News Releases

06.26.20

Hoeven Statement on Improvements to Malting Barley Endorsement for Federal Crop Insurance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors approved changes to the malting barley endorsement for federal crop insurance. Hoeven raised the issue to USDA officials, including RMA Administrator Martin Barbre, and ur… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Hoeven Announces Two HHS Grants to Support Head Start, Workforce Training

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Administration for Children and Families has awarded two grants to North Dakota entities: Bismarck Public Schools will receive $1,799,388 for Head Start and Early Head Start services to assist children preparing for school. Cankdeska Cikana Community College will receive $1,272,956 for the Next Steps II program to suppo… Continue Reading


06.26.20

Hoeven: North Dakota Lignite Presents Opportunity to Develop Domestic Source of Rare Earth Elements

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed to administration officials and industry representatives the importance of diversifying the United States' sources of rare earth elements through use of the nation's abundant coal reserves, including those in North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $6.5 million to the University of North Dakota (UND) last year to construct a pilot plant that will extract these … Continue Reading


06.26.20

Hoeven Cosponsors Senate-Passed Resolution Designating June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution he cosponsored and helped introduce designating June 27 as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day" and the month of June as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month." Hoeven has cosponsored this resolution each year since coming to the Senate in 2011. "The hardship of combat and high-stress deployments can leave our servicemembers with injuries, both seen and unseen, as they return… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Hoeven Announces Economic Development Funds for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $150,000 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Today's funding will be used to support redevelopment and revitalization efforts to boost the regional economy in response to challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This funding was made available through the Cor… Continue Reading


06.25.20

Hoeven: FSA Begins Accepting Ag Assistance Applications Online

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) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has begun accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal. Further, the agency will use commercial document storage and e-signature solutions to allow producers to more easily complete their applications from home.… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Hoeven: USDA Awards Research Funding to NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $499,242 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). Today's grant supports assessments of the Northern Great Plains and will be used to research the impact of livestock, plants and pollinators on the rangelands. "This funding will support NDSU's efforts to improve the understa… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Hoeven Honors Sister Thomas Welder on U.S. Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor Sister Thomas Welder, the former president of the University of Mary, who passed away on Monday. As governor, Hoeven awarded Sister Thomas with the Rough Rider Award in 2004. "Sister Thomas was truly somebody who I think epitomizes the term servant leader. She was a person of incredible faith. She lived her faith and she provided that to others certainly in her words but in her deeds," said Hoeven. "Mikey… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Hoeven Announces Economic Development Funds for Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $400,000 to the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council in Mandan. This funding was made available through theCoronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to support redevelopment and revitalization efforts to strengthen and diversify the regional economy in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (CO… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Hoeven: Senate Should Debate JUSTICE Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act was blocked from debate in the Senate. Hoeven is a cosponsor of the legislation, introduced by Senator Tim Scott to make important reforms to improve training, accountability and transparency in law enforcement. "The Senate should debate the JUSTICE Act, which makes important reforms to improve law enforcement and prevent the use of excessive… Continue Reading


06.24.20

Hoeven Advances North Dakota Flood Protection, Water Infrastructure Priorities With Army Corps Chief Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week advanced North Dakota's flood protection priorities with Maj. Gen. Scott Spellmon, the nominee to serve as Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers. This builds on Hoeven's work with Spellmon in his previous roles, including as the Corps' Deputy Commanding General and Northwestern Division Commander, which oversees the Omaha District and the Missouri River. "As Maj. Gen. Spellmo… Continue Reading


06.23.20

ND Congressional Delegation Urges FEMA to Accredit Williston Levee

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week urged Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor to follow the Army Corps of Engineers' recommendation to accredit the Williston Levee and include it in the agency's updated flood maps. The Army Corps released the results of its risk assessment last week, finding that the Levee's design standards and expected future performance warranted accreditation, which will help reduce pr… Continue Reading


06.22.20

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Sister Thomas Welder

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on the passing of Sister Thomas Welder, who formerly served as president of the University of Mary. As governor, Hoeven awarded Sister Thomas with the Rough Rider Award in 2004. "Mikey and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Sister Thomas Welder. She was a person of great faith who lived her life in service to her community. Sister Thomas did an incredible job leading the University of Mary and was beloved by both the st… Continue Reading


06.22.20

Hoeven Announces Funding to North Dakota Department of Health

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded two grants to the North Dakota Department of Health: $2,055,113 to support immunization and vaccines to eligible children. $887,703 to support the state's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) and its continued efforts reducing the negative impacts of tobacco. "T… Continue Reading


06.22.20

Hoeven Announces USDA Infrastructure Loan to Capital Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded a $12,750,000 loan to Capital Electric Cooperative. Today's investment will be used to develop the Cooperative's headquarters facility as they continue serving approximately 20,000 consumers in south central North Dakota. "This USDA loan will support Capital Electric's facility development and str… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for North Dakota Hospital Foundation from CARES Act

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has awarded $1,072,968 to the North Dakota Hospital Foundation. This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to support preparedness and response activities related to the coronavirus disease… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $2.6 Million for Grand Forks Head Start Program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2,667,685 to the Grand Forks Public School District. Today's funding will be used to support Head Start services and assist children preparing for school. "Today's funding will be used to support the health and well-being of children and their families in the Grand Forks community," said Hoeven. -###-… Continue Reading


06.19.20

Hoeven & Kaine Introduce Legislation to Ensure States, Communities Can Fully Utilize Disaster Resiliency Funding

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) today introduced legislation to extend the deadline for National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC) awardees to utilize the program's funding until September 30, 2025. This three-year extension will help ensure awardees, including the City of Minot, North Dakota, and the City of Norfolk, Virginia, are able to fully implement their plans to recover from previous disasters, protect against future risks and improve long-term commu… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Hoeven Cosponsors JUSTICE Act to Improve Law Enforcement Accountability and Transparency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after cosponsoring the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act, legislation introduced by Senator Tim Scott, to make important reforms to improve training, accountability and transparency in law enforcement. "The JUSTICE Act improves the training and accountability of law enforcement to strengthen public safety and work to prevent situations like what happened to George Floyd and other victi… Continue Reading


06.17.20

Hoeven Announces CDC Funding to MSU Hearing Health Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has awarded $160,000 to Minot State University (MSU). This funding will be used to support hearing detection and intervention efforts in the state. "Today's funding supports MSU's efforts to promote hearing health in North Dakota," said Hoeven. -###-… Continue Reading

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