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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


Hoeven, Cramer Reintroduce Legislation Supporting Continued Use of Refined Coal to Reduce Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today reintroduced 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. "The use of refined coal is a strong example of using technology to improve environmental stewardship while still relying on abundant, affordable energy sources like coal," said Senator Hoeven. "For many facilities that … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Corps Omaha Commander: Manage Missouri River to Prevent Upstream Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, and again outlined the importance of managing the Missouri River to prevent upstream flooding. Hoeven urged the Corps to make sure that there is enough storage space in the Upper Missouri River dams to accommodate any late spring rains. This continues the senator's efforts to ensure that the Corps is working to prevent flooding in North Dakota. "I met with Colo… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong to FCC: Improve Access to Broadband by Improving Broadband Maps

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to provide better access to broadband by improving the accuracy of broadband maps. Specifically, the delegation noted that the FCC could improve broadband mapping by: More accurately reporting where broadband service exists by making data reporting more granular; Ensuring ISP provided data is accurate by establishing a meaningful challen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Includes Cybersecurity Workforce Rotation Program in Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the President announced a cybersecurity workforce executive order that includes a rotational cyber workforce program, like the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Hoeven and Gary Peters (D-Mich). The senators' bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate this week, creates a civilian personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies. … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Sec. Wilkie: Provide One Set of VA Regulations for LTC Providers, Add North Dakota HBOT Facility to Clinical Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to: Ensure his long-term care (LTC) legislation is implemented properly, giving qualified LTC providers only one set of regulations to comply with, rather than the existing duplicative regulations. Currently, only about 20 percent of North Dakota's nursing homes contract… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on Venezuela: "The United States stands united with the people of Venezuela and their chosen leader Juan Guaido as they fight for their freedom and stand up against Maduro." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Reintroduce Bill to Provide Energy Flexibility for Federal Buildings, Enhance Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee, today reintroduced their bipartisan All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act, which would help the federal government improve energy efficiency, while providing flexibility in using efficient fuels, like natural gas, that would otherwise be phased out while enhancing federal building energy efficiency sta… Continue Reading

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