News Releases

09.15.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $400K in DOJ Funds to Raise Awareness of Violence Against Native Women, Enhance Public Policy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has awarded nearly $400,000 to First Nations Women's Alliance in Devils Lake to increase awareness of and enhance the response to violence against Native American women, while also improving victims' access to essential services. The funds are made available through the DOJ's Tribal Coalitions Program, which supports the development and operation of nonprofit, nongo… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Record of Decision for Basin Transmission Line Follows Hoeven Effort to Bring Parties Together in March

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has signed the record of decision (ROD) enabling Basin Electric Power Cooperative to begin construction on multiple transmission lines in western North Dakota. The ROD was issued by RUS on Sept. 13. The decision comes following a meeting Hoeven organized in March to bring together Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Rural Utility Service, Forest Service, Central Power Cooperative an… Continue Reading


09.12.14

Hoeven Announces More Than $560K in USDA Rural Development Grants to North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding more than $560,000 in rural development grants to seven North Dakota organizations. The funds are made available through USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunity Grant programs which were extended in the 2014 farm bill. "The new period of growth we're experiencing across North Dakota also means we have a greater demand for vital services in our rural communi… Continue Reading


09.12.14

Hoeven to Celebrate ESPN GameDay in Fargo, Cheer on the Bison

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Mikey today congratulated the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison for being selected as a host campus for ESPN's popular College GameDay broadcast. Tomorrow, the senator and his wife will join the GameDay celebration in downtown Fargo and will also cheer on the Bison at the game that afternoon. The FCS No. 1, three-time defending national champion Bison will be playing the University of the Incarnate Word from Texas. Last week, the Bison won their 26t… Continue Reading


09.11.14

Hoeven Statement on the Anniversary of September 11th

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States: "September 11 will always occupy a profound place in American memory. Today, on the thirteenth anniversary of that tragic day, we honor those who lost their lives and the first responders who put themselves in harm's way to save others. We also honor our men and women in uniform who continue to protect us overseas and at home, especi… Continue Reading


09.11.14

Hoeven Secures Commitment from USDA Rural Development Nominee to Provide Housing Assistance in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Lisa Mensah, the nominee to be U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development, to ensure USDA housing assistance programs are available to help growing North Dakota communities. Hoeven invited Mensah to visit North Dakota and see firsthand the state's growth challenges and opportunities. "North Dakota is the fastest growing state in the nation," said Hoeven. … Continue Reading


09.11.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.3 Million in Airport Improvement Funds for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded six grants totaling nearly $1.3 million to improve North Dakota airports. The DOT funds are made available through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports the planning and development of public-use airports. The details of the grants are as follows: • Mohall Municipal Airport - $464,522 for the construction of an additional 1,500 f… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Hoeven Announces $4 Million in DOT Grants for Grand Forks, Jamestown, Parshall Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded three grants totaling $4 million to improve North Dakota airports. The DOT funds are made available through the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports the planning and development of public-use airports. The details of the grants are as follows: Grand Forks International Airport - $2.8 million to construct an aircraft rescue and firefigh… Continue Reading


09.10.14

Hoeven Tells Commerce Committee Hearing: Railroads Must Invest in Infrastructure, Create More Transparency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today gave opening remarks at a U.S. Commerce Committee hearing, telling members that both Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) need to add resources to meet the growing demand for shipping in North Dakota and the Upper Midwest. The senator was invited to address the committee owing to his extensive work to resolve long shipping delays for agriculture products in the region. "Ultimately, what will resolve t… Continue Reading


09.09.14

Hoeven: DOJ Grants $300,000 to Grand Forks for Domestic Violence Support

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women has awarded $300,000 to the City of Grand Forks for a program to encourage arrest policies and help with the enforcement of protection orders for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse. The program will enhance the safety of victims by helping criminal justice agencies and victim services organizations collaborate. "Domestic violence and sexual assault are serious … Continue Reading


