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Hoeven Congratulates Bison on Winning NCAA Division I Football Championship

FRISCO, TEXAS - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team on winning the FCS national championship with a victory over the Montana State Bobcats. "Congratulations to the entire NDSU football program for claiming yet another FCS National Championship title today. We also want to congratulate the Bobcats on a great season. Their fans should be proud of their efforts. "Today's victory caps another incredibl… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Coal Creek Receives Approval for Transmission Line Permit Transfer, Allowing Sale to Rainbow Energy to be Finalized

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Minnesota Public Utility Commission approved the transfer of Coal Creek Station's high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line permit to Nexus Line, LLC, a subsidiary of Rainbow Energy. This marks the completion of the last major regulatory hurdle required for the sale of Coal Creek Station to Rainbow Energy to move forward. Hoeven has been work… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Daines Make Friendly Wager on Bison-Bobcat Matchup Ahead of FCS National Championship Game

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week agreed to a friendly wager with Montana Senator Steve Daines ahead of the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas this weekend. On Saturday, January 8, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison will take on the Montana State University (MSU) Bobcats at Toyota Stadium. Both Hoeven and Daines have agreed that the senator representing the winning team will be taking home steaks while the losing senator must wear the winning team's jersey for a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bicameral Effort Urging Supreme Court to Block Biden Administration's Vaccine Mandate on Private Employers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined a bicameral effort, led by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), opposing the Biden administration's vaccine mandate on private employers in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case. Specifically, the members of Congress filed an amicus brief arguing that Congress did not give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the authority to impose a vaccine mandate and urging the court to stay the mandate. The full text of the brief can be read here. This com… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Minot Missions with USAF Secretary Kendall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, today joined U.S. Air Force (USAF) Secretary Frank Kendall in reviewing the missions and operations of the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven outlined his efforts to ensure the modernization of the nation's nuclear forces, including the dual nuclear missions in Minot, remains on schedule. To this end, the senator made the case to Kendall for nuclear modernization during his confirmation process earlier this year and invited the se… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Passing of North Dakota Legislator George Keiser

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the passing of North Dakota legislator George Keiser. "Representative Keiser served our state and nation in many ways - as a state legislator for 28 years, a city commissioner, a member of the U.S. Army and a successful businessman. Through these roles, he worked to build up his community and secure a more prosperous future for North Dakotans. He will be remembered well by both his constituents and his colleagues. Mike… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on New Soybean Crushing Facility to be Constructed Near Casselton

CASSELTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after CGB Enterprises, Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors announced plans to construct a soybean crushing plant near Casselton. The facility aligns with Hoeven's long-term efforts to provide value-added opportunities for the state's farmers, including expanding the nexus between the state's agriculture and energy industries. "This announcement is welcome news for Cass County, farmers in the region and our entire stat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Awards $875,000 to Help North Dakota Producers Cover Costs of Federal Conservation Compliance

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 Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded $875,000 to North Dakota Agricultural Mitigation (NDAM), Inc., a partnership between six North Dakota commodity groups that helps agriculture producers cover the costs of establishing wetland banks to meet federal conservation compliance requirements. In order … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bicameral Effort Challenging EPA's Authority to Force Grid Away From Coal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today joined a bicameral effort supporting petitioners from 20 states, including North Dakota, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to issue burdensome, sector-wide regulations that force states to change their fuel sources for electricity generation. Specifically, the members of Congress filed an amicus brief in West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Tester Urge USDA to Expedite Ag Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Jon Tester this week spoke with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie to press USDA to expedite distribution of the $10 billion in disaster assistance, including $750 million specifically for livestock producers, approved by Congress in September. The senators pressed Bonnie to provide farmers and ranchers with details on the program and the assistance as quickly as possible given producers a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Retirement of ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced his intention to retire after 2022. "After more than four decades of service to North Dakota, Attorney General Stenehjem is now approaching a well-earned retirement. He has been a true friend and colleague as we've worked together to advance our state's interests. Mikey and I join with North Dakotans in thanking him for his hard work as our state's chief law enfor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Reinstate & Preserve Mission of the National Coal Council

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this week introduced the Coal Council Certainty Act to reinstate the National Coal Council (NCC), a federal advisory committee that provided advice, recommendations and insights to the Department of Energy (DOE) on issues related to the coal industry. The NCC was originally established in 1984 and was comprised of coal producers and consumers, carbon researchers, academics, environmentalists… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Against Head Start Mandates, Ensure Program Access for Families

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing the Preventing Mandates on Toddlers Act. This legislation would prevent the implementation of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that requires universal masking for all individuals two years of age and older in a Head Start facility and mandates staff and volunteers be vaccinated by January 31, 2022. The Head Start program is a federal government program that provides eligible low-inco… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Effort to Protect Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in sending a bicameral letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra condemning the recent reversal of protections at HHS for faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. Today's effort reiterates that faith-based child welfare providers perform vital services for hundreds of thousands of children nationwide and comes after HHS announced it was rescinding waivers previously issued by the Trump adminis… Continue Reading


Hoeven & Klobuchar Meet with OMB Director, Fargo-Moorhead Leaders to Press for Flood Protection Funding

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week urged Shalanda Young, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to help ensure that comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley receives $180 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This funding would help keep the project on schedule and support completion of the Red River Control Structure, a key feature of the project. The senators further stressed t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Announced Retirement of ND Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner announced his retirement from the state legislature. "Senator Wardner has been a pillar of his community and North Dakota, having served in the state legislature for 30 years, 10 of which were spent as Senate Majority Leader. Moreover, he has been an educator, coach and farmer - truly a range of experience that touches many central aspects of our state. Through his decade… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate VA Committee Votes to Advance Burial Equity for Guard and Reserves Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee approved bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to include as eligible for burial in state veterans' cemeteries members of the National Guard and Reserve Component. The Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act would make eligible for burial in state veterans' cemeteries all members … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act with Hoeven Amendments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes important North Dakota defense priorities. Hoeven worked to include provisions to: Support service members, including authorizing a 2.7% percent pay raise for our troops. The NDAA includes Hoeven authored amendments, including: Education Benefits for G… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Democrats' Big Tax & IRS Budget Increases Don't Come Close to Paying for Their Massive Spending Increases

WASHINGTON - At a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined provisions in the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend legislation to raise taxes, more than double the workforce of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and greatly increase audits of American taxpayers. The senator stressed how despite these tax and IRS budget increases, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the legislation will add more than $3 trillion to the nation's de… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting Against Democrats' $2.5 Trillion Debt Ceiling Increase

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Democrats raised the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion. "I opposed the fast-track process to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling, and today voted against their proposal to increase the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion. The Democrats are trying to use reconciliation to pass their massive tax-and-spend bill on a purely partisan basis, without any Republican votes… Continue Reading

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