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GOP Senator Cramer Sidelined After Injury During Yard Work

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Kevin Cramer
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North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer suffered a serious yard work injury that could result in a finger being amputated and will miss votes this week, the senator announced on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old lawmaker required immediate surgery after a large boulder rolled onto his hand and there is a high risk of infection with the wound, according to his office. Because of this, the senator will miss voting in the Senate this week. That means his views will not officially be recorded on a landmark gun safety bill, the first in three decades on track to become law.