09.09.14

Hoeven Announces $1 Million in DOT Tiger Grant Funding for Three Affiliated Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $1 million in grant funding to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation for transportation infrastructure investments on the Fort Berthold Reservation. "We are working to improve and upgrade infrastructure across our state to ensure that communities have safe and efficient roads, bridges and railways," said Hoeven. "This DOT grant will help the Three Affiliated Tribes to help improve the… Continue Reading


09.09.14

Hoeven Receives Farmers Union's Golden Triangle Award

WASHINGTON - At a meeting with the National Farmers Union (NFU) today, Senator John Hoeven was awarded the organization's highest legislative honor, the Golden Triangle, in recognition of the senator's leadership on issues affecting family farmers and rural America. "Not only do our farmers, ranchers and agriculture workers provide our nation the highest quality, least expensive food supply in the world, but they are also a cornerstone of North Dakota's economy," Hoeven said. "It has been an ho… Continue Reading


09.08.14

Hoeven Announces More Than $675,000 for New Medical Research Center at Cankdeska Cikana Community College

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $675,409 to establish a Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten. The funds were provided by Indian Health Services (IHS) at HHS. "We can secure a healthier America through forward-thinking medical research," Hoeven said. "These funds will help provide practical and cutting-edge health services to our Nati… Continue Reading


09.08.14

Hoeven: NSF Awards More Than $1 Million to UND and Laserlith Corporation of Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $1,037,082 to Laserlith Corporation of Grand Forks and the University of North Dakota (UND) to research and develop wireless devices and services. Details of the grants are as follows: • Laserlith Corporation - $745,483 - The funds will support the research and development of more efficient wireless communication devices to reduce material costs and power consumption while also im… Continue Reading


09.07.14

Hoeven Honors Guard Members, Families at Send-Off Ceremony in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined with the community to honor 15 members of the North Dakota National Guard who will soon deploy for a mission in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hoeven thanked the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices during a send-off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility. "Today we honor these brave soldiers and their loved ones who are answering our nation's call to serve - many for their second or third time," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


09.05.14

Hoeven Congratulates CHS on Advancing Fertilizer Plant, Continues to Press for DOE Support

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said Cenex Harvest States' (CHS) decision to move forward with construction of an innovative, $3 billion fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, N.D is good news for the company, good news for farmers and good news for North Dakota. Hoeven has been pressing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to secure a more than $1 billion Advanced Fossil Energy loan guarantee for the project. Hoeven recently met with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at his Washington office … Continue Reading


09.05.14

Hoeven Presses Corps to Approve Phased Approach to Move Forward Souris River Basin Flood Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined state and local officials at a meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies to move forward the enhanced flood protection project for the Souris River Basin. Hoeven encouraged the federal agencies to provide permits for the project in phases to ensure that it can be completed in the most timely and efficient manner. "We need to move forward on the flood management project for the Souris River Basin as quickly and efficie… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Hoeven: Postal Service Commits to Maintain Service Hours at 30 Post Offices in the Bakken

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he has received a confirmation from Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will adhere to its commitment in April to maintain current service hours at 30 post offices in the Bakken region that were going to have their hours reduced. While data released last week suggested that some of the largely rural post offices warranted having their hours reduced, Stroman said the USPS recognizes the growth trend in the Ba… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Hoeven Presses Railroads at STB Hearing for Investment in Rail Infrastructure, Better Service, More Transparency

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told members of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) at a hearing in Fargo that both Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) need to add resources to meet the growing demand for shipping in North Dakota. The STB is charged with resolving railroad rate and service disputes. "The bottom line is that we need greater rail capacity to meet the growing needs of North Dakota's expanding economy and dynamic b… Continue Reading


09.04.14

Hoeven Announces More Than $63,000 DOJ Grant for North Dakota Attorney General's Office

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded $63,029 to the North Dakota Office of the Attorney General (AG). In June, Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, passed the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill which directs the DOJ to create plans to support law enforcement in the Bakken. "Responding to crime and protecting our communities is vital to maintaining ou… Continue Reading

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