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Hoeven: President Declares Opioid Abuse Epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President declared the opioid abuse epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency. The declaration, which comes at the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that he convened in March, helps mobilize the resources of the administration to address widespread opioid abuse. This action dovetails with Hoeven's work to ensure health care providers and law enforcement… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Empower Small Businesses to Invest and Grow Through Tax Relief

WASHINGTON - Speaking on the Senate floor today, Senator John Hoeven outlined important tax reform priorities for North Dakota families and small businesses, including the state's farmers and ranchers. The senator highlighted the importance of reducing costs for working families and small businesses by simplifying the code, bringing down rates and broadening the tax base to ensure stable revenues. "We're working with the Administration to enact tax reforms that will enable American families to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOE Awards $1.5 Million Contract to UND for Rare Earth Elements Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have awarded a two-year, $1.5 million contract to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used to sample and characterize coal-based resources from around the country that contain high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs). UND will also use the fund… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Declares October 26 as Day of the Deployed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate has again honored the men and women of the United States' armed forces who are deployed by designating October 26th as the "Day of the Deployed." "Deployed service members and their loved ones make untold sacrifices in the service of our nation," said Hoeven. "Today, on the Day of the Deployed, we honor those Americans who have left the comforts of home to bravely and willingly answer the call to serve. We pay tribut… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Indian Affairs Hearing to Advance Tribal Law Enforcement, Victim Services Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today held a hearing to advance two pieces of legislation he introduced to improve public safety and victim services in Indian Country: The Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act of 2017. The Tribal Law and Order Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2017. "Despite high rates of victimization, tribes only receive about $30 million from the Crime Victims Fund each y… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Udall Introduce Resolution to Honor Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), today led a bipartisan group of 21 senators in introducing a resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture and history of Native Americans and recognizes the many contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. "Native Americans have significantly shaped our … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Vice President Pence to Visit Minot Air Force Base, Review Nuclear Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, today announced that Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Minot Air Force Base Friday morning. Hoeven plans to join Pence to review the dual-nuclear missions of the air base, which is home to both B-52 bombers and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) silos. The Vice President will meet with the base leadership and ad… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act Introduced in House of Representatives

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after hisVeterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine). The legislation, which Hoeven introduced in the Senate with Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) earlier this year, expands veterans' access to long-term care (LTC) in their home communities and near loved ones by removing burdensome red tape that prevents nursing home… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes FY18 Budget Resolution, Required First Step to Provide Tax Relief for Hardworking Americans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which is the required first step in order to enact comprehensive tax reforms for working individuals, families and small businesses. The budget resolution provides instructions enabling Congress to enact tax reform, while reining in federal spending and boosting economic growth. "This budget is needed to provide Congress with the tools to enact comprehensive t… Continue Reading


Hoeven to DHS Secretary Nominee: North Dakota Uniquely Positioned to Advance New UAS Technology, Improve Homeland Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today met with Kirstjen Nielsen, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The senator highlighted how new developments in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can bolster the work of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen security at the borders, provide vital support when responding to natural disasters and protect against emerging threats, like the misuse of UAS.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Tax Reform Priorities for Farmers and Ranchers on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to outline important tax reform priorities for the nation's farmers and ranchers. Last week, Hoeven held a series of roundtable discussions with farmers, ranchers and other small businesses in North Dakota to gather input and advance tax relief that will benefit individuals, families, agriculture producers and small businesses, while also helping to grow the economy and boost wages for workers. "Tax reform is about getting the Am… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $370,000 for Housing in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $371,429 grant to the City of Grand Forks. The funding is made available through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and will help provide quality housing for low- and moderate-income individuals in the Grand Forks region. "Today's HUD funding will help ensure that Grand Forks has a sufficient sup… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Vital Role of North Dakota Air Force Missions with Secretary Wilson

WASHINGTON - At a meeting of the bipartisan Air Force Caucus today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the vital role of North Dakota's air bases in the nation's overall defense with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen Wilson. The caucus held the meeting to review the Air Force's budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and the service's priorities in facing modern threats. Hoeven co-chairs the caucus and also serves on the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on EPA Ending "Sue and Settle" Practice

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will end the "sue and settle" practice. "Under the Obama Administration, environmental groups were able to use the court system as a means to go around the formal rulemaking process," said Hoeven. "We welcome the EPA's announcement today that they will end the 'sue and settle' policy, which will help ensure that Congress maintains its proper oversight ro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President's Action Gives Congress an Opportunity to Block Iran's Path to Nuclear Weapons, Restrict Its Ballistic Missile Program & Sponsorship of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president decertified the nuclear deal with Iran, citing that it is not in the national security interests of the U.S. The certification process was established by Congress through the passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. "The bottom line is this - the current deal keeps Iran on course to obtaining a nuclear weapon," said Hoeven. "The deal is missing vital components, like inspections on militar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Announcement to End CSR Payments

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Administration announced it will end the Obamacare cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies to insurance companies with policies on the Obamacare exchanges. "We need to give consumers more control over their health care insurance and through competition and choice make health insurance more affordable," said Hoeven. "That's why I've supported health care legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare but also provid… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Executive Order to Increase Access to Affordable Health Insurance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed an executive order to expand access to more affordable health care plans. The order directs federal agencies to issue rules allowing trade association and other organizations to offer health insurance plans across state lines, lifting some limits on short-term insurance plans and allowing employers to set aside pre-tax dollars to help pay employees insurance premiums. "We've said all along that heal… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Agriculture Must Be a Priority in Tax Reform

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable at the North Dakota Farm Bureau headquarters in Bismarck, where he heard from farmers, ranchers, small business owners and agriculture leaders about their priorities for tax reform. Today's roundtable comes as part of a series of meetings Hoeven has held both in North Dakota and Washington to advance tax relief that will benefit individuals, families, agriculture producers and small businesses, while also helping to grow the economy … Continue Reading


Hoeven Brings Together Grand Forks Small Bsuinesses to Outline Tax Reform Priorities

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together small business leaders in Grand Forks for a roundtable discussion on tax reform and to outline his priorities, including reducing the tax burden for individuals, families, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. The senator highlighted the tax reform principles included in the recently released framework and gathered input from business leaders. "Everyone feels the burden of our current tax code, but the costs of compliance fall mos… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Grand Forks Community is Strong Supporter of Air Force Base & Growing Hub of UAS Development

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the Association of Defense Communities' (ADC) North Dakota Regional Defense Forum today, Senator John Hoeven touted the work of Grand Forks to support the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development. The forum, a gathering of defense communities from North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota, is focused on how communities can better support defense installations and partner with them to help create economic diversification. … Continue Reading

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