF’s pledge to clear the backlog of last year’s crop before the new harvest begins, asked for a progress update on the company’s hiring of additional employees, and discussed the new rule for oil by rail shipments proposed yesterday.

Jul 21, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their fourth weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments, Congressman Kevin Cramer said today. The figures from BNSF show a total of 3,908 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 26.6 days late as of July 17, compared to the report last week which indicated 4,561 past due cars were averaging 30.2 days late. The CP report shows a total of 23,761 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 10.72 weeks.

Jul 16, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer welcomed the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule to garnish the wages of private citizens in order to assess its fines. Cramer sent a letter last Friday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy strongly opposing the decision and encouraged North Dakotans to submit their public comments on the rule in a television appearance on Monday.

Jul 14, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer has called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to cease garnishing the wages of private citizens in order to assess its fines.

Jul 9, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The controversial Waters of the U.S. rule was the subject of a Congressional hearing today. During the hearing of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congressman Kevin Cramer questioned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe on the agency’s actions in pursuit of the rule. He also submitted four letters of opposition to the rule from the local Farm Bureaus of Bottineau, Hettinger, McLean, and Nelson counties.

Jul 8, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their second weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments, Congressman Kevin Cramer said today. The figures from BNSF show a total of 4,696 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 28.5 days late as of July 3, an improvement from the previous report which indicated 4,942 past due cars were averaging 32 days late. The CP report shows a total of 24,786 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 9.68 weeks.

Jul 2, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced the Red River of the North Basin will receive up to $50 million in targeted funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Over the next five years, funds will be used to minimize flooding through water retention, increase soil health and water quality, and improve wildlife habitats. Cramer joined Secretary Vilsack in Moorhead, Minnesota this morning to make the announcement.

Jul 1, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer encouraged the National Corn Growers Association to host its National Agricultural Genomics Center on the campus of North Dakota State University. The Association is seeking site selection bids for the newly formed center, which will conduct research to improve plant health, pest and weed resistance, nutrient and water efficiency, and cold tolerance.