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Hoeven Honors the Service of the 1-188th ADA Regiment During Homecoming Ceremony

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored the service of the North Dakota National Guard's 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment at a homecoming ceremony in Grand Forks. The unit, which also has members stationed in Bismarck and Fargo, returned from Washington, D.C., in February following a year-long deployment in support of Operation Noble Eagle, which guards the airspace around the National Capitol Region. The unit has been deployed 11 times since 2004, includin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Military Action Against Assad Regime

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding missile strikes by the U.S, Great Britain and France against the Assad regime in Syria: "The Assad regime continues to terrorize its own people, yet again, using chemical weapons on innocent civilians. Last night's targeted military strike by the U.S., along with our allies Great Britain and France, sent a clear message to Bashar al-Assad, and his enablers Iran and Russia, that the use of chemical weapons will not b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Opening of Argentine Market to U.S. Pork

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final agreement allowing U.S. pork to be exported to Argentina: "We appreciate the administration's work to finalize this agreement and open the Argentine market to U.S. pork," said Hoeven. "We welcome this new export opportunity for o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reaffirms Secretary Perry's Commitment to Support Research Center Cooperative Agreements & Fossil Energy Research, Visit North Dakota

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven reaffirmed Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry's commitment to support DOE's cooperative agreements with research organizations like the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) in Grand Forks as well as the Fossil Energy Research programs at DOE. Hoeven also followed up on his invitation for Perry to visit North Dakota and see the innovative work of its energy industry fi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as EPA Deputy Administrator

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Andrew Wheeler has extensive and relevant experience for this post, through his time both at the EPA and as staff director for the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee," Hoeven said. "We look forward to working with him to advance a state-led regulatory approach that will help improve environmental s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with President on Agriculture and Trade

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after meeting with the President, along with Governor Doug Burgum, to discuss agriculture issues, including the importance of trade. "We had a productive meeting with the President today to outline the importance of supporting our farmers and ranchers, including ensuring they have free and fair trade," said Hoeven. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Strong Support for Ag in Fiscal Year 2019

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, this week convened a hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue on the USDA's Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. Hoeven pressed the Secretary to maintain strong agriculture funding and support priorities, including maintaining strong crop insurance and risk management tools, supporting agriculture trade and building rural communities. "Production agriculture is the corners… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Udall Announce Committee Passage of Progress for Indian Tribes Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, today announced the committee's passage of their bipartisan PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515). The legislation would amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) to streamline the Department of the Interior's self-governance process and provide Indian tribes with greater flexibility to efficiently tailor, consolidat… Continue Reading


Committee Advances Legislation to Increase Accountability and Transparency at the Indian Health Service

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today joined Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Thune (R-SD) to announce the committee's passage of their Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017 (S. 1250). The legislation, sponsored by Barrasso, would enact comprehensive reforms at the Indian Health Service (IHS) to increase agency transparency and accountability, improve patient care standards and strengthen the recruit… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Online Sex Trafficking, Ensure Justice for Victims

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today announced that the president has signed into law bipartisan legislation to help prevent sex trafficking and ensure justice for victims. The bill includes key provisions that Hoeven cosponsored and close loopholes that websites like exploit. The bill also makes it a federal crime to own, manage or operate a website with the intent to promote or facilitate prostitution … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets FAA Administrator to Press for ND Role in UAS Integration Pilot Program, Highlight State's UAS Leadership

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Dan Elwell, the current administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to outline North Dakota's leadership in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and to advocate for North Dakota's role in the FAA's UAS integration pilot program. Hoeven invited Elwell to North Dakota to see firsthand the state's UAS industry, including Grand Sky Technology Park and the Northern Plains Test Site. "North Dakota continues to lead the way in UAS operations wit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Selected for Defense Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has been selected to serve on the Defense Appropriations Committee, a key position responsible for funding the Department of Defense, including North Dakota's Air Force bases and National Guard. "Our military does a tremendous job keeping our nation safe and we look forward to supporting our men and women in uniform as a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee," said Hoeven. "Given North Dakota's defense instillations - the dual n… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Makes North Dakota Primary Regulator for Class VI Injection Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the State of North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells, which are used for geological sequestration or long-term storage of CO2. Last year, Hoeven secured EPA approval for a proposed rule granting North Dakota's application to regulate Class VI injection wells and that rule was finalized today. "Our state is leading the way in the development of clean coal techn… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $34 Million to Help Agriculture Producers Affected by Drought & Other Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $34 million to agriculture producers affected by natural disasters in 2017, including North Dakota farmers and ranchers who experienced drought-related losses. The funds are made available through USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (EL… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Local Veterans Health Care Services at Dedication of New VA Clinic in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.D. - At the dedication of the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System's new clinic in Grafton today, Senator John Hoeven outlined efforts to provide veterans with health care options closer to home. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure strong support in Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation for the health care and benefits available to veterans, both through VA facilities, like this new clinic, whi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Develop Next-Gen Technologies for Coal-Fired Power Plants, Ensure Affordable & Reliable Energy Production

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the annual meeting for the Minnkota Power and Square Butte Electric Cooperatives today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance North Dakota's leadership in developing the next generation of energy technologies, which will help the nation to continue to rely on all of its energy resources and ensure affordable and reliable energy production for families and businesses. Specifically, the senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Leading the Way in Developing Clean Coal Technologies

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined a congressional panel discussion at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting, where he outlined North Dakota's leadership in developing clean coal technologies and his efforts to support projects to secure coal's future as part of the nation's energy mix. The senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofit existing power plants, and the Allam Cycle, technology for new coal and natural gas power plants that uses sup… Continue Reading


Hoeven honors Service of Cpl. Joseph Muller, Presents Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

GLEN ULLIN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented Joseph F. Muller with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the South Korean government in honor of those who served in the Korean War. Muller, a native of Haymarsh, North Dakota, was drafted into the military in 1951, served as a member of the National Guard's 188th Field Artillery out of Mandan and achieved the rank of Corporal. "This medal represents the gratitude of the South Korean people for Cpl. M… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Roundtable with ND Producers

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with producers to gather input as work continues on the next Farm Bill. The senator also outlined recently passed provisions to reduce burdensome regulations on farmers and ranchers and additional assistance to help producers impacted by severe drought. "Agriculture remains our state's top industry, which is why we're workin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Proposed Chinese Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement in regard to proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports including soybeans, corn, wheat and beef. Hoeven is holding an agriculture roundtable today in Dickinson to talk about the farm bill and other important issues including trade. "Exports are a central piece of the ag economy, which is why we're concerned by potential C… Continue Reading

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