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Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill to Improve Mental Health Care, Suicide Prevention Services for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Senate has passed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act, legislation he co-sponsored that increases access to mental health services and improves the quality of care provided through mental health programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation, which passed the House of Representatives in January, passed the Senate today by a vote of 99 to 0 and now goes to the President to be signed i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal: "We need to reduce our tax burden, reduce our regulatory burden and really help our small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic growth. Unfortunately, however, the president has proposed a budget that increases taxes, increases spending and makes it hard to create jobs for our economy. "I also believe it undermines the work Congress has done ove… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $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 two grants totaling nearly $2 million for early childhood education in eastern and northeastern North Dakota. The awards are as follows: Mayville State University (MSU) - $1,117,837 - The award supports the Child Development Program at MSU, which provides Head Start, Early Head Start and Child Care programming in Traill, Steele, Griggs, Nelson and Grand Forks counties. The … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $1 Million Head Start Grant for Southwest North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1 million for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by the Community Action Partnership (CAP) in Dickinson. CAP's Head Start program provides center-based and home-based preschool services for children ages three and four in the eight counties of Region VIII, the southwestern corner of North Dakota. CAP's Early Head Start supports prenatal families and the fam… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of His Keystone XL Approval Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation authored by the senator to approve the cross-border Keystone XL pipeline project. The measure passed 62 to 36. "Today, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation I authored and introduced to approve the Keystone XL pipeline based on Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The administration has delayed this important infrastructure project… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp: Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Fourth Consecutive NDSU Bison Football National Championship

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced the Senate has passed a resolution they authored to honor the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team for winning its fourth consecutive NCAA Division I National Championship, an unprecedented achievement in the Football Championship Subdivision. The resolution recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of the NDSU coaches and players, noting the team's 33-game winning streak and 58 to 3 record over the past … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp: FEMA Approves Fargo's NFIP Basement Exception Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate has approved the City of Fargo's application for the basement exception in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The delegation wrote a letter of support in December pressing Fugate to approve the request. The city has been granted the basement exception since 1975. FEMA, however, has redrawn the floodplain following recent flood fights, and the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces New Regional Director in Fargo

FARGO - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Jessica Lee will serve as the new regional director for the southeastern portion of North Dakota in his Fargo office. Lee most recently served as the Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager for nearly four years at the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. She has also previously worked as the Health Insurance Outreach Manager for the Dakota Medical Foundation and as the Health Policy Specialist for MeritCare Health System. "We're very … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Host Canada's Ambassador to the United States to Highlight Good Environmental Stewardship in Oil Sands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today hosted Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States, to highlight Canada's good environmental stewardship of the oil sands and the need to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. Hoeven and Manchin have introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to approve the Keystone XL, which has been delayed for more than six years by the Obama administration and is now under consideration for approval by Congress. Canad… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $2 Million in Additional Heating Assistance for North Dakota, Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $2 million in additional Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to help low-income North Dakotans heat their homes. The funding includes about $540,000 for tribes in the state. "In North Dakota, we understand the extra financial burden every household faces in the depths of winter," said Hoeven. "This LIHEAP award will h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress and the American people this evening: "I was looking for areas of agreement, where we can work together to get things done for our country. The president talked about trade, cybersecurity and a highway bill, which is good. I'm still concerned, however, that he's talking about higher taxes, more regulation and bigger government. I'm als… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Reintroduce Their Water Heater Efficiency Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and a bipartisan group of senators today reintroduced their Water Heater Efficiency Act, an energy conservation bill that would enable 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 such water heaters by 2015. The senators, however, say the new r… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Grain Dealers: Keystone XL, Other Pipelines Can Help Relieve Rail Congestion, Ag Shipping Delays

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a gathering of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association that one of the keys to relieving railway congestion and delays in agricultural shipments is pipelines like the Keystone XL. "It takes 1,400 rail cars moving through the region every day to carry the same amount of oil that the Keystone XL pipeline will move," Hoeven said. "They could be carrying wheat or soybeans or fertilizer. That's a darn good reason in itself for building the Keystone … Continue Reading


Hoeven Reintroduces Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reintroduced the Native American Children's Safety Act, legislation to implement protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. The senator first introduced the legislation last Congress and garnered support to pass it through the Indian Affairs Committee. The committee is expected to vote on the bill in February, and Hoeven is working in the new Congress to pass the legislation through the full Senate. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Invites Minot WWII Veteran to State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Lynn W. Aas of Minot, a decorated veteran of the Second World War, will be his guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20. Aas, who fought as a rifleman in the historic Battle of the Bulge, served with the 17th Airborne Division of the 193rd Airborne Infantry in the European Theatre and received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Lynn's son Dan will accompany his father as a guest of Congressman Kev… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Air Force Works to Address Local Concerns as Part of Approving Powder River Test Range

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with the Air Force's Assistant Secretary for Installations Miranda A. Ballentine and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Ferguson on the new Powder River Training Range. The Air Force today signed a Record of Decision (ROD) expanding the existing Powder River range to include airspace over North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The range enhances training opportunities for the Air Force, including the B-52s based at Minot Air Force Base. Today's ROD… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Awards $1.5 Million for Grassland, Soil Stewardship in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $1.5 million for two state-level conservation projects in support of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers. The funds are made available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a conferee on the 2014 farm bill conference committee, Hoeven worked with colleagues in the Senate an… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2 Million Grant for Fargo to Improve Sewer System

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $2 million to the City of Fargo to make improvements to the city's sanitary sewer system. The funds are made available through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will be used to provide wet weather flow relief and to minimize the risk of sanitary sewer backup into public and private property during periods of high precipitation or runoff. "This grant will help the City of Far… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Administration's Proposed Action on Methane Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's proposed actions on methane emissions: "The Obama administration today announced that it intends to issue more regulations on the oil industry to reduce methane gas emissions. Instead of going at it alone, the president should be working with Congress on commonsense legislation that will help to produce reliable and affordable energy for the nation with good environmental stewardship.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates City of Fargo for Being Selected as Semi-Finalist for $5 Million Energy Prize

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the City of Fargo as it advanced to the semi-finalist round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, which will award $5 million to the winning community to help implement strategies to increase energy efficiency. In October, Hoeven sent a letter in support of Fargo's application. "North Dakota has experienced unprecedented economic growth because we have worked to foster a business-friendly climate conducive to economic investm… Continue Reading

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