WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement after voting against a bill to increase the debt ceiling today:
“Chuck Schumer put us in this terrible box confronted with nothing but bad choices. Democrats ran up an irresponsible amount of debt and they took any structural reforms off the table. Time and again Democrats punted on their responsibility to lift the debt ceiling, which they can do on their own without a single Republican vote. I will not green light their big government socialist agenda, which we know adds billions if not trillions of dollars to our national debt. They have been unsuccessful thus far so now they’re holding farmers, ranchers, patients, and health care providers hostage. I will not condone this behavior. It’s wrong and I will not vote to increase or facilitate the increase of the debt ceiling,” said Senator Cramer.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) voted to overturn President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private businesses through the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule. The CRA passed by a vote of 52-48. With Senate passage, the CRA now moves to the House of Representatives.
“The Constitution does not allow Joe Biden to impose this COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private businesses. It is a blatant and obvious overreach of the federal government – and the good news is the courts agree. At a time when businesses are struggling, the Biden Administration is further shrinking the workforce by forcing Americans to choose between their job and their individual right and decision of whether to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our bipartisan resolution protects personal liberties, our economy, and – above all else – the Constitution and personal privacy,” said Senator Cramer.
This Biden Administration rule strips personal freedoms from Americans and subjects private businesses to additional duress in the midst of the current labor shortages and supply chains disruptions. In short, this unacceptable federal directive impacts tens of millions of Americans and warrants review by Congress – the representatives elected by the American people to make the laws.
- On September 8, President Joe Biden announced vaccine mandates which extend to 80 million private sector workers and additional mandates on millions of federal workers and contractors.
- In early November, Senator Cramer and all 50 Republican Senators announced their plans to formally disapprove and nullify President Biden’s vaccine mandate on private employees through the CRA. The formal challenge was filed on November 18, 2021.
- Last month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor (DOL) announced they have “suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement” of the Biden vaccine mandate following a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which blocked the rule from going into effect.
- To implement this mandate, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Employers who fail to comply will be fined $13,653 for each offense and willful violations will result in a $136,532 penalty. This rule places unrealistic compliance burdens on employers—especially during a time where business and supply chains are already suffering serious constraints. For example, 30 days after publication, all requirements other than testing for employees must be in place. In addition, 60 days after publication, all testing requirements must be in place.
- The CRA can be used by Congress to overturn certain federal agency regulations and actions through a joint resolution of disapproval. If a CRA joint resolution of disapproval is approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, or if Congress successfully overrides a presidential veto, the rule at issue is invalidated.
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response to recent legal victories against the Biden Administration’s radical, totalitarian agenda:
“Our Republican leaders, like Governor Burgum, Republicans in the North Dakota legislature, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, are working seamlessly together to carry out what North Dakotans have elected them to do: to defend our freedoms. Washington may be broken with radical ideas designed to change the country we love, but we are grateful to have Republican leaders who never stop fighting to protect us,” said Schafer.
He continued: “Attorney General Stenehjem has, in particular, taken the fight to the Biden Administration in court, challenging their unconstitutional vaccine mandates for large employers, federal contractors, and medical workers. In just the past week, Attorney General Stenehjem’s efforts have led to the enjoinment of all of these un-American mandates. Voters should know that our leaders haven’t just shown up for them – they’ve gone and beyond to keep North Dakotans free.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states that had brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.
The court order said that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid had no clear authority from Congress to enact the vaccine mandate for providers participating in the two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor.
The preliminary injunction by St. Louis-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp applies to a coalition of suing states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Similar lawsuits also are pending in other states.
The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers nationwide in about 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers that get funding from the government health programs. Workers are to receive their first dose by Dec. 6 and their second shot by Jan. 4
Even under an exceedingly broad interpretation of federal powers, “Congress did not clearly authorize CMS to enact the this politically and economically vast, federalism-altering, and boundary-pushing mandate,” Schelp wrote.
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BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party released the following statement in response to the passage of the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better spending bill:
“It is outrageous that at a time when North Dakotan families are hurting because of inflated energy and food prices – thanks to the Democrats’ endless spending – that Joe Biden would have the audacity to pass yet another trillion-dollar disaster. The so-called ‘Build Back Better’ plan will make America worse. It not only adds to the deficit, but also funds AOC’s socialist schemes like the Green New Deal and gives taxpayer-funded payouts to illegal immigrants. This vote yet again underscores the importance of taking back the House of Representatives in 2022 and protecting our conservative leadership here in North Dakota. Thank you to Congressman Kelly Armstrong for taking a strong stand against this shameful piece of legislation.”
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response to the Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s announcement that he will be resigning in January 2022:
“The North Dakota Republican Party would like to thank Ryan for the many years of public service he has given to our great state. It takes a great deal of courage to show humility and to seek help. We are praying for Ryan and wishing him well on his journey back to good health.”