News Releases

05.05.14

Hoeven: USDA Accepting Applications to Help Rural Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers Cut Energy Costs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help rural small businesses and producers to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems. USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees. "REAP grants and loans help rural communities and agriculture producers cut their energy costs while impr… Continue Reading


05.02.14

Hoeven Presses Indian Affairs Secretary on Child Safety

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn to do everything in the agency's power to get to the bottom the recent death of an infant on Spirit Lake reservation. Senator Hoeven asked Washburn about a recently reported infant death at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation currently being investigated by the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Washburn told Hoeven that the BIA is work… Continue Reading


05.02.14

Hoeven Presses Moniz to Support ND Fertilizer Plant

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz to seek support in securing a more than $1 billion Advanced Fossil Energy loan guarantee for Cenex Harvest States' (CHS') innovative, new fertilizer plant in Spiritwood, North Dakota. Hoeven met with Moniz at his Washington office. "This is an innovative project that benefits our farmers, our environment and our economy," said Hoeven. "The plant will convert natural gas into anhydrous ammonia,… Continue Reading


05.01.14

Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation Providing Strategic U.S. Response to Russian Aggression in Europe

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Russian Aggression Act, legislation introduced by ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) that would deter further Russian aggression in Ukraine and the region by providing a comprehensive strategy for the United States to address the deteriorating situation in a clear and decisive manner. Hoeven met with officials in Norway, the Baltic states and Moldova this month and met with Ukrainian officials … Continue Reading


05.01.14

Hoeven Files Updated Version of His Bipartisan Legislation to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today filed an updated version of his legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. Hoeven secured an opinion from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirming Congress's constitutional authority to approve the project. The measure is backed by 56 Senators and Hoeven is working with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) … Continue Reading


04.25.14

Hoeven Joins Students at TGU Granville for Lunch

GRANVILLE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today jointed students, teachers and school officials at TGU Granville to learn about the school's community garden and lunch program firsthand. The senator spoke with students about permanent changes that have been made to the school lunch program to provide schools with greater flexibility to meet individual schools' and students' needs. TGU employee Kimi Ofsthun wrote Hoeven to invite him to speak and dine with the school's students. Hoeven sponsored the… Continue Reading


04.25.14

Hoeven Honors Service of Four North Dakota Veterans

MINOT, N.D. - At a ceremony in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of four North Dakota veterans. The senator presented military awards to Ernest Hoelscher of Berthold, Roger Sundsbak of Velva and to the families of Minot veterans William Garrison and Clarence "Kelly" Eliason. "North Dakotans have a strong tradition of dedicated military service," said Hoeven. "These veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices serving our nation. Today we honor their se… Continue Reading


04.24.14

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Host Transportation Secretary Foxx in Casselton and West Fargo

CASSELTON, WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today hosted U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx in Casselton at a community meeting with local, state and federal officials to review work on a comprehensive plan for improving rail safety. The leaders also convened a roundtable meeting in West Fargo to review North Dakota's transportation infrastructure needs. Foxx is visiting North Dakota at the delegation's request. … Continue Reading


04.23.14

Hoeven Brings Together Business Leaders to Outline His Farm and Small Business Expensing Tax Relief Act

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a broadly representative roundtable in Bismarck with small business leaders in the agricultural, manufacturing and accounting sectors to outline his new legislation, the Farm and Small Business Expensing Tax Relief Act (S. 2237). Hoeven's bill, which he introduced earlier this month with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), will ease the burden of unfair and onerous new regulations for farmers, ranchers and small businesses regarding expensing repairs an… Continue Reading


04.23.14

Hoeven Calls on EPA to Withdraw Proposed Regulations Under "Waters of the United States"

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today again pressed his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed "Waters of the United States" rule, which was published in the federal register Monday. Hoeven is working to get the EPA to withdraw the proposed rule that would expand the agency's authority to regulate non-navigable bodies of water under the Clean Water Act. Hoeven said he is circulating a letter in the Senate and drafting legislation to overturn the proposed rule, wh… Continue Reading


