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Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously confirmed Frank Kendall as the Secretary of the Air Force. As part of his confirmation process, Hoeven spoke with Kendall earlier this summer and invited the Secretary to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the state's vital missions. "We look forward to working with Secretary Kendall now that he is confirmed," said Hoeven. "During his confirmati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Indian Education Professional Development Funding to Three ND Entities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded funding to three North Dakota colleges and universities. These grants, available through the Indian Education Professional Development program, will be used to provide training and help increase the number of qualified individuals serving Native American students. Details are as follows: University of Mary - … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Cavalier Air Force Station to Join U.S. Space Force

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Cavalier Air Force Station will join the U.S. Space Force on July 30. The site will be re-designated as the Cavalier Space Force Station and will continue to serve in the tracking of Earth-orbiting objects. This aligns with the senator's efforts to ensure a role for North Dakota, including the Cavalier station and the Grand Forks Air Force Base, in standing up the Space Force. To … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Plan to Allow Completion of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Biden administration released a plan to allow the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas produced in Russia to the European market. "The Biden administration continues to undermine North American energy production, including canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, all while cutting a deal to allow the Nord Stream 2's completion, supporting Russian energy delivery to Europe. This approach … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Senate GOP Caucus in Urging President Biden Not to Increase Taxes on Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and the entire Senate Republican caucus, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in urging President Biden not to increase taxes on farmers and ranchers. The senators outlined the devastating effect this action would have on multi-generation operations and urged the administration to reconsider the proposal. "These [proposed] changes are a significant tax … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Extension of Travel Restrictions at U.S.-Canada Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Biden administration extended restrictions on nonessential travel across the U.S.-Canada border until at least August 21. "The Biden administration is refusing to take the steps needed to ensure our southern border is secure, while at the same time maintaining travel restrictions on our northern border, despite Canada's increasing vaccination rates. This approach is not making our country safer and serves to undermi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Importance of Maintaining Stepped-Up Basis for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, today joined a group of Republican Agriculture Senators to speak on the Senate floor and outline the negative impact of the Biden administration's proposed tax increases and elimination of stepped-up basis on the nation's farmers and ranchers. The senator urged the administration to abandon its tax plans and maintain step-up-in-basis as well as the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Senate Colleagues in Amicus Brief to Support Second Amendment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and 24 additional senators, in signing an amicus brief in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The brief states that the right to bear arms is included in the Constitution and the Framers made a policy choice explicitly removing the ability to question that choice from state and federal legislators. The brief argues that the State of New York's regulations that make it difficult to carry a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bicameral Effort to Support Cuban Fight for Freedom

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), along with 143 other members of Congress, in sending a letter to the leaders of the member nations of the Organization of American States and the European Union, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and other democratic nations urging them to support the Cuban people. The efforts called for by the letter include denouncing Cuba's illegitimate regime and holding it a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Awards Contract for Construction of 119th Wing's New Operations Center in Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a more than $13 million contract to Gast Construction Company, Inc. in Fargo to build the new Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) operations center for the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $17.5 million for the construction of the new facility, which is needed to support new advance… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Construction Begins on North Bakken Expansion Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after WBI Energy began construction on the North Bakken Expansion Pipeline. Hoeven 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. "With construction now s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Helping to Introduce Resolution to Support Cuban Protestors

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after joining Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to introduce a resolution supporting the Cuban people's ongoing protest against the current regime. "This resolution makes clear that we support the people of Cuba who are bravely standing up against the communist regime," said Hoeven. "We stand with the people of Cuba as they demand freedom and a better future." The resolution: Expresses support for the people of Cuba Calls on t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Administration Should Keep in Place Title 42 Covid Health Order

WASHINGTON - At a press conference this week, Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, joined his colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to keep in place the Title 42 Public Health Order, an important tool that allows immigration officials to return illegal immigrants to their home country and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Media reports indicate the administration plans to revoke the policy at the end of the month. In March, the senator tr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Administration Ends Proposal to Change Metro Area Status

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has abandoned its proposal to change the minimum population to qualify as a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) from 50,000 to 100,000. Hoeven worked to stop the proposal which would have negatively impacted communities in North Dakota as the MSA designation is used in funding formulas for multiple federal programs, as well as in determining geographical regions for federal labor market statistics. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Provides Crop Insurance Flexibility, Authorizes Emergency Procedures to Help Ensure Quick & Fair Adjustments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has authorized emergency procedures and issued new flexibilities for crop insurance providers to help ensure quick and fair adjustments and payments to producers. Hoeven pressed for this flexibility during his recent drought tour with RMA Acting Adm… Continue Reading


In Bogata, Hoeven Meets with Colombian President, Civil Society Members to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA - Senator John Hoeven met this week with Colombian leaders, including President Iván Duque, as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation (CODEL) to strengthen bilateral relations between the nations. The senator discussed issues including migration, counternarcotics and drug interdiction. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Duque and other civil society and business leaders in Colombia," said Hoeven. "We discussed issues important to both our … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on North Dakota's Lawsuit Against Biden Administration's Oil & Gas Leasing Moratorium

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its moratorium on new oil and gas leases for federal lands and waters. This follows a federal court decision last month to block the moratorium as the matter moves forward. In response to the court decision, Hoeven and a group of his Senate colleagues pressedInterio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With Ecuadorian President as Part of Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Quito

QUITO, ECUADOR - Senator John Hoeven met with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in Quito this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation to review bilateral relations. During meetings in Ecuador, the leaders discussed the importance of working together to stop the flow of illegal migration and curb drug trafficking for the good of both nations. "We had a good meeting with President Lasso, who was just recently sworn in as president of Ecuador,"said Hoeven. "We have an opportunit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces USDA Rural Development Funding to Two North Dakota Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded funding to the City of Ellendale and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. Details are as follows: City of Ellendale - $2,644,000 loan and $747,020 grant to replace sewer pipe and manholes in the city to benefit nearly 1,400 resident… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With President of Mexico, Discusses the Importance of Securing the U.S./Mexico Border

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - Senator John Hoeven met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation. During the meeting, the senator discussed the importance of the U.S. and Mexico working together to secure the border, not only to stem illegal migration but to prevent drug and human trafficking. "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with President López Obrador and discuss the importance of securing … Continue Reading

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