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Hoeven, Tester Lead Colleagues Calling on Administration to Support Northern Border Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) led their colleagues in urging U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young to prioritize including resources to properly staff and secure the northern border as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 President's Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the senators outline the need to resume normal operating hours at the northern ports of entry, invest in technology deployment a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: SCOTUS Ruling to Maintain Title 42 a Win For Border Security; Biden Administration Needs to Enforce Our Laws

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to maintain the Title 42 Public Health Order while litigation on the issue proceeds. The decision reverses an earlier federal court opinion that enabled the Biden administration to rescind the immigration tool, which allows immigration officials to return illegal immigrants to their home country and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hoeven has been working to keep Title 42 in place and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Leading Efforts to Stop Defense Department's Costly Green New Deal Mandates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, is leading efforts to stop the Department of Defense (DoD) from imposing a new environmental rule on federal contractors, both large and small, that would drive up costs for our national defense. Hoeven was joined by all Republican senators in pressing for DoD to drop the newly proposed rule requiring burdensome greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reporting. Additionally, Hoeven introduced legislation with 15 o… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota's Rising Population Due to Strong Economy, Pro-Growth Business Climate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates showing North Dakota with a record population of 779,261 residents in 2022. "We've worked hard in North Dakota to build a pro-growth business climate that attracts investment, creates good-paying jobs and supports a high quality of life," said Hoeven. "As a result, our state has reached a record population of nearly 780,000 residents, while being one of the youngest states in the nati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting Against $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement opposing the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill: "With American families facing higher costs due to inflation, Congress needs to stop spending," said Hoeven. "While there are provisions in this legislation that we support, the topline spending is too high. Instead of passing a massive $1.7 trillion bill, we should allow the next Congress to address government funding. Going forward, Congress needs to work through regular order to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Resignation of Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford, Appointment of Tammy Miller

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford announced his resignation and Governor Doug Burgum appointed Tammy Miller to the post: "Look no further than the prosperous energy industry in North Dakota to see Brent Sanford's hard work and dedication to our state. During his time as both mayor of Watford City and lieutenant governor, Brent was instrumental in helping to develop North Dakota's energy industry, creati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Valley City High School Student to Senate Page Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Abby Redfearn of Jamestown has been selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program's fall 2022 session. A junior at Valley City High School, Abby is involved in competitive speech, tennis and student government. "It is a privilege to sponsor North Dakota students to serve in the U.S. Senate as official pages, and this prestigious, academically rigorous program is providing Abby with the unique opportunity to study the democratic pr… Continue Reading


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

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