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Hoeven: Lance Yohe Nomination for IJC Approved by Committee, Moves to Full Senate for Consideration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Lance Yohe to serve on the International Joint Commission (IJC) - U.S. Section. His nomination now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "Water rights are central to our quality of life and economy, especially in western states like North Dakota," said Hoeven. "Lance Yohe is uniquely qualified to serve on the IJC and will help ensure our state and n… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Joint Session of Congress with NATO Secretary General

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed a joint session of Congress: "We appreciate the NATO Secretary General's remarks to Congress today about the role NATO, under American leadership, has played in helping to promote peace and stability for its member states. Building on this historic success, NATO can continue to de… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Voting for Resolution to Fix the Senate Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after voting for a resolution to prevent delays in the confirmation of district court judges and other executive branch nominees. The resolution, which was blocked from consideration, reduces debate time from 30 hours to two hours for district court judges and executive branch nominees, while retaining the 30 hours of debate for high-level nominees, including Supreme Court Justices, Circuit Courts of Appeals judges and Cabinet-lev… Continue Reading


Hoeven and Delegation Visit USS North Dakota, Present Flag to Crew

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, along with the North Dakota congressional delegation and Governor Doug Burgum, this week visited the USS North Dakota and presented the crew with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. The USS North Dakota is anchored near Annapolis for Naval Academy midshipmen to see firsthand a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine with a stellar record of operation. "The USS North Dakota is an incredible vess… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Disaster Relief Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after voting for disaster relief legislation that would extend eligibility for emergency funding to cover 2019 flood events, including in North Dakota. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure that the bill would cover 2019 flooding that has occurred, or will likely occur, in the state. The legislation, introduced by Senator Richard Shelby, was blocked by Senate Democrats. "Be… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging Secretary Perdue to Issue Livestock Disaster Payments Promptly

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), in urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to provide Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) assistance as quickly as possible. The senators also requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegate LIP approval authority to Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the president signed a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This permit, which supersedes a 2017 permit, reaffirms the national importance of the project to help move it forward. In December, Hoeven and Senator Steve Daines led a bicameral letter with of 42 Senators and Representatives urging the President to take immediate action to advance construction. "This presidential permit reaffirms that the Keyst… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Air Force Chief of Staff Goldfein

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week met with Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein to discuss North Dakota defense priorities including upgrading the nation's nuclear forces and developing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capabilities. Additionally, General Goldfein committed to visit North Dakota to review UAS development and the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission at of Grand Forks Air Force Base… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement in recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day. In 2017, the senator helped pass legislation that permanently designated March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in honor of all those who served during the Vietnam War. "While we should always honor the sacrifices of our veterans, today in particular is set aside for remembering those who served in Vietnam,"… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from Interior Secretary Nominee to Address Law Enforcement Shortage in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from David Bernhardt, the president's nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, to help with the senator's efforts to provide additional federal law enforcement in Indian Country, including in North Dakota. Hoeven is advocating for a new Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement training center in North Dakota, which would enable more law enforcement t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from Secretary Chao to Work with Him on ELD, HOS Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to work with him on his Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, bipartisan legislation he reintroduced last month with Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) to reform the Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations. The bill would also delay enforcement of the ELD rul… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Corps: Prevent Flooding Along Missouri River in North Dakota, Keep Public Informed on River Levels

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today called Col. John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, to discuss the Corps' flood management plan for this spring. Hoeven expressed concern for the downstream flooding, but emphasized to Hudson that the Missouri River water level is already high in North Dakota and that the Corps needs to take steps to ensure that there is not flooding in the upper reaches of the Missouri River. Hudson told Hoeven that Fort Peck, Lak… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Green New Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after voting against the Green New Deal resolution. "We all want good environmental stewardship, but the Green New Deal is not the right approach. Not only is it a massive government overreach, but it would bankrupt our country with an estimated cost between $51 and $93 trillion over 10 years. In comparison, the United States total GDP is about $20 trillion dollars annually. The Green New Deal calls for the complete eliminat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Again Presses President to Help Move USMCA Through Congress, Advance Trade Negotiations with China & Secure Additional Commodity Purchases

WASHINGTON - At a meeting with President Donald Trump today, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, again pressed for the administration to: Help move the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through Congress. Advance trade negotiations with China, as well as with nations like Japan. Secure additional commodity sales and the opening of new markets while trade negotiations continue. Hoeven spoke wit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Mueller Investigation Finds No Collusion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of the Special Counsel's report: "As I've said throughout this process, we need to get the facts. The Special Counsel worked to do that and found there was no collusion between the President and Russia. Clearly, Russia interfered in our election process and we need to continue to hold them accountable, and do all we can to prevent this interference going forward. "We… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from BOR Area Director to Apply All Credits Toward Oakes Test Area Cost Estimate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week secured a commitment from Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Dakotas Area Manager Arden Freitag to account for and apply all possible credits toward lowering the cost estimate for the Oakes Test Area and ensure an acceptable agreement is reached with the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. Hoeven's call to Freitag comes as the BOR issued an initial revision for the cost estimate, decreasing the price for transferring the facility's title to $9.4 million, down … Continue Reading


Hoeven Advancing Flood Protection for Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, today held a roundtable with Minot area officials to outline his ongoing efforts to secure permanent flood protection for the region. Specifically, Hoeven is working to: Secure approval of the Chief's report to advance phase 4, which ties together the first three phases of the project. The Chief's report is necessary for the project to be eligible for federal authorization and funding. Devel… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Trade Roundtable with North Dakota Agriculture Groups

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with North Dakota agriculture groups, including representatives from the North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Farm Service Agency, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture Genotyping Center, North Dakota Corn Growers, Northern Canola Growers, National Sunflower Association, North Dakota Grain Growers, N… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Signing of PPA at $750 Million, New P3 Account in Budget Advance Red River Valley Flood Protection, Implementation of Plan B

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today joined Col. Samuel Calkins, Commander of the St. Paul District for the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as state and local leaders at the signing of the new Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Hoeven detailed his work, including: Securing the new Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with an increased federal funding l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secured Funds to Restart UND's Army ROTC Cadet Flight Training Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today marked the return of the Army Flight Training program at the University of North Dakota (UND). The program provides scholarships to 15 Army ROTC cadets per year, covering the costs of flight training. UND originally operated the program for 30 years, until its funding ceased in 2010. Hoeven secured $4 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 for the Army to again use flight schools like UND to train… Continue Reading

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