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Hoeven Receives North Dakota Parent Teacher Association's 'Friend of the Child' Award

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today received the North Dakota Parent Teacher Association's (PTA) 'Friend of the Child' award for his support of child-related legislation. The annual award was created in 1992 to honor individuals who have 'given exemplary service to children and youth.' "Our children are our future, and during my time in the senate, as well as my time as governor, I have worked hard to ensure that our next generation is equipped with the tools they need to have rewarding liv… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA to Extend Deadline for Farm Bill Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended its deadline for commodity programs established in the farm bill. The senator serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Agriculture Committee, and was a conferee on the joint Senate-House committee that crafted the final version of the 2014 farm bill. "Farmers and ranchers are dedicated men and women who take on the important responsibility of producing food for America and the w… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU Awarded Nearly $730,000 in Federal Funding for Treatment, Care of HIV Patients

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $730,000 in federal funding to support the treatment and care of individuals with HIV-related illnesses and their families. The award is authorized annually to grant programs related to the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The legislation is named for Ryan White, a young man who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion in the early days of the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the 2016 Budget Passed by the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the Senate's passage of the 2016 budget: "The measure we approved today is a responsible plan that balances the nation's budget in 10 years without raising taxes. By contrast, President Obama's budget increases taxes by $1.8 trillion, and never balances at any point in the future. The Obama budget increases the deficit to more than $800 billion by 2025, and adds $6 trillion to the nation's debt. We simply must balance our … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Water Heater Efficiency Legislation Passes U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced Senate passage of their Water Heater Efficiency legislation, which enables rural electric power cooperatives and their members to continue using large, energy-efficient water heaters in "demand response" conservation programs. The legislation addresses the Department of Energy's (DOE) plan to phase out these water heaters by April 2015. The DOE's new rules do not take into account the value of these water hea… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Advance ICBM Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week worked to bolster the nuclear triad, a key piece of the nation's defense. The senator met with Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein for an update on the Air Force's Nuclear Force Improvement Program (NFIP) and to advance priorities for the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force in Fiscal Year 2016. Hoeven also introduced two amendments to the Senate Budget in support of the NFIP and development of a nuclear-capable cruise missile. "Maintaining and updatin… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar's Driver Privacy Act Passes Committee Unanimously

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced that the bipartisan Driver Privacy Act, their legislation to protect the privacy of a driver's personal data, has passed out of committee. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation unanimously approved the bill today, sending it to the Senate floor for subsequent debate. The Hoeven-Klobuchar bill makes clear that the owner of a vehicle is also the owner of any information collected by … Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Amendment to Fix 40-Mile Eligibility in VA Choice Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has cosponsored an amendment (#356) to the Budget Resolution that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use its current authorities to give veterans access to non-VA health care if the closest VA medical facility within a 40-mile drive time from the veteran's home does not offer the services that the veteran is seeking. The bipartisan amendment was offered by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and cosponsored by Sens. Hoeven,… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA to Accept Applications for Emergency Management Performance Grants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin accepting applications for the FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program. North Dakota is approved to receive $3,106,110. "You can never be too prepared for an emergency," Hoeven said. "It's important to ensure that North Dakota has the necessary infrastructure in place in ca… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $900,000 HHS Grant to North Dakota Department of Health

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the North Dakota State Department of Health a $913,858 grant. The grant will fund the Tobacco Control Program. "We are committed to the health of North Dakotans," Hoeven said. "This HHS grant will help the North Dakota Department of Health help individuals who want to quit smoking stop, and discourage youth from adopting the habit." The grant was made available through the H… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Work to Eliminate Proposed Waters of the U.S. Regulation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today continued working to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Waters of the U.S. regulation. At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, Minnkota Power Cooperative President and CEO Mac McLennan testified that the proposed regulation would cause increased regulatory uncertainty and costly delays for small businesses, including rural electric cooperatives. "The EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule would have real impacts on not only f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on ISIS List Targeting U.S. Service Members

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to a list of United States service members targeted by ISIS. The list includes six Air Force members from North Dakota: "The list of 100 American service members being targeted by ISIS in the United States underscores the importance of working with our allies to defeat them. What is needed is a vigorous air campaign in Syria and Iraq, as well as working with our allies in the region to train and equip local ground… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $350,000 in Grants for North Dakota Housing Authorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota housing authorities have received 15 grants totaling more than $350,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Operating Fund. The program reimburses the operating costs of local housing authorities, which seek to meet the housing needs of low-income persons who are elderly, disabled, veterans, homeless or working poor. "Safe and affordable housing helps provide a solid foundation for th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $435,000 HHS Research Grant to NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded North Dakota State University (NDSU) a $435,000 academic research grant. The grant will help with the study of heart and vascular diseases. "We are proud that North Dakota continues to play an important role in research," Hoeven said. "This HHS grant to NDSU will continue to fund world-class research and will help Americans live longer, better lives." Today's HHS grant is th… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Reintroduce Bill to Ensure Personal Privacy of Vehicle Owner is Protected

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today reintroduced their Driver Privacy Act, legislation that protects a driver's personal privacy by making it clear that the owner of a vehicle is also the owner of any information collected by an Event Data Recorder (EDR). An EDR is an onboard electronic device that has the ability to continuously collect at least 43 pieces of information about a vehicle's operation. This includes direction, speed, seatbelt usage and othe… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Our National Guard Members Deserve Recognition for their Vital Service

BISMARCK, N.D. - Speaking at the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) Officer and Enlisted Conference today, Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) praised the National Guard for their contributions to U.S. national defense, noting NDNG's work in support of the critical missions across the state, the nation and the world. "Our National Guard plays a vital role in defending our communities, our country and our interests around the globe," Hoeven said. "To that end, our Guard members have served with honor i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Corps Division Commander for Any Necessary Flood Protection in Spring, Access to Missouri River Water

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week pressed the Corps of Engineers on several North Dakota priorities during a meeting with Northwestern Division Commander John Kem. Brig. Gen. Kem's division includes the upper Missouri River basin and several Corps of Engineers projects in North Dakota. "I emphasized a number of key issues in North Dakota for Brig. Gen. Kem, including any necessary flood protection this spring, maintenance on the Garr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Interior Department's Final Fracking Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Interior Department's (DOI) release of its final rule on hydraulic fracturing, which will be administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): "We have long supported a states-first approach to hydraulic fracturing, recognizing that states have a successful record of effectively regulating hydraulic fracturing with good environmental stewardship. Now, however, the Interior Department is imposing a federal re… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Awards NDSU More than $160,000 through Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $160,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which supports research, education and extension projects that address critical challenges affecting U.S. agriculture producers. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Agriculture Committee and conference committee that crafted… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Pay Rate Increase for 160 Federal Workers at MAFB, Across Western North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a special rate increases for 160 federal employees at Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) and across western North Dakota. Hoeven has been pushing OPM for the decision, which benefits employees who have faced increased cost-of-living challenges owing to economic growth in the oil patch. The increases are designed to help recruit and retain a high-quality federal workforce. "This is welcome news f… Continue Reading

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