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Hoeven: Perdue a Strong Nominee for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue as his Secretary of Agriculture. "Sonny Perdue is an excellent choice for Agriculture Secretary. As a veterinarian, agricultural businessman and former governor of one the nation's leading agricultural states, he is exceptionally qualified for the job. Sonny grew up on a farm, so he knows the day-to-day challenges our fa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Obama Administration Trying to Delay DAPL Again by Changing the Rules

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration and Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy's decision to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do an environmental impact statement (EIS) prior to issuing an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project: "The Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. The company has complied with all federal and state re… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Interior Nominee Zinke to Provide More BIA Law Enforcement at DAPL Protests

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Senator John Hoeven urged Interior Secretary nominee Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to help advance a range of priorities for North Dakota and the nation, including:• Providing more Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement officers to work with state and local law enforcement to address the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest.• Ensuring a balanced approach to multiple use on federal lands, i… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp Congratulate North Dakota Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has selected Alyx Schmitz of Oakes and Ashlen Wright of West Fargo to serve as delegates to the program's 55th annual Washington Week. The program, which features 104 student delegates from across the country, will be held March 4 - 11. "Both in the classroom and in their communities, North Dakota's students demonstrate excellence and a hard work ethic," the senators sai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates VFW on Efforts to Expand Veteran Access to Health Care, Extended Care Services Closer to Home

WEST FARGO, N.D. - At the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Conference today, Senator John Hoeven thanked the VFW members for their service to the nation and updated them on his efforts to improve veterans' access to health care services. "As we move into a new session of Congress and a new administration, we have a real opportunity to improve veteran health care," Hoeven said. "We made significant progress on our bipartisan legislation to open up more health care and exten… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $3.8 Million to Support Housing in Turtle Mountain

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,883,122 to the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority. The funds are made available through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant program. "Today's grant to the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority will help ensure that those living in the Turtle Mountain community have access to safe, affordable housing," Hoeven said. -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Stresses North Dakota Priorities, Comprehensive Flood Protection Projects with OMB Nominee Rep. Mulvaney

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven this week met with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and highlighted important priorities for North Dakota. OMB approval is required for Army Corps of Engineers' projects, like permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead and Minot, which are vital to protect lives and property. "OMB plays an important role in projects that make a real difference in North Dakota, like comprehensive flood protection i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Senate Passing Legislation to Enable Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bill enabling Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare: "The American people have made clear that they want Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. In fact, in a recent Gallup poll, eight out of 10 Americans said they want to see it either significantly changed or replaced altogether. Under Obamacare, they have seen their premiums and deductibles rise, and their ability to see the doctor of their … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Meeting with Retired General John Kelly, Nominee to Head Department of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after a meeting and DHS Committee hearing with retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee to head DHS: "As the former commander of the United States Southern Command and commanding general of the Multi-National Force West in Iraq, General Kelly would bring the right background and experience to DHS. In the course of our conversation, I stressed the need to secure our borders, which means … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces FEMA Grant Opportunities for North Dakota Firefighters and Emergency Responders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, today encouraged eligible North Dakota firefighting and emergency response organizations to apply for grant funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. The SAFER grant program, which totals $345 million in Fiscal Year 2016, helps local fire departments with… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Secure More BIA Law Enforcement Officers to Address Pipeline Protests

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) last week met with Interior Department nominee Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) and the new Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Bruce Loudermilk. In separate meetings, the senator urged them to provide state and local law enforcement authorities with additional BIA officers to address protesters who remain on Army Corps of Engineers land near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site. The senator briefed both Zinke and Loudermilk on the challeng… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $920,000 to Address Emergency Housing Situation in Nelson County

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $922,100 to the Nelson County Housing Authority (NCHA). The funds, part of HUD's Capital Fund Emergency Grant program, will be used to remediate mold and repair housing properties. "This grant will help the Nelson County Housing Authority's efforts to remediate and prevent mold, as well as provide necessary repairs to resi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Condemning U.N. Interference in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) objecting to the passage of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334, a move that risks harm to Israel and complicates future negotiations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Israel is our closest natural ally in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the Obama administration allowed this anti-Israel resolution to pass at the United Nations Secur… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has been nominated to serve as Secretary of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE). Hoeven highlighted North Dakota's energy leadership and the importance of reducing the regulatory burden on the nation's job creators and empowering energy development. The senator also invited Perry to North Dakota to see firsthand the state's efforts to develop both traditional and renewable energy, and work being done at the Univ… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Air Force Secretary's Visit to Minot Highlights Importance of Nuclear Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James's visit to Minot Air Force Base underscores the importance of the nation's nuclear triad and the good work of the men and women at Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven met recently with Secretary James and discussed provisions in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support Minot's missions, including $18 million to start replacing the Huey helicopters used to secure the missile fie… Continue Reading


Hoeven Sworn in for Second Term as U.S. Senator for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was sworn into office by Vice President Joseph Biden for his second term in the United States Senate. Hoeven took the oath of office before his wife Mikey, son Jack and daughter-in-law Kelly. In addition, the Senate Republican Conference today reported that the senator has been named to five key Senate committees: Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; Agriculture; Homeland Security and Indian Affairs. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve on be… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $200,000 in Awards for Rural North Dakota Communities to Attract Investment, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded two grants totaling $198,000 to the Lake Agassiz Regional Council, North Central Planning Council and the Souris Basin Planning Council. The investment awards will support the councils' work to develop and implement a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to attract private capital investments and create job in the regions they se… Continue Reading


FAA Notifies Hoeven that Authorization for Beyond-Line-of-Sight Operability is Approved

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a certificate of authorization (COA) for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to oversee unmanned aircraft operations that go beyond the line of sight of the operator. The senator worked to secure approval of this request from the FAA. The North Dakota test site is the first in the nation to have such beyond-line-of-sight operability. This means the test site will be able to support the dev… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $1.9 Million in HUD Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a total of $1,903,991 to organizations in North Dakota. The funds, part of HUD's Continuum of Care Program, support organizations and service programs working to end homelessness by serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. "All North Dakotans deserve access to safe, healthy housing, and today's funds wil… Continue Reading


Hoeven Brings USAF Chief of Staff to N.D. to See One-of-a-Kind Capabilities of Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Sky Tech Park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today led a roundtable with U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and officials from Grand Sky, the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and the North Dakota University System (NDUS). Hoeven invited Goldfein to the state so he could see firsthand the unique capabilities offered by the base and Grand Sky Technology and Business Park, which are available nowhere else in the nation. "We're leading the way in UAS, creating a one-of-a-kind … Continue Reading

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