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09.19.19

Hoeven: FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Provides Strong Support for Farmers and Ranchers, Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, outlined key provisions in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which was approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now goes to the full Senate for consideration. "Given the challenges in farm country, providing strong funding to support our farmers, ranchers and rural America is more impor… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Hoeven, Cramer Introduce Legislation to Give Veterans Greater Access to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today introduced the TBI and PTSD Treatment Act, bicameral legislation to direct the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). "We worked for more than a year to bring HBOT access to veterans in North Dakota and Minnesota under the VA's clinical demonstration program," said Senator Hoeven, a member of the Senate … Continue Reading


09.18.19

Hoeven: Taiwan to Purchase $3.6 Billion of U.S. Agriculture Products, Including Soybeans and Wheat from North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today helped announce that Taiwan will purchase $3.6 billion of U.S. agriculture products across 2020 and 2021. The senator joined representatives from the U.S. and Taiwanese agriculture industries at the signing of letters of intent to make the purchases, which will include $1.1 billion of soybeans, $1.1 billion of corn, $960 million of beef products an… Continue Reading


09.18.19

Hoeven Meets with 5th Bomb Wing Commander, Outlines Efforts to Advance Modernization of Nuclear Forces

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Colonel Bradley Cochran, commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven and Cochran discussed ongoing efforts to upgrade the nation's nuclear forces, ensuring the airmen in Minot and elsewhere can safely and successfully conduct their missions and providing a credible deterrent for years to come. To this end, Hoeven worked as a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee to secure the following priorities in the Fi… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Hoeven: House Should Support Farmers and Ranchers, Ensure MFP Payments Are Not Delayed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today led Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in pressing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey to support the nation's farmers and ranchers and ensure that Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for producers are not blocked or delayed in the House of Representatives' Continuing Resolution (CR). Hoeven, along with Senate Majority Lead… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Hoeven: DOE Awards Nearly $10 Million for Final Phase of Project Tundra Design

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Energy has awarded funding to advance carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects in North Dakota. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure funding in FY 2019 for DOE's CCUS programs. The funding awarded today includes: · Project Tundra - $9.8 million to fund the final phrase of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for P… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Hoeven, Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Michael Bennet today announced that they have introduced the Truth in Buffalo Labeling Act, legislation to fix a deceptive labeling issue that is negatively impacting the U.S. bison industry. The legislation would provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the authority to prohibit water buffalo products from being marketed as "buffalo." "This legislation prevents the deceptive marketing of water buffalo as buffalo," said Hoeven. "Our bill provide… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Improve Rural, Trial Broadband Access with FCC Chairman

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, today held a roundtable with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and North Dakota industry stakeholders to discuss efforts to develop the state's broadband infrastructure. Hoeven has prioritized expanding access to broadband as an essential part of supporting the state's growing technology sector. Accordingly, the senator stressed the following priorities, … Continue Reading


09.14.19

Hoeven Honors NDNG 164th Engineer Battalion, Active Service Earns Valorous Unit Award

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) leaders to honor the service of Company A, 164th Engineer Battalion as they received the Valorous Unit Award earned during their deployment to Iraq from 2005-2006. Hoeven congratulated the unit and presented them with a flag flown over the United States Capitol in their honor. In 2006, then Governor Hoeven traveled to Iraq to visit these servicemembers. Today's award, which was presented by Major General Al Dorhm… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Hoeven Secures Strong FY20 Funding to Extend, Refurbish Nuclear Warheads Important to Minot Air Force Base, National Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, secured strong funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to extend and refurbish nuclear warheads important to Minot Air Force Base missions and the nation's defense. The funding legislation was approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now goes to the full Senate for consideration. "Given the security challenges around the globe, it's vital th… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Hoeven Secures Strong Funding to Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection in FY20 Energy & Water Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, secured important provisions to advance comprehensive flood protection projects in North Dakota in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. "As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, I've been working to ensure that the FY20 Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Hoeven: Senate Defense Appropriations Bill Strengthens Pay & Benefits for Servicemembers, Supports Critical Nuclear & UAS Missions in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today helped advance Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding legislation to benefit the nation's servicemembers, support critical nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions and advance research and development efforts in North Dakota. "This legislation is an investment in our men and women in uniform, providing the full pay increase we authorized in the NDAA, establishing a new tuition assistance program fo… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Hoeven Statement on EPA Repeal of WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The action removes the patchwork of regulations that have been in place due to litigation against the WOTUS rule, which was only in effect for 22 states and the District of Columbia. This will restore the pre-2015 regulations for all states wh… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Hoeven: Senate Confirms James Byrne as VA Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed James Byrne as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Deputy Secretary. "We welcome James Byrne to his new role at the VA, with appreciation for his continued commitment to our nation's veterans and recognition for his years of service, both as a Marine and as a federal official," said Hoeven. "I look fo… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Hoeven Statement on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement in observance of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks committed against the United States. "Although eighteen years have passed, the details of that day have not faded from our citizens' memory," said Hoeven. "On this anniversary, we honor those who lost their lives on this tragic day in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Hoeven Announces North Dakota Counties Eligible for Disaster Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications through the Community Facilities Program totaling $150 million for assistance nationwide. These funds may be used for relief in rural communities recovering from natural disasters. North Dakota counties eligible for funding are as follows: Adams Barnes Cass Dickey Emmons Grand Forks Grant Hettinger La… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Hoeven Announces Rural Business Development Grants Across North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $620,054 to economic development organizations and communities across the state through its Rural Business Development Grant program. Details are as follows: Adams County Development Corporation - $150,000 to reopen a dining and recreational facility in Hettinger. Leeds Economic Development Corporation - $1… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Hoeven: USDA Announces WHIP+ Sign-Up for Ag Producers Impacted by Disasters Begins Sept. 11

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details about the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) and increased prevent plant indemnities under the disaster funding legislation passed earlier this year. The disaster relief legislation passed in May included more than $3 billion for USDA to cover crop losses stemming from 2018 and 2019 disa… Continue Reading


09.07.19

Hoeven: North Dakota's First VA National Cemetery Will Help Give Veterans the Recognition & Honor They Deserve

HARWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped dedicate the first Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery in North Dakota. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure strong funding for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and its Rural Initiative, which supported the creation of this cemetery. Further, the senator brought John Knapp, who serves as director for the VA National Cemeteries both at … Continue Reading


09.06.19

Hoeven: Veterans in North Dakota, Western Minnesota to Have Access to Local Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Facility

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added the Fargo VA Health Care System to its hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinical demonstration program, giving access to this alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to veterans in North Dakota and western Minnesota who have yet to experience positive outcomes. The local VA is partnering with Healing with Hyperbarics, a Fargo-based facility, and is the fifth location t… Continue Reading

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