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Congressman Holds Townhall Meeting

Congressman Holds Townhall Meeting

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When a North Dakota congressman makes a townhall visit in farm country, he can expect to be asked about the farm bill.

And that's exactly what happened this afternoon when Republican Kevin Cramer held his first "Coffee with Cramer" meeting of the year.

The site was Stanley - where agriculture is still a top issue - even with the growing oil industry.

Cramer's first question was from farmers who wondered about the structure of federal farm legislation and whether too much of the farm program was going to the largest, even corporate farmers.

Cramer said it's an issue that is at the heart of debate over the farm bill right now.

He says the final form of the bill will become known as early as this week when the conference committee reports what it has hammered out between House and Senate versions.

Cramer says he's hopeful farmers will have a farm bill to look at very soon.

The congressman says he likes the chance to hear directly from North Dakotans in this type of forum.

(Rep. Kevin Cramer, (R) North Dakota) "I get the unvarnished truth. Sometimes it's what I want to hear, sometimes it's not what I was expecting to hear, but what I've earned in my years in public service is that when you give people a chance to have their say two things happen. One, they feel better. And two, you learn things you wouldn't learn otherwise. And I think that's what representative government's all about."

Today's meeting in Stanley came on the congressman's 53rd birthday.

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