News Releases


Hoeven Supports Funding for Veterans and Combating the Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding appropriations to support Veterans Affairs and combat the Zika virus: "We need to combat the Zika virus, which is why I voted today for legislation to provide $1.1 billion in addition to the $589 million already in place, for a total of more than $1.6 billion. This funding was attached to legislation that will actually provide a 4 percent increase in funding for veterans compared to last year. Unfortunately the bill… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards Nearly $2 Million for Infrastructure Rehabilitation for ND Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded three grants totaling $1,958,927 to airports in North Dakota. The details of the awards are as follows: • Stanley Municipal Airport Authority - $926,632 - To fund an extension of the airport taxiway by 2,000 feet to eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway and to support the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards UND More Than $300,000 to Combat Drug Abuse

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded $312,750 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support research aimed at fighting drug abuse and addiction. "The University of North Dakota is an internationally-recognized research institution, and today's funding will go towards important research aimed at combating amphetamine abuse,… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate-House Committee Approves Bill to Combat Zika

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate-House conference committee charged with reconciling their two versions of the bill has agreed to provide provides $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus. The legislation was approved by the House last week and the Senate is expected to vote on it Tuesday. When combined with funds already reprogrammed for the Zika response activities, the United States will have committed a total of $1.6 billion to fighting the Zika virus this … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Department of Energy Provides $300,000 Grant for Carbontec to Develop Bio-Mass Iron Production

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Energy has approved a $300,000 grant for Carbontec Energy Corporation of Bismarck to partner with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Purdue University to develop technologies for using biomass-based heating to produce high-quality iron nuggets. "This research supports our all-of-the-above approach to energy development," said Hoeven. "By increasing the effectiveness and uses of biomass energy, we can make what would… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Agriculture Committee Has Bipartisan Proposal to Address GMO Labeling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Ag Committee has unveiled a compromise proposal to address the GMO labeling issue. Hoeven has been working with Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to reach a bipartisan agreement to avert a costly patchwork of different state labeling requirements for genetically modified food products and to ensure that consumers have access to info… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Grand Forks Air Force Civic Leaders on Push for Role in Arctic Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the Grand Forks Air Force Civic Leaders Program to update them on a possible role for Grand Force Air Force Base in U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Arctic mission. The meeting comes a week after Hoeven talked to the new NORTHCOM Commander, U.S. Air Force (USAF) General Lori Robinson, to review how Grand Forks Air Force Base and its unmanned aerial system (UAS) Global Hawk mission could contribute to NORTHCOM operations in the Arctic r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $4.8 Million to Support Emergency Services in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness & Emergency Response has awarded $4,895,387 to the North Dakota State Department of Health. The funds are part of the CDC's Hospital Preparedness Program, and the Department of Health will use the funds to fortify emergency preparedness in communities throughout the state. "The North Dakota State… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Grand Forks on Short List for KC-46 Tanker Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Air Force has included Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) on its short list for basing the new KC-46 tanker. Hoeven has been making the case for Grand Forks, stressing that the base's efficiency, strategic advantage, established infrastructure and enthusiastic community support make Grand Forks a prime location for the mission. "We have repeatedly reminded the Air Force that Grand Forks previously hosted the KC-135 tanker, and there… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Lake Tschida Campground and Boat Ramp to Reopen

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Koehler's Point campground and boat ramp, a popular site at Lake Tschida, will reopen for public use later this week. The Bureau of Reclamation recently closed the location's facilities, prohibited camping and restricted the area to walk-in access only after failing to secure an adequate road easement on neighboring private land. "Outdoor recreation is an important part of our state's heritage," Hoeven said. "Federal and other public lan… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal Court Decision to Strike Down BLM's Fracking Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming struck down the U.S. Department of the Interior's proposed hydraulic fracturing rule, administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): "States have been managing hydraulic fracturing with good environmental stewardship for decades," Hoeven said. "This regulation would have duplicated these local efforts, adding layers of bureaucracy and threatening to increase cost… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates FAA on Finalizing Small UAS Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the Federal Aviation Administration on releasing a final rule on flying small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the national airspace system. The rule allows commercial flights of small UAS for the first time. "This is an important milestone on the path to fully integrating our national airspace with unmanned aircraft flying alongside manned aircraft," Hoeven said. "The FAA is taking steps to safely allow basic UAS operations that will lead … Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Grand Forks for Recognition as Great American Defense Community

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined with Grand Forks community leaders, including Mayor Michael Brown and City Commissioners Tom Falck and David Engen, at a reception to celebrate Grand Forks' designation as a Great American Defense Community. The Association of Defense Communities hosted the event to recognize the Grand Forks community's support of service members and their families. In January, Hoeven wrote a letter to the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) outlining the city'… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $172,000 Grant for Center for Rural Health at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) has awarded $172,000 to the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND). The Center for Rural Health is designated as North Dakota's State Office of Rural Health and helps link rural communities to state and federal resources to develop long term solutions to rura… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Jennifer Puhl at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today introduced Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl, who has been nominated to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hoeven encouraged the committee to approve Puhl's nomination and said she is well qualified for the position. "Jennifer Puhl is well qualified to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and we support her nomination," said Hoeven. "As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she has focused on pros… Continue Reading


Hoeven Stresses Need to Remove Roadblocks to Energy Infrastructure Development

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee last week, Senator John Hoeven drove home the importance of pipelines in providing the safe and efficient transportation of energy products. Hoeven stressed the need to remove roadblocks to private investment in pipeline infrastructure, such as natural gas gathering lines, and highlighted North Dakota's success in deploying such infrastructure to reduce flaring. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas fla… Continue Reading


Hoeven Seeks Angels in Adoption Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is accepting nominations of North Dakota residents or organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work on behalf of adopted children, foster children or their families. As in previous years, the senator will select an individual, family or organization to represent North Dakota at the annual national Angels in Adoption program held each fall in Washington, D.C. Nominations should be submitted by contacting Hoeven's Bismar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $840,000 in Federal Funding to Support Volunteer Work, Reading Corps in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded a total of $842,990 to the North Dakota State Commission on National and Community Service and the West Fargo Public School District. The funds are made available through CNCS' AmeriCorps State and National Grant program, which works to support a range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in community service each year. The funds are awarded as follo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Role for Grand Forks in Arctic Mission with New Commander of NORTHCOM

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with U.S. Air Force (USAF) General Lori Robinson who is the leader of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Commander, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), headquartered in Colorado. During their conversation, Hoeven highlighted the RQ-4 Global Hawk mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base and how it could contribute to NORTHCOM operations in the Arctic region. Hoeven invited the general to visit Grand Forks and see firsthand the unmanned aerial … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Interior EPA Appropriations Bill Includes Hoeven Language to Stop WOTUS Implementation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations bill for the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes language preventing the EPA from implementing its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. "The federal government should be doing all that it can to help those who grow our food and fuel our economy, especially in a time of low commodity prices," Hoeven said. "Instead, the … Continue Reading

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