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Hoeven Continues Work To Advance New Detention Facility For Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to support the construction of a new detention facility for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The existing facility is beyond repair and has been decommissioned. Hoeven worked through his role on the Appropriations Committee to pass legisl… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Honor Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, this week helped introduce the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act. The bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), authorizes the Treasury Department to mint coins to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum, which opens later this year, is dedicated to highlighting and honoring law enforcement office… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Fargo VA Selected as Whole Health Design Site

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, today announced that the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has been selected to participate as a design site in the national VA's Whole Health System initiative. The initiative focuses on providing a team-based care model that is patient-centered, personalized health care and addressing veterans' broader well-being, including physical, emotional, mental, spirit… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Department of Education Issues Waiver Preserving Pell Grant Eligibility for UTTC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has issued a waiver, authorized by legislation Hoeven secured, to preserve Pell Grant eligibility for students attending United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). Hoeven worked to pass legislation to preserve United Tribes students' access to Pell Grants by providing the Department of Education with the authority to grant this waiver. "This waiver helps ensure t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "Gina Haspel is qualified for the position of CIA Director and brings an impressive depth of experience that will help her effectively lead the agency, which is especially important as we work to counter increasing threats from around the world. She has more than 30 years of CIA experience ranging from the Cold War to the G… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Energy Committee Approval for Legislation to Enable Homeowners Around Jamestown Reservoir, Patterson Lake to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved his legislation to enable homeowners around the Jamestown Reservoir and Patterson Lake to purchase their lots. The legislation approved by the committee transfers land around the Jamestown Reservoir (S.2074) to the Stutsman County Park District and lots at Patterson Lake (S.440) to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department to enable homeowners to purchase their land from … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on net neutrality legislation: "We want open, transparent and fair access to the internet. That means net neutrality in a generic sense, not the Obama Administration developed regulation. Democrats should join Republicans in developing a modern and fair regulatory framework that ensures access. Regulation should be light-touch to ensure fair access, but not stifle innovation and competition." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Udall Announce Committee Passage of CROPS for Indian Country Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, today announced committee passage of their bipartisan legislation to promote agribusiness and rural development opportunities for Native American farmers, ranchers and communities. The Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act (S. 2804) would strengthen tribal self-governance for U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Convenes Hearing On School Safety In Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing titled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at Bureau of Indian Education Schools." "All students deserve a safe and secure learning environment, and it is this committee's responsibility to take a comprehensive look at the safety and security needs of schools in Indian Country," said Hoeven. "Over the past decade, the Department of the Interior's Off… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DHS Should Rely on North Dakota, Private Sector Expertise to Counter UAS Security Risks

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to pursue private sector solutions as the agency works to develop technology to counter potential threats from unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven highlighted how these efforts are already underway in North Dakota and again advocated for DHS to utilize Grand Forks' UAS facilities and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With Grand Forks BRIC & USAF Secretary Wilson To Support Expanded GFAFB Operations, Address Pilot Shortage

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed priorities for the Grand Forks Air Force Base with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC). Grand Forks BRIC is meeting with the senator after the committee's visit to the Pentagon on Tuesday, where they worked to advance the base's missions. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven is working to both expand the base's operations and encourage the Air Force to make use of assets in the region, l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation To Increase Health Care Options For Guard Members

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders from the North Dakota National Guard to review Guard operations and to outline legislation he is cosponsoring that would increase health care choices for National Guard or Reserve service members who are also federal employees. The legislation provides these service members with the option to use TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) for their health care coverage. Under current law, National Guard or Reserve service members who are federal employ… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of more than $14.7 million to the Unity Medical Center in Grafton. Hoeven wrote a letter of support for Unity Medical Center's loan application to Rural Development last year. The funds are in addition to $5 million from the Bank of North Dakota and will be used to renovate part of the current facility and assist w… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Task Force 21 Meet With Pentagon Officials To Secure Strong Support For Minot Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the members of Task Force 21 in outlining the importance of the missions at the Minot Air Force Base to officials at the Pentagon, including Matt Donovan, Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff of Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration. Specifically, the group stressed how the missions continue to play a central role in the nation's defense strategy, especially in light of increasing threats around … Continue Reading


Hoeven Commemorates Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery On Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - On Peace Officers Memorial Day today, Senator John Hoeven commemorated Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery who was killed in the line of duty in January 2017. The senator cosponsored a Senate resolution honoring Allery and the 128 other law enforcement officers killed on duty in 2017 and designating this week, May 13-19, as National Police Week.. "In his life and service, Deputy Allery exemplified courage and a willingness to do whatever had to be done regardless of circums… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Against UAS Misuse, Develop Counter-UAS Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, this week helped introduce bipartisan legislation to protect against the potential misuse of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and support the development of counter-UAS technology. The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) authority… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was officially opened: "The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem today fulfills a directive issued by President Trump last year and a policy that was passed by Congress with strong bipartisan support in 1995 and again by the Senate last year. By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, we are making it clear that we stand with our ally Israel." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Strengthen ARC Program, Make Conservation Title Farmer Friendly

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he has introduced legislation to strengthen the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and to ensure that wetlands conservation provisions work for producers. "These bills are important as part of building an overall Farm Bill," said Hoeven. "The first strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, which is a very important part … Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges DHS Secretary to Develop Counter-UAS Technology, Partner with Private Sector to Train UAS Pilots

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to advance efforts to protect against the potential misuse of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven also outlined the importance of DHS building partnerships with other organizations to train its UAS pilots and ensure it has adequate personnel for Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) fleet of unmanne… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $280,000 in Funding to Support Veteran Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded a $280,000 grant to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds, awarded through SBA's Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program, will help support veteran entrepreneurs starting or growing their small businesses. "Small businesses make up the vast majority of businesses in North Dakota and are responsible for employing a maj… Continue Reading

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