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Hoeven Helps Introduce Bill Supporting NATO Allies Escape Energy Dependence on Russia

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing the Energy Security Cooperation with Allied Partners in Europe (ESCAPE) Act to quickly provide U.S. allies with reliable and dependable American energy. The bill enhances the energy security of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members by providing an escape from dependence on Russian energy, helping stop Russia's political coercion and manipulation in the region. In addition, the legislation … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with NORTHCOM Commander About Challenges of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week met with General Glen VanHerck, Commander of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), to discuss recent issues with unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) and how to better address these national security concerns. Hoeven outlined resources and partners currently operating in the Grand Forks region that can play an important role in the Department of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with New Head of Global Strike Command, Outlines Importance of Minot AFB as Nation's Only Base with Dual Nuclear Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week met with General Thomas Bussiere, the new commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, to outline the importance of Minot Air Force Base, the only base in the nation with dual nuclear missions. "I had a good meeting with General Bussiere, the new commander of Global Strike Command," said Hoeven. "We discussed the incredible investments we're making in the Minot Air Force Base, including th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Paratrooper Veteran Honored with Final Jump Over Fort Bragg

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the ashes of North Dakota veteran Vincent Compeau were spread in the dropzone following a jump over Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Compeau, a North Dakota native, served with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne 505 Infantry Company as a paratrooper and infantryman at Fort Bragg from 1980 to 1986. Following his service, he returned to his home state, residing with his family in the communities of Grand Forks, New Town and Makoti. Af… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reintroduces Legislation to Streamline and Improve Energy Development Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week reintroduced the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mineral Spacing Act. The bill, which is cosponsored by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), would streamline and improve the permitting process for energy development, remove duplicative regulations and better respect the rights of private mineral holders. "The Biden administration continues to block federal oil and gas permitting and leasing, costi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Long Past Time Biden Administration Ends COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON - In a call with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra this week, Senator John Hoeven: Pressed Secretary Becerra to rescind mandates related to COVID-19. Reinforced the importance of telehealth in rural health care and supporting efforts to bolster the rural health care workforce. "The Biden administration has announced it plans to end the public health emergency in May," said Hoeven. "The federal government must also end its overreaching COVID… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Roundtable with Minot Leaders, USPS District Manager to Discuss Mail Service Issues

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable with Minot Mayor Tom Ross and U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Minnesota/North Dakota District Manager Anthony Williams, who joined the meeting remotely, to discuss recent mail service disruptions in the area. Hoeven outlined to District Manager Williams the need for timely delivery by USPS in Minot and the surrounding region. Specifically, the senator: Raised recent delivery and service issues impacting local residents. Requested informati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines More Than 300 Percent Increase in Illegal Crossings Along Northern Border

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with officials from the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and representatives of the National Border Patrol Council, the union which represents USBP agents, to discuss the increase in encounters along the northern border and the need for additional resources to ensure the northern border is secure against drug and human trafficking. In a meeting with Grand Forks Sector Chief Anthony Good, Hoeven outlined the drastic rise in individuals attempting to cr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Packet Digital Facility Places North Dakota at the Center of Navy UAS Supply Chain

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured Packet Digital's new battery manufacturing facility, which is supported by a $8.5 million Navy research contract that Hoeven worked to secure through his role on the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee for the company to develop smart batteries, chargers and power systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The batteries being produced in Fargo will help extend flights times for unmanned aircraft, which would support a variety of missions inclu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Water Retention & Flood Protection Priorities in Farm Bill, Working to Ensure Programs are Farmer-Friendly

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a virtual meeting with the Red River Retention Authority (RRRA) Board of Directors to discuss priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill, including programs the RRRA utilizes to support water management and flood protection efforts in the region. In particular, Hoeven outlined his efforts as the Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to: Prioritize programs that … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Tribal Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen Tribal law enforcement and increase public safety throughout Indian Country. The Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act would support Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement recruitment and retention, increase the effectiveness of federal missing persons systems, and give Tribes and states resources to solve and prevent case… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Thin Blue Line Act to Increase Penalties for Targeting Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) helped introduce legislation, sponsored by Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.), to increase penalties for criminals who target law enforcement and first responders. According to a report from the National Fraternal Order of Police, thirty-four police officers were shot in the U.S. in the first month of this year and the number of officers shot in the line of duty has more than doubled since 2020. In response, the Thin Blue Line Act makes the targeting, killing o… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Continue Serving on Senate Defense Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will continue serving on the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, through which he works to advance nuclear missions in Minot and the space and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions in Grand Forks and Fargo. "North Dakota's role in our national defense continues to grow. This is due in large part to our efforts to modernize our nuclear forces, strengthen the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Grand Forks and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Supports Balanced Budget Amendment to U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) in introducing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring the President and Congress to enact annual balanced budgets. This constitutional amendment would establish requirements for the submission and approval of annual balanced budgets, including guidelines regarding exceeding spending caps and raising taxes. "Congress must return to the regular appropriations process and draft annual spending bills that fit with… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Maintain Strong Crop Insurance, Farm Safety Net & U.S. Sugar Policy

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today addressed the Valley Crop Insurance annual meeting, where he outlined his efforts to maintain strong farm policy to support the nation's agriculture producers and agri-businesses. This includes: Maintaining crop insurance, the primary risk management tool for many producers. Improving the farm safety net, including the Agriculture… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Senator Britt in Introducing Border Security Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.) in introducing legislation aimed at securing the southern border and keeping American communities and families safe. Specifically, the senators introduced: A resolution forcing the Biden administration to acknowledge the crisis at the southern border. The "Keep Our Communities Safe Act" to end the Obama-Biden catch-and-release policy. "The Biden administration's refusal to enforce our laws is incentivizing ill… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure Development of Taxpayer-Owned Energy Resources, Advance U.S. Energy Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce the Protecting Our Wealth of Energy Resources (POWER) Act, legislation sponsored by Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) to prohibit the president or the secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture or Energy from unilaterally blocking energy or mineral leasing and permitting on federal lands and waters. "Energy security is national security, but one of President Biden's first moves in office was to issue a moratorium on the leasing of taxpaye… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution to Protect Supply Chain, Overturn Costly EPA Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), to overturn an excessive Biden administration regulation on heavy-duty vehicles. Hoeven previously joined his colleagues in calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to not move forward with the proposal, which will make new, compliant trucks cost-prohibitive for small business owners. According to EPA estimates, the technology r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Response to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after President Biden's State of the Union address: "American families are continuing to pay more due to high inflation and supply chain issues. The crisis at our southern border is growing with record numbers of illegal crossings. Our adversaries, like Russia and China, are becoming more aggressive. President Biden is taking our country in the wrong direction with his big government policies. "Instead of the Biden administration… Continue Reading


ND Delegation Statement on Approval of ND Disaster Declaration Request for Severe November Storms

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after the president approved Governor Doug Burgum's request for a major disaster declaration covering the severe winter storms that took place during the period of November 9-11, 2022. The request was made on behalf of seven counties: Dickey, Kidder, Mercer, Nelson, Ransom, Sargent and Wells. The declaration unlocks federal resources to help these communities recover while … Continue Reading

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