News Releases

04.04.18

Hoeven Statement on Proposed Chinese Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement in regard to proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports including soybeans, corn, wheat and beef. Hoeven is holding an agriculture roundtable today in Dickinson to talk about the farm bill and other important issues including trade. "Exports are a central piece of the ag economy, which is why we're concerned by potential C… Continue Reading


04.03.18

Hoeven: DOT Awards $3.6 Million Grant to Improve CAT Transportation Facility in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3.6 million to the City of Grand Forks. The funds are awarded through DOT's Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and will be used to rehabilitate and expand the Cities Area Transit (CAT) bus facility in Grand Forks. "Today's funding is an important investment in… Continue Reading


04.02.18

Hoeven Names Cassie Bladow as New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Cassie Bladow will take over as his chief of staff beginning on April 9. Bladow will replace Ryan Bernstein, who started working for Senator Hoeven in 2000. "We welcome Cassie back to our office and know she will serve the people of North Dakota well as my chief of staff," Hoeven said. "Cassie has built her career as an advocate for agriculture. She grew up on the family farm and brings both on-the-ground and policy expertise regarding the a… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Hoeven Commemorates 45th Anniversary of U.S. Servicemembers' Return From Vietnam, Pays Tribute to North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - In honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day, Senator John Hoeven today paid tribute to North Dakota's veterans during an appreciation lunch organized by the Minishoshe-Mandan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The event marked the 45th anniversary of the return of U.S. servicemembers from the Vietnam War. "We must always remember the sacrifices of our servicemembers, especially for those veterans who did not receive the recognition they deserve at the time of th… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Hoeven Statement on VA Seeking New Third-Party Administrator for the Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ending its contract with Health Net, the third-party administrator for the eastern region of the Veterans Choice Program. The VA will solicit a new contract over the next several months, with Health Net's current contract expiring in September 2018. "Our veterans deserve timely appointments and their health care providers need to know they will be reimbursed for their services," Hoev… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Advancing Breakthrough Energy Technology, Research and Development

MINOT, N.D. - At the Central Power Electric Cooperative annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance energy technologies that will help ensure affordable energy production in North Dakota and across the nation. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured strong support in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill to support research like that conducted by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of Nor… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Celebrates Flood Protection Groundbreaking for the Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Minot community in celebrating the groundbreaking for the first three phases of the region's flood protection project. Hoeven is working as a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee to advance the fourth phase of the project, 65 percent of which will be funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This will tie the earlier phases of the project together and deliver flood protection for 60 percent of residents in the Souris … Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Tours Minot Air Force Base Firing Range