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05.23.18

Hoeven: Congress Passes VA Community Care Reform

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped pass the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act, legislation that streamlines the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) community care programs into a new Veteran Community Care Program and improves upon the Veterans Choice Program. The bill has passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives and will now go to the president to be signed into law. Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation inclu… Continue Reading


05.23.18

Hoeven Announces more than $1 Million Loan, $800,000 Grant for Infrastructure Improvements at UTTC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a more than $1 million loan and an $846,000 grant to United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck. The funds will support the construction of a storm water system on UTTC's campus. "Today's loan and grant will help United Tribes build updated infrastructure,… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Hoeven Announces Funding To Support Housing In North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly $28.3 million to housing authorities across North Dakota. The funds are allocated through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant and Public Housing Capital Fund Formula Grant programs. "Housing is an important part in laying the groundwork for economic growth and success," Ho… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Congress Passes Consumer Protection, Regulatory Relief Legislation with Hoeven-Cosponsored Provisions to Prevent Fraud, Streamline Rural Home Appraisals.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that enhances consumer protections, while also providing regulatory relief for small community banks and credit unions. The bill was passed by the Senate in March, and now goes to the president to be signed into law. Hoeven cosponsored and worked to ensure the inclusion of the following provisi… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Hoeven: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Provides Strong Support for Producers, Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today outlined the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which provides strong support for farmers and ranchers, agricultural research and rural communities. The legislation was approved today by the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and will now go to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration on … Continue Reading


05.22.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $5 Million Grant For Head Start Programs In Minot And Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start has awarded two grants totaling more than $5 million to the Minot Public School District and the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo. Details of the funds, which will support Head Start programs and help serve children and their families, are as follows: Minot Public School District - $3,485,786 South… Continue Reading


05.22.18

Hoeven Secures Provision in Water Resources Bill to Advance Updated Flood Protection Plan for the Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, today announced that he has secured a provision in the Senate's Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) that supports the construction of comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. Hoeven's legislation will allow flood control structures under the updated comprehensive flood protection plan for the Fargo-Moorhead region to be built on land purchased with Hazard Mitigation Grant Pro… Continue Reading


05.21.18

Hoeven-Cosponsored Regulatory Relief Bill Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after legislation he cosponsored to provide regulatory relief, promote more auto lending options and maintain lower lending costs was signed into law by the president. The legislation repeals a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rule that ignored existing law and imposed unnecessary burdens on auto lenders. "When the CFPB placed restrictions on auto lenders, they did so without public input or authorization from Cong… Continue Reading


05.21.18

Hoeven: North Dakotan Mike Clemens Selected for Farm Crop Insurance Corporation Board

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that North Dakota farmer Michael Clemens has been selected to serve as a Farm Industry board member on the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) Board of Directors. Hoeven recommended Clemens, who runs a family farm outside of Wimbledon, for the position in a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. "We are ple… Continue Reading


05.21.18

Hoeven Outlines North Dakota Priorities with USAF Secretary, Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven reviewed North Dakota's priorities in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 U.S. Air Force (USAF) budget request with Heather Wilson and General David L. Goldfein, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, respectively. Hoeven outlined the need to maintain strong support for the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions in Grand Forks as well as for upgrading the B-52s, intercontinental ballistic missiles … Continue Reading


05.18.18

Hoeven Continues Work To Advance New Detention Facility For Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to support the construction of a new detention facility for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. The existing facility is beyond repair and has been decommissioned. Hoeven worked through his role on the Appropriations Committee to pass legisl… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Honor Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, this week helped introduce the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act. The bipartisan bill, which is sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Coons (Del.), authorizes the Treasury Department to mint coins to commemorate the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum, which opens later this year, is dedicated to highlighting and honoring law enforcement office… Continue Reading


05.18.18

Hoeven: Fargo VA Selected as Whole Health Design Site

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veteran Affairs, today announced that the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center has been selected to participate as a design site in the national VA's Whole Health System initiative. The initiative focuses on providing a team-based care model that is patient-centered, personalized health care and addressing veterans' broader well-being, including physical, emotional, mental, spirit… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Hoeven: Department of Education Issues Waiver Preserving Pell Grant Eligibility for UTTC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has issued a waiver, authorized by legislation Hoeven secured, to preserve Pell Grant eligibility for students attending United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). Hoeven worked to pass legislation to preserve United Tribes students' access to Pell Grants by providing the Department of Education with the authority to grant this waiver. "This waiver helps ensure t… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Gina Haspel as CIA Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "Gina Haspel is qualified for the position of CIA Director and brings an impressive depth of experience that will help her effectively lead the agency, which is especially important as we work to counter increasing threats from around the world. She has more than 30 years of CIA experience ranging from the Cold War to the G… Continue Reading


05.17.18

Hoeven Secures Energy Committee Approval for Legislation to Enable Homeowners Around Jamestown Reservoir, Patterson Lake to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved his legislation to enable homeowners around the Jamestown Reservoir and Patterson Lake to purchase their lots. The legislation approved by the committee transfers land around the Jamestown Reservoir (S.2074) to the Stutsman County Park District and lots at Patterson Lake (S.440) to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department to enable homeowners to purchase their land from … Continue Reading


05.16.18

Hoeven Statement on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on net neutrality legislation: "We want open, transparent and fair access to the internet. That means net neutrality in a generic sense, not the Obama Administration developed regulation. Democrats should join Republicans in developing a modern and fair regulatory framework that ensures access. Regulation should be light-touch to ensure fair access, but not stifle innovation and competition." -###-… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Hoeven, Udall Announce Committee Passage of CROPS for Indian Country Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, today announced committee passage of their bipartisan legislation to promote agribusiness and rural development opportunities for Native American farmers, ranchers and communities. The Cultivating Resources, Opportunity, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act (S. 2804) would strengthen tribal self-governance for U.S. Department o… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Hoeven Convenes Hearing On School Safety In Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing titled "Protecting the Next Generation: Safety and Security at Bureau of Indian Education Schools." "All students deserve a safe and secure learning environment, and it is this committee's responsibility to take a comprehensive look at the safety and security needs of schools in Indian Country," said Hoeven. "Over the past decade, the Department of the Interior's Off… Continue Reading


05.16.18

Hoeven: DHS Should Rely on North Dakota, Private Sector Expertise to Counter UAS Security Risks

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to pursue private sector solutions as the agency works to develop technology to counter potential threats from unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven highlighted how these efforts are already underway in North Dakota and again advocated for DHS to utilize Grand Forks' UAS facilities and … Continue Reading

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