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Cramer visits with local business people

By Staff | Sep 27, 2013

Chris Bieri/PCT North Dakota congressional representative Kevin Cramer speaks to local business people during a stop in Rugby on Sept. 23.

North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer was in Rugby on Sept. 23, visiting with local business people about how policies in the works in Washington D.C. could affect them moving forward.

The meeting, which was attended by about 10 local business people, covered a variety of topics from immigration to the Affordable Care Act.

Cramer started the meeting by giving a synopsis of the bills currently under consideration in Congress and explained differences between proposed house and senate bills and how they may be reconciled.

Chief among the key bills is the continuing resolution to fund the government, which the house and senate need to come to an agreement on to avoid a government shutdown.

Another key bill is the Farm Bill, and Cramer said the house is attempting to install more eligibility requirements and cuts for the food stamp portion of the bill.

Cramer also discussed ideas for an Immigration Bill. While he said he didn’t favor amnesty, he said many of the illegal immigrants came to the United States legally and even those who came illegally did so with the intentions of being productive citizens.

“The vast majority, the only illegal act they committed is to come here,” he said. “In reality, they came here to better themselves.”

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