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Hoeven, Heitkamp Introduce Senate Resolution Declaring May 19 "National Schizencephaly Awareness Day"

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today introduced a Senate Resolution designating May 19 as "National Schizencephaly Awareness Day." The resolution helps to educate and raise awareness about Schizencephaly, a rare birth defect that causes developmental delays, delays in speech and language skills, limited mobility, paralysis, shorter lifespans and other symptoms. Schizencephaly is the second rarest brain malformation, with approximately 7,000 cases ever reported. "Schizencep… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Delegation, Task Force 21 Press Pentagon to Continue Support for Nuclear Force Improvement Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and the state's congressional delegation today joined members of Task Force 21 to press the Pentagon to continue support of the Nuclear Force Improvement Program (NFIP) launched by the Air Force last year. The program is designed to improve mission effectiveness, culture, morale and target areas in need of investment. The group voiced their support for the NFIP and North Dakota's air force bases with Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh at the Pentagon. A… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bureau of Indian Education Must Implement Better Financial Oversight, Make Every Dollar Work for Our Native American Students

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Charles "Monty" Roessel to implement better oversight of federal funding for Native American schools run by the agency. Hoeven's comments came in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued last November, which outlined significant deficiencies in financial oversight at BIE, contributing to the misuse and loss of federal funds, i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Vietnam Veterans at Fargo Air Museum Vietnam Memorial Opening Ceremony

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored the state's Vietnam veterans at the opening ceremony of the Fargo Air Museum's Vietnam Memorial Exhibit. The senator paid tribute to the state's Vietnam veterans, especially the nearly 200 North Dakota service members who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the war. "Today we pay tribute and remember the dedicated service of the men and women in uniform who served our nation during the Vietnam War," Hoeven said. "This exhibit is a fitting… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on National Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today made the following statement in observance of the 34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, a yearly tribute during National Police Week that honors fallen and living law enforcement officers. This year, 273 fallen officers will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. "Today we recognize and honor the dedicated service of law enforcement officers in North Dakota and throughout the country. National Peace Offic… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Remove Duplication, Ensure States-First Approach for Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued working to ensure a states-first approach for regulating hydraulic fracturing and pressed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to work with states to eliminate duplicative federal regulations. In light of the final BLM rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal land released in March, Hoeven pressed the issue at a Senate Energy Committee hearing and an Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing this week. "We need to continue to let states re… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Pledge Ongoing Support for FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer, along with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, today pledged to continue their support for a newly-designated FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems that will research and develop technologies and policies for the use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the United States. At a news conference Thursday, lawmakers praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selection of Alliance f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $350K in Colon Cancer Research Funds for NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a $346,325 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for colon cancer research. Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and third highest cause of cancer-related death in the United States. The funding will support the work of Dr. Bin Guo of NDSU's Pharmaceutical Sciences Department. "Almost all of us know someone who has battled cancer, and we know the great toll it t… Continue Reading


Murkowski, Hoeven Offer Legislation to Allow Crude Oil Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senate Energy Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to introduce the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015, legislation that would lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Specifically, the measure would authorize exports of crude oil and condensate produced in the United States without requiring a federal license, on the same basis as exports of refined petroleum products are currently authorized. Hoeven said the benefit to … Continue Reading


Capito, Hoeven Introduce Measure to Ensure Reliable Affordable Energy from Coal Power

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) joined Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today to introduce the bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA Act). The legislation addresses the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) effort to circumvent Congress and impose new rules on power plants that will drive up costs for consumers and kill good jobs. A bipartisan group of nine senators joined Capito and Hoeven at a press conference this afternoon to unveil the legislation, which wil… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Booker Introduce Legislation to Support Commercial UAS Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today introduced the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, legislation that sets interim operating guidelines for small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones, and creates a framework to promote American innovation in the rapidly growing field. "We're on the frontier of a whole new era of aviation, when remotely piloted aircraft will improve crop production, provide valuable aid for first responde… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $378,000 from HHS for State Independent Living Grants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the North Dakota Department of Human Services $378,108 for Independent Living Grants. "North Dakotans have a long tradition of caring for those in need," Hoeven said. "These grants will help people with disabilities live independently in their homes and integrate into their communities." The funds are awarded by the Administration for Community Living / Administration on Int… Continue Reading


Rounds, Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Long-Range Bombers Including B-52s in Minot

WASHINGTON - Senators Mike Rounds and John Hoeven today joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Long Range Bomber Sustainment Act of 2015. The legislation would prevent the Department of Defense from retiring any B-1, B-2 or B-52 bomber aircraft without certification that it would not degrade operational defense capabilities. Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is one of two locations hosting the B-52 bomber fleet. The Air Force is starting to develop a new long-range bomber air… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Forest Chief Agrees to Make Changes in the Management Plan for the Prairie Grasslands

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell agreed to make changes in the management plan for the grasslands that Senator John Hoeven and area ranchers had asked for at a roundtable the senator hosted this past March in western North Dakota. "Recently, I had Chief Tidwell out in western North Dakota to meet with our ranchers, and we've asked for some changes in the way the Natural Resources Conservation Service manages th… Continue Reading


Professional Nutritionists, Schoolboards Voice Strong Support for Hoeven's Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act

WASHINGTON - In response to a recent Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, the National School Board Association and the School Nutrition Association (SNA) issued strong endorsements of Senator John Hoeven's Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act. Both groups voiced strong support in social media and news releases commending the measure and calling for passage: "The National School Boards Association (NSBA) supports the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act, which restores local leadership and fle… Continue Reading


Hoeven: UND, EERC Enter Into $2.5 Million Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has entered into a two-year Cooperative Agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) to conduct research and develop technologies to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels. The collaboration is funded through the Office of Fossil Energy and administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Hoeven made the case for the EERC's Carbon Captu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Driver Privacy Act at Heartland Seminar

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his Driver Privacy Act (S.766) during a keynote address to the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of North Dakota's Heartland Seminar to Educate and Motivate (STEAM). "The Driver Privacy Act is all about ensuring that the owner of a vehicle controls the data recorded and collected by their vehicle," said Hoeven. "I spoke to ABATE, an organization that does a tremendous job with motorcycle training and road safety, about making sur… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Work to Improve Rail Safety

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Thursday contacted local, state and top federal officials following the derailment early Wednesday morning of a train carrying crude oil near Heimdal, N.D. The senator spoke with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Sarah Feinberg, National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Dr. Bella Dihn-Zarr, Wells County Commissioner Randy Suckut and the governor's office, as well as officials of the BNSF Railway. "We're grateful first of all, th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces UND Team Selected as Center of Excellence for Researching UAS Integration into NAS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the ASSURE team, led by the University of North Dakota and Mississippi State University, as the Center of Excellence for researching the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace. The Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Hoeven serves, approved $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget to launch the competitive program. ASSURE, the Alliance for Sy… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following the Senate's passage of the bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which he cosponsored: "Any agreement with Iran needs to prevent them from building a nuclear bomb; otherwise we need to keep our sanctions in place. The sanctions we have are very strong, and effectively slowing down Iran's economy. They're hurting their ability both to conduct terrorism and build a nuclear weapon. So we need to ensure that an… Continue Reading

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