News Releases

06.27.22

Hoeven Working to Expand Opportunities for Ranchers to Sell Their Products, Improve Market Competition

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small, North Dakota meat processors and members of the North Dakota Farmers Union to discuss efforts to expand and diversify options for ranchers to sell their products and improve competition in cattle markets. To this end, the senator, who serves as the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and is a senior member of the Sen… Continue Reading


06.27.22

Hoeven Statement on SCOTUS Decision Supporting Religious Freedom

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District. Earlier this year, Hoeven joined his colleagues in filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Coach Joe Kennedy's constitutional rights. "Today the Supreme Court defended Coach Kennedy's constitutional freedoms," said Hoeven. "This is about ensuring religious freedom, and we welcome the Cou… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Hoeven Calls on Delta Air Lines to Address Flight Delays in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week called on Delta Air Lines to address ongoing service disruptions affecting both business and consumer travel. Issues with staffing challenges at airlines and amongst air traffic controllers are causing service disruptions across the entire industry as air travel demand increases. In a call with Heather Wingate, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Delta Air Lines, the senator outlined the significant rise in complaints that have been filed w… Continue Reading


06.24.22

Hoeven Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "The Supreme Court's decision respects the sanctity of life and rightfully denies that the Constitution provided a right to abortion. The ruling is consistent with my work as Governor of North Dakota and in the Senate to advance pro-life legislation and support policies that protect the health of mothers … Continue Reading


06.23.22

Hoeven Statement on Senate Gun Control Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after opposing legislation in the Senate that would infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens: "I believe we need to do more to secure our schools but I am concerned that the red flag provisions in the Murphy/Cornyn bill will unfairly infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, which is why I voted against it. Also, that's why I have cosponsored the Safe Schools Act which provides additio… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Hoeven Working with STB to Resolve Rail Backlog Before Fall Harvest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Patrick Fuchs, a member of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), to discuss the rail service disruptions impacting North Dakota shippers, including agriculture producers, and stressed the need to resolve the backlog before fall harvest. The senator reviewed the recent public accountability requirements the STB has placed on BNSF and other Class I railroads, which include: Weekly reports containing data on rail service performance. 6-month… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Hoeven Joins Colleagues Calling for Biden Administration to Fully Implement the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined his colleagues, led by Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) in calling on the Biden administration to reverse course on its reported plans to erode the full and faithful implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The administration reportedly plans on moving the Palestinian Affairs Unit (PAU) out of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel's reporting chain of command and renaming the PAU the "U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs." This action would serve as… Continue Reading


06.23.22

Hoeven: Global Hawk Block 30 Fleet to Come to Grand Sky for Sky Range Hypersonic Missile Testing Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that: The Air Force will retire the Global Hawk Block 30 fleet and transfer all twenty aircraft to Grand Sky to be converted into Range Hawks for the Test Resource Management Center's (TRMC) Sky Range hypersonic missile testing program. Air Force leadership affirmed their commitment to make additional investments in Grand Forks from now through 2026 to support future missions at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Today's announcement is possible … Continue Reading


06.22.22

Hoeven: President Biden Needs to Empower U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Gas Tax Suspension A Gimmick

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after President Biden proposed suspending the federal gas tax for 3 months. "Energy prices are at historic levels, with the average price of gas reaching $5 per gallon across the nation this month. Prices have more than doubled over the first two years of the Biden administration, and the Biden proposal to suspend the federal gas tax does not address the underly… Continue Reading


06.22.22

Hoeven-Sponsored Legislation to Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after legislation he sponsored in the Senate with Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to help attract, develop and retain highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals in the federal workforce was signed into law. "Cyber-attacks targeting our nation continue to grow in frequency and complexity, and it is essential that we stay ahead of our adversaries and others who seek to illegally access and disable critical systems, including those run… Continue Reading


