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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


Hoeven Holds Hearing on Secret Service

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for the United States Secret Service (USSS), held a hearing today on problems at the agency highlighted by recent incidents involving security mishaps and issues of misconduct. The USSS has the vital mission of protecting the president and first family as well as the vice president and other prominent U.S. officials, and is also charged with overseeing security at high-profile national special security events li… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Good Luck to NDSU Bison in NCAA Tournament

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement as the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison prepare to meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday evening. The NDSU men's basketball team took home the Summit League Tournament title earlier this month and earned a bid to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. "We are very proud of the Bison making it to March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament. They have a big game with … Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU Awarded with Federal Funding for Microbe Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that North Dakota State University (NDSU) has been awarded nearly $150,000 in federal funding. The funds, authorized by the National Science Foundation, will support research that seeks to understand how new adaptations arise and spread in populations. "Our state has a great university system that empowers our young people to learn, innovate and achieve," Hoeven said. "Research projects lik… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA to Finance Rural Water Expansion Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a loan of $2,311,769 to provide financing for rural water expansion to the Granville, Deering and Surrey areas through its Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program. "This loan will improve rural water systems and upgrade water infrastructure in rural North Dakota, which will provide long-term economic benefits," Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with VA Secretary Robert McDonald on Senators' Bill to Give Vets Better Access to Long-Term-Care Services

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is supportive of his efforts to give veterans better access to long-term-care (LTC) services near friends and loved ones in their home communities. The senator met with McDonald on Tuesday to discuss the Department's budget for next year, and said the VA will work closely with him as his bill to ensure access for veterans to extended care moves forward. The bipartisan Veterans Access to Extended Care… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks National Agriculture Day

WASHINGTON - In recognition of National Agriculture Day, Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement: "Agriculture is North Dakota's top industry," Hoeven said. "Our state is home to nearly 31,000 farms across almost 40 million acres. In 2012, our farmers and ranchers' hard work produced $11 billion dollars in products, including $4.4 billion in exports, increases of 80 and 56 percent in just five years. "Those sales support our economy, local businesses and jobs for our people. I… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Announces $96 Million in Available Funding to Support Local Food, Specialty Crops and Farm to School Efforts

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made almost $96 million available for innovative agricultural projects that will help Americans gain better access to healthy, nutritious food. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administered the grants, which include the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) and the Farmer… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Veterans Access to Extended Care Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act, bipartisan legislation they authored to allow veterans greater access to long term care (LTC) services in their home communities. Specifically, the legislation will enable veterans to stay in nursing homes in their home communities near loved ones and friends because those nursing homes will be able to receive Veterans Administration reimbursement without burdensome red… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.6 Million in Funding for Traffic Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $1.6 million to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety. The funding announced today is awarded by the DOT's National Highway Safety Administration and comes through four grant programs: State and Community Highway Safety Grants, State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grants, Occupant Protection Grants and Impaired Driving Countermea… Continue Reading

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