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12.22.20

Hoeven Statement After Approval of FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. As chairman, Hoeven worked to secure funding to support North Dakota's producers and economy, including: Additional $1.5 billion for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), to ensure program fu… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Hoeven Statement on Passage of FY2021 Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 funding legislation. "We were able to secure priorities important for North Dakota, including funding for our military members and their missions, assistance for our farmers and ranchers impacted by disasters, resources for the new BIA law enforcement training center at Camp Grafton, and legislation to advance the Theodore Roosev… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Hoeven Statement on Additional Covid Relief for Families, Small Businesses, Health Care

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Congress approved additional COVID-19 relief to support individuals and families, small businesses, including farmers and ranchers, and provide much needed resources for health care and vaccine distribution. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to include nearly $13 billion in total to support farmers, ranchers and the agriculture sector. The legislation provides targeted relief.… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Hoeven, Cramer Object to Extension of Wind PTC in Year-End Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today offered an amendment to strike a one-year extension of the wind production tax credit (PTC) from the year-end legislation. On the floor of the U.S. Senate, the senators called for consent to strip the provision from the legislation but their amendment was blocked. Click here to watch. "We brokered a bipartisan agreement to phase out the wind PTC and permanently end it in 2019," said Senator Hoeven. "We have made clear that we oppose the … Continue Reading


12.21.20

Hoeven: Year-End Funding Bill Includes Authorization for Minot Flood Protection, Allows Federal Funding for Project's 4th Phase

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after Congress released year-end legislation that includes authorization for the Minot region's flood protection project. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which is part of the larger legislative package, will enable the project to receive federal funding through the Army Corps' work plan. This is a key step in advancing the construction o… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Hoeven Helps Introduce Resolution Supporting Free Exercise of Religion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week helped introduce a resolution with Senator Rick Scott to support Americans' free exercise of religion. The resolution recognizes the inconsistent manner in which some state and local governments have enforced COVID-19 restrictions against places of worship, in comparison to other gatherings, and stresses the Senate's commitment to the rights, liberties and protections outlined in the Constitution. "The free exercise of religion is central to our nation… Continue Reading


12.18.20

Congress Passes Hoeven-Sponsored Legislation to Promote Economic Opportunities for Tribes, Native Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement after Congress passed the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, legislation he authored to improve economic opportunity, provide regulatory relief and increase access to capital for Indian Tribes and native businesses. Hoeven introduced the bill with Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in January 2019 and secured its passage by the Senate later that year. It has now pass… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Hoeven Statement After Passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Congress approved the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes important North Dakota defense policy priorities. Hoeven worked to include provisions to: Support service members, including authorizing a 3 percent pay raise. Restrict the retirement of the Global Hawk and continue to stand up the Space Force and Arctic missions important to Grand Forks Air Force Base. Provi… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Hoeven Announces HHS Grants to Two North Dakota Entities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded funding to the following North Dakota groups: Community Action Partnership - $1,165,925 from the Administration for Children and Families for Head Start and Early Head Start services in Dickinson. City of Bismarck - $125,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Drug Free Communities Support Program for Pro… Continue Reading


12.11.20

Hoeven: Air Force Awards Agility Prime Contracts to UND, Northern Plains UAS Test Site

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Air Force has awarded four contracts under the Agility Prime initiative to North Dakota entities, including the University of North Dakota (UND), the UND Aerospace Foundation and the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site. The Air Force is making the awards with the goal of developing new technologies to be used in small, low-cost aircraft that will s… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Head Start Funding to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,389,726 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This funding, provided through the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program, will be used to support Head Start and Early Head Start services for children and their families as they prepare for school. "This grant w… Continue Reading


12.09.20

Hoeven Statement on EPA Finalizing Reforms to Improve Consistency, Certainty & Transparency for New Regulations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its revised cost-benefit analysis for new regulations issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The agency made the reforms to provide more transparency, consistency and certainty in the CAA rulemaking process, with the goal of ensuring the agency's actions are justified and supported by the latest in economic, engineering, biological and physical sciences. "These reforms align … Continue Reading


12.08.20

ND Delegation: USFS Record of Decision for Little Missouri Grassland Helps Provide Certainty for Oil and Gas Producers

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) issued a final record of decision (ROD) providing guidance for oil and gas leasing for the Little Missouri National Grassland. The ROD expands energy development to an additional 216,000 acres of Forest Service land, with certain lease stipulations and follows a roundtable the Senators held with Administration officials earlier this year. … Continue Reading


12.08.20

Hoeven Holds Signing Ceremony to Finalize Patterson Lake Land Transfer, Allow Lots to be Sold to Homeowners

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a virtual signing ceremony with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Missouri Basin Regional Director Brent Esplin, North Dakota state legislators and local officials to finalize the transfer of federal land around Patterson Lake to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and allow homeowners to purchase their lots. Hoeven introduced legislation to enable the transfer in November 2017 after working with homeowners and local officials, and passed the … Continue Reading


12.08.20

Hoeven: Bureau of Reclamation Signs Lot Transfer Agreement for Jamestown Reservoir

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a virtual signing ceremony with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Missouri Basin Regional Director Brent Esplin, North Dakota state legislators and local officials to finalize the transfer of federal land around Jamestown Reservoir to the Jamestown Park Board and allow homeowners to purchase their lots. Hoeven introduced legislation to enable the transfer in November 2017 after working with homeowners and local officials, and passed the legislation thro… Continue Reading


12.08.20

Hoeven Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance 45Q & 48A Tax Credits to Benefit Coal Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with Senators Kevin Cramer, John Barrasso, Tina Smith and Joe Manchin, in introducing legislation to enhance the 45Q and 48A tax credits to better support the development and implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies (CCUS). Specifically, the legislation would: Provide a direct payment option for the 45Q and 48A CCUS tax incentives. Extend the 45Q commen… Continue Reading


12.07.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Head Start Funding to Cankdeska Cikana Community College

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,381,489 to Cankdeska Cikana Community College in Fort Totten. Today's grant will be used to support Head Start and Early Head Start services to promote school readiness for children on the Spirit Lake Reservation. "Head Start supports educational, social and health services for children and their families as they prepare fo… Continue Reading


12.04.20

ND Delegation: ENDAWS Takes Important Step Forward with Final EIS

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today praised the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) for finalizing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project. "This project would provide an affordable, reliable water supply for eastern North Dakota, making good use of the McClusky Canal," said Senator Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Developm… Continue Reading


12.02.20

Hoeven: Senate Approves ALS Disability Insurance Access Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan legislation he is cosponsoring to eliminate the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) five month waiting period for individuals diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "ALS is a progressive condition for which there is currently no cure," said Hoeven. "This bipartisan legislation will help to provide individuals diagnosed … Continue Reading


11.30.20

Hoeven Highlights Opportunities Provided by North Dakota's Growing Tech Sector

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped kick off a new round of UpskillingND, a collaboration between the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), Microsoft and TrainND Southeast to provide free technical training and certification to those whose careers have been disrupted due to COVID-19. NDSCS received a federal grant of $50,000 made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act, with matching funds being provided by Microsoft, to establish the p… Continue Reading

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