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Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Deter Illegal and Unsolicited Robocalls

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced that he has cosponsored the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation introduced by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to help deter illegal and unsolicited robocalls. The legislation aligns with a resolution passed by the North Dakota House of Representatives calling for a solution to the unwanted calls. "These calls are not merely an annoyance, but they can be attempts to d… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Nomination of Peter Welte

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. "Given his qualifications and strong record of upholding the rule of law, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Peter's nomination today," said Hoeven. "Now that we've secured committee approval for both Peter's nomination to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge and Drew Wrigley to be U.S. Attor… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Congratulate North Dakota Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today welcomed Preeti Chemiti of West Fargo and Hanna Johnson of Colfax to Washington, D.C. The students have been selected to serve as delegates for the United States Senate Youth Program's (USSYP) 57th annual Washington Week, which is taking place this week in the nation's capital. The program brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C. to participate in an intensive week-long study of the United States government. Each st… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses BOR Regional Administrator to Account for Depreciated Value of Oakes Test Area When Issuing Cost Estimate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently spoke with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Regional Administrator Mike Black, pressing him to account for the depreciated value of the Oakes Test Area when providing a cost estimate to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. Hoeven stressed that the price of the 32 year-old facility should reflect the present state of the infrastructure, as well as its overbuilt size and increased maintenance costs, and that BOR should be transparent in justifying the cost. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Remembrance of Retired Maj. Gen. Darrol Schroeder

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in remembrance of North Dakota Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Darrol Schroeder, who passed away earlier this week: "Darrol was a tremendous North Dakotan, who demonstrated his dedication to his family, community and our state and nation throughout his life," said Hoeven. "In addition to his decades-long military career in the Air Force and Air Guard, he made significant contributions to his community. This includes his co-found… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Assistant Secretary of the Army Approves PPA Renegotiation for Red River Valley Flood Protection with Increased Federal Participation of $750 Million

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that R.D. James, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (ASA) for Civil Works, has approved the renegotiation of the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Further, James directed the Army Corps to increase the federal participation in the project to $750 million, up from $450 million. The full memorandum approving the changes to the PPA can be found here. This will help to both secure future … Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU Bison Honored at the White House, U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after honoring the 7-time FCS National Champion North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison at the White House and U.S. Capitol today. Following the Bison's visit to the White House with the President, Hoeven hosted the team on Capitol Hill for a luncheon and tour of the U.S. Capitol. "Between the White House and Capitol Hill, we held a full day of celebrating the NDSU Bison's tremendous accomplishments," Hoeven said. "The players… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on WTO Ruling Against China

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled this week that China's price supports for wheat and other grains are in violation of WTO rules. "This ruling by the WTO is good news for our producers," said Hoeven. "The WTO ruling found that China's price supports for grains, including wheat, have distorted the market and… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU Bison Football Team to Visit White House, U.S. Capitol on March 4

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison are scheduled to visit the White House and U.S. Capitol on March 4. The team will be honored by the President at the White House that morning. Following the Bison's visit to the White House, the team will head to Capitol Hill, where the senator will host a luncheon for the team, followed by a tour of the U.S. Capitol. "Not only are the Bison the reigning FCS national champions, but they have wo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Perdue on Importance of Trade Agreements, Commodity Purchases as Negotiations Continue

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on the importance of securing better trade deals for the nation's farmers and ranchers. The senator stressed that agriculture producers need trade certainty, and as negotiations continue, the administration should push for further commodity purchases. In response, Perdue highlighted China's commitment last week to purchase an additional 10 million metric tons … Continue Reading


Hoeven: IRS Waives March Tax Filing Deadline for Farmers & Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it will extend the deadline for qualifying farmers and ranchers to file taxes to April 15. Hoeven worked to secure this relief in response to concerns that many farmers would be unable to properly file their taxes by the usual deadline of March 1, as the IRS recently issued final regulations implementing sections of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act related to farm income on Febr… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bennet Reintroduce Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today reintroduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, bipartisan legislation to reform the Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Further, the bill would delay enforcement of the ELD rule until the required reforms are formally proposed by the Transportation Secretary. "Livestock haulers need a permanent solution to the HOS and ELD… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting to confirm Andrew Wheeler to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler has been serving as Acting Administrator since July. "Andrew Wheeler has the right experience and background to lead the EPA. Throughout his time at the EPA, including serving as Acting Administrator for the past six months, and as the staff director for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he ha… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Nomination of Drew Wrigley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced by voice vote the nomination of former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. Wrigley's nomination now moves to the full Senate for consideration. As is customary under a Judiciary Committee rule, the nomination of Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota was considered by the Committee and is expected to be voted… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee Meeting on Peter Welte and Drew Wrigley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting tomorrow on the nominations of Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota and former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. "Peter and Drew are two outstanding public servants who deserve bipartisan support from not only the Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate," said Hoeven. "I've been working to advance b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after voting for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Senator Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the legislation, which was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse in January. While Hoeven supported the legislation, it did not receive the votes necessary to advance in the Senate: "This legislation ensures that all infants who are born alive receive appropriate medical care and are transported and admitted to a hospital. As a … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Prepare Entrepreneurs, Workers for Industries of the Future

WASHINGTON - As part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Governors Association's Invest in America! Summit today, Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Entrepreneurship Caucus, outlined his efforts to ensure the nation's workers are prepared for the jobs of the future. Hoeven has been working since his time as Governor of North Dakota to establish the state as a hub of technology entrepreneurship, which serves as the third wave in the state's economic growth. In order to maintai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Implementation Roundtable

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today convened a roundtable with North Dakota farm leaders to discuss implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. "We worked hard to pass a strong, bipartisan farm bill to support our farmers and ranchers and provide them with the necessary tools to overcome the challenges facing farm country," said Hoeven. "Now, we're working to ensure the new farm bill is… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses Mail Service Issues with USPS District Manager, Fargo & Bismarck Postal Leadership

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable with Douglas Stephens, Dakotas District Manager for the United States Postal Service (USPS), as well as USPS leadership from Bismarck and Fargo to address issues surrounding mail service in these regions. Hoeven has been working throughout his time in the Senate to ensure the USPS maintains quality service throughout the state. The senator organized today's meeting after receiving a recent batch of complaints from local residents and bu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Bolster Energy & Infrastructure Development

FARGO, N.D. - At the Wanzek Construction annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to bolster energy and infrastructure development in North Dakota and across the nation. These include: Creating a pro-growth business climate through tax and regulatory relief. Investing in the development of new energy technologies to encourage the modernization of existing facilities, as well as the development of new power plants and associated infrastructure. Ensuring strong support f… Continue Reading

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