News Releases

07.15.21

Hoeven: Administration Should Keep in Place Title 42 Covid Health Order

WASHINGTON - At a press conference this week, Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, joined his colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to keep in place the Title 42 Public Health Order, an important tool that allows immigration officials to return illegal immigrants to their home country and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Media reports indicate the administration plans to revoke the policy at the end of the month. In March, the senator tr… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Hoeven: Administration Ends Proposal to Change Metro Area Status

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has abandoned its proposal to change the minimum population to qualify as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) from 50,000 to 100,000. Hoeven worked to stop the proposal which would have negatively impacted communities in North Dakota as the MSA designation is used in funding formulas for multiple federal programs, as well as in determining geographical regions for federal labor market statistics. "… Continue Reading


07.13.21

Hoeven: USDA Provides Crop Insurance Flexibility, Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Ensure Quick & Fair Adjustments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has authorized emergency procedures and issued new flexibilities for crop insurance providers to help ensure quick and fair adjustments and payments to producers. Hoeven pressed for this flexibility during his recent drought tour with RMA Acting Adm… Continue Reading


07.09.21

In Bogata, Hoeven Meets with Colombian President, Civil Society Members to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA - Senator John Hoeven met this week with Colombian leaders, including President Iván Duque, as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation (CODEL) to strengthen bilateral relations between the nations. The senator discussed issues including migration, counternarcotics and drug interdiction. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Duque and other civil society and business leaders in Colombia," said Hoeven. "We discussed issues important to both our … Continue Reading


07.08.21

Hoeven Statement on North Dakota's Lawsuit Against Biden Administration's Oil & Gas Leasing Moratorium

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its moratorium on new oil and gas leases for federal lands and waters. This follows a federal court decision last month to block the moratorium as the matter moves forward. In response to the court decision, Hoeven and a group of his Senate colleagues pressedInterio… Continue Reading


07.08.21

Hoeven Meets With Ecuadorian President as Part of Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Quito

QUITO, ECUADOR - Senator John Hoeven met with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in Quito this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation to review bilateral relations. During meetings in Ecuador, the leaders discussed the importance of working together to stop the flow of illegal migration and curb drug trafficking for the good of both nations. "We had a good meeting with President Lasso, who was just recently sworn in as president of Ecuador,"said Hoeven. "We have an opportunit… Continue Reading


07.07.21

Hoeven Announces USDA Rural Development Funding to Two North Dakota Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded funding to the City of Ellendale and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Details are as follows: City of Ellendale - $2,644,000 loan and $747,020 grant to replace sewer pipe and manholes in the city to benefit nearly 1,400 resident… Continue Reading


07.07.21

Hoeven Meets With President of Mexico, Discusses the Importance of Securing the U.S./Mexico Border

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - Senator John Hoeven met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. During the meeting, the senator discussed the importance of the U.S. and Mexico working together to secure the border, not only to stem illegal migration but to prevent drug and human trafficking. "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with President López Obrador and discuss the importance of securing … Continue Reading


07.06.21

Hoeven Statement on NDNG Deploying to Help Secure Southwest Border

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company was alerted for duty at the nation's southwestern border to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Concurrently, Hoeven met with Mexican President Andrés Obrador this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation visit to Mexico City, where he outlined the importance of the U.S. and Mexico continuing to work together to stop human an… Continue Reading


07.06.21

Hoeven: USDA to Allow Haying, Grazing & Chopping of Cover Crops at Any Time Without Penalty

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will now allow producers to hay, graze or chop cover crops on prevented plant acres at any time while still receiving their full crop insurance indemnity. Prior to this, producers would face a penalty for haying, grazing or chopping cover crops … Continue Reading


07.04.21

Hoeven Statement on Independence Day 2021

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "Today on the Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of our nation 245 years ago, when our Founding Fathers set out to form a more perfect union. Since then, our veterans and servicemembers have fought to preserve the freedom and liberties we enjoy every day. We are forever indebted to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and today we honor those who have defended our co… Continue Reading


