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Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Press for Approval of Presidential Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today pressed the administration to approve North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to the severe drought. In a letter to the president, the delegation cited the extreme drought conditions in requesting additional federal support for the state. "We are grateful for the actions already undertaken by your administration to bring relief to North Dakotans stru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges EPA Administrator to Advance State-Led Approach to Environmental Stewardship

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped lead a roundtable with Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at North Dakota State University (NDSU) to review the agency's progress in revising the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently issued a proposal to restore the regulations that were in place prior to WOTUS, which was issued in 2015. This is the first of two steps established by the executive order signed by the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Interior Department's Sage Grouse Report

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke released a report with recommendations, including greater collaboration with the states, to manage sage grouse populations. "The Interior Department report underscores the importance of working with states to manage sage grouse populations. State and local governments know and value their natural resources and have tailored management plans. North Dakota… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.8 Million in Funding for Minot Airpot

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $1,832,693 to Minot International Airport. The funds will be used to acquire a new snow removal vehicle, design a new vertical/visual guidance system for runway 8/26, conduct environmental studies to try and reduce wildlife hazards to aircraft and to reconstruct the apron and service road providing access to the southwest part of the a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week reintroduced his Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.), would increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer or rancher is able to receive under the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs for Farm Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans. Many producers are concerned that the current maximum loan amounts do no… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes FDA Legislation to Improve, Streamline Review for Critical Drugs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to reauthorize FDA User Fee Agreements and to make reforms that will enable the FDA to streamline its review process for drugs and medical devices. "This legislation updates and reauthorizes the FDA user fee structure and includes reforms to improve FDA's dru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.9 Million Grant for Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,891,277 grant to Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) in New Town. The funds, which are awarded through NSF's Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), will be used to support programs, internships and curriculum updates to help more NHSC students complete science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and enter into … Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Administrator Pruitt to Visit North Dakota Next Week

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, will host Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt in North Dakota next week at roundtable discussions on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation in Fargo and energy in Grand Forks next Wednesday. "EPA actions carry significant weight over the operations of our state's main two industries, agriculture and energy, not to mention construct… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Daines Reintroduce Legislation to Encourage CO2 Sequestration, Support Clean Coal Technology

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today announced that they have reintroduced their legislation to encourage carbon sequestration. The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act aligns tax guidelines with existing federal regulations to ensure taxpayers are better able to utilize the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit. By accelerating work on carbon sequestration projects, this bill is helping to provide one of the energy technologies needed to utilize America's ab… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves More Than $2 Billion for Veterans Choice

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation providing an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice program. The legislation now goes to the president to be signed into law. "Veterans Choice opens up convenient, quality health care services to our veterans closer to home," Hoeven said. "We have worked hard to address the issues of third party contractors under the program, ensuring better care for veterans and more reliable reim… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Help Prevent Online Sex Trafficking, Ensure Justice for Victims

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to ensure justice for victims of sex trafficking and close loopholes that websites like are exploiting in order to knowingly facilitate sex trafficking. "It is unacceptable that human traffickers can continue to exploit legal loopholes," Hoeven said. "If you profit from this terrible crime and … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Christopher Wray as FBI Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Christopher Wray as the director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): "The position of FBI Director carries tremendous power and responsibility, especially in light of the continued threat from extremist groups around the world and the ongoing investigations into Russian interference during the 2016 election," Hoeven said. "Christopher Wray has received many bipartisan endorsements … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $83,000 for Pembina Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $83,309 to the Pembina Municipal Airport Authority. The funds will be used to rebuild the airport's apron and access road. "The Pembina Airport provides a valuable economic benefit to the community which is an important gateway between the U.S. and Canada," Hoeven said. "Today's funding will help ensure continued safe a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: MHA Nation, Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Eligible for Cobell Land Buy-Back Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, Standing Rock and Spirit Lake tribes are eligible for the Cobell Land Buy-Back Program following the Department of the Interior's competitive review of the program. The program makes funding available from the Cobell settlement for tribes to consolidate fractional land ownership, helping ensure the lands stay in tribal trust and are open to beneficial… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $100,000 Grant for NDSU Research & Technology Park to Promote Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded $100,000 to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research and Technology Park. The investment funds half of the total cost for the fifth year of a five-year economic development program at the park. "For the past four years, the NDSU Research and Technology Park's economic development program has been providing research and development r… Continue Reading


Heoven Statement on Japanese Tariff Increase for U.S. Frozen Beef

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after Japan increased its tariff for frozen beef from the U.S. and other countries from 38.5 percent to 50 percent. "Japan's action underscores the need for fair and strongly enforced trade agreements with other nations. Such an agreement would protect our producers' access to the Japanese market, providing stronger and mor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Increase Limits for FSA Loans, Loan Guarantees to Help Farmers Facing Drought, Low Commodity Prices

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, outlined his legislation, the Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act, which would increase the limits for loans and loan guarantees under the Farm Service Agency (FSA). This would help ensure farmers and ranchers have access to enough capital to continue their operations when revenue is limited, for instance, when facing… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Truck Weight Limit Increase for North Dakota, Reduces Transportation Costs for the Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, this week secured a provision in the Senate's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding legislation to increase truck weight limits in North Dakota. This effort, which allows a limit of up to 129,000 pounds on the two federal interstates and several state highways, dovetails with legislation passed by the state legislature this year and harmonizes the state… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Health Care Reform Debate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate ended debate on health care reform legislation: "Obamacare is harming individuals and families in North Dakota and across the nation who are seeing fewer health insurance options and rising costs. Since 2013, premiums have more than doubled in the U.S. and continue to rise with some areas of the country left with one or no insurers. In fact, North Dakota will see large premium increases this fall because of O… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves New Sanctions for Iran, Russia & North Korea

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted with a bipartisan majority to pass legislation placing additional sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea. The bill was amended and approved by the House of Representatives earlier this week, following its initial passage by the Senate. "These additional sanctions are important tools to help push back against the aggressions of Iran, North Korea and Russia," said Hoeven. "The sanctions against North Korea are a good first step, and I will continue … Continue Reading

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