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Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Repeal Costly Energy Tax, Bring Down Prices at The Pump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce the Pay Less at the Pump Act, legislation sponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to lower energy prices for American families by repealing the $10.5 billion "Superfund Tax" on American energy production. This long-expired tax on crude oil and imported petroleum products was reinstated in the Democrats' reckless tax and spend bill and raised from 9.7 cents per barrel to 16.4 cents per barrel. Reinstating the tax not only leads to hi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Access, Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped reintroduce the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), will expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare and make permanent telehealth flexibilities that were provided in recent years. Doing so will help improve health outcomes and make it easier for patients to connect with their doctors. H… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blackburn Introduce Legislation Requiring Familial DNA Testing at Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Senator Marsha Blackburn this week introduced the End Child Trafficking Now Act, legislation to require a DNA test to determine the relationship between illegal immigrants coming across the border and any accompanying children. "I've traveled to the southern border repeatedly over the last few years, and we need to stop the illegal immigration crisis," said Senator Hoeven. "Children are being trafficked at the border by individuals claiming to have family ti… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Treasury Approval of North Dakota's $68 Million CTE Centers Application

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has secured approval of North Dakota’s application for more than $68 million in funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Centers from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Hoeven has been working with Treasury officials, including Assistant Secretary Jonathan Davidson, to move the application forward and provide certainty for the state’s CTE Center projects. In particular, the senator has been working to advance th… Continue Reading


ND Delegation to President: Approve ND Disaster Declaration Request for Spring Flooding

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong called on the President to approve a major disaster declaration request submitted by Governor Doug Burgum for spring flooding that occurred April 10-May 6, 2023. The request would unlock federal resources to support recovery in 21 North Dakota counties, including Barnes, Burke, Dickey, Dunn, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Hettinger, LaMoure, McHenry, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richl… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Risch & Bipartisan Group to CBP: Return Northern Ports of Entry to Pre-Pandemic Hours

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) this week led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in calling on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to restore normal operating hours at northern ports of entry or, at minimum, match the operating hours with their adjacent Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) ports. Hoeven and Risch were joined on the letter by Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards $30 Million for 42nd Street Grade Separation Project in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded a $30 million grant for the 42nd Street Grade Separation Project in Grand Forks. The award is being made under the FRA’s Railroad Crossing Elimination grant program and will support the final design and construction of a grade separation and walking path to improve mobility and safety for both motorized traffic and pedestri… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Push Back on Biden Administration Rule that Threatens Reliability of Electric Grid

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week joined 46 of his colleagues, led by Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), in pressing Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to rescind a proposed rule that increases efficiency standards on distribution transformers at a time when the availability of essential grid components remains a significant challenge for the electric power industry. Specifically, the proposed rule requires a shift from the industry standard grain oriented electri… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Debt Ceiling Agreement That Reduces Spending, Enacts Permitting Reform

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the bipartisan debt ceiling agreement that reduces spending. "According to the CBO, this is the largest spending cut in history, reducing the deficit by $2.1 trillion. The agreement reduces future discretionary spending to 1% growth while also clawing back COVID funds and strengthening work requirements for food assistance programs. The agreement enacts real permitting reforms and sets clear timelines for federal reviews … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Hold Taliban Accountable for Terrorism, Human Rights Abuses & Drug Trafficking

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in introducing legislation to hold the Taliban accountable with sanctions for terrorism, human rights abuses and drug trafficking, among other offenses.             “The Biden administration’s reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan has allowed that nation to backslide, which again serves as a haven for… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes for Resolution to Nullify Biden’s Student Loan Debt Cancellation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to nullify President Biden's student loan debt cancellation plan. "President Biden's student loan debt cancellation does not get rid of the debt, it just pushes the costs on to taxpayers who did not go to college or have already paid off their loans," said Hoeven. "Instead, we should advance real solutions that help improve the affordability of higher… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day, honoring those servicemembers who lost their lives in defense of the nation. Today, Hoeven addressed the Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (NDVC) and helped break ground on the cemetery's new columbarium. "Memorial Day provides us with a renewed opportunity to come together as a nation to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to li… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Fargo Receives $2 Million EPA Grant For Redevelopment of Lashkowitz High Rise

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has helped secure a $2 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Grant program to support the redevelopment of the Lashkowitz High Rise in Fargo. Hoeven made the announcement along with local leaders, including Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Fargo Housing & Redevelopment Authority CEO Chris Brungardt, outlining his efforts on the Senate Interior-EPA Appropriations Committee to ensure the city has … Continue Reading


Hoeven: SCOTUS Rules Against EPA WOTUS Interpretation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Sackett v. EPA, issuing a unanimous decision that the agency overstepped its authority to regulate "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. Last year, Hoeven joined his colleagues in submitting an amicus brief in this case, urging SCOTUS to preserve state authority to regulate local waters and lands. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Break Ground on Pipestem Dam Safety Modification Project

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the Pipestem Dam safety modification project, which will prevent future erosion and ensure the integrity of the facility. Pipestem Dam works in conjunction with the Jamestown Dam to serve the primary purpose of flood risk management for Jamestown. Due to concerns that the highly erodible sands and gravel used in the spillway could lead to an uncontrolled release of water, the Corps is modifying Pipestem Dam with reinforced and ro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Grand Sky Weather Center is a Unique Addition to North Dakota's UAS Ecosystem

EMERADO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined leaders from Grand Sky in announcing the purchase of a new system to facilitate real-time collection of weather data to support unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights. Specifically: Grand Sky has acquired Meteodrone, an unmanned aircraft that will be operated under a multi-year contract with TruWeather Solutions to collect weather data. The aircraft will fly multiple times per day to collect data up to an altitude of 9,000 ft. Hoeven is w… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Roundtable with Red River Valley Producers, Agribusinesses

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo (FMWF) Chamber of Commerce's Agribusiness Committee to discuss North Dakota's priorities for the next farm bill. The meeting comes as the latest in the senator's efforts to ensure the state's farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses have the opportunity to provide direct input as work on the next farm bill continues. In particular, Hoeven is working as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Improve Independent Worker Access to Portable Benefits

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing legislation to test innovative portable benefits designs for the growing independent workforce. The Portable Benefits for Independent Workers Pilot Program Act seeks to provide workers with access to insurance protections typically provided through traditional full-time employment. This legislation would establish a $20 million grant fund within the U.S. Department of Labor to incentivize sta… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Southern Border Crisis, Presses Biden Administration to Strictly Enforce the Law

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined his recent visit to Brownsville, Texas, where he traveled to bring attention to the illegal immigration crisis on the nation's southern border. The senator called on the Biden administration to secure the border and enforce the law, both to strengthen national security and to stem the flow of drug and human trafficking. "I've traveled repeatedly to the southern border, and each time I … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Secure More Than $38 Million Award to Support Implementation of CCUS at Coal Creek Station

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $38 million to the University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). The award will support the implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies at Rainbow Energy's Coal Creek Station. Hoeven worked to secure the funds as part of his efforts to support CCUS a… Continue Reading

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