News Releases


Hoeven Presses Ag Secretary Vilsack to Ensure LIP Reflects Market Rates, Send Out Disaster Assistance ASAP

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to: Ensure the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) national payment rates reflect actual market rates and covers losses due to eligible diseases. This follows a roundtable discussion that Hoeven held with North Dakota livestock producers last week, where he gathered feedback on the available federal assistance, including under LIP and the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP). … Continue Reading


Hoeven Advances Nuclear Modernization & Sky Range Program with Defense Secretary & Joint Chiefs Chairman

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven advanced the following North Dakota defense priorities critical to the security of the U.S. and its allies with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, having: Affirmed Austin and Milley's support for U.S. nuclear modernization efforts important to Minot Air Force Base and secured their commitment to continue working with him to keep… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting to Nullify Head Start Vaccine, Mask Mandates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for a resolution to nullify a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that requires all Head Start staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask. Hoeven helped introduce the resolution with Senator John Thune to stop the HHS mandate which also requires all children two years of age and older to wear a mask, including when they are playing outside. The Senate considered the resolution … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Leaked SCOTUS Draft Opinion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion in Dobbs V. Jackson Women's Health Organization: "This leak is a serious breach of the Supreme Court's security and independence, and it should be fully investigated. I remain committed to protecting the unborn and if the draft opinion reflects the final decision, it would have my support. It is consistent with my work in the Senate to advance pro-life legislation, support programs … Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota's Leadership in CCUS Central to Future of Coal Creek, Nation's Energy Security

UNDERWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today marked the final sale of Coal Creek Station to Rainbow Energy. Hoeven worked with Great River Energy, Rainbow Energy, North American Coal and the state's leadership to identify and secure this solution to keep the plant and adjacent Falkirk Mine in operation. In particular, the senator's efforts to crack the code on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) are a central part of suppo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution to Repeal Biden Administration's Policy to Upend Asylum Process

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently joined Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval to dissolve a proposed Biden administration rule that would upend the process by which the U.S. government grants asylum claims. Under current law, asylum claims must be adjudicated by an immigration court judge, and asylum seekers must be detained throughout the adjudication process. The rule being proposed by the Biden administration woul… Continue Reading


Hoeven: ELRP & LIP Will Provide Needed Lifeline to Ranchers Impacted by Recent Severe Storms

MAX, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the impacts of recent severe weather on North Dakota's livestock producers, communities and rural utilities. The senator visited a family-owned ranch near Max to learn firsthand about the damages and met with ranchers, local leaders and a representative from McLean Electric Cooperative to discuss available assistance. This includes the following programs that Hoeven worked to secure and strengthen, which are both helping address the impacts of las… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urging Army Corps to Address Boat Ramp Maintenance at Lake Sakakawea, Lake Oahe ASAP

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week met with Col. Mark Himes, Commander of the Army Corps' Omaha District, to advance repair efforts for boat ramps and recreation areas around Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe, which are currently impacted by drought conditions that make lake access difficult. The senator is urging the Army Corps to ensure maintenance of the lakes' facilities is completed as soon as possible to impr… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heinrich Introduce Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to support both the research and management of chronic wasting disease (CWD). The bill would authorize $70 million per year, split evenly between these dual purposes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would administer the funds through cooperative agreements with state and tribal wildlife agencies and agriculture departments. The legislation also includes an authorization… Continue Reading


Hoeven Opposes Biden DOJ Rule Expanding Firearm Definitions and Creating National Gun Registry

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval to prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from implementing a new rule to expand firearm definitions. This action comes as the Biden administration has plans to institute a final rule redefining a "firearm" under federal law to not only mean a complete product, but also its individual parts, often included in a weapons parts kit. The new B… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting for Resolution to Stop Biden Administration Rule Providing Federal Funds to Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following the statement after the Senate voted on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Biden administration's Title X Family Planning Program final rule, which reversed the Trump administration's 2019 ban on federal funding to entities such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortion referrals to pregnant mothers. Hoeven cosponsored the CRA to keep in place the Trump administration's 2019 rule, which had no effect on Title… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Working to Keep Title 42 in Place, Secure Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today joined a press conference to outline the growing challenges facing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and North Dakota National Guard members that are currently deployed to the southern border. Last week, Hoeven visited Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas to support CBP officials and North Dakota Guard members and draw attention to their work at the U.S.-Mexico border. The senator also… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Advance Cattle Contract Library Implementation, Improve Price Transparency & Market Competition

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Bruce Summers, Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), to implement the cattle contract library pilot program as soon as possible, part of the senator's broader efforts to improve price transparency and competition in cattle markets. As the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to establish the pilot program and helped secure $1 million… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Completion of New MAFB Firing Range, Secured $27 Million for Safe Indoor Training Space

MINOT, N.D. - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Senator John Hoeven helped mark the completion of a new indoor firing range at the Minot Air Force Base. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $27 million for the range to provide a safe, indoor training space for servicemembers, who previously had to conduct combat arms training in an outdoor range, including in harsh weather conditions. Further, the previous range did not m… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Grow U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Push Back on Biden's Harmful Agenda

MINOT, N.D. - At a meeting with the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce's Energy Committee today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to support the growth of U.S. domestic energy production and push back on the Biden administration's harmful environmental agenda. The senator stressed the importance of ensuring the U.S. is energy secure to support a stronger economy, reduce inflation for consumers and businesses and enhance national security, including by reducing the reliance of America and its… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces FAA UAS Research Grants to the University of North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded two grants to the University of North Dakota (UND) to continue their first-in-the-nation unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and development. The FAA has award $325,042 to research and evaluate UAS electromagnetic compatibility while an additional $80,000 grant will be used to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with CBP Officials, North Dakota National Guard Members Deployed to Southern Border

DEL RIO, TX - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today traveled to Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas to call attention to the ongoing illegal immigration crisis at the southern border, meet with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and review the missions of North Dakota Guard members deployed to the southern border. "We appreciate the opportunity to meet with CBP and North Dakota National Guard members, who are working to secure our bo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Amicus Brief on Clean Water Act Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), in filing an amicus brief in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court and focuses on the scope of the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) definition under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The amicus brief was signed by a total of 201 … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Colleagues to Demand Answers from Administration for Changes to Border Security

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) in pressing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to answer for recent policy changes at the southern border. The senators outline concerns with the Biden administration's recent actions and the effect changes to policy will have on how DHS enforces border security and processes migrants at the southern border. "Securing the southern border and deterring the sustained, record-breaki… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Veterans on Western North Dakota Honor Flight

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven helped welcome home North Dakota veterans today as they returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. with the Western North Dakota Honor Flight. The veterans were honored in the nation's capital with a banquet to recognize their service and toured the national war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. Participating veterans fought in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. "We could not enjoy the freedoms and liberties we have today if it were not … Continue Reading

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