(BISMARCK, ND) – Congressman Cramer, who has never sat on the House Agriculture Committee, has a history of playing politics with the typically non-political Farm Bill. In 2013, Cramer tried to sink the Farm Bill, earning him the label of ideologue who “rejects compromises and insists on policies that are ideologically pure” by the Grand Forks Herald, and prompting the Williston Herald to call on him “to take a lesson” from Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven on working across the aisle to get results.
Cramer has been oblivious to the ins and outs of the Farm Bill and its importance to North Dakota’s farmers. He didn’t even know when the Farm Bill passed out of committee earlier this year.
Now he’s being rewarded for his party-above-all-else loyalty with a seat on the Farm Bill Conference Committee. In response to Cramer’s bad behavior and his harmful ideology, Scott McNeil, Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL released the following statement:
“This is Washington politics at its worst: rewarding a position to someone who has never had any interest in advocating for agricultural issues on behalf of North Dakotans. But North Dakota’s farmers know Cramer’s history on this issue and they won’t be fooled by the machinations of Washington Republicans.”