News Releases

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


03.11.22

Hoeven: Legislation to Make Guard & Reserve Members Eligible for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries to be Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed the Burial Equity for Guard and Reserves Act. Hoeven introduced the bipartisan, bicameral legislation with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to make members of the National Guard and Reserve Component eligible for burial in state veterans cemeteries without those ce… Continue Reading


03.11.22

Hoeven: Biden Administration is Taking the Wrong Approach to Iran, Needs to Keep Sanctions with No Exceptions to Prevent Iran from Developing a Nuclear Weapon

WASHINGTON - At a press conference this week, Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Ted Cruz to outline the flaws in the Biden administration's negotiations with Iran and press for all sanctions to remain in place. The senator also outlined the need to unleash domestic energy production as opposed to turning to adversaries like Iran and Venezuela. Accordingly, Hoeven has: Helped introduce the Iran Sanctions Relief Review Act of 2021, legislation that would enable Congress to approve or block any… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Hoeven Statement After Voting Against $1.5 Trillion Omnibus

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after voting against the $1.5 trillion omnibus funding bill: "With American families facing skyrocketing energy prices and the highest inflation in 40 years, Congress should not be passing a massive $1.5 trillion omnibus bill. Instead, we should be working through the committee process and using regular order so we can fund our priorities while finding savings," said Hoeven. "While we support provisions in the legislation, … Continue Reading


03.10.22

Hoeven, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Allow Transfer of Soviet-Era Fighter Aircraft from Poland to Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) in urging President Biden to allow the transfer of Soviet-era fighter aircraft from Poland to Ukraine. Ukraine has expressed the need for additional air power to help defend itself against Russia, and the senators are pressing the Biden administration to expedite additional assistance to the country, including aircraft. "Supporting Ukraine's fight for free… Continue Reading


03.10.22

Hoeven Press President Biden to End COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in pressing President Biden to end COVID-19 travel restrictions, including the pre-departure testing requirements for travel to the U.S. and masking requirements for domestic travelers. This comes as the Biden administration today announced that it would be extending the federal mask mandate for domestic travel an additional 30 days to April 18. The letter is the latest in Hoeven's efforts to push back on the … Continue Reading


03.10.22

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Ban Oil and Gas Imports From Iran and Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the Preempting Misguided Appeasement and Financing of Destabilizing Regimes Act to prohibit the U.S. from importing Iranian and Venezuelan crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products and liquified natural gas. "The Biden administration's willingness to do business with Iran and Venezuela is… Continue Reading

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