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WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week introduced the Farmers Freedom Act of 2023, legislation led by Senator Mike Rounds, to provide regulatory certainty for farmers, ranchers and landowners.  The legislation would codify the definition of prior converted cropland (PCC) from the Trump administration’s Navigable Wates Protection Rule. For the last several decades, wetlands converted to cropland before 1985 have remained exempt from regulation under the Clean Water Act and Waters of the Unite… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the Senate floor this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to secure the nation’s borders. The senator highlighted that, since the beginning of October, nearly 250,000 individuals have attempted to illegally cross the southern border, which does not include those who have evaded U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This comes in addition to the almost 2.5 million individuals that illegally entered the U.S. in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, a record h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Pressing for Timely Mail Service, Working to Address Mail and Newspaper Delivery Delays in Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued working to ensure timely mail service in North Dakota. Following up on a call yesterday between Hoeven and Angela Bye, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) District Manager for North Dakota and Minnesota, Hoeven’s office today reiterated concerns with delays in the delivery of mail, packages and newspapers in the Dickinson area.  “After hearing about issues with mail and newspaper delivery in the Dickinson area, our office raised the issue directly wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Meeting Between Fargo Leaders, FAA to Advance Hector International Terminal Expansion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week hosted a meeting between Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Administrator Shannetta Griffin and members of the Fargo Airport Authority to advance progress on the Hector International Terminal Expansion project. The project is estimated to cost $155 million and includes expanding the current terminal building to nine gates, an apron expansion and a new parking garage with an elevated walkway. Hoeven is working to secure more than $80 million i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges USPS District Manager to Ensure Timely Mail Service, Promptly Address Mailbox Repairs & Accessibility in Minot

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Angela Bye, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) District Manager for North Dakota and Minnesota, to discuss the status of postal operations in the state. Among other priorities, the senator: Stressed the importance of ensuring timely mail delivery service, including in the lead up to the holiday season and in preparation for winter weather. Urged USPS to promptly work through the backlog of repairs for cluster box unit (CBU) mailboxes, including in Mi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today to wish all North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving: “Thanksgiving Day allows us the opportunity to gather with loved ones and reflect on our many blessings. Today especially, we take time to give thanks for the many blessings this great nation offers us and look to the future with even greater optimism. From Mikey, me and our entire family, we wish everyone in North Dakota and across the country a very happy Thanksgiving.” … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Biden Administration Imposes Costly, Overreaching Mandates on State DOTs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Biden administration finalized costly, overreaching emissions mandates on state departments of transportation (DOTs). Specifically, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reinstating an Obama-era rule to require state DOTs to set and enforce targets for reducing CO2 emissions from vehicle traffic, which would significantly burden state-level investments in roadways, bridges, highways and other transportation proj… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CommonSpirit Health to Provide Investment Plan for Devils Lake Hospital

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a community meeting in Devils Lake to discuss the need for improved access to quality health care in the region. The discussion builds on a series of meetings that Hoeven has held with local leaders and health care professionals to identify and advance community-driven solutions to ensure the best possible care for residents in the area: Hoeven secured an agreement from CommonSpirit Health to provide the community with an investment plan for … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Harris Urge Ag Secretary to Revise 2022 Disaster Relief Policies, Ensure Broad-Based Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) this week urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reconsider policies that will limit the effectiveness of disaster relief that Congress provided to agriculture producers for losses occurring in 2022. In their roles as ranking member and chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committees in the Senate and House, Hoeven and Harris worked to secure more than $3.7 billion in annual funding legislation to help farmer… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Moran, Hagerty, Colleagues in Calling on Biden Administration to Enforce Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and colleagues in calling on President Biden to immediately enforce oil sanctions on Iran as mandated by Congress and permanently freeze the $6 billion funding mechanism established in September’s hostage agreement with Iran. Joining Hoeven, Moran and Hagerty in signing this letter are Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.V.), Bill … Continue Reading


Hoeven Notified by MCI that Operations Will Continue at Pembina Facility

PEMBINA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after being notified by Motor Coach Industries’ (MCI) parent company, NFI Group, that it will continue operations at its facility in Pembina, North Dakota. Hoeven has spoken repeatedly with MCI President Chris Stoddart since the company announced the planned closure, outlining the importance of the facility to the region’s economy and working to identify ways to keep it in operation. Hoeven also led the North Dakota congres… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes for Resolution to Repeal Biden Administration’s Costly Student Loan Repayment Overhaul

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to repeal the Biden administration’s costly student loan repayment overhaul. Under the administration’s plan, taxpayers would pick up the full cost for nearly two-thirds of student loan borrowers. The resolution was blocked by a vote of 49-50. “There are real steps we can take to help workers pay off their student debt, get assistance to those who nee… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Government Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate approved a laddered approach to fund the government and provide Congress with additional time to negotiate the 12 appropriations bills. “This legislation will keep the government open while Congress continues working to pass the appropriations bills through regular order. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved all 12 bills, and the full Senate has now pass… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Risch, Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Hold China Accountable, Not Make Concessions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senate Republican colleagues in releasing the following statement ahead of the meeting between President Biden and President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. “There is no such thing as ‘healthy’ economic competition with China. That reality should be obvious to the casual observer after decades of China’s rampant intellectual property … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Luján Introduce Legislation to Improve DOE/USDA Coordination, Address Ag Research Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) today introduced the Department of Energy (DOE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Interagency Research Act to require interagency collaboration on key agricultural research needs as well as on issues such as electric grid modernization, rural technology development and environmental science. The bipartisan legislation leverages the DOE National Lab system to help USDA meet the wide-ranging challenges faci… Continue Reading


Hoeven Travels to Israel in Show of Support, Pledges to Work with Key Ally to Defeat Terrorist Threats

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this weekend traveled to Tel Aviv as part of a bipartisan, bicameral group in support of Israel, a key U.S. ally that is responding to recent terrorist attacks from Hamas. During his visit, Hoeven met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The senator also met with families of Israelis who have been taken hostage by Hamas. “When times get tough, friends s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Honoring Veterans Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day. “We are grateful for our servicemembers in North Dakota and across this nation, as well as their families, who serve right alongside them. Today and every day, we are indebted to the great American heroes who have fought to protect our nation,” said Hoeven. “I remain committed to ensuring veterans r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nominates Six Students to U.S. Military Academies Class of 2028

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that he has nominated six North Dakota students for appointments to the U.S. military academies. Hoeven nominated Ayden Frohlich and Ethan Kawecki of Bismarck to the U.S. Naval Academy, Nicholas Borowski, Joshua Messelt and Thomas Lemen of Fargo to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Saxon Weaver of Fargo to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “Our state has a strong history of military service, and we are proud to nominate these six talented yo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Turtle Mountain Chairman at SCIA Hearing, Discusses Efforts to Stop Flow of Fentanyl into U.S. and Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) this week, Senator John Hoeven introduced Jamie Azure, Chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, as part of a discussion on efforts to stem the flow of fentanyl and other illegal drugs into the U.S. and tribal communities. As the former chairman of the committee, Hoeven has worked to bolster public safety in Indian Country and give tribal law enforcement the tools and resources they need to bring offenders… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote to Block Biden Rule Favoring Chinese EV Chargers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today issued the following statement after voting against the Biden administration’s rule sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to China and other foreign competitors for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Earlier this year, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a rule that waived Buy America domestic content requirements for certain components in federally-funded EV chargers. Hoeven voted for a Congressional Rev… Continue Reading

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