News Releases

08.07.23

Hoeven: SDA Expanding LEO Satellite Mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base with Construction of Second Ops Center

EMERADO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven and Space Development Agency (SDA) Director Derek Tournear today announced an expansion of SDA’s operations at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) through the construction of the Satellite Test and Checkout Center (TCC). The 25,000 sq. ft. facility will support the SDA low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite mission, which will serve as the backbone for all U.S. military communications. Specifically, the TCC will conduct initial operations for the hundr… Continue Reading


08.04.23

Hoeven Breaks Ground on Dickinson Readiness Center, Working to Support NDNG Missions Across ND

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the new North Dakota Army National Guard Readiness Center in Dickinson. The more than 40,000 sq. ft. facility will provide the space and infrastructure needed to support the training and operations of the 816th Military Police (MP) Company, a unit of more than 80 soldiers, 40 vehicles and related equipment. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2025 and will cost a total of $27 million, with a federal cost share … Continue Reading


08.03.23

Hoeven: Oakes Irrigation Research Site Will Strengthen NDSU’s Role as World-Class Ag Institution

OAKES, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the new headquarters for the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Oakes Irrigation Research Site. The facility is being developed in partnership between the Garrison Diversion and the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center to support high-impact research benefitting producers, irrigators and communities in south-central North Dakota. This follows Hoeven’s efforts to secure the transfer of the Oakes Test Area … Continue Reading


08.02.23

Hoeven: Dickinson Airport’s Newly Expanded Runway Essential for Supporting Community’s Economic Growth

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today helped dedicate the newly expanded runway at the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport, highlighting the importance of the larger runway in growing the local economy and supporting the safe and efficient travel of both passengers and cargo. As a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured nearly $50 million in federal funding for the runway reconstruction and extension projec… Continue Reading


08.02.23

Hoeven Outlines Cattle Contract Library Pilot Program, Gathers Feedback from North Dakota Ranchers

DICKINSON, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today met with North Dakota livestock producers to discuss and gather feedback on: The new cattle contract library pilot program that he worked to establish under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The library provides aggregated contract information, including k… Continue Reading


08.01.23

Hoeven Joins Capito, 37 Other Senators in Pressing EPA to Withdraw Harmful Power Plant Regulations

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito and almost 40 other Senators in calling on the Environment and Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its latest proposed power plant regulations that will force the closure of coal and gas-fired power plants. “We have serious concerns about our electric reliability if the proposed rule is finalized resulting in shut downs of the affordable, reliable baseload electri… Continue Reading


08.01.23

Hoeven Gathers Feedback on Upcoming Farm Bill, Discusses Efforts to Ensure Strong & Effective Farm Safety Net

LEEDS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today gathered input on the upcoming farm bill from local producers, agribusinesses and crop insurance providers at a listening session in Leeds. In particular, the senator highlighted the need to: Maintain and strengthen crop insurance, the primary risk management tool for many producers. Hoeven stressed that by allowing farmer… Continue Reading


08.01.23

Hoeven Secures Approval of BNI Mine Plan, Helping Ensure Continued Access To Affordable Electricity

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that, following his efforts, the Department of the Interior (DOI) has approved a new federal mine plan at the Center Mine. The new plan was needed to allow mining of federal coal under a lease awarded in January 2021 and to provide certainty for BNI Coal and Minnkota Power Cooperative's continued operations. Without its approval, BNI and Minnkota would have incurred significant costs to make and implement contingency plans to move the drag line an… Continue Reading


07.28.23

Hoeven: White House Proposal Ignores the Law, Further Undermines U.S. Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule to impose new restrictions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on fossil fuel and related infrastructure projects. The proposal runs counter to the law passed by Congress earlier this year to set timelines for federal reviews, including two years for an Environ… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Hoeven Outlines Bills to Unleash U.S. Domestic Energy Production, Help Get Energy to Market

