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Hoeven Working to Make Sure Farmers Have Access to Affordable Fertilizer

HANNAFORD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met managers of Central Plains Ag Services and farm group leaders in Hannaford to update them on his work to ensure reliable and convenient access to anhydrous fertilizer for farmers in the 2017 growing season. Last December, the senator introduced and worked to pass legislation in the year-end funding bill preventing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from implementing a regulation forcing agricultural retail facilities to comply… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Service of Two North Dakota Veterans

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored the service of two North Dakota veterans at military medal presentation ceremonies in Carrington and Jamestown. Hoeven presented a Purple Heart for Vietnam veteran James Laurie in Carrington. In Jamestown, the senator presented the third-highest military decoration, the Silver Star, posthumously to the family of Reinholdt Hofmann, who was killed in action during World War II. "These military medals are some of the highest honors that our natio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Help Jamestown Regional Medical Center Provide Access to Quality Rural Health Care

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local officials to mark Jamestown Regional Medical Center's (JRMC) fifth anniversary in its modern facility. The senator is working in his role on the Appropriations Committee to support the work being done at JRMC and other hospitals like it, including an increase in the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations bill to $152.6 million. "Hospitals like the Jamestown Regional Medical Center are essential to the wellbeing and quality of lif… Continue Reading


Hoeven: General Atomics Flies First Flight at Northern Plains UAS Test Site

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At a ceremony with Air Force, state, local and industry officials today, Senator John Hoeven said General Atomics' inaugural unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site is an important milestone because it is the first step to the company training hundreds of UAS pilots from around the world in North Dakota. General Atomics, manufacturer of the Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft, both of which are based in North Dakota, plans to train up to 6… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $360,000 Grant for NDSU to Conduct Technology Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation's Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) has awarded $362,865 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to conduct research to develop wireless communication technologies including bio-medical scanners, wearable weapons scanners and extreme environment circuits for use in outer space. "Today's CNS grant to NDSU will fund research for a variety of a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.5 Million Grant for UND's EERC to Test CO2 Storage Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Appropriations committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2.5 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will allow EERC to test a new, low-impact method to monitor the underground storage of CO2, which has the potential to provide more cost-effective and timely surveys compared to traditional seismic monitoring. … Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More Than $160,000 to Enhance Safety at North Dakota 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 two grants totaling $166,500 to the Rugby Municipal Airport Authority and the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority. The funds are awarded as follows: • Rugby Municipal Airport Authority - $85,500 - To fund the design of the full rehabilitation of Runway 12/30's lighting system, which requires… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Army Corps Needs to Make New Permits Compliant with Court Stay on Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to comply with the nationwide stay on the implementation of the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Last month, the Corps issued proposed revisions to the standards for Nationwide Permits (NWP), a permit under the Clean Water Act that provides a streamlined process for projects on private lands that have minimal impact on U.S. waters and which are up for rene… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Drayton Levees, Continues Push to Ensure They Remain as Part of Permanent Flood Protection Plan

DRAYTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed levees in Drayton that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to remove under current policy that bars construction on lands bought out with federal funds from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which were allocated after the 1997 flood disaster. Last week, Hoeven announced that, at his urging, FEMA approved Drayton's request for a six-month extension on the deadline to remove the dikes. In addition, as chairman of the De… Continue Reading


Hoeven: UND's New Robin Hall Advances Grand Forks' UAS Leadership

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today, along with state, local and university officials, dedicated Robin Hall, the newest addition to the University of North Dakota's (UND) John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. The new building will primarily support unmanned aerial systems (UAS) education, research and development and will also house UND's Center of Excellence for UAS. "UND has long been a national leader in manned aviation, and now it is leading the way in unmanned aviation to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Build Partnership Between NASA and North Dakota's UAS Industry

MOFFETT FIELD, CA - Senator John Hoeven met with the leaders of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Ames Research Center to build a partnership between the center and the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site and Grand Forks' Grand Sky Technology Park. Hoeven highlighted the infrastructure and expertise in North Dakota's UAS sector and the opportunities for NASA to develop its UAS traffic management program in North Dakota. At the same time, the senato… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Brig. Gen. Becklund on Appointment as Deputy Adjutant General of ND National Guard

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Brig. Gen. Robert Becklund on being appointed to the position of deputy adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard. Becklund currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Air, Joint Force Headquarters, North Dakota National Guard and, in his civilian capacity, leads the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test site in Grand Forks. Becklund will replace Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, who was appointed as the state's adjutant general a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Progress on Cruise Missile Warhead Program

LIVERMORE, CA. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today reviewed classified work being done at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to update the warheads for the Air Force's nuclear cruise missiles, which are carried on the B-52s at Minot Air Force Base (MAFB). As a member of the Energy and Water Appropriations committee, the senator is working to ‎fund the warhead project, which will allow it to remain in service for decades to come. The Senato… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Dedicate New Peace Garden Monument

DUNSEITH, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today, along with North Dakota and Canadian officials, dedicated a new monument at the International Peace Garden. The monument, entitled the Promise of Peace, is a sculpture that depicts two hands releasing a dove. "For more than 200 years, the United States and Canada have peacefully shared the longest international border in the world," Hoeven said. "The monument we dedicate today, built to stand for 800 years, symbolizes the enduring peace, friendship an… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOJ Awards More Than $79,000 to Support Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $79,545 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The funds, awarded from the DOJ's Office of Violence Against Women, will support the Violence Against Women Tribal Special U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) Project, which aims to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in tribal communities. In doing so, the program helps to increase th… Continue Reading


FEMA Approves Hoeven Request to Extend Removal Date for Drayton Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that, at his request, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Drayton's request for a six-month extension for the city to remove an earthen levee built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Last month, Hoeven spoke with Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at FEMA, who agreed to work with the senator and the city to secure the extension. FEMA Region 8 plans to notify t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More Than $1.7 Million to Enhance North Dakota Airports

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 three grants totaling $1,794,444 to enhance airport infrastructure in North Dakota. The funds are awarded as follows: • Langdon Municipal Airport Authority - $1,241,097 - To fund rehabilitation projects at Robertson Field. Specifically, the grant will support the rehabilitation of 3,600 feet of runway to maintain the structur… Continue Reading


Hoeven: VA Must Have Systems in Place to Ensure Timely Medical Appointments for Veterans

WASHINGTON - During a recent hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Senator John Hoeven pressed officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to address issues within the agency's national scheduling system for non-VA medical care. Hoeven stressed the rapid growth of non-VA care and the importance of having modernized information technology systems in place that can ensure veterans receive timely appointments. "Whether a veter… Continue Reading


Hoeven Requests DOT Expedite Process to Award Contract for New Air Service at Dickinson Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven is requesting that U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx expedite the agency's essential air service (EAS) review process and award a contract as soon as possible for new air service at Dickinson Airport. In light of United Airlines announcement that it will discontinue air service, DOT issued a request for airlines to submit proposals by August 15 to fulfill the EAS contract and provide air service to Dickinson. "It is imperative that w… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $750,000 to Help Disadvantaged Students in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Education has awarded a total of $1,220,160 to the University of North Dakota and Cankdeska Cikana Community College. The Department of Education awarded the funds through its Talent Search program, which identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The funds are awarded as follows: • Uni… Continue Reading

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