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Letter: After 18 months on job, does Cramer know what his job is?

On July 22, Democratic U.S. House candidate George B. Sinner held a news conference calling out Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., for missing 11 percent of his votes over the past three months. Cramer responded by saying there is more to the job than showing up for votes.

Well, thanks for stating the obvious, Congressman. North Dakotans don’t need you to tell us what the job is. We know. Earl Pomeroy represented North Dakota for 18 years and only missed 2 percent of his votes. In fact, you’ve missed more votes in your first 18 months than Pomeroy did in his first four years.

Not only that, but during last year’s government shutdown, when 800,000 federal employees wanted to show up for work, they couldn’t because of votes Cramer made. While he played politics, they sat at home hoping they’d be able to pay their mortgages or rent. While he sat in D.C. and collected his paycheck (by the way, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., donated theirs), those federal employees crossed their fingers they’d have enough money to feed their family.

As an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and a former Veterans Affairs employee, I spent the 16 days of the shutdown working and worrying about whether I would receive my benefits that I rely on to support my family. It appears that Cramer didn’t have these same fears.

Sinner has proposed not paying Congress unless they actually do their job. If I don’t show up for work, I don’t get paid. Cramer hasn’t showed up for work a lot, but he still collects a check. Does he think Congress deserves special privileges?

Once again, you don’t need to tell us what your job is, Congressman, we already know. After 18 months in Congress, the only question I have is, do you?

Deery lives in Fargo.