- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat says the federal government isn’t doing enough to tackle increasing crimes such as drug and human trafficking that are mostly the result of the state’s oil boom.

George Sinner, a state legislator, said Monday that the state’s two U.S. senators - Republican John Hoeven and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp - have taken lead roles in fighting crime in the oil patch, and believes he would be a better ally for them than Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer.

“Where has our one and only congressman been?” he said at a news conference in Minot. “Our senators need an ally … They need someone who understands the ramifications of a government shutdown, who won’t be party to creating more problems.”

Cramer tells the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1ov2aBQ ) that the House has passed 13 bills to address crime issues and the Senate has passed one. He agrees with Sinner that North Dakota needs more federal law enforcement officers, including an FBI office in the western part of the state.

“Everybody needs to step up and I think everybody is, in terms of putting resources into it,” Cramer said.

Sinner said the state needs to provide more money “not only because they can, but because they should.” He adds that complex human and drug trafficking crimes need to be handled by federal law enforcement.

“Because many of these crimes occur across state lines, the feds have to play a lead role,” he said.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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