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CRAMER: House Passes Bill Honoring Former Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer

May 17, 2017
Press Release



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement during debate on H.R. 2154, a bill to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center. The bill, which was sponsored by Cramer, passed the House of Representatives by voice vote.

"Thank you Mr. Speaker, and thank you Mr. Davis and my colleague Mr. Peterson from across the Red River in Minnesota for their support for the renaming of the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center. For all the reasons that Representative Peterson talked about, it is a world class facility in a world class town, and I think it should be named after a world class guy. I had the opportunity to serve under Ed in his cabinet when he was governor for eight years. His intellect and his commonsense are matched only by his boundless energy and his eternal optimism – qualities he brings to every job including his work as Secretary at the Department of Agriculture. When he was recognized by his former governor colleague, President George W. Bush, and asked to join the Administration in that department, it was really a remarkable thing – not just for agriculture, not just for Ed, but for our state. North Dakota is number one in production of many crops. Agriculture is the number one industry in our state. It is what makes North Dakota what North Dakota is – the ability to feed hungry people in a growing world. And Ed brought that commonsense to the USDA, and that work ethic that works the land so effectively. I feel this bill is a fitting tribute to him. It’s a celebration, not only of his accomplishments, but of agriculture in North Dakota and across the entire Red River Valley. I would note that our two Senators have a companion bill in the Senate – introduced by Senator Hoeven and cosponsored by Senator Heitkamp – and they support this effort as well. I appreciate the work of the committee. I appreciate the work of Ed Schafer, and look forward to a celebration someday in the renaming of this facility.” 

Click here to view the entire exchange on the House floor today between Reps. Kevin Cramer, Collin Peterson, and Rodney Davis.