News Releases

05.25.23

Hoeven Helps Break Ground on Pipestem Dam Safety Modification Project

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the Pipestem Dam safety modification project, which will prevent future erosion and ensure the integrity of the facility. Pipestem Dam works in conjunction with the Jamestown Dam to serve the primary purpose of flood risk management for Jamestown. Due to concerns that the highly erodible sands and gravel used in the spillway could lead to an uncontrolled release of water, the Corps is modifying Pipestem Dam with reinforced and ro… Continue Reading


05.23.23

Hoeven: New Grand Sky Weather Center is a Unique Addition to North Dakota's UAS Ecosystem

EMERADO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined leaders from Grand Sky in announcing the purchase of a new system to facilitate real-time collection of weather data to support unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights. Specifically: Grand Sky has acquired Meteodrone, an unmanned aircraft that will be operated under a multi-year contract with TruWeather Solutions to collect weather data. The aircraft will fly multiple times per day to collect data up to an altitude of 9,000 ft. Hoeven is w… Continue Reading


05.23.23

Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Roundtable with Red River Valley Producers, Agribusinesses

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo (FMWF) Chamber of Commerce's Agribusiness Committee to discuss North Dakota's priorities for the next farm bill. The meeting comes as the latest in the senator's efforts to ensure the state's farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses have the opportunity to provide direct input as work on the next farm bill continues. In particular, Hoeven is working as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as … Continue Reading


05.18.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Improve Independent Worker Access to Portable Benefits

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing legislation to test innovative portable benefits designs for the growing independent workforce. The Portable Benefits for Independent Workers Pilot Program Act seeks to provide workers with access to insurance protections typically provided through traditional full-time employment. This legislation would establish a $20 million grant fund within the U.S. Department of Labor to incentivize sta… Continue Reading


05.18.23

Hoeven Outlines Southern Border Crisis, Presses Biden Administration to Strictly Enforce the Law

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined his recent visit to Brownsville, Texas, where he traveled to bring attention to the illegal immigration crisis on the nation's southern border. The senator called on the Biden administration to secure the border and enforce the law, both to strengthen national security and to stem the flow of drug and human trafficking. "I've traveled repeatedly to the southern border, and each time I … Continue Reading


05.17.23

Hoeven Helps Secure More Than $38 Million Award to Support Implementation of CCUS at Coal Creek Station

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $38 million to the University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). The award will support the implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies at Rainbow Energy's Coal Creek Station. Hoeven worked to secure the funds as part of his efforts to support CCUS a… Continue Reading


05.16.23

Hoeven: Senate Passes Resolution to Support D.C. Law Enforcement, Nullify Unworkable Policing Mandates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for a joint resolution of disapproval to nullify a measure passed by the District of Columbia that imposes unworkable mandates on law enforcement in the nation's capital. "As violent crime in our nation's capital continues to increase, the D.C. Council is pushing heavy-handed rules that restrict the ability of law enforcement to investigate crimes, prosecute offenders and protect the public, including both the re… Continue Reading


05.15.23

Hoeven, Daines Lead 14 Senators in Pressing BLM to Withdraw Public Lands Rule

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) led a group of 14 senators in pressing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw its proposed Public Lands Rule. The senators stressed the negative impact the proposal would have on western states, including North Dakota and Montana, as the rule would undermine the multiple use requirements established by Congress and lock away taxpayer-owned lands from activities that are essential to local economies, including grazing,… Continue Reading


05.12.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Back the Blue Act Ahead of National Police Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) in introducing legislation to increase penalties for criminals who target law enforcement officers and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. The Back the Blue Act clarifies that the murder or attempted murder of a law enforcement officer or first responder is a statutory aggravating factor for purposes of the federal death penalty and expands the right of law enforcement officers to carry firearms into federal … Continue Reading


05.12.23

Hoeven Travels to Southern Border as Title 42 Expires

BROWNSVILLE, TX – Senator John Hoeven traveled to Brownsville, Texas to meet with Border Patrol agents and see firsthand the surge of illegal immigration at the southern border as Title 42 expired. In fiscal year (FY) 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered almost 2.4 million individuals attempting to illegally cross the southern border. In the first six months of FY 2023, CBP has encountered more than 1.5 million individuals, a pace that will surpass last year’s … Continue Reading


