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Hoeven Working to Secure Additional Assistance for Farmers During Trade Negotiations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today outlined his efforts to secure additional assistance for agriculture producers impacted by trade negotiations. "With the Chinese continuing to delay negotiations, farm country needs assistance which is the case I've been making to the Administration, both at USDA and the White House. I am encouraged that the President has said we should make mor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Development of CCS Facilities & CO2 Pipelines

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, this week cosponsored the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to promote the research and development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The bill would incentivize collaboration between federal, state and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Patrick Shanahan to be Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the president nominated Patrick Shanahan to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense. "We are pleased the president has nominated Patrick Shanahan, as we've worked closely with him in his current role as Acting Defense Secretary to help ensure the security of our nation and strengthen North Dakota's missions," Hoeven said. "He just testified before our Senate Defense A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $22 Million in Grants for Fargo, Watford City & Hillsboro Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $22 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) supplemental grants to three North Dakota airports, including: Hector International Airport in Fargo - $10 million for apron construction. Watford City Municipal Airport - $10 million for runway construction. Hillsboro Municipal Airport - $2 … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Nominees for Export-Import Bank Board of Directors

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after supporting the confirmation of three nominees to serve on the Export-Import Bank Board of Directors, including: Kimberly Reed, president of the Export-Import Bank. Former-Congressman Spencer Bachus, board member. Judith DelZoppo Pryer, board member. "Exports are a vital part of North Dakota's economy, supporting growth in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, energy and manufacturing," Hoeven said. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven Leads Group of 22 Senators in Pressing FERC to Maintain State, Local Control of Electricity Market

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today led a group of 22 senators in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to maintain long-standing state and local authority over retail electricity markets. In a letter to the FERC Chairman, the senators outlined the need to maintain local regulatory authority and amend FERC's proposal that allows third-parties to aggregate distributed energy resources (DER), such as solar and battery panels, and sell electricity on the wholesale market. Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with North Dakota Students Named Among Nation's Top Volunteers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with two North Dakota students who have been selected as recipients of the 24th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Olivia Allen of Reiles Acres and Ishika Gupta of Fargo were chosen as the state's top youth volunteers for 2019. As state honorees, they were both awarded a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. with the opportunity to join other honorees from across the country. "One of the most valued ite… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baldwin Introduce Legislation to Bolster Research on Chronic Wasting Disease

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) this week introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Research Act, bipartisan legislation to establish a chronic wasting disease research grant program. Chronic wasting disease, which poses a serious threat to deer populations, is a fatal and contagious neurological disorder that has been documented in both captive and live herds in 26 states across the country. "North Dakota has a rich outdoor heritage with many sportsmen parti… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Reintroduce Legislation Supporting Continued Use of Refined Coal to Reduce Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer today reintroduced legislation to extend the refined coal tax credit. The credit incentivizes power plants to pre-treat or refine coal to improve efficiency and decrease emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury. "The use of refined coal is a strong example of using technology to improve environmental stewardship while still relying on abundant, affordable energy sources like coal," said Senator Hoeven. "For many facilities that … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Corps Omaha Commander: Manage Missouri River to Prevent Upstream Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, and again outlined the importance of managing the Missouri River to prevent upstream flooding. Hoeven urged the Corps to make sure that there is enough storage space in the Upper Missouri River dams to accommodate any late spring rains. This continues the senator's efforts to ensure that the Corps is working to prevent flooding in North Dakota. "I met with Colo… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong to FCC: Improve Access to Broadband by Improving Broadband Maps

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to provide better access to broadband by improving the accuracy of broadband maps. Specifically, the delegation noted that the FCC could improve broadband mapping by: More accurately reporting where broadband service exists by making data reporting more granular; Ensuring ISP provided data is accurate by establishing a meaningful challen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Includes Cybersecurity Workforce Rotation Program in Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the President announced a cybersecurity workforce executive order that includes a rotational cyber workforce program, like the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Hoeven and Gary Peters (D-Mich). The senators' bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate this week, creates a civilian personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies. … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Sec. Wilkie: Provide One Set of VA Regulations for LTC Providers, Add North Dakota HBOT Facility to Clinical Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to: Ensure his long-term care (LTC) legislation is implemented properly, giving qualified LTC providers only one set of regulations to comply with, rather than the existing duplicative regulations. Currently, only about 20 percent of North Dakota's nursing homes contract… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on Venezuela: "The United States stands united with the people of Venezuela and their chosen leader Juan Guaido as they fight for their freedom and stand up against Maduro." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Reintroduce Bill to Provide Energy Flexibility for Federal Buildings, Enhance Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee, today reintroduced their bipartisan All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act, which would help the federal government improve energy efficiency, while providing flexibility in using efficient fuels, like natural gas, that would otherwise be phased out while enhancing federal building energy efficiency sta… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong to Washington Governor: Veto State Bill That Would Block Bakken Crude from Washington Refineries

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong pressed Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to veto a bill that would require crude oil passing through the state to meet a 9 pounds per square inch Reid Vapor Pressure threshold, which would effectively block the Pacific Northwest as a destination for Bakken Crude oil. The bill, SB 5579, was recently passed by the Washington State Legislature and now awaits Inslee's signature or veto. "We write in regards to SB… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Extends MFP Certification Deadline to May 17

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) extended the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) certification deadline to May 17. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue initially announced the extension this past weekend during an event Hoeven arranged in North Dakota with local agriculture producers to address the challen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Grand Farm Represents Intersection of Ag & Tech, Helping Advance Future of Precision Agriculture

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today marked the unveiling of Grand Farm, a project led by Emerging Prairie to develop and demonstrate the next generation of precision agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who Hoeven brought to North Dakota to meet with producers about the challenges in farm country, was able to see North Dakota's work to advance precision agriculture. Hoeven high… Continue Reading


Hoeven Arranges for ND Producers to Give Direct Input to Secretary Perdue on Trade Negotiations, Farm Bill Implementation

HARWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today brought US. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to North Dakota to meet with and hear directly from North Dakota producers. Given the challenges in farm country, including low commodity prices, retaliatory tariffs and natural disasters, Hoeven outlined the importance of: Finalizing trade agreements as soon as possible, like the U… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Work to Bolster Lignite Industry at Lignite Energy Council Annual Meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. - During a congressional panel at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and Energy and Water Appropriations Committees, outlined his legislative efforts to bolster the state's lignite industry and support research and development of clean coal technologies in North Dakota and across the nation. "Our lignite industry provides affordable, reliable energy to power our homes, businesses an… Continue Reading

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