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Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Senate's confirmation of Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State. "Americans want stability and consistency in our foreign policy and they want to feel safe at home and abroad. That means we need to work with our allies and stand up to our adversaries. That also means not only having a strong individual at the helm of the State Department, but also a strong military to deter our foes. "Rex Tillerson … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the President nominated Neil Gorsuch to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. "Judge Gorsuch has a strong record of upholding the law and his rulings show a strict interpretation of the Constitution, like Justice Antonin Scalia. As a judge on the Tenth Circuit for the past decade, he has the experience necessary to serve on our nation's highest court. In addition, I appreciate his st… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Secretary of the Army Speer Directs Corps to Proceed with Easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after speaking today with Vice President Pence and Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer: "Today, the Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer informed us that he has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline. This will enable the company to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock Siou… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Confirmation of Elaine Chao as U.S. Secretary of Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to Senate confirmation of Elaine Chao as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation: "Our state is large and our transportation infrastructure is critical to our economic success and public safety. In past years, we have worked closely with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to advance North Dakota priorities. These include securing strong funding for North Dakota in the highway bill, building new airpor… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President's Order Helps Reduce Regulatory Burden, Dovetails with Congressional Efforts

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the president's executive order to reduce the regulatory burden: "In order to spur investment and economic growth, our businesses need a cost-effective and predictable regulatory environment. The president's recent order helps roll back the regulatory burden by requiring that two regulations be rescinded for every new regulation that comes online. That is important for our farmers, ranchers and small businesse… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group to Introduce CRA Resolution to Repeal Stream Buffer Rule

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today joined 29 of his Senate colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal the Stream Buffer Rule. "The Stream Buffer Rule is a one-size-fits-all regulation that doesn't account for any differences in mining techniques, land reclamation and geography," Hoeven said. "It threatened to pile costs on our energy producers, eliminating jobs and driving up prices for consumers without providing additional environ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue, the president's nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Hoeven and Perdue discussed the importance of building a coalition to pass a new farm bill and maintaining strong crop insurance options for farmers and ranchers. "Sonny and I worked together as governors for eight years and he has a solid reputation for working in a bipartisan way. He also understands the importance of our agriculture i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Energy Committee Recommends Confirmation of Perry to Energy, Zinke to Interior

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee, today announced that committee members have voted to recommend confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy and Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior. At the senator's invitation, Perry committed to visit North Dakota and see the innovative research and development that's ongoing in the state. "We voted both Governor Perry and Congressman Zinke out… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Additional BIA Federal Law Enforcement Officers Headed to ND to Help State and Local Officers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has dispatched 20 additional officers to North Dakota to help state and local law enforcement at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest sites. The additional officers will bring the total number of BIA officers at the site to 40. Hoeven has been working with the White House, Department of Justice, DHS and other agencies to secure assistance. He recently spoke with DHS Secretary John Kelly about providing more C… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the 44th Annual March for Life

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in recognition of the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The senator spoke at the march this afternoon, which is led by approximately 600 students, administrators and friends of the University of Mary in Bismarck and attended by groups from across the state and nation. "The March for Life is an important opportunity for our citizens, of many ages and from many different regions, to come together united in the caus… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Transcanada's New Application for a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to TransCanada Corp.'s new application for a presidential permit allowing the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built. The project requires a presidential permit because it crosses the international border between the U.S. and Canada: "We welcome TransCanada's reapplication for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Last Congress, both the Senate and the House passed my bipartisan legislation to approv… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders on Border Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on border security: "Americans want a secure border. That means not only a wall, but also enough border patrol agents and technology to make sure that the border is secure. We also need mandatory e-verify, as well as entry and exit systems at all our international airports and seaports. "The president also took action to ensure that we enforce the laws of the land and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Selected as Chairman of Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after he was selected as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Related Agencies. "Our farmers and ranchers produce the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world, which benefits every American, every day," said Hoeven. "As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleag… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fallen Deputy Colt Allery on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke today on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor Rolette County Sheriff Deputy Colt Allery, who was killed in the line of duty on January 18. "Deputy Allery was dedicated to serving the public and spent the last five years working in law enforcement," said Hoeven. "His colleagues remember him for his friendly and positive disposition and his commitment to making his community and our state safer. He was also well-known in St. John - the tight-knit community … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statements on President Trump's Executive Orders Advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to two of President Donald Trump's executive orders. The president has invited TransCanada, the company building the Keystone XL Pipeline, to reapply for a presidential permit. He also directed the relevant federal agencies to provide an expedited review of the project. He also directed the relevant federal agencies to expedite review of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. On the Keystone XL Pipeline "In the la… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Rep. Mike Pompeo Has Right Knowledge and Experience to be CIA Director

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "It's important for the administration to get a strong national security team in place as soon as possible, and Mike Pompeo's confirmation is an important part of achieving that objective. He brings a keen understanding of the world and the right background to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Inauguration of President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in recognition of the inauguration of President Donald Trump: "The inauguration is an occasion when we can all come together and honor our Constitution's provision for the peaceful transfer of power. We look forward to working with the new administration to advance priorities for both North Dakota and the nation. "These include working to create jobs, reform taxes and reduce the regulatory burden to help grow our economy. We… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reaffirms Energy Secretary Nominee's Commitment to Visit North Dakota, See Innovative Projects Firsthand

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Energy Committee hearing today, Senator John Hoeven reaffirmed former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry's commitment to visit North Dakota and see firsthand the innovative research and development that is ongoing in the state. "Governor Perry has demonstrated that he understands we need an all-of-the-above, states-first approach to developing our energy resources," Hoeven said. "We are doing a lot of innovative work in our state, and going forward, … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Deputy Colt Allery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the death of Deputy Colt Allery of the Rolette County Sheriff's Department: "Mikey and I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Allery. Our peace officers put themselves on the line every day to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe. Deputy Colt Allery, his fellow officers and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and recognition for performing this vital duty. We honor his se… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Perdue a Strong Nominee for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue as his Secretary of Agriculture. "Sonny Perdue is an excellent choice for Agriculture Secretary. As a veterinarian, agricultural businessman and former governor of one the nation's leading agricultural states, he is exceptionally qualified for the job. Sonny grew up on a farm, so he knows the day-to-day challenges our fa… Continue Reading

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