Sen. Cramer, Rep. Armstrong Highlight States’ Rights at Agriculture Summit

Source: United States Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

BISMARCK — U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and Representative Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) delivered remarks at the Western Caucus Agriculture Mini Summit today focusing on the importance of states’ rights, Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and federal agriculture policy. 

“Private property and individual and states’ rights are priorities for North Dakotans. A one-size-fits-all federal approach to our agriculture and water is not reasonable, not workable, and not appropriate,” said Senator Cramer.“Events like the summit today are crucial to the conversation specific to our state’s agriculture and water priorities.”

“Though North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers have faced many hardships in recent year, they have persevered and continued to supply food for the nation. I am excited to welcome members of the Congressional Western Caucus to Bismarck and to share to share the story of our agriculture producers with them,” said Congressman Armstrong 

Following their remarks, the members responded to questions on the farm bill, conservation, and reconciliation. 

Senator Cramer worked with the Trump Administration to craft Navigable Waters Protection Rule, making sure it stays within the confines of the law. As Chair of the EPW Subcommittee on Water last Congress, the senator convened ahearing on the issue which included testimony from North Dakota’s Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. In October 2019, Senator Cramer hosted then-EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler for a WOTUS roundtable.
To ensure his constituents have a seat at the table, Senator Cramer hosted EPA Administrator Regan in Bismarck for a listening session with North Dakotans which covered issues such as WOTUS, and he secured a commitment from the new Assistant EPA Administrator for Water, Rahdika Fox, to hold a WOTUS listening session on the new rule in North Dakota.