(BISMARCK, N.D.) – Kevin Cramer is now trying to eradicate another vital service for North Dakotans: the Essential Air Service program. He recently told a local radio host that he is in favor of “eliminating the entire program” as the president’s budget calls for, after previously supporting EAS.

“Kevin Cramer’s decision to support eliminating the Essential Air Service program doesn’t make sense for North Dakota,” said Robert Haider, Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party.“The EAS program provides needed support to local airports, helping rural economies grow and supporting jobs in rural areas. After pursuing the Republicans’ failed health care platform that would have left millions of Americans uninsured and forced older Americans to pay more for their care, Kevin Cramer continues to show that he isn’t standing up for North Dakota’s best interest by advocating to eliminate a program that North Dakotans depend on.”

The Essential Air Service program provides vital funding to North Dakota airports:

– The EAS has provided nearly $11 million to North Dakota airports to ensure the continuation of services.
– The program has a history of proven results:

– Jamestown Regional Airport had a 39% increase in boarding passengers in 2016 after receiving EAS funding [West Fargo Pioneer1/16/17]
– Devils Lake Regional Airport had a 32% increase in boarding passengers in 2016 after receiving EAS funding [West Fargo Pioneer1/16/17]