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Hoeven: USDA Allows Insurance Providers to Waive Livestock Risk Protection Requirements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow insurance providers under the Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) program to waive the 30-day ownership requirement, subject to proof of ownership. Generally, ag producers insured under LRP that sell cattle less than 30 days before the end of their policy would not be eligible for an indemnity payment. By allowing this waiver, USDA is providing greater flexibility for small producers in timing … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Neomi Rao as OIRA Administrator, Chief Regulatory Authority

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Neomi Rao as head of the central authority for reviewing rules and regulations proposed by the executive branch, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). "In order for our nation to continue to compete around the globe, we need to have a cost-effective, pro-growth regulatory environment," Hoeven said. "As the head of OIRA, Ne… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Approves Emergency Haying of CRP Acres in Drought-Stricken Counties Beginning July 16

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved his request to allow emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres beginning July 16. Hoeven worked to secure support to begin emergency haying in the state by mid-July. This approval enables emergency haying in counties experiencing drought conditions of D2 or higher on the U.S. Drought Monitor, as well as emergency haying in any county within 150 miles of a D2 county beg… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NRCS Wetland Acres Available for Grazing and Haying in Drought-Stricken Counties

BISMARCK, N.D. - Following a meeting today with the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and ranchers, Senator John Hoeven announced that producers impacted by drought may hay or graze NRCS Wetland Restoration Acres. Ranchers should visit their county NRCS office to submit paperwork to access these acres, which are lands that farmers have enrolled in 30-year easements with NRCS under the Wetland Restoration Easement program. Additionally, Hoeven said that he is also contacting USDA Secretary Son… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure Ranchers Have Access to Drought Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a roundtable with the directors of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association and ranchers to outline options for producers facing drought across the state. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven is working to ensure ranchers have access to emergency measures to help them weather the drought and maintain their operations. "Our ag producers are facing a severe drough… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Interior Department to Streamline Onshore Oil & Gas Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed a secretarial order to streamline the permitting process for mineral leases on federal lands. This will help the Interior Department address the backlog of onshore oil and gas permit applications. "Secretary Zinke's order is an important step in providing regulatory relief for our energy industry," Hoeven said. "This is especially important for western states and tribes, where federal red tape and del… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Hospitals, Long-Term Care, AARP Leaders on Health Reform

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders from Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius, before meeting with long-term care providers and AARP North Dakota. The health care reform meetings included: Cindy Morrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Sanford Health; Tim Rave, Vice President of Public Policy, Sanford Health; Kurt Schley, CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health; Keith Heuser, Administrator of CHI Mercy Health Valley City; Reed Reyman, President of CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson; Shelly P… Continue Reading


Hoeven: US Needs to Pressure China to Get North Korea to Stand Down

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Korea conducted a successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). "North Korea's continued development of its nuclear arms represents a real threat to the security of our nation and our allies," Hoeven said. "We need to find ways to put pressure on China to make North Korea stand down. The fact is China needs to sell its goods to the United States. That enables us to put pressure on China to reign… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Health Care Meetings in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the new University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences before holding a health care meeting at Altru Medical Center to discuss health care reform. The meeting included: Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru Hospital; Meghan Compton, General Counsel at Altru Hospital; Brad Gibbens, MPA, Deputy Director of the Center for Rural Health; Pete Antonson, Administrator of Northwood Deaconess Health Center; and Alan O'Neil, CEO of Unity Me… Continue Reading


Senator John Hoeven Statement on Independence Day 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "Today we celebrate the many freedoms with which we have been blessed. Our independence would not exist without the courage and sacrifices of our forefathers, veterans and service men and women who have answered the call to serve our nation. Their efforts have ensured that we and our descendants can experience the fullest measures of liberty. We extend our deepest thanks to t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Funding for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $1,509,223 to airports in North Dakota. Details of the awards are as follows: Ashley Municipal Airport - $971,100 - The funds will be used to rehabilitate the airport's runway, taxiway and apron. State of North Dakota, International Peace Garden Airport - $188,511 - The funds will be used to update th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Head Start Funding for Turtle Mountain

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 $1,471,918 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds will help support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Turtle Mountain community which provide education and early child development resources to families to help better prepare their children for school. "Today's funding will help su… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Interns to His Washington and North Dakota Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that 10 students are interning in his Washington, Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks offices. Senator Hoeven's internship program provides college students, recent graduates and graduate students with the opportunity to work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and administrative projects. "Internships provide students a great practical study of the type of job or career they are interested in pursuing," Hoeven said. "While … Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Designates North Dakota Counties as Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 15 North Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought. USDA also designated 11 additional counties as contiguous disaster counties. The designation comes after Hoeven and North Dakota's Congressional Delegation successfully pressed USDA to open up emerg… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Press Administration to Review Public Road and Access Issues in National Grasslands

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today requested that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions review and resolve public road and access issues in and around the Little Missouri, Sheyenne and Cedar River National Grasslands. "We respectfully ask that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Justice Department review and reconsider the critically important public road and access issues curre… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Providing Greater Flexibility for Emergency Grazing on CRP Lands for Drought-Stricken Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide greater flexibilities in the emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to assist North Dakota ranchers impacted by drought conditions. Specifically, USDA will be allowing emergency grazing in any county whose border is within 150 miles of a county in drought. Additionally, USDA will allow producers in these counties, who are CRP contract holders allowed to hay within t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces New Office Location in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that his office in Fargo will be moving to a new location. Effective June 30, the office will be located at 123 Broadway N, Suite 201, on the second floor of the old Metro Drug building. The office is accessible through the downtown skyway system. Information on parking and public transportation can be found at In addition to engaging with local communities, the senator's state offices provide assistance to North Dakota res… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Continued Work on Health Care Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Senate leadership announced that they will continue to work: "Obamacare has raised costs and limited health care options for families in North Dakota and across the nation. We need to make reforms in order to provide greater access to health care and more affordable health insurance. As I said yesterday, the CBO report shows that we have more work to do. I have concerns about the Senate draft legislation, but will conti… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA and Army Corps Issue Rule to Roll Back Waters of the U.S. Regulation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have issued a proposed rule to roll back the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation. The proposed rule restores the regulations that were in place prior to the final WOTUS rule, which was issued in 2015. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven wrote the language and worked to defund the rule in 2016 and 2017, helping to prevent its implementation.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on CBO Score for Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score for the draft health care legislation: "Obamacare is failing and premiums continue to increase dramatically with some markets down to one or no insurance providers. That is why we need to make reforms to provide Americans with access to health care and affordable health insurance with more choice and competition. The CBO score of the Senate draft health care bill indi… Continue Reading

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