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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


Hoeven Highlights Efforts to Advance Title Transfer of Oakes Test Area, Better Adapt Facility for Local Use

OAKES, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined legislation he recently helped pass through the Senate that would allow the title transfer for the Oakes Test Area to move forward, pending a final deal between the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. Hoeven provided the overview at a roundtable he arranged with the City of Oakes, the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Dickey Sargent County Water Board and the Dakota Vall… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bureau of Reclamation Advancing Lot Transfers for Jamestown Reservoir Homeowners

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable with Jamestown Reservoir homeowners as well as officials from Jamestown and Stutsman County to go over the transfer process for lots around the Jamestown Reservoir. In December, the President signed Hoeven's legislation to permanently transfer Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) land around the reservoir to the Stutsman County Park Board and the North Dakota Game and Fish and allow homeowners the opportunity to purchase their lots. "Right … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Provide Certainty to Lake Patterson Homeowners as Lot Transfers Proceed

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable with homeowners from Patterson Lake as well as officials from the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to review the timeline for transferring the cabin lots and arranging their purchase by the local residents. Hoeven's legislation to allow the purchase was signed into law in December, and the senator organized today's meeting to ensure clear communication between the BOR, local officials and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Administration to Press for Access to Chinese Market for U.S. Fresh Potato Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) recently joined a bipartisan, bicameral group in urging the administration to prioritize market access for U.S. potato growers as it continues trade negotiations with China. In 2016, the U.S. potato industry had a production value of $3.7 billion, 20 percent of which was due to sales in international markets. Access to the Chinese market for fresh potatoes would support significant economic growth for producers, and accordingly, this priority has been in… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Approves FY19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, Provides Strong Support for Farmers, Ranchers and Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today outlined important priorities he worked to include in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which was approved by Congress today. "With the challenges facing rural America, we worked hard to provide strong support for our farmers and ranchers through this agriculture funding legislation," said Hoeven. "As … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on DHS Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following after the Senate passed an agreement to fund border security and the remaining 25 percent of government through September 30, 2019: "We secured nearly $1.4 billion in funding for 55 miles of border barrier, which will enable the construction of double the amount of new border barriers over Fiscal Year 2018 funding levels, and provide almost three times as much funding as a continuing resolution. We wanted more funding for border barriers i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms William Barr as U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after joining a bipartisan majority of senators in confirming William Barr as Attorney General (AG) of the United States. Hoeven met with Barr earlier this month to review his record and ensure that, under his leadership, the Department of Justice will uphold the rule of law and respect states' rights. "William Barr's qualifications for this role are readily apparent, with more than two decades in public service, including hi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Peter Welte at Senate Judiciary Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today introduced Peter Welte, the nominee to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and called for swift confirmation of the nomination. "Peter is an excellent choice to serve as North Dakota's U.S. District Court Judge. He has a broad range of legal experience both in the public and private sectors, including 13 years of service as the State's Attorney of Grand Forks County," said Hoeven. "Peter has show… Continue Reading

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