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Opposed stimulus investment, except infrastructure

Q: Support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?

Kevin Cramer (R): No. Opposed stimulus investment. Some support for infrastructure.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes. Supports strong infrastructure spending for areas like roads. But also concerns about the deficit, feels both parties have ducked the issue.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

End Net Neutrality; don't require equal access to all users

Q: Support Net Neutrality rules requiring equal access to all users?

Kevin Cramer (R): Praised FCC ruling ending Obama Net Neutrality rules. Said other ways to protect the internet.

Heidi Heitkamp (D): Yes. Strong supporter. Voted to reverse FCC repeal of net neutrality.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on North Dakota Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Voted YES on protecting cyber security by sharing data with government.

Congressional Summary:

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:

Opponent's Argument for voting No:
Reference: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act; Bill H.R.624 ; vote number 13-HV117 on Apr 18, 2013

Sponsored sustained human presence on Moon, instead of Asteroids.

Cramer co-sponsored REAL Space Act

Congressional Summary: Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act (REAL Space Act): Congress finds the following:

Sponsor's argument for bill: Rep. John Culberson: It is critical for NASA to have a bold vision for space exploration, one that the President has failed to provide. Johnson Space Center would flourish with a declared mission to return to the Moon by 2022.

Opponent's argument against bill: Space.com: While NASA's proposed budget for 2014 unveiled this week reaffirms t

Source: H.R.1446 13-H1446 on Apr 9, 2013

Award research grants based on national interest.

Cramer voted YEA Scientific Research in the National Interest Act

Congressional Summary: Scientific Research in the National Interest Act: This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award federal funding for basic research and education in the sciences only if the grant promotes the progress of science in the United States, is worthy of federal funding, and is in the national interest.

Support on GovTrack.us: Lead sponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21)--chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee--noted the millions of dollars the NSF has doled out for purposes he considers less than worthwhile. In particular, he cited a few examples he considered particularly egregious, including:

Opposition on GovTrack.us: The Science Committee's ranking member, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) called the bill anti-science. She wrote, "Most Members of Congress lack the relevant expertise to fairly evaluate the merits of any particular grant. If we do not trust the Nation's scientific experts to make that judgement, then who are we to trust?" Johnson also noted that the NSF already has a rigorous review process, only funding about 1/5 of grant proposals.

White House Opposition: Contrary to its stated purpose, [HR.3293] would add nothing to accountability in Federal funding for scientific research, while needlessly adding to bureaucratic burdens and overhead at the NSF. It would replace the clarity of the [current rules implemented in] 1950, with confusing language that could cast a shadow over the value of basic research.

Legislative outcome: Passed House 236-178-26 (roll call 70, CR H684) on 2/11/16; bill died in Senate committee. The White House had threatened to veto the bill if it passed the Senate.

Source: Congressional vote 16-HR3293 on Jul 29, 2015

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