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Cramer Sets Agenda For Congress

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You've heard a lot about Heidi Heitkamp's victory for North Dakota's Senate Seat, but another new elected official is ready to get to work.

On Thursday we sat down with Kevin Cramer to find out what's on his agenda.

North Dakota is known for oil, and a strong economy, Kevin Cramer is excited to show other states what North Dakota is doing.

"It used to be when I was a tourism director I'd walk into a room and people would say where are you from, and you'd say North Dakota and they'd put you at the back of the line, now when they walk in the room well here comes Walt Disney, this is the guy from North Dakota," Kevin Cramer said.

Before going to Washington as North Dakota's new Congressman, Cramer will first have to finish his current duties as Public Service Commissioner.

"First thing is I'll be resigning as Public Service Commissioner, but I don't want to leave the commission without three commissioners, it's really important in these times with so much going on in the energy boom," Cramer said.

Kimberly Badenhop has been named the transition director, as far as Cramer's agenda, his top priority is the Farm Bill.

"If in fact the lame duck session, they don't pass a farm bill then we have to take that up right away and start insisting that a farm bill get top priority," Cramer said.

Another issue he wants to tackle, is the nation's fiscal cliff.

"Frankly we borrow 40 cents of every dollar in this country, that can't continue, we have to get our hands wrapped around some restraint, some spending restraint and some budget policy and starts wiggling away at this 16 trillion dollar debt," Cramer said.

While there are some challenges ahead, Cramer says North Dakota has the answer to the country's problems.

"The things that ale America, North Dakota has the solutions for, we've proven it," Cramer said.

Proving North Dakota is a leader for the country.

Cramer gets to work already next week as he leaves to Washington for Orientation.

He'll be taking part in ethics training, and other responsibilities of being a member of Congress.

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