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Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which is companion legislation to Congressmen Shimkus and McKinley's bill in the House, builds on the senators' past efforts to find a bicameral, bipartisa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Provides Flexibility for School Meals in Sodium, Grain Requirements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The annual funding bill includes a provision Hoeven authored that provides schools flexibility in meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The measure still retains requirements for calories and fruits and vegetables. "The full Approp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Department of Interior Stream Buffer Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the proposed Stream Buffer Rule, which the Department of Interior issued today: "Mining and reclamation procedures vary throughout the country. The coal and the geography are not the same in North Dakota as they are in Appalachia. That's why we continue to be concerned with the department's one-size-fits-all approach to revising the Stream Buffer Rule and believe Interior should instead work with the states. Th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed the Every Child Achieves Act, legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind law and rein in federal involvement in local schools. The bipartisan measure, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, allows states to develop their own educational accountability plans. The legislation restores state control over education standards and prevents the federal government from mandating or incentivizing aca… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards North Dakota Department of Human Services Nearly $3 Million

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) has awarded $2,966,492 to the North Dakota Department of Human Services to support its Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program. The program helps states rebalance Medicaid long-term care systems while also working to increase the use of home and community-based services, cut through red tape so people can get long-term … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the administration has reached a nuclear deal with Iran: "While we are still reviewing the details of the agreement, Iran's history of state sponsored terrorism and belligerence toward the United States and our allies means Congress must approach this deal with the utmost caution. Any deal with Iran has to be verifiable, enforceable and, above all, prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear wea… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Department of Education Awards Nearly $2.5 Million to North Dakota Universities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $2,490,090 to Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, the University of Mary and the University of North Dakota. This funding is part of the Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services … Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Protect Small Business Employees From Healthcare Premium Increases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses from potential health care premium increases under the Affordable Care Act. The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act allows states to maintain the current definition of a small group market as 1-50 employees to prevent premium increases and disruptions for small and mid-size businesses. Hoeven joins prime sponsor Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina on the legislation. "Small … Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $355,000 to Enhance Safety at Kenmare Municipal Airport

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 $355,997 to the Kenmare Municipal Airport Authority to enhance airport safety. "North Dakota's airports play a key role in our continued growth and economic development," Hoeven said. "This funding will go towards rehabilitating the Kenmare Municipal Airport's runway lighting system, replacing the airport's rotating beacon and rep… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota Teachers for Receiving National Award

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Scott Johnson of Century High School and Cynthia Nelson of Grand Forks Central High School for receiving the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Training. The annual award is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the nation. Winners receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington for an awards ceremony. Johnson has been an educator for… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Medical Liability Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is supporting legislation to extend federal liability protections to on-call and emergency room physicians who are required to provide care under federal law. The Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act reduces emergency health care providers' liability exposure, which would attract additional emergency room physicians and help lower health care costs. "We're working to find ways to make health care more affordable and to make meaningful m… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakota High School Marching Bands to Apply for 2016 National Independence Day Parade

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the 2016 National Independence Day Parade is seeking applications from high school marching bands interested in representing the State of North Dakota in the annual Independence Day Parade. Hoeven encourages North Dakota high school marching bands to apply through his congressional office to participate in the annual parade held each July 4. "The annual National Independence Day Parade is a rich tradition that brings Americans together from … Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Hoeven STEM Legislation Included in Every Child Achieves Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced that legislation they introduced to bolster Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been included as part of the Every Child Achieves Act, which updates the No Child Left Behind federal education law. The bipartisan legislation improves students' access to STEM education by allowing states to award funding to create or enhance a STEM-focused specialty school or a STEM progra… Continue Reading


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

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