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Hoeven: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon to Keynote 2018 State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Linda McMahon, will keynote his State of Technology Conference this year. The conference, which the senator hosts with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce each year, will be held on the morning of Friday, November 30, at the Delta Hotel in Fargo. McMahon will join Hoeven in North Dakota so she can learn firsthand about the broad range of innovative technology developments o… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Greater Fargo-Moorhead EDC, Local Consortium Submit Bid to Host New NIFA & ERS Locations

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) has submitted its proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for North Dakota to host the new locations for the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The proposal comes as the result of a working group… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Secretary Nielsen to Utilize Grand Sky in Expanding UAS Border Operations & Implementing Counter-UAS Legislation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to make use of Grand Sky, North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development park, as the agency works to grow its UAS border security operations. U.S. Customs and Border Protection currently flies Predator unmanned aircraft out of Grand Forks to help secure 900 miles … Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Fall Interns to His Offices in Washington, D.C. & Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Christian Miller and Claire Welch are interning in his Washington, D.C. office this fall and Austin Stolpestad is interning in his Fargo office. Senator Hoeven's internship program provides college students and recent graduates with the opportunity to work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and administrative projects. "We welcome Claire and Christian to our D.C. office and Austin to our Fargo office," Hoeven said… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Dallas Carlson Confirmed as U.S. Marshal for District of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Dallas Carlson to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of North Dakota. Carlson has served as the director of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NDBCI) since 2011. "The Senate has now confirmed Dallas Carlson to serve as the U.S. Marshal for North Dakota. Dallas has worked in various law enforcement capacities for more than 35 years, most recently serving as the head of the Bureau of Crimi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces USDA Rural Development Funding for NDAREC & City of New Salem

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) Rural Development has awarded a $200,000 grant to the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) and provided a more than $1.2 million loan to the City of New Salem. Details of the funds are as follows: North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives - $200,00… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $182,000 Grant For Canola Research at NDSU

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) has awarded a $182,200 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to conduct agriculture research to optimize canola production in North Dakota and the surrounding region. "North Dakota is the top producer of canola in the country," Hoeven said. "Today's funding wi… Continue Reading


Congress Passes Legislation with Hoeven-Sponsored Provision to Address Easements in Red River Valley, Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Senate in passing the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, also referred to as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation includes a Hoeven-sponsored provision to resolve easements on land purchased with Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding in the Red River Valley and allow construction of comprehensive flood protection for the region. The senator's provision grants the authority needed to implement Route B, the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Administration’s Announcement on Year-Round E15

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to include 15% ethanol blended gasoline (E15) and stabilize the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market. "The president has now directed both the EPA and the USDA to address the RVP issue, which will enable E15 to be sold year-round. This is a helpful for farmers who will have increased market for their … Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Growing Need For Modern Nuclear Deterrent, Efforts To Advance MAFB Priorities At Task Force 21 Conference

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the growing importance of a modern nuclear deterrent and his efforts to secure critical funding for upgrades to the nation's forces, including the dual-nuclear mission at the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven delivered the remarks at the 2018 Triad Conference, an annual event hosted by Task Force 21. Earlier this year, the senator joined members of the task force at the Pentagon to advance the priorities of the Minot base with Air Force officials, inclu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Technology, State-Led Regulation & Infrastructure Investment Are Central to America’s Energy Future

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today kicked off the 2018 Great Plains and Empower ND Conference as part of a roundtable with the congressional delegation and Lt. Governor Brent Sanford on efforts to advance an all-of-the-above approach to energy production at the state and national level. Hoeven stressed the importance of developing cutting-edge new technologies, such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), in helping produce more energy with better environmental stewardship. Further,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States: "I voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh because he is well-qualified to serve on the United States Supreme Court. As a judge for 12 years on the D.C. Circuit Court, he has shown a strong commitment to upholding the rule of law, rather than legislating from the bench. His judicial record shows him to be a fair and im… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Hoeven Legislation Enabling Homeowners Around Patterson Lake & Jamestown Reservoir to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed his legislation to enable homeowners around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots. The ENR committee approved the legislation earlier this year. Specifically, the bills transfer lots at Patterson Lake (S. 440) to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and land around the Jamestown Reservoir (S. 2074) to the Stut… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote to Move Forward with Confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after voting to advance the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. The Senate is expected to hold a final vote on the nomination tomorrow: "I voted to move forward with Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation based on his strong record of upholding the law and strictly interpreting the Constitution. During the confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh testified for more … Continue Reading


Congress Passes Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Legislation with Provisions Hoeven Advanced to Prevent Sale & Shipment of Illicit Synthetic Drugs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Senate in passing bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address all aspects of the opioid abuse crisis. The bill, which was previously passed under the title the Opioid Crisis Response Act, includes provisions the senator cosponsored to prevent the sale and shipment of illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. The legislation has now been approved by both chambers of Congress and will go to the president to be signed into law. "This legislation … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes FAA Reauthorization, Invests in Nation’s Airports & Extends UAS Test Sites for Five Years

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Senate in passing a conferenced reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The legislation supports important investments in the nation's aviation infrastructure, such as the relocation of Williston's airport and other airport updates throughout the state. Further, Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation addresses issues that are critical to the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace (NAS),… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Advance Legislation He Cosponsored to Address National Park Service Maintenance Backlog

WASHINGTON - At a meeting of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven helped advance the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to address the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service (NPS). This includes an estimated $52 million for deferred maintenance in North Dakota. "Our state's parks help visitors to, and residents of, North Dakota experience our tremendous landscapes and rich heritage of outdoor recreation," said Hoeve… Continue Reading


Hoeven: VA Selects TriWest as Third Party Administrator for Veterans Choice Program, Must Continue Success of Veterans Care Coordination Initiative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reached an agreement with TriWest to serve as the nationwide third party administrator for the Veterans Choice Program. Earlier this year, Hoeven announced that the VA would end its contract with Health Net and was soliciting a new administrator for the program. "As we work to comb… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Schools In Buxton, West Fargo & Abercrombie On Being Designated National Blue Ribbon Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated three North Dakota schools designated by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools: Central Valley School in Buxton, Freedom Elementary in West Fargo and Richland Elementary in Abercrombie. Schools receive the designation for making significant improvements toward closing achievement gaps or for overall academic excellence, with the North Dakota schools being recognized as "exemplary high performing schools." … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on U.S. Reaching Deal on NAFTA Renegotiation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the administration announced that it has reached a deal with Canada and Mexico on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Throughout the negotiations, Hoeven met with the President and administration officials to press for better trade deals for the nation, particularly farmers and ranchers, as soon as possible. At meetings with the president this summer, the senator outlined the importance of t… Continue Reading

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