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Hoeven Working on Defense Appropriations Committee to Modernize Nuclear Forces

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis again affirmed his commitment to modernizing the nation's nuclear forces in an exchange with Senator John Hoeven. The senator stressed the cost-effectiveness of the nuclear triad in maintaining America's security and its importance to the nation's allies around the world in deterring threats. "The effort to modernize our nuclear forces only takes up four percent of the defense budg… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bureau of Reclamation Investing $29.2 Million in North Dakota Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has allocated $29.2 million in total Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding for water infrastructure projects in North Dakota. The funds will be used for the following projects: Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project - Funds will be allocated to improve upgrade the Minot Water Treatment Plant and planning for a water treatment plant near Max. Three Affiliated Trib… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota UAS Test Site Selected for FAA's Drone Integration Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in announcing that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site in Grand Forks has been selected as one of ten sites to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS integration pilot program. This will empower the test site and North Dakota's UAS industry to be on the forefront of establishing the safe operation of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace (NAS), providing regulat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on North Korea's Release of American Detainees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President announced that three American citizens being held in North Korea have been released: "The release by North Korea of these three American citizens is a positive step. We appreciate the efforts of the President and Secretary of State Pompeo to secure their release and the Administration's continued work to denuclearize North Korea and stabilize the region. We join their families, friends and all Americans in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Decision on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President announced his decision to decertify the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. "The Iran agreement was insufficient and has not curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, which is why I opposed it. It did not provide for verification to ensure compliance, weakened sanctions, and would still allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon after 2025. Iran should not possess a nuclear weapon and we must do more to deter th… Continue Reading


Senator Hoeven Marks Retirement of Mayville State University President Dr. Gary Hagen

MAYVILLE, N.D. - At a retirement celebration today, Senator John Hoeven helped mark the work of Mayville State University President Dr. Gary Hagen, who is retiring after more than 40 years at the university including the last 13 as its president. Dr. Hagen announced his retirement last August and will officially leave his post in July. "Dr. Hagen's life work has been to serve students while promoting and helping to improve Mayville State University," said Hoeven. "Looking back over his more tha… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Work to Advance Project Tundra, Clean Coal Technologies

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders of Minnkota Power to continue advancing Project Tundra, a technology project to retrofit existing power plants to capture carbon dioxide. The project is being developed by Allete Clean Energy, Minnkota Power and BNI Coal in partnership with the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). "North Dakota is leading the way in developing clean coal technologies, which hold the promise of redu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Airport Infrastructure Projects, Plans for Grand Forks Airport Future

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Grand Forks International Airport Executive Director Ryan Reisinger for a review of the airport's existing infrastructure and plans to renovate and construct runways to meet increasing demands. As a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Hoeven is working to provide funding to support maintenance and upgrades at the airport. "The Grand Forks Airport is one of the top 25 busiest airports… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Military Should Embrace Innovative Solutions in Addressing Pilot Shortage & Universities Like UND Can Help

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today held a roundtable at the University of North Dakota (UND) to discuss the role the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND can play in helping address the military's pilot shortage. At a recent Defense Appropriations Committee hearing, Hoeven highlighted UND's Pathways Program partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and a new UND effort to train Air Force ROTC cade… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Conducting Cutting-Edge Defense Research and Development

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with researchers and officials at North Dakota State University to review innovative research and development projects being conducted in coordination with the Department of Defense. Hoeven, who was recently selected to serve as a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, plays a key role in providing funding for the projects and other defense priorities. Over the last five years, NDSU has received nearly $6 million in Defense Department funding … Continue Reading


Hoeven Gathers Input from North Dakota Producers at Farm Bill Roundtable

FARGO, 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 the Fargo-Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce's Agribusiness Committee and representatives from commodity groups to gather input for the next farm bill. "Agriculture is North Dakota's top industry and a real economic driver for our state," said Hoeven. "Good farm policy benefits every American, every day. That's why we… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Support, Funding for Comprehensive Flood Protection for the Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and other local leaders to discuss progress on comprehensive flood protection for the Red River Valley. The senator outlined his efforts to secure support and funding for the project in the Corps' Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 work plan. In a recent hearing, Hoeven secured a commitment from Lt. Gen Todd Semonite, Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to help secure funding for construction in the Fargo-Moorhead region as effor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $3 Million in Head Start Funding for Turtle Mountain

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start has awarded a $2,972,956 grant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds will support Head Start programs in the Turtle Mountain community to help serve children and their families. "Today's funding is an investment in the Turtle Mountain community and will help support children and their families to ensure th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Benefits of Tax Relief, Discusses Housing Industry Priorities with North Dakota Builders

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a meeting with the North Dakota Association of Builders, Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, today outlined how the tax relief legislation Congress passed in December benefits individuals and businesses and will help grow the economy. The senator also highlighted his work to provide regulatory relief and reform to spur investment and provide flexibility to businesses, as well as his work … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Treasury to Ensure 45Q Tax Credit Works for Energy Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin to provide regulatory certainty when implementing the recently renewed 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to ensure energy producers are able to utilize the credit for enhanced oil and gas recovery. In a letter to the Treasury Secretary, the senator outlined the importance of implementing the tax credit to reflect the difference between geological storage and enhanced oil and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Attorney General Sessions' Announcement in Fargo Today

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issues the following statement today after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement in Fargo regarding federal, state and local efforts to combat the opioid abuse epidemic, including the indictments of individuals for trafficking deadly fentanyl into the United States. "The opioid abuse crisis has impacted communities in North Dakota and across this country and ruined too many lives," said Hoeven. "Combatting this crisis will take a comprehensive effort wit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Makes Case for North Dakota Military Construction Projects

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven made the case for important military construction projects for the North Dakota National Guard and Minot Air Force Base. Specifically, Hoeven outlined the needs for a new Army National Guard readiness center in Fargo and to upgrade the helicopter operations facility in Minot. "These military construction projects are important for North Dakota's men and wom… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Pompeo as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as U.S. Secretary of State. Prior to his confirmation, Pompeo served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and had previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives. "With our nation facing threats around the globe, we need to have a strong, qualified individual at the helm of the State Department. Mike Pompeo has the experience necessary to lead our diplomatic … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Announces Valley City to Keep Its Floodwall

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has officially announced that Valley City can keep its floodwall. Last month, Hoeven passed legislation enabling Valley City to keep an existing floodwall near Valley City State University that was inadvertently built on land acquired using FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I worked to pass legislation to enable Valley City to keep its … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from U.S. Forest Service Chief to Visit North Dakota

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from acting U.S. Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen to visit North Dakota to see the state's grasslands and to ensure that the agency is working with North Dakota grazing organizations. "In North Dakota, our grazing associations utilize Forest Service lands for grazing their livestock after paying grazing permit fees. This has been a longstanding partnershi… Continue Reading

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