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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


Hoeven Announces $246,000 HUD Grant for Fargo Housing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority has received a $246,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ROSS Service Coordinator program. The funds will be used to implement supportive services and empowerment activities aimed at helping residents become economically self-sufficient. "North Dakota has a vibrant economy that is creating real opportunities for North Dakotans across our state," Hoeven said.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Veto of His Keystone XL Approval Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Obama's veto of his Keystone XL approval legislation. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by 62 to 35 and the House by 270 to 152: "The president's veto of our Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation is not surprising, but it is unfortunate as his veto stands in contradiction to the will of the American people. This bill has passed both chambers of Congress and the American public has expressed its supp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Delivers George Washington's Farewell Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today delivered President George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor the nation's first president. Hoeven was selected to read the Address in the annual bipartisan Senate tradition, dating back more than 150 years. "As the Father of our Country, the good counsel of George Washington continues to guide and inspire our great nation today," said Hoeven. "His words, while penned almost 220 years ago, remind us of the rich her… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Administration's Dietary Recommendations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to new recommendations issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The proposal included a recommendation that Americans eat less meat due to environmental concerns. The new guidelines will have far-reaching effects, dictating nutrition recommendations for school lunches, dietary requirements for military troops and other food-related programs for a five year period:… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on His Keystone XL Approval Legislation Going to the President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding his Keystone XL approval bill, which will be sent to President Obama's desk on Tuesday. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by 62 to 35 and the House by 270 to 152: "The Keystone XL pipeline approval bill has now passed both chambers of Congress and will go to the president's desk tomorrow. The legislation approves the Keystone XL pipeline based on Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Cons… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $160 Million in Available Funds Through USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has made more than $160 million available through six competitive programs of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which supports research, education and extension projects that address key challenges affecting U.S. agriculture producers. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Agriculture Committee and conference committe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working on Senate Energy, Appropriations Committees to Protect Energy Jobs in North Dakota, Maintain Affordable Electricity Prices

CENTER, N.D. - At a tour of Minnkota Power Cooperative's Milton R. Young Station today, Senator John Hoeven discussed his ongoing work in the U.S. Senate to support North Dakota's lignite industry. This work includes his efforts to block burdensome regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will raise the cost of electricity and threaten job creation in the state, and to enable the commonsense and responsible recycling of coal residuals. "In North Dakota, we enjoy … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $23 Million in HUD Grants for North Dakota Native American Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Native American housing authorities have received more than $23 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant program. The funds can be used to help with housing services and management, increase crime prevention and develop affordable housing - which includes buying, building and rehabilitating housing. Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe: $3,545,243 Standing Rock Sioux Tr… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Meet with Nuclear Oversight Board to Highlight Importance of Minot Air Force Base Nuclear Missions

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will meet tonight with members of the Air Force's Nuclear Oversight Board to press for support in making necessary upgrades to equipment and facilities to support the nuclear missions at Minot Air Force Base. The Board includes Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh, the Air Force Inspector General and the heads of the major commands with nuclear responsibilities, who are visiting Minot Air Force Base this week. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.7 Million in Head Start Grants for Tribes in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $2.7 million for early childhood education for two tribes in North Dakota. The first award of $1.6 million to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will provide training and technical assistance in support of part-day, full-year Head Start and Early Head Start services. The second award of $1.1 million to the Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) on the Spirit … Continue Reading


Hoeven to U. Mary Leadership Students: Have a Vision and Follow It Through the Tough Times

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged a University of Mary Leadership class of about 50 students and 100 guests to find a vision and see it through tough times to completion. He discussed his work as governor to create jobs and grow and diversify the state's economy, and outlined his efforts in Washington to help get the nation on a fiscally sound footing again and help America win the global fight for energy leadership. "Leadership is having the will and desire to work through … Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Secure Grand Sky Enhanced Use Lease Signed Today, Bring Anchor Tenant Northrop Grumman to Park

GRAND FORKS - At a celebration at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) today, Senator John Hoeven marked the signing of the base's Enhanced Use Lease (EUL), which allows for the development of Grand Sky, a cutting-edge, first-of-its-kind unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology and business park that is expected to create up to 3,000 jobs. Hoeven has led the effort to help Grand Forks County advance Grand Sky and secure the EUL with the U.S. Air Force, including securing an anchor tenant for the p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Over $200K in National Cancer Institute Funds for NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Cancer Institute has awarded a $211,568 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for cancer treatment research. The research, directed by Dr. Katie Reindl of NDSU's Biological Sciences Department, involves using a plant-based compound called piperlongumine to help fight cancer cells. "North Dakota has enjoyed success in a wide variety of ways in recent years," said Hoeven. "Our academic institutions have long served as a dr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal District Court's Ruling Against President Obama's Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction against President Obama's executive action on immigration. The legal challenge against the president's executive overreach was brought by 26 states, including North Dakota: "Today's injunction by a U.S. District Court judge in Texas is a step toward affirming our belief that the president has acted beyond his executive authority in delaying actio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponors Sportsmen's Bill to Support Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is again cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. The Sportsmen's Act of 2015 reauthorizes important conservation programs, improves access to federal lands and helps to boost the outdoor recreation economy. "Like many North Dakotans, my family and I enjoy the tremendous hunting and fishing opportunities in our state," said Hoeven. "Our nation has a rich outdoor herita… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on FAA's Release of New Guidance on UAS Use in the National Airspace

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new guidance on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the United States and President Obama's memorandum providing policies regarding privacy protections and federal oversight of UAS use: "Today's draft guidance does address some concerns of the UAS community and signals that the FAA is starting to respond to industry's need for rules that allow them to operate," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Enrollment of S.1, Legislation That Will Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the enrollment of his Keystone XL pipeline approval bill, which has now passed both the Senate and the House. The bill uses Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to approve the project: "The Keystone XL pipeline project is about jobs and economic growth, but it is also about national security through energy security. It's about a forward-thinking strategy to produce more energy in our coun… Continue Reading

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