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Hoeven Hosts USAF Secretary Heather Wilson at Grand Sky for First UAS Beyond-Visual-Line-Of-Sight Flight

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at Grand Sky, North Dakota's premiere unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development park, for the first flight of an unmanned aircraft that goes both beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator and without a chase plane. The flight is being conducted by General Atomics and comes on the heels of an announcement made by Hoeven and General Atomics CEO Linden Blue last week that the comp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Drew Wrigley to Be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the president nominated former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. "Drew is well-qualified to serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, having already served in this position for nearly a decade," said Hoeven. "He has a strong record of investigating and prosecuting federal crimes in North Dakota and has helped provide justice for victims and their families during his prior s… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Department Of Energy Awards $1 Million For Spirit Lake Wind Turbine Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $1 million to help the Spirit Lake Tribe install a wind turbine. The tribe will provide a little over $3.1 million in additional funds for the $4,190,975 project, which will install a 1.5 MW wind turbine on the Fort Totten reservation. "This investment by the Department of Ene… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $8.2 Million For Victims Of Crime In North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded two grants totaling $8,230,751 to the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The funds are awarded from the Crime Victims Fund, with $162,000 set aside for the state to compensate victims of crime and the remainder dispersed to community organizations that provide direct services to victims. "Today's funding will help victim… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $2.8 Million To Secure Slopes Near University Of Mary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2,844,888 grant to the State of North Dakota. The funds, awarded through FEMA's Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive (PDMC) Grant Program, will cover 75 percent of the nearly $3.8 million cost of a bank stabilization project at the University of Mary. "By supporting efforts to shore up infrastructure, FEMA can help prevent dangerous… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nominates Darin & Toni Claus From Milnor As Angels In Adoption

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated Darin and Toni Claus from Milnor to represent North Dakota as the state's 2018 Angels in Adoption. As Angels in Adoption, Darin and Toni can attend the Angels in Adoption program this fall in Washington, D.C. "Darin and Toni's commitment to provide a loving home for children in need is an inspiration, and their work to adopt and foster has changed the lives of those whom they have welcomed into their home," Hoeven said. "Ou… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After President Signs FY2019 NDAA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee as well as the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the President signed into law the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "The president signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides strong support for our nation's military and our service members," said Hoeven. "It provides a p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines North Dakota’s Innovative Energy R&D for Secretary Perry, Highlights Opportunities Like Project Tundra & Allam Cycle to Advance Nation’s Energy Security

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, today hosted Energy Secretary Rick Perry for tours of the Falkirk Mine and Great River Energy's (GRE) Coal Creek Station and a roundtable with the state's energy leaders. Throughout the event, the senator stressed how the state's implementation of innovative technologies are helping to produce more energy at a lower cost and with better environmental … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Approves Authorization For Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Operability For Large UAS At Northern Plains Test Site

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a two-year certificate of authorization (COA) for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. The COA allows large UAS to fly 30 nautical miles around the Grand Sky technology park without a chase plane and will help to advance development, testing and evaluation of new UAS applications. On Friday, … Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Work to Provide Consumers with Greater Financial Choices, Expand Ag Producer Loans, Loan Guarantees

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the annual convention for the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his work to provide consumers with more financial options, as well as his provision in the Senate farm bill that raises the limits for loans and loan guarantees under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). "We're working to support our community banks, because these small financial institutions provide important services in local communities, whether it's a fami… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Should Put Forward Bid to Host New ERS & NIFA Locations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of both the Agriculture Committee and the Farm Bill conference committee, today said North Dakota should put forward a bid to host the new locations for the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This follows Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) reorganization plan, which includes… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Patterson Lake Homeowners on Plan to Pass Provision Enabling Them to Purchase Lots

DICKINSON, N.D. - In a meeting with Patterson Lake homeowners and area officials today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his provision to enable homeowners to purchase their lots. Hoeven included the Patterson Lake provision in a package of bills to be added to the Senate's Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which he expects the Senate will pass by Labor Day. "By enabling Patterson Lake homeowners to purchase their land, we can help them secure their properties for future investment," Hoeven s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Watford City Recovery Process, Outlines Efforts to Improve Tornado Warning System in Western North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the Prairie View RV Park and hosted a roundtable with leaders from the Watford City area to review the recovery process following last month's tornado and outline his efforts to improve the severe weather warning system for western North Dakota. In response to the recent disaster, which displaced approximately 200 local residents and led to dozens of injuries and one death, Hoeven pressed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Support Startups and Grow North Dakota’s Tech Sector at Watford City Entrepreneurial Summit

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his efforts to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses across North Dakota at the Entrepreneur EcoSummit. Today's workshop is hosted by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration's North Dakota District Office, the state's Small Business Development Centers and Fargo-based non-profit Emerging Prairie and seeks to encourage the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region that encourages i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: International Airport Designation Will Reduce Costs for New Williston Airport

WILLISTON, N.D. - During a roundtable with local and state officials in Williston today, Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Subcommittee, outlined the commitment he secured from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to designate the new Williston airport as an international airport. CBP had initially suggested that the airport become a user fee airport, rather than transfer the designation. This would have resulted in inc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses for Corps’ Snowpack Monitoring System to Help Avoid Future Flooding Along the Missouri River

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged the conferees of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to retain a provision in the final Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water Funding legislation pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement a soil moisture and snowpack monitoring program to help mitigate the possibility of flooding along the Missouri River. The provision, which was included in the Senate-passed Energy and Water Appropriations bill, clarifies that that the snowpack monitori… Continue Reading


Hoeven: General Atomics Will More Than Triple Presence at Grand Sky

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined General Atomics Aeronautical Systems CEO Linden Blue to announce that General Atomics will more than triple its presence at Grand Sky Technology Park. General Atomics and Grand Sky signed an agreement today to lease additional space, including a hanger for flight training and aircraft maintenance, facilities and classrooms. "We've worked hard to put in place the pieces to ensure our state is leading the way in UAS research and development," … Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts DHS Secretary at Grand Sky, Advocating Use of North Dakota UAS Expertise to Improve National Security

EMERADO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today hosted Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at the Grand Sky Technology Park to see the facility and for a roundtable with local unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry leaders. Today's visit comes as part of Hoeven's efforts to advocate for the administration to utilize UAS facilities and expertise in the region to improve n… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $390,000 To Support Rural Development In North Dakota Communities

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 is investing $390,087 in rural development projects in communities throughout North Dakota. Details are as follows: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa - $108,221 - The funds will be used to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and emerging and small agriculture-rel… Continue Reading


Hoeven & Cramer to Host Energy Secretary Perry Next Week for Falkirk & GRE Tours, Roundtable with Local Energy Leaders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, today announced that he and Congressman Kevin Cramer will host Energy Secretary Rick Perry in North Dakota on Monday, August 13, for tours of the Falkirk mine and Great River Energy's facility, as well as a roundtable with local energy leaders. Hoeven invited Perry to visit the state during his confirmation process last year and has consistently worked wi… Continue Reading

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