News Releases

05.15.15

Hoeven Works to Remove Duplication, Ensure States-First Approach for Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued working to ensure a states-first approach for regulating hydraulic fracturing and pressed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to work with states to eliminate duplicative federal regulations. In light of the final BLM rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal land released in March, Hoeven pressed the issue at a Senate Energy Committee hearing and an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing this week. "We need to continue to let states re… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Hoeven, Cramer Pledge Ongoing Support for FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer, along with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, today pledged to continue their support for a newly-designated FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems that will research and develop technologies and policies for the use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the United States. At a news conference Thursday, lawmakers praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selection of Alliance f… Continue Reading


05.14.15

Hoeven Announces Nearly $350K in Colon Cancer Research Funds for NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $346,325 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for colon cancer research. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and third highest cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The funding will support the work of Dr. Bin Guo of NDSU's Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. "Almost all of us know someone who has battled cancer, and we know the great toll it t… Continue Reading


05.13.15

Murkowski, Hoeven Offer Legislation to Allow Crude Oil Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senate Energy Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015, legislation that would lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Specifically, the measure would authorize exports of crude oil and condensate produced in the United States without requiring a federal license, on the same basis as exports of refined petroleum products are currently authorized. Hoeven said the benefit to … Continue Reading


05.13.15

Capito, Hoeven Introduce Measure to Ensure Reliable Affordable Energy from Coal Power

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) joined Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today to introduce the bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA Act). The legislation addresses the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to circumvent Congress and impose new rules on power plants that will drive up costs for consumers and kill good jobs. A bipartisan group of nine senators joined Capito and Hoeven at a press conference this afternoon to unveil the legislation, which wil… Continue Reading


05.12.15

Hoeven, Booker Introduce Legislation to Support Commercial UAS Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today introduced the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, legislation that sets interim operating guidelines for small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, and creates a framework to promote American innovation in the rapidly growing field. "We're on the frontier of a whole new era of aviation, when remotely piloted aircraft will improve crop production, provide valuable aid for first responde… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $378,000 from HHS for State Independent Living Grants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the North Dakota Department of Human Services $378,108 for Independent Living Grants. "North Dakotans have a long tradition of caring for those in need," Hoeven said. "These grants will help people with disabilities live independently in their homes and integrate into their communities." The funds are awarded by the Administration for Community Living / Administration on Int… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Rounds, Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Long-Range Bombers Including B-52s in Minot

WASHINGTON - Senators Mike Rounds and John Hoeven today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Long Range Bomber Sustainment Act of 2015. The legislation would prevent the Department of Defense from retiring any B-1, B-2 or B-52 bomber aircraft without certification that it would not degrade operational defense capabilities. Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is one of two locations hosting the B-52 bomber fleet. The Air Force is starting to develop a new long-range bomber air… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Hoeven: Forest Chief Agrees to Make Changes in the Management Plan for the Prairie Grasslands

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell agreed to make changes in the management plan for the grasslands that Senator John Hoeven and area ranchers had asked for at a roundtable the senator hosted this past March in western North Dakota. "Recently, I had Chief Tidwell out in western North Dakota to meet with our ranchers, and we've asked for some changes in the way the Natural Resources Conservation Service manages th… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Professional Nutritionists, Schoolboards Voice Strong Support for Hoeven's Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

WASHINGTON - In response to a recent Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, the National School Board Association and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) issued strong endorsements of Senator John Hoeven's Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. Both groups voiced strong support in social media and news releases commending the measure and calling for passage: "The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, which restores local leadership and fle… Continue Reading


05.11.15

Hoeven: UND, EERC Enter Into $2.5 Million Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has entered into a two-year Cooperative Agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) to conduct research and develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels. The collaboration is funded through the Office of Fossil Energy and administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Hoeven made the case for the EERC's Carbon Captu… Continue Reading


05.09.15

Hoeven Outlines Driver Privacy Act at Heartland Seminar

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his Driver Privacy Act (S.766) during a keynote address to the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of North Dakota's Heartland Seminar to Educate and Motivate (STEAM). "The Driver Privacy Act is all about ensuring that the owner of a vehicle controls the data recorded and collected by their vehicle," said Hoeven. "I spoke to ABATE, an organization that does a tremendous job with motorcycle training and road safety, about making sur… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Hoeven Continues Work to Improve Rail Safety

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Thursday contacted local, state and top federal officials following the derailment early Wednesday morning of a train carrying crude oil near Heimdal, N.D. The senator spoke with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Sarah Feinberg, National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Dr. Bella Dihn-Zarr, Wells County Commissioner Randy Suckut and the governor's office, as well as officials of the BNSF Railway. "We're grateful first of all, th… Continue Reading


05.08.15

Hoeven Announces UND Team Selected as Center of Excellence for Researching UAS Integration into NAS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the ASSURE team, led by the University of North Dakota and Mississippi State University, as the Center of Excellence for researching the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace. The Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Hoeven serves, approved $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget to launch the competitive program. ASSURE, the Alliance for Sy… Continue Reading


05.07.15

Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following the Senate's passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which he cosponsored: "Any agreement with Iran needs to prevent them from building a nuclear bomb; otherwise we need to keep our sanctions in place. The sanctions we have are very strong, and effectively slowing down Iran's economy. They're hurting their ability both to conduct terrorism and build a nuclear weapon. So we need to ensure that an… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Hoeven, Donnelly Reintroduce Legislation to Reduce Delays in Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) 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, electrical transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. The Keystone XL pipeline is now in its sixth year of review following a series of favorable environmental impact studies (EIS) supporting approval of the project and a Congres… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Hoeven: HHS Announces Federal Funding for North Dakotan Children with Special Health Care Needs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $47,011.00 to Family Voices of North Dakota. Family Voices of North Dakota serves children with special health needs, and their families, by helping them with Medicaid waivers, assisting veteran parents raise children with special health care needs, improving hospital policies that impact hospitalized children, advocatin… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Hoeven Outlines Move America Legislation to Valley Leaders to Help Advance Flood Protection for Region

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today met in Washington with Red River Valley leaders to help advance permanent flood protection for the region. Hoeven has been working through the Appropriations Committee and also through new legislation, the Move America Act, with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), to help fund the project. Today's group included Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority Chairman Darrell Vanyo, City Administrator P… Continue Reading


05.06.15

Hoeven Statement on Today's Derailment in Heimdal, N.D.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the derailment of a train carrying crude oil near Heimdal, North Dakota: "Our first concern when something like this happens is always lives and property. We're grateful that there were no reported injuries as a result of today's derailment. We want to thank the first responders on the scene and our thoughts are with those who had to evacuate their homes to assure their safety. We are also grateful to the state… Continue Reading


05.05.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.1 Million HHS Grant to Valley Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Valley Community Health Centers in Grand Forks a $1,180,726.00 grant. The grant will be used to enhance administrative operations to provide improved health care services at Valley Community Health Centers. The funds are made available through the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration's Health Center Program, which was extended for an additional two years through th… Continue Reading

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