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CRAMER: Appointment to U.S.-Canada Group Will Strengthen Understanding of Shared Interests, Concerns

Feb 15, 2017
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Kevin Cramer has been named by Speaker Paul Ryan as one of four Members of the House of Representatives to serve on the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group.


The announcement of the appointment coincides with this week’s state visit to Washington by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Cramer is co-chair of the House Northern Border Caucus, which consists of Members from districts along the Canadian border who work to encourage good relations between the United States and Canada.


Since 1959, the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group has brought together approximately 24 legislators from both nations for annual meetings to discuss matters of mutual interest, to find points of junction in national policies, start dialogue on points of discrepancy, promote exchange of information, and encourage better understanding between the governments of Canada and the United States.


Cramer said the importance of this group to northern border states like North Dakota cannot be overstated.  “The economies of Canada and the United States are closely intertwined, with billions of dollars of goods traded across our border every day,” Cramer said. “Canada is North Dakota’s largest trade partner and we share many interests as it relates to agriculture, energy, and defense. In the defense space, the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry will play an increasing role in border protection, as well as joint military missions in the Arctic region. I look forward to being part of this prestigious group and the many opportunities it will offer to make the bond between our nations even stronger.”