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Hoeven Statement on President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the president's budget proposal: "The president's budget proposal shows strong support for rebuilding our military, securing our border, helping communities challenged by opioid addiction and caring for our veterans, all priorities that we share. "However, I'm concerned that the president's budget proposal doesn't do enough to support our nation's farme… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Infrastructure Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the White House released a proposal to revitalize the nation's infrastructure. "We appreciate the White House's proposal to repair and improve our nation's infrastructure," Hoeven said. "We are especially encouraged by the focus on rural infrastructure, as well as innovative approaches to funding infrastructure, which will help taxpayer dollars go farther. Investments like these not only support good-paying jobs in cons… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $250,000 in HUD Funding to Fargo Housing Authority

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $246,000 grant to the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority. The funds are made available through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency Grant Program. "Today's funds will help the Fargo Housing Authority as it works to prevent homelessness and promote indep… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Head of USDA Rural Development, Stresses Need to Invest in Rural Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week met with Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During the meeting, Hoeven outlined his priorities for strengthening rural economies and the importance of the programs Hazlett oversees at USDA in helping rural communities compete in today's global economy. Specifically, the… Continue Reading


As Chairman of Ag Appropriations, Hoeven Secures Additional Funding to Assist Producers Impacted by Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, secured additional assistance for producers impacted by severe drought as part of the Senate's supplemental funding legislation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Hoeven included provisions in the bill to make additional funding available for impacted producers under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Emergency Assis… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves Bipartisan Budget Agreement Providing Strong Support for National Defense, Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate approved a two year budget agreement that prioritizes strong support for national defense, while supporting priorities including caring for our veterans, investing in the nation's infrastructure and combatting the opioid abuse epidemic. As part of the budget agreement, the Senate also passed a supplemental disaster funding bill, which includes provisions to assist drought-stricken areas in North Dakota that Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Extend Refined Coal Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the refined coal tax credit. The credit incentivizes power plants to pre-treat or refine coal to improve efficiency and decrease emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury. Senator Heidi Heitkamp cosponsored the bill. "The refined coal tax credit has made a valuable contribution to reducing emissions in North Dakota and across the countr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Deem National Guard Essential in the Event of Future Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today introduced legislation to ensure that National Guard trainings and drills would continue in the event of a government shutdown. To ensure military readiness and provide the National Guard with greater certainty, the legislation deems National Guard activities essential and prevents them from being furloughed during government shutdowns. "Our National Guard is 'always ready and always there'," said Hoeven. "This legislation ensures that our Guard members' … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Community Health Center Funding to be Extended

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling on Senate leadership to immediately extend funding for community health centers (CHCs). "CHCs provide an important health care option for communities across our state," Hoeven said. "This affordable and accessible health care is especially important for low-income households, helping to stave off preventable diseases and improving our quality of life. Extending this funding enjoys broad, bipartisan supp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $2.5 Million in Funding for UND's Energy & Environmental Research Center

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Appropriations Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a nearly $2.5 million grant to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used for a project to reduce energy use during the production of ammonia. "EERC's project will help cut energy use and costs associated with creating ammonia, and could hold many benefits for c… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Workshop Will Help Ensure Comprehensive Flood Protection for Entire Minot Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today marked the start of a two-day workshop in Minot with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), as well as financial and philanthropic experts, to find creative funding solutions and help advance comprehensive flood protection for the Souris River Valley. This effort comes as the result of Hoeven's meeting with FEMA Administrator Brock Long in Minot last year, during which the senator secured a commitment from Long to work with his office and l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges EPA to Permanently Address Livestock Emissions Regulations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently urged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to find a permanent solution to the agency's livestock emissions regulations after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted EPA's request to delay the implementation of the rules. "Requiring farmers and ranchers to accurately measure emissions from animal waste in an open pasture setting is unreasonable and unworkable," Hoeven said. "Producers will face tremendous uncertainty as the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Release of House Intelligence Memo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President approved the release of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence memo: "Our Constitution provides for a system of checks and balances between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government. These checks are important so that the American people know what their government is doing on their behalf and to keep all branches of government accountable to the people. The memo provides … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Nuclear Posture Review

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its Nuclear Posture Review, which establishes U.S. nuclear policy and strategy, and outlines the nation's capabilities and force for the coming years.x "I commend the Administration for its very sober and prudent approach to nuclear deterrence. Unlike during the Cold War, the United States now must deter several nuclear adversaries that each possess unique capabilities and p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on 2018 State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump's first State of the Union address: "In tonight's address, the President focused on the fundamentals and highlighted the progress we've made over the last year to grow the economy and create good jobs. Reducing the regulatory burden and passing across-the-board tax relief for Americans has helped to empower our economy and unleash innovation across the nation. "The President also made clea… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Miss America 2018 Cara Mund to the Capitol for President's State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed Miss America 2018 Cara Mund as his guest for the State of the Union Address. Mund, who grew up in Bismarck, previously served as an intern for Senator Hoeven. "We're pleased to have Cara back in the Capitol for tonight's State of the Union," said Hoeven. "She is truly committed to making a difference for other people and a tremendous representative of our state and nation. It's an honor to have her as my guest this year." "It is an honor to repr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Advance Legislation to Protect Unborn Children

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. The bill includes exceptions to save the life of the mother and for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest. Further, under this legislation, any criminal charges would apply only to those performing illegal abortions. Mothers would be protected from legal action. Hoeven is a cosponsor of the legislation and voted … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $283,000 in Grants to Rehabilitate Rural Housing in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded more than $283,000 in grants to help rehabilitate homes in Pierce, Ramsey and Ward Counties in North Dakota. The funds are awarded through the Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant program, which provides support for state, local, tribal and nonprofit entities to rehabilitate homes for low income individuals in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Legislative Accomplishments & Ongoing Initiatives for Veterans at American Legion Conference

MANDAN, N.D. - At the North Dakota American Legion Winter Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined legislation he helped pass over the last year to improve services for veterans, as well as his continued work to increase veteran access to health care in their communities and strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "Strengthening the benefits that our veterans have earned continues to be a top priority in this Congress," Hoeven said. "So far, we have successfully passed legisla… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group in Supporting Greater Drug Price Transparency & Reduced Prescription Costs for Medicare Recipients

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in supporting a proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients and increase the transparency and accuracy of drug prices under Medicare Part D. The full text of the letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, which was led by Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), can be found here. "Our community pharmacies pro… Continue Reading

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