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Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million in Head Start Funding for Community Action Partnership in Dickinson

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 $1,058,966 to Community Action Partnership, Inc. in Dickinson. The funds will be used to support Community Action Partnership's Head Start Program which serves families living in Dickinson as well as Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties. The program helps families better … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $2.5 Million in Funding for Grand Forks and Northwood Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $2,488,754 to the Grand Forks and Northwood airports. Details of the awards are as follows: Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority - $1,345,708 - The funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway U and update the airport's master plan to help address future development. Northwood - $1,143,046 - The funds … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures $27 Million for Minot Air Force Base Firing Range in FY18 Military Construction Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Military Construction Appropriations bill includes $27 million for an indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base. Additionally, Hoeven worked to include a provision in the FY18 funding bill directing the Air Force to provide a timeline for upgrading ICBM infrastructure including electrical lines and the Weapons Storage Facil… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Indian Health Service to Address Deficiencies, Improve Access to Quality Care

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven pressed officials from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to address deficiencies in the management of the agency and the standard of care it delivers to tribal communities across the country. Hoeven highlighted a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying IHS as high-risk for mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse. According to Rear Admiral Chris Buchanan, the Deputy Director … Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakotan Dr. Andrea Travnicek Hired as Deputy Assistant Secretary at Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Dr. Andrea Travnicek was hired as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of Interior. "Andrea brings a wealth of experience to the Department of Interior," Hoeven said. "The Office of Science and Water carries great importance in North Dakota, impacting energy, agriculture and water issues, among other things. Her knowledge of local issues and expertise in the field will be incredibl… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from RMA Administrator to Ensure Crop Insurance Adjustors, Prevent Delays for Ag Producers Facing Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week secured a commitment from the head of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to ensure there are loss adjustors to assess drought damage in North Dakota. After learning that agriculture producers were facing delays in making claims due to the high volume of requests during the drought, Hoeven called Heather Manzano, Acting Administrator for the RMA at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The senator urged Manzano to hold insurance companies to their con… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.1 Million for Rural Health Information Hub at Center for Rural Health at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has awarded $2,100,000 for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly the Rural Assistance Center, at the University of North Dakota's (UND) Center for Rural Health. The funds will be used to provide technical assistance for the RHIhub, a national clearinghouse on rural health issues wh… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on New Draft Health Care Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Senate Leadership released a new draft health care reform bill: "As I've said all along, our overall goal for health care reform legislation is to provide Americans with access to patient-centered health care and health insurance at an affordable rate. I did not support the Senate's first draft. Now, I will review the new draft legislation and want to see the CBO score and additional analysis of the legislation. I will … Continue Reading


Hoeven: HUD Provides Waiver for LaGrave on First, Allows Project to Move Forward

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved a waiver for LaGrave on First. This nearly $9 million project being developed by the City of Grand Forks and the local housing authority will help serve the region's chronically homeless population. The waiver allows the project to advance using HUD's HOME program and Section … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Head Start Funding for Minot School District

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 $1,725,909 to the Minot Public School District. Hoeven announced a similar Head Start grant for Minot Public School District in May. The funds - which will be used to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Minot community - will help provide families with education and early child development resour… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Presidential Disaster Declaration for North Dakota Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the President approved the request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of North Dakota. The disaster declaration frees up approximately $3.25 million for Benson, Bottineau, Cavalier, McHenry, Pembina, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Towner and Walsh Counties and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation. "This disaster declaration makes resources available to help northern tier communities address floodin… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Allows Insurance Providers to Waive Livestock Risk Protection Requirements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow insurance providers under the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) program to waive the 30-day ownership requirement, subject to proof of ownership. Generally, ag producers insured under LRP that sell cattle less than 30 days before the end of their policy would not be eligible for an indemnity payment. By allowing this waiver, USDA is providing greater flexibility for small producers in timing … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Neomi Rao as OIRA Administrator, Chief Regulatory Authority

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Neomi Rao as head of the central authority for reviewing rules and regulations proposed by the executive branch, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "In order for our nation to continue to compete around the globe, we need to have a cost-effective, pro-growth regulatory environment," Hoeven said. "As the head of OIRA, Ne… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Approves Emergency Haying of CRP Acres in Drought-Stricken Counties Beginning July 16

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved his request to allow emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres beginning July 16. Hoeven worked to secure support to begin emergency haying in the state by mid-July. This approval enables emergency haying in counties experiencing drought conditions of D2 or higher on the U.S. Drought Monitor, as well as emergency haying in any county within 150 miles of a D2 county beg… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NRCS Wetland Acres Available for Grazing and Haying in Drought-Stricken Counties

BISMARCK, N.D. - Following a meeting today with the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and ranchers, Senator John Hoeven announced that producers impacted by drought may hay or graze NRCS Wetland Restoration Acres. Ranchers should visit their county NRCS office to submit paperwork to access these acres, which are lands that farmers have enrolled in 30-year easements with NRCS under the Wetland Restoration Easement program. Additionally, Hoeven said that he is also contacting USDA Secretary Son… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure Ranchers Have Access to Drought Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a roundtable with the directors of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and ranchers to outline options for producers facing drought across the state. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven is working to ensure ranchers have access to emergency measures to help them weather the drought and maintain their operations. "Our ag producers are facing a severe drough… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Interior Department to Streamline Onshore Oil & Gas Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed a secretarial order to streamline the permitting process for mineral leases on federal lands. This will help the Interior Department address the backlog of onshore oil and gas permit applications. "Secretary Zinke's order is an important step in providing regulatory relief for our energy industry," Hoeven said. "This is especially important for western states and tribes, where federal red tape and del… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Hospitals, Long-Term Care, AARP Leaders on Health Reform

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders from Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius, before meeting with long-term care providers and AARP North Dakota. The health care reform meetings included: Cindy Morrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Sanford Health; Tim Rave, Vice President of Public Policy, Sanford Health; Kurt Schley, CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health; Keith Heuser, Administrator of CHI Mercy Health Valley City; Reed Reyman, President of CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson; Shelly P… Continue Reading


Hoeven: US Needs to Pressure China to Get North Korea to Stand Down

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Korea conducted a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "North Korea's continued development of its nuclear arms represents a real threat to the security of our nation and our allies," Hoeven said. "We need to find ways to put pressure on China to make North Korea stand down. The fact is China needs to sell its goods to the United States. That enables us to put pressure on China to reign… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Health Care Meetings in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the new University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences before holding a health care meeting at Altru Medical Center to discuss health care reform. The meeting included: Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru Hospital; Meghan Compton, General Counsel at Altru Hospital; Brad Gibbens, MPA, Deputy Director of the Center for Rural Health; Pete Antonson, Administrator of Northwood Deaconess Health Center; and Alan O'Neil, CEO of Unity Me… Continue Reading

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