News Releases

09.18.14

Hoeven Announces $880,000 Grant for Dickinson Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded an additional $882,280 grant to Dickinson- Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport to expand the airport apron by 9,732 square yards to meet increasing demand. Earlier this week, Hoeven announced two additional grants for Dickinson Airport. The airport received $976,220 to help expand the apron and another $84,689 to extend the runway safety area. In total, Dickinson Airport has received mor… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Hoeven Statement on U.S. Air Force Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the 67th anniversary of the United States Air Force: "The United States Air Force has defended and protected our nation for 67 years. We commend our airmen and women for the honor, integrity and courage they display in their duties and in the sacrifices they make for our safety. They represent the best of our country, and we honor their enduring commitment to defending our freedoms at home and abroad. "The m… Continue Reading


09.18.14

Hoeven, McConnell, GOP Leadership Mark Sixth Anniversary of Inaction on Keystone XL Permit

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Ranking Energy Committee member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today marked the sixth anniversary of TransCanada's original application for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The senators also highlighted the occasion in a letter they sent to President Obama signed by all 45 Republican senators calling on him to approve the pip… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Hoeven Continues to Press FBI Director James Comey for Permanent Office in Williston

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke with FBI Director James Comey to press again for more FBI agents in Williston on a permanent basis. The call was a follow-up to a letter Hoeven and North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem sent to Comey and Drug Enforcement Administration head Michelle Leonhart earlier this month pressing them for permanently staffed offices and an increased presence in western North Dakota in light of the regions rapid growth and rising crime rate. "My con… Continue Reading


09.17.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $850K in DOJ Funds to Prevent Crimes, Violence Against Children

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has awarded two grants totaling nearly $850,000 to the city of Grand Forks and the North Dakota Office of the Attorney General (AG) Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The details of the awards are as follows: City of Grand Forks - $612,260 - This award supports the city's "Safer Tomorrow Project," a collaborative project designed to pr… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Hoeven: North Dakota Attorney General Receives $200K DOJ Grant to Address Forensic DNA Backlogs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded $200,000 to the North Dakota Office of the Attorney General (AG) ensure address any backlog of DNA sample analysis states may have. While the North Dakota Crime Laboratory has no backlog, the funds are made available through the DOJ's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction Program to support improvements at state and local crime laboratories to addr… Continue Reading


09.16.14

Hoeven, Donnelly, Murkowski, Manchin Introduce Measure to Streamline Cross-Border Permitting Process, Preventing Long Delays to Projects Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, a measure that will prevent unnecessarily protracted delays for important energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline is now in its sixth year of review following five favorable environmental impact studies (EIS). The North American Energy Infrastructure Act eliminates th… Continue Reading


09.15.14

Hoeven Announces More Than $6.8 Million in Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded grants totaling $6,802,755 to North Dakota airports including more than $4.4 million for Minot International Airport to construct a new terminal and apron. The DOT funds were provided by the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which supports the planning and development of public-use airports. Grant details are as follows: • Minot Internatio… Continue Reading


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

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