06.18.22

Hoeven: Senate Passes Resolution in Recognition of Juneteenth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing June 19, 2022 as Juneteenth. Hoeven is one of 50 senators to cosponsor the resolution, which can be found here. "The Senate resolution recognizes Juneteenth and the date in 1865 that marked the end of slavery in the United States," said Hoeven. "The resolution was unanimously approved by the Senate to commemorate June 19, 2022 as Juneteenth." -###-… Continue Reading


06.17.22

Hoeven to EPA Administrator: Respect Private Property Rights, Provide Regulatory Certainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week pressed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to ensure that any Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule protects private property rights and provides regulatory certainty for agriculture, energy and other industries. Hoeven joined a roundtable to push back on the Biden administration's efforts to repeal the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) an… Continue Reading


06.17.22

Hoeven Presses BNSF CEO to Address Rail Car Backlog in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed BNSF CEO Katie Farmer to address the rail car backlog in North Dakota and discussed the following steps that BNSF is taking to help farmers, ranchers and other shippers get their products to market: Hiring 3,000 new employees, while offering $15,000 hiring bonus incentives. Adding 350 locomotives to their fleet. Increasing rail shuttle turns from 2 to 2.5 per month. Utilizing BNSF's Ombudsman to facilitate communication with agriculture pr… Continue Reading


06.16.22

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Provide VA Health Care to Veterans Impacted by Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation to provide Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care to more than 3.5 million veterans from all eras suffering from conditions related to toxic exposure. "This legislation provides needed coverage to veterans exposed to toxic substances during their time serving and defending our nation … Continue Reading


06.15.22

Congress Passes Hoeven-Sponsored Legislation to Address Shipping Backlogs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation he sponsored to update federal regulations for the global shipping industry and help American producers export their products internationally. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act helps address supply chain challenges by prohibiting ocean carriers from unreasonably declining shipping opportunities for U.S. exports, making it harder for ocean carriers to arbitrarily turn away goods at po… Continue Reading


06.10.22

Hoeven, Scott Oppose SEC's Overreach, Proposed Rule Would Impose Unworkable Regulations on Agriculture Producers

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) today pushed back on a proposed rule from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would place unworkable climate disclosure regulations on farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers. The senators led a letter signed by 30 colleagues calling on the SEC to rescind the overreaching proposal, which would require publicly-traded companies to include certain climate-related disclosures in their registration statements and per… Continue Reading


06.10.22

Hoeven to Biden: Support U.S. Domestic Ag Production & Withdraw Amicus Brief That Jeopardizes the Use of Glyphosate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today urged President Biden to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to withdraw its May 2022 brief before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the use of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and an important crop protection tool. The administration's most recent brief reverses long-standing policy regarding pesticide la… Continue Reading


06.10.22

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Address Shipping Backlogs, Ensure Ag Producers Can Access Foreign Markets

WASHINGTON - At a Senate committee hearing that he co-chaired this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the importance of free and fair trade for U.S. agriculture producers and discussed efforts to ensure farmers and ranchers can access foreign markets. In particular, the senator stressed the impact that transportation backlogs and supply chain issues are having on producers' ability to export their goods. Accordingly, Hoeven is: Sponsoring the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, bipartisan legislation … Continue Reading


06.09.22

Hoeven Continues Urging Biden Administration to Address Backlog at West Coast Ports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) this week in calling on the Biden administration to engage with stakeholders and Congress on the ongoing contract negotiations at America's West Coast ports. While negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) started on May 10, 2022, it has been reported that contract talks have already been suspended once. This letter builds on Hoeven and his colleagues' … Continue Reading


06.09.22

Hoeven: Biden Administration's Immigration Policies Making Southern Border Crisis Worse

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven delivered remarks on the Senate floor calling on the Biden administration to secure the nation's southern border. The senator outlined the ongoing crisis as the number of immigrants illegally crossing the southern border was over 234,000 individuals in April 2022 alone. "This unprecedented and growing crisis at the southern border is due to the Biden administration's misguided immigration policies. This includes the lack of enforcement of key tools, … Continue Reading

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