News Releases

07.18.14

Hoeven Presses BNSF to Catch Up on Ag Shipments Before Harvest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose to relieve backlogs on agriculture shipments prior to the fall harvest season. BNSF committed to spot 450 cars per day and offer more shuttles this fall than in 2013 to relieve past due agriculture shipments. Hoeven also asked rail officials to come to North Dakota to hear directly from the state's agriculture commodity groups. The senator expects that meeting to take place within the first two weeks of … Continue Reading


07.17.14

Hoeven Announces BNSF, RRVW Agreement to Provide Rail Service to James Valley Grain

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that BNSF Railway and RRVW Railroad Company have reached an agreement to provide shuttle train service to James Valley Grain's proposed shuttle facility in Verona, North Dakota. "The agreement BNSF and RRVW have reached to provide train service to James Valley Grain is an important step in our ongoing efforts to improve rail service in North Dakota, especially for our state's farmers who rely heavily on trains" said Hoeven. "New service to the … Continue Reading


07.17.14

Hoeven: FY15 Defense Appropriations Bill Bolsters National Security, Supports Missions at North Dakota Bases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today worked to include provisions in the Fiscal Year 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill that will strengthen America's national security and support missions at North Dakota's bases. The legislation, which was approved today by the committee, includes strong support for the nation's nuclear triad, modernization of the B-52 aircraft fleet and funding for the Global Hawk platform. "The Defense … Continue Reading


07.17.14

Hoeven Meets with Microsoft's Fargo Leader

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Don Morton, Microsoft's Fargo Campus Site Leader, to discuss operations at the company's North Dakota site. Morton said Microsoft does not expect to lay off employees at its Fargo campus as part of the company's announcement this week. "We met today with Don Morton to discuss the good work being done by Microsoft employees in Fargo," said Hoeven. "With the company's layoff announcement, we're appreciative that those layoffs aren't expected to ta… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Hoeven Announces Grant to Support Education Achievement at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded a $260,910 grant to Sitting Bull College to provide GED tutoring and testing services for three years to the eight communities on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The grant was made through CNCS' AmeriCorps program, which requires matching funds from the recipient organizations and supports community service programs in the areas of education, veterans and military fami… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Hoeven Requests Meeting with DEA Administrator to Press for Support to Combat Drug Crime in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today requested a meeting with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart to ensure that DEA is providing the necessary support to local and state officials in North Dakota to fight increasing drug crimes. Yesterday, Hoeven called for DEA to station more agents in the state to help support local and state officials in preventing and investigating drug crimes. "We've requested a meeting with DEA Administrator Leonhart, either in North Dakota o… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Hoeven Seeks Angels in Adoption Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is accepting nominations of North Dakota residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work on behalf of adopted children, foster children and their families. As in past years, Hoeven will select one individual, couple or organization to represent North Dakota at the annual national Angels in Adoption program held each fall in Washington, D.C. Nominations should be submitted by contacting Hoeven's Bismarck off… Continue Reading


07.16.14

Hoeven Statement on Vote to Defend Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after a vote in the U.S. Senate to reject legislation aimed at overturning the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Hobby Lobby case. That decision found the Obamacare mandate on certain contraceptives violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and infringes on Americans' religious freedoms. "I support the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case as it upholds religious freedom, one of our most fundamental c… Continue Reading


07.15.14

Hoeven Calls for Additional Drug Enforcement Agents in Western North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to better support local and state officials in fighting drug crimes and to provide additional DEA agents to help investigate drug cases in western North Dakota. "We have been in contact with the North Dakota Attorney General, as well as local law enforcement officials, to determine how to best help them to keep our communities safe. They indicated that we need more DEA agents," said Hoeven. "That's why we're re… Continue Reading


07.11.14

Hoeven Announces Grant to Improve Health Care Access for North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs a more than $375,000 grant to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural areas. The grant will fund transportation services for veterans to travel to VA medical centers and other facilities providing VA care, and the grant will benefit approximately 5,477 veterans living in 36 counties in North Dakota. "One of the mo… Continue Reading


