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Hoeven Calls on State Department to Release Cable Warning of Afghanistan Collapse

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in urging the U.S. State Department to release a public, unclassified version of the July 13, 2021, internal dissent channel cable that reportedly warned of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the Taliban's ability to quickly capture Kabul. Regrettably, the report was apparently met with inaction, evidenced by the Nati… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Urge AG Garland to Reject Expansion of No-Fly List

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) in urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to reject Delta Airline's request for the creation of a comprehensive "no-fly" list for airline passengers who cause an on-board disruption. "While airlines are currently free to deny service to any individual over past transgressions on their flights, the federal government's role in denying access to the commercial aviation network has been limited to ensuring that… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Thune Legislation to Hold Administration Accountable for Taliban Takeover of U.S. Military Equipment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today in introducing legislation that requires the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress any time it is determined that U.S. military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria is used in a terrorist attack against the United States or its allies. This bill would require notification of any known details related to the equipment used in the attack; the date on which, and the location from which, the equ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges AG Garland to Respect the Durham Investigation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to ensure that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will respect the prosecutorial independence of Special Counsel John Durham and his staff, while also making sure that he is provided all resources necessary to fully and thoroughly pursue the investigation for which he was appointed. The letter comes as Special Counsel John Durham continues to uncover alarming new information about the frau… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Risch, Colleagues in Introducing Russia Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing the Never Yielding Europe's Territory (NYET) Act in the Senate. This legislation provides critical support to Ukraine to defend itself and imposes immediate sanctions related to Russia's current threats against Ukraine, including sanctions that would block the operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while imposing real costs on the Kremlin in the event of … Continue Reading


Hoeven & Cramer Pay Tribute to Wayne Stenehjem on Floor of the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today paid tribute to the late North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem through remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The senators highlighted Stenehjem's public service, including in the North Dakota legislature and as the state's longest-serving Attorney General, and outlined the attributes that made him an effective colleague and a good friend. "It was a blessing to have my time as Governor and now Senator coincide with Way… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Colleagues Pressing for Release of Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs Loss Report

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in pressing for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to release the Keystone XL Pipeline jobs loss report that was due to Congress on February 13, 2022. On his first day in office, President Biden unilaterally revoked the permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was expected to provide some 11,000 direct high-paying jobs and up to 60,000 indirect and direct job… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Resolution Calling for Re-Opening of Capitol, Senate Office Buildings

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in introducing a Senate resolution in support of re-opening the U.S. Capitol and Senate office buildings, returning to pre-pandemic accessibility for visitors. For the past two years, the Capitol and Senate office buildings have remained largely closed despite much of America re-opening for regular business. "It's time the U.S. Capitol and Senate office buildings return to regular order by re-opening to visitors and c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working with Army Corps to Address Maintenance Needs at Lake Sakakawea Recreation Areas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, recently continued his efforts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address maintenance and upkeep needs at the recreation areas around Lake Sakakawea, including addressing drought conditions that are making lake access difficult. The senator spoke to Col. Mark Himes, Commander of the Army Corps' Omaha District, and discussed the following priorities: Appointing a Drought Coordi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Thune, Colleagues in Introducing Resolution to Nullify Head Start Vaccine, Mask Mandates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing a resolution to nullify a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rule (IFR) that requires all Head Start staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. If enacted, this resolution would also nullify the IFR's mandate for all children two years of age and older to wear a mask, including when they are playing outside. Congress can consider this resolution using expedited proce… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FCC Restores Funding for Red River Communications

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has restored more than $13 million in funding to Red River Communications (RRC) under the Alternative Connect America Model II (ACAM II) program. RRC had faced this loss of funding due to incorrect data showing broader fiber-to-the-home broadband coverage in the region than was actually available. As a result, RRC was unable receive ACAM II funds to expand service to the affected area, limiting broa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Grant to UND for Pilot Workforce Development Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $500,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND). This funding was made available through the FAA Aviation Workforce Development Grant Program, which Senator Hoeven helped create in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, to support workforce development for both Aircraft Pilots and Aviation Maint… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Cruz, Colleagues in Committing to Block Implementation of any Iran Nuclear Deal Not Approved by Congress

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in urging President Biden to submit any new Iran nuclear deal to Congress for approval. In the letter, the Senators state the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) requires the President to submit any Iran deal to Congress - and they will block implementation of any deal not submitted. "The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 ("INARA", 42 USC § 2160e) mandates that your administration submit to Congress for evalu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Reverse IRS Snooping on Third-Party Payment Platforms

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) in introducing the Stop the Nosy Obsession with Online Payments (SNOOP) Act. This legislation would strike the provision included in the Democrats' American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that requires third-party payment platforms to report gross transaction volumes totaling more than $600 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). As a result of the new provision, thousands of small businesses will have to fill out 1099-Ks to provide t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Leads Bicameral Effort Supporting Access to Credit for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week led a bicameral effort pressing the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) to continue supporting agriculture producers' access to credit. In a letter to NCUA Chairman Todd Harper, Hoeven and his colleagues questioned language included in the NCUA's Draft Strategic Plan that could lead to regulatory discrimination against credit unions that lend to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses in the name of addressing "climate-related financial r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Ease Export Shipping Backlogs, Boost U.S. Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, along with Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), this week introduced the Ocean Shipping Reform Act in the Senate. This bipartisan legislation would update federal regulations for the global shipping industry, helping American producers to export their products internationally. Further, it would address supply chain challenges by making it harder for ocean carriers to arbitrarily turn away goods at ports that are read… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Thune, GOP Senators in Calling for Stop to Biden-Obama WOTUS Overreach

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and the entire Senate Republican Conference in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to suspend the pending rulemaking to redefine the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA), specifically "waters of the United States" (WOTUS), until the U.S. Supreme Court completes its consideration of Sackett v. EPA, a case that is expected to have major implications on … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Colleagues in Pressing DHS to Explain Use of Taxpayer Dollars to Fly Illegal Immigrants from Border to U.S. Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in pressing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to explain the movement of illegal immigrants from the nation's southern border to communities nationwide using taxpayer dollars. According to recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports, large numbers of illegal immigrants traveling as single adults are being placed onto planes and sent across the country for release into American… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakotans in honoring the life and legacy of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. To this end, the senator included a Statement for the Congressional Record paying tribute to Stenehjem's long-standing service to the State of North Dakota and in remembrance of their many years of work together. Hoeven was not able to attend today's funeral services due to a positive COVID-19 test result earlier this week. "Throughout my time as Governor and as a U… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA to Begin Sending Out Livestock Disaster Assistance by March

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to begin providing phase one of livestock disaster assistance payments by March. Hoeven worked to secure the $750 million in aid for livestock producers in September, and since then, has repeatedly pressed USDA officials, including Secretary Tom Vilsack, Under Secretary Robert Bonnie and FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux, to provide the assistance as soon as possible and in a way that work… Continue Reading

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