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed the need to provide regulatory relief and reform the federal permitting process to empower greater U.S. energy production. The senator outlined the impact of burdensome regulations being imposed by the Biden administration, like the recently-proposed rule to further limit Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing and increase the cost of producing energy on… Continue Reading


07.27.23

Hoeven Supports Passage of FY2024 NDAA, Worked to Secure Important Priorities for ND Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation provides strong support for the military missions in North Dakota and advanced policies to ensure the U.S. develops the capabilities needed to effectively counter its adversaries. Among other priorities, the bill: Authorizes a 5.2 percent pay … Continue Reading


07.27.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Restore Normal Hours of Operation at Northern Border Crossings

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) hours of operations at northern border ports of entry to match or exceed pre-pandemic hours. The members of Congress are sponsoring the bill in response to CBP's recent announcement that it will reduce hours at certain northern ports of entry and maintain adjusted hours at others. F… Continue Reading


07.26.23

Hoeven, Cramer Honor Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer paid tribute to Fargo Police Officer Jake Wallin, who was killed in the line of duty on July 14. The senators' remarks, which become part of the Senate record, honored Officer Wallin's years of public service, including in the Minnesota National Guard and as a member of the Fargo Police Department. Click here for Senator Hoeven's remarks and here for Senator Cramer's remarks. "Officer Wallin was only 23 ye… Continue Reading


07.21.23

ND Delegation Calls on EPA Administrator to Withdraw Duplicative, Burdensome Methane Rule

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to withdraw the agency's proposed rule imposing burdensome and duplicative methane emission regulations on energy producers. The delegation pushed back on the rule's one-size-fits-all approach and outlined how it would force energy producers to shut down operations due to unworkable mandates, harming the nation's energy security,… Continue Reading


07.21.23

Hoeven Continues to Call Attention to Crisis at the Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined his Senate Republican colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to enforce the law and secure the southern border. The senator called attention to the continuing crisis occurring as a result of President Biden's failed border policies. As of June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has encountered 1.789 million individuals attempting to illegally cross the southern border in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, which already exceeds the total ill… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Hoeven: BLM Proposed Rule Will Further Limit Oil & Gas Leasing, Drive Up Energy Production Costs on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Biden administration issued a proposed rule to further limit Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leasing and increase the cost of producing energy on federal lands. Specifically, the rule would impose new fees and increase existing bonding requirements, royalty rates and minimum bids, while restricting the lands available for leasing. This will discourage investment in new domestic energy production, increase… Continue Reading


07.20.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Provide Drought Relief, Allow Flexibility for Emergency CRP Haying

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today helped introduce the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Flexibility Act. This bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), would improve the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) ability to allow for expedited emergency haying of CRP acres in response to drought and other weat… Continue Reading


07.19.23

Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution Affirming American Support for Israel

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senator Tom Cotton in introducing a resolution reaffirming American support for Israel. Specifically, the resolution states Israel is not a racist state, Congress rejects all forms of antisemitism and xenophobia, and the United States will always be a staunch partner and supporter of Israel. Hoeven spoke with Israeli President Isaac Herzog today after his joint address to Congress today to reaffirm support for the U.S. ally. “Israel … Continue Reading


07.17.23

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Ensure Farm Bill Conservation Programs are Farmer-Friendly

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the National Association of Conservation Districts summer meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts as a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to ensure conservation programs are farmer-friendly as work continues on the next farm bill. In particular, Hoeven stressed the importance of supporting programs that focus on voluntary, locally-led partnerships, like the: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides cost-share assistance… Continue Reading


07.15.23

Hoeven Statement on Death, Critical Injury of Fargo Police Officers

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Fargo Police Department confirmed the death of one officer and the injury of two other officers and a civilian in Friday's critical police incident in Fargo: "Mikey and I are mourning with the Fargo community following the death of one of our brave peace officers, and send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this officer. We are praying for those injured and the entire Fargo Police Department. This tragic … Continue Reading

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