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ND Delegation Urges President to Approve ND Disaster Declaration Request for January Storms

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Biden to approve the major disaster declaration request submitted by Governor Doug Burgum for severe winter storms that occurred from January 16-20, 2023. The request was made on behalf of seven counties, including Burke, Divide, McLean, Nelson, Renville, Sheridan and Walsh, and would unlock federal resources to support recovery and help mitigate future damages. The full text of the delegatio… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Forest Chief Commits to Visit North Dakota, Meet with Local Ranchers & Energy Producers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore to visit North Dakota and meet with local ranchers and other stakeholders. In particular, the senator: Outlined the importance of maintaining multiple uses of the National Grasslands, including for grazing, energy production and tourism. Stressed the need for the USFS to be good neighbors to the region'… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Bill to Allow Meat and Poultry Products to be Sold Across State Lines

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) in introducing the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. This legislation would allow meat and poultry products inspected by state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines. At present, 29 states, including North Dakota, have inspection programs, certified by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), which meet or exceed federal inspection stand… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on President Biden to Address Illegal Immigration Crisis, Reinstate Policies Needed to Gain Control of U.S. Borders

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven once again called on President Biden to address the illegal immigration crisis occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border. The senator stressed the national security and humanitarian issues resulting from the border crisis, including human trafficking and drug smuggling, as well as how it impacts operations along the northern border. "Our nation continues to face an unprecedented crisis at the U.S.-Mex… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Opportunities for New Missions in the Stratosphere

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the University of North Dakota's (UND) Stratospheric Operations and Research Symposium (SOaRS), where he discussed how North Dakota can help enhance national security through missions in the stratosphere, which is approximately between 12 and 32 miles above the Earth's surface. In particular, the senator highlighted the state's leadership in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which when operated in the stratosphere could have: Longer flight … Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Planning Session for Counter-UAP, Announces FAA BVLOS Waivers for Unmanned Flights & Outlines Economic Impact of Sky Range Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a meeting with leaders from the Grand Forks community, the University of North Dakota (UND), and the area's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry, where he: Announced that that, at his urging, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): Has approved beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) waivers for UAS flights in the region utilizing enhanced radar software. Will approve an additional waiver to allow the test site to host UAS flights for ad… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce CRA to Stop Biden Administration's Anti-Second Amendment Pistol Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to prevent the Biden administration's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing a rule that would reclassify pistols as short-barreled rifles if stabilizing brace attachments are used. Disabled veterans and other Americans rely on these braces to use their firearms and in 2012, the Obama-Biden administration's … Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses Roughrider Conference, Outlines Efforts to Strengthen NDNG Missions

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the North Dakota National Guard's annual Roughrider Conference, where he outlined Guard members' essential contributions to national security and discussed his efforts to ensure they receive the support and benefits they have earned. This includes: Working to support NDNG missions in North Dakota, as well as Guard deployments within the U.S. and abroad. Hoeven has advanced efforts to upgrade the MQ-9 Reaper in Fargo and to bring the MQ-1… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Pushing Back on Biden Administration's Harmful Energy Policies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to push back on energy tax increases proposed in President Biden's budget request for Fiscal Year 2024. Specifically, the senators outline the harmful impact of the administration's proposed $100 billion in targeted tax increases on energy, including the production of oil, gas, and coal. The senators highlight how these taxes will crush jobs, raise en… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Secretary Vilsack to Support Strengthening Farm Safety Net, Ensure Programs are Farmer-Friendly

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to support efforts to maintain and strengthen the safety net for U.S. farmers and ranchers. The senator stressed the importance of good farm policy in maintaining Americans' access to an affordable, high-quality and reliable food supply. In particular, Hoeven called on Vilsack to work with him on the following priorities: Maintaining cr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Back on Biden's Tax-and-Spend Budget, Outlines Impact on American Consumers & Businesses

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven pushed back on President Biden's tax-and-spend policies and outlined the negative impact that the president's budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 would have on American consumers and businesses. "I support a Balanced Budget Amendment, and have done so since I first came to the Senate. I think that is something we need to pass," said Hoeven. "The president's budget, however, goes in the wron… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Allow Year-Round Sale of E15

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped introduce the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2023, legislation sponsored 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 has cosponsored since 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 provide cer… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $1.86 Million Grant to Extend ND Veterans Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (NDVC) in Mandan has been awarded a federal grant of $1,860,775. This funding will be used to provide 1,440 columbarium niches, landscaping and infrastructure on approximately one acre of land, supporting additional burial options for the state's veterans and eligible family members. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure this aw… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Expand Flight-Training Programs for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) this week reintroduced the American Aviator Act of 2023, bipartisan legislation to expand flight-training services for veterans who want to become commercial airline pilots. This would help ensure there are enough qualified pilots in the future to continue providing safe and reliable air service to rural airports across the country. The bill builds upon the $2.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding that Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with North Dakota's U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Gavin Kratcha, a junior at Hankinson Public School, and Will Nelson, a senior at Jamestown High School, who were chosen to represent North Dakota as delegates to the 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The program brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with senators, the president, a Supreme Court Justice and cabinet officials. "We congratulate Gavin and Will on being selected as North Dakota'… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Biden's FY2024 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Biden released his budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. "President Biden's budget request is just more of the same big government policies that have weakened the U.S. economy and led to historic levels of inflation for American consumers," said Hoeven. "Our nation needs to get its fiscal house in order, but we aren't going to get there through higher taxes on hardworking Americans, Green New Deal policies… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Rise in Violent Crime, Urges Colleagues to Support Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the alarming increase in violent crime across the U.S. The senator urged his colleagues in Congress to better support law enforcement, giving them the tools needed to protect communities. To this end, Hoeven is working to secure the nation's borders to help limit drug and human trafficking, while sponsoring measures like the resolution introduced by Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) to oppose t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Resolution to Protect U.S. Sovereignty, Ensure Senate Review of International Agreements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) cosponsored a resolution introduced by Senator James Risch (R-Idaho) to ensure the president does not cede U.S. sovereignty to the World Health Organization (WHO). The resolution would make clear that any convention, agreement or other international instrument related to pandemic prevention, preparedness and response is a treaty, therefore requiring the approval of two-thirds of senators for ratification. "It is imperative that the U.S. sets its own pol… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps Work Plan Provides More Than $17 Million for Garrison Dam

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 work plan includes nearly $23 million for water resource facilities in North Dakota, including more than $17 million for operations and maintenance at Garrison Dam. "We've worked at both the federal and state level to prioritize access to Lake Sakakawea and support facilities, such as the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, to help make this lake into a world-class fishing and outdoor … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Boost Hiring of Military Spouses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined his colleagues in introducing the Military Spouse Hiring Act, legislation to amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses. This bill, led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program, which incentivizes employers to hire individuals who experience unique employment barriers, to include military spouses. A recent survey by… Continue Reading

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