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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Aug 18, 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 1,262 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 19.6 days late as of August 15, compared to the report last week which indicated 1,656 past due cars were averaging 22.1 days late. The CP report shows a total of 21,518 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 12.7 weeks.

Aug 12, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced official grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver have resumed after a tentative agreement was reached in a two-year labor dispute. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had suspended inspections entirely on July 1 after months of grain delays.

Aug 12, 2014 Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer said the U.S. government may have no choice but to respond to a performance mandate Canada is imposing on rail companies for its domestic grain. In a letter to Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, Cramer said Canada’s mandate requiring companies to move its own grain undermines cooperation between the two countries by fostering reduced service for U.S. grain customers.

Aug 1, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to take action on delayed grain inspections at the Port of Vancouver in Washington state. Delays have persisted at the western port due to labor strikes, and recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegated certain critical responsibilities of the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

Jul 31, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer spoke with Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison to discuss the rail company’s efforts to reduce the backlog of grain shipments in North Dakota. During the meeting Cramer accepted Harrison’s offer to meet in person with shippers and commodity groups in North Dakota, with details to be announced as soon as they are available.

Jul 31, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congressman Kevin Cramer to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring additional permits for agriculture, mosquito, and other pesticide applications already regulated under separate law. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act prohibits the EPA from imposing additional permitting requirements for pesticides it already regulates under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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.