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Hoeven Secures Approval of BNI Mine Plan, Helping Ensure Continued Access To Affordable Electricity

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that, following his efforts, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved a new federal mine plan at the Center Mine. The new plan was needed to allow mining of federal coal under a lease awarded in January 2021 and to provide certainty for BNI Coal and Minnkota Power Cooperative's continued operations. Without its approval, BNI and Minnkota would have incurred significant costs to make and implement contingency plans to move the drag line an… Continue Reading


Hoeven: White House Proposal Ignores the Law, Further Undermines U.S. Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule to impose new restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects. The proposal runs counter to the law passed by Congress earlier this year to set timelines for federal reviews, including two years for an Environ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Bills to Unleash U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Help Get Energy to Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed the need to provide regulatory relief and reform the federal permitting process to empower greater U.S. energy production. The senator outlined the impact of burdensome regulations being imposed by the Biden administration, like the recently-proposed rule to further limit Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing and increase the cost of producing energy on… Continue Reading


Hoeven Supports Passage of FY2024 NDAA, Worked to Secure Important Priorities for ND Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation provides strong support for the military missions in North Dakota and advanced policies to ensure the U.S. develops the capabilities needed to effectively counter its adversaries. Among other priorities, the bill: Authorizes a 5.2 percent pay … Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Restore Normal Hours of Operation at Northern Border Crossings

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) hours of operations at northern border ports of entry to match or exceed pre-pandemic hours. The members of Congress are sponsoring the bill in response to CBP's recent announcement that it will reduce hours at certain northern ports of entry and maintain adjusted hours at others. F… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Honor Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer paid tribute to Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin, who was killed in the line of duty on July 14. The senators' remarks, which become part of the Senate record, honored Officer Wallin's years of public service, including in the Minnesota National Guard and as a member of the Fargo Police Department. Click here for Senator Hoeven's remarks and here for Senator Cramer's remarks. "Officer Wallin was only 23 ye… Continue Reading


ND Delegation Calls on EPA Administrator to Withdraw Duplicative, Burdensome Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to withdraw the agency's proposed rule imposing burdensome and duplicative methane emission regulations on energy producers. The delegation pushed back on the rule's one-size-fits-all approach and outlined how it would force energy producers to shut down operations due to unworkable mandates, harming the nation's energy security,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues to Call Attention to Crisis at the Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined his Senate Republican colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to enforce the law and secure the southern border. The senator called attention to the continuing crisis occurring as a result of President Biden's failed border policies. As of June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has encountered 1.789 million individuals attempting to illegally cross the southern border in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, which already exceeds the total ill… Continue Reading


Hoeven: BLM Proposed Rule Will Further Limit Oil & Gas Leasing, Drive Up Energy Production Costs on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Biden administration issued a proposed rule to further limit Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing and increase the cost of producing energy on federal lands. Specifically, the rule would impose new fees and increase existing bonding requirements, royalty rates and minimum bids, while restricting the lands available for leasing. This will discourage investment in new domestic energy production, increase… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Provide Drought Relief, Allow Flexibility for Emergency CRP Haying

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today helped introduce the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Flexibility Act. This bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), would improve the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) ability to allow for expedited emergency haying of CRP acres in response to drought and other weat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution Affirming American Support for Israel

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Tom Cotton in introducing a resolution reaffirming American support for Israel. Specifically, the resolution states Israel is not a racist state, Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia, and the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel. Hoeven spoke with Israeli President Isaac Herzog today after his joint address to Congress today to reaffirm support for the U.S. ally. “Israel … Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Ensure Farm Bill Conservation Programs are Farmer-Friendly

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the National Association of Conservation Districts summer meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to ensure conservation programs are farmer-friendly as work continues on the next farm bill. In particular, Hoeven stressed the importance of supporting programs that focus on voluntary, locally-led partnerships, like the: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides cost-share assistance… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Death, Critical Injury of Fargo Police Officers

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Fargo Police Department confirmed the death of one officer and the injury of two other officers and a civilian in Friday's critical police incident in Fargo: "Mikey and I are mourning with the Fargo community following the death of one of our brave peace officers, and send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this officer. We are praying for those injured and the entire Fargo Police Department. This tragic … Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces ND University & School Lands Commissioner at Senate ENR Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week introduced North Dakota Commissioner of University and School Lands Joseph Heringer at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing, where the commissioner testified in favor of the North Dakota Trust Lands Completion Act, bicameral legislation that Hoeven is sponsoring with Senator Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong to better enable the development of state-owned lands and minerals. Specifically, the bill would authorize the Sta… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOE Awards $2.5 Million to Advance CCUS at Marathon Renewable Diesel Facility in Dickinson

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $2.5 million grant to the University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), along with partners Marathon Petroleum Corporation and TC Energy, to advance the implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology at the Marathon renewable diesel facility in Dickinson. The aw… Continue Reading


ND Delegation: President Issues Major Disaster Declaration for Spring Flooding in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after the president approved a major disaster declaration for spring flooding that occurred April 10 to May 6, 2023. The request unlocks 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, Richland, Sargent, Steel… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Celebrating Independence Day

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in honor of Independence Day 2023: “For nearly 250 years, our nation has stood as a beacon of freedom, granting us liberty and prosperity unlike anywhere else around the world. On Independence Day, and every day, we are grateful for the many blessings and opportunities we enjoy as Americans. While we celebrate our freedoms, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed in our Armed Forces … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $600,000 Grant to Advance North Dakota’s Coal Ash Recycling Effort

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced a $617,648 grant for the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality to establish a coal combustion residual (CCR) state program. The grant will be used to make database improvements, including establishing an online portal for CCR facilities to submit required documentation. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has supported the program in annual funding legislation. "North Dakota is a l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on SCOTUS Overturning Biden Student Loan Debt Cancellation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a decision overturning President Biden's student loan debt cancellation plan. Hoeven has been working to oppose the Biden administration's plan, including joining 42 of his Senate colleagues in an amicus brief to SCOTUS challenging the plan. Earlier this month, Hoeven also voted for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval he helped introduce to nullify the pla… Continue Reading


Hoeven to USFWS: Work tith Landowners, Ranchers & County Officials to Mitigate Impacts Of Lake Ilo Water Issues

DUNN CENTER, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) representatives, Dunn County Commissioners, state legislators and ranchers to discuss the seepage at Lake Ilo dam and its effects on area stakeholders. The FWS is keeping Ilo Reservoir at a low level to prevent increased seepage into a nearby coal seam, which threatens the integrity of the spillway. Currently, USFWS plans to start the bidding process for repairing the reservoir this November, with work … Continue Reading

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