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Hoeven: USDA to Bring Back FSA Staff Thursday, Friday and Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will bring back Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff Thursday and Friday, January 17-18, as well as Tuesday January 22, to provide essential services, including servicing existing direct loans, while negotiations continue to reach agreement on funding the government … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong Honor NDSU Bison Football Team’s Seventh FCS Championship with Senate Resolution, House Floor Speech

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week honored the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team for winning its seventh NCAA Division I FCS National Championship. The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution introduced by Senators Hoeven and Cramer, while Congressman Armstrong honored the team by giving a congratulatory speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hoeven and Cramer's resolution congratulat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USTR Commits to Provide Exclusion Process Should Chinese Tariffs Increase

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer has committed to establish an exclusion process should round 3 of the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods increase on March 2. While the Senator is hopeful the Administration can reach a trade deal with China and prevent any escalation of tariffs, he pressed USTR to provide businesses with the opportunity to request the exclusion of a specific product from the increased duties, especially wh… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Northern Plains UAS Test Site Selected to Help Develop Unmanned Traffic Management System

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site to serve in its unmanned traffic management (UTM) pilot program (UPP). The pilot program seeks to integrate small UAS into the nation's airspace at lower altitudes. Under this program, North Dakota's test site will serve as one of three entities responsible… Continue Reading


Hoeven Advocating for Red River Valley Flood Protection to Be Included in President’s FY2020 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently spoke with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director Russ Vought, urging for the inclusion of the Red River Valley's flood protection project in the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request. The senator stressed the significance of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issuing a permit for the project last month, a vital step in addressing the injunction on the project and making it eligible to be included in the adminis… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Ongoing Efforts to Strengthen Veteran Benefits, Improve Access to Health Care & Long-Term Care Closer to Home

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined veterans legislation he worked to pass last year and his priorities in the new Congress to provide better health care and benefits for veterans in North Dakota and across the nation, including improving access to alternative treatments for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to bolster suicide prevention efforts. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Concealed-Carry Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S. 69). The legislation is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and allows individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state's laws. "This legislation is all about protecting individuals' Second Amendment rights while also respecting state sovereignty," Hoeven said. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Perdue: Deem USDA Loan Programs Essential to Provide Producers with Access to Credit

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week spoke with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to outline the importance of continuing essential USDA loan programs while negotiations continue to reach agreement on funding the government and border security. The senator also met with North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to discuss the issue and work t… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Again Serve as Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs, Agriculture Appropriations Committees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after he was selected to again serve as Chairman of both the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. In the 116th Congress, Hoeven is continuing to serve on the following Senate committees: Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; Agriculture; and Indian Affairs. "I look forward to advancing North Dakota's priorities through my continued work on these important committees. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President addressed the nation and outlined the importance of funding to secure the border and address humanitarian needs at the southern border: "Tonight, the President made a very strong case to the nation and outlined the urgent need to secure our border, not only to keep our nation safe but to help address humanitarian needs. We need border security because it is integral to our national security, which is why I… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Advance Legislation to Enhance U.S. Security Efforts with Allies in the Middle East, Impose Sanctions on Those Supporting the Assad Regime in Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting to advance the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East (SASME) Act of 2019. This legislation includes a measure Hoeven cosponsored during the previous Congress to enhance security assistance to, and cooperation with, Israel. The bill would also extend U.S. security cooperation arrangements with Jordan and authorize sanctions for entities providing support to the Assad regime in Syria. The Senate was un… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Minnesota DNR Issues Permit for Permanent Flood Protection in Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a permit for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. The permit advances Route B, which incorporates the changes recommended by the joint task force convened by Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton. "Residents and businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead region need the certainty and security that comes with permanent flood protection," said Hoeven. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins President as Farm Bill Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined President Donald Trump as he signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. Hoeven served as a member of the farm bill conference committee and successfully secured his provisions in the final farm bill, including: A version of Hoeven's Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act to ensure producers, including beginning farmers, have access to the credit necessary to start or grow their operations. The bill increases: Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Guaranteed Oper… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Creating Good Jobs Is Essential to Growing Our State and Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates showing that North Dakota has reached a record-high population. As of July, North Dakota had an estimated population of 760,077 residents, an increase of nearly 5,000 over the previous year. "North Dakota continues to demonstrate how essential a strong economy is to growing our state and its communities," Hoeven said. "That's why job creation has been job number one throughout m… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Federal Criminal Justice System, Reauthorize Second Chance Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped pass the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation that reforms the federal criminal justice system and reauthorizes the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act provides support to state and local governments in reducing prison costs and improving public safety by preventing repeat offenses and violent crime. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to support programs under this legislation, which have benefitted criminal … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Texas Judge’s Obamacare Ruling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding a ruling on Obamacare by a federal judge in Texas: "As part of tax relief legislation, Congress removed the Obamacare individual mandate penalty. The Texas Court ruled that without the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. This is the first step in what will be a lengthy legal process that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. As such, the law is not changed until the Supreme Court ru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Second Round of Trade Assistance for Agriculture Producers Impacted by Ongoing Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the second round of trade assistance for agriculture producers impacted by ongoing trade negotiations. Hoeven has been urging USDA officials, including Secretary Sonny Perdue and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky, as well as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) D… Continue Reading


President Signs Hoeven’s Legislation Enabling Homeowners Around Patterson Lake & Jamestown Reservoir to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the President has signed into law S. 440 and S. 2074, legislation that Hoeven authored to enable homeowners around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots. Congress passed Hoeven's amended legislation last month. "Now that our legislation has been signed into law, the land around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir will be transferred to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and the Stutsman County Park Boa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Farm Bill Passage an Important Step in Providing Certainty for Farmers and Ranchers

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Farmers Union state convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to provide certainty for farmers and ranchers. This includes passing a strong farm bill, which the Senate and House approved this week. As a member of the farm bill conference committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, the senator secured important provisions in the farm bill, including expanded access to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges President to Advance Keystone XL Pipeline Project in Bicameral Letter

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today led a bicameral letter with of 42 Senators and Representatives urging the President to take immediate action to advance construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "The Keystone XL Pipeline is all about upgrading important energy infrastructure to support our economy and create jobs," Hoeven said. "In addition to creating thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars in capital investment, the project will also redu… Continue Reading

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