News Releases


Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Judge Ralph Erickson to Serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated United States District Judge Ralph Erickson to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. "Judge Erickson has served the people of North Dakota and the United States well on the U.S District Court and I support his nomination to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals," said Hoeven. "Judge Erickson has tremendous experience having served for 23 years in various judicial positions from his… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Continue Pressing Administration to Ensure Mexican Sugar Dumping Stops Under New Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he will continue pressing the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent Mexico from continuing to dump sugar into U.S. markets. Hoeven has spoken repeatedly with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the issue. Today, the Commerce Department announced that an agreement in principle has been reached with Mexico on sugar imports into the United States. "We appreciate the efforts of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Accountability at the Veterans Affairs Administration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide the VA Secretary with the necessary tools to address poor performance and misconduct by VA employees. The legislation also establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers. "This bipartisan legislation will help to improve accountability at the VA and ensure that employees at all levels are doing their jobs a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $6.9 Million in Emergency Preparedness Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, today announced that North Dakota will receive a total of $6,863,889 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to help communities prepare for emergencies and catastrophic events. "Today's funding will help protect individuals and communities in our state from large scale events and natural disasters," Hoeven said. "These investments in our security will help keep North Dakota a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Red Trail Energy to Deploy Advanced Carbon Capture Technology at Richardton Ethanol Plant

RICHARDTON, N.D. - At a roundtable of energy industry leaders, agriculture producers and state and local officials at Red Trail Energy in Richardton today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology for both traditional and renewable energy producers. Hoeven secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month of North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. "As written, the Paris Climate Accord was not fair for America. It requires the United States to reduce carbon emissions but does not require the same from countries like China, Russia and India. In fact, the United States has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 12 percent since 2006, and it is projected to continue to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New North Dakota National Guard Maintenance Facility in Valley City Will Support Our Guard's Vital Work

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) officials in dedicating their new $13 million vehicle maintenance facility in Valley City. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven helped secure $10.8 million of the facility's $13 million cost, with the balance of funding coming from the National Guard Bureau. Hoeven joined Guard leaders at the groundbreaking in 2015. "This vehicle maintenance facility is a significant upgrade for the Gua… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Move America Can Help Reduce Local Cost Share for Permanent Flood Protection in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - At a roundtable with state, local and private industry leaders today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his bipartisan legislation, the Move America Act, which would help reduce the cost of infrastructure across North Dakota, including comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Further, because it supports the use of public-private partnerships, Move America helps states work through their backlog of infrastructure needs in a more timely fashion and reduces the risk to stat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Allows Drayton to Permanently Keep Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given permission to Drayton to permanently keep its earthen levee which is part of the city's flood protection. Earlier this month, Hoeven secured a provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding agreement to allow the city to keep the levee. "We are glad to see that FEMA has given Drayton the authority to permanently kee… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Health Care Reform Should Provide Americans with Access to Patient-Centered, Affordable Health Care

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Sanford Health officials to tour the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo before convening a health care roundtable with local and state health care officials. Joining Senator Hoeven for the roundtable were: Paul Richard, President of Sanford Health Fargo; Shelly Peterson, President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association; Jerry Jurena, President of the North Dakota Hospital Association; Donene Feist of Family Voices North Dakota; Courtney Koe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Transportation Secretary Chao at Ribbon Cutting for Expansion of Bobcat's Headquarters in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota and Bobcat Company officials - as well as U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao, who the senator invited to North Dakota - at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $9.5 million expansion of Bobcat's corporate headquarters in West Fargo. "I brought Secretary Chao to North Dakota to be part of our Drone Focus Conference, and also to see the good work being done across our state," said Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Positioned to Develop Low Altitude UAS Applications, Counter-UAS Technology

FARGO, N.D. - At the third annual Drone Focus Conference in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven said that North Dakota is positioned to take the lead on the next big developments in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - low altitude beyond-line-of-sight applications and UAS detection/counter UAS technology or black flag. These developments will build on key components the senator has already worked to secure, including: • Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Northern … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Minot Marine Corps Veterans for Work to Establish New Marine Corps League Detachment in Minot

MINOT, N.D. - At the charter presentation ceremony for the John M. Joyce Detachment #1445 of the Marine Corps League (MCL) in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven honored the detachment's members for their service and their work to establish the detachment. The detachment is named in honor of John M. Joyce of Minot who was killed in action in Vietnam in April 1969 at the age of 24. "Our veterans have done so much in service to our country to protect our liberty and secure our way of life," Hoeven s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $2.5 Million in Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $2,521,708 to airports at the International Peace Garden and in Cooperstown, Crosby, Mercer, Parshall, Ellendale, Tioga, Washburn, Mohall, Stanley, Bowman, Mandan, Jamestown and Kenmare. Details of the awards are as follows: State of North Dakota, International Peace Garden Airport - $341,511 - To update the airport… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. His public schedule for Monday, May 29 follows: "We gather today across our state and our nation to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty by laying down their lives to protect, preserve and secure our freedoms. One hundred years ago, more than 30,000 North Dakotans answered the call to fight in WWI, and more than 1,300 died in that fight. We are keenly aware that it is … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Sec. Kelly: Take Advantage of North Dakota's Unique UAS Operations to Help Secure the Border

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed the benefits of using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for securing the country's borders to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly. Hoeven restated his invitation to visit North Dakota, which Kelly accepted last month, to see local efforts to develop UAS technology at Grand Sky and the test site and how this work can support DHS' mission and recommended … Continue Reading


Hoeven, CBP Commissioner Review Locations for Grand Forks CBP Operations, Construction of New USDA Border Inspection Facility

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan today reviewed potential sites to relocate CBP operations including an existing facility on the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and Grand Sky Technology Park. Hoeven worked to secure nearly $14 million in the recently passed FY17 funding agreement for new border security facilities in the Grand Forks region, including: $8 million for a new CBP facility, to keep CBP UAS o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Grow Markets for US Agriculture Products

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, this week met with Christian Schmidt, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture for Germany, as part of the senator's ongoing efforts to expand U.S. agricultural markets and support the nation's farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S exports of agricultural products to Germany totaled $2.6 billion in 2015, wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Indoor Firing Range for Minot in FY18 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee, today announced that the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes $27 million to construct an indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base, a project the senator has been advocating for the Air Force to fund since 2015. The new indoor range will replace the existing outdoor range, which does not support Air Force training requirements and poses increasing health and safety risks for airmen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps Work Plan Supports Minot Flood Study, Sewer Upgrades in Petersburg

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water, today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 work plan includes funding to support the flood protection study for Minot and sewer upgrades in Petersburg. Specifically, the plan provides: $900,000 to support the Corps' feasibility study for flood protection in the Souris River Basin, which will help identify the best options for mitigating flood risks in the Mi… Continue Reading

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