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Hoeven Calls for Greater U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Outlines Bills to Reduce Delays in Energy Project Approvals

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the harmful impact of President Biden's policies on the U.S. energy industry, which have resulted in higher prices for American consumers and made the nation less energy secure. "We've got to find a way to press back on the Biden administration's harmful policies that have caused energy prices to increase and have fueled inflation across our entire economy. Gas prices today are at $3.46… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Warner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize UAS Test Sites, Support Unmanned Research & Development

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) this week introduced legislation to support the research and development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies at the nation's UAS test sites. Specifically, the bill: Extends the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS test sites for an additional five years through 2028. Formally authorizes research grants through the FAA for the purpose of demonstrating or validating technology related to t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Immediately Terminate COVID-19 National Emergency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted for a resolution to terminate the COVID-19 national emergency declaration and immediately rescind the Biden administration's expanded authority under the National Emergencies Act. The resolution vote comes as the latest of Hoeven's ongoing efforts to stop the overreaching federal COVID-19 mandates. "Today's vote was about ensuring the president and his administration stop delaying and put a stop to the unnecessary and burdensome COVID-19 mandates an… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Resolution to Rescind Biden Administration's Overreaching WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after voting for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to rescind the Biden administration's final rule to redefine the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and expand the scope of federal regulatory authority. Hoeven helped introduce the Senate companion of the resolution with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) earlier this year. The resolution passed by a vote of 53 to 43. "President Biden's efforts to expand WOTUS is a prime ex… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Repeal of War Authorizations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs): "I voted to remove the 1991 and 2002 authorizations from the books because they dealt with our interventions in Iraq. The 2001 AUMF, the authorization Congress provided following the 9/11 attacks on our country, and Article II of the Constitution make it clear that the U.S. can… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal Court Ordering BLM to Hold Oil & Gas Lease Sales in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to resume oil and gas lease sales for federal lands in North Dakota. "President Biden and his environmentalist allies continue blocking needed development of taxpayer-owned energy resources," said Hoeven. "This decision is a welcome step to hold the Biden administration accountable and ensure they hold quarterly lease sales, which is re… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Streamline Energy Project Approvals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this week introduced two pieces of legislation to expand U.S. domestic energy production and enhance the energy security of America and its allies. This includes the: North American Energy Act - This bill would prevent unnecessary delays for important cross-border energy projects, such as pipelines and electrical transmission lines. Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $1.86 Million Grant to ND Veterans Cemetery Marks Milestone for VA National Cemetery Administration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn in marking the VA National Cemetery Administration's billionth dollar in grants, a milestone reached as a result of the $1,860,775 grant to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (NDVC) in Mandan. Earlier this month, Hoeven announced the grant to the NDVC in Mandan, which will be used to provide 1,440 columbarium niches, landscaping and infrastructure improvements on appr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CBP & Canada Agree to Temporarily Expand Hours of Operations at Three North Dakota Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will temporarily expand operating hours at the Maida, Northgate and Sherwood ports of entry (POE) in North Dakota. The announcement follows Hoeven and the North Dakota delegation pressing CBP to restore operating hours at northern POEs, having secured initial agreement from the agency in September to expand hours at these North Dakota ports. Hoeven has … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Approves New Waiver for Northern Plains UAS Test Site Enabling Expanding Testing of UAS

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a new waiver allowing the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to support unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights involving aircraft that do not have a public designation. Hoeven has been working to secure FAA approval for the waiver, which means:  Companies can fly with the test site to get the experience necessary to prove that their aircraft are safe in preparation for acces… Continue Reading


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

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