President Trump is in North Dakota today in support of Kevin Cramer’s Senate bid, and given Heidi Heitkamp’s abysmal record and support for Hillary Clinton, she really wants to change the subject.
President Trump, who won the state by 36 points, stands for growing our economy, combating illegal immigration, repealing harmful regulations and ending late-term abortion. While Heitkamp will spend the day offering cheap gimmicks to distract voters, the President’s visit serves as an unavoidable reminder that Heidi Heitkamp has stood in firm opposition to all he’s accomplished.
President Trump said it best during his last visit: “You need a senator who doesn’t just talk like they’re from North Dakota, but votes like they’re from North Dakota.”
President Trump visited North Dakota today to support Kevin Cramer and in his speech he did just that.
North Dakotans voted overwhelmingly for the Trump agenda in 2016, and as the President pointed out, there’s only one candidate for Senate who will advance that agenda and “that’s Kevin Cramer.”
- Border security? “That’s Kevin.”
- Bigger paychecks? “That’s Kevin.”
- Reduced crime? “That’s Kevin.”
- Better health care? “That’s Kevin.”
- Conservative judges? “That’s Kevin.”
- Protect the unborn? “That’s Kevin.”
- Support the Second Amendment? “That’s Kevin.”
In his visit today, President Trump reminded North Dakotans that Heidi Heitkamp stands in firm opposition to the agenda they want and the principles they stand for. With Kevin Cramer, North Dakota voters are ready to elect a Senator that stands for them.
Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee just found a way to hit a new low in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, openly admitting they plan to release classified information because they think these hearings are not legitimate.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Senate Dems are finding new ways to embarrass themselves.
Heidi Heitkamp has repeatedly claimed her position on Kavanaugh will be determined by these hearings. North Dakotans deserve to know if she agrees this hearing is illegitimate and if she stands with her colleagues blatant disrespect for the Senate chamber.
Caught between an extremely liberal base that’s hell bent on opposing Kavanaugh, and the overwhelming majority North Dakota voters who want him confirmed, Heidi Heitkamp is continuing to follow Chuck Schumer’s orders by once again refusing to announce her position on the Supreme Court nominee.
True to form, Heitkamp is trying to have it both ways, first telling reporters she’s seen nothing “so far” that should disqualify Kavanaugh from serving on the bench, then having her aides walk those comments back. North Dakotans want a Senator who takes a stand, not one who avoids supporting what her constituents want.
MEANWHILE– Heitkamp has still refused to condemn her colleagues’ obstructionist attempts to derail these hearings. Democrats yesterday launched their coordinated effort to disrupt and protest the hearings, and they continued this strategy today.
Despite what Heidi Heitkamp wants North Dakota voters to believe, this shameful approach- led by Chuck Schumer- is emblematic of what a Senate chamber run by Heidi Heitkamp’s party would look like. The people of North Dakota deserve to know why Heidi Heitkamp is apparently okay with such extremist tactics.
Kevin Cramer yesterday released a new ad attacking Heidi Heitkamp’s record of support for late-term abortion.
Heitkamp’s liberal position on late-term abortion isn’t shared by North Dakotans, who strongly support the late-term abortion ban Heitkamp has repeatedly voted against. Not only is her position out-of-touch, it’s not the position North Dakotans voted for.
As The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott reports, “During her first Senate campaign in 2012, Heitkamp argued that late-term abortion should be illegal ‘except when necessary to save the life of the mother.’” Yet in 2015, she voted to filibuster a bill that would ban abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy. As The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack reported at the time, when he attempted to ask about her seeming change of heart, Heitkamp ‘refused to talk about it.‘”
Heidi Heitkamp needs to finally answer for why she turned against the will of North Dakotans. With a record of such blatant hypocrisy, it’s no wonder Heitkamp is telling reporters she’s “worried about getting reelected.”
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Over Labor Day weekend, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp’s party boss Chuck Schumer handed down new marching orders for opposing Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week.
Heitkamp’s colleagues obediently followed suit, attempting to throw the hearing into chaos right from the start.
REMINDER: Heitkamp dutifully followed Schumer’s previous orders: “Keep your powder dry. Don’t commit. Stay as neutral as you can, as long as you can.” That’s why Heitkamp has refused to offer her position on the nominee, even after she met him and acknowledged his sterling record and qualifications.
North Dakotans deserve to know if Heidi Heitkamp plans to follow her new marching orders and if she supports her party’s ridiculous stunts today.
Heidi Heitkamp just introduced legislation to redistribute revenue gained from President Trump’s tariffs and give it to farmers and ranchers.
If you’re looking for a vocal critic of Heitkamp’s bill, look no further than Heitkamp herself. When President Trump’s Administration in July announced its trade assistance package to protect farmers and ranchers from China’s retaliation, Heitkamp was one of the first to criticize the plan, saying, “At the end of the day, farmers don’t want a check, they want a market.”
This most recent flip-flop on a major issue seems to be business as usual for Heidi Heitkamp, who has reversed her position on every major issue from Trump’s tax cuts, to illegal immigration, to Obamacare, to even abortion.
“Heidi Heitkamp is once again playing politics with North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “This new bill is nothing more than a political prop to attack President Trump and her opponent. What the agricultural community wants more than anything is a Senator who will fight for them instead of using them to score political points.”
Misleading voters seems to yet again be the theme of the week for Heidi Heitkamp, who just erroneously tried to claim she has “always worked for stronger border security.”
Unfortunately for her, the facts say the exact opposite.
- Heitkamp criticized President Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border.
- Heitkamp dismissed the issue of sanctuary cities as a “scare tactic.”
