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Hoeven Statement on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on net neutrality legislation: "We want open, transparent and fair access to the internet. That means net neutrality in a generic sense, not the Obama Administration developed regulation. Democrats should join Republicans in developing a modern and fair regulatory framework that ensures access. Regulation should be light-touch to ensure fair access, but not stifle innovation and competition." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Udall Announce Committee Passage of CROPS for Indian Country 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 committee passage of their bipartisan legislation to promote agribusiness and rural development opportunities for Native American farmers, ranchers and communities. The Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act (S. 2804) would strengthen tribal self-governance for U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Convenes Hearing On School Safety In Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing titled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at Bureau of Indian Education Schools." "All students deserve a safe and secure learning environment, and it is this committee's responsibility to take a comprehensive look at the safety and security needs of schools in Indian Country," said Hoeven. "Over the past decade, the Department of the Interior's Off… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DHS Should Rely on North Dakota, Private Sector Expertise to Counter UAS Security Risks

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to pursue private sector solutions as the agency works to develop technology to counter potential threats from unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven highlighted how these efforts are already underway in North Dakota and again advocated for DHS to utilize Grand Forks' UAS facilities and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With Grand Forks BRIC & USAF Secretary Wilson To Support Expanded GFAFB Operations, Address Pilot Shortage

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed priorities for the Grand Forks Air Force Base with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC). Grand Forks BRIC is meeting with the senator after the committee's visit to the Pentagon on Tuesday, where they worked to advance the base's missions. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven is working to both expand the base's operations and encourage the Air Force to make use of assets in the region, l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation To Increase Health Care Options For Guard Members

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders from the North Dakota National Guard to review Guard operations and to outline legislation he is cosponsoring that would increase health care choices for National Guard or Reserve service members who are also federal employees. The legislation provides these service members with the option to use TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) for their health care coverage. Under current law, National Guard or Reserve service members who are federal employ… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of more than $14.7 million to the Unity Medical Center in Grafton. Hoeven wrote a letter of support for Unity Medical Center's loan application to Rural Development last year. The funds are in addition to $5 million from the Bank of North Dakota and will be used to renovate part of the current facility and assist w… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Task Force 21 Meet With Pentagon Officials To Secure Strong Support For Minot Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined the members of Task Force 21 in outlining the importance of the missions at the Minot Air Force Base to officials at the Pentagon, including Matt Donovan, Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff of Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration. Specifically, the group stressed how the missions continue to play a central role in the nation's defense strategy, especially in light of increasing threats around … Continue Reading


Hoeven Commemorates Rolette County Sheriff’s Deputy Colt Allery On Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - On Peace Officers Memorial Day today, Senator John Hoeven commemorated Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery who was killed in the line of duty in January 2017. The senator cosponsored a Senate resolution honoring Allery and the 128 other law enforcement officers killed on duty in 2017 and designating this week, May 13-19, as National Police Week.. "In his life and service, Deputy Allery exemplified courage and a willingness to do whatever had to be done regardless of circums… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Against UAS Misuse, Develop Counter-UAS Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) and the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, this week helped introduce bipartisan legislation to protect against the potential misuse of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and support the development of counter-UAS technology. The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) authority… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was officially opened: "The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem today fulfills a directive issued by President Trump last year and a policy that was passed by Congress with strong bipartisan support in 1995 and again by the Senate last year. By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, we are making it clear that we stand with our ally Israel." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Strengthen ARC Program, Make Conservation Title Farmer Friendly

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he has introduced legislation to strengthen the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and to ensure that wetlands conservation provisions work for producers. "These bills are important as part of building an overall Farm Bill," said Hoeven. "The first strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage program, which is a very important part … Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges DHS Secretary to Develop Counter-UAS Technology, Partner with Private Sector to Train UAS Pilots

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to advance efforts to protect against the potential misuse of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven also outlined the importance of DHS building partnerships with other organizations to train its UAS pilots and ensure it has adequate personnel for Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) fleet of unmanne… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $280,000 in Funding to Support Veteran Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded a $280,000 grant to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds, awarded through SBA's Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program, will help support veteran entrepreneurs starting or growing their small businesses. "Small businesses make up the vast majority of businesses in North Dakota and are responsible for employing a maj… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working on Defense Appropriations Committee to Modernize Nuclear Forces

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis again affirmed his commitment to modernizing the nation's nuclear forces in an exchange with Senator John Hoeven. The senator stressed the cost-effectiveness of the nuclear triad in maintaining America's security and its importance to the nation's allies around the world in deterring threats. "The effort to modernize our nuclear forces only takes up four percent of the defense budg… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bureau of Reclamation Investing $29.2 Million in North Dakota Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has allocated $29.2 million in total Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding for water infrastructure projects in North Dakota. The funds will be used for the following projects: Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project - Funds will be allocated to improve upgrade the Minot Water Treatment Plant and planning for a water treatment plant near Max. Three Affiliated Trib… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota UAS Test Site Selected for FAA's Drone Integration Pilot Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in announcing that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site in Grand Forks has been selected as one of ten sites to participate in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS integration pilot program. This will empower the test site and North Dakota's UAS industry to be on the forefront of establishing the safe operation of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace (NAS), providing regulat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on North Korea's Release of American Detainees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President announced that three American citizens being held in North Korea have been released: "The release by North Korea of these three American citizens is a positive step. We appreciate the efforts of the President and Secretary of State Pompeo to secure their release and the Administration's continued work to denuclearize North Korea and stabilize the region. We join their families, friends and all Americans in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Decision on Iran Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President announced his decision to decertify the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. "The Iran agreement was insufficient and has not curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions, which is why I opposed it. It did not provide for verification to ensure compliance, weakened sanctions, and would still allow Iran to build a nuclear weapon after 2025. Iran should not possess a nuclear weapon and we must do more to deter th… Continue Reading


Senator Hoeven Marks Retirement of Mayville State University President Dr. Gary Hagen

MAYVILLE, N.D. - At a retirement celebration today, Senator John Hoeven helped mark the work of Mayville State University President Dr. Gary Hagen, who is retiring after more than 40 years at the university including the last 13 as its president. Dr. Hagen announced his retirement last August and will officially leave his post in July. "Dr. Hagen's life work has been to serve students while promoting and helping to improve Mayville State University," said Hoeven. "Looking back over his more tha… Continue Reading

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