News Releases

03.26.20

Hoeven: Administration Delays Deal ID Deadline in Response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021. The senator has been working to ensure that North Dakotans would not face disruptions due to the requirement, which was set to go into place this year. At two committee hearings last month, Hoeven pressed Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, an… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Hoeven: Senate Approves Phase III Legislation to Support Health Care, Help Families, Small Businesses and the Economy Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, legislation that provides direct financial help to the American people, relief for small businesses and their employees, stabilizes the economy and supports health care workers and patients. "Families across the nation are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Hoeven, "This legislation provides resources for… Continue Reading


03.25.20

Hoeven: Senate Approves Phase III Coronavirus Relief Legislation With Nearly $25 Billion in Resources to Help Farmers and Ranchers, Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after securing nearly $25 billion in resources for farmers, ranchers and rural America as part of the Senate-passed Phase III coronavirus response. Specifically, the legislation provides: $14 billion to replenish Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) borrowing authority for the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). $9.5 billion in separate funding for USDA to help prod… Continue Reading


03.24.20

Hoeven Urges FAA to Allow Delivery of Essential Supplies by Small UAS

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged Stephen Dickson, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to allow the delivery of essential supplies using small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The senator is supporting a request made by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site for the FAA to grant waivers to industry, allowing drones to serve areas with the most urgent needs and the lowest level of risk posed by such operations. Hoeven's letter to Administrator Dickson can be found here… Continue Reading


03.24.20

Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Help Ensure Comprehensive Broadband Deployment Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law theBroadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to improve the accuracy of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) broadband mapping. Specifically, the new law will: Make the data more granular. Include more state, local and tribal government data. Establish a challenge process to ensure the accuracy of data provided… Continue Reading


03.23.20

Hoeven Leads Colloquy Urging Support for Farmers and Ranchers in Phase III Coronavirus Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today led a Senate colloquy to outline the importance of supporting farmers, ranchers and rural America in legislation to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19. Hoeven worked to include $50 billion in funding authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, however the legislation is currently being blocked from con… Continue Reading


03.22.20

Hoeven: Phase III COVID-19 Response Includes $50 Billion in Funding Authority to Help Ag Producers, Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that he secured $50 billion in funding authority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the Phase III COVID-19 response legislation to help farmers and ranchers. Specifically, the legislation, which is being considered by the Senate, includes provisions to: Replenish $30 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funding authority for the U.S Department of Agriculture (… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Extend Tax Filing Deadline to July 15

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Tax Filing Relief for America Act, legislation to extend the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020 given the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. Treasury Department previously announced that it would extend the tax payment deadline for filers who owe the IRS for the 2019 tax year. This legislation would align the tax filing deadline with the tax payment deadline, providing taxpayers with greater clarity. Additionally, it wou… Continue Reading


03.19.20

Hoeven Statement After Energy Department Requests Initial U.S. Crude Purchases to Fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, issued the following statement today after the Department of Energy announced its first solicitation for the purchase of oil produced in the U.S. for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The Energy Department released a solicitation today for an initial purchase of up to 30 million barrels of sweet and sour crude oil. This comes as part of the President's order to the Energy Department to purchase up to 77 million barre… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Hoeven: Senate Passes Coronavirus Assistance Legislation for Impacted Families, Workers and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after joining the Senate in passing legislation to assist families, workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The legislation: Ensures access to testing for the virus. Requires paid family, medical and sick leave to help prevent the spread of the disease. Provides emergency unemployment insurance. Funds nutrition assistance for families in need and ensures children who rel… Continue Reading


03.18.20

Hoeven Presses Saudi Ambassador to Pull Back on Oil Price War With Russia

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed Princess Reema Bandar Al Saud, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S., to help pull back on Saudi's oil price war with Russia. The senator stressed the ongoing economic impacts of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and the need to provide stability to global markets. Hoeven emphasized that Saudi Arabia needs to work with the United States and the community of nations on this as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The call builds on Hoeven'… Continue Reading


03.17.20

Hoeven: EDA Awards $1.5 Million for NDSU Innovation Studio to Support Entrepreneurs in Developing New Technologies

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research and Technology Park for its new Innovation Studio. The Innovation Studio will serve as a makerspace for local businesses and entrepreneurs, providing tools and equipment that would be otherwise too expensive to obtain and enabling new innovations to be prototyped at a significantly reduced cost. The facility wil… Continue Reading


03.16.20

Hoeven & Cramer Help Introduce Legislation to Protect Cattle Producers From Dealer Payment Defaults

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer helped introduce the Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, bipartisan legislation to address the problem of livestock dealer payment default. Quick turnaround between the purchase and resale of cattle by a dealer often leaves the rancher who originally owned the cattle with little recourse if a dealer defaults on a purchase, as the livestock has often already been resold. The SALE Act would establish dealer statutory trusts, mimicking exi… Continue Reading


03.13.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.4 Million for Northland Health Partners in Central North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $1,405,277 to Northland Health Partners Community Health Center. "Community health centers are important for helping ensure health care access in rural areas and for low-income households, and today's funds will support the vital work of Northland Health Partners in central Nort… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Hoeven & Cramer Cosponsor Legislation to Improve Access to Respirators

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help increase access to respirators during the current coronavirus outbreak. The Health Care Workforce Protection Act, which was introduced by Senator Deb Fischer, would help ensure that manufacturers and distributors can produce Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved respirators, which are necessary for medical personnel responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outb… Continue Reading


03.12.20

Hoeven Outlines Progress on North Dakota's Priorities with Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven discussed with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt their shared efforts to advance North Dakota's priorities, thanking the secretary for working with him to address a wide range of issues, including: Providing an appeals process for landowners impacted by the wetlands easements under the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committ… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Hoeven: Senate Passes Savanna's Act to Help Address Cases of Missing and Murdered Native Americans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after helping secure U.S. Senate passage ofSavanna's Act, legislation he cosponsored that requires reporting on missing and murdered Native Americans. The bill, which is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota who was tragically murdered in 2017, also directs the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to consult with Indian Tribes while deve… Continue Reading


03.11.20

Hoeven Announces Funds for Economic Development Planning in Northwestern North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $210,000 to the Tri-County Regional Development Council to serve the following counties: Divide, McKenzie and Williams. These funds will benefit the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) to strengthen the regional economy. "Public-private partnerships greatly benefit the economy," said … Continue Reading


03.11.20

Hoeven: Red Trail Energy to Begin Drilling a Stratigraphic Well for Carbon Sequestration, Will Enable Ethanol Exports to States Like California

RICHARDTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Red Trail Energy will begin the drilling of a stratigraphic well, designed with the intent to be permitted as a Class VI injection well and used to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the company's ethanol plant in Richardton, North Dakota. The drill pad for the well is already complete, and drilling is expected to begin in early April. The injection well will extend more than a mile underground, with drilling taking approximately 23 da… Continue Reading


03.09.20

Hoeven: FWS Finalizes Appeals Process for Wetlands Maps

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released guidance to finalize an administrative process to appeal wetlands maps and resolve questions regarding compliance with wetlands easements. Further, the agency has directed its personnel to help ensure landowners' activities are not needlessly restricted… Continue Reading

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