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Hoeven Pressing for Grand Forks Role in Arctic Mission, Worked to Retain CBP UAS Training & Global Hawk in FY17 Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to support the missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and expand Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations at the base and in the surrounding region. To this end, Hoeven has been working to press for the Global Hawk's role in U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Arctic operations. The senator secured a commitment from NORTHCOM's Commander, Ge… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Bill Keeps Americans Safe, Supports ND Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill that includes important priorities for North Dakota and the nation, while continuing to find savings. The bill increases funding for national defense, the military and border security to keep Americans safe, while also including Hoeven provisions to help reimburse costs from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, support the nation's … Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Progress of New Intelligence Targeting Facility in Fargo, 188th Deployment to Washington

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the priorities of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) in a meeting with Major General Al Dohrmann, the Adjutant General for the state. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction, Hoeven is working to support the members of the NDNG in their missions and provide the tools they need to succeed. "Our National Guard members provide vital service, both at home and abroad, and they represent the best of our state in t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses EPA Administrator to Continue Providing Regulatory Relief, Approve ND's Application to Regulate Class VI Injection Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss the agency's progress in rescinding regulations, including the Waters of the U.S rule and the so-called Clean Power Plan. Hoeven also pressed Administrator Pruitt to approve the State of North Dakota's application to be the primary regulator of Class VI injection wells, which will provide certainty and help to advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies for … Continue Reading


Hoeven Provision for Williston Airport Included in FY17 Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the funding agreement Congress is working to pass this week includes a provision he authored to help existing airports, like Williston's Sloulin Field International, that are in critical need of expansion or relocation, but unable to grow their current facilities due to physical constraints. The measure directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure sufficient funding is a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FY17 Funding Bill Includes $6 Million to Develop CO2 Capture Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill includes $6 million in competitive grant funding to develop commercially-viable carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The funding will support the initial engineering, testing and design work for a commercial-scale, carbon capture project on an existing coal-fueled generating unit, similar to Project Tundra, which is being developed by Allete Clean Energy, Minnkota Power and BNI Coal. As a memb… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Agreement Provides $8 Million to Keep CBP UAS Training in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement includes $8 million in funding for a new facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to conduct its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training out of Grand Forks, allowing the agency to retain its training program at the air base. "Due to growth on the base, CBP's current UAS training facility is no longer available," said Hoeven. "This funding is … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Provision in Funding Agreement to Allow Drayton to Permanently Keep Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that he secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement that allows Drayton to permanently keep its earthen levee as part of the city's flood protection. The levee was built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and over the past year, Hoeven secured two extensions to delay the removal of the structure as required by Federal Emergenc… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FY17 Funding Agreement Supports Agriculture, Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement provides strong support for North Dakota's and the nation's farmers, ranchers and rural communities. "As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I worked to ensure that our farmers and ranchers have the support they need given the challenges facing farm country due to lo… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Agreement Provides Flexibility in School Meal Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he secured language in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding agreement that provides schools with greater flexibility in meeting the whole grains and sodium requirements under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) school meal programs. "The language included in the fun… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Funding to Help with DAPL Protest Costs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that North Dakota will receive up to $15 million in federal funding to help reimburse the state for costs incurred as a result of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Hoeven worked to include grant funding in the Department of Justice's budget as part of the Fiscal 2017 funding legislation announced today. The state must submit an application to the Department of Justice (DOJ), which will provide $… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Help Veterans at Disabled American Veterans Annual Convention in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. - At the Disabled American Veterans annual convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his work to provide veterans with timely, quality health care options closer to home. Last week, the President signed legislation Hoeven cosponsored to extend the Veterans Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. Hoeven also continues his efforts to build on the success of the Veterans Care Coordination initiative at the Fargo VA, which he secured and worked to implement with federal … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators and Representatives in Urging Secretary of Defense to Replace UH-1N Helicopters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, this week joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in urging Secretary of Defense James Mattis to replace old UH-1N "Huey" helicopters with newer, more capable helicopters. Huey helicopters provide security for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) located around Minot Air Force Base. "We need to replace the Air Force's old and outdated Huey helicopte… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.9 Million in Health Research and Head Start Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences have awarded two grants totaling $1,906,918 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and North Dakota State University (NDSU) respectively. Details of the awards are as follows: • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians - $1,471,918 Head Start Grant - The fu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Importance of North Dakota's Air Force Missions in Meeting with USAF Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven this week met Heather Wilson, the nominee to serve as secretary of the U.S. Air Force, to underscore the importance of North Dakota's Air Force missions in defending the nation. Hoeven pressed for Wilson's support to continue modernizing the nuclear mission at Minot, Global Hawk and unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations in Grand Forks, as well as a future Arctic mission, and the North Dakota Air Guard's Intelligence Targeting mission. Wilson, an Air Force… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Executive Order Promoting Agriculture, Rural America

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the President signed an executive order today recognizing the importance of the nation's agriculture industry and creating a taskforce, led by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, to promote agriculture and rural America. The executive order requires an interagency review to identify improvements to promote American agriculture and improve quality of life in rural America. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers pro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Secretary Perdue Will Be Good Advocate for Agriculture, Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hoeven has been working to move Perdue's nomination through the Senate to ensure that the nation's agriculture sector is well-represented. "I look forward to working with Secretary Perdue to support our nation's farmers, ranchers and rural communities," said Hoeven. "Secretary Perdue has committed to adva… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Northrop Grumman Facility Will House Pilot Training and UAS Research and Development

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined state, local and industry leaders in celebrating the grand opening of Northrop Grumman's new 36,000 sq. ft. facility at the Grand Sky Technology Park. The global aerospace and defense technology giant's new building will be used to conduct unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development, pilot, operator and maintenance training, mission analysis and aircraft maintenance. The company expects the facility to house 100 employees by the end… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing at Celebration of 30th Anniversary and Expansion of Its Dickinson Facility

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing (KMM), as well as state and local officials, at a celebration of KMM's 30th anniversary and of the grand opening of an expansion of its facility in Dickinson. "Today we celebrate the hard work and innovation that has characterized the work of KMM and its employees over the last 30 years, and there is no more fitting way to celebrate this important anniversary than with the grand opening of an expansion of KMM's D… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota Receives $2 Million in Cures Act Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded North Dakota $2 million in funding to help fight opioid addiction. This is the first year of funding that is provided under the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that Hoeven worked to pass in December, and can be used to support treatment, prevention and recovery activities, such as prescription drug monitoring programs, training health care providers and expanding access to opioi… Continue Reading

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