News Releases

03.23.22

ND Delegation & Governor Statement on Appointment of Angie Richman as TRNP Superintendent

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, Congressman Kelly Armstrong and Governor Doug Burgum today issued the following statements after the National Park Service announced the appointment of Angie Richman as Superintendent of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP). "We are working to advance important priorities at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, having secured $39 million for the repair of the south unit's scenic loop while also pressing officials across multiple agenci… Continue Reading


03.22.22

Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution to Honor Women in Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), in introducing a bipartisan Senate Resolution calling for Thursday, March 24, 2022, to be designated as "National Women in Agriculture Day." "There are more than 1,200,000 female agricultural producers in the United States, making up more than a third of the agricultural producers in the United States," the resolution states. "In addition to … Continue Reading


03.21.22

Hoeven Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Workers Seeking Religious Exemptions from COVID Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and other Senators in filing an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the petition for certiorari in Dr. A. v. Hochul. Health care employees with religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines sued to prevent loss of employment and unemployment benefits, noting comments by the Governor of New York that those with religious objections to the vaccine "aren't listening to God and what God wants." Dr. A. v. Hochul is a Fi… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Hoeven: NCUA Revises Strategic Plan, Reiterates Support for Lending to Agriculture Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) revised its Strategic Plan to clarify that the agency will not take regulatory action based on "climate-related financial risks" to discourage credit unions from lending to farmers, ranchers, agri-businesses and rural communities. The change follows a bicameral letter that Hoeven led to NCUA Chairman Todd Harper, pressing the agency to continue supporting agriculture prod… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Hoeven Joins Cruz in Introducing Legislation to Prevent the Biden Administration from Waiving Sanctions on Iran Nuclear Activities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Ted Cruz in introducing legislation to prohibit the Biden administration from waiving Congressional sanctions that prohibit cooperation on Iran's nuclear program. "Instead of maintaining strong sanctions to ensure maximum pressure on the Iranian regime, the Biden administration is seeking to dismantle these sanctions. That is the completely wrong approach," said Hoeven. "Our legislation would stop the Biden administration from waiving these… Continue Reading


03.18.22

Hoeven Demands Answers from Biden Administration on Second Amendment Infringement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in demanding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) provide answers on recent actions that infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights by preventing law-abiding citizens from creating and owning suppressors. "These continued assaults on the Second Amendment threaten law-abiding Americans' rights as they try to follow ATF guidance on making these parts," the senators wrote. "We request that the ATF … Continue Reading


03.17.22

Hoeven Joins Colleagues Calling for Successful Contract Negotiations at West Coast Ports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), James Risch (R-Idaho), and other Senate colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to support the successful resolution of negotiations prior to the July 1, 2022, expiration date of labor contracts at America's West Coast ports. In the letter, the Senators urged the President to use the tools available and to work with both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacif… Continue Reading


03.17.22

ND Delegation: Erin Oban Appointed as North Dakota State Director for USDA Rural Development

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statements after the administration announced the appointment of Erin Oban as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for North Dakota. "The programs under USDA Rural Development provide important support for rural America, helping to strengthen and diversify local economies and ensure access to essential services," said Senator Hoeven, ranking member … Continue Reading


03.17.22

Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution to Stop Biden Administration Rule Providing Federal Funds to Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Biden administration's Title X Family Planning Program final rule, which reversed the Trump administration's 2019 ban on federal funding to entities that provide abortion referrals to pregnant mothers. The 2019 rule had no effect on Title X funding levels and simply redirected the funds to providers that do not perform or promote ab… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Hoeven Urges Administration to Take Immediate Action to Lower Cost of Fertilizer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in urging the Biden administration to take immediate action to lower the cost of fertilizer for American farmers. This letter comes as ag producers head into spring planting facing record-high prices for fertilizer, a primary input and major expense for producers across the country. The senators outlined… Continue Reading


