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Hoeven Outlines Vital Role of North Dakota Air Force Missions with Secretary Wilson

WASHINGTON - At a meeting of the bipartisan Air Force Caucus today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the vital role of North Dakota's air bases in the nation's overall defense with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen Wilson. The caucus held the meeting to review the Air Force's budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and the service's priorities in facing modern threats. Hoeven co-chairs the caucus and also serves on the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on EPA Ending "Sue and Settle" Practice

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will end the "sue and settle" practice. "Under the Obama Administration, environmental groups were able to use the court system as a means to go around the formal rulemaking process," said Hoeven. "We welcome the EPA's announcement today that they will end the 'sue and settle' policy, which will help ensure that Congress maintains its proper oversight ro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President's Action Gives Congress an Opportunity to Block Iran's Path to Nuclear Weapons, Restrict Its Ballistic Missile Program & Sponsorship of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president decertified the nuclear deal with Iran, citing that it is not in the national security interests of the U.S. The certification process was established by Congress through the passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. "The bottom line is this - the current deal keeps Iran on course to obtaining a nuclear weapon," said Hoeven. "The deal is missing vital components, like inspections on militar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Announcement to End CSR Payments

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Administration announced it will end the Obamacare cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurance companies with policies on the Obamacare exchanges. "We need to give consumers more control over their health care insurance and through competition and choice make health insurance more affordable," said Hoeven. "That's why I've supported health care legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare but also provid… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Executive Order to Increase Access to Affordable Health Insurance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed an executive order to expand access to more affordable health care plans. The order directs federal agencies to issue rules allowing trade association and other organizations to offer health insurance plans across state lines, lifting some limits on short-term insurance plans and allowing employers to set aside pre-tax dollars to help pay employees insurance premiums. "We've said all along that heal… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Agriculture Must Be a Priority in Tax Reform

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable at the North Dakota Farm Bureau headquarters in Bismarck, where he heard from farmers, ranchers, small business owners and agriculture leaders about their priorities for tax reform. Today's roundtable comes as part of a series of meetings Hoeven has held both in North Dakota and Washington to advance tax relief that will benefit individuals, families, agriculture producers and small businesses, while also helping to grow the economy … Continue Reading


Hoeven Brings Together Grand Forks Small Bsuinesses to Outline Tax Reform Priorities

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together small business leaders in Grand Forks for a roundtable discussion on tax reform and to outline his priorities, including reducing the tax burden for individuals, families, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. The senator highlighted the tax reform principles included in the recently released framework and gathered input from business leaders. "Everyone feels the burden of our current tax code, but the costs of compliance fall mos… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Grand Forks Community is Strong Supporter of Air Force Base & Growing Hub of UAS Development

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the Association of Defense Communities' (ADC) North Dakota Regional Defense Forum today, Senator John Hoeven touted the work of Grand Forks to support the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development. The forum, a gathering of defense communities from North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota, is focused on how communities can better support defense installations and partner with them to help create economic diversification. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Bring Allam Cycle to North Dakota, Secure the Future of Energy Development

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the EmPower ND Energy Conference today, Senator John Hoeven today outlined his efforts to ensure the robust development of all of America's energy resources. The senator stressed the importance of innovation and new technologies to produce more energy with better environmental stewardship, which lowers costs for consumers and businesses while also providing good jobs and energy security for the nation. Hoeven hosts the annual energy conference, now in its 10th year, with Nort… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Honor WWII Veteran Lynn Aas during French Legion of Honor Medal Ceremony

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today honored Lynn W. Aas, a World War II veteran from Minot, as he was presented with France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor medal. The medal is awarded in recognition of Aas' extraordinary bravery in helping to liberate France, and its recipients are named by decree signed by the President of the Republic. Aas, who fought as a rifleman in the historic Battle of the Bulge, served with the 17th Airborne… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Flood Protection Meeting with Minot Leaders

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a meeting with Minot city officials to outline his priorities for flood protection in advance of Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser's, Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visit to the city later this week. The upcoming meeting with Kaiser dovetails with Hoeven's ongoing work with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long, who the senator hosted in Minot earlier this year. Since then, Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Proposes to Rescind Obama-Era Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposal to repeal the Obama-era rules for new and existing coal-generating power plants. The proposal stresses that the rules exceeded the agency's authority as established by Congress and states that the EPA will hold a public comment period where it will determine what policies are needed in the rules' place. Hoeven joined the President earlier this year in impleme… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Completion of Downtown Minot Infrastructure Revitalization Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the completion of the three-year, nearly $35 million infrastructure revitalization project for downtown Minot. The effort, which received nearly $23 million in federal funding, overhauled miles of water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes, concrete paved streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and street lighting within roughly 26 city blocks of Downtown Minot. Hoeven has worked since the 2011 flood to bring more than $730 million in grants, loans and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Tax Relief Roundtable with Local Small Businesses

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable with local small businesses to discuss tax reform and outline his priorities for providing relief for North Dakota individuals, families, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. The senator outlined tax reform principles and gathered input from business leaders, including representatives from the local agriculture, retail, insurance, real estate and manufacturing sectors. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and by reduci… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Agenda for 2017 Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for this year's Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference, which is taking place Tuesday, October 10, at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. The conference is hosted by North Dakota's congressional delegation and governor, Bismarck State College, Great Plains Energy Corridor, KLJ and the North Dakota Department of Commerce. "Due to our focus on promoting growth and innovation, North Dakota is a key … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Bill Imposing New Sanctions on Iran-Backed Hezbollah Terrorists

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to impose new sanctions and toughen existing sanctions on Hezbollah. The bill was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and will strengthen and expand the scope of economic and financial sanctions originally imposed by a previous sanctions bill. "We will not tolerate terrorism by Hezbollah and Iran, and these strengthen… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks the Completion of Nearly $25 Million in Expansions at Fargo VA

FARGO, N.D. - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour today, Senator John Hoeven marked the completion of nearly $25 million in expansions to the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Hoeven works to secure robust funding to improve health care services available to veterans. Last year, Hoeven helped pass a VA appropriations bill with increased funding, and the Senate's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 fun… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $500,000 in Funding for North Dakota Hazmat Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) has awarded a $516,715 grant to the State of North Dakota. The funding, part of PHMSA's 2017 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Grant program, will be used to mitigate the risk of hazmat emergencies. "It's important that we have planning and preparation in place so that we can qu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Highlights North Dakota Priorities with USDA Nominees

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, discussed key priorities for North Dakota with nominees to serve at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hoeven stressed the importance of trade, crop insurance, agriculture research and other programs, while also urging them to secure additional support for producers facing natural disasters, like the drought in North Dakota this year. The… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Importance of Tax Relief for North Dakota Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to outline the importance of reforming the tax code to grow the nation's economy while providing relief for the North Dakota families, farmers and small businesses. "This country was built on hard work, by individuals and families who strive each and every day to make ends meet, provide for their loved-ones and plan for retirement," said Hoeven. "Our tax framework will help individuals and families in North Dakota and… Continue Reading

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