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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


Hoeven: President Renews Nomination of Drew Wrigley to be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the president renewed his nomination of former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. "We welcome the President's re-nomination of Drew now that the new Congress has convened," said Hoeven. "Through his many years of public service, both as U.S. Attorney and Lt. Governor, Drew has demonstrated his commitment to the people of North Dakota. He brings a depth of experience that wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bipartisan Lands Package Will Help Advance Title Transfer for Oakes Test Area, Improve & Expand North Country Scenic Trail

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped pass bipartisan legislation to improve federal and state public lands management, transfer lands to state and local control to support economic development and increase access to outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing. Hoeven serves as a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, which crafted and approved the legislation last Congress, and worked to ensure the bill advances the following priorities for North Dakota… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Invites NDSU Bison Football Team to the White House

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the President Donald J. Trump has invited the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team to be honored at the White House. Following the Bison's seventh FCS national title in eight years, Hoeven and the President discussed honoring the team at the White House and the President has extended an invitation. Hoeven has also spoken with NDSU President Dean Bresciani and is working with NDSU, the President, and the White House to co… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Meeting with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after meeting with William Barr, who has been nominated to serve as Attorney General of the United States. "Bill Barr has a strong record of public service and will bring a wealth of experience to the Department of Justice. He has shown a deep commitment to upholding the rule of law throughout his time in public service, and again affirmed a commitment to states' rights during our meeting. Given his strong record and his previous … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Section 48A Clean Coal Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today introduced the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, legislation to modernize the Section 48A tax credit for clean coal facilities to better support the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The Section 48A tax credit was first established in 2005, and CO2 capture projects were made eligible in 2008. However, the eligibility standards for the credit are not technically or economically feasible for CCS retro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Arranges Meeting Between F-M Region Leaders & OMB, Presses for Inclusion of Flood Protection Project in President’s FY2020 Budget

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined local leaders from the Fargo-Moorhead region, including Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling and Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd, in urging officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include the Red River Valley's flood protection project in the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request. The senator arranged the meeting as part of his efforts to secure additional federal funding to implement Plan B, a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Meeting with Border Security Professionals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after being briefed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) career professionals on priorities for securing the border. Today's briefing was scheduled at Hoeven's suggestion after he urged the conferees to use the expertise of the career border patrol professionals to determine what is needed to secure the border. "By listening to the career border patrol agents, we can find a solution to fund border security. This briefing enab… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Introduce Legislation to Transfer Title for Oakes Irrigation Site to Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week introduced legislation to transfer the title for the Oakes Test Area, an irrigation research site, from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. The Oakes Test Area was established at the recommendation of the International Joint Commission, but has never operated at full capacity and no longer receives federal funding through the BOR. The local irrigation district continues to make use of the facility… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement after President Trump Delivers 2019 State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address: "The President outlined a positive, common sense agenda for our nation tonight. He highlighted the strength of our economy as a result of our work to provide tax relief and regulatory reform. At the same time, the president outlined the importance of working together to build a strong future for our country and improve the quality of life for all… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves Legislation to Enhance U.S. Security Efforts with Allies in the Middle East

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East (SASME) Act of 2019. The legislation includes a measure Hoeven cosponsored in the last Congress to enhance security assistance to, and cooperation with, Israel. The bill also extends U.S. security cooperation arrangements with Jordan and authorizes sanctions for entities supporting the Assad regime in Syria. "This legislation enhances our national se… Continue Reading

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