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Hoeven, Udall Announce Committee Passage of 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, today announced the committee's passage of their bipartisan PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515). The legislation would amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) to streamline the Department of the Interior's self-governance process and provide Indian tribes with greater flexibility to efficiently tailor, consolidat… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Legislation to Increase Accountability and Transparency at the Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today joined Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Thune (R-SD) to announce the committee's passage of their Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017 (S. 1250). The legislation, sponsored by Barrasso, would enact comprehensive reforms at the Indian Health Service (IHS) to increase agency transparency and accountability, improve patient care standards and strengthen the recruit… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Online Sex Trafficking, Ensure Justice for Victims

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that the president has signed into law bipartisan legislation to help prevent sex trafficking and ensure justice for victims. The bill includes key provisions that Hoeven cosponsored and close loopholes that websites like exploit. The bill also makes it a federal crime to own, manage or operate a website with the intent to promote or facilitate prostitution … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets FAA Administrator to Press for ND Role in UAS Integration Pilot Program, Highlight State's UAS Leadership

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Dan Elwell, the current administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to outline North Dakota's leadership in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and to advocate for North Dakota's role in the FAA's UAS integration pilot program. Hoeven invited Elwell to North Dakota to see firsthand the state's UAS industry, including Grand Sky Technology Park and the Northern Plains Test Site. "North Dakota continues to lead the way in UAS operations wit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Selected for Defense Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has been selected to serve on the Defense Appropriations Committee, a key position responsible for funding the Department of Defense, including North Dakota's Air Force bases and National Guard. "Our military does a tremendous job keeping our nation safe and we look forward to supporting our men and women in uniform as a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee," said Hoeven. "Given North Dakota's defense instillations - the dual n… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Makes North Dakota Primary Regulator for Class VI Injection Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the State of North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells, which are used for geological sequestration or long-term storage of CO2. Last year, Hoeven secured EPA approval for a proposed rule granting North Dakota's application to regulate Class VI injection wells and that rule was finalized today. "Our state is leading the way in the development of clean coal techn… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $34 Million to Help Agriculture Producers Affected by Drought & Other Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $34 million to agriculture producers affected by natural disasters in 2017, including North Dakota farmers and ranchers who experienced drought-related losses. The funds are made available through USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (EL… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Local Veterans Health Care Services at Dedication of New VA Clinic in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.D. - At the dedication of the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System's new clinic in Grafton today, Senator John Hoeven outlined efforts to provide veterans with health care options closer to home. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure strong support in Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation for the health care and benefits available to veterans, both through VA facilities, like this new clinic, whi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Develop Next-Gen Technologies for Coal-Fired Power Plants, Ensure Affordable & Reliable Energy Production

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the annual meeting for the Minnkota Power and Square Butte Electric Cooperatives today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance North Dakota's leadership in developing the next generation of energy technologies, which will help the nation to continue to rely on all of its energy resources and ensure affordable and reliable energy production for families and businesses. Specifically, the senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Leading the Way in Developing Clean Coal Technologies

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined a congressional panel discussion at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting, where he outlined North Dakota's leadership in developing clean coal technologies and his efforts to support projects to secure coal's future as part of the nation's energy mix. The senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofit existing power plants, and the Allam Cycle, technology for new coal and natural gas power plants that uses sup… Continue Reading


Hoeven honors Service of Cpl. Joseph Muller, Presents Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

GLEN ULLIN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented Joseph F. Muller with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the South Korean government in honor of those who served in the Korean War. Muller, a native of Haymarsh, North Dakota, was drafted into the military in 1951, served as a member of the National Guard's 188th Field Artillery out of Mandan and achieved the rank of Corporal. "This medal represents the gratitude of the South Korean people for Cpl. M… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Roundtable with ND Producers

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with producers to gather input as work continues on the next Farm Bill. The senator also outlined recently passed provisions to reduce burdensome regulations on farmers and ranchers and additional assistance to help producers impacted by severe drought. "Agriculture remains our state's top industry, which is why we're workin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Proposed Chinese Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement in regard to proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports including soybeans, corn, wheat and beef. Hoeven is holding an agriculture roundtable today in Dickinson to talk about the farm bill and other important issues including trade. "Exports are a central piece of the ag economy, which is why we're concerned by potential C… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards $3.6 Million Grant to Improve CAT Transportation Facility in Grand Forks

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 $3.6 million to the City of Grand Forks. The funds are awarded through DOT's Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and will be used to rehabilitate and expand the Cities Area Transit (CAT) bus facility in Grand Forks. "Today's funding is an important investment in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Names Cassie Bladow as New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Cassie Bladow will take over as his chief of staff beginning on April 9. Bladow will replace Ryan Bernstein, who started working for Senator Hoeven in 2000. "We welcome Cassie back to our office and know she will serve the people of North Dakota well as my chief of staff," Hoeven said. "Cassie has built her career as an advocate for agriculture. She grew up on the family farm and brings both on-the-ground and policy expertise regarding the a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Commemorates 45th Anniversary of U.S. Servicemembers' Return From Vietnam, Pays Tribute to North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - In honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day, Senator John Hoeven today paid tribute to North Dakota's veterans during an appreciation lunch organized by the Minishoshe-Mandan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The event marked the 45th anniversary of the return of U.S. servicemembers from the Vietnam War. "We must always remember the sacrifices of our servicemembers, especially for those veterans who did not receive the recognition they deserve at the time of th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on VA Seeking New Third-Party Administrator for the Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ending its contract with Health Net, the third-party administrator for the eastern region of the Veterans Choice Program. The VA will solicit a new contract over the next several months, with Health Net's current contract expiring in September 2018. "Our veterans deserve timely appointments and their health care providers need to know they will be reimbursed for their services," Hoev… Continue Reading


Hoeven Advancing Breakthrough Energy Technology, Research and Development

MINOT, N.D. - At the Central Power Electric Cooperative annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance energy technologies that will help ensure affordable energy production in North Dakota and across the nation. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured strong support in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill to support research like that conducted by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of Nor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Flood Protection Groundbreaking for the Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Minot community in celebrating the groundbreaking for the first three phases of the region's flood protection project. Hoeven is working as a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee to advance the fourth phase of the project, 65 percent of which will be funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This will tie the earlier phases of the project together and deliver flood protection for 60 percent of residents in the Souris … Continue Reading


Hoeven Tours Minot Air Force Base Firing Range, Outlines Need for New Facility

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the need for a new firing range at the Minot Air Force Base during a tour of the existing facility. The firing range does not meet Air Force training standards and poses increasing health and safety risks to airmen. A new range will allow the consolidation of four existing buildings while also reducing air quality concerns, providing higher quality training with lower maintenance costs and ensuring the range is available regardless of winter weath… Continue Reading

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