News Releases


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. "Our nation needs to invest in infrastructure in order to remain competitive, support a growing economy and ensure the safe transportation of people and goods. During his confirmation hearing, Secretary Buttigieg made important commitments to work on addressing the Hours of Service regulations for agriculture haulers, support air carriers in rural … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Energy Secretary Nominee: Help North Dakota as It Leads the Way in Producing More Energy With Good Environmental Stewardship

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Jennifer Granholm, the former Governor of Michigan and the nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy, to support North Dakota's energy industry and outlined how the state is leading the way in producing energy from all sources while also improving environmental stewardship. This includes: Developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, like Project … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Request Meeting with President Biden Following Actions Targeting Energy Industry

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer joined Senator Dan Sullivan and 23 additional Senators in sending a letter to President Joe Biden voicing their concerns about the new administration's recent executive orders and regulatory actions targeting the domestic energy sector and the thousands of good-paying American jobs it supports, and requesting a meeting with the president. "Mr. President, we all watched your inauguration and took your words about unity and putting yourself in ot… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Efforts Protecting the Unborn, Helps Reintroduce Pro-Life Bills in the Senate

WASHINGTON - This week, Senator John Hoeven helped introduce multiple pieces of legislation that he cosponsored to protect and respect the sanctity of life. Details of each bill are as follows: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make it illegal to perform an abortion if the unborn child is 20 weeks or older. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021 restricts the use of federal funds for abortions. The Protecting Individuals wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on OCC Delaying Rule to Prevent Discrimination in Banking Services

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) delayed publishing the final rule that would ensure fair access to financial services provided by national banks, federal savings associations, foreign branches and agencies of foreign bank organizations. The final rule would prevent larger banks, with $100 billion or more in assets, from refusing banking services, including lending, to businesses and consumers based on an… Continue Reading


Hoeven & Cramer Help Introduce Legislation to Maintain Energy Development on Federal Land, Prohibit President's Moratorium Targeting Oil, Gas & Coal

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today joined Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) in introducing the Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act, which would prohibit the president or his secretaries of the Agriculture, Interior and Energy departments from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting for energy and mineral resources on federal lands. Under the legislation, Congress would have to first authorize such a moratorium. This follows executive orders from the Bide… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Executive Order Restricting U.S. Energy Development on Federal Land

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after President Biden signed a broad executive order that halts new oil and gas leases on federal land and requires a review of all federal permitting practices related to fossil fuels, potentially laying the groundwork for new regulations. "Our nation has increased energy production and grown into a dominant force in global energy markets, all while our emissions hav… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution to Uphold Navigable Waters Protection Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped introduce a resolution with Senator Joni Ernst and 25 other Senate colleagues, including Senator Kevin Cramer, to support upholding the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection rule. This rule, which replaced the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, is being targeted by the Biden administration through an executive order signed on the first day of Biden's presidency. "We worked to ensure a primary role for states in managing… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Impeachment Trial of Former President Trump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today on the impeachment trial of former President Trump: "As I've said, it would be better for us to focus on bringing our nation together rather than going through the impeachment process. Also, I do not believe it is constitutional to impeach a president who is no longer in office and in fact the chief justice won't be presiding. That is why, I supported Senator Rand Paul's motion that putting a former president on trial is unc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote Opposing Secretary of State Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after opposing the nomination of Antony Blinken to be Secretary of State. "I opposed Antony Blinken's nomination due to his previous record under the Obama administration, including his role in helping craft the Iran nuclear deal, which emboldened Iranian efforts to sponsor terrorism and lacked the accountability needed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Further, Secretary Blinken supports an extension of the Ne… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on D.C. Circuit Court Decision Vacating DAPL Shutdown Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision vacating the federal district court's shutdown order for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). "The Dakota Access Pipeline is critical infrastructure for not only North Dakota's energy industry, but also the American economy and our national security. At the same time, pipelines are one of the safest forms of transportation for oil. This project was built and operated in good … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Janet Yellen

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after opposing the nomination of Dr. Janet Yellen to serve as Secretary of the Treasury: "I opposed Secretary Yellen's confirmation because I believe her policies are counter to what is best for the people of North Dakota. She supports increasing taxes and repealing parts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Additionally, I am concerned by her past support of a carbon tax, as well as her support for using Treasury Department resources to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses ND Right to Life, Outlines Efforts to Protect Mothers and Unborn

BISMARCK, N.D. - At a virtual event this weekend, Senator John Hoeven addressed North Dakota Right to Life as the group began its annual Respect Life Week and outlined his continued efforts in Congress to protect the unborn and the health of mothers. "In North Dakota, we have long promoted a culture that values and protects human life in all forms, including the life of the unborn and the life and well-being of the mother," Hoeven said. "We thank everyone in our state and across the nation who … Continue Reading


Hoeven to FBI: Partner with Northern Plains UAS Test Site on Counter-UAS Law Enforcement Training

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today made the case to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to utilize the expertise of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site on efforts to establish a Counter-UAS training program to benefit state, local and tribal law enforcement. Hoeven authored and secured language in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 funding legislation directing the FBI to report to Congress on this matter, part of his broader efforts to advance No… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Halting Border Wall Construction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden administration halted construction of the border wall. "We need to secure our nation's borders and properly enforce our immigration laws. The border wall, in addition to personnel and technology, serves as an important part of that effort and construction should continue. In fact, we provided more than $1.3 billion for wall construction this y… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal Oil, Gas & Coal Permit Moratorium

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden administration issued a moratorium on new federal oil, gas and coal permits. "The moratorium placed on new federal oil, gas and coal permits harms our ability to produce energy domestically, especially in western states like North Dakota, where there is a significant presence of federal land. This kind of heavy-handed regulatory approach raises p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Head Start Funding to Three Affiliated Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,204,111 to the Three Affiliated Tribes. Today's funding will support Head Start services through the American Indian and Alaska Native Program (AIAN) and will be used to promote school readiness for children and their families on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. "The Head Start program provides resources and services … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin to serve as the Secretary of Defense. "Lloyd Austin has a deep knowledge of, and experience in, our nation's Armed Forces, having achieved the rank of four-star general and served in several key leadership positions. We appreciate his continued service to our nation and look forward to working with him to ensure our servicemembers receive the support they deserve and the resources they … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps FY2021 Work Plan Includes $115 Million for Flood Protection in FM Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 work plan includes the following North Dakota priorities: $115 million for construction of flood protection in the Fargo-Moorhead region. $40 million to initiate construction of the Pipestem dam safety modification project. Senator Hoeven now is working with the Corps to ensure that this funding can be combined with earlier funds to ensure that the Red River Control Structure can… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Biden Rescinding Presidential Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after President Biden rescinded the presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline: "The Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed for too long, forcing the energy industry to use transportation methods that are less efficient and more costly. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project that is already under construction, providing good jobs to Americans an… Continue Reading

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