News Releases

07.03.15

Senator John Hoeven Statement for Independence Day 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "On the Fourth of July, we gather as North Dakotans and Americans to celebrate our nation's founding. The anniversary of our independence offers us a chance to reflect not only on the blessings of liberty that we all treasure, but also the sacrifices made by those who have fought and died to secure those blessings. As we celebrate the birth of our country with family and frie… Continue Reading


07.02.15

Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $2 Million to University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $2,100,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support its Rural Assistance Center (RAC). The RAC works to ensure that rural communities have quality health and human services by providing access to the full range of relevant and available programs, funding and research. "As… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Hoeven, Kirk Introduce Bill to Expand Good Samaritan Protections to Volunteer Organizations

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Mark Kirk (Ill.) today announced they have introduced the Volunteer Protection Act of 2015. The measure will provide the same liability protections to volunteer groups and organizations as protections already provided to individuals under the Good Samaritan law. In 1997, Congress passed the Volunteer Protection Act, legislation designed to encourage people to continue volunteering by limiting or eliminating an individual's risk of liability when acting for … Continue Reading


07.01.15

Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $2 Million to Grand Forks Head Start

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $2,487,120 grant to Grand Forks Public School District #1. The grant will be used to support the continuation of Head Start programs. "Today's award is an investment in the health, education and well-being of children and families in Grand Forks," Hoeven said. "This funding will support programs that will help to ensure the continued success of our communities now and in the fu… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $290,000 to Enhance Highway Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $291,625.93 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to enhance highway safety. The funding comes through three grant programs: State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement, Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving Countermeasures. "As North Dakota continues to grow and traffic on our roads increases, we need to mak… Continue Reading


07.01.15

Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves $246 Million in THUD Funding to Improve Crude Oil Transport Safety in FY16 Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation provides critical funding that will help improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail. The bill includes $246 million for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a $120 million increase over… Continue Reading


06.30.15

Hoeven, Guard Break Ground for North Dakota National Guard Maintenance Shops

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Guard members and state and local officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for two new North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) facilities in Valley City. Last year, Senator Hoeven visited the current facility and reviewed plans for the new one. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he worked to ensure that $10.8 million of the $13 million cost of the facilities was included in the 2015 defense appropriations bill. The Guard will use … Continue Reading


06.30.15

Hoeven Announces More than $1 Million in Head Start Grants for Bismarck Public Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,505,068 in federal funding to support Head Start projects in Bismarck Public Schools. "Early education, family wellness and good nutrition help build a strong foundation for our children," Hoeven said. "Today's award will support the ongoing work of our state's Head Start programs to empower our children to realize their full potential." The funds are made available throu… Continue Reading


06.29.15

Hoeven Statement on Today's Supreme Court Decision Striking Down the EPA's Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new more stringent mercury emission regulation: "The U.S. Supreme Court today decided what we have believed for a long time: we all want good stewardship of the environment, but the rules need to be reasonable and achievable. The court said the EPA's new emissions regulations ignored the enormous cost of compliance and failed … Continue Reading


06.29.15

Hoeven: Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery Important Part of Nation's Energy Infrastructure

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from MDU Resources Group, Inc. and Calumet Specialty Products Partners at the grand opening of the new $425 million Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery in southwestern North Dakota. The senator has been working to build a good business climate in the state to grow the economy and attract investment like this facility, which is the first greenfield fuels refinery built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. "The Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery is h… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Hoeven Welcomes North Dakota Interns to His Washington, Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has welcomed six interns to his Bismarck, Fargo and Washington, D.C. offices. Bailey Carlson of Bismarck, Kali Christianson of Cavalier, Isaiah Frohling of Britton and Nick Evans of Marshall have joined his Washington, D.C. office. Madison Huber of Mandan has begun working in Hoeven's Bismarck office, and Aaron Weber of Wishek has joined the Fargo office. The interns work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and ad… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Hoeven: Transportation Appropriations Bill Includes $15 Million to Integrate UAS into National Air Space

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, includes nearly $15 million to continue efforts to integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace (NAS). As a member of the committee, Hoeven worked to secure the funds and to include language that requires that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) use the si… Continue Reading


06.26.15

Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $290,000 to Enhance Highway Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $290,000 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to boost highway safety. "As North Dakota continues to grow and traffic on our roads increases, we need to make sure that we invest in infrastructure and programs to keep our communities safe," Hoeven said. "This funding will help to enhance public safety efforts like reducing speeding or impaired and distracted driving… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Hoeven Statement on Today's Supreme Court Opinion on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling today on King v. Burwell, which addressed Obamacare: "Despite the Supreme Court's ruling today, Obamacare is not the answer to reforming America's health-care system. The law is increasing costs, reducing patient choice, and burdening our economy. "The right approach to health-care reform empowers people to make their own choices in selecting healthcare providers and insurers. It is p… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Hoeven, Cramer Push for Mobile Health-Care Clinics to Serve Veterans in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use more mobile health-care clinics to help address their challenges with remote access, patient backlogs and limited capacity. Sophisticated mobile health care units could provide timely, convenient treatment and diagnostic services to veterans living far from a VA clinic or hospital, they said. Hoeven and Cramer made the case for the clinics at a public demonstration showcasi… Continue Reading


06.25.15

Hoeven: We Need A Solution for Cool that Prevents Export Tariffs

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee today, Senator John Hoeven said we can't put ourselves in a position where Canada and Mexico can retaliate against us for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) labeling, so we have to repeal mandatory COOL. The issue is, can we have a voluntary labeling program and still meet World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements. "We cannot be in a position where our producers face punitive tariffs," Hoeven said. "So, the question is wha… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Hoeven: Appropriations Bill Supports Tribal Colleges, Public Safety on Reservations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the full Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes important provisions for Native Americans. The bill includes funding to support tribal colleges, as well as support to help boost public safety and justice on reservations. "We have included funding for law enfo… Continue Reading


06.24.15

Hoeven Announces More than $7 Million in Housing Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $7,057,254 in formula funding to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services. The funds are being awarded from three HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - $3,609,246- CDBG supports state and local efforts to ensure access to decent housing and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, primar… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Hoeven Announces $200K Grant to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Address Veteran Unemployment, Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $200,000 competitive grant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to provide job training and placement assistance to homeless veterans living on the Standing Rock Reservation. "Our veterans served our nation with honor and bravery, and they deserve our support," Hoeven said. "This grant will help ensure that our service members have access to good j… Continue Reading


06.23.15

Hoeven: New Interior Appropriations Bill Supports Domestic Energy Development with Good Environmental Stewardship

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the new appropriations bill for the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports domestic energy development with good environmental stewardship. DOI is responsible for the management of federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans. "We've included regulatory relief in the Interior-EPA Appropriations measure that will help us produce more energy, more cost-ef… Continue Reading

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