Kevin Cramer votes to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion

Vote comes after a history of claiming there’s an “urgent” need to reduce the federal deficit.

After a long history of claiming to care about the federal deficit — see below — Kevin Cramer voted earlier this month to add $1.5 trillion to the federal budget deficit over the next decade. The vote was the first step in the process to reform the tax code.

In response, congressional candidate Ben Hanson released the following statement:

Cramer claims on the one hand to care about the federal deficit, but with the other hand, he just voted to increase it by $1.5 trillion. It’s clear we need to fix the tax system to make it easier to navigate for the middle class, vulnerable populations and small businesses, but such a fix should be fiscally responsible. This vote by Kevin Cramer shows that all of his past comments about fiscal responsibility were nothing more than political expediency.

Kevin Cramer Statements Claiming to Care About the Federal Deficit

May 23, 2017: “I appreciate the President’s commitment to cutting the deficit and balancing the budget for the first time in several years. . . . it is Congress that holds the power of the purse and we will continue to address the federal deficit.”

February 11, 2014: “While the need to reduce our debt and deficit is urgent . . .”

December 19, 2013: “While the need to reduce our debt and deficit is urgent . . .”

December 12, 2013: “While it is no means perfect, this budget agreement is a hard-fought step forward . . . It reduces the deficit . . .”

October 16, 2013: “I am still hopeful we can grow the economy by reducing the debt and deficit . . .”

December 3, 2012: “People elected a divided government,” Cramer said, though he added voters also expect their leaders to solve the nation’s deficit and debt problems.