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Rep. Kevin Cramer answers questions from the Grand Forks Herald editorial board. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

Senator Kevin Cramer: Congress Should Put Aside Political Theatrics and Fix Our Nation’s Infrastructure

Senator Kevin Cramer: Congress Should Put Aside Political Theatrics and Fix Our Nation’s Infrastructure

This guest post was submitted by North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer. He serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where he is chair of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife; Senate Armed Services Committee; Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senate Banking Committee; and Senate Budget Committee. Every day, members of Congress seem to be increasingly consumed

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Jon Stewart and His Sanctimony Are a Lot of What’s Wrong in American Politics Today

This week comedian Jon Stewart made headlines with a rant he went on during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee. Faced with a bunch of empty chairs, Stewart angrily denounced members of Congress for supposedly not caring about the plight 9/11 first responders. Stewart was there to testify in favor of legislation appropriating more

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It’s Time for Congress to Bring Back Earmarks

Not so very long ago conservatives – including yours truly – railed against “pork barrel” earmark spending stuffed into bills before Congress. We held up egregious examples of wasteful spending (I’m sure you folks remember the infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska) and spoke about the need to cut down on waste. The conservatives won

Rod St. Aubyn: New Congress, Same Gridlock

At the federal level we have faced continued gridlock during the past few years.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously refused to take up hundreds of House-passed bills, several with bipartisan support.  Senate Republicans were accused of putting up numerous legislative roadblocks to the point where Sen. Reid and his Democrat senators changed the rules

Does More Republicans In The Senate Mean More Approval For Congress?

The chart above was created by Jeff Dobbs, and it shows an interesting correlation between Congressional approval numbers and the number of Republicans in the Senate. I say correlation, because nothing hear establishes that Republicans in the Senate are necessary the cause of the fluctuations in approval. For one thing, Congress is more than just

Will Senator Heitkamp Speak Out Against Dems Roadblocking Resolution Honoring Margaret Thatcher?

In Great Britain they’re getting ready to bury Margaret Thatcher, that country’s first female Prime Minister. But here in America, Senate Democrats are roadblocking a resolution to honor her. Congress passes a lot of resolutions honoring everything from awareness months to championship sports teams. They’re usually passed unanimously and with little fanfare. So the news

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