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Hoeven Amendment Makes North Dakota Eligible to Apply for Grants from New $35 Million Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Senate's human trafficking bill that would help North Dakota victims of human trafficking and child pornography, and also give law enforcement new tools to crack down on offenders. The Hoeven amendment precludes a Department of Justice (DOJ) requirement that applicants for grants have two years of data on human trafficking to be eligible for a grant as long as they meet all the other requirements for elig… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses VA Under Secretary to Improve Veterans Services, Allow Access to Local Providers

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy on two issues important to North Dakota veterans. The first was to provide veterans with greater access to local services when they live far from a Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) hospital, and also to allow veterans more options for long-term care (LTC) services in the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Treasury Awards $1.1 Million to Support North Dakota's Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded North Dakota's Red River Corridor Fund (RRCF) $1,167,461 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to support small businesses throughout the state. Led by the City of Carrington, the Red River Corridor Fund represents a group of 36 communities throughout North Dakota. The RRCF will utilize the funds as leverage to help small businesses secure more private lending and investments. "Small… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $2 Million in Head Start Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $2 million in grants for Head Start projects in North Dakota. The awards, which come in addition to two previous awards Hoeven announced for these organizations in January and November, are as follows: $1,075,791 for Early Explorers, a grantee of the Towner-Granville-Upham (TGU) School District, to support its early education programs that serve the communities of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates NDSU Men's Basketball Team After They Take Home Summit League Tournament Title and Secure NCAA Tournament Bid

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota State University men's basketball team after they took home the Summit League Tournament title and a bid to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. The Bison scored a 57-56 win against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "This season, the Bison faced many obstacles: they lost six key seniors from last year's team,… Continue Reading


Hoeven: ATF Withdraws Proposed M855 Ammunition Ban

WASHINGTON - Following pressure from Senator John Hoeven and 52 other senators, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) today announced that it will not finalize a proposal to ban M855 ammunition. ATF had proposed to redefine the ammunition as "armor piercing," which would have made it illegal to manufacture or distribute the bullets under the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. Hoeven signed on to a letter led by Senator Chuck Grassley to ATF Director B. Todd Jones that expresse… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses ATF to Abandon Proposed M855 Ammunition Ban

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Director B. Todd Jones to express serious concerns with the agency's proposal to redefine M855 ammunition as "armor piercing," making it illegal to manufacture and distribute the bullets under the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act. Hoeven and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who led the effort, were among 53 senators who signed the letter, which is available here. "As a strong supporter of the S… Continue Reading


Cornyn-Klobuchar Human Trafficking Bill Goes to Floor Tomorrow, Hoeven is an Original Cosponsor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have reintroduced the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, a bill that they originally introduced in 2013. Hoeven was an early cosponsor of that bill and is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan legislation that they introduced earlier this year. The bill helps survivors of human trafficking and child pornography. Hoeven said the bipartisan legislation has passed the Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Head Start, Early Head Start Programs in Southeast North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo more than $1.5 million to help provide affordable full day, year round child care for low-income families in the area. "Affordable day care and child services like these enable parents to work and at the same time provide a learning environment for children," Hoeven said. "The agency provides early childhood education, … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Permanent FBI Office in Williston Badlands Complex, Facility to be Fully Operational Later This Year

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the establishment of a new FBI Resident Agency office in Williston. The office will be located at 42nd Street West, in the Badlands Town Center Complex, where the new post office is, which Hoeven also helped to secure. The bureau anticipates the office will become fully staffed and operational later this year. The developer, Triland Holdings LLC of Williston, said they plan to break ground on the new building in May and complete the 6,000 sq… Continue Reading


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

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that three North Dakotans have begun internships in his Washington, D.C. and Fargo offices. Stephanie Arthaud of Dickinson and Logan Skarphol of Fargo have joined his Washington, D.C. office and Sarah Gandari of Mayville has joined his Fargo office. The interns work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We welcome these young North Dakotans to our office and appreciate their enthusiasm and will… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote to Override the President's Veto of the Keystone XL Approval Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Senate vote to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill. "Today the U.S. Senate cast 62 votes to override the president's veto of our bipartisan Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation, but we needed a supermajority of 67. "The Senate action on Keystone comes as we are locked in a battle with OPEC to see who will supply energy to the United States. It also comes just a da… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address regarding Iran to a joint session of Congress. Hoeven is a cosponsor of S. 269, which would place tough sanctions on Iran if it refuses to reach an agreement with the United States about its nuclear program. "The best way to deter Iran from developing a nuclear weapon is by maintaining strong economic sanctions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today made … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $120,000 in Funding for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Three Affiliated Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Transportation has awarded more than $120,000 in grant funding to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation through the Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTSPF). The competitive funding is awarded to improve transportation safety and help prevent and reduce traffic accidents in tribal communities. "It is important to upgrade and maintain infrastructure … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $220,250 Grant for Community Development in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that CommunityWorks North Dakota has received a $220,250 grant that was authorized by NeighborWorks America. The funds will be used to revitalize communities, support affordable housing for residents of their service areas and create jobs through NeighborWorks-supported projects. "It is important to ensure that North Dakota continues to have strong communities, and this grant will support continued development in our state by securing affordable … Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Provide Permanent Flexibility for Sodium and Grain Requirements in School Meal Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that he plans to introduce the Healthy School Meals Flexibility Act later this week or early next week. The legislation would provide permanent flexibility to school districts in complying with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new school nutrition requirements. The legislation specifically addresses sodium and whole grain requirements for school lunch and breakfast programs. "Providing our students with healthy, nutritious and delicious meals… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Release of Devils Lake Medical Missionary Team from Detention in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement concerning the release of a four-person missionary medical team from Devils Lake being detained in Venezuela. The group was working on a joint health initiative with a Venezuelan church. "Upon learning yesterday that a team of missionary medical workers from Devils Lake had been detained by authorities in Venezuela, we contacted the U.S. State Department to ensure that everything possible was being done to bring them home and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Forest Service Chief to Address North Dakota Concerns With Update to Grasslands Management Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week called on U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell to address the concerns of North Dakota ranchers before issuing a final environmental assessment updating the management plan for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. At an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, Hoeven raised concerns over the Forest Service's recent draft update and urged the Forest Service Chief to come to North Dakota and meet with local ranchers and scientists before issuing the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on DHS Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in regard to funding for the Department of Homeland Security: "Today, the Senate passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but it didn't include provisions to address President Obama's executive actions on immigration. I did not support the bill because we need to deal with both. Unfortunately, our colleagues on the other side of the aisle continue to filibuster our efforts to address both issues, meanin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on FCC Decision to Pass "Net Neutrality"

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of new internet regulations: "The FCC's decision today to regulate the Internet was made behind closed doors and without notice or a comment period. It is almost certain to be challenged in court. The right way to approach this is with an open, bipartisan effort that is fair to American consumers and ensures that the Internet continues to attract investment a… Continue Reading

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