News Releases

03.10.15

Hoeven Presses ATF to Abandon Proposed M855 Ammunition Ban

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Director B. Todd Jones to express serious concerns with the agency's proposal to redefine M855 ammunition as "armor piercing," making it illegal to manufacture and distribute the bullets under the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. Hoeven and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who led the effort, were among 53 senators who signed the letter, which is available here. "As a strong supporter of the S… Continue Reading


03.09.15

Cornyn-Klobuchar Human Trafficking Bill Goes to Floor Tomorrow, Hoeven is an Original Cosponsor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have reintroduced the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, a bill that they originally introduced in 2013. Hoeven was an early cosponsor of that bill and is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation that they introduced earlier this year. The bill helps survivors of human trafficking and child pornography. Hoeven said the bipartisan legislation has passed the Senat… Continue Reading


03.06.15

Hoeven Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Head Start, Early Head Start Programs in Southeast North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo more than $1.5 million to help provide affordable full day, year round child care for low-income families in the area. "Affordable day care and child services like these enable parents to work and at the same time provide a learning environment for children," Hoeven said. "The agency provides early childhood education, … Continue Reading


03.05.15

Hoeven Announces Permanent FBI Office in Williston Badlands Complex, Facility to be Fully Operational Later This Year

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the establishment of a new FBI Resident Agency office in Williston. The office will be located at 42nd Street West, in the Badlands Town Center Complex, where the new post office is, which Hoeven also helped to secure. The bureau anticipates the office will become fully staffed and operational later this year. The developer, Triland Holdings LLC of Williston, said they plan to break ground on the new building in May and complete the 6,000 sq… Continue Reading


03.05.15

Hoeven Welcomes North Dakota Interns to His Washington, DC and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that three North Dakotans have begun internships in his Washington, D.C. and Fargo offices. Stephanie Arthaud of Dickinson and Logan Skarphol of Fargo have joined his Washington, D.C. office and Sarah Gandari of Mayville has joined his Fargo office. The interns work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We welcome these young North Dakotans to our office and appreciate their enthusiasm and will… Continue Reading


03.04.15

Hoeven Statement on Vote to Override the President's Veto of the Keystone XL Approval Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Senate vote to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill. "Today the U.S. Senate cast 62 votes to override the president's veto of our bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation, but we needed a supermajority of 67. "The Senate action on Keystone comes as we are locked in a battle with OPEC to see who will supply energy to the United States. It also comes just a da… Continue Reading


03.03.15

Hoeven Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address regarding Iran to a joint session of Congress. Hoeven is a cosponsor of S. 269, which would place tough sanctions on Iran if it refuses to reach an agreement with the United States about its nuclear program. "The best way to deter Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is by maintaining strong economic sanctions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today made … Continue Reading


03.03.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $120,000 in Funding for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Three Affiliated Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded more than $120,000 in grant funding to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation through the Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTSPF). The competitive funding is awarded to improve transportation safety and help prevent and reduce traffic accidents in tribal communities. "It is important to upgrade and maintain infrastructure … Continue Reading


03.02.15

Hoeven Announces $220,250 Grant for Community Development in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that CommunityWorks North Dakota has received a $220,250 grant that was authorized by NeighborWorks America. The funds will be used to revitalize communities, support affordable housing for residents of their service areas and create jobs through NeighborWorks-supported projects. "It is important to ensure that North Dakota continues to have strong communities, and this grant will support continued development in our state by securing affordable … Continue Reading


03.02.15

Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Provide Permanent Flexibility for Sodium and Grain Requirements in School Meal Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that he plans to introduce the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act later this week or early next week. The legislation would provide permanent flexibility to school districts in complying with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new school nutrition requirements. The legislation specifically addresses sodium and whole grain requirements for school lunch and breakfast programs. "Providing our students with healthy, nutritious and delicious meals… Continue Reading


02.28.15

Hoeven Statement on the Release of Devils Lake Medical Missionary Team from Detention in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement concerning the release of a four-person missionary medical team from Devils Lake being detained in Venezuela. The group was working on a joint health initiative with a Venezuelan church. "Upon learning yesterday that a team of missionary medical workers from Devils Lake had been detained by authorities in Venezuela, we contacted the U.S. State Department to ensure that everything possible was being done to bring them home and… Continue Reading


02.27.15

Hoeven Presses Forest Service Chief to Address North Dakota Concerns With Update to Grasslands Management Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week called on U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell to address the concerns of North Dakota ranchers before issuing a final environmental assessment updating the management plan for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. At an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Hoeven raised concerns over the Forest Service's recent draft update and urged the Forest Service Chief to come to North Dakota and meet with local ranchers and scientists before issuing the … Continue Reading


02.27.15

Hoeven Statement on DHS Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in regard to funding for the Department of Homeland Security: "Today, the Senate passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but it didn't include provisions to address President Obama's executive actions on immigration. I did not support the bill because we need to deal with both. Unfortunately, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to filibuster our efforts to address both issues, meanin… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Hoeven Statement on FCC Decision to Pass "Net Neutrality"

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of new internet regulations: "The FCC's decision today to regulate the Internet was made behind closed doors and without notice or a comment period. It is almost certain to be challenged in court. The right way to approach this is with an open, bipartisan effort that is fair to American consumers and ensures that the Internet continues to attract investment a… Continue Reading


02.26.15

Hoeven Announces $246,000 HUD Grant for Fargo Housing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority has received a $246,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ROSS Service Coordinator program. The funds will be used to implement supportive services and empowerment activities aimed at helping residents become economically self-sufficient. "North Dakota has a vibrant economy that is creating real opportunities for North Dakotans across our state," Hoeven said.… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Veto of His Keystone XL Approval Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Obama's veto of his Keystone XL approval legislation. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by 62 to 35 and the House by 270 to 152: "The president's veto of our Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation is not surprising, but it is unfortunate as his veto stands in contradiction to the will of the American people. This bill has passed both chambers of Congress and the American public has expressed its supp… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Hoeven Delivers George Washington's Farewell Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today delivered President George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor the nation's first president. Hoeven was selected to read the Address in the annual bipartisan Senate tradition, dating back more than 150 years. "As the Father of our Country, the good counsel of George Washington continues to guide and inspire our great nation today," said Hoeven. "His words, while penned almost 220 years ago, remind us of the rich her… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Hoeven Statement on the Administration's Dietary Recommendations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to new recommendations issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The proposal included a recommendation that Americans eat less meat due to environmental concerns. The new guidelines will have far-reaching effects, dictating nutrition recommendations for school lunches, dietary requirements for military troops and other food-related programs for a five year period:… Continue Reading


02.23.15

Hoeven Statement on His Keystone XL Approval Legislation Going to the President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding his Keystone XL approval bill, which will be sent to President Obama's desk on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by 62 to 35 and the House by 270 to 152: "The Keystone XL pipeline approval bill has now passed both chambers of Congress and will go to the president's desk tomorrow. The legislation approves the Keystone XL pipeline based on Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Cons… Continue Reading


02.20.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $160 Million in Available Funds Through USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made more than $160 million available through six competitive programs of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which supports research, education and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture producers. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Agriculture Committee and conference committe… Continue Reading

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