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06.13.19

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation Expanding Health Benefits for Navy Veterans Who Served in Vietnam

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to expand health benefits coverage for Blue Water Navy veterans who were stationed on ships off the Vietnamese coast. The bill requires that all those who served off the coast of Vietnam are presumed to be eligible for health care for illnesses linked to Agent Orange exposure, ensuring the Department of Veterans Affairs complies wi… Continue Reading


06.13.19

Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Expand American Legion Membership, Recognize Veterans Who Served Outside of Established War Eras

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation he cosponsored to expand membership eligibility for the American Legion to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognized times of war since World War II. Under the Legion's current charter, membership is limited to those who have served at least one day on active duty during specific "war era" dates. However, more than 1,600 veterans have been injured or killed in conflict t… Continue Reading


06.12.19

North Dakota Delegation: President Issues Disaster Declaration to Help North Dakota Communities Recover from Spring Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after President Trump issued a major disaster declaration covering this year's widespread spring flooding in North Dakota. The declaration covers the period from March 21 to April 28 and triggers the release of funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the impacted counties and to help reduce these regions' risk of future flooding. This follows a letter t… Continue Reading


06.12.19

North Dakota Delegation Makes Case to Transportation Secretary Chao That Washington State Crude-By-Rail Ban Violates Interstate Commerce Clause

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week contacted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to make the case that a recently-passed Washington State crude-by-rail law violates the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and interferes with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its primary authority over the shipment of crude oil within the United States. The Washington State law requires crude oil unloaded in the state to meet… Continue Reading


06.12.19

Hoeven & Cramer Help Introduce Legislation Designating June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week helped introduce bipartisan legislation that designates June 27 as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day" and the month of June as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month." "Our men and women in uniform are asked to endure tremendous hardship while in service to our nation, which often impacts them and their loved ones well beyond their time in the military," said Hoeven. "It is crucial that we provide the support and… Continue Reading


06.10.19

Hoeven Statement After Administration Reaches Agreement with Mexico to Help Secure the Border

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Administration reached an agreement with Mexico to help secure the border. "We need to secure our border, and that requires that the U.S. and Mexico work together to stem the flow of migrants and illegal drugs. The agreement reached between the Administration and Mexico will help ensure that Mexico is doing its part to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. Now, our nations need to continue working together to ac… Continue Reading


06.07.19

Hoeven Announces Additional $1 Million Grant for Williston Basin International Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant of $1 million to fund the seventh phase, consisting of 6,000 feet of taxiway and 2,365 feet of service roads, at the Williston Basin International Airport. These funds are in addition to the $7 million Hoeven announced last week. "This is an investment in infrastructure that will support economic growth in the Williston region now and for… Continue Reading


06.07.19

Hoeven Statement After EPA Issues Guidance on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency issued guidance on Section 401 of the Clean Water Act as directed by the President's Executive Order 13868 "Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth." EPA's guidance modernizes and clarifies the existing requirements for the water quality certification process. The President executive order on April 10 required EPA to issue this guidance within 60 days. With this guidance issued,… Continue Reading


06.07.19

Hoeven Working to Provide Flexibility, Certainty for Producers Using Cover Crops on Prevent Plant Acres

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide greater flexibility and certainty for agriculture producers using cover crops on prevent plant acres. Specifically, the senator is pressing for clear guidelines for cover crop termination and an earlier date for the haying and grazing of cover crops, which the USDA's Risk Management Age… Continue Reading


06.06.19

Hoeven Marks 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

NORMANDY, FRANCE - Senator John Hoeven today marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II in Normandy as part of a Congressional delegation. Hoeven and the delegation joined President Donald J. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at an official ceremony at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, where 73 North Dakota servicemembers are buried. The senator also met with WWII veterans from the U.S. who also made the trip for this special occasion, as well as G… Continue Reading


06.05.19

North Dakota Delegation to Hold Service Academy Informational Evening in Fargo on June 13

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, Senator Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today announced that their offices will host an informational Service Academy Evening at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center on June 13 starting at 6:00 p.m. The event will provide students with information about the application and appointment process for the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. "As members of Congress, we are h… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Hoeven Announces $7 Million Grant for Williston Basin International Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant of $7 million for the construction of taxiway and other general aviation needs at the new Williston Basin International Airport. "Providing western North Dakota with much needed infrastructure supports growth and expansion," said Hoeven.… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Hoeven: EPA Finalizes Rule Allowing Year-Round Sale of E15

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to include gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) on a year-round basis, as well as to promote transparency and stability in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market. The RVP waiver previously only allowed the sale of E10 during the summer months. Today's action aligns with both the President'… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Holds Roundtable to Outline Farm Purchases & Trade Promotion in Agriculture Assistance Package

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with livestock producers, commodity groups and food distribution entities to outline the $16 billion in agriculture assistance he helped secure to aid producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. Hoeven worked with the administration, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House, to secure the additional… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Again Presses Corps to Prevent Upstream Flooding on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today again pressed Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, to prevent flooding in upstream Missouri River communities. "I again spoke with Colonel Hudson to relay concerns about the river level in North Dakota," said Hoeven. "While we're sympathetic to the flooding downstream, the Corps needs to ensure they prevent upstream flooding. I relayed our concerns about the reduction in water releases from the Garrison Da… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Statement on Mueller Press Conference

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's press conference today: "The Special Counsel report found there was no collusion between the President and Russia, and Special Counsel Mueller today said he would not have comment beyond what is already in the report. Now that the Special Counsel's office has officially closed, hopefully our nation can move on from the investigation and Congress can focus on advancing priorities impo… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven: We Have Laid the Groundwork for Unmanned BVLOS Flights Across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped kick off the 2019 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, where he outlined how North Dakota has laid the groundwork for conducting statewide unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights that go beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator and without a chase plane. Hoeven highlighted two recent developments that will advance this goal: An upcoming opportunity to expand the new UAS Super Corridor into the Fargo region, relying on an enhanced Lightweight… Continue Reading


05.28.19

Hoeven Holds Roundtable with North Dakota Producers to Outline $16 Billion in Agriculture Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with North Dakota agriculture producers and lenders to outline the $16 billion in agriculture assistance he helped secure to aid producers impacted by trade negotiations. Hoeven worked with USDA and the Administration to secure another round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments and also to ensure coverage for canola and o… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong Urge the President to Issue Disaster Declaration for Spring Flooding in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Trump to approve the State of North Dakota's request for a presidential major disaster declaration covering this year's widespread spring flooding. The state is seeking a declaration for the period from March 21 to April 29 and has requested that assistance be made available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the impacted counties and to help reduce these regions' risk o… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27, the senator will speak at Memorial Day events in Bismarck. "We set aside Memorial Day each year to reflect on and honor those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the nation. This year in particular, we commemorate those lost in Vietnam and D-Day, as we mark 50 years since the drawdown of troops began in Vietnam and 75 years since t… Continue Reading

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