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12.27.18

Hoeven Statement After Minnesota DNR Issues Permit for Permanent Flood Protection in Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a permit for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. The permit advances Route B, which incorporates the changes recommended by the joint task force convened by Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton. "Residents and businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead region need the certainty and security that comes with permanent flood protection," said Hoeven. … Continue Reading


12.20.18

Hoeven Joins President as Farm Bill Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined President Donald Trump as he signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. Hoeven served as a member of the farm bill conference committee and successfully secured his provisions in the final farm bill, including: A version of Hoeven's Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act to ensure producers, including beginning farmers, have access to the credit necessary to start or grow their operations. The bill increases: Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Guaranteed Oper… Continue Reading


12.19.18

Hoeven: Creating Good Jobs Is Essential to Growing Our State and Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates showing that North Dakota has reached a record-high population. As of July, North Dakota had an estimated population of 760,077 residents, an increase of nearly 5,000 over the previous year. "North Dakota continues to demonstrate how essential a strong economy is to growing our state and its communities," Hoeven said. "That's why job creation has been job number one throughout m… Continue Reading


12.18.18

Hoeven Helps Pass Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Federal Criminal Justice System, Reauthorize Second Chance Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped pass the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation that reforms the federal criminal justice system and reauthorizes the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act provides support to state and local governments in reducing prison costs and improving public safety by preventing repeat offenses and violent crime. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to support programs under this legislation, which have benefitted criminal … Continue Reading


12.17.18

Hoeven Statement on Texas Judge’s Obamacare Ruling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding a ruling on Obamacare by a federal judge in Texas: "As part of tax relief legislation, Congress removed the Obamacare individual mandate penalty. The Texas Court ruled that without the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. This is the first step in what will be a lengthy legal process that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. As such, the law is not changed until the Supreme Court ru… Continue Reading


12.17.18

Hoeven Welcomes Second Round of Trade Assistance for Agriculture Producers Impacted by Ongoing Trade Negotiations

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the second round of trade assistance for agriculture producers impacted by ongoing trade negotiations. Hoeven has been urging USDA officials, including Secretary Sonny Perdue and Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky, as well as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) D… Continue Reading


12.17.18

President Signs Hoeven’s Legislation Enabling Homeowners Around Patterson Lake & Jamestown Reservoir to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the President has signed into law S. 440 and S. 2074, legislation that Hoeven authored to enable homeowners around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots. Congress passed Hoeven's amended legislation last month. "Now that our legislation has been signed into law, the land around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir will be transferred to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and the Stutsman County Park Boa… Continue Reading


12.15.18

Hoeven: Farm Bill Passage an Important Step in Providing Certainty for Farmers and Ranchers

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Farmers Union state convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to provide certainty for farmers and ranchers. This includes passing a strong farm bill, which the Senate and House approved this week. As a member of the farm bill conference committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, the senator secured important provisions in the farm bill, including expanded access to … Continue Reading


12.14.18

Hoeven Urges President to Advance Keystone XL Pipeline Project in Bicameral Letter

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today led a bicameral letter with of 42 Senators and Representatives urging the President to take immediate action to advance construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. "The Keystone XL Pipeline is all about upgrading important energy infrastructure to support our economy and create jobs," Hoeven said. "In addition to creating thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars in capital investment, the project will also redu… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Hoeven Presses for Trade Assistance to Continue Helping Producers Impacted by Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke this week with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney to outline the importance of providing the second half of trade assistance to help producers impacted by trade negotiations. "I'm encouraged that China is starting to buy soybeans from U.S. producers. At the same time, I called OMB Director Mulvaney and emphasized that i… Continue Reading


12.14.18

Hoeven and Udall Introduce Legislation to Improve Hiring Process for Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs introduced legislation this week to help improve the hiring process for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement positions. The legislation would put in place a demonstration program enabling the BIA to conduct background checks for the agency's law enforcement positions. Currently, the BIA runs their background checks … Continue Reading


12.14.18

Hoeven Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Group in Pressing to Modernize Tax Credit to Help Advance the Use of CCS Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week led a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen in urging the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee to include a provision in upcoming legislation supporting the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. "Our energy industry is constantly innovating and developing the technologies that will ensure America's energy security while also improving environmental stewardship," said Hoeven. "We need … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Hoeven: Congress Sends Farm Bill to the President

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, sending it to the President to be signed into law. The Senate approved the measure yesterday by a vote of 87 to 13 and the House approved the bill today. Hoeven outlined the importance of good farm policy for the nation's farmers and ranchers, as well as important provisions he secured for North Dakota producers, including: Increased Access to Capital: The bill includes a … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $290,000 Grant to Expand All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a $291,060 grant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The funds will be used to expand the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates, developing approximately eight acres. Last year, the VA provided a $4.9 million grant to build the cemetery. "Native Americans serve in the military at a higher r… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of Farm Bill Conference Committee Report

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after the Senate passed the conference committee's report to the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 87 to 13. The bill now goes to the House for final passage. "We were able to get agreement in the Senate, moved our vote up to today and approved the final farm bill with strong bipartisan support," said Hoeven. "This is good news for our farmers and ranchers who produce the highest quality, lowest cost food in the world bec… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Hoeven Joins EPA and Army Corps in Announcing Regulatory Relief Under Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined administration officials, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James, as well as leaders from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Manufacturers in announcing new regulatory relief under the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The proposed changes … Continue Reading


12.10.18

Hoeven Statement on Farm Bill Conference Committee Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after signing the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, which strengthens the farm safety net and provides important tools to help see North Dakota farmers and ranchers through hard times. Hoeven is a member of the conference committee, the fourth highest ranking majority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. "Our producers need the certainty that… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Hoeven Cosponsored to Improve Broadband Availability for Precision Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve broadband availability for precision agriculture. "Precision agriculture reduces input cost and improves yields," said Hoeven. "Farmers and ranchers need dependable access to broadband in order to take full advantage of the wide range of these agriculture technology… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Chairman Hoeven Announces Senate Passage of Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced Senate passage of S. 1942, Savanna's Act. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives. S. 1942 is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota, who was tragically murdered in 2017. The bill: Improves tribal access to federal databases that track missing and unidentified persons, specifically American Indians and Alaska Natives. Requires the Department of Justice to co… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Hoeven: USDA Finalizes Regulatory Relief Under School Meal Program

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule providing regulatory relief under the federal Child Nutrition Programs. The rule was initially published last year, after Hoeven secured a commitment from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work with him, school nutrition professionals and school dist… Continue Reading

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