News Releases

05.06.20

Hoeven: Administration Provides Guidance to Help Ensure Safe Operation of Meat Processing Facilities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reaffirmed guidance to state governors and industry stakeholders on the safe operation of meat processing facilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance reinforces the safety protocols recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prev… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven Statement on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after President Trump declared today Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. Hoeven previously helped introduce a Senate resolution with Senator Steve Daines to declare today "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls." Further, the senator helped secure the passage of Savanna's Act earlier this year, legislatio… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for Nonprofit Source Pollution Management Program in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,960,000 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality for the Nonpoint Source Management Program. Today's funds are made available under the Clean Water Act and will be used to promote a voluntary pollution control program across the state, primarily related to agricultural land. "Today's funds will support our state's ef… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: NRCS Accepting Applications for Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $5 million available through the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured funding for this program to assists producers in maintaining eligibility for USDA programs. "Our farmers and ranchers know firsthand the importance of being good stewards and have the biggest stake i… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: BOR Designates Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District as Operator of Oakes Test Area

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has signed a contractdesignating the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District (DSID) as the operator of the Oakes Test Area. This action formally recognizes the irrigation district's longtime role in fulfilling many of the duties and responsibilities in operating and maintaining the facility. Further, it is a key step toward completing the title transfer process for the test area, which Hoeven has been working to ad… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: DOT Releases Cares Act Funding for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released funding to 15 airports in North Dakota. The grants are part of airport funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Hoeven previously announced funding for North Dakota airports on April 14, and today DOT released the funding to the air… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: USDA Issues Waiver Providing Nutrition Benefits to North Dakota Children in Need

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a waiver enabling families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals in North Dakota whose schools were closed to receive Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits. Today's announcement, made possible under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will benefit both Supplemental Nutrition Assistanc… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Senators Hoeven, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide $3 Billion to Fill Strategic Petroleum Reserve With U.S. Crude Oil

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Doug Jones introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide $3 billion in funding to purchase crude oil produced in the United States for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The text of the legislation is available here. In April, Hoeven announced he was leading the bipartisan, bicameral legislation along with Representatives Lizzie Fletcher and Michael Burgess. In addition to Hoeven and Jones, the Senate bill is being cosponsored by Sena… Continue Reading


05.04.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $3 Million in COVID-19 Funding for North Dakota Tribal Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) has awarded funding to tribal colleges and universities in North Dakota to help with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are as follows: Turtle Mountain Community College - $1,157,310 United Tribes Technical College - $844,160 Sitting Bull College - $535,390 Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College - $270,040 … Continue Reading


05.04.20

Hoeven: SBA Accepting Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it has re-opened the online application portal for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency EIDL Grants. This comes as a result of the additional $60 billion that Congress provided for the assistance programs. Further, due to a provision that Hoeven secured as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, farmers, ranchers and other agricult… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Hoeven Announces $135 Million in CARES Act Funding for North Dakota Hospitals & Providers

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded $135,152,313 to 59 hospitals and health care providers in North Dakota. This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to assist hospitals and providers in rural areas that have been impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. "This fund… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Hoeven Announces Behavioral Health Grants for Tribes

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committe, today announced that the Center for Mental Health Services at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has awarded funding to MHA Nation, Turtle Mountain Tribe and Spirit Lake Tribe. Today's funding, equaling $97,402 for each tribe, will be used for substance abuse and mental health services. "Today's resources will support the efforts of each tr… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Hoeven: DOT Releases Funds for Five Additional North Dakota Airports

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released funding to five airports in North Dakota. Mandan Municipal Airport - $30,000 Mohall Municipal Airport - $30,000 Northwood Municipal-Vince Field Airport - $30,000 Tioga Municipal Airport - $30,000 Park River W C Skjerven Field Airport - $20,000 "The grants relea… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Hoeven Names Tony Eberhard as New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Tony Eberhard will serve as his new chief of staff, replacing Cassie Bladow in the Senator's Washington, D.C. office. Eberhard, who served as Hoeven's Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director until 2017 and comes with 14 years of Capitol Hill service, will return to the office in the coming weeks. "We are glad to have Tony back in the office, and know he will do an excellent job serving the people of North Dakota. He brings years of ex… Continue Reading


05.01.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $7 Million in Additional CARES Act Funding to Support ND Higher Education Institutions

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate AppropriationsCommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $7,218,962 to universities and colleges in North Dakota. Today's funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to assist students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are as follows: Strengthening Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universi… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Hoeven Statement on Administration Increasing Medicare Reimbursement for Audio Telehealth Services During Pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Administration announced it will increase reimbursement for audio-only telehealth services, which will help ensure patients have better access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that payments for audio-only health services will be reimbursed similarly to services provided in-person or usi… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Hoeven Announces Funds to UND, ND Department of Human Services

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services and Small Business Administration (SBA) have awarded a total of $590,000 in federal funding to two groups in North Dakota. The SBA has awarded $290,000 to the University of North Dakota for the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program. This funding will support training workshops and provide business development assistance to veterans and… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Hoeven Outlines Additional Federal Support for Small Businesses, Funds to Help Safely Re-Open Economy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined federal efforts to support small businesses through the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and help ensure the safety of North Dakotans as the economy starts opening back up. In a call with North Dakota Department of Commerce officials and the Greater North Dakota Chamber, the senator outlined the additional funding passed by Congress for the programs established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securi… Continue Reading


04.30.20

Hoeven Statement on Expansion of Main Street Lending Program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending program, which operates under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act. Under today's announcement, the Federal Reserve will begin offering three loan options through the Main Street Loan Program, which was established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help provide access to credit for small and medium-sized b… Continue Reading


04.29.20

Hoeven Continues Advancing Efforts With Energy Secretary to Support Oil & Gas Producers, Ensure Access to Credit

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a call with Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette today, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts to secure federal support for the nation's energy producers. In their conversation, Brouillette indicated to the senator that work continues onaid for the oil and gas industry. Hoeven and Secretary Brouillette are also working to get the Treasury Department to issue the final regulations for the 45Q tax credit as soon as possible in order to provide certainty to the coal industry as … Continue Reading

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