05.12.23

Hoeven, Klobuchar Sponsoring Legislation to Help Rural Businesses Access International Markets & Increase Exports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) reintroduced the Promoting Rural Exports Act, legislation to formally authorize and support the operations of the Rural Export Center, which is based out of the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) office in Fargo. The center helps businesses in rural areas increase their exports by providing critical research, tools and analysis, enabling them to both identify new buyers and establish strategies to reach international markets… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Hoeven: Senate Passes Two Resolutions to Protect Private Property Rights

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for two Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions that he helped introduce to protect private property rights and prevent regulatory overreaches by the Biden administration. "We can achieve good environmental stewardship without one-size-fits-all mandates or costly federal overreaches. These resolutions are about providing regulatory certainty to landowners and protecting against federal rules that unnecessarily… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Hoeven to Biden Administration: Enforce the Law, Secure the Border

WASHINGTON - With Title 42 set to expire at midnight, Senator John Hoeven this morning spoke at a press conference to pressure the Biden administration to secure the border and enforce the law in order to stop illegal immigration, human trafficking and drugs at the southern border. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, more than 10,000 illegal migrants were caught crossing the border illegally each day. Later today, Hoeven will meet with Border Patrol officials on the southern border to see firsth… Continue Reading


05.11.23

Hoeven: EPA Issues Costly Regulations on Existing Power Plants, Will Harm Grid Reliability & Affordability

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new carbon emissions regulations on coal and gas-fired power plants. "Despite being blocked by the Supreme Court, the Biden administration is once again advancing costly and overreaching rules meant to shutter baseload power plants, including coal-fired plants in North Dakota, putting the reliability and affordability of the electric grid at risk," said Hoeven. "That's… Continue Reading


05.10.23

Hoeven Calls on DHS Secretary to Secure Southern Border Ahead of Title 42 Expiring

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) in urging Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to continue construction of the border wall at the nation's southern border. The senators requested information on the status of the border wall construction projects, and the anticipated number of illegal immigrants expected to seek entry to the United States following the expiration of Title 42 authorities. The senators criticized the administration'… Continue Reading


05.09.23

Hoeven: Red River Valley's Flood Protection Serving As a Model for Major Corps Projects Across the U.S.

HORACE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the Red River Valley's comprehensive flood protection project with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leadership, including Army Corps Chief Scott Spellmon and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor. Hoeven joined the Corps leaders to highlight how the first-in-the-nation project can serve as a model for the U.S. to complete projects more quickly and at a lower cost. Specifically, the senator discussed how this is the first maj… Continue Reading


05.08.23

Hoeven Joins Colleagues in Opposition to Raising Debt Limit Without Spending and Budget Reforms

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and 42 of his Senate colleagues in urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to oppose raising the debt ceiling without substantive spending and budget reforms. "The Senate Republican conference is united behind the House Republican conference in support of spending cuts and structural budget reform as a starting point for negotiations on the debt ceiling. "Our economy is in free fall due to unsustainable fiscal polic… Continue Reading


05.06.23

Hoeven Discusses Efforts to Expand Veteran Access to Health Care & Benefits, Secure Investments in State & Federal Veterans Cemeteries

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the North Dakota Disabled American Veterans (DAV) annual state convention in Mandan, where he thanked its members for their service and sacrifice in defense of the U.S., as well as their continued advocacy on behalf of veterans. "The DAV does tremendous work on behalf of our nation's veterans, and we appreciate their continued efforts to honor the sacrifices of our veterans and their families, while ensuring they receive the benefits and health… Continue Reading


05.05.23

Hoeven Cosponsors Senate-Passed Resolution Designating National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate approved a resolution designating May 5, 2023 as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Hoeven is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Senate resolution introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). "Today we mark the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Our bipartisan resolution was unanimously approved this wee… Continue Reading


05.05.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Comprehensive Permitting Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), ranking member of the ENR Committee, in introducing the Spur Permitting of Underdeveloped Resources (SPUR) Act. This legislation would make key reforms and provide regulatory relief to increase domestic energy and mineral development, ensure federal lands remain open to productive uses and streamline permitting of energy infrastructure. The SPUR Act inc… Continue Reading

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