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Hoeven, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Encourage Volunteers at Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in supporting the Family Health Care Accessibility Act. The legislation is designed to remove barriers currently preventing health care professionals from volunteering their services at cost-effective, high-quality primary and preventative health care facilities, known as Community Health Centers (CHCs). The Family Health Care Accessibility Act would provide medical malpractice coverage to all qualified he… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Awards Nearly $2 Million to NDSU for Agriculture Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded two grants totaling $2,197,839 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and are awarded as follows: • $2,147,839 - To improve management of existing cropping systems, increase long-term productivity wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Brings Interior Assistant Secretary to ND, Pushes for States-First Approach to Stream Buffer Rule

BEULAH, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider for meetings with state and mining industry leaders to show her firsthand the impact of the agency's proposed Stream Buffer rule and to push Interior to work with the states to find a rule that is workable in North Dakota and protects water quality, jobs and the economy. Hoeven also pressed Schneider to send Office of Surface Mining personnel to meet with the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Prevent Regulatory Uncertainty for Ag Producers, Ensure Farm Bill Works as Intended

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable with North Dakota agriculture producers, where he outlined his efforts to provide regulatory and legal certainty for farmers and ranchers. Hoeven has been working as a member of the Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committees to prevent burdensome federal regulations that undermine agriculture producers' operations, including the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule and the Occupational Safety & He… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Work to Give Veterans Better Access to Health Care Services at Disabled American Veterans Convention

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the 96th annual North Dakota Disabled American Veterans Convention and outlined his efforts to provide veterans with the health care services they need. The senator also presented the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal to Warren Tobin in recognition of his service to the United States Air Force and our nation's veterans. "The Disabled American Veterans is one of the hardest working organizations in our state, leading the way on im… Continue Reading


Hoeven Stresses Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Ensuring Access to High-Speed Internet on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in deploying broadband infrastructure in Indian Country to address unserved areas and provide greater opportunity and economic growth. Hoeven underscored the topic with private Native American groups and federal officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) at a hearing of the Senate Committee on I… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure Farmers Have Access to Affordable Fertilizer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week sent a letter to Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, calling on him to rescind the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's (OSHA) proposed restrictions on retail fertilizer sales. Last year, OSHA proposed new restrictions on fertilizer sales that would force agriculture retail facilities to comply with the same chemical storage requirements as a wholesale facility. The rule would cause many retailers to stop selling to farmers at rural loca… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Carson Wentz on Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating Carson Wentz, quarterback for the North Dakota State University Bison football team, on his draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. "Congratulations to Carson Wentz, who tonight capped an outstanding season and historic fifth FCS national championship victory by being the second overall pick in the NFL draft, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles. Carson's talent, drive and remarkable work ethic make him an outstanding… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HUD Awards $3 Million to North Dakota Housing Finance Agency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Housing Trust Fund Allocation. The funds will be used to increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low-income families and increase homeownership for extremely low-income and very low-income families. "All… Continue Reading


U.S. Congress Recognizes Bison as National Mammal of the United States

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and José Serrano (D-N.Y.) today announced that both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have now approved legislation to name the bison as the National Mammal of the United States. The Senate passed the National Bison Legacy Act in December and the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version Tuesday night… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More Than $1 Million to Address Transportation Safety Issues

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded four grants totaling $1,074,732 to address transportation safety and related issues on Native American reservations and around North Dakota. The details of the awards are as follows: • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians - $624,063 - Supports the reconstruction of Jack Rabbit Road to correct substandard conditions, inclu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Enhance Tourism Industry, Spur Economic Development in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that legislation he cosponsored, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, has unanimously passed the Senate. The bipartisan legislation will help to create job opportunities in Native American communities, enhance native tourism and empower communities. "Native Americans have a rich culture, vibrant traditions and hold a deeply rooted sense of community," Hoeven said. "T… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $2.8 Million to Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start has awarded $2,892,347 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds will be used to support Head Start programs, which work to promote the school readiness of children from low-income families. "By investing in programs that promote school r… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CJS Funding Bill Supports STEM Education, Research & Economic Development in North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act, which the Senate Appropriations Committee approved last week, supports programs at federal agencies that bolster education, research and economic development in North Dakota. Hoeven, who serves on the committee, worked to secure funds that enhance a variety of efforts around the state, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathem… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Provision to Help Nonprofits Save Money on Energy Efficiency Upgrades Passes Senate as Part of Bipartisan Senate Energy Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - John Hoeven (R-ND) and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that a provision based on their Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act to help nonprofit organizations save money on energy efficiency upgrades passed the Senate this week as part of the bipartisan energy bill. The provision creates a grant program that will help nonprofits - including places of worship, faith-based organizations, and youth centers -- afford the materials needed to improve the energy efficiency of thei… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves Funding Bill to Enhance Local Law Enforcement, Victim Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act. As a member of the committee, Hoeven worked to secure funding for North Dakota's priorities, including programs that enhance local law enforcement's ability to protect communities and help ensure victims of crime have access to vital services. "The CJS funding bill helps support the ongoin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Following Meeting with President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. "After meeting with Judge Merrick Garland, my position has not changed. Although I respect him as an individual, I do not support his confirmation. I have serious concerns about his record on Second Amendment rights and his support for President Obama's regulatory agenda, which will hurt farmers, ranchers, energy workers and small businesses in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Efforts to Repeal WOTUS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor ahead of a vote on his legislation to defund the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule, which would prevent its implementation. The senator stressed the rule's severe impacts and excessive scope, as well as the agency's lack of legal authority to issue such a broad regulation. The measure, which was offered as an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, was supported by strong maj… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Transportation, HUD Appropriations Bill Approved by Committee Includes Hoeven Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which he serves, has approved the $56.5 billion Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act (THUD). The measure supports transportation and housing infrastructure, including air, rail and highway safety, as well as housing and community development programs. Importantly for North Dakota, the legislation includes a provision that Hoeven authored to help existing airports, like… Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Pass Key Elements of Sportsmen's Act as Part of Energy Bill Passed Today

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed the bipartisan Sportsmen's Act. Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee and the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, worked to pass the legislation through committee and get it included in the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed earlier today. The measure, which passed the committee in November, reauthorizes important conservation programs, improves access to federal lands and helps to boost the outdoor … Continue Reading

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