News Releases


Hoeven Statement on Executive Order to Eliminate the Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the president signed an executive order to eliminate the Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The president's order begins the process of undoing the regulation. Hoeven worked to defund the rule in 2016 and 2017, and it was put on hold by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. "The Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. rule was a regulatory overreach that would have placed unnecessary… Continue Reading


Hoeven Invites ND Stockmen's Julie Ellingson as Guest for President's Joint Congressional Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Julie Schaff Ellingson, Executive Vice President of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association will be his guest at President Donald Trump's Joint Congressional Address tonight. "Agriculture is North Dakota's largest industry and a central part of our nation's economy," said Hoeven. "Our farmers and ranchers do a tremendous job providing food, fuel and fiber to meet our needs and Julie is a great representative of this good work. I look forwar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Confirmation of Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Wilbur Ross as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce: "Secretary Ross has extensive knowledge of our economy and the needs of businesses, which makes him well-equipped to lead the Department of Commerce. He has clearly stated his commitment to expanding U.S. exports, which is vital to our agriculture producers and manufacturers, while also pushing back against unfair trade practices and helping to make our… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges VA Secretary to Expand Extended-Care for Veterans, Allow Provider Agreements

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent recently, Senator John Hoeven urged Dr. David Shulkin, the newly-confirmed Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), to expand veteran access to extended care services through the regulatory process. The senator's goal is to allow the VA to enter into provider agreements with non-VA long-term care providers, rather than the current burdensome federal contracting requirements, similar to his legislation, the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. The fu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Gathers Input for 2018 Farm Bill, Reviews Research at USDA Facility in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today reviewed agriculture research being conducted at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan and gathered input from the customer focus group, which is comprised of local producers, about research and priorities as work begins to craft the 2018 Farm Bill. "Our farmers and ranchers do a tremendous job pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Touts North Dakota Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Grand Opening for Grand Forks Collaborative Business Center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the grand opening for Evolve Grand Forks' 701 Coworking Space. The 701 Coworking Space will help entrepreneurs start their own business by reducing overhead and providing access to a creative and collaborative space to help spur innovation. "We've worked hard to create in North Dakota the right legal, tax and regulatory environment to empower entrepreneurs and help create startups and innovative new businesses," Hoeven said. "Our communities… Continue Reading


Hoeven Leads Tour, Meeting to Review Flood Risk, Coordinate Mitigation Efforts in Northeastern North Dakota

DRAYTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today led a tour and meeting in Drayton with federal, state and local officials to help communities in northeastern North Dakota and the Devils Lake Basin prepare for potential spring flooding. Senator Heidi Heitkamp also joined the group for the flood review and tour. During the tour, the group reviewed Drayton's earthen levee, which is built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Under current Federal Emergency Management Agen… Continue Reading


Hoeven Participates in Roundtable Discussion to Hear from Health Care Leaders on Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today participated in a health care reform meeting along with Congressman Kevin Cramer, Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota health care officials and Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Texas). The roundtable provided an opportunity to bring together health care professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in order to receive their input on how best to ensure a smooth transition away from Obamacare. Burgess is the chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House's … Continue Reading


Hoeven Legislation Will Enable Homeowners to Purchase Their Lots at Patterson Lake

DICKINSON, N.D. - At a meeting of the Patterson Lake Homeowners Association, Senator John Hoeven today outlined legislation he introduced last week that will enable homeowners to purchase their lots at Patterson Lake from the federal government. The measure also transfers ownership of all federal lands managed by the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department to the Parks Department, including several holes at the Heart River Golf Course. The legislation would transfer ownership of all federal la… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Minot Air Force Base's 5th Bomb Wing on Receiving Strategic Bomber Omaha Trophy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the 5th Bomb Wing stationed at Minot Air Force Base for being recognized as the best strategic bombing wing in U.S. Strategic Command (StratCom) and winning the 2016 Omaha Trophy. Created in 1971, the Omaha Trophy is awarded to StratCom's best performing wings in five different categories: Ballistic Missile Submarine, Global Operations, ICBM, Strategic Aircraft and Strategic Bomber. "As part of the nuclear triad, the 5th Bomb Wing plays a cri… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Reduce Regulatory Burden, Support Ag and Energy Industries

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated community leaders from the Dickinson region on his work in Congress to build a pro-growth business climate and empower job creation. The senator is working on initiatives to provide regulatory relief, support North Dakota farmers and ranchers and bolster the nation's energy industry. "We're focusing on the fundamentals to get our economy growing and thriving," said Hoeven. "That includes reducing the regulatory burden to spur economic growth a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.2 Million FEMA Grant for Fargo to Help Flood-Proof Waste Water Treatment Plant

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,213,213.50 to the City of Fargo to help protect the city's waste water treatment plant from flooding. Specifically, today's funds are the latest phase in a series of awards that will provide wet weather flow relief for the Broadway Interceptor Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) to help minimize the risk of sanitary… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Pruitt Will Rein in EPA's Overreach, Work with States to Find Best Approach to Preserve the Environment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "For the past eight years, the EPA has imposed a score of regulations that have impeded job creation, constrained the nation's economy and impacted our state's core industries, agriculture and energy," said Hoeven. "Scott Pruitt understands environmental law and recognizes th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Signs Bill Repealing Stream Buffer Rule

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after joining the President as he signed into law bipartisan legislation to repeal the Stream Buffer Rule. Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the legislation, which repealed the rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). "We are pleased that the President has signed into law our legislation to stop the Obama Administration's Stream Buffer Rule, a one-size-fits-all regulation that threatened to eliminate thousands of mi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Rep. Mick Mulvaney as OMB Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB): "Director Mulvaney understands the vital role that a strong economy plays in addressing our nation's budget challenges, and he has made clear that regulatory relief and a focus on state-led policies are much-needed to boost growth and create jobs. This is how we can best increase government revenues to… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Xcel Energy, FAA Partnership Demonstrates Business Opportunities Created by the UAS Test Sites

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said Xcel Energy's new partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) underscores how the Norther Plains UAS Test Site can generate new business opportunities in a variety of industries and applications, including energy, agriculture, defense and border security. The senator supportedthe joint research between the test site, Xcel Energy and others that helped lead to today's new partnership. Under this partnership, Xcel will deploy UAS to condu… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Hoeven Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve North Country Scenic Trail Route and Boost State Tourism

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) have introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the North Country Scenic Trail route and boost state tourism. The trail - which currently extends from New York to North Dakota - was never built along certain sections in Minnesota because the current route included wetlands that are difficult to build through, which raised conservation concerns. The North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act would reroute t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps to Send Cleanup Crew to DAPL Site this Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have a crew on site by the end of the week to assist in cleaning up the area of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. In addition to pressing for federal law enforcement to support state and local law enforcement, Hoeven has been working to secure federal support to help clear the area ahead of spring flooding. "The spring thaw is already underway, so the Corps need to get this area cleaned up now," said Hoeve… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Protect Second Amendment Rights of Social Security Recipients with Disabilities

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today joined his colleagues in voting to repeal the Social Security Administration's (SSA) final rule that would have effectively barred firearm purchases for certain individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, including those who rely on a representative payee. The resolution of disapproval passed the Senate, repealing the SSA rule under the Congressional Review Act. "This rule infringed … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Confirmation of Linda McMahon to Head Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Senate's confirmation of Linda McMahon to be administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. "Small business is the backbone of our economy. These businesses drive economic growth and job creation across the nation. As an entrepreneur and successful business owner, Linda McMahon will be a good advocate for small business owners in North Dakota and across the country. She also understands the need t… Continue Reading

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