Congressman Kevin Cramer

Representing North Dakota, At Large

CRAMER: Disappointed in Senators Voting Against Energy Jobs in North Dakota

May 10, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule entitled “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” 

“Let’s be clear, a vote against this CRA is a vote against the workers and families in Western North Dakota. To say I’m extremely disappointed in the Senate’s voting down of this CRA today – which would have revoked Obama’s job-killing BLM Methane Rule – is an understatement. It’s a huge missed opportunity to protect our energy jobs in Western North Dakota and across America, and any senator who voted against this CRA should be ashamed of themselves. I thank Senator Hoeven for his unwavering support for the BLM Methane CRA, and I hope we see stronger support from our senators for America’s energy industry in the future.” 

Even without Congress, the Trump Administration has already indicated it will repeal this rule, however, the CRA that failed today would have made it impossible for a future president to rekindle this harmful rule. On February 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its resolution of disapproval for this rule which was cosponsored by Congressman Cramer. In March, Cramer called on the Senate to bring the BLM Methane CRA resolution up for a vote before the deadline for disapproving the BLM rule is reached.