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Hoeven: VA Reimburses North Dakota Veterans Home Nearly $630,000 for Recently Completed Renovations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reimbursed the North Dakota State Veterans Home in Lisbon $629,857 for recently completed renovations at the home. As a member of the Senate MilCon-VA Committee, the senator worked to secure funding for the renovations which the VA awarded through its State Veterans Home Co… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Commitment form National Park Foundation President to Help Advance Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, to provide ongoing support for the development of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library dedicated to the 26th President. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation is currently planning the construction of the library and museum, which will include more than 50,000 digitized docu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Enhancing Tribal Self-Governance Builds Strong Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing titled "The 30th Anniversary of Tribal Self-Governance: Successes in Self-Governance and an Outlook for the Next 30 Years." The hearing featured testimony from tribal leaders who discussed the progress that has been made through effective self-governance and provided recommendations for improving the program. The Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Japan Accepting Imports of U.S. Corn-Based Ethanol

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Japan finalized a decision to begin accepting imports of U.S. corn-based ethanol. "This decision by Japan to open its markets to corn-based ethanol produced in the U.S. is a win for our producers," Hoeven said. "Access to more markets means greater demand for high-quality U.S. goods and stronger prices. Further, this move is a timely one, as today, a summit is taking place with the U.S. and Japan to discuss trade oppor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passing of Barbara Bush

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush: "We are saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara Bush. She was unquestionably one of our country's most influential First Ladies and shares the distinction with Abigail Adams as being a wife and mother to Presidents. We look back with appreciation on her contributions to our nation, especially her efforts to promote education and greater opportunity for families across th… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Resolution to Repeal CFPB Auto Lender Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a resolution he cosponsored to repeal a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulation that ignored existing law and imposed unnecessary burdens on auto lenders. "The CFPB regulation on indirect auto loans would have only resulted in limiting credit availability and increasing costs for consumers," Hoeven said. "It is clear that the agency did not take the time to understand this business pract… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Advance Innovative Solutions to Address Pilot Shortage for National Guard, Air Force

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged military leaders, including Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of the Air Force Reserve, to advance innovative methods to help address the nation's pilot shortage. Hoeven highlighted efforts like the Pathways Program at the University of North Dakota (UND), which Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses to train students as a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Vote on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance S. 140, which includes the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, as well as legislation for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh. "I voted for legislation that affirms tribal sovereignty and would have strengthened tribal self-governance over water, lands and business regulation," said Hoeven. "Trib… Continue Reading


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

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