News Releases

06.16.15

Hoeven Announces More than $1.6 Million for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the North Dakota State Department of Human Services a $1,648,188 grant. The grant will fund mental health and substance abuse services cooperative agreements. "We are committed to the health of North Dakotans," Hoeven said. "Individuals battling substance abuse need support, and this grant will help the North Dakota Department… Continue Reading


06.16.15

Hoeven Announces $100,000 Award for UND to Support R&D, Small Business Innovation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded the University of North Dakota (UND) a $100,000 grant to help UND assist North Dakota small businesses and technology firms with innovation, research and development, as well as be more competitive for other SBA grants. Today's award is made available through the SBA's Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program. "Strong small businesses and advancements in technology will … Continue Reading


06.15.15

Hoeven Working to Promote Private-Sector UAS Flight Training for Air Force

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he is working to enable the Air Force to use private contractors to train pilots to fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). RPAs are the vehicles used in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The senator is working on two tracks. He has introduced language in the Defense Appropriations bill and an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would promote a role for the private sector in UAS pilot training. The effort could result in new businesse… Continue Reading


06.12.15

Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the National Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which includes important provisions to benefit North Dakota and bolster the nation's defense. "North Dakota plays a remarkably important role in the nation's defenses, so we worked to ensure that the new legislation supports the nuclear missions at Minot Air Force Base, the Global Hawk missions at Grand Forks and other North Dakota p… Continue Reading


06.11.15

Hoeven Presses Bureau of Indian Affairs Official to Ensure Protections are in Place for Children in Tribal Foster Care

WASHINGTON - At a U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, Senator John Hoeven pressed Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Justice Services Director Darren Cruzan to put protections in place to ensure the safety of children in the tribal foster care system. Hoeven specifically urged Director Cruzan to outline steps the BIA would take to implement and enforce Hoeven's legislation, the Native American Children's Safety Act. The measure passed both the Senate and the House ear… Continue Reading


06.09.15

Hoeven: Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Opening Four Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota for Sport Fishing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to expand fishing opportunities at four wildlife refuges in the Devils Lake Wetland Management District in North Dakota. The rule would allow sport fishing for the first time at the Ardoch National Wildlife Refuge, the Lake Alice National Wildlife Refuge, the Rose Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Silver Lake National Wildlife Refuge. "Today's proposed rule is welcome news for sportsmen and… Continue Reading


06.08.15

Hoeven Amendment Seeks Larger Role for Air National Guard Units in Global Hawk UAS Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has introduced an amendment that seeks to give Air National Guard units a larger role in the Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems mission. The measure has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The RQ-4 Global Hawk, including its Block 20, 30 and 40 variants, is the Air Force's high altitude, long endurance aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. It is currently operated and maintained only by active duty forces, but the Air … Continue Reading


06.05.15

Hoeven: NASA Awards Up to $750,000 to North Dakota to Promote Aerospace Technology Research and Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that NASA has awarded up to $750,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support a new multi-purposes research station that will conduct research and development in areas that are applicable to NASA's work in Earth science, aeronautics and human and robot deep space exploration. "North Dakota has many qualities that make our state an ideal location for this new research station," Hoe… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Hoeven Announces More than $220,000 in Funding for Minot State University to Support Senior Medicare Patrol Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Minot State University a grant totaling $226,198.00 for the North Dakota Senior Medicare Patrol, a project to prevent and eliminate Medicare fraud. "We are working hard to support our seniors, caring for them in their retirement and ensuring the have access to vital programs and services," Hoeven said. "These grants will… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Hoeven: EPA Study Confirms Safety of Hydraulic Fracturing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today welcomed a new study released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that confirmed the safety of hydraulic fracturing. According to the EPA, hydraulic fracturing activities "have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources." "Today's study confirms what we have believed all along. When done according to state standards, hydraulic fracturing does not adversely impact drinking water. We in North Dakota have been regulating… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Hoeven Announces More than $1.4 Million in DOT Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $840,280 to the City of Minot and $600,000 to the Washburn Municipal Airport Authority. The Minot grant will be used to seal runway 13/31 at Minot International Airport which will help maintain the integrity of the runway's pavement and minimize foreign object debris. The grant for the airport at Washburn will fund the final phase of construction for a parking apron and to widen Taxiway… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Hoeven Announces More than $1.4 Million in Grants for Mandan, Mott Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded two grants totaling $1,417,110 to the airport authorities of Mandan and Mott. The awards are as follows: Mandan Airport Authority - $1,118,003 - The funds will be used to construct a taxiway to provide access to aircraft hangers. Mott Municipal Airport Authority - $299,107 - The grant will fund improvements to the airport's access road, the construction of a parking lot and repair of… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $3.3 Million Grant to Support Head Start in Minot Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $3,391,762 grant to the Minot Public School District. The grant will be used to fund Head Start and Early Head Start projects. "Education plays a critical role in developing our nation and securing our future," Hoeven said. "With this grant, our young children in Minot will be better prepared to enter school and do well in their studies." Today's HHS grant is made availabl… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Hoeven, Cramer Announce Passage of Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that both the Senate and House have now passed the Native American Children's Safety Act. Hoeven authored and introduced the legislation to implement protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. Congressman Cramer then led the effort to get the legislation passed in the House. "Native American children living on reservations should have all of the same protecti… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Hoeven Statement on the EPA's Final Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final rule on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS): "Today, the EPA issued a final waters of the U.S. rule that expands the reach of federal regulation and creates uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and other job creators. While we continue to examine the EPA's final rule, we are further concerned that it targets certain areas including the Prairie Pothole region, C… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Hoeven Makes Case for Grand Sky as Ideal Location for FlightSafety International

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today led a meeting in Grand Forks with leaders from Grand Sky and FlightSafety International in a bid to recruit the company to the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and technology park. Today's event is part of the senator's ongoing efforts to showcase Grand Sky as an ideal site to locate UAS-related and other aviation companies and follows a meeting Hoeven held last month with FlightSafety's Vice President General Ray Johns (retired), where the sen… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill to Fix 40-Mile Issue in VA Choice Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed the Access to Community Care for Veterans Act, introduced by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) and cosponsored by Hoeven and a bipartisan group of senators. The legislation amends the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Choice Act) to allow veterans to obtain health care services in their local community if a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) or Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)… Continue Reading


05.26.15

Hoeven Outlines New Commercial UAS Bill, FAA's UAS Center of Excellence at UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At a roundtable with the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to continue building the region's leadership in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The senator is sponsoring new legislation that will help build the commercial UAS industry and promote innovation in this rapidly growing field. Hoeven also discussed opportunities resulting from the University of North Dakota's new designation as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center o… Continue Reading


05.22.15

Hoeven to Pay Tribute at Memorial Day Events in Bismarck, Mandan

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. On Monday, Senator Hoeven will pay tribute at the American Legion Lloyd Spetz Post No. 1 Memorial Day observance at 10:00 a.m. CT. Later, the senator will speak at the Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the North Dakota National Guard at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. CT. "It is important that we honor our servicemen and women for the sacrifices they have … Continue Reading


05.22.15

Hoeven Celebrates First North Dakota-Made Unmanned Aerial System with ComDel, Altavian

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the roll-out of the first unmanned aerial system (UAS) manufactured in North Dakota. Executives from ComDel Innovation and Altavian showcased the UAS at ComDel's plant in Wahpeton. In February, ComDel and Altavian signed an agreement to manufacture unmanned aerial systems and components, and Hoeven worked with the companies to bring together public and private leaders from around the state to mark this important milestone for North Dakota's UAS i… Continue Reading

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