03.16.22

Hoeven Joins Bicameral, Bipartisan Effort Urging USDA to Expedite Fresh Potato Exports to Mexico

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined a bicameral, bipartisan effort led in the Senate by Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help ensure its counter agency in Mexico honors the country's trade deal with the U.S. and expedites the restoration of fresh potato exports to Mexico. The letter comes in response to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) accepting new demands by the Mexican government that … Continue Reading


03.16.22

Hoeven: U.S. Can Do More To Support Ukraine, Counter Russia's Aggression

WASHINGTON - Following Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's address to Congress, Senator John Hoeven outlined additional actions the U.S. can take to support Ukraine and counter Russia's aggression. Specifically, the senator stressed the need to: Provide the necessary lethal aid for Ukraine to defend themselves, as President Zelenskyy's requested. This includes aircraft, air defense systems and stinger missiles, among other equipment. Increase sanctions on Russia, including strong sanction on ba… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Hoeven: Army Awards Contract for Construction of Red River Control Structure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senator Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a nearly $115 million contract to Ames Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Red River Control Structure, which is a critical part of providing permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region. "The Army Corps is now moving forward on building the Red River Control Structure, marking a major milestone i… Continue Reading


03.15.22

Hoeven Votes to Strike Down Mask Mandate for Public Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted to strike down the federal mask mandate for public transportation, including on planes, buses and trains. Hoeven joined Senator Rand Paul in introducing the legislation, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval, which would eliminate the mask mandate for public transportation and prevent any similar rule from being enacted. The Senate voted to repeal the mask mandate, and the CRA now goes to the House of Representatives. At a press … Continue Reading


03.15.22

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Shalanda Young as OMB Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Shalanda Young as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "Shalanda Young has served as Acting Director of OMB for nearly a year. In that role, she was responsive as we worked to secure the federal funding commitment for flood protection in the Red River Valley and the Minot region," said Hoeven. "Additionally, she has committed to implementing legislation as passed by Congress." -##… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Hoeven, Colleagues Press Biden to Continue Using American-Made Fuels in Federal Fleet

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in urging President Joe Biden to continue utilizing liquid fuel vehicles in the federal fleet, including U.S. Postal Service (USPS) vehicles. In the letter, the senators warn the Biden administration against pressuring the USPS and other government agencies to shift their fleets to all electric vehicles (EVs), as such a decision would both ignore costs to taxpayers as well as national security concerns created… Continue Reading


03.14.22

ND Delegation: DOT Orders SkyWest to Fulfill EAS Contract, Continue Serving Jamestown & Devils Lake

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an order requiring that SkyWest Airlines continue the level of service required under its Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts, including in Jamestown and Devils Lake, until the department identifies replacement service. At the same time, DOT has requested proposals from air carriers to serve the 29 communities that would have… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Hoeven Presses Attorney General, ATF for Answers on Secret Guidance Targeting Second Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) recently joined Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in pressing the U.S. Attorney General and the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for answers on the ATF's use of internal guidance to enforce regulations that are not openly published. This secret guidance has been used to justify the seizure of property and could troublingly be used to prosecute Americans and businesses. "This secret guidance was brought to our att… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Hoeven Presses Administration to Maintain Strong Sanctions & Restrictions on Iran's Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in pressing the Biden administration to not weaken sanctions or lessen restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. The senators outlined that they will not support a revived Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, unless it has broad support from Congress and is submitted to the Sena… Continue Reading


03.14.22

Hoeven: Biden Administration Needs to Change Course & Support Oil, Gas & Coal Production to Bring Down Inflation

WASHINGTON - At a recent press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues, Senator John Hoeven outlined the impact of inflation on American families across all sectors of the economy, and the need to produce more energy in the U.S. in order to combat rising prices. The senator highlighted how increased energy costs are driving prices higher for all goods and services and are particularly affecting agriculture producers, with the costs being passed down to consumers through the entire food … Continue Reading

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