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12.12.18

Hoeven: Congress Sends Farm Bill to the President

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, sending it to the President to be signed into law. The Senate approved the measure yesterday by a vote of 87 to 13 and the House approved the bill today. Hoeven outlined the importance of good farm policy for the nation's farmers and ranchers, as well as important provisions he secured for North Dakota producers, including: Increased Access to Capital: The bill includes a … Continue Reading


12.12.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $290,000 Grant to Expand All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a $291,060 grant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The funds will be used to expand the All Nations Veterans Cemetery in Fort Yates, developing approximately eight acres. Last year, the VA provided a $4.9 million grant to build the cemetery. "Native Americans serve in the military at a higher r… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Hoeven Statement on Senate Passage of Farm Bill Conference Committee Report

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after the Senate passed the conference committee's report to the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 87 to 13. The bill now goes to the House for final passage. "We were able to get agreement in the Senate, moved our vote up to today and approved the final farm bill with strong bipartisan support," said Hoeven. "This is good news for our farmers and ranchers who produce the highest quality, lowest cost food in the world bec… Continue Reading


12.11.18

Hoeven Joins EPA and Army Corps in Announcing Regulatory Relief Under Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined administration officials, including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James, as well as leaders from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of Manufacturers in announcing new regulatory relief under the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The proposed changes … Continue Reading


12.10.18

Hoeven Statement on Farm Bill Conference Committee Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today released the following statement after signing the 2018 Farm Bill conference report, which strengthens the farm safety net and provides important tools to help see North Dakota farmers and ranchers through hard times. Hoeven is a member of the conference committee, the fourth highest ranking majority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. "Our producers need the certainty that… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Hoeven Cosponsored to Improve Broadband Availability for Precision Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve broadband availability for precision agriculture. "Precision agriculture reduces input cost and improves yields," said Hoeven. "Farmers and ranchers need dependable access to broadband in order to take full advantage of the wide range of these agriculture technology… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Chairman Hoeven Announces Senate Passage of Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced Senate passage of S. 1942, Savanna's Act. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives. S. 1942 is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota, who was tragically murdered in 2017. The bill: Improves tribal access to federal databases that track missing and unidentified persons, specifically American Indians and Alaska Natives. Requires the Department of Justice to co… Continue Reading


12.07.18

Hoeven: USDA Finalizes Regulatory Relief Under School Meal Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule providing regulatory relief under the federal Child Nutrition Programs. The rule was initially published last year, after Hoeven secured a commitment from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work with him, school nutrition professionals and school dist… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Hoeven Statement on Revised EPA Standards for New Coal-Generating Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal to replace regulations from the previous administration governing emissions from new, modified and reconstructed coal-fired power plants. "This proposal builds upon our record of providing regulatory relief and certainty," said Hoeven. "The previous administration's rule attempted to force standa… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Hoeven: DOT Awards $15 Million to Turtle Mountain for Jack Rabbit Road Reconstruction Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today spoke with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao who told him that DOT has awarded a $15 million BUILD Grant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The funds will be used for the second phase of the Jack Rabbit Road reconstruction project. "BUILD Grants have helped advance important infrastructure projects across North Dakota, i… Continue Reading


12.06.18

Hoeven: RMA Provides Crop Insurance Flexibility for Farmers Facing Delayed Harvest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) is providing flexibility for farmers who have been unable to complete harvest prior to December 10, the end date for insurance policies covering most spring-planted crops, including corn and soybeans. This action comes after Hoeven spoke with Agriculture Secretary… Continue Reading


12.04.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $19.5 Million in Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects in Five North Dakota Cities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $9,426,307 million in grants and $10,136,000 in loans to five North Dakota cities. The funds are awarded through Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants program. Details of the funding are as follows: City of New Rockford - $4.526 million grant, $4.734 million loan - The fund… Continue Reading


12.03.18

Hoeven Working to Increase Federal Funding for Comprehensive Flood Protection in the Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his work to increase funding for comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. This will address the increased costs due to Route B, the changes recommended by the joint task force convened by Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton. The new route and associated delays have added $600 million to the cost of the project, in addition to higher financing costs. A new funding plan has been requested by the Diversion Authority where the State… Continue Reading


12.01.18

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush: "We are all saddened to hear of the passing of George H.W. Bush. As a veteran of World War II, Congressman, Ambassador, CIA Director, Vice President and President, President Bush was a dedicated public servant and American patriot. Mikey and I extend our deepest condolences and pray for the Bush family as they mourn and honor his remarkable life and legacy." -###-… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Hoeven Marks Retirement of Cass County Sheriff Paul D. Laney

FARGO, N.D. - At a retirement celebration today, Senator John Hoeven helped recognize the career of Cass County Sheriff Paul D. Laney and thanked him for his service to the community. The senator also highlighted his own work in the Senate to support law enforcement through comprehensive efforts to combat the opioid abuse crisis by supporting law enforcement, increasing access to treatment and preventing the sale and shipment of illicit synthetic drugs. "Whether through his work in the U.S. Mar… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Hoeven Holds Roundtable with USPTO Director, Local Researchers & Business Leaders to Discuss Securing Intellectual Property, Opportunities in Tech Development

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable with Andrei Iancu, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and local researchers and business leaders. The senator organized the meeting to give Iancu firsthand knowledge about the needs of North Dakota's entrepreneurs and businesses in protecting their intellectual property. The group also discussed opportunities for public and private entities, such as university researchers, startups and established companies, to wo… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Hoeven Outlines Latest Developments Towards Growing North Dakota’s Tech Sector

FARGO, N.D. - At his 2018 State of Technology Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the latest developments related to the growth of the technology sector in North Dakota and across the nation. This annual conference, which Hoeven hosts with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, is an important part of his efforts to establish the state as a hub of tech entrepreneurship, the third wave in North Dakota's economic growth. This year's event included keynote addresses from Lind… Continue Reading


11.30.18

Hoeven Statement on President Signing USMCA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after the President signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). "Free and fair trade strongly benefits our economy, while also providing much-needed certainty for our agriculture producers and other exporters," said Hoeven. "We appreciate the president's work to secure better trade deals for our producers and industries, and look forward to congressional consideration of the USMCA as soon as possible." Th… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $29.3 Million in Rural Development Loans for North Dakota Entities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded more than $29.3 million in loans for North Dakota entities. Details of the funding are as follows: Jamestown College Foundation Inc. - $18 million - The funds will be used by the foundation to purchase four buildings from the University of Jamestown. City of Williston - $8.5 million - The funds will be used… Continue Reading


11.29.18

Hoeven Supports Review of New START Treaty and Sets Priorities in Letter to President

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and 23 additional senators in sending a letter to President Donald Trump outlining top priorities for the administration's review of the viability of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). The senators wrote to the President that the Treaty's value depends upon a sustained and vigorous U.S. nuclear weapons modernization program, strict compliance by Russia with its arms control obligations and a true balance of nu… Continue Reading

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