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Hoeven: USDA Approves Loan, Grant Totaling $5 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvement

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's (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $2,771,000 and a grant of $2,229,000 to remove and replace existing sanitary sewer mains and water mains in the City of New England in Hettinger County. The loan is made available from USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program and the grant is made available thr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves Department of Defense Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes important provisions to benefit North Dakota and bolster the nation's defenses. Hoeven worked as a member of the Appropriations Committee to ensure the legislation included priorities for North Dakota and the nation. Among them are more than $75 million in funding to replace aging Huey helicopters used for the missile fields, i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards Nearly $2.5 Million for Cancer Prevention, Rural Hospital Improvement in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a total of $2,419,999 to the North Dakota State Department of Health and the University of North Dakota (UND) for cancer prevention and rural hospital improvement, respectively. The funds are awarded as follows: • North Dakota State Department of Health - $2,098,536 - The funds, awarded by HHS' Centers for Disease Contr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $9 Million Expansion of EERC Cooperative Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and the Energy Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $9.5 million to the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). Today's award is an expansion of the $2.5 million joint cooperative agreement Hoeven announced last year for EERC to conduct research and develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels… Continue Reading


Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2017 Homeland Security Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) issued the following joint statement and summary of priorities following the subcommittee's approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill: "As a result of our joint efforts, we have a strong product that addresses the Department's needs. The bill recommends $48.1 billion in total discretionary appropriations to support DHS's critical … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota Veterans in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven yesterday met with veterans from North Dakota during their trip to Washington for the WDAY Honor Flight. The veterans served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Afghanistan. The senator welcomed the veterans yesterday when they first arrived in our nation's capital. "We owe our veterans so much, and this event is a great way to remember their service and sacrifices," Hoeven said. "It's an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our n… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Includes Support for Ag Research & Production, Rural Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which he serves, has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Hoeven worked with his fellow appropriators to secure funding across a wide variety of programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that support priorities for universities, farmers, ranchers and rural communities across North Dakota and the nation. "Our farmers, ranchers and the rural communities wh… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Announce Final Passage of Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the Senate and now the House has passed S. 184, the Native American Children's Safety Act, which Hoeven authored and introduced in the Senate. Congressman Cramer then led the effort to get the measure passed in the House. The measure now goes to the president's desk for signature. The legislation implements protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. "Our b… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill to Help States Track Sex Offenders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed legislation to assist states in preventing future abuses by registered sex offenders. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act Reauthorization, introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), helps to improve tracking of sex offenders through federal support of state registries and dedicated resources to target offenders who fail to comply with registration requirements. The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Saf… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $2.3 Million to University of North Dakota

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 of General Medical Sciences has awarded $2,383,747 to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will support a Center of Excellence for pharmacology, physiology and biological chemical research, which will aid advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. "The University of North Dakota is an interna… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Transportation, HUD Funding Bill: Includes Hoeven Provisions for Williston Airport, ND UAS Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the $56.5 billion Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act (THUD). The legislation also includes funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Within this funding, support is prioritized for programs that make transportation systems safer, more efficient and more reliable, which will benefit air, rail and highway infrastructure across … Continue Reading


Agriculture Appropriations Committee Adopts Hoeven Pilot Plan to Provide Fair ARC County Yield Calculations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Agriculture Appropriations Committee, announced today that the committee has included his legislation creating a new $5 million, nationwide pilot program to improve the fairness of Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) county-level payment calculations for the 2016 crop year. The pilot program is part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture funding bill. The senator has been pushing for greater flexibility in the way yields are calculated with U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes New ICBM, Helicopter Replacement with Lt. Gen. Weinstein

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged the Air Force to accelerate its schedule for replacing the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the fleet of helicopters that provide security at the ICBM sites in Minot and other missile bases. In a meeting today with Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Hoeven emphasized the importance of the two programs for the nation's defense and for the airmen and women… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, ICBM Coalition Urge Defense Department to Replace Aging UH-1N Helicopters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp are working with the bipartisan ICBM coalition to urge the Department of Defense (DoD) to outline a clear plan to replace the UH-1N helicopter fleet currently securing the nuclear missiles stationed in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming, including at Minot Air Force Base. In a letter to DoD Secretary Ash Carter, the members pressed the DoD to proceed in a timely fashion to replace the aging helicopters. "The Senate and House of Represent… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Awards Nearly $400K to North Dakota Firefighter's Association

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $391,882 to the North Dakota Firefighter's Association. The award is made under the FY 2015 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and will go towards supporting the association's State Fire Training Academy. As chairman, Hoeven oversees the annual funding f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Bipartisan Funding Bill to Combat Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has made $1.6 billion available to help combat Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has infected millions of people in Central and South America and poses a serious risk to pregnant women and newborn infants. This includes a $1.1 billion bipartisan measure passed by the Senate today, as well as $589 million that Congress has already approved for Zika response activities. The FY2016-2017 Zika special funding bill provides funding… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates National EMS Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commemorated the 42nd annual National EMS week, which honors first responders. President Gerald Ford first authorized National EMS week in 1974. "Whether it is a life threatening accident or sudden illness, America's first responders quickly respond to save lives," Hoeven said. "This week, we honor EMS men and women who every day, 24/7, are prepared for the worst and work for the best, giving us hope in difficult circumstances. Thank you for all you do."… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has joined Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) as a cosponsor of the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, legislation that will allow the Indian Health Service (IHS) to cover the cost of copayments for Native Americans receiving medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA). Patients must have a referral from IHS to the VA in order to have the copayment costs covered. "I am cosponsoring a bill that partners IHS with the VA to help our Native American vetera… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Work to Improve Veterans' Access to Health Care Services at AMVETS State Convention

STEELE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the 35th annual AMVETS Convention to thank them for their service and outline his efforts to provide veterans with the health care services they need. "We're deeply appreciative of all that our veterans have done for us, so it's very important we make sure that they have access to quality health care and long-term care, both through the VA and through services in their local communities," said Hoeven. "AMVETS does a tremendous job of supporting… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Officers at Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day Event in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the 21st annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day event in Fargo to commemorate and pay tribute to peace officers who have died in the line of duty. "Our law enforcement officers are committed to our communities and put their lives on the line to keep us safe," Hoeven said. "Today we honor their courage and commitment, which was so clearly demonstrated by one of their own, Fargo Officer Jason Moszer, who gave his life earlier this year in the line of … Continue Reading

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