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Hoeven, Armstrong Lead Bicameral Legislation to Block Biden EPA Mats Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today introduced bicameral legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing its new Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule. The Biden administration’s MATS rule imposes costly and overly-stringent Obama-era regulations on coal-fired electric power plants that will force power plants to close, jeopardizing grid reliability and raisin… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strike Down Unconstitutional ATF Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and 41 Senate Republicans introduced a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), led by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), to block the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) rule on the definition of “Engaged in the Business” as a Dealer in Firearms, which disregards the law and congressional intent and violates the Constitution by trying to force anyone who sells a firearm to register as … Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOD Should Leverage North Dakota Expertise in Developing Counter-UAS Technologies

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the opportunity for the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in North Dakota to develop more cost-effective methods for countering adversaries’ use of drone technology. The senator highlighted recent drone attacks against Israel and Ukraine, where Iran and Russia utilized inexpensive UAS and drone swarms, which required significantly m… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Army Corps Leaders to Issue Final Approval for DAPL

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders to complete the environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as soon as possible. The senator: Stressed the pipeline’s more than six years of safe operations, due to it having the latest technology and safeguards, as well as the critical role it plays in supporting U.S. energy security. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fallen ND Officers on National Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - On National Peace Officers Memorial Day, Senator John Hoeven paid tribute to Fargo Police Officer Jake Ryan Wallin and Mercer County Deputy Paul Steven Martin, North Dakota peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2023. Additionally, Sheriff Charles McCarthy whose death in 1874 was recently discovered by the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department was recognized at this year’s event. Hoeven plans to honor the fallen officers and recognize the service of North Dakota l… Continue Reading


Hoeven: City of Mott Receives Nearly $3 Million for Water & Sewer Updates in Army Corps’ FY24 Work Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 work plan includes $2.85 million for the City of Mott, North Dakota to update its sewer and water system. The city will use the funds to replace vitrified clay-tile pipe (VCP) and asbestos cement pipe (ACP) sewer mains that were installed between the 1920s and 1960s and are beyond their operational life. As a result, the sewer system is being impacted by water infiltration, erosion, sedi… Continue Reading


ND Delegation: USPS to Pause Mail Processing Changes for Grand Forks, Bismarck Until After January 2025

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong today announced that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to pause the implementation of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR), including proposed changes to processing in Grand Forks and Bismarck, until after January 1, 2025. “We are pleased that the Postal Service has agreed to our request to pause proposals to change how mail is processed in Grand Forks and Bismarck,” … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Graham Introduce Resolution Condemning Biden Administration for Withholding Weapons to Israel

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in introducing a Senate resolution condemning any action by the Biden administration to withhold ammunition or weapons for Israel. The resolution is cosponsored by a total of 48 senators. “Israel must defeat Hamas in order to prevent another attack like what occurred on October 7,” said Senator Hoeven. “It makes no sense to hold back military aid, which was… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Brown to Continue Nuclear Modernization, Maintain ISR Capabilities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Brown to continue modernizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent, especially the intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that make up the land-based leg of the nuclear triad, and to ensure the U.S. maintains its advantages in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities. “With challenges and growin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after helping secure Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation. As a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to advance the following priorities for North Dakota in the bill: A Hoeven-authored provision reauthorizing the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test sites, including the Northern Plains UAS Test Site… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Secretary of Defense to Release Assistance to Israel

WASHINGTON — At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven this week pressed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to provide all military assistance approved by Congress to Israel in support of its fight against Hamas. The senator stressed the importance of empowering Israel to fully defeat Hamas, ensure the terrorist organization cannot recover and prevent future attacks. Hoeven strongly condemned President Biden’s decision to withhold assistance, parti… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushing Back on Regulatory Blizzard Being Imposed on U.S. Energy Production by Biden Admin

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven pushed back on harmful policies being advanced by the Biden administration restricting access to taxpayer-owned energy resources and increasing the cost of producing energy in the U.S. The senator stressed how such policies ultimately result in increased prices for consumers, while undermining the economic and national security of the U.S. and its allies. In particular, Hoeven called out the foll… Continue Reading


Hoeven: No Place for Anti-Semitism on College Campuses or Anywhere in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Senator John Hoeven this week spoke on the Senate floor to call out anti-Semitic protests taking place around the country. Hoeven joined Senator Tim Scott in a colloquy to call for passage of their resolution condemning anti-Semitism on U.S. college campuses and pressing officials to take action to protect Jewish students. “The rise of anti-Semitism in our society and particularly what we are seeing on college campuses is deeply troubling. I never thought I would see anti-Semitism … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Peters, Collins Call on Postmaster General to Pause Mail Processing Changes, Ensure No Harm to Local Mail Delivery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined an effort led by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-Maine) calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to pause the implementation of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR). The senators outlined the potential impact of moving mail processing out of local communities, like Grand Forks and Bismarck, on … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bicameral Colleagues Press Senate & House Armed Service Committees to Reject Flawed Air Force Proposal

WASHINGTON — Senator John Hoeven, alongside 81 bipartisan, bicameral colleagues, sent a letter led by Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and U.S. Representative Jason Crow calling on the U.S. Senate and House Armed Service Committees to reject a flawed proposal from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) intended for the Fiscal Year 2025 (FY2025) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The proposal would ignore precedent by transferring U.S. National Guard units executing space missions to the … Continue Reading


Hoeven to VA Secretary: Continue Working With Community to Develop Enhanced Facilities at Fargo National Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, secured a commitment from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough for the VA to continue working with stakeholders in the region to build a Veterans Cemetery Center on the newly purchased land that expands the Fargo National Cemetery from 5 to 35 acres. Hoeven pressed for the VA’s continued support with the upcoming departure of Under Secretary … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors William S. Gussner Elementary School for Designation as 2023 National Blue Ribbon School

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to the students, educators and families of William S. Gussner Elementary School in honor of their designation as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School. As a special symbol representing the school’s exemplary teaching and learning, the National Blue Ribbon School flag will be displayed along with the U.S. flag presented by Senator Hoeven. This is the second time that Gussner Elementary has received this prestigi… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Interior Secretary: Stop Locking Up Energy Development on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pressed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Interior Department officials to stop locking up federal lands and blocking energy development and other uses. Specifically, Hoeven pushed back on the Interior Department’s draft North Dakota Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) recently finalized Public Lands Rule. “We are pushing back on the Inter… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures American Aviator Act In FAA Reauthorization Bill, Extends Vets2Wings Through Fy28

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined priorities he secured in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation, which passed a preliminary vote of 81-10 in the U.S. Senate on Thursday and needs to be completed by the House and Senate next week, to strengthen the University of North Dakota’s (UND) role as a leader in aviation research, development, training and operations. Hoeven addressed students enrolled in UND’s Vets2Wings program, a pilot training initi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Over $5 Million For CO2 Sequestration & Monitoring at Largest Coal-Based CCUS Project in The World

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced a $5.1 million award to advance carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) monitoring at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. The monitoring and sequestration project, which is being led by the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), is key to the development of commercially-viable CCUS. Further, the project will advance the expansion of CCUS at the Dakota Gasification Company’s (DGC) Great Plains Synfuels Plant, which would make… Continue Reading

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