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Hoeven Meets with Lt. General Rice to Advance North Dakota Air National Guard Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today met with Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, the Director of the Air National Guard, to advance priorities of the North Dakota Air National Guard, including: Advocating for a manned flying mission for the 119th Wing to operate alongside the Guard's current unmanned and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. Securing a new operations facility for the 119th Wing's MQ-9 Reaper missio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Expand Long-Term Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans

FARGO, N.D. - At the AMVETS Department of North Dakota state convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to ensure veterans can access the convenient, quality care that they have earned. To this end, Hoeven is working to: Ensure the VA gives qualified long-term care (LTC) providers only one set of regulations to comply with, consistent with his Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. Currently, only about 20 percent of North Dakota's nursing homes contract… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Administration Lifts Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after the administration announced a deal to lift the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. The agreement completely lifts the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent tariff on aluminum, without imposing quotas. Under the agreement, Mexico and Canada will remove the retaliatory tari… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Strengthen Federal Support for North Dakota CCS Efforts, Make Technology Commercially-Viable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to strengthen federal support for the ongoing efforts in North Dakota to make carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology commercially-viable. As part of the hearing, the senator introduced John Harju, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), who testified on the orga… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on U.S. Beef Exports to Japan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. and Japan have agreed to allow U.S. cattle products, regardless of age, to enter Japan. USDA estimates this new agreement will increase U.S. beef exports by up to $200 million each year. Beginning in 2003, Japan banned all U.S. beef an… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Lance Yohe Confirmed to Serve on International Joint Commission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Fargo's Lance Yohe to serve on the International Joint Commission (IJC) - U.S. Section. "Lance Yohe brings three decades of experience to the IJC," said Hoeven. "Lance has a solid understanding of the importance of water supply and management practices, and will ensure that the interests of our state and nation are well-represented on the commission." The IJC is respon… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Regarding President Trump's Immigration Reform Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who attended today's White House immigration announcement, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's proposal to reform the nation's immigration system. "Given the situation at the border, we need to secure our border. The president put forward a proposal today to close loopholes, secure our border and move us to a merit-based immigration system that will make our country stronger and our economy more competitive. We look forward to w… Continue Reading


Hoeven Optimistic Agreement Will Be Reached to Transfer Oakes Test Area

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke again with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Great Plains Regional Director Mike Black to help advance the transfer of the Oakes Test Area from BOR to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. Hoeven said he is optimistic that an agreement on the price can be reached. Additionally, Director Black told the senator that BOR is working to review the transfer to ensure that it can be completed using the legislation Hoeven secured earlier this year. "It only… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce & Pass Resolution Honoring CBP Operations Manager Chris Bacon & All 159 Officers Killed in the Line of Duty in 2018

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce and pass a bipartisan resolution honoring the 159 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2018, including Christopher Bacon, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Operations Manager from Grand Forks who died in a vehicle collision while on duty last June. Bacon served in the CBP for 22 years, starting as a Border Patrol Agent in 1995 and having previously served in the U.S. A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Administration Providing $15 Billion in Agriculture Assistance During Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the President said that the Administration is planning to provide $15 billion in agriculture aid to help producers during trade negotiations. Hoeven has been making the case to the Administration, including the White House and USDA, for another round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments as well as add… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Regarding Accounting for Two North Dakota Brothers Killed During WWII

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that it has accounted for two North Dakota brothers killed during World War II. The remains of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer, 23, and Navy Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer, 21, brothers from Minot, were accounted for on March 19, 2019. The brothers were serving on the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. "We are grateful th… Continue Reading


Hoeven and Air Force Secretary Outline Grand Forks Air Force Base Redesignation as Lead for All Global Hawk Operations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in marking the re-designation of the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) as an Air Reconnaissance Wing, establishing the base as the lead in all Global Hawk operations. As governor, Hoeven worked to bring the RQ-4 Global Hawk mission to the GFAFB. Then, when the previous administration wanted to move away from the Global Hawk fleet in favor of the U-2 manned aircraft, Hoeven worked as a member of the Senate De… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Secure Additional Assistance for Farmers During Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today outlined his efforts to secure additional assistance for agriculture producers impacted by trade negotiations. "With the Chinese continuing to delay negotiations, farm country needs assistance which is the case I've been making to the Administration, both at USDA and the White House. I am encouraged that the President has said we should make mor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Development of CCS Facilities & CO2 Pipelines

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week cosponsored the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to promote the research and development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The bill would incentivize collaboration between federal, state and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the president nominated Patrick Shanahan to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense. "We are pleased the president has nominated Patrick Shanahan, as we've worked closely with him in his current role as Acting Defense Secretary to help ensure the security of our nation and strengthen North Dakota's missions," Hoeven said. "He just testified before our Senate Defense A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $22 Million in Grants for Fargo, Watford City & Hillsboro Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $22 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) supplemental grants to three North Dakota airports, including: Hector International Airport in Fargo - $10 million for apron construction. Watford City Municipal Airport - $10 million for runway construction. Hillsboro Municipal Airport - $2 … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Nominees for Export-Import Bank Board of Directors

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after supporting the confirmation of three nominees to serve on the Export-Import Bank Board of Directors, including: Kimberly Reed, president of the Export-Import Bank. Former-Congressman Spencer Bachus, board member. Judith DelZoppo Pryer, board member. "Exports are a vital part of North Dakota's economy, supporting growth in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, energy and manufacturing," Hoeven said. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven Leads Group of 22 Senators in Pressing FERC to Maintain State, Local Control of Electricity Market

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today led a group of 22 senators in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to maintain long-standing state and local authority over retail electricity markets. In a letter to the FERC Chairman, the senators outlined the need to maintain local regulatory authority and amend FERC's proposal that allows third-parties to aggregate distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and battery panels, and sell electricity on the wholesale market. Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with North Dakota Students Named Among Nation's Top Volunteers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with two North Dakota students who have been selected as recipients of the 24th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Olivia Allen of Reiles Acres and Ishika Gupta of Fargo were chosen as the state's top youth volunteers for 2019. As state honorees, they were both awarded a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. with the opportunity to join other honorees from across the country. "One of the most valued ite… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Bolster Research on Chronic Wasting Disease

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) this week introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Research Act, bipartisan legislation to establish a chronic wasting disease research grant program. Chronic wasting disease, which poses a serious threat to deer populations, is a fatal and contagious neurological disorder that has been documented in both captive and live herds in 26 states across the country. "North Dakota has a rich outdoor heritage with many sportsmen parti… Continue Reading

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