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Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Ease USPS Financial Issues, Free Up Capital to Improve Mail Service

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has again cosponsored the USPS Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to ease financial strains on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by repealing the requirement that the USPS pre-fund its employees retirement health benefits. The USPS is the only federal agency subject to this mandate, which was put into place in 2006. The bill would remove this financial burden, fre… Continue Reading


ND Senators Outline Grand Forks' ISR Capabilities to USAF Chief of Staff, Working to Ensure Base's Role in Future Missions

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today joined Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown, Jr. at the Grand Forks Air Base (GFAFB) and the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research and Development Park for a classified briefing and tour. The senators outlined to Gen. Brown the unique relationship between the base and Grand Sky, as well as partnerships with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, the University of North Dakota and NASA, which offer an opportunity to bet… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After FERC, NERC Announce Inquiry Into Power Outages

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced they will launch a joint inquiry into bulk-power system operations after millions of Americans are suffering power outages due to severe winter weather in the Midwest and South. "Americans need access to reliable electricity 24/7 to heat and p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Rescinding LWCF Local Consultation Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement after the Biden administration rescinded a Secretarial Order that required local consultation in the federal land and water acquisition process under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The Secretarial Order rescinded by the Biden administration also provided greater flexibility for states and localities in spending and securing matches for grants under LWCF. H… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Conclusion of Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial: "The Founding Fathers designed impeachment as a way to remove a President from office. That is why I believe it is unconstitutional and voted against trying to apply impeachment to a former president, after he has left office. That would be impeaching a private citizen. Constitutional scholars have clearly and effectively made that determination, and it is further reinforc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Ending Emergency Declaration for Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Biden administration rescinded the emergency declaration for the nation's southern border. "The national emergency issued by the Trump administration was an important tool to help address real security issues at the southern border. Americans want our immigration laws enforced and to secure the border, and this is a move in the wrong direction. The… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Reclamation Grant to East Central Regional Water District

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has awarded $733,081 to the East Central Regional Water District in Grand Forks County. This grant will be used to construct a nine-mile water transmission pipeline to help increase the water supply to the City of Larimore by 29% from the Elk Valley Aquifer and will utilize the city's we… Continue Reading


Forest Service Extends Comment Period on Grazing Directives after ND Delegation's Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong announced today the U.S. Forest Service has extended its comment period on proposed grazing directives to April 17, 2021. This follows a letter sent by the delegation urging Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen to extend the deadline. "We appreciate the Forest Service granting our request for a comment period extension on the proposed revisions to rangeland management directives," said the delegation. "Gi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Start of Impeachment Trial of Former President Trump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the Senate heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the impeachment trial of former President Trump. The senator voted to declare the trial unconstitutional: "Today we heard arguments on the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. As I've said before, I do not believe it is constitutional to impeach a president who is no longer in office and in fact the chief justice is not presiding." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Denis McDonough as VA Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Denis McDonough as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA): "Our nation and the freedoms we enjoy were built upon, and remain secure today, due to the dedicated service of our veterans, and that's why expanding their access to convenient, quality health care has been a top priority," Hoeven said. "We've made important strides in improving the care of our veterans over the past several years, and thi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Opposing Senate Democrats Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats approved a budget resolution on party lines. "I opposed the budget resolution approved by Senate Democrats tonight, as it is merely a vehicle to allow the Democrats to advance their $1.9 trillion package on a partisan basis. "Since the start of the pandemic, we've worked to reach agreement with Democrats and passed five bipartisan COVID relief bills. That includes $900 billion in COVID assistance sig… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CCUS is the Path Forward for Maintaining American Energy Dominance & Reducing Carbon Emissions

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed how carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies are the path forward for America in helping reduce emissions while remaining a dominant force in global energy markets. The senator highlighted remarks from Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, that CCUS is the "most important technology that exists today," as it enables both bette… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Agriculture Secretary Nominee to Follow Through on Ag Assistance & Quality Loss Program

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Thomas Vilsack, the nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, to continue advancing efforts initiated under the Trump administration to help farmers and ranchers weather the current challenges they face until market conditions improve. Hoeven and Vilsack served together as governors, and also worked together when Vilsack previously served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Se… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Join Daines to Introduce Bill to Authorize Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today joined Senator Steve Daines and several western senators in formally introducing the "Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act" to authorize the continued construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline following President Biden's decision to revoke the cross-border operation permit. Congressman Kelly Armstrong introduced companion legislation in the House today. "Our legislation ensures that the Keystone XL pipeline, whi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Opposing Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after opposing the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to be Secretary of Homeland Security. "I opposed this nomination due to concerns with his record at DHS during the Obama Administration. I believe border security is vital to national security. Based on his past actions at DHS as well as his testimony during his confirmation hearing, I have serious concerns that Secretary Mayorkas will not adequately secure our border or enf… Continue Reading


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

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