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Hoeven Hosts FEMA Administrator in Minot to Ensure Accurate Flood Maps, Develop Additional Funding Opportunities for Flood Protection

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable in Minot with Administrator Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Col. Sam Calkins, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District and state and Minot city officials. Hoeven invited Administrator Long for the meeting to review FEMA's recently released preliminary flood maps for Minot and to ensure that these maps are updated to reflect permanent flood protection as it is built, like the project tha… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Passing of North Dakota Representative William E. Kretschmar

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the passing of former North Dakota Representative William E. Kretschmar: "With 30 years in the state legislature, William Kretschmar developed an impressive record of service for his district and our state, having risen as high as the Speaker of the House. I am grateful for the years we had working together, and I will always look back on these memories fondly. Mikey and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his friends and… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Argentine Market Open to U.S. Pork

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration successfully negotiated access to the Argentine market for exports of U.S. pork: "Exports contribute significant value to animals raised in the U.S., and increasing access to new markets is important for our agriculture producers," Hoeven said. "Our nation has robust animal health and safety practic… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Address Opioid Abuse, Drug Trafficking

FARGO, N.D. - At the Drug Free Communities (DFC) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) State Meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to ensure health care providers and law enforcement have the tools they need to address drug trafficking and prevent and treat opioid abuse. "Opioid and other substance abuse bring terrible tragedy to families and communities across our nation," Hoeven said. "I greatly appreciate the hard work of our treatment providers and law enforcem… Continue Reading


Hoeven: G.I. Education Bill Makes Guard Members Deployed Domestically Eligible for Education Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the President has signed into law legislation, unanimously passed by the Senate, to improve the G.I. bill, including a provision to make Guard members mobilized under domestic, pre-planned operations, like the North Dakota Army National Guard's support for Operation Noble Eagle, eligible for education benefits. "This legislation makes important improvements to the G.I. bill, including making deployed reservists eligible for education b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $20 Million in Funding to Build New Williston Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $20 million to support construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. Hoeven helped break ground on the new airport last year. "Williston has experienced rapid growth, and Sloulin Field International can no longer properly accommodate this increased demand," Hoev… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.75 Million Research Award for UND to Test Rare Earth Element Recovery from Coal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2,750,000 to the University of North Dakota's (UND) Institute for Energy Studies (IES). The funds will be used to advance IES' research to recover rare earth elements (REE) from lignite coal and coal-related material, and to try and produce value-added products from the material. "North Dakota is abundant in many natural resources, and we … Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Seventh Annual State of Technology Conference, Continues Advancing New Connections to Spark Innovation in North Dakota's Tech Sector

FARGO, N.D. - At the 2017 State of Technology Conference today, Senator John Hoeven drove home how technological innovations are reaching all corners of North Dakota, acting as the third wave in the state's economic growth and creating opportunities in both emerging and traditional industries. Hoeven stressed that North Dakota continues to see growth in local, high-tech products and services, like CoSchedule and uCodeGirl. CoSchedule is currently the fastest-growing startup in the state, with mo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $340,000 in Rural Development Funds for Expansion of Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded $341,000 to Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton. The funds will be used as part of a more than $3.4 million expansion to the plant which includes constructing a new fermenter and cooling tower cell. "Earlier this year, Tharaldson Ethanol produced t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts NORTHCOM Commander at Grand Forks Air Force Base

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Air Force (USAF) General Lori Robinson, leader of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Commander, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), for a meeting and tour at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and Grand Sky Technology Park. "We've worked hard to build a UAS ecosystem that can't be found anywhere else in the world," Hoeven … Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Signs Executive Order Providing Regulatory Relief for Infrastructure Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed an executive order to streamline the environmental review and permitting process for major infrastructure projects. "Our nation's infrastructure needs to be repaired and updated in order for us to continue having a competitive economy," Hoeven said. "It is important that we ensure our infrastructure programs are solvent and we advance creative, bipartisan solutions like the Move America Act to help … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures $10 Million to Help Cover Costs of DAPL Protest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded North Dakota $10 million to help reimburse the state for the costs of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure the funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for the DOJ's Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance program earlier this year. The senator has consistently worked with the DOJ since May to ensure the state… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Data Center Will Be Vital Tech Infrastructure for North Dakota, Help Bring National Companies to the Region

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on Midco's new Tier III data center in Fargo. The $12 million facility is expected to be completed and operational in 2018, the first center of its kind in the region. It will provide secure data services, such as website hosting and data storage, which are crucial to many modern businesses. This makes the center an important piece of infrastructure that will help attract companies to the state from across the country, including from se… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $3.7 Million in Health and Education Funding for North Dakota Entities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has awarded three grants totaling $3,683,838 to Turtle Mountain and Cankdeska Cikana Community Colleges and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. The funds are for varying projects and details are as follows: Turtle Mountain Community College - $2,285,882 - The funds will be used to support a Health Education Access throug… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Expanded West Fargo Postal Facility Helps Process Mail More Efficiently

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the expanded U.S. Postal Service (USPS) auxiliary service facility in West Fargo and marked the first year of operations there. Hoeven also helped present awards to postal workers and install new postmasters for positions throughout the state. "The men and women of USPS work hard to ensure mail and packages are delivered in good condition and on time," Hoeven said. "As our state grows, it's important for USPS to have infrastructure in place f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $4.6 Million in Funding for Fargo & Dickinson Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $4,609,757 to Hector International Airport in Fargo and Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport. These funds are in addition to the more than $3.2 million the two airports received last week and will be used to support the same projects. Details of today's awards are as follows: Hector International Airport - $3,05… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Expand Ag Producer Loans, Loan Gurantees to North Dakota Community Banks

FARGO, N.D. - At the annual convention for the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his legislation, the Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to raise the limits for loans and loan guarantees under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hoeven recently reintroduced the bill, which would increase the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan guarantee amount from $1.39 million to $2.5 million and double the amount of direct loans from $300,000 to $600,000. … Continue Reading


Hoeven: $2.1 Billion in Additional Funding for Veterans Choice Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law legislation providing an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice program. Hoeven helped pass the bill through the Senate earlier this month. "This funding for the Choice Program will allow veterans to continue accessing the care they need in their home communities," Hoeven said. "We will continue working to make improvements in the care and services available to our veterans, includ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Agenda for 2017 State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for his 2017 State of Technology Conference. The event is being held at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo next Wednesday, August 16. The senator holds his annual conference with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce to highlight breakthrough technologies and the local innovators creating them. The conference has served as a catalyst for new innovation and investment in the state, including the Dakota Fiber Initiative, wh… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Court Rules Northwest Area Water Supply Project May Proceed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a ruling that the Bureau of Reclamation's Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project fulfilled the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). Accordingly, the court has dismissed the lawsuits brought against the project, lifted the injunction and allowed the project to proceed. "The Northwest Area Water Supply proje… Continue Reading

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