News Releases

05.08.19

Hoeven Leads Group of 22 Senators in Pressing FERC to Maintain State, Local Control of Electricity Market

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today led a group of 22 senators in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to maintain long-standing state and local authority over retail electricity markets. In a letter to the FERC Chairman, the senators outlined the need to maintain local regulatory authority and amend FERC's proposal that allows third-parties to aggregate distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and battery panels, and sell electricity on the wholesale market. Hoeven… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Hoeven Meets with North Dakota Students Named Among Nation's Top Volunteers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with two North Dakota students who have been selected as recipients of the 24th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Olivia Allen of Reiles Acres and Ishika Gupta of Fargo were chosen as the state's top youth volunteers for 2019. As state honorees, they were both awarded a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. with the opportunity to join other honorees from across the country. "One of the most valued ite… Continue Reading


05.07.19

Hoeven, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Bolster Research on Chronic Wasting Disease

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) this week introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Research Act, bipartisan legislation to establish a chronic wasting disease research grant program. Chronic wasting disease, which poses a serious threat to deer populations, is a fatal and contagious neurological disorder that has been documented in both captive and live herds in 26 states across the country. "North Dakota has a rich outdoor heritage with many sportsmen parti… Continue Reading


05.06.19

Hoeven, Cramer Reintroduce Legislation Supporting Continued Use of Refined Coal to Reduce Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today reintroduced legislation to extend the refined coal tax credit. The credit incentivizes power plants to pre-treat or refine coal to improve efficiency and decrease emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury. "The use of refined coal is a strong example of using technology to improve environmental stewardship while still relying on abundant, affordable energy sources like coal," said Senator Hoeven. "For many facilities that … Continue Reading


05.03.19

Hoeven to Corps Omaha Commander: Manage Missouri River to Prevent Upstream Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, and again outlined the importance of managing the Missouri River to prevent upstream flooding. Hoeven urged the Corps to make sure that there is enough storage space in the Upper Missouri River dams to accommodate any late spring rains. This continues the senator's efforts to ensure that the Corps is working to prevent flooding in North Dakota. "I met with Colo… Continue Reading


05.03.19

Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong to FCC: Improve Access to Broadband by Improving Broadband Maps

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to provide better access to broadband by improving the accuracy of broadband maps. Specifically, the delegation noted that the FCC could improve broadband mapping by: More accurately reporting where broadband service exists by making data reporting more granular; Ensuring ISP provided data is accurate by establishing a meaningful challen… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Hoeven: President Includes Cybersecurity Workforce Rotation Program in Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the President announced a cybersecurity workforce executive order that includes a rotational cyber workforce program, like the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Hoeven and Gary Peters (D-Mich). The senators' bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate this week, creates a civilian personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies. … Continue Reading


05.02.19

Hoeven to Sec. Wilkie: Provide One Set of VA Regulations for LTC Providers, Add North Dakota HBOT Facility to Clinical Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to: Ensure his long-term care (LTC) legislation is implemented properly, giving qualified LTC providers only one set of regulations to comply with, rather than the existing duplicative regulations. Currently, only about 20 percent of North Dakota's nursing homes contract… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Hoeven Statement on Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on Venezuela: "The United States stands united with the people of Venezuela and their chosen leader Juan Guaido as they fight for their freedom and stand up against Maduro." -###-… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Hoeven, Manchin Reintroduce Bill to Provide Energy Flexibility for Federal Buildings, Enhance Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee, today reintroduced their bipartisan All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act, which would help the federal government improve energy efficiency, while providing flexibility in using efficient fuels, like natural gas, that would otherwise be phased out while enhancing federal building energy efficiency sta… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong to Washington Governor: Veto State Bill That Would Block Bakken Crude from Washington Refineries

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong pressed Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to veto a bill that would require crude oil passing through the state to meet a 9 pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure threshold, which would effectively block the Pacific Northwest as a destination for Bakken Crude oil. The bill, SB 5579, was recently passed by the Washington State Legislature and now awaits Inslee's signature or veto. "We write in regards to SB… Continue Reading


04.29.19

Hoeven: USDA Extends MFP Certification Deadline to May 17

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) certification deadline to May 17. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue initially announced the extension this past weekend during an event Hoeven arranged in North Dakota with local agriculture producers to address the challen… Continue Reading


04.27.19

Hoeven: Grand Farm Represents Intersection of Ag & Tech, Helping Advance Future of Precision Agriculture

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today marked the unveiling of Grand Farm, a project led by Emerging Prairie to develop and demonstrate the next generation of precision agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who Hoeven brought to North Dakota to meet with producers about the challenges in farm country, was able to see North Dakota's work to advance precision agriculture. Hoeven high… Continue Reading


04.27.19

Hoeven Arranges for ND Producers to Give Direct Input to Secretary Perdue on Trade Negotiations, Farm Bill Implementation

HARWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today brought US. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to North Dakota to meet with and hear directly from North Dakota producers. Given the challenges in farm country, including low commodity prices, retaliatory tariffs and natural disasters, Hoeven outlined the importance of: Finalizing trade agreements as soon as possible, like the U… Continue Reading


04.25.19

Hoeven Outlines Work to Bolster Lignite Industry at Lignite Energy Council Annual Meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. - During a congressional panel at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and Energy and Water Appropriations Committees, outlined his legislative efforts to bolster the state's lignite industry and support research and development of clean coal technologies in North Dakota and across the nation. "Our lignite industry provides affordable, reliable energy to power our homes, businesses an… Continue Reading


04.24.19

Hoeven: USGS to Update Its Oil and Gas Estimate for the Williston Basin

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Walter Guidroz, the Energy Resource Program Lead for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in North Dakota for a meeting with energy stakeholders to discuss the agency's efforts to update its oil and gas estimate for the Williston Basin. USGS recently began the process of updating its estimate, which comes as the result of a commitment the senator secured in 2017, and Hoeven organized this meeting to help ensure it: Reflects the current capabilit… Continue Reading


04.23.19

Hoeven: Grand Sky, Harris Corporation Launching UAS Super Corridor in Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Grand Sky and the Harris Corporation in announcing a new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Super Corridor in the Red River Valley. The corridor will enable unmanned aircraft, both large and small, to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of their operators and without a chase plane throughout approximately 100 miles of the valley. It comes as the result of key technologies and authorizations that Hoeven has worked to secure in recent years. The… Continue Reading


04.23.19

Hoeven: Institutes Like UND Can Help Address Our Need for New Air Traffic Controllers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today hosted top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including Tim Arel, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, at the University of North Dakota (UND) campus, where the senator underscored the need to reform the air traffic controller (ATC) hiring process. Hoeven recently introduced his bipartisan ATC Hirin… Continue Reading


04.22.19

Hoeven Statement on Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement on the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. "We stand with the people of Sri Lanka and mourn with those who lost loved ones following the horrific terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on churches and hotels. These senseless acts of violence targeting Christians worshipping at churches on Easter Sunday, as well as hotels, are a stark reminder that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat terrorism." -###-… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Hoeven Statement on the Release of the Mueller Report

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice released the Special Counsel's report: "We appreciate Attorney General Barr's decision to release the report so that the Special Counsel's investigation is made available to the public in a transparent way," Hoeven said. "Further, the Attorney General has committed to testify in front of the Senate and House Judiciary committees. We are reviewing the report and look forward to hearing Mr. … Continue Reading

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