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Hoeven, Barrasso Call for DOL To Halt Mandates on National Apprenticeship System

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) insisting that the Biden administration retract its intended changes to the National Apprenticeship System. These regulations would cause hardships for apprenticeship programs across the country, particularly in rural areas of North Dakota. It would also allow DOL to end non-union apprenticeships devoid of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) approval. This would harm small b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Approval of Federal Mine Plan for Coyote Creek Mine

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has secured approval of a new federal mine plan for Coyote Creek Mine in Zap, North Dakota, allowing for the development of two tracts of federal coal located under private surface acreage. The federal coal lease was awarded in 2020 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), following completion of an environmental assessment (EA) over the tracts proposed for leasing. However, in 2022, the Biden administration issued a determination that a su… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors CRA to Stop Unattainable, Costly EPA Standard for U.S. Energy Producers & Manufacturers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week cosponsored a Congressional Review Act resolution, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to rescind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new changes to the particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) despite the EPA’s own data showing that concentrations have decreased by over 40 percent in the last 20 years. The rule would impose unworkable mandates and greater costs on manufacturers and energy p… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Press Biden Administration to Increase Agricultural Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.); John Boozman (R-Ark.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee; and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, in pressing U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase U.S. agricultural exports and improv… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Laken Riley Act to Force Ice to Detain, Deport Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined U.S. Senators Katie Britt and Ted Budd in introducing the Laken Riley Act, which would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest illegal aliens who commit theft, burglary, larceny or shoplifting offenses and would mandate that these aliens are detained until they are removed from the country so they cannot commit additional crimes. Additionally, the bill would ensure that states have standing to bring civil actions against fede… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former First Lady Grace Link

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of former First Lady Grace Link. “At 105 years old, Grace was witness to pivotal moments in the history of our state and nation, and as a lifelong North Dakotan and longtime public servant, she helped shape the growth of our state to the benefit of her fellow citizens. We look back with gratitude for her efforts to preserve our heritage, her advocacy on behalf of educators and students and the tremendou… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Crapo, Colleagues Urge Freeze to Ag Wage Rate That Could Threaten America’s Food Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and 14 additional senators in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging the inclusion of a freeze to the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) in the earliest possible legislative vehicle. An increased AEWR went into effect on January 1, 2024. Nationally, the rate increased by 5.6 percent, and the rate in North Dakota increased by six percent. Unsustainable increases in the AEWR are especially harmful to small and family-operated … Continue Reading


Congress Passes Hoeven Language Directing NPS to Maintain Wild Horses at TRNP

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed a provision he authored directing the National Park Service (NPS) to maintain the wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP).   As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured the provision in the annual Interior-Environment Appropriations bill passed by Congress this week. Hoeven’s language directs NPS to maintain “the historic scene commensurate with the historic herds during the per… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Funding for New Ag Policy Center at NDSU, More Than $50 Million in Ag Research Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today helped secure passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Agriculture Appropriations Bill with important provisions he authored for North Dakota producers including: Establishes a new agriculture policy research center at NDSU with $2 million to make the university one of the leading resources for policy research in the nation. The new center would: Help address farm and agribusiness chal… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes Six FY24 Appropriations Bills, Reduces Spending by $10 Billion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today helped secure Senate approval for six of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Appropriations bills. The Senate approved the bills after the House passed the legislation with a majority of both parties in a 339-85 vote. The bills, which were previously considered and approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee with broad bipartisan support, reduce discretionary spending by $10 billion and include: Agriculture, Ru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement on President Biden’s State of the Union address: “President Biden and his administration continue to take our country in the wrong direction with their big government policies. Families are being challenged every day by rising costs, with paychecks that don’t go as far as they used to everywhere from the grocery store to the gas pump. The president has failed to enforce our laws, which has led to the crisis at our southern border w… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues to Air Force Secretary: Implement Cold Weather Pay for Servicemembers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week sent a letter, led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), to U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall pressing the Air Force to begin implementing the cold weather special duty pay for servicemembers based in certain locations, including North Dakota. The cold weather special duty pay is a result of a provision the senator supported in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act to help address mental health in the military. The senators outline the burden… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on SCOTUS Overturning Efforts to Disqualify Former President Trump From Ballot

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a unanimous decision overturning the State of Colorado’s disqualification of former President Trump from the state’s ballot. Earlier this year, Hoeven joined an amicus brief led by Senator Ted Cruz making the case against Colorado’s decision and urging SCOTUS to reverse it. “SCOTUS made the right call in recognizing that the State of Colorado and other state-level officials exceede… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on FY24 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The text of the legislation was released today following an agreement between leaders in the House and Senate, and the bill is expected to be debated by Congress this week: “The FY24 Agriculture Appropriations Bill supports our farmers and ranchers while finding savings to help with the debt and defici… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We Need to Get the Farm Bill Right for Our Producers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the need to keep the farm in the farm bill. Hoeven called on Vilsack and his fellow committee members to prioritize key risk management programs for farmers and ranchers, outlining the benefits to American consumers and the broader economy. In particular, the senator pressed for: Maintaining and strengthening crop insurance, the primary risk management too… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works With Corps to Coordinate Flood Protection Efforts with Governor’s Office, National Guard

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven continues working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate flood protection efforts with Governor Doug Burgum, North Dakota National Guard officials and other state leaders. Hoeven has been in contact with Corps officials, including Colonel Robert Newbauer, Commander of the Corps Omaha District, and John Remus, Chief of the Missouri River Basin Water Management Division for the Corps, to ensure the Corps is doing all possible to address ice jams an… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Advance UND as First-In-Nation Program for ATC Graduates to Move Directly Into Workforce

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and leaders from the University of North Dakota’s (UND) John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences today announced their intention to partner with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address the air traffic controller (ATC) shortage. Specifically, Hoeven is advocating for UND to be the first university in the nation where ATC program graduates can move directly into the workforce rather than attending the FAA’s ATC Academy in Oklahoma: Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Corp to Prevent Flooding from Ice Jams Along Missouri River

Update: Senator Hoeven continues to monitor the flooding with the Corps. The latest reading at the Bismarck gauge above the ice jam is 15.1 feet, which has remained the same over the last several hours. The flow below the ice jam at the Mandan and Schmidt gauges indicates that more water is getting through the ice jam, a good sign that water continues to move. Senator Hoeven will continue to monitor progress with the Corps of Engineers. WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed John Remus,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bicameral Brief to Supreme Court on FDA Deregulation of Chemical Abortion Drugs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined a friend-of-the-court brief led by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and U.S. Representative August Pfluger (R-Texas) in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that opposes the federal government’s deregulation of chemical abortion drugs. The lawmakers’ bicameral amicus brief in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine squarely contests FDA deregulation of chemical abortion drugs in 2016 and 2021, including allowing the d… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Leader McConnell

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he will step down from his position as leader in November.           “Senator McConnell is the longest-serving Senate leader in history, and we appreciate his service to the institution and our nation. He began his service in the Senate during the Reagan Revolution, and has been a strong proponent of promoting peace through strength and American exceptionalism. During his tenur… Continue Reading

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