News Releases


ND Delegation Secures $55 Million For Expansion Of Theodore Roosevelt Expressway

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today announced a $55 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the expansion of US Highway 85, also known as the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, in western North Dakota. The funding will be used to widen more than 13 miles of the roadway in McKenzie County from two lanes to four lanes, as well as to widen shoulders and reduce roadway curves from Watford City to I-94. Earlier this year, t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Mercer County Sheriff Deputy Killed in The Line Of Duty

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the death of a Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy in the line of duty last night: “The events in Mercer County last night are a stark reminder of the heroic actions of our law enforcement officials each and every day. Deputy Paul Martin made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our community, and Mikey and I send our sincerest condolences to the Deputy Martin’s loved ones and the entire Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. We are pra… Continue Reading


Hoeven Sponsoring Legislation to Weaken Iran’s Ties to China, Push Back on Sponsorship of Terrorist Groups

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped reintroduce legislation led by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to weaken Iran’s ties with Communist China and push back on its sponsorship of terrorist groups, like Hamas. Specifically, the Iran China Accountability Act: Requires any Iran nuclear agreement to be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate. Prohibits obligation or expenditure of any funds for an Iran nuclear agreement until: Iran terminates all agreements involving … Continue Reading


Hoeven Leads Effort Requesting GAO Review of USDA's 2022 Disaster Assistance Implementation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, this week led a group of senators in requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of disaster assistance for producer losses occurring in 2022. This builds upon a recent effort Hoeven led with House Agriculture Appropriations Committee Chairman Andy Harris (R-Md.) urging USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to roll back the agenc… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Border Security is National Security; Supplemental Funding Bill Needs Strong Border Provisions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Schumer tried to advance a supplemental funding bill without concrete provisions to secure the nation’s southern border. “I opposed moving forward on the president’s security supplemental request because it does not adequately secure our border. The Biden administration has refused to enforce our immigration laws and has failed to secure the border. Given the record number of individuals illegally cross… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Colleagues Call on Department of Education to Protect Students from Antisemitism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined an effort led by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) calling on the U.S. Department of Education to ensure Jewish students in K-12 schools are not subjected to harassment, discrimination, and abuse. In recent years, antisemitic incidents have significantly increased in K-12 schools, even before Hamas’ October 7th attack. In 2022, 494 incidents of antisemitism w… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration’s Burdensome Rules for Oil and Natural Gas Producers

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan finalized the agency’s methane emissions rule imposing burdensome and duplicative regulations on energy producers. “Instead of unleashing more domestic energy production, the Biden administration continues to put the handcuffs on our producers through burdensome and duplicative regulation… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Rounds Introduce Legislation to Protect Farmers, Ranchers and Landowners from Federal Overreach

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week introduced the Farmers Freedom Act of 2023, legislation led by Senator Mike Rounds, to provide regulatory certainty for farmers, ranchers and landowners.  The legislation would codify the definition of prior converted cropland (PCC) from the Trump administration’s Navigable Wates Protection Rule. For the last several decades, wetlands converted to cropland before 1985 have remained exempt from regulation under the Clean Water Act and Waters of the Unite… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Concrete Border Security Measures, Benchmarks to Prove Law Is Being Enforced

WASHINGTON - During remarks delivered on the Senate floor this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to secure the nation’s borders. The senator highlighted that, since the beginning of October, nearly 250,000 individuals have attempted to illegally cross the southern border, which does not include those who have evaded U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This comes in addition to the almost 2.5 million individuals that illegally entered the U.S. in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, a record h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Pressing for Timely Mail Service, Working to Address Mail and Newspaper Delivery Delays in Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued working to ensure timely mail service in North Dakota. Following up on a call yesterday between Hoeven and Angela Bye, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) District Manager for North Dakota and Minnesota, Hoeven’s office today reiterated concerns with delays in the delivery of mail, packages and newspapers in the Dickinson area.  “After hearing about issues with mail and newspaper delivery in the Dickinson area, our office raised the issue directly wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Meeting Between Fargo Leaders, FAA to Advance Hector International Terminal Expansion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week hosted a meeting between Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Administrator Shannetta Griffin and members of the Fargo Airport Authority to advance progress on the Hector International Terminal Expansion project. The project is estimated to cost $155 million and includes expanding the current terminal building to nine gates, an apron expansion and a new parking garage with an elevated walkway. Hoeven is working to secure more than $80 million i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges USPS District Manager to Ensure Timely Mail Service, Promptly Address Mailbox Repairs & Accessibility in Minot

