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10.24.19

Hoeven Cosponsors Resolution on House's Closed Door Impeachment Process

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after cosponsoring a Senate resolution condemning the closed door impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives: "I do not believe the president should be impeached, especially when the process lacks transparency and is conducted behind closed doors. This resolution urges the House of Representatives to respect precedent as well as provide the president with due process." -###-… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Hoeven Announces $174,000 STEAM Grant for NDSU Extension, Tribal Nations

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's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $174,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to create NDSU Extension Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) youth development programs in rural school districts on the Standing … Continue Reading


10.23.19

Hoeven: USMCA Secures Crucial Market Access for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator John Hoeven outlined the benefits of approving the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for the nation's agriculture producers as part of a colloquy on the need to pass the trade agreement with our nation's top two trading partners. "USMCA will secure important market access in Canada and Mexico for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Canada and Mexico are crucial markets for U.S. agriculture, and passing USMCA will give our producers certainty that… Continue Reading


10.23.19

Hoeven Statement After Vote to Uphold Tax Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after voting against a resolution that would have undermined the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), tax relief legislation passed by Congress in 2017. "This was an effort to undermine the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would have benefitted high-tax states at the expense of states like North Dakota," said Hoeven. "We passed tax relief legislation to enable hard-working individuals and families to keep more of their paychecks, and t… Continue Reading


10.21.19

Hoeven, Baldwin Reintroduce Legislation to Support Commercial Pilot Training for Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) recently reintroduced the American Aviator Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to expand flight training services for veterans who want to become commercial airline pilots. This would help ensure there are enough qualified pilots in the future to continue providing safe and reliable air service to rural airports across the country. "The American Aviator Act… Continue Reading


10.18.19

Hoeven Outlines Impacts of Early Blizzard, Agriculture Disaster Assistance Needs in North Dakota to USDA Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the challenges facing North Dakota producers impacted by the early blizzard to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky. The senator worked as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee to ensure that the disaster relief legislation Congress passed in May was forward-looking to provide coverage for disasters throughout 2019 and would cover losses due… Continue Reading


10.17.19

Hoeven: Senate Upholds the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement after voting against a resolution of disapproval that, had it passed, would have overturned the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. The ACE Rule replaced the costly one-size-fits-all emissions regulations for coal power plants issued by the previous Administration. The Senate voted to uphold the new ACE Rule and defeated the resolution of disapproval. The ACE … Continue Reading


10.17.19

Hoeven Advances Role for Grand Forks in NORTHCOM'S Arctic & Counter-UAS Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, this week met with Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), where he outlined how the capabilities of the Grand Forks Air Force Base could support NORTHCOM's Arctic and counter-unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions, including how the Global Hawk is well-suited to play a role in the Arctic given its long endurance s… Continue Reading


10.16.19

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Air Force Secretary Barrett

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate confirmed former Ambassador Barbara Barrett as the Secretary of the Air Force. During her confirmation process, Hoeven met with Barrett to outline the importance of North Dakota's nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions and invited her to come to the state. "With two legs of the nuclear triad and vital UAS missions, North Dakota plays an incred… Continue Reading


10.15.19

Hoeven: EPA's Final Proposal Should Ensure RFS Obligations Are Met

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began seeking public comment on the administration's proposal to ensure that 15 billion gallons of biofuels are blended into the nation's fuel supply starting in 2020. This is the first step of the administration's recently-announced Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) agreement, which will also seek to remove barriers to the sale of year-round E15 and advance RIN market transparency and r… Continue Reading


10.14.19

Hoeven: We Worked to Provide Ag Coverage in Disaster Supplemental for Blizzard

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined disaster assistance coverage for North Dakota producers impacted by the early blizzard. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure that the disaster relief legislation passed in May included more than $3 billion for USDA to cover crop losses stemming from 2018 and 2019 disasters and to provide coverage for losses due to excessive moisture and snowfall under the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Progra… Continue Reading


10.11.19

Hoeven Statement After President Announces Phase One Trade Agreement with China, Deal Includes $40-50 Billion Purchase of U.S. Agriculture Products

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the President announced that he has reached an agreement in principle on the first phase of a trade deal with China. The first phase agreement includes Chinese purchases of $40 to $50 billion in U.S. agriculture products. According to the president, the agreement is expected to be finalized by mid-November. "Today's pha… Continue Reading


10.08.19

Hoeven Convenes Roundtable to Outline Next Steps for WIFIA Loan for Comprehensive Flood Protection in the Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a roundtable with the city leaders and the governor to determine the next steps now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has invited the Fargo-Moorhead region to apply for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan for comprehensive flood protection. The Diversion Authority applied for a $510 million WIFIA loan, and is eligible to apply for up to an additional 10% of the projected costs or $561 million. Hoeven announc… Continue Reading


10.08.19

ND Delegation, Governor: EPA Selects Fargo-Moorhead Region Flood Protection for $510 Million in Low-Cost Financing

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, Congressman Kelly Armstrong and Governor Doug Burgum today joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler in announcing that the Fargo-Moorhead region's flood protection project has been selected to apply for $510 million in low-cost financing under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program. The delegation and governor had worked with Wheeler to secure a formal invitation to apply, a… Continue Reading


10.08.19

Hoeven Working to Advance Commercially-Viable CCUS Technology, True Path Forward for Coal

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference today, Senator John Hoeven highlighted his efforts to advance commercially-viable carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies to provide a true path forward for coal. Hoeven delivered the remarks as part of a roundtable discussion with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, with whom he hosted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler as the conference's keynote speaker. "CCUS … Continue Reading


10.07.19

Hoeven Statement After Signing of U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the President held a formal signing ceremony for the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement. The agreement benefits U.S farmers and ranchers by lowering or eliminating tariffs on $7.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products, including fresh and frozen beef and pork, wheat, frozen potatoes, dairy products and ethanol. "This agreement… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Hoeven: WOTUS Replacement Should Respect Role of States, Not Exceed EPA Authority or Impose Unnecessary Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today joined a roundtable with Senator Kevin Cramer and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss the progress of efforts to replace the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Last month, Hoeven announced that the EPA had repealed the 2015 rule, removing the patchwork of regulations that have been in place due to litigation against the WOTUS rule, which was… Continue Reading


10.07.19

Hoeven: USDA Awards Funds for Rural Broadband Infrastructure Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Connect program has awarded $844,023 for BEK Communications to fund broadband infrastructure projects in Morton County. Today's funds will provide high-speed broadband to 125 underserved households, helping to spark further economic and educational opportunities while enhancing public safety and access to health care services. … Continue Reading


10.04.19

Hoeven: New Williston Airport Will Enable Economic Growth Now and Into the Future

WILLISTON, N.D. - At the grand opening of the new Williston Basin International Airport (XWA), Senator John Hoeven outlined his work as a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee to advance the airport. This includes language he passed as part of annual funding legislation in recent years that allowed the airport to be built on a new location. The measure directed the FAA to ensure sufficient funding is available in a timely manner to relocate airports that are in critical ne… Continue Reading


10.04.19

Hoeven Statement on President's Biofuels Agreement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Administration announced an agreement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "Throughout this process, we have encouraged the Administration to find an agreement that is fair to both renewable and traditional industries, and we appreciate the President's efforts to fulfill his commitments to agriculture producers. Our farmers are facing real challenges, and we will work to ensure that the Administration's agreement … Continue Reading

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