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Hoeven Announces More Than $860K in Federal Funding for North Dakota State University

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 a University Transportation Centers (UTC) grant totaling $861,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will support NDSU's Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), which focuses on safe, mobile and sustainable passenger and freight transportation. The MPC has conducted projects on transportation operations, low-cost safety e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Northern Plains Test Site Director Bob Becklund on Promotion to Brigadier General

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued this statement following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Colonel Robert Becklund, director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems test site in Grand Forks, as brigadier general: "General Bob Becklund's career has been an upward trajectory since he entered military service in the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1982, and now he has deservedly been promoted to brigadier general. Whether it's flying an F-16 or overseeing the integration of… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Awards More Than $3.1 Million to City of Minot Water Treatment Plant for Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $3.1 million to the City of Minot through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Hoeven serves as the chairman for the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, where he oversees the department's annual budget. The funds will be used to support the construction of a floodwall and to update infrastructure to protect Minot's … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $250K to North Dakota Housing Authorities to Promote Family Self-Sufficiency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded three grants totaling $255,502 to housing authorities in North Dakota to help families increase their earned income and reduce their need for rental subsidies and other assistance. The funds are made available through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency program, which provides families with opportunities for education, job traini… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Entrepreneurs Play a Vital Role in Growing the Economy, Creating New Job Opportunities

FARGO, N.D. - At the first-ever 1 Million Cups (1MC) Reunion in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven commended Emerging Prairie for their commitment to the entrepreneurial community in Fargo and across the upper Great Plains and congratulated the group's founders and stakeholders for establishing Fargo 1MC as the largest weekly gathering of entrepreneurs in the nation. The senator stressed the importance of entrepreneurs in spurring innovations to grow the economy and open good job opportunities for… Continue Reading


Hoeven Receives UAS From Altavian in Recognition of His Work to Grow North Dakota's Leadership in UAS Sector

FARGO, N.D. - At the Drone Focus monthly meetup today, Senator John Hoeven received one of the first unmanned aerial systems (UAS) manufactured in North Dakota from Altavian and ComDel Innovations executives in recognition of the senator's work to establish and expand the UAS industry in North Dakota. The Altavian UAS, a Nova F6500, will be displayed in Hoeven's Washington, D.C., office and was manufactured at ComDel's plant in Wahpeton, N.D. In May, Hoeven brought together executives from ComDe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Thanksgiving Statement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to wish North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving: "This year again, North Dakotans will gather with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks for our many blessings. In the course of our history, North Dakota has built a dynamic state on the character and shared values of our people. Like the generations before us who have commemorated the first Thanksgiving with family and fellowship, we give thanks for the abunda… Continue Reading


Hoeven Donates Computers to Five Schools in North Dakota

McClusky, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today visited McClusky High School to present the school with five computers that he secured through the Senate Computers for Schools Program. The senator is donating 25 computers in total to five public schools across the state under the program. McClusky High School, along with Oberon Public School, Newburg-United School, Rolette Public School and Max Public School, will each receive five HP8000 Small Form Factor Desktop computers with flat screen monitors.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Washington Elementary's Designation as National Blue Ribbon School

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Valley City community in congratulating the students, educators and families of Washington Elementary School on their designation as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner. "We are proud of the entire Washington Elementary community and the hard work that led to their designation as a National Blue Ribbon School," said Hoeven. "This is a distinction given to only the best schools in the nation and comes as a result of dedicated e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakotans to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.304, legislation that designates November 28, 2015 as Small Business Saturday. Hoeven was an original cosponsor of this resolution, which aims to support efforts to increase awareness of the value of locally owned small businesses. "Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy, and this resolution recognizes their important role in the overall economic success of the United States," said Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Community Roundtable, Reviews Progress on Watford City's New High School & Housing Developments

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a community roundtable at Watford City High School to take questions from students and area residents. There were approximately 100 high school students, including Watford City High School's senior class and two classes of social studies/government students. Scott Hennen, host of What's on Your Mind, served as the event moderator. During the roundtable, Hoeven outlined his efforts on behalf of communities in western North Dakota, including work… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.5 Million in Federal Funding to Support ND Community Action Agency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $1,528,801 grant to the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency, a service organization dedicated to fighting poverty. "Today's award is an investment in the health, education and well-being of children and families in Fargo and the surrounding region," Hoeve… Continue Reading


Hoeven and Senate Energy Committee Pass Sportsmen's Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today announced that the committee has passed bipartisan sportsmen's legislation. The legislation reauthorizes important conservation programs, improves access to federal lands and helps to boost the outdoor recreation economy. "Hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities are an important part of our state's culture and economy," said Hoeven. "The Sportsmen's Act will help improve opportunities for our spor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Highway Bill Extension and Work to Include Legislation Lifting the Ban on Crude Oil Exports in Long-Term Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate passed a short-term highway bill extension through Dec. 4, which will ensure highway funding while the conference committee finalizes a long-term highway bill. Hoeven said that long-term bill should include legislation lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports. On the Senate floor this week, Hoeven again outlined the benefits of oil exports for U.S. consumers, the U.S. energy industry and the American economy. "I… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $740K in USDA Grants to Expand Distance Learning Across Rural North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved three grants totaling $743,289 to expand distance learning opportunities through universities and public schools across rural North Dakota. The funds are made available through USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, which helps connect rural communities to greate… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passage of Two Resolutions Repealing EPA's Final Rules for New and Existing Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, today issued the following statement in response to Senate passage of two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) costly power plan rules. One of the resolutions would roll back the agency's rule for existing plants and the second would challenge the rule governing new coal generating power plants. Hoeven is a cosponsor … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $28 Million in USDA Loans to Support Rural Health Care, Education Facilities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved direct loans and a loan guarantee totaling nearly $28 million for health care and education facilities in rural North Dakota. The funds are made available through USDA's Community Facilities program. The details of the loans are as follows: Hazen Memorial Hospital Associa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working on Appropriations Committee to Ensure Funding, Authorization for Corps Minot Flood Study

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Monday met with Minot Mayor Chuck Barney and City Manager Lee Staab to advance flood protection for Minot and the Souris River Basin. The Senator, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, worked to make sure there is funding and authorization in the 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill for the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a Minot flood protection study. A study by the Corps is necessary, Hoeven said, to determine the scope of comprehensive flood pro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With FAA Senior Advisor to Advance Effort to Develop Concurrent Airspace Use at Grand Forks Test Site

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven met last week with retired Major General Marke Gibson, Senior Advisor on Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Integration at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to develop concurrent airspace use at Grand Forks to enable flying manned and unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. The meeting was part of Hoeven's ongoing effort to develop North Dakota's UAS industry. "North Dakota is playing a significant role in the development and integration of UAS … Continue Reading


Hoeven Nominates Five Students for Military Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated five North Dakota students for appointment to our nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated: Austin Greenheck and Quinn Greenheck of Minot to the United States Naval Academy; Chandler Gerhold and Jack Gibbons of Fargo to the United State Air Force Academy; and Ethan Porter of Bismarck to the United States Military Academy at West Point. "It is a pleasure to nominate some of North Dakota's best and brightest for appointm… Continue Reading

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