News Releases


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Judge Myron Bright

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued this statement following the death of Judge Myron H. Bright, who served on the U.S. Court Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. "Judge Bright served his country for half a century, both in the military during World War II and on the bench, gaining the respect and admiration of people, both regionally and nationally. His judicial roles and awards are too numerous to list, but suffice to say he had an impact on the federal judiciary and the lives of thousan… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota National Guard Battalion, Families at Send-Off

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Committee, today joined state, community and North Dakota National Guard leaders in a send-off ceremony for the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based in Devils Lake. The unit is preparing for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan beginning early next year. "The men and women in the North Dakota National Guard do outstanding work, which is why the 136th has been cal… Continue Reading


Hoeven Legislation in New WRDA Bill Enables Lake Tschida Homes to Remain on Their Lots, Limits Fees for Reservoirs Permits

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate and House have reconciled their versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and it has now passed both chambers. The House passed the measure with provisions introduced by Hoeven on Thursday, and it now goes to the president's desk for signature. The Hoeven legislation: • Enables Lake Tschida homeowners to remain on their lots.• Limits Fee Increases for permittees on Lake Tschida, Patterson Lake and the … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes Legislation to Fund Government, Ensure FSA Loan Funding for Producers, Clarify Hours-of-Service Rule for Truckers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that legislation approved by Congress today to fund the government includes provisions to help farmers and ranchers access Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans and to clarify the hours-of-service regulation for truck drivers. The provisions were approved as part of legislation to continue funding the government at the current budget cap levels through April 28. Funding for Farm Service Agency (FSA) Loan Programs Due to low commodity prices and cash f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Corps' Transfer of Public Land to Interior Department in Trust for Tribe

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after his office was informed that the Army Corps of Engineers has transferred lands around Lake Sakakawea to be held in trust by the Department of Interior for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation: "We are concerned that the Corps and Department of the Interior did not have agreements in place to protect access and all beneficial uses around the lake before transferring public land to the Interior De… Continue Reading


House Passes Hoeven Legislation to Help Homeowners on Lake Tschida and Other Reservoirs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he was pleases the House has passed his legislation enabling Lake Tschida homeowners to remain on their lots. The measure also caps fee increases for permittees on Lake Tschida, Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir. The Senate has already passed the measure and sent it to the House, but the legislation will now return to the Senate for a final vote. Hoeven Amendment Enables Lake Home Owners to Remain on Lake Tschida The Hoeven amendment enables… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Air Force Caucus Members Discuss Priorities with Senior Members of Air Force

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Air Force Caucus met with U.S. Air Force leaders at the caucus' biannual breakfast in Washington to discuss upcoming priorities and challenges of the Air Force. Senators Hoeven, John Boozman (R-AR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jon Tester (D-MT) are leaders of the Senate Air Force Caucus. Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein; Vice Chief General Steven Wilson and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody were among the senior Air Force le… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which approves the nation's military programs. The legislation includes key provisions that will benefit North Dakota's bases and missions. "Passing the National Defense Authorization Act is an important step because this legislation authorizes our nation's military programs," Hoeven said. "This means that we will continue key programs like the North Dakota N… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp Get Commitment from Commander of NORTHCOM to Visit Grand Forks Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today met with U.S. Air Force (USAF) General Lori Robinson, leader of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Commander, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), headquartered in Colorado. Gen. Robinson, at Hoeven's and Heitkamp's request, agreed to visit Grand Forks Air Force Base and review activities at the base. Hoeven and Heitkamp also discussed NORTHCOM's operations in the Arctic region. The senators highlighted how … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments. The bill, which is fully paid for:• Authorizes new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) • Makes reforms to streamline and modernize the approval process for new drugs and medical devices. "The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan ef… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Protesters to Leave, Urges Respect for the Rule of Law and Fact-Based Solution to DAPL

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to call on protesters to leave the site and spare North Dakotans who live and work in the protest area further disruption in their lives. The senator also emphasized the need to respect the rule of law and take a fact-based approach to the Dakota Access Pipeline situation in moving forward. The senator also called for more federal law enforcement assistance and personnel to help state and local law enforcement in North Dakota. On … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps Awards First Contract for Permanent Flood Protection, Calls Corps Award "Big Step" Forward for Regional Flood Control

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that the Corps of Engineers has awarded its first federal contract for permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley. The Corps awarded $46 million for construction of an inlet structure that will control the flow of water into a diversion channel. Work on the inlet structure is expected to be completed in 2020. "Today's contract is a big step toward permanent flood protection for the entire region," Hoeven said. "The snowstorm currently mo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with VP-Elect Pence, A.G. Nominee Sessions, Northwest Division Commander Spellmon on DAPL

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the U.S. Capitol with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and Attorney General Nominee Senator Jeff Sessions to brief them on the Dakota Access Pipeline project and request their help. The senator also asked them to support sending additional resources and personnel to North Dakota to assist law enforcement with maintaining public safety. "This situation needs to be resolved," Hoeven said. "By its inaction, the Obama administration has prolonged prob… Continue Reading


Hoeven Receives Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus and a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Committee, today received the U.S. Air Force's Distinguished Public Service Award presented by U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. The award is in recognition of Hoeven's work to support the Air Force, its airmen and their families during his time in the Senate. "I am honored to receive this award," Hoeven said. "The men and women… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $2.5 Million DOT Grant to Fund Transportation Research and Education at NDSU

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 $2,470,600 to North Dakota State University. The funds are made available through DOT's University Transportation Centers (UTC) program and will be used to advance state-of-the art transportation research and invest in programs to develop new professionals in transportation fields. "We need to invest in our infrastructure in order… Continue Reading


Obama's Denial of Easement Violates the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Army Corps of Engineers' announcement that the Obama administration will refuse to grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project: "The Obama administration's refusal to issue an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline violates the rule of law and fails to resolve the issue. Instead, it passes the decision off to the next administration, which has already indicated it will approve the easement, a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Attorney General Loretta Lynch Needs to Provide Action, Not Just Words

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the discussion U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had with Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier today regarding his request for federal law enforcement assistance to deal with violent protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, as well as the attorney general news release issued later in the day: "U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is not working with the North Dakota delegation to address violent … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Trump Expresses Support for Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President-elect Trump's expression of support for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project: "The Obama administration should approve the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline without delay, and also provide assistance to state and local law enforcement. Because the Obama administration continues to delay that decision, we have met with President-elect Trump's transition team on a range of issues, including the nee… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Iran Sanctions Legislation Will Help Prevent Iran from Funding Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act (ISEA), which extends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 through 2026. The sanctions would have expired this year if an extension had not been passed. The House passed the extension last week, and it will now go to the President to be signed. "Iran has a long history of not only sponsoring terrorism, but also of acting belligerently toward the United States and our allies in the M… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for UND to Test Commercially-Viable CO2 Storage Technologies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $10 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds are made available through the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative and will be used to study the feasibility of commercially-viable CO2 storage projects in North Dakota and Nebraska. "For years, North Dakota has been a l… Continue Reading

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