Republican Senator Kevin Cramer from North Dakota said Wednesday that he sustained a severe injury to his right arm and could be facing anamputation.
According to the Republican lawmaker, he was in his backyard working over the weekend and sustained an injury which required urgent surgery. This could have resulted in him losing one or two fingers.
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“I continue to remain in North Dakota close to medical care as there is a high risk of infection and the possible need for amputation,”Cramer made the statement in a statement. “I am alert and in good spirits.”
Cramer was not specific about the type of injury.
Cramer’s injury will mean that he won’t be able to vote or attend hearings for the remainder of this week.
Cramer said he would communicate with Washington.
“Although I am missing this week of votes and hearings, I am monitoring Senate business closely and in constant contact with my colleagues and staff,”He wrote. “I plan to return to Washington… and expect to be doing a lot of left-handed fist bumps.”
For the Fourth of July celebrations, Friday will see the Senate go into recess. The current chamber is working to advance a bipartisan gun-control bill. This bill is likely to be approved by the chamber before the week ends.
Cramer will therefore be unlikely to cast a vote for this bill.
The landmark package, Congress’ response to mass shootings in Texas and New York that shook the nation, did not receive Cramer’s support. He and other Republican senators expressed criticism of the package’s inclusion of “red flag”There are laws to make temporarily taking firearms away from those adjudged to be dangerous easier. Nineteen states dominated by Democrats, the District of Columbia and nineteen other states have these laws. But Congress has blocked attempts to adopt federal legislation.
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“If we’re not going to pass a federal red flag law, and we shouldn’t, why would we incentivize states to do something that we think is a bad idea?”Cramer spoke to AP last Wednesday.
After defeating Heidi Heitkamp, Cramer represents North Dakota in Senate since 2019. Previously, he represented the state’s sole congressional district in the House, and he held several executive positions in state government and in the state’s chapter of the Republican Party.
He supported Donald Trump’s candidacy early in the Republican primary elections of 2016, becoming the first member to do so.
He is currently a member of the energy committee.
At The Horn NewsWe send our best wishes for a quick recovery to the senator.
Read Cramer’s full statement here —
Statement on recent injuries⬇️ pic.twitter.com/tIEuPO9LJP
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) June 22, 2022
This article was co-authored by the Horn editorial staff and the Associated Press.
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