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Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.5 Million for Seven Tribes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Improve Education Curriculum, Restructure School Governance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Committees on Appropriations and Indian Affairs, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) has awarded $1.45 million to seven tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, to begin restructuring school governance, build capacity for academic success and develop curriculum that is both academically rigorous and culturally relevant to students. "Education is a vital part of ensuring our c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on North Dakota Native Dr. Mary Wakefield's Nomination to Be Deputy Secretary of HHS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after Dr. Mary Wakefield, a native of Devils Lake, North Dakota, was nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), second in command of the federal agency. "Dr. Wakefield is a North Dakotan who has devoted her career to improving health care and serving the public. I had the pleasure of working with her during my time as governor of North Dakota and as a member of the U.S. Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $400,000 in Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to the Ellendale Municipal Airport Authority and Jamestown Regional Airport Authority for runway infrastructure improvements and to increase safety. The awards are as follows: Ellendale Municipal Airport Authority - $300,000 - The funds will be used to fully rehabilitate the lighting system for Runway 13/31, as well as build a new vertical/visual guidance … Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $1.6 Million to North Dakota for Cancer Prevention and Control Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that they Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion has awarded $1,687,944 to the North Dakota State Department of Health. The funds will be used to support cancer prevention and control programs. "Almost all of us know someone who has battled or is battling cancer," Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven: University of North Dakota Receives More than $200,000 in Federal Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has authorized a $207,750.00 federal grant to the University of North Dakota (UND) to help support research to improve oral health. "The research this funding supports at UND can help to improve oral health, which is an important part of overall wellness," Hoeven said. "The grant also affirms the school's status as a respected research university." … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Army Corps Major General to Help Minot Move Forward with Permanent Flood Protection

MINOT, N.D. - At a meeting today in Minot with state, local and federal officials, Senator John Hoeven pressed Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, Commander for the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to work with local leaders to move forward in a timely manner on comprehensive flood protection for the Mouse/Souris River Valley. As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to grant the Corps permission to start new studies for permanent flood protec… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer: General Atomics, County Arrive at Tentative Agreement on UAS Training Academy at Grand Sky

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that aviation technology leader General Atomics and Grand Forks have arrived at a tentative agreement to establish an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training academy at Grand Sky, the county's new business and technology park. The senator and congressman have been working with the company to site a training center in the area to help train Air Force personnel to operate remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). Today the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Brings High-Tech Leader General Atomics to Grand Forks for Site Visit

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven hosted senior officials from high-tech leader General Atomics (GA) in Grand Forks today to make the case for siting a new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training center in the area. The senator invited company officials to review all of the UAS assets in the region, including Grand Sky, the county's new technology park. Also participating in the meeting was Congressman Kevin Cramer. General Atomics is one of the world's leading developers of high-technolog… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces New Initiative to Help ND Families Locate Loved Ones Listed As POW/MIA

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced a new initiative he is launching to help North Dakota families locate loved ones who are currently listed as prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). The senator announced the plan at the dedication ceremony for the new POW/MIA memorial on the grounds of the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan. "One of the best ways we can honor our POWs and MIAs is by helping their families get answers and telling the stories of these brave men … Continue Reading


Senator John Hoeven Statement for Independence Day 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "On the Fourth of July, we gather as North Dakotans and Americans to celebrate our nation's founding. The anniversary of our independence offers us a chance to reflect not only on the blessings of liberty that we all treasure, but also the sacrifices made by those who have fought and died to secure those blessings. As we celebrate the birth of our country with family and frie… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $2 Million to University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $2,100,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support its Rural Assistance Center (RAC). The RAC works to ensure that rural communities have quality health and human services by providing access to the full range of relevant and available programs, funding and research. "As… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Kirk Introduce Bill to Expand Good Samaritan Protections to Volunteer Organizations

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Mark Kirk (Ill.) today announced they have introduced the Volunteer Protection Act of 2015. The measure will provide the same liability protections to volunteer groups and organizations as protections already provided to individuals under the Good Samaritan law. In 1997, Congress passed the Volunteer Protection Act, legislation designed to encourage people to continue volunteering by limiting or eliminating an individual's risk of liability when acting for … Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $2 Million to Grand Forks Head Start

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a $2,487,120 grant to Grand Forks Public School District #1. The grant will be used to support the continuation of Head Start programs. "Today's award is an investment in the health, education and well-being of children and families in Grand Forks," Hoeven said. "This funding will support programs that will help to ensure the continued success of our communities now and in the fu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $290,000 to Enhance Highway Safety in North Dakota

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 $291,625.93 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to enhance highway safety. The funding comes through three grant programs: State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement, Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving Countermeasures. "As North Dakota continues to grow and traffic on our roads increases, we need to mak… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves $246 Million in THUD Funding to Improve Crude Oil Transport Safety in FY16 Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill. Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation provides critical funding that will help improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail. The bill includes $246 million for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a $120 million increase over… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Guard Break Ground for North Dakota National Guard Maintenance Shops

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Guard members and state and local officials at the groundbreaking ceremony for two new North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) facilities in Valley City. Last year, Senator Hoeven visited the current facility and reviewed plans for the new one. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he worked to ensure that $10.8 million of the $13 million cost of the facilities was included in the 2015 defense appropriations bill. The Guard will use … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $1 Million in Head Start Grants for Bismarck Public Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,505,068 in federal funding to support Head Start projects in Bismarck Public Schools. "Early education, family wellness and good nutrition help build a strong foundation for our children," Hoeven said. "Today's award will support the ongoing work of our state's Head Start programs to empower our children to realize their full potential." The funds are made available throu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's Supreme Court Decision Striking Down the EPA's Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new more stringent mercury emission regulation: "The U.S. Supreme Court today decided what we have believed for a long time: we all want good stewardship of the environment, but the rules need to be reasonable and achievable. The court said the EPA's new emissions regulations ignored the enormous cost of compliance and failed … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery Important Part of Nation's Energy Infrastructure

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from MDU Resources Group, Inc. and Calumet Specialty Products Partners at the grand opening of the new $425 million Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery in southwestern North Dakota. The senator has been working to build a good business climate in the state to grow the economy and attract investment like this facility, which is the first greenfield fuels refinery built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. "The Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery is h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes North Dakota Interns to His Washington, Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has welcomed six interns to his Bismarck, Fargo and Washington, D.C. offices. Bailey Carlson of Bismarck, Kali Christianson of Cavalier, Isaiah Frohling of Britton and Nick Evans of Marshall have joined his Washington, D.C. office. Madison Huber of Mandan has begun working in Hoeven's Bismarck office, and Aaron Weber of Wishek has joined the Fargo office. The interns work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and ad… Continue Reading

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