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Hoeven Joins Colleagues Calling on Pentagon to Reinstate Soldiers Discharged Due to Biden's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in urging U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to freeze all COVID-19 vaccine-related discharges, and to establish a quick and thorough process so all members who were discharged because they refused the COVID-19 vaccine can be reinstated with back pay and full benefits. The senators' letter comes after the Senate approved the National Defense Authorization act (NDAA), which includes a provision Hoeven worked … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from Interior Deputy Secretary to Expedite Review of BNI Mine Plan

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau to expedite review of a new federal mine plan for the Center Mine. The new plan is needed to provide certainty for BNI Coal and Minnkota Power Cooperative's continued operations. Without its approval, BNI and Minnkota would have to incur significant costs to make and implement contingency plans fo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passage of the Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after helping to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hoeven included the following North Dakota priorities in the legislation: Permanently extends a provision Hoeven originally secured in the 2014 WRDA bill that prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging storag… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves National Defense Authorization Act with Hoeven Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today outlined provisions he was able to secure in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was approved by the Senate today. "We need to support the men and women who defend our nation, and that's exactly what this NDAA does," said Hoeven. "We worked to end the Defense Department's COVID vaccine mandate as part of this legislation and to provide our troops with a pay rai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Colleagues Pushing Back on Mexico's Proposed Ban on Genetically Engineered Corn

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) in expressing concern over Mexico's efforts to ban U.S. genetically engineered corn in a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These efforts come as Mexican President Lopez Obrador issued a presidential decree in 2020 that Mexico would phase out the use of genetically modified corn by 2024. Such an action is unsupported by science and would run afoul of the U.S.-… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Urge DOL to Protect Independent Contractor Classification

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) not to move forward with a proposed rule for determining independent contractor classification due to the negative impact it would have on workers and business, as well as devastating consequences for the U.S. economy. The proposed DOL rule includes a six-factor economic reality test to determine whether a worker is "economical… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses North Dakota Student Council Association Conference

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the North Dakota Association of Student Councils state conference, where he recognized the hard work of student leaders from across the state. "Running for student council takes initiative and drive, qualities that our state and nation need from future generations to remain prosperous and continue growing," said Hoeven. "These student leaders will one day take the reins of business and government, helping to shape our country, from their loca… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Priorities for Next Farm Bill, Efforts to Improve Cattle Market Transparency

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Farmers Union annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts as the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to: Gather feedback from North Dakota farmers and ranchers as work begins on the next farm bill. Establish a cattle contract library at the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to improve transparency and competition in cattle markets. Allow the year-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Invites USDA Under Secretary for Research to Visit Grand Farm, NDSU

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the importance of agricultural research in supporting the continued success of America's farmers, ranchers and agri-businesses, emphasizing North Dakota's growing leadership in precision agriculture research and development. Accordingly, the senator invited Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, to visit the state and see these efforts firsthand at Grand F… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in observation of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: "Today on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we remember and mourn those brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice on that fateful day. We are forever grateful to the Greatest Generation for stepping up to defend our freedom." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Blackburn & Colleagues in Helping Secure Provision in NDAA to Protect Servicemembers from COVID Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), along with Senators Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), released the following joint statement after helping to successfully secure a provision in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect servicemembers from the Biden … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Mac Schneider as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed by unanimous consent, the nomination of McLain "Mac" Schneider to serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. "We welcome Mac Schneider to his new role as U.S. Attorney and wish him the best as he takes on this important job for the people of North Dakota," said Hoeven. "We will continue working to ensure our law enforcement, including federal officers, have the resources they need to uphold our laws a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Implements Cattle Contract Library to Improve Transparency & Competition in Cattle Markets

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued a final rule implementing a cattle contract library pilot program to improve transparency and competition in cattle markets. As the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured funding to establish the library in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and pressed administration officials, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Colleagues Warning China Against Violent Crackdown on Protesters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) in urging the Chinese ambassador to the United States to warn the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of the consequences of a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. This letter comes as demonstrations have erupted across China in response to the CCP's severe quarantine and mass testing mandates. "We caution the CCP in the strongest possible terms not to once again undertake a violent crackdown on peaceful Chinese pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote to Avert a Rail Strike

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate voted to avert a rail strike. The Senator supported an amendment to provide the parties with additional time to negotiate, but it was blocked. "Over the past several months, we have urged all parties to reach a good faith agreement and avert a rail strike, and today supported an amendment to provide them with an additional 60 days for negotiations, but it was blocked. Given the serious impacts that a disruptio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Camp Lejeune Veterans from Excessive Legal Fees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Protect Camp Lejeune Victims Ensnared by Trial-lawyers' Scams (VETS) Act, legislation introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) to cap the fees trial lawyers can charge in cases representing Marines and other individuals impacted by water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Impacted individuals are able to seek compensation under the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales, Provide Certainty to Ethanol Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2022, legislation introduced by Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to allow the year-round sale of ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. The bill, which Hoeven previously helped introduce during the 115th Congress, would: Make permanent the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver extension to allow year-round sale of E15. Help prevent a patchwork of state-level regulations and pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Burdensome & Duplicative BLM Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a proposed rule to impose burdensome and duplicative methane emission regulations on energy producers. "Under this proposed rule, the Biden administration is creating another roadblock to energy development on federal lands, further undermining our nation's energy security. On top of that, by holding up the infrastructure needed to get energy to market, like gas-gathering lines and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Observing Thanksgiving Day in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to wish all North Dakotans a safe and happy Thanksgiving: "Happy Thanksgiving, North Dakota. In all things we're called to give thanks, and this year we have much to be grateful for. As we gather with family and friends, we're reminded of the immense blessings we've received over the past year, including the blessing of calling North Dakota home. From Mikey, me and our entire family, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving." … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Lummis Call on STB to Restore Coal Producer Representation on Energy Transportation Advisory Committee

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) in calling on the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to fill the three vacant seats on the STB's Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee (RETAC) with coal industry representatives. Under its charter, the committee is to have a balanced representation of the nation's energy industries, with no fewer than three members from the coal industry, to help ensure the STB is properly informed and can address issues impactin… Continue Reading

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