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Hoeven: Move America Can Help Reduce Local Cost Share for Permanent Flood Protection in Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - At a roundtable with state, local and private industry leaders today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his bipartisan legislation, the Move America Act, which would help reduce the cost of infrastructure across North Dakota, including comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Further, because it supports the use of public-private partnerships, Move America helps states work through their backlog of infrastructure needs in a more timely fashion and reduces the risk to stat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Allows Drayton to Permanently Keep Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has given permission to Drayton to permanently keep its earthen levee which is part of the city's flood protection. Earlier this month, Hoeven secured a provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding agreement to allow the city to keep the levee. "We are glad to see that FEMA has given Drayton the authority to permanently kee… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Health Care Reform Should Provide Americans with Access to Patient-Centered, Affordable Health Care

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Sanford Health officials to tour the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo before convening a health care roundtable with local and state health care officials. Joining Senator Hoeven for the roundtable were: Paul Richard, President of Sanford Health Fargo; Shelly Peterson, President of the North Dakota Long Term Care Association; Jerry Jurena, President of the North Dakota Hospital Association; Donene Feist of Family Voices North Dakota; Courtney Koe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Transportation Secretary Chao at Ribbon Cutting for Expansion of Bobcat's Headquarters in West Fargo

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota and Bobcat Company officials - as well as U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao, who the senator invited to North Dakota - at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a $9.5 million expansion of Bobcat's corporate headquarters in West Fargo. "I brought Secretary Chao to North Dakota to be part of our Drone Focus Conference, and also to see the good work being done across our state," said Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Positioned to Develop Low Altitude UAS Applications, Counter-UAS Technology

FARGO, N.D. - At the third annual Drone Focus Conference in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven said that North Dakota is positioned to take the lead on the next big developments in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - low altitude beyond-line-of-sight applications and UAS detection/counter UAS technology or black flag. These developments will build on key components the senator has already worked to secure, including: • Approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Northern … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Minot Marine Corps Veterans for Work to Establish New Marine Corps League Detachment in Minot

MINOT, N.D. - At the charter presentation ceremony for the John M. Joyce Detachment #1445 of the Marine Corps League (MCL) in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven honored the detachment's members for their service and their work to establish the detachment. The detachment is named in honor of John M. Joyce of Minot who was killed in action in Vietnam in April 1969 at the age of 24. "Our veterans have done so much in service to our country to protect our liberty and secure our way of life," Hoeven s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $2.5 Million in Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $2,521,708 to airports at the International Peace Garden and in Cooperstown, Crosby, Mercer, Parshall, Ellendale, Tioga, Washburn, Mohall, Stanley, Bowman, Mandan, Jamestown and Kenmare. Details of the awards are as follows: State of North Dakota, International Peace Garden Airport - $341,511 - To update the airport… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. His public schedule for Monday, May 29 follows: "We gather today across our state and our nation to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty by laying down their lives to protect, preserve and secure our freedoms. One hundred years ago, more than 30,000 North Dakotans answered the call to fight in WWI, and more than 1,300 died in that fight. We are keenly aware that it is … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Sec. Kelly: Take Advantage of North Dakota's Unique UAS Operations to Help Secure the Border

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security this week, Senator John Hoeven stressed the benefits of using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for securing the country's borders to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly. Hoeven restated his invitation to visit North Dakota, which Kelly accepted last month, to see local efforts to develop UAS technology at Grand Sky and the test site and how this work can support DHS' mission and recommended … Continue Reading


Hoeven, CBP Commissioner Review Locations for Grand Forks CBP Operations, Construction of New USDA Border Inspection Facility

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan today reviewed potential sites to relocate CBP operations including an existing facility on the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and Grand Sky Technology Park. Hoeven worked to secure nearly $14 million in the recently passed FY17 funding agreement for new border security facilities in the Grand Forks region, including: $8 million for a new CBP facility, to keep CBP UAS o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Grow Markets for US Agriculture Products

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, this week met with Christian Schmidt, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture for Germany, as part of the senator's ongoing efforts to expand U.S. agricultural markets and support the nation's farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S exports of agricultural products to Germany totaled $2.6 billion in 2015, wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Indoor Firing Range for Minot in FY18 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee, today announced that the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes $27 million to construct an indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base, a project the senator has been advocating for the Air Force to fund since 2015. The new indoor range will replace the existing outdoor range, which does not support Air Force training requirements and poses increasing health and safety risks for airmen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps Work Plan Supports Minot Flood Study, Sewer Upgrades in Petersburg

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water, today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 work plan includes funding to support the flood protection study for Minot and sewer upgrades in Petersburg. Specifically, the plan provides: $900,000 to support the Corps' feasibility study for flood protection in the Souris River Basin, which will help identify the best options for mitigating flood risks in the Mi… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp and Cramer: Army Corps Work Plan Includes $20 Million for Permanent Flood Protection in Fargo-Moorhead

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 work plan includes $20 million for permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region. The funding will support the construction of an inlet structure, as well as the design of further flood control features and environmental mitigation projects. "This funding is part of our ongoing efforts to bring federal, local, public and privat… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Wyden Reintroduce Move America Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today reintroduced the Move America Act,legislation that will bring billions of dollars of investment to state and local governments to help grow and repair America's aging infrastructure. Move America expands tax-exempt private activity bonds and creates a new infrastructure tax credit, helping fund infrastructure projects through private-public partnerships. This would lower overall costs and give state and local governments fle… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on CBO Score for House Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score for the House of Representatives' health care legislation: "Obamacare has raised costs and limited health care choices for Americans. Our goal for health care reform is to provide Americans with access to patient-centered health care, and health insurance at an affordable cost with more choice and competition. We are writing our own health care bill in the Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Head Start Funding for Minot School District

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start has awarded $1,725,911 to the Minot Public School District. The funds will help support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Minot community which provide education and early child development resources to families that help better prepare their children for school. "Minot Head Start programs help prepare children i… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp and Cramer to Hold Service Academy Informational Evening in Bismarck

WASHINGTON - The offices of Senator John Hoeven, Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer will be hosting an informational Service Academy Evening at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck on May 24th. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will feature representatives from the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy and Military Academy-West Point. "As Members of Congress, we are glad to be able to nominate North Dakota's best students to attend our nation's prestig… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President's Budget Proposal Provides Strong Support for Military But Does Not Adequately Support Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the president's proposed budget: "We support the President's focus on rebuilding our military, securing our border and providing strong support for our veterans. We also continue working to find savings where we can by reforming agencies like the EPA. However, as we said earlier, the President's budget for agriculture does not work. "Cuts to programs li… Continue Reading


Hoeven to OMB Director: Level Playing Field for Public-Private Partnership Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today pressed Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to ensure that OMB accounts for innovative funding methods, like public-private partnerships (P3), when calculating the benefit-cost ratio of Army Corps of Engineer projects. Currently, OMB does not give due credit to projects that secure non-federal funding. The agency calculates the federal benefit-cost ratio of a project using t… Continue Reading

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