News Releases

01.03.20

Hoeven Statement Following Death of Iranian General Soleimani

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani: "As the leader of the Quds Forces, General Soleimani was a terrorist responsible for the deaths of many Americans, and was planning additional attacks on U.S. interests. Our brave U.S. servicemembers and intelligence officials have once again brought a terrorist to justice. Iran's terr… Continue Reading


01.03.20

Hoeven Statement on Fish & Wildlife Service Establishing Appeals Process for Wetlands Maps, Clarifying Easement Boundaries

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would work with landowners to clarify pre-1976 wetlands easement boundaries and provide a process to appeal wetlands maps. This follows Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, hosting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in North Dakota to highl… Continue Reading


01.02.20

Hoeven: EPA Awards Funds to North Dakota for State-Led Environmental Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $473,998 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) through the Performance Partnership Grant (PPG). Today's funds support implementing programs that help ensure clean air and water and manage hazardous and solid waste, drinking water, underground storage tanks, underground injection control and radon. "PPG funds… Continue Reading


12.27.19

Hoeven Reviews $1.5 Billion in Disaster Funding with North Dakota Producers, Agriculture Leaders and FSA Officials

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today brought together North Dakota producers, agriculture leaders and officials from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to discuss the additional disaster assistance he secured for farmers impacted by severe weather. Hoeven advanced the measures as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agriculture Appropriations legislation that was passed and signed into law last week. Specifically, Hoeven ensured the legisl… Continue Reading


12.26.19

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Eliot Glassheim

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the passing of Eliot Glassheim, former member of the North Dakota House of Representatives and the Grand Forks City Council. "Eliot dedicated decades of his life to serving the people of Grand Forks and North Dakota. He will long be remembered for his hard work and good nature. Mikey and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones, and join with people from across North Dakota in expressing our apprecia… Continue Reading


12.23.19

Hoeven Announces Head Start Funding in Fort Totten

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,327,950 to Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten for Head Start programing. "Providing important resources like those offered through Head Start assist both students and their families to prepare for school and learning," said Hoeven. "Today's funds will help ensure access to early learning resources in the community… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Hoeven Statement on HHS Finalizing Rule to Ensure Transparency on Abortion Coverage in Obamacare Exchanges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized a rule to ensure that health insurance plans sold through Obamacare exchanges are transparent about whether premiums would be used to cover elective abortion services. Hoeven joined a bicameral group inurging the administration to finalize this change and bring the plans into compliance with the law, which requires that insurance companies providing such coverage… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Improve FCC's Broadband Mapping

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve the accuracy of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadband mapping. Specifically, the bill would: Make the data more granular. Include more state, local and tribal government data. Establish a challenge process to ensure the accuracy of data provided by Internet … Continue Reading


12.20.19

Congress Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Enhance FCC & Telephone Carrier Action Against Illegal Robocalls

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Congress passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to help deter illegal and unsolicited robocalls. The legislation aligns with a resolution passed by the North Dakota legislature calling for a solution to the unwanted calls, as well as the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) actions earlier this year to stop illegal calls, including … Continue Reading


12.19.19

Hoeven Statement on Passage of FY2020 Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. "We worked to secure important priorities for North Dakota and the nation as part of this funding legislation, including $1.5 billion in disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers, strong support for our military, improved health care for veterans and flood protection… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Hoeven: Congress Extends Biodiesel, Railroad Track Maintenance Tax Credits Through 2022

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Senate in passing legislation to extend expired tax provisions that benefit industry in North Dakota, including a retroactive extension from 2018 through 2022 for the: Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Tax Credit - provides a credit of $1.00 per gallon of pure biodiesel to qualified biodiesel producers or blenders. The bill also extends the second-generation biofuel producer credit for one year, through 2020. Railroad Track Maintenance Cred… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Hoeven Statement After House Approves USMCA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Since President Donald Trump signed the agreement with Mexico and Canada over a year ago, Hoeven has repeatedly made the case for approval of USMCA. "Given the challenges facing our farmers and ranchers, House passage of USMCA is an important step forward," said Hoeven. "While the USMCA had to start in the House, and the agreement was held … Continue Reading


12.19.19

Hoeven Statement on Senate Confirmation of Dan Traynor as U.S. District Court Judge

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate approved the nomination of Dan Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. Hoeven introduced Traynor at a committee hearing to review his nomination this fall. "We've secured Senate confirmation for Dan Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota," said Hoeven. "I've known Dan for years, and the people of North Dakota will be well-served by him. Dan has shown a str… Continue Reading


12.19.19

Hoeven: Congress Approves $1.5 Billion in Ag Disaster Funding as Part of Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that Congress has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill, including the additional $1.5 billion in disaster assistance he secured to help agriculture producers impacted by severe weather. Hoeven was also able to secure provisions requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to make disaster payments for eligible sugar growers and expanded program eligibility to cov… Continue Reading


12.18.19

Hoeven Statement After House Vote on Impeachment Articles

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the House voted on articles of impeachment: "We have the transcript of the call between President Trump and President Zelensky. President Zelensky said he did not feel he was being pressured to do an investigation and the military aid was provided without Ukraine conducting any investigations. The House Democrats' focus on impeachment has delayed important responsibilities, like passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, addre… Continue Reading


12.17.19

Hoeven: Congress Approves FY2020 Defense Authorization Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Hoeven worked to advance important priorities for North Dakota in the legislation including: A 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, the largest increase in nearly a decade. A provision requiring the Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to regularl… Continue Reading


12.16.19

Hoeven Secures Additional $1.5 Billion in Ag Disaster Funding

Editor's Note: Senator Hoeven secured the funding in the final FY2020 Agriculture Appropriations funding bill, which the House is expected to vote on tomorrow with the Senate following later this week. WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that he has secured an additional $1.5 billion in disaster funding to help agriculture producers impacted by severe weather. The senator also secured a provision requiring the Secretary… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Hoeven, Cramer, Armstrong Support State's Request for Presidential Disaster Declaration

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Trump to approve the State of North Dakota's request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to fall flooding and the early snowstorm. In a letter to the Administration, the delegation wrote in support of the state's request for a presidential declaration, which would make assistance available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Thank you for your continued s… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Hoeven Announces Head Start & Community Health Center Funding in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,153,730 to the Three Affiliated Tribes for Head Start programing as well as $1,124,221 to Northland Health Partners to continue providing health care to Community Health Center patients. "Today's funds will help ensure access to these vital services and resources for families and children in these communities," Hoeven said. -… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Hoeven Statement After Administration, China Agree to Phase-One Trade Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the President and China agreed to a phase-one trade deal. Among other things, the agreement will require China to ramp up its purchases of U.S. agricultural products and in return, the U.S. will not impose 15 percent duties scheduled for December 15. Hoeven spoke with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer earli… Continue Reading

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