07.11.14

Hoeven, McCain, Murkowski, Barrasso Introduce the North Atlantic Energy Security Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today introduced the North Atlantic Energy Security Act, a measure that would cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring and expedite liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to America's allies. Specifically, the legislation would: Streamline Onshore Production - It currently takes 180 to 270 days to approve a drilling permit on p… Continue Reading


07.10.14

Hoeven Continues to Push for Nuclear Force Improvement, B-52 Modernization

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he is working with Air Force officials to authorize and fund a number of initiatives to improve the nation's nuclear fleet, weapons systems and facilities. The senator today met with Major General Scott A. Vander Hamm, Commander of the Eighth Air Force based at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of his efforts to modernize the nation's B-52 fleet and to get a briefing on the Nuclear Force Improvement Program (NFIP). Vander Hamm is responsible fo… Continue Reading


07.10.14

Hoeven Calls for Senate to Stand Up for Farmers and Ranchers and Vote on Amendment to Eliminate Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator John Hoeven called on the Senate to stand up for farmers and ranchers and vote on an amendment he is cosponsoring that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing their proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule. The proposed regulation would significantly expand federal authority to regulate small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds and ditches under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Hoeven said the … Continue Reading


07.08.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in HHS Grants for Northland Healthcare Alliance, UND Nursing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to foster innovation in health care and the diversification of the nursing workforce. "A good quality of life depends on having access to quality health care," Hoeven said. "The Innovation Award will enable Northland Healthcare Alliance to continue its good work of enabling elderly North Dakotans greater independence and an opportunity to… Continue Reading


07.08.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $400 Thousand in Conservation Funds for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded nearly $400 thousand from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for conservation and outdoor recreation projects in North Dakota. "It was North Dakota that deepened President Teddy Roosevelt's passion for the outdoors and conservation, and our state's residents share in that heritage through their appreciation and ongoing stewardship for our natural resources, such as our wildlife habit… Continue Reading


07.03.14

Senator John Hoeven's Statement for Independence Day 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "The anniversary of our independence provides us all with an opportunity to reflect not only upon the liberties we enjoy, which have provided the solid foundation on which our great nation stands, but also on the blood and toil that has been spent in securing those liberties. Our members of the armed services from the time of our Founding Fathers through today have risked e… Continue Reading


07.03.14

Hoeven Working to Keep Minot Area Processing Facility Operating

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Drew Aliperto, United States Postal Service (USPS) vice president of area operations for the western area, to press for the continued operation of the Minot Area Mail Processing facility. In 2011, the USPS began studying more than 250 mail processing facilities nationwide for possible consolidation or closure. By February 2014, 141 facilities had been consolidated, and the USPS announced a freeze on further action for the remaining facilities… Continue Reading


07.03.14

Hoeven Presses Ag Secretary on Waters of the U.S. Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday to work with him to eliminate the proposed "Waters of the United States" rule and to address widespread concern among farmers and ranchers about the regulation that would expand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds and ditches under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The senator has led the effort on the Appropriations Committee to provide… Continue Reading


07.02.14

Hoeven: Farm Bill Tools Can Help to Address Upstream Concerns

MOORHEAD, MINN. - Senator John Hoeven today said he worked on the Senate Agriculture Committee and joint Senate-House conference committee to include programs in the Farm Bill to help provide rural flood protection for the Red River Valley. The senator also expressed appreciation for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack coming to the region today and committing $50 million to apply Farm Bill programs to addressing upstream concerns. The senator also stressed with Vilsack the i… Continue Reading


07.01.14

Hoeven Working to Support Rural Businesses Through Exports, Access to New Markets

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Director General Arun Kumar for a tour of WCCO Belting, Inc. in Wahpeton to see a successful North Dakota export business and to enlist the Commercial Service's help in developing and expanding markets for rural exporters. Hoeven later joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and the director general for a tour of Titan Machinery in Moorhead, Minn. and a roundtable with regional business leaders to discuss opportunities… Continue Reading

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