News Releases

02.04.19

Hoeven Working to Expand TRICARE Eligibility to National Guard & Reservists, Regardless of Civilian Occupation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to extend eligibility for the TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation. Under current law, federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in TRS. This prohibition creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members to take their skillset and… Continue Reading


02.01.19

Hoeven Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee and the Senate Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Coalition, today released the following statement after the President announced that the U.S. will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and will completely withdraw in 6 months, unless Russia comes back into compliance with the treaty and destroys all of its violating missiles, launchers and other equipment. … Continue Reading


02.01.19

Hoeven to Host Bethlehem Gronneberg at 2019 State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will host Bethlehem Gronneberg, Founder and CEO of uCodeGirl, as his guest at the President's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5. uCodeGirl is a non-profit organization in Fargo providing tech education and enrichment for young women, empowering them to pursue careers in software development and engineering. Gronneberg delivered a featured presentation on the organization's work at Hoeven's 2017 State of Technology Conferenc… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Hoeven Announces Nearly $65 Million in Trade Promotion Funding for Agriculture Organizations Serving North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers

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) has awarded nearly $65 million to organizations serving North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The funds are awarded through USDA's Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help producers identify and access new markets for their products. Details of today's funding are as follows: Americ… Continue Reading


01.31.19

Hoeven Announces More Than $2.5 Million for Mountain-Plains Consortium at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $2.5 million to the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) at North Dakota State University (NDSU). The MPC conducts transportation research and has university members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. "We need to invest in infrastructure in North Dakota and thro… Continue Reading


01.30.19

Hoeven Statement After First Meeting of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the first meeting of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee: "Today's meeting provided an opportunity to lay out our priorities for an agreement to fund border security. We need strong border security, including physical barriers, technology and additional border security and law enforcement personnel. Not only do we need all three to secure the border, but these provisions have had bipartisan support in th… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Hoeven: EU to Accept U.S. Soybeans for Biofuel Production

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the European Union (EU) Commission approved the use of U.S. soybeans for the production of biofuels. The Commission began advancing the approval following last year's meeting between President Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The decision will remain in effect until July 1, 2021, but may be extended should the U.S. meet additional requirements. U.S. exports of soybeans to the EU have more than doubl… Continue Reading


01.29.19

Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong Urge Expedited Environmental Review for Little Missouri River Bridge in Billings County

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to expedite completion of an environmental review for a proposed bridge to cross the Little Missouri River in Billings County. The bridge would be the only such crossing for nearly 70 miles, and local North Dakota first responders wrote the Federal Highway Administration in October to highlight the proposed bridge's… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Hoeven Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped reintroduce legislation with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) to permanently repeal the federal estate tax. Hoeven has supported efforts to repeal the death tax throughout his time in the Senate and worked to address the issue in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which doubled the individual estate tax exemption to $10 million and was passed by Congress in 2017. "Estate planning and ensuring the future operations of a farm or small business are difficult… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Hoeven Cosponsors Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after Savanna's Act was reintroduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.). Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the legislation. "Savanna's Act is legislation that will help the federal government better coordinate with tribal law enforcement in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Native women and girls," Hoeven said. "One of m… Continue Reading


01.28.19

Chairman Hoeven Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Tribal Public Safety, Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, reintroduced four pieces of legislation to help improve public safety and economic development in Indian Country. "These four pieces of legislation advance public safety and economic development in Indian Country, priorities which will serve as critical components of the Committee's work this Congress," said Hoeven. "For example, the SURVIVE Act provides tribal communities with critical funding to comba… Continue Reading


01.25.19

Hoeven Statement on President’s Deal to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the President outlined an agreement to reopen government through February 15: "The deal the President announced today will fund the remaining 25 percent of government for the next three weeks. That will ensure that the government is fully open and operating for our citizens and that federal workers receive their pay. At the same time, we need to continue to work to get funding for border security. Democrats have indicated tha… Continue Reading


01.24.19

Hoeven Statement After Voting for President’s Plan to Strengthen Border Security, Reopen Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting in favor of a compromise plan, offered by President Donald Trump, to strengthen border security and reopen the government. "I voted in favor of common-sense legislation to strengthen border security and reopen the government. This bill provides vital resources to secure the border, including funding for a steel wall, as well as technology and additional border patrol agents, law enforcement officials and immigra… Continue Reading


01.22.19

Hoeven: USDA to Ensure Producers Have Access to Essential FSA Services, Including FSA Loans and Market Facilitation Program During Partial Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will bring back Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff to process new FSA direct and guaranteed operating loans, Marketing Assistance Loans and to administer the Market Facilitation Payment program. FSA will also administer the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price… Continue Reading


01.19.19

Hoeven Statement on President's Plan to Strengthen Border Security, Reopen Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President outlined a compromise proposal to strengthen border security and end the partial government shutdown: "The President outlined a common-sense proposal to strengthen border security and reopen the government. The President's plan provides vital resources to secure the border, including funding for the wall, as well as technology and additional border patrol agents and security professionals. At the same time… Continue Reading


01.18.19

Hoeven Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Permitting Process for Energy Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week reintroduced the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mineral Spacing Act, legislation to streamline and improve the permitting process for energy development. Currently, if the federal government owns any subsurface parcel of a spacing unit, an energy producer is required to receive a federal BLM drilling permit in addition to receiving all the necessary permits from the state or other relevant authorities. The BLM Mineral Spacing Act lifts the requiremen… Continue Reading


01.18.19

Hoeven Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Supporting the Modernization & Maintenance of the U.S. ICBM Fleet

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the modernization and maintenance of the nation's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) fleet. The resolution emphasizes the vital role of the U.S. nuclear forces in maintaining national security and stresses that weakening one leg of the nuclear triad undermines the credibility of the entire deterrent. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee and Senate ICBM Coalition, Hoeven is worki… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Peter Welte as U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the president nominated former Grand Forks County State Attorney Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. "Peter has shown strong dedication to serving the public, both in his professional life and as a member of his community," Hoeven said. "He has shown a commitment to the rule of law, which will serve him well in this position. We appreciate his work over the years and look forward to… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Hoeven, Wyden Reintroduce Legislation to Spur Investment in Nation’s Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today reintroduced the Move America Act, bipartisan legislation that will bring billions of dollars of investment to state and local governments to help grow and repair America's aging infrastructure. Move America expands tax-exempt private activity bonds and creates a new infrastructure tax credit, helping fund infrastructure projects through private-public partnerships. This would lower ove… Continue Reading


01.16.19

Hoeven: USDA to Bring Back FSA Staff Thursday, Friday and Tuesday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will bring back Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff Thursday and Friday, January 17-18, as well as Tuesday January 22, to provide essential services, including servicing existing direct loans, while negotiations continue to reach agreement on funding the government … Continue Reading

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