04.22.14

Hoeven: North Dakota, Statoil a Key to Energy Security for U.S. and Allies, Can Help Create Jobs, Reduce Flaring

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today was joined by Statoil Senior Vice President for Onshore Operations, Torstein Hole to showcase Statoil's investments and operations in western North Dakota. Statoil, working with North Dakota and other partners, can help to create energy independence for the United States and reduce European reliance on Russian natural gas. Hoeven was in Norway last week as part of a Senate delegation to Europe working to help build a long-term energy plan t… Continue Reading


04.22.14

Hoeven Pushing VA to Allow Veterans to Secure More Health Care Services In Local Communities Rather Than Travel to Fargo

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable in Williston to discuss the Fargo VA Health Care System's (HCS) plans to allow veterans to secure more health care services in western North Dakota when available rather than make the long drive to the Fargo VA facility. Currently, the VA offers services in the western part of the state through local outpatient community clinics in Williston, Minot and Dickinson, but veterans are compelled to travel to the Fargo VA facility for some… Continue Reading


04.21.14

Hoeven: New Post Office Improvements to Benefit North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will this week bring Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) devices to six locations in North Dakota. This development follows Hoeven's ongoing work with USPS, including advocating for the installation of mPOS, to improve service across North Dakota. "I have been working hard to see that USPS increases and improves service across North Dakota, especially in the rapidly growing western portion of the state, an… Continue Reading


04.21.14

Hoeven, Heitkamp Bring FAA Head to North Dakota, Administrator Announces State as First UAS Test Site to Be Up and running

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven today brought Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to North Dakota, where he announced that the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, headquartered in Grand Forks, is the nation first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to be officially up and running. The Senators today gave Huerta, who visited the state at the Senators' request, a firsthand look at North Dakota's incredible unmanned aerial potenti… Continue Reading


04.21.14

Hoeven: Baltic States Back Unified Front to Deter Russian Aggression

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said the West's response to Russian aggression has to be strategic, comprehensive and united. Working with the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Hoeven said we need to impose sanctions, reinvigorate our defensive alliance and make sure we stand together to maintain peace and stability in the region. Hoeven and Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) met with high-level … Continue Reading


04.18.14

Hoeven Statement on the U.S. State Department's Extension of State Agency Comment Period for the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the State Department's announcement that it will delay indefinitely the period federal agencies have to comment on the Keystone XL pipeline project, and almost certainly postpone a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project until after the November election. "President Obama's Keystone XL strategy is clearly defeat through delay. He claims adherence to process, but whenever he runs out of process, he finds … Continue Reading


04.17.14

Hoeven Announces $3 Million USDA Allocation for ND Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated over $3 million for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture through its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), a program that supports states' efforts to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and tree nuts. Through the SCBGP, state departments of agriculture can support specialty crop growers through research and projects that … Continue Reading


04.15.14

Hoeven Calls on USDA, DOE and EPA to Halt Regulations on Livestock Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven is calling on the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to refrain from regulating livestock emissions as part of the President's proposed methane reduction plan. In a letter to the agency heads, Hoeven pressed them not to impose regulations on livestock emissions that if enacted could cost medium-sized dairy farms up to $22,000 and medium-sized cattle farms up to $27,000 annually. "We need com… Continue Reading


04.15.14

Hoeven Statement on the Surface Transportation Board Rail Service Decision

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board's (STB) decision to order Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and BNSF Railway to report to STB by April 18 their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for the spring planting of crops. Further, the railroads are required to provide the board with weekly status reports, including delivery data and number of cars associated with agricultural deliveries. "STB's decision to require r… Continue Reading


04.15.14

Hoeven in Europe Working to Help Build European Energy Plan in Face of Russian Aggression

OSLO, NORWAY - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) was in Norway Monday as part of a week-long Senate delegation to Europe to help build a long-term energy plan that will help reduce Ukraine's and the region's dependence on Russian natural gas. Also on the mission is Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). Hoeven and the Senate delegation met in Norway Monday with high ranking Norwegian energy officials and senior executives of Statoil, a major multinational oil and gas Norwegian company with operations in t… Continue Reading

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