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Angela Bye, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) District Manager for North Dakota and Minnesota, to discuss the status of postal operations in the state. Among other priorities, the senator: Stressed the importance of ensuring timely mail delivery service, including in the lead up to the holiday season and in preparation for winter weather. Urged USPS to promptly work through the backlog of repairs for cluster box unit (CBU) mailboxes, including in Mi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Celebrating Thanksgiving Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today to wish all North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving: “Thanksgiving Day allows us the opportunity to gather with loved ones and reflect on our many blessings. Today especially, we take time to give thanks for the many blessings this great nation offers us and look to the future with even greater optimism. From Mikey, me and our entire family, we wish everyone in North Dakota and across the country a very happy Thanksgiving.” … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Biden Administration Imposes Costly, Overreaching Mandates on State DOTs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Biden administration finalized costly, overreaching emissions mandates on state departments of transportation (DOTs). Specifically, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reinstating an Obama-era rule to require state DOTs to set and enforce targets for reducing CO2 emissions from vehicle traffic, which would significantly burden state-level investments in roadways, bridges, highways and other transportation proj… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CommonSpirit Health to Provide Investment Plan for Devils Lake Hospital

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a community meeting in Devils Lake to discuss the need for improved access to quality health care in the region. The discussion builds on a series of meetings that Hoeven has held with local leaders and health care professionals to identify and advance community-driven solutions to ensure the best possible care for residents in the area: Hoeven secured an agreement from CommonSpirit Health to provide the community with an investment plan for … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Harris Urge Ag Secretary to Revise 2022 Disaster Relief Policies, Ensure Broad-Based Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) this week urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reconsider policies that will limit the effectiveness of disaster relief that Congress provided to agriculture producers for losses occurring in 2022. In their roles as ranking member and chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committees in the Senate and House, Hoeven and Harris worked to secure more than $3.7 billion in annual funding legislation to help farmer… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Moran, Hagerty, Colleagues in Calling on Biden Administration to Enforce Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) and colleagues in calling on President Biden to immediately enforce oil sanctions on Iran as mandated by Congress and permanently freeze the $6 billion funding mechanism established in September’s hostage agreement with Iran. Joining Hoeven, Moran and Hagerty in signing this letter are Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.V.), Bill … Continue Reading


Hoeven Notified by MCI that Operations Will Continue at Pembina Facility

PEMBINA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after being notified by Motor Coach Industries’ (MCI) parent company, NFI Group, that it will continue operations at its facility in Pembina, North Dakota. Hoeven has spoken repeatedly with MCI President Chris Stoddart since the company announced the planned closure, outlining the importance of the facility to the region’s economy and working to identify ways to keep it in operation. Hoeven also led the North Dakota congres… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes for Resolution to Repeal Biden Administration’s Costly Student Loan Repayment Overhaul

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting for a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to repeal the Biden administration’s costly student loan repayment overhaul. Under the administration’s plan, taxpayers would pick up the full cost for nearly two-thirds of student loan borrowers. The resolution was blocked by a vote of 49-50. “There are real steps we can take to help workers pay off their student debt, get assistance to those who nee… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Government Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate approved a laddered approach to fund the government and provide Congress with additional time to negotiate the 12 appropriations bills. “This legislation will keep the government open while Congress continues working to pass the appropriations bills through regular order. The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved all 12 bills, and the full Senate has now pass… Continue Reading

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