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Hoeven Working to Stop BLM's Proposed Public Lands Overhaul

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement opposing the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed Public Lands Rule that would overhaul the management of more than 245 million acres of taxpayer-owned lands. The rule, which was published yesterday, would establish "conservation leases" that would lock away federal lands in conflict with the longstanding tradition of multiple use requirements established by Congress. "North Dakota and other western states depend on acc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Convergence of North Dakota's Ag Leadership & Growing Role in U.S. Space Operations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today gave a virtual address kicking off Emerging Prairie and the University of North Dakota's (UND) Space Ag Conference, where he discussed the convergence of North Dakota's leadership in agriculture with the state's growing role in U.S. space operations and research. The senator stressed that by working to address the challenges of agriculture production in space, as would be needed for extended manned missions, partners in the state can help advance new… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Meeting to Coordinate Flood Response Efforts in the Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a meeting with city, county and federal authorities to prepare for expected spring flooding in the Red River Valley. The senator received an update on the latest forecast from the National Weather Service and discussed disaster and first responder preparations being made in the region, including sandbagging operations which are set to begin later this week. Participants included Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, West Fargo Mayor Bernie Dardis, Cass County Comm… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Cruz in Introducing Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Ted Cruz in reintroducing the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, legislation to stop sanctuary city policies and withhold federal, taxpayer-funded grants from jurisdictions that prevent law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials. "The crisis at our southern border is out of control. To get a handle on it, the Biden administration need to enforce our laws," said Hoeven. "Sanctuary cities disregard feder… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Boost Research & Development Grants for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in introducing legislation to assist small businesses in underserved states to gain access to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. This legislation, the FAST Fix Act, would provide outreach, financial support, and technical assistance to help businesses in rural areas more effectively compete for SBIR and STTR funding. At present, the current one-size-fits-all … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Trump Indictment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after reports of President Trump's indictment by a Manhattan grand jury: "Given that the DOJ and FEC declined to bring charges in this matter, the Manhattan DA's case appears to be politically motivated." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Thune in Introducing Legislation to Repeal the Death Tax

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing legislation to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, commonly known as the death tax. Hoeven has supported efforts like this throughout his time in the U.S. Senate and helped successfully pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, which doubled the individual estate tax exemption. "The death tax penalizes families during some of the most difficult times in their lives and brings particular ha… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Greater U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Outlines Bills to Reduce Delays in Energy Project Approvals

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the harmful impact of President Biden's policies on the U.S. energy industry, which have resulted in higher prices for American consumers and made the nation less energy secure. "We've got to find a way to press back on the Biden administration's harmful policies that have caused energy prices to increase and have fueled inflation across our entire economy. Gas prices today are at $3.46… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Warner Introduce Legislation to Reauthorize UAS Test Sites, Support Unmanned Research & Development

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) this week introduced legislation to support the research and development of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies at the nation's UAS test sites. Specifically, the bill: Extends the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS test sites for an additional five years through 2028. Formally authorizes research grants through the FAA for the purpose of demonstrating or validating technology related to t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Immediately Terminate COVID-19 National Emergency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted for a resolution to terminate the COVID-19 national emergency declaration and immediately rescind the Biden administration's expanded authority under the National Emergencies Act. The resolution vote comes as the latest of Hoeven's ongoing efforts to stop the overreaching federal COVID-19 mandates. "Today's vote was about ensuring the president and his administration stop delaying and put a stop to the unnecessary and burdensome COVID-19 mandates an… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Resolution to Rescind Biden Administration's Overreaching WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after voting for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to rescind the Biden administration's final rule to redefine the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and expand the scope of federal regulatory authority. Hoeven helped introduce the Senate companion of the resolution with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) earlier this year. The resolution passed by a vote of 53 to 43. "President Biden's efforts to expand WOTUS is a prime ex… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Repeal of War Authorizations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs): "I voted to remove the 1991 and 2002 authorizations from the books because they dealt with our interventions in Iraq. The 2001 AUMF, the authorization Congress provided following the 9/11 attacks on our country, and Article II of the Constitution make it clear that the U.S. can… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal Court Ordering BLM to Hold Oil & Gas Lease Sales in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Traynor ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to resume oil and gas lease sales for federal lands in North Dakota. "President Biden and his environmentalist allies continue blocking needed development of taxpayer-owned energy resources," said Hoeven. "This decision is a welcome step to hold the Biden administration accountable and ensure they hold quarterly lease sales, which is re… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Streamline Energy Project Approvals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this week introduced two pieces of legislation to expand U.S. domestic energy production and enhance the energy security of America and its allies. This includes the: North American Energy Act - This bill would prevent unnecessary delays for important cross-border energy projects, such as pipelines and electrical transmission lines. Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $1.86 Million Grant to ND Veterans Cemetery Marks Milestone for VA National Cemetery Administration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn in marking the VA National Cemetery Administration's billionth dollar in grants, a milestone reached as a result of the $1,860,775 grant to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery (NDVC) in Mandan. Earlier this month, Hoeven announced the grant to the NDVC in Mandan, which will be used to provide 1,440 columbarium niches, landscaping and infrastructure improvements on appr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CBP & Canada Agree to Temporarily Expand Hours of Operations at Three North Dakota Ports of Entry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will temporarily expand operating hours at the Maida, Northgate and Sherwood ports of entry (POE) in North Dakota. The announcement follows Hoeven and the North Dakota delegation pressing CBP to restore operating hours at northern POEs, having secured initial agreement from the agency in September to expand hours at these North Dakota ports. Hoeven has … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Approves New Waiver for Northern Plains UAS Test Site Enabling Expanding Testing of UAS

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a new waiver allowing the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to support unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights involving aircraft that do not have a public designation. Hoeven has been working to secure FAA approval for the waiver, which means:  Companies can fly with the test site to get the experience necessary to prove that their aircraft are safe in preparation for acces… Continue Reading


ND Delegation Urges President to Approve ND Disaster Declaration Request for January Storms

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Biden to approve the major disaster declaration request submitted by Governor Doug Burgum for severe winter storms that occurred from January 16-20, 2023. The request was made on behalf of seven counties, including Burke, Divide, McLean, Nelson, Renville, Sheridan and Walsh, and would unlock federal resources to support recovery and help mitigate future damages. The full text of the delegatio… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Forest Chief Commits to Visit North Dakota, Meet with Local Ranchers & Energy Producers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore to visit North Dakota and meet with local ranchers and other stakeholders. In particular, the senator: Outlined the importance of maintaining multiple uses of the National Grasslands, including for grazing, energy production and tourism. Stressed the need for the USFS to be good neighbors to the region'… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Bill to Allow Meat and Poultry Products to be Sold Across State Lines

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Angus King (I-Maine) in introducing the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. This legislation would allow meat and poultry products inspected by state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs to be sold across state lines. At present, 29 states, including North Dakota, have inspection programs, certified by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), which meet or exceed federal inspection stand… Continue Reading

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