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Hoeven: Sugar Agreement Important for Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today said that the agreement reached on sugar imports from Mexico is important for producers in the Red River Valley. Yesterday, the American Sugar Alliance expressed support for the agreement, which was negotiated by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and will be enforced by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue. At a he… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $11.8 Million to Improve Housing in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Committee, today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated a total of $11,807,691 in funding for Fiscal Year 2017 to help enhance housing options in North Dakota. Details of the funding is as follows: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - CDBG is a flexible program that provides communities with funding to address a va… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation Strengthening Sanctions on Iran, Russia

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation placing additional sanctions on Iran and Russia. "This legislation increases sanctions on Iran and Russia, which is in our national interest, but also important for our allies. I believe these sanctions can be effective in deterring Russian aggression, as well as Iran's support for terrorism," said Hoeven. The legislation imposes additional Russian sanctions, including: · … Continue Reading


Hoeven:Energy Committee Holds Hearing on Patterson Lake Legislation

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined his legislation, S.440, which enables homeowners to purchase their lots at Patterson Lake. Hoeven was joined at the hearing by Patterson Lake Homeowners Association President Tom Fisher, who represented the 41 permit holders with permanent homes along Patterson Lake. Today's legislative hearing is the first step in getting committee approval for the legislation, which will enabl… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's Shooting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the shooting at a ballpark where members of Congress were practicing for the Congressional baseball game, along with Capitol Police officers and congressional staffers. Hoeven was not at the ballpark. "Our thoughts are with House Whip Steve Scalise, our Capitol Police officers and congressional aides who were injured in today's shooting while practicing for a charity baseball game. Today, we are especially grateful to our … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Perdue: Maintain Strong Ag Funding, Farm Safety Net

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today convened a hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to outline priorities for the Fiscal Year 2018 USDA budget, including strong crop insurance and countercyclical safety net options, agriculture research, trade and support for rural development programs. Hoeven also pressed Perdue to strictly enforce the sugar agreement and ensure Mexico is held accountable for d… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Administration Announces Final Details on Export of US Beef to China

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the Administration announced that it has finalized details allowing the export of U.S. beef to China. USDA posted the requirements for U.S. establishments shipping to China here and the requirements for certifying U.S. beef being shipped to China are available here. Hoeven has been working to expand access to China fo… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Nominee Commits to Work Toward Affordable Flood Insurance for North Dakotans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Brock Long, nominee to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and pressed the nominee to ensure the agency's flood maps are updated to reflect flood protection as it is built. This will help keep flood insurance rates affordable for the state's residents, especially in places like Minot and the Red River Valley, where protections will be built over several years. "We need to make sure that flood insurance is coordinated with our … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment from OMB Regulatory Nominee to Address Benefit-Cost Ratio, Give Credit to Non-Federal Funding Sources in Army Corps Projects

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Neomi Rao, nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to work with the senator to address the inconsistencies in the benefit-cost ratio used by OMB for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects. OIRA serves as the chief regulatory authority for the executive branch and o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Judge Ralph Erickson to Serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated United States District Judge Ralph Erickson to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. "Judge Erickson has served the people of North Dakota and the United States well on the U.S District Court and I support his nomination to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals," said Hoeven. "Judge Erickson has tremendous experience having served for 23 years in various judicial positions from his… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Continue Pressing Administration to Ensure Mexican Sugar Dumping Stops Under New Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he will continue pressing the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent Mexico from continuing to dump sugar into U.S. markets. Hoeven has spoken repeatedly with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the issue. Today, the Commerce Department announced that an agreement in principle has been reached with Mexico on sugar imports into the United States. "We appreciate the efforts of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Accountability at the Veterans Affairs Administration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide the VA Secretary with the necessary tools to address poor performance and misconduct by VA employees. The legislation also establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers. "This bipartisan legislation will help to improve accountability at the VA and ensure that employees at all levels are doing their jobs a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $6.9 Million in Emergency Preparedness Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, today announced that North Dakota will receive a total of $6,863,889 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to help communities prepare for emergencies and catastrophic events. "Today's funding will help protect individuals and communities in our state from large scale events and natural disasters," Hoeven said. "These investments in our security will help keep North Dakota a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Red Trail Energy to Deploy Advanced Carbon Capture Technology at Richardton Ethanol Plant

RICHARDTON, N.D. - At a roundtable of energy industry leaders, agriculture producers and state and local officials at Red Trail Energy in Richardton today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology for both traditional and renewable energy producers. Hoeven secured approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month of North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. "As written, the Paris Climate Accord was not fair for America. It requires the United States to reduce carbon emissions but does not require the same from countries like China, Russia and India. In fact, the United States has already reduced its CO2 emissions by 12 percent since 2006, and it is projected to continue to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New North Dakota National Guard Maintenance Facility in Valley City Will Support Our Guard's Vital Work

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) officials in dedicating their new $13 million vehicle maintenance facility in Valley City. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven helped secure $10.8 million of the facility's $13 million cost, with the balance of funding coming from the National Guard Bureau. Hoeven joined Guard leaders at the groundbreaking in 2015. "This vehicle maintenance facility is a significant upgrade for the Gua… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Move America Can Help Reduce Local Cost Share for Permanent Flood Protection in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - At a roundtable with state, local and private industry leaders today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his bipartisan legislation, the Move America Act, which would help reduce the cost of infrastructure across North Dakota, including comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Further, because it supports the use of public-private partnerships, Move America helps states work through their backlog of infrastructure needs in a more timely fashion and reduces the risk to stat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Allows Drayton to Permanently Keep Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given permission to Drayton to permanently keep its earthen levee which is part of the city's flood protection. Earlier this month, Hoeven secured a provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding agreement to allow the city to keep the levee. "We are glad to see that FEMA has given Drayton the authority to permanently kee… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Health Care Reform Should Provide Americans with Access to Patient-Centered, Affordable Health Care

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Sanford Health officials to tour the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo before convening a health care roundtable with local and state health care officials. Joining Senator Hoeven for the roundtable were: Paul Richard, President of Sanford Health Fargo; Shelly Peterson, President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association; Jerry Jurena, President of the North Dakota Hospital Association; Donene Feist of Family Voices North Dakota; Courtney Koe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Transportation Secretary Chao at Ribbon Cutting for Expansion of Bobcat's Headquarters in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota and Bobcat Company officials - as well as U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao, who the senator invited to North Dakota - at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $9.5 million expansion of Bobcat's corporate headquarters in West Fargo. "I brought Secretary Chao to North Dakota to be part of our Drone Focus Conference, and also to see the good work being done across our state," said Hoe… Continue Reading

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