07.01.21

Hoeven Hosts Senior USDA Officials to Review Drought Conditions, Outline Assistance Efforts with Producers in Carrington & Argusville

CARRINGTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today is hosting senior officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at meetings in Carrington and Argusville to assess drought conditions and gather input from agriculture producers. Hoeven invited Risk Management Agency (RMA) Acting Administrator Richard Flournoy and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Zach Ducheneaux… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Hoeven: SDA Launches Low-Earth Orbit Satellites, Advances Grand Forks' Role in Winning the Race in Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the launch of SpaceX's Transporter-2 releasing Space Development Agency (SDA) satellites is central to operations that Hoeven has been working to advance in North Dakota. The SpaceX rocket included five SDA satellites, two from General Atomics, an anchor tenant at Grand Sky Technology Park, which will be used to develop laser communication systems enabling low-Earth orbit satellites to communicate with unmanned aerial systems. Ho… Continue Reading


06.30.21

Hoeven: Carbon Capture is Coal Creek's Next Chapter

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today outlined the important role of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies to the future of Coal Creek Station, which was approved for purchase by Rainbow Energy today ensuring its operation beyond 2022. Hoeven has been working with Great River Energy, Rainbow Energy and North American Coal to find a solution to keep the plant and adjacent Falkirk Mine in operation. A vital … Continue Reading


06.30.21

Hoeven: Grand Forks Air Force Base to Take Command of E-11 Aircraft Fleet

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Air Force announced that the 319th Reconnaissance Wing (RW) at Grand Forks Air Force Base will take command of the new E-11 Battlefield Airborne Control Node aircraft mission, based at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. This comes as a result of the senator's efforts to position Grand Forks to lead future Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Hoeven has repeatedly made thi… Continue Reading


06.28.21

Hoeven Announces More Than $2.2 Million in Head Start Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Head Start, has awarded $1,254,083 to Mayville State University and $981,560 to Great Northwest Education Cooperative. Today's funding will be used to support Head Start services for eligible children and families. "This grant helps support school readiness for families in these communities by ensuring Head Start se… Continue Reading


06.26.21

Hoeven Helps Dedicate Two Phases of Minot Region's Flood Protection, Commemorates Disaster's 10th Anniversary

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the completion of two phases of the Minot region's flood protection project and joined the community in commemorating the 10th anniversary of the historic 2011 flood. The MI-2 and MI-3 phases, also known as Napa Valley and Forest Road, respectively, include nearly 9,000 feet of earthen levees, 1,600 feet of stream bank stabilization and two pumping stations, among other features. Hoeven emphasized how the phased approach to developing the flood prot… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Hoeven: DOT to Award $16.75 Million Grant to ND Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded $16,750,000 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation through the 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. A member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven led the North Dakota delegation in outlining North Dakota's increase in oversized freight and passenger traffic to DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg and further made… Continue Reading


06.25.21

Hoeven, Cramer Introduce Resolution Commemorating 10th Anniversary of Historic 2011 Minot Flood

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week introduced a resolution commemorating the 10th anniversary of the historic flood in the Minot region, during which water levels reached their crest on June 26, 2011. The resolution outlines the extraordinary conditions that led to the disaster, the scale of its impact, the resilience of the region's residents and the ongoing efforts to build permanent flood protection for the Souris River Valley. The full text of the resolution can be … Continue Reading


06.24.21

Hoeven Outlines Need to Crack the Code on CCUS to Maintain Access to Affordable, Reliable Baseload Power

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Energy this week, Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the subcommittee, introduced Mac McLennan, President and CEO of Minnkota Power Cooperative, and stressed the importance of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, like Project Tundra, in maintaining the nation's access to affordable and reliable baseload power. In particular, the senator outlined efforts to crack the code o… Continue Reading

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