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Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Reinstate & Preserve Mission of the National Coal Council

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, this week introduced the Coal Council Certainty Act to reinstate the National Coal Council (NCC), a federal advisory committee that provided advice, recommendations and insights to the Department of Energy (DOE) on issues related to the coal industry. The NCC was originally established in 1984 and was comprised of coal producers and consumers, carbon researchers, academics, environmentalists… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Protect Against Head Start Mandates, Ensure Program Access for Families

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) in introducing the Preventing Mandates on Toddlers Act. This legislation would prevent the implementation of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that requires universal masking for all individuals two years of age and older in a Head Start facility and mandates staff and volunteers be vaccinated by January 31, 2022. The Head Start program is a federal government program that provides eligible low-inco… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Effort to Protect Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in sending a bicameral letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra condemning the recent reversal of protections at HHS for faith-based adoption and foster care agencies. Today's effort reiterates that faith-based child welfare providers perform vital services for hundreds of thousands of children nationwide and comes after HHS announced it was rescinding waivers previously issued by the Trump adminis… Continue Reading


Hoeven & Klobuchar Meet with OMB Director, Fargo-Moorhead Leaders to Press for Flood Protection Funding

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week urged Shalanda Young, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to help ensure that comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley receives $180 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This funding would help keep the project on schedule and support completion of the Red River Control Structure, a key feature of the project. The senators further stressed t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Announced Retirement of ND Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner announced his retirement from the state legislature. "Senator Wardner has been a pillar of his community and North Dakota, having served in the state legislature for 30 years, 10 of which were spent as Senate Majority Leader. Moreover, he has been an educator, coach and farmer - truly a range of experience that touches many central aspects of our state. Through his decade… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate VA Committee Votes to Advance Burial Equity for Guard and Reserves Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee approved bipartisan, bicameral legislation he introduced with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to include as eligible for burial in state veterans' cemeteries members of the National Guard and Reserve Component. The Burial Equity for Guards and Reserves Act would make eligible for burial in state veterans' cemeteries all members … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act with Hoeven Amendments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes important North Dakota defense priorities. Hoeven worked to include provisions to: Support service members, including authorizing a 2.7% percent pay raise for our troops. The NDAA includes Hoeven authored amendments, including: Education Benefits for G… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Democrats' Big Tax & IRS Budget Increases Don't Come Close to Paying for Their Massive Spending Increases

WASHINGTON - At a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined provisions in the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend legislation to raise taxes, more than double the workforce of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and greatly increase audits of American taxpayers. The senator stressed how despite these tax and IRS budget increases, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the legislation will add more than $3 trillion to the nation's de… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting Against Democrats' $2.5 Trillion Debt Ceiling Increase

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Democrats raised the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion. "I opposed the fast-track process to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling, and today voted against their proposal to increase the debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion. The Democrats are trying to use reconciliation to pass their massive tax-and-spend bill on a purely partisan basis, without any Republican votes… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Navy Awards $2.5 Million for Research to Improve Solar Cells & Military Asset Mobility at NDSU

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded $2.5 million to Dr. Philip Boudjouk at North Dakota State University (NDSU) to develop silicon-based materials for use in solar cells. The goal of the project is to create cells that can produce electricity in low-light conditions, including in moonlight, cloud cover, indoors and underwater. This would support greater mobility for military assets and provide flexibility to a variety of missions,… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DoD Awards Contract to Northrop Grumman to Convert Global Hawks at Grand Sky for Hypersonic Missile Testing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to begin converting four Global Hawk Block 20s at Grand Sky into Range Hawks, aircraft with the sensors necessary to support hypersonic missile testing under the Sky Range program. The contract aligns with the senator's ongoing efforts with DoD's Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), the agency responsible for managing the assets needed to test weap… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Help Farmers & Ranchers Recover From Drought

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Farmers Union annual convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to help farmers and ranchers weather the severe drought conditions impacting the Upper Midwest. This includes his continued work to ensure the Farm Service Agency (FSA) distributes the $10 billion in disaster assistance, including $750 million specifically for livestock producers, as soon as possible and in a way that works for farmers and ranchers. To this end, Hoeven spoke with … Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Biden Administration to Reverse Vaccine Mandate for Truckers Crossing Northern Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), John Thune (S.D.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim Risch (Idaho), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Pat Toomey (Penn.) in sending a letter to President Biden urging the administration to reverse the vaccine mandate for truck drivers and essential travelers crossing the U.S.-Canada bor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Halt of Brazilian Beef Imports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately suspend fresh beef imports from Brazil. Today's letter comes as Brazil has failed to quickly disclose two cases of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy - a neurological disease of cattle - which could pose a significant threat to the health and safety of the U.S. c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Voting Against Debt Ceiling Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting against a fast-track process for raising the debt ceiling. "Democrats are trying to pass a massive tax and spend bill on a purely partisan basis without any Republican votes using the reconciliation process. Democrats control the White House, Senate and House and can use reconciliation to raise the debt ceiling on their own just as they are trying to do with thei… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Strike Down Biden Vaccine Mandate on Private Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted to strike down President Biden's vaccine mandate on private businesses. Hoeven joined Senator Mike Braun in filing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution of Disapproval, the official process for Congress to eliminate an executive branch rule, against the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for private businesses. At a press conference today, Hoeven outlined the impacts of the Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses, and urged his colleague… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Democrats’ Massive Tax-and-Spend Bill is the Wrong Approach, Will Drive Inflation Even Higher

WASHINGTON - At a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues today, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts to stop the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend legislation. The senator highlighted how the bill's massive increase in spending would add to the debt and deficit, drive inflation even higher and hurt American consumers. "Simply put, the Democrats' massive tax-and-spend bill is the wrong approach," said Hoeven. "Last month, inflation came in at 6.2 percent on an annualized ba… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Prevent Settlement Payments to Illegal Immigrants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in introducing the Protect American Taxpayer Dollars from Illegal Immigration Act. President Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering giving out payments of $450,000 per person to illegal immigrants who broke U.S. immigration laws. This legislation prevents illegal immigrants from receiving payments for legal settlements,… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Democrats' Tax and Spend Bill Will Increase Inflation on American Families

WASHINGTON - At a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the negative impacts the Democrats' reckless tax-and-spend bill would have on low- and middle-class families and individuals. Hoeven is pushing back on the Democrats' efforts to raise the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, which would provide a tax cut to the top 13 percent of wealthy Americans. The senator continues fighting for American consumers and working to oppose the wastefu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Efforts to Assist Livestock Producers Affected by Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Zach Ducheneaux to address a gap in coverage under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). In September, after Hoeven advocated for the change, USDA announced it would provide ELAP assistance for the cost of transporting feed to livestock. Still, producers who are … Continue Reading

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