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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


Hoeven Statement on North Bakken Expansion Pipeline Entering into Service

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after WBI Energy's North Bakken Expansion Pipeline entered into service. The senator worked to secure federal approval for the $260 million natural gas expansion project, which will help to reduce flaring in the Bakken and provide an additional 250 million cubic feet per day of natural gas takeaway capacity for operators in the region. Specifically, Hoeven made … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Positive COVID Test

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after testing positive for COVID-19. The senator is currently asymptomatic and tested this afternoon after being notified he had been exposed. The senator is fully vaccinated and has received his booster. He will be quarantining through Sunday. "While asymptomatic, I tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon. I've consulted with the Senate Physician and will continue to follow the recommendations of my health care provider." -… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passing of ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement of condolence after the passing of North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. "Attorney General Stenehjem spent four decades serving the people of North Dakota, and was a fierce advocate for the rule of law and the rights of our state's residents. As our state's longest-serving Attorney General, he worked tirelessly to keep our communities safe and took great pride in supporting our law enforcement officials. We wil… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Entrepreneurs and Innovators are Driving Growth and Investment Across North Dakota's Economy

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed Emerging Prairie's 1 Million Thanks Reunion, where he recognized the important contributions of entrepreneurs and innovators toward creating new opportunities in North Dakota's economy and outlined efforts to further grow the state's technology sector. "Through the efforts and vision of entrepreneurs and innovators, our state is developing opportunities across industries - agriculture, energy, telecommunications, health care, and space operation… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Phase 4 of Minot Region's Flood Protection Now Authorized & Fully Funded

MINOT, N.D. - At a meeting with local leaders and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the $61.45 million in federal funding that he secured last week for permanent flood protection in the Souris River Valley. Hoeven worked with Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Shalanda Young to ensure this funding went to the Minot region. With this award, the senator has helped: Provide more than $750 million of federal funding to datein gran… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Class VI Permit Approval for Project Tundra

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) approved the Class VI permit for the geologic storage of CO2 from Project Tundra. This carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project is able to advance due to the45Q tax credit, which helps make efforts like this commercially-viable by providing up to $50 per ton of CO2 stored. Hoeven previously worked to pass legislation to reform and expand the 45Q tax credit, and … Continue Reading


Hoeven: We've Got It – RRV Flood Protection Project Will Be the First P3 Major Public Works Project in the Nation

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today outlined how the Fargo-Moorhead region is serving as an example to the rest of the nation with its first-of-its-kind flood protection project. The senator made the remarks at a roundtable discussion with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), leaders from the Fargo-Moorhead region and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials, during which he highlighted major milestones in the project's development and the barriers that he worked to overcome to help achie… Continue Reading


Hoeven Recognizes March for Life, Continues Efforts Protecting the Unborn

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in honor of the annual March for Life events held in North Dakota and Washington, D.C. Hoeven continues his efforts to protect the unborn and the health of mothers and has helped introduce multiple pieces of legislation in the U.S. Senate with respect to the sanctity of life. Through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven remains committed to preserving the Hyde amendment and ensuring taxpayer dollars are pr… Continue Reading

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