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04.18.19

Hoeven: WTO Rules Against China in Grain TRQ Case

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled that China administered its tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) for wheat, corn and rice in a manner that unfairly denied U.S. farmers access to the Chinese market. The senator fully backed the U.S. Trade Representative when bringing this compliance case against China in December 20… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Hoeven: ITC Issues Analysis on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Vital Step in Advancing Its Approval

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the International Trade Commission (ITC) released its analysis of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Hoeven has been working with the administration to develop a strategy to move the agreement through Congress, and today's analysis is an important step in that process. "Access to the Canadian and Mexican… Continue Reading


04.17.19

Hoeven Working to Secure New Operations Facility for the 119th Wing MQ-9 Mission, Strengthen Guard & Reserve Education & Health Benefits

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today held a roundtable with leaders from the North Dakota National Guard and the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Air Force and Army ROTC on his work to strengthen the missions and benefits of the state's Guardsmen and Reservists, which includes: Securing a new operations facility for the 119th Wing's MQ-9 mission; Enabling Guardsmen and Reservists to concurrently use the GI Bill and Federal Tuit… Continue Reading


04.16.19

Hoeven Hosts Army Corps Chief in Cass County to Advance Permanent Flood Protection

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in North Dakota to review flooding in rural Cass County and downtown Fargo and advance permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley. Hoeven has been working to secure increased federal funding to help cover the costs of implementing Plan B and provide innovative tools to reduce costs for local sponsors. The tour and meeting come as part of his efforts and dovetail wit… Continue Reading


04.16.19

Hoeven Hosts Army Corps Chief in Minot for Signing of Chief’s Report, Visit to Review Region’s Flood Protection Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the signing of the Chief's report for comprehensive flood protection in the Souris River Valley by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chief Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite. Hoeven hosted Semonite in Minot for the signing ceremony and to review the region's project. This comes as a result of the senator's efforts to finalize the report, necessary to allow the project to receive federal authorization and funding for phase 4. Hoeven also leveraged the occasi… Continue Reading


04.15.19

Hoeven to Host Agriculture Secretary Perdue in North Dakota on Saturday, April 27

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he will be hosting Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in the Red River Valley on Saturday, April 27. Hoeven, who served on the farm bill conference committee, is bringing the secretary to North Dakota so he can receive input from local farmers and ranchers on the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill as well as to outline the need fo… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Hoeven Announces More than $15.6 Million in Funding to Support Affordable Housing in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $15.6 million in funding to support affordable, quality housing in North Dakota. Details of the funding are as follows: Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants - The funds will help provide quality housing and expand economic opportunities for l… Continue Reading


04.12.19

FSA Implements Hoeven's Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act to Increase Limits for Ownership and Operating Loans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has increased the limits for its ownership and operating loans, consistent with the Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act, which Hoeven secured as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Further, Hoeven will continue to work through his role as Agriculture Appropriations c… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Hoeven Convenes Agriculture Appropriations Committee Hearing with USDA Secretary Perdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today convened a hearing with Sonny Perdue, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he again pressed for the quick resolution of the administration's trade negotiations as well as additional commodity purchases to aid farmers and ranchers. Access to Foreign Markets & Commodity Purchases "Our farmers and ranchers need access to foreign markets, so getting the USMCA thr… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee, today issued the following statement after David Bernhardt was confirmed by the full Senate as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. "David Bernhardt has a strong background and the right experience to serve as Secretary of the Interior Department," Hoeven said. "Now that he has been confirmed, we look forward to working with him to advance the responsible, multiple uses of our public lands. Th… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Hoeven Secures Senate Confirmation for Drew Wrigley to Serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. "We've worked very hard on it, and I'm pleased that we've been able to get confirmation for Drew Wrigley as U.S. Attorney," said Hoeven. "He served in this role before. He did an outstanding job, and I know he will do a great job again for our state in that capacity." Wrigley served as Lt. Governor of North Dakota f… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Hoeven and Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Improve FAA Hiring of Air Traffic Controllers

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Hiring Reform Act of 2019, legislation to help improve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hiring process for air traffic controllers. The bill would ensure the agency is able to prioritize the hiring of veterans and graduates of FAA Certified Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) schools, candidates who have a statistically lower attrition rate during qualification train… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Hoeven, Boozman Introduce Legislation to Improve Access to Education Benefits for National Guard and Reserve

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), members of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week introduced the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act, legislation that would enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use GI Bill benefts and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) programs to fund their education. "Our legislation is all about supporting our Guard and Reserve members and ensuring they receive the benefits that they have earned," said Senator… Continue Reading


04.10.19

Hoeven: FEMA Approves Ward County's Plan to Protect Rice Lake Homes, Infrastructure from Flooding & Erosion

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Ward County's plan to protect homes and community infrastructure at Rice Lake from the threat of flooding and erosion. Last week, Hoeven secured a commitment from FEMA Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor to provide a timely response to Ward County and pressed for a positive outcome. Hoeven also wrote to the FEMA Region 8 office last month in order to help secure its approval for … Continue Reading


04.10.19

Hoeven: Ag Secretary Perdue Approves Bipartisan Request to Issue Livestock Disaster Payments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue has approved his request, made with a bipartisan group of senators led by Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), for USDA to provide immediate Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) assistance to agriculture producers. Severe weather events this year in the Plains, Rocky Mountains, Mississippi V… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Hoeven Announces More Than $20.2 Million to Help North Dakota Tribes Develop and Operate Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee on Appropriations, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $20.2 million to four tribes in North Dakota. The funds are awarded through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program and will help the tribes develop and operate low-income housing. Details are as foll… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Hoeven Invites Secretary Carson to North Dakota to Review Innovative Efforts to Combat Homelessness

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven invited Ben Carson, Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to visit North Dakota and review two innovative efforts in the state to combat homelessness: The LaGrave on First project in Grand Forks. The Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program at the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. "We have some trul… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Hoeven Statement on Designation of Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the Administration's plan to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. "Iran has long been a force of destabilization, violence and terrorism in the region, and this designation will ensure that we hold Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps accountable for its role in promoting and supporting terrorism, not only in the Middle East but around the globe," said Hoeven. "… Continue Reading


04.08.19

Hoeven Meets with National Guard Bureau Chief to Outline Legislation to Improve Guard Benefits, Need for New Facility in Fargo for 119th Wing Operations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, recently met with National Guard Bureau Chief General Joseph L. Lengyel and secured his commitment to support legislation to expand health care and education eligibility and benefits for National Guardsmen and Reservists. The senator also outlined the need for a new operations facility for the 119th Wing in Fargo to support the unit's mission. The senator has been specifically working to: Extend eligibi… Continue Reading


04.05.19

Hoeven Meets with Corps Northwestern Division Commander to Ensure Corps Prevents Missouri River Flooding in ND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with the Brigadier General D. Peter Helmlinger, the Northwestern Division Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to discuss the Corps' flood management plan for the Missouri River and to press the Corps to carefully monitor snowmelt and take actions to prevent flooding in North Dakota. General Helmlinger oversees the Corps' Omaha District, along with four other districts. "I met with Brigadier General Helmlinger, who leads the Northwest Di… Continue Reading

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