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Hoeven Seeks Angels in Adoption Nominees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is accepting nominations of North Dakota residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work on behalf of adopted children, foster children and their families. As in past years, Hoeven will select one individual, couple or organization to represent North Dakota at the annual national Angels in Adoption program held each fall in Washington, D.C. Nominations should be submitted by contacting Hoeven's Bismarck off… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Vote to Defend Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after a vote in the U.S. Senate to reject legislation aimed at overturning the Supreme Court's recent decision on the Hobby Lobby case. That decision found the Obamacare mandate on certain contraceptives violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and infringes on Americans' religious freedoms. "I support the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case as it upholds religious freedom, one of our most fundamental c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Additional Drug Enforcement Agents in Western North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to better support local and state officials in fighting drug crimes and to provide additional DEA agents to help investigate drug cases in western North Dakota. "We have been in contact with the North Dakota Attorney General, as well as local law enforcement officials, to determine how to best help them to keep our communities safe. They indicated that we need more DEA agents," said Hoeven. "That's why we're re… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Grant to Improve Health Care Access for North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs a more than $375,000 grant to improve access to health care for veterans living in rural areas. The grant will fund transportation services for veterans to travel to VA medical centers and other facilities providing VA care, and the grant will benefit approximately 5,477 veterans living in 36 counties in North Dakota. "One of the mo… Continue Reading


Hoeven, McCain, Murkowski, Barrasso Introduce the North Atlantic Energy Security Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) today introduced the North Atlantic Energy Security Act, a measure that would cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring and expedite liquid natural gas (LNG) exports to America's allies. Specifically, the legislation would: Streamline Onshore Production - It currently takes 180 to 270 days to approve a drilling permit on p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues to Push for Nuclear Force Improvement, B-52 Modernization

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he is working with Air Force officials to authorize and fund a number of initiatives to improve the nation's nuclear fleet, weapons systems and facilities. The senator today met with Major General Scott A. Vander Hamm, Commander of the Eighth Air Force based at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of his efforts to modernize the nation's B-52 fleet and to get a briefing on the Nuclear Force Improvement Program (NFIP). Vander Hamm is responsible fo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Senate to Stand Up for Farmers and Ranchers and Vote on Amendment to Eliminate Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator John Hoeven called on the Senate to stand up for farmers and ranchers and vote on an amendment he is cosponsoring that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing their proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule. The proposed regulation would significantly expand federal authority to regulate small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds and ditches under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Hoeven said the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in HHS Grants for Northland Healthcare Alliance, UND Nursing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to foster innovation in health care and the diversification of the nursing workforce. "A good quality of life depends on having access to quality health care," Hoeven said. "The Innovation Award will enable Northland Healthcare Alliance to continue its good work of enabling elderly North Dakotans greater independence and an opportunity to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $400 Thousand in Conservation Funds for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded nearly $400 thousand from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for conservation and outdoor recreation projects in North Dakota. "It was North Dakota that deepened President Teddy Roosevelt's passion for the outdoors and conservation, and our state's residents share in that heritage through their appreciation and ongoing stewardship for our natural resources, such as our wildlife habit… Continue Reading


Senator John Hoeven's Statement for Independence Day 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "The anniversary of our independence provides us all with an opportunity to reflect not only upon the liberties we enjoy, which have provided the solid foundation on which our great nation stands, but also on the blood and toil that has been spent in securing those liberties. Our members of the armed services from the time of our Founding Fathers through today have risked e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Keep Minot Area Processing Facility Operating

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Drew Aliperto, United States Postal Service (USPS) vice president of area operations for the western area, to press for the continued operation of the Minot Area Mail Processing facility. In 2011, the USPS began studying more than 250 mail processing facilities nationwide for possible consolidation or closure. By February 2014, 141 facilities had been consolidated, and the USPS announced a freeze on further action for the remaining facilities… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Ag Secretary on Waters of the U.S. Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday to work with him to eliminate the proposed "Waters of the United States" rule and to address widespread concern among farmers and ranchers about the regulation that would expand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds and ditches under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The senator has led the effort on the Appropriations Committee to provide… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Farm Bill Tools Can Help to Address Upstream Concerns

MOORHEAD, MINN. - Senator John Hoeven today said he worked on the Senate Agriculture Committee and joint Senate-House conference committee to include programs in the Farm Bill to help provide rural flood protection for the Red River Valley. The senator also expressed appreciation for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack coming to the region today and committing $50 million to apply Farm Bill programs to addressing upstream concerns. The senator also stressed with Vilsack the i… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Support Rural Businesses Through Exports, Access to New Markets

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Commercial Service (CS) Director General Arun Kumar for a tour of WCCO Belting, Inc. in Wahpeton to see a successful North Dakota export business and to enlist the Commercial Service's help in developing and expanding markets for rural exporters. Hoeven later joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and the director general for a tour of Titan Machinery in Moorhead, Minn. and a roundtable with regional business leaders to discuss opportunities… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Delegation Push for N.D. Corngrowers' BId to Host National Agricultural Genotyping Center at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and the North Dakota congressional delegation are pushing to make the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) facility on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU) the site for the newly formed National Agricultural Genotyping Center. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association are bidding to host the new facility, and Hoeven and the delegation have gotten behind them, writing a letter of support to the chief of the Nation… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Health Care Roundtable with Dickinson Area Veterans

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a health care roundtable with Dickinson area veterans, local healthcare providers, Fargo Veterans Affairs officials and veterans service officers. The senator has been working to ensure that North Dakota veterans have access to timely and quality health care and long term care services closer to home, while also addressing the problems with the Veteran's Administration (VA) nationally. Specifically, the senator has been pressing the VA to ens… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Additional Resources For Minot Flood Recovery, Protection Available on Competitive Basis

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today briefed Minot city and county officials on a new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that could help with the acquisition and demolition of homes that were abandoned following severe flooding in 2011. In addition, the program could potentially provide additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help the city meet their 25 percent match to state funding on acquisition of properties for future flood protection. The senator also out… Continue Reading


Senate Resolution Honors American Cowboys

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., to declare July 26 the Day of the American Cowboy. This is the ninth year the resolution has been introduced and serves to honor the accomplishments and contributions of cowboys from around the nation. "The cowboy is a fixture in American history, culture and lore, and also a big part of North Dakota's heritage," Hoeven said. "Even President Teddy Roosevelt tri… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pays Tribune to Veterans, Families at American Legion Annual Meeting

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will deliver welcome remarks this evening at the North Dakota American Legion's annual meeting to honor the service of the state's veterans, military families and communities. Hoeven outlined his work to help ensure that North Dakota veterans can access timely health care and long term care services closer to their homes and communities. "The North Dakota American Legion plays an important role in our state as they work to improve our communities and advocate… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Postal Facility in Williston to Open Doors Tuesday, July 1

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that a new full-service retail postal facility in Williston will open its doors to customers on Tuesday, July 1 at 9 a.m. United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe approved the facility's lease in March. Hoeven hosted Donahoe in North Dakota last year to hear from local business and community leaders and local postal employees about challenges to mail delivery in the region. The senator has been working with the p… Continue Reading

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