News Releases

10.07.19

Hoeven Statement After Signing of U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the President held a formal signing ceremony for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. The agreement benefits U.S farmers and ranchers by lowering or eliminating tariffs on $7.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products, including fresh and frozen beef and pork, wheat, frozen potatoes, dairy products and ethanol. "This agreement… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Hoeven: WOTUS Replacement Should Respect Role of States, Not Exceed EPA Authority or Impose Unnecessary Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today joined a roundtable with Senator Kevin Cramer and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss the progress of efforts to replace the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Last month, Hoeven announced that the EPA had repealed the 2015 rule, removing the patchwork of regulations that have been in place due to litigation against the WOTUS rule, which was… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Hoeven: USDA Awards Funds for Rural Broadband Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Connect program has awarded $844,023 for BEK Communications to fund broadband infrastructure projects in Morton County. Today's funds will provide high-speed broadband to 125 underserved households, helping to spark further economic and educational opportunities while enhancing public safety and access to health care services. … Continue Reading


10.04.19

Hoeven: New Williston Airport Will Enable Economic Growth Now and Into the Future

WILLISTON, N.D. - At the grand opening of the new Williston Basin International Airport (XWA), Senator John Hoeven outlined his work as a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee to advance the airport. This includes language he passed as part of annual funding legislation in recent years that allowed the airport to be built on a new location. The measure directed the FAA to ensure sufficient funding is available in a timely manner to relocate airports that are in critical ne… Continue Reading


10.04.19

Hoeven Statement on President's Biofuels Agreement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Administration announced an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "Throughout this process, we have encouraged the Administration to find an agreement that is fair to both renewable and traditional industries, and we appreciate the President's efforts to fulfill his commitments to agriculture producers. Our farmers are facing real challenges, and we will work to ensure that the Administration's agreement … Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven to Host EPA Administrator Wheeler at EmPower ND Conference, Discussion of Eastern ND Water Supply Project

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, will host Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the 2019 Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference on Tuesday, October 8. Wheeler will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Prior to the administrator's remarks, Hoeven will participate in a group discussion with Cramer and Burgum on their efforts to advance an all-of-the-above energy policy at… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven: North Dakota Selected for Air National Guard Tuition Assistance Pilot Program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven announced today that the National Guard Bureau has selected North Dakota as one of 14 states that will participate in a pilot program to begin providing college tuition assistance to members of the state's Air National Guard. The Air National Guard expects the Federal Tuition Assistance pilot program will begin in late 2020. Hoeven has pressed the Air National Guard to create a tuition assistance program to match the program already in place for the Army Nati… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven Advancing Legislation to Address NPS Maintenance Backlog, Works to Secure Support for Presidential Library

MEDORA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, today highlighted to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt the maintenance needs at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) and efforts to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Hoeven invited Bernhardt to the state through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the National Park Service (NPS). The senator has worked to bot… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven Again Presses Corps on Missouri River Water Levels and Storage

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven again spoke with John Remus, Chief of Missouri River Water Management Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to ensure that the Corps is mitigating the risk for flooding given the high Missouri River levels in North Dakota. Hoeven called Remus after speaking with local leaders and residents who were concerned about the high river levels in Bismarck and ensuring adequate reservoir storage to prevent flooding. Remus indicated that the water level shou… Continue Reading


10.02.19

Hoeven Announces USDA Grant for Canola Research at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $292,830 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for canola research. The long-term goal of this award is to enhance canola production and profitability in the northern plains. "Today's funding will help NDSU inform our farmers how to best optimize the use of seeds and … Continue Reading


10.02.19

Hoeven to Sec. Bernhardt: Regulatory Relief Needed at FWS, Should Reflect Wetlands Reforms Made Under NRCS

HOPE, N.D. - At a landowner roundtable today, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, urged U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to help advance regulatory relief for farmers and ranchers impacted by wetlands easements under the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Hoeven outlined the differences between the wetlands regulations at the FWS compared to the Na… Continue Reading


10.01.19

Hoeven, Secretary Wilkie Review Fargo VA, Local HBOT Facility, Work to Expand Veteran Access to Care

FARGO, N.D. - At the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System and a local hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinic today, Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, highlighted to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie efforts to expand veteran access to care. Hoeven's work includes: Improving access to alternative treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), like HBOT, part of the senator's efforts to improve suicide prevention and mental health care for veterans. Ensuring time… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Hoeven Marks Return of Floyd Wells, WWII Navy Member & North Dakota Native, Lost During Attack on Pearl Harbor

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today marked the return of the remains of Floyd Wells, a North Dakota native who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The senator joined Wells' family, veterans and community members at the Hector International Airport as his remains were brought back to the state from Hawaii, where he had previously been interred as an unidentified servicemember. "F… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Encourage Greater Participation in STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined the Senate in passing the Building Blocks of STEM Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to encourage participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education among Pre-K and elementary-aged children. Currently, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) initiatives focus on middle-school aged children and older students. The bill would expand the NSF's STEM initiatives to younger students, helping establish a greater i… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Hoeven: Senate's FY2020 Appropriations Legislation Provides Dedicated Funding for Indian Victims of Crime

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week helped advance Fiscal Year 2020 funding legislation that supports important priorities for tribal communities, including public safety, education and energy development. This includes a key provision of his Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, which would expand critical victims services by requiring a 5 percent… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Hoeven to Host Interior Secretary Bernhardt in Medora Region Next Thursday

MEDORA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Appropriations Committee, today announced that on Thursday, October 3, he will host Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in the Medora region where he will highlight maintenance needs at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and efforts to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Hoeven invited Bernhardt to the state as part of his efforts to address deferred maintenance in the National … Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Congratulates Harwood Elementary and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary on Earning National Blue Ribbon School Designation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has selected Harwood Elementary School and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools in recognition of their academic excellence. Both the schools are being recognized as Exemplary High Performing schools. "We congratulate both Harwood Elementary and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary for their hard work," said Hoeven. "The National Blue Ribbon designation is a testament… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Worked to Ensure Funding Extension Includes Ag Trade Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to extend government funding that includes a provision he worked to secure to fund Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for farmers and ranchers targeted by retaliatory tariffs. The legislation extends government funding through November 21 as Congress works to pass the full appropriations bills. After House leaders thre… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Working to Ensure Replacement for the Minuteman III Stays on Track

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week led a bipartisan group of senators in urging Defense Secretary Mark Esper to prevent any delays for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), which will replace the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The group highlighted the continued nuclear ambitions of the nation's adversaries, stressing that whether or not there are any modifications to the GBSD acquisition approach, the program must be delivered on time to ensure the U.S. … Continue Reading


09.25.19

Hoeven: Administration Finalizes Agreement with Japan to Lift Tariffs on $7.2 Billion of U.S. Agricultural Products

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration finalized a trade agreement with Japan to lower or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products. This includes fresh and frozen beef and pork, wheat, frozen potatoes, dairy products and ethanol. Further, Japan's imports of U.S. wheat and barley, which were valued at more than $800 … Continue Reading

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