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Hoeven Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on North Korea: "North Korea has indicated that it is now willing to engage in talks regarding its nuclear arms program as a result of strong economic sanctions put in place by the United States, along with our efforts to get China to sanction North Korea as well. These steps are putting pressure on the regime and have forced North Korea to the negotiat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former North Dakota Governor George Sinner

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former North Dakota Governor George Sinner: "George Sinner demonstrated time and again his commitment to his family, community and the State of North Dakota. This commitment was evident by his service as governor of North Dakota as well as his involvement in and leadership of many organizations, civic boards, groups and entities including the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota State Legi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Investiture of Judge Ralph Erickson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today offered remarks as Judge Ralph Erickson was invested into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Hoeven introduced Judge Erickson at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year and, following this, worked consistently to advance his nomination through the committee and the full Senate. "We welcome Judge Erickson to his role on the Eighth Circuit," said Hoeven. "Throughout his years on the bench, he has worked hard t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts USDA Secretary Perdue in Fargo, Outlines Farm Bill Priorities with Local Producers, Ag Industry

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Fargo at a series of meetings that allowed the secretary to hear firsthand about local producers' priorities for the upcoming farm bill. The day's events included discussions with farmers and ranchers, agriculture researchers, commodity groups and other representatives from the agriculture industry. The visit helped highlight how Secretary Perdue and Hoeven, who serves as chairman of the Senate Agricultu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement regarding the President's trade actions on steel and aluminum: "We appreciate the president's resolve to prevent unfair trade practices that harm American businesses, however we need to take a targeted and strategic approach. While the provisional exemption of Mexico and Canada is good, we are concerned that broad tariffs … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $200,000 in Funding to Support North Dakota Law Enforcement & First Responders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded a $199,992 grant to the State of North Dakota's Information Technology Department. The funds will be used by the state to help maintain and expand the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), which is used by law enforcement and first responders. "We are grateful to thos… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with North Dakota Students Serving as Delegates to U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Brandon Prichard and Erica Solberg of Bismarck who were selected to represent North Dakota as delegates to the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week. The program features 104 students from across the country and is being held this week in Washington, D.C. "Brandon and Erica have demonstrated a strong commitment to their studies and in serving others in the Bismarck community," said Hoeven. "It is an honor to be… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Udall Introduce the Bipartisan Progress for Indian Tribes Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and promote stronger tribal self-governance. The Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515) would streamline the Departme… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Advance Homeland Security Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today voted to advance bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill provides clear guidance to DHS by codifying the department's existing practices and programs, while also streamlining its management and promoting efficiency in its operations. "DHS covers a wide range of programs that are critical to protecting our nation and our communitie… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USGS Nominee Reaffirms Commitment to Work with State, Industry on Comprehensive Study of Williston Basin

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven received a commitment from Dr. James Reilly, the nominee to be Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to continue a new comprehensive, broad-based resource estimate for the Williston Basin. Hoeven received a commitment from USGS in December to undertake the analysis as a result of a meeting he hosted in Bismarck with the USGS last fall. "We appreciate the commitment from Mr. Re… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards $6 Million TIGER Grant to Turtle Mountain For Reconstruction of Jack Rabbit Road

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $6 million to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians for the first phase of the Jack Rabbit Road reconstruction project. The funding is awarded under the TIGER Grant program, which supports infrastructure projects of national or regional significance. Hoeven spoke… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Dallas Carlson Nominated to Be U.S. Marshal for District of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Dallas Carlson has been nominated by the president to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota. Carlson currently serves as the director of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI), a position he has held since 2011. "We welcome the president's nomination of Dallas Carlson to serve as U.S. Marshal for North Dakota. Given his experience leading the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and his more than 35 years… Continue Reading


Hoeven & Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Air Force to Set Timeline for Replacement of Huey Helicopters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, today joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the U.S. Air Force to provide a detailed timeline for the replacement of Vietnam-era helicopters, the UH-1N Huey, that are used to patrol the country's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sites. Hoeven is working to secure nearly $109 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) … Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Reauthorize, Update FFA Charter

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and update the federal charter for the Future Farmers of America (FFA). North Dakota has approximately 4,700 active FFA members in 80 chapters across the state. "FFA is a tremendous organization that not only promotes better agriculture education, but also builds the character and leadership sk… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Tariff Announcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement on the Administration's announcement on tariffs: "We have continuously stressed to the Administration that any changes to our trade policy need to result in better deals for the U.S. However, we must make sure that trade actions do not cost American jobs, raise prices substantially for consumers, or lead to retaliation by… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Secretary Perdue to Visit North Dakota Next Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, will host U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in North Dakota next week. Perdue will meet with local producers to discuss priorities for the upcoming farm bill as well as Hoeven's continued efforts to secure strong support for programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), such as drought assistance, through annual funding legislation. The… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from Interior Official to Help Advance Jamestown Reservoir Legislation

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Alan Mikkelson, Senior Advisor to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for Water and Western Resource Issues, to work with him on advancing Hoeven's Jamestown Reservoir legislation. The senator's bill, which he introduced in November, would allow homeowners on the reservoir to purchase their lots from the federal government and transfer all remaining Bu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Resolution Honoring Reverend Billy Graham

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis in introducing a resolution honoring the late Reverend Billy Graham, which was approved by the Senate today. The bipartisan resolution pays tribute to his ministry and contributions to the American people and extends the condolences of the Senate to the Graham family. Reverend Graham is lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda. "Reverend Graham has provided religious counsel to millions of Americans, including every Pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms William Northey as USDA Under Secretary

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 Senate confirmed William Northey as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. In this role, Northey will oversee the Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "I'm pleased that the Senate has acted … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Team USA Women's Hockey, Lamoureux Twins on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week offered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor in honor of Team USA's victory in women's hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hoeven specifically recognized the contributions of two North Dakota natives, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, twin sisters from Grand Forks and alumnae of the University of North Dakota. In the last game against Canada, Monique brought the game to a tie in the final period, with Joc… Continue Reading

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