- Heitkamp voted against a border fence.
- Heitkamp supported an amendment that gave permanent residence for illegal immigrants without funding a border wall.
- Heitkamp voted three times against cracking down on dangerous sanctuary cities that put our citizens and law enforcement officers at risk.
Now that she’s trying to rewrite history with this election year spin, it’s clear the only person Heidi Heitkamp has “always worked for” is herself.
“With the election just around the corner, Heidi Heitkamp is frantically trying to rewrite her liberal, out-of-touch voting record,” said North Dakota Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “By repeatedly supporting sanctuary cities and failing to combat illegal immigration, Heitkamp has let North Dakotans down and failed to represent their interests during her time in the Senate.”
Yesterday Kevin Cramer’s campaign called on Heidi Heitkamp to pull her misleading ad from the airwaves.
Unsurprisingly, Heitkamp’s campaign declined to do the right thing and has since doubled down on their desperate spin. Anchor Chris Berg said it best: “They are now continuing to perpetuate false and misleading information to you, the North Dakota voter.” Click here to check out his full segment.
Stretching the truth is nothing new for Senator Heitkamp. Her team previously tried and failed to claim Cramer was lying about travel reimbursements. They’ve also worked to rewrite her record on immigration by claiming she’s always supported a border wall, even though she’s voted against it, spoken out against it, and campaigned against it.
Given these constant fabrications and purposeful distortions of the truth, North Dakota voters have to wonder if they can trust anything Senator Heitkamp says at all.
While Kevin Cramer focused solely on North Dakota’s farmers, Heidi Heitkamp seems exclusively focused on Kevin Cramer. Look no further than the fact that Heitkamp’s piece criticized Cramer more times than she used the word “farmer.” Heitkamp also attacked President Trump’s supported version of the farm bill, wrongly calling its commonsense reforms “poison pills” that would create a “burdensome bureaucracy.”
Her dark and divisive tone comes amidst a recent slew of bad news for Heitkamp, who used this op-ed to yet again play politics with North Dakota’s agriculture community. Heitkamp has devoted her entire campaign to stoking fear into North Dakota’s farmers and previously called a win for them “politics at its worst.” These are not actions North Dakotans want from their Senators.
Unlike the relentlessly negative rhetoric of Heitkamp, Kevin Cramer’s op-ed focused on the substance of the bills and the work the House accomplished. He also notes his position on the important issues in the bill came directly from conversations with constituents, saying, “I have always believed the best solutions to our nation’s problems don’t come from Washington, they come from people that walk our streets and plow the fields in North Dakota.”
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Cramer’s Farm Bill priorities for North Dakota
Rep. Kevin Cramer | Bismarck Tribune
Here’s some good news for North Dakota! Our state’s entire delegation was appointed to serve on the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee. I am honored to join Sen. John Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in representing the interests of North Dakota in this very important process. This rare achievement is politics at its best and will serve North Dakota well. I look forward to meeting with all the conferees to hammer out our differences and produce legislation worthy of our hard-working farmers and ranchers.
The choice between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill is really good versus good. Neither is that far off from one another on the conservation title or commodity titles; and, both bills maintain the status quo for crop insurance as well as the sugar program.
Along with reauthorizing these important programs, the House version of the Farm Bill repealed the onerous Waters of the U.S. rule. Although North Dakota and 23 other states continue to benefit from a stay of WOTUS while the rule is being litigated, the 26 remaining states are once again under its yoke thanks to a decision by a South Carolina court. Notwithstanding the skill demonstrated by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in leading the litigation fight, the recent South Carolina decision reinforces the need to legislatively stop this extreme environmental regulation.
As our farmers know all too well, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s implementation of the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program was materially harmful to too many of our producers, and only exacerbated by his refusal to correct his mistakes. Thankfully, we have a new sheriff in town, as clearly demonstrated by Secretary Sonny Perdue’s visit to Fargo just this past March and his discussion of this and other topics important to North Dakota. My bill, H.R. 4654, which is a part of the House Farm Bill, simply requires the secretary to prioritize average county yield data from the Risk Management Agency over the National Agricultural Statistics Service where such RMA policies are offered.
Unfortunately, Swampbuster, like WOTUS, is notorious regulation many of our farmers and ranchers know too well. My legislation, which is included in the House version of the Farm Bill, requires USDA to define minimal wetland thresholds within six months, and must apply them before they can allege wetland conversions against our producers. Hopefully we can reintroduce some common sense to this onerous policy.
Due to conversations with constituents, Commissioner Doug Goehring and I, along with representatives of the RMA, spoke with ranchers about problems associated with the pasture, rangeland, and forage crop insurance instrument. The common denominator was lack of rainfall data. As a result, I had included within the House Farm Bill a requirement for RMA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to evaluate the coverage considering alternative data collection methods to improve this lack of data.
As any producer can tell you, access to capital is key to any robust operation. Both the House and the Senate versions of the Farm Bill reauthorize the Farm Services Agency’s Loan Guarantee Program. Additionally, the House version increases the Farm Ownership and Operating Loan Program loan limits from $700,000 to $1,750,000.
I’m looking forward to working through this process to create a Farm Bill that provides much-needed long-term certainty for our ag community. My priorities are to maintain crop insurance protections and the sugar program along with improving ARC, repealing WOTUS and getting Swampbuster back on track.
Many of these important issues were brought to my attention during my travels across North Dakota and in my talk radio town halls. I have always believed the best solutions to our nation’s problems don’t come from Washington, they come from people that walk our streets and plow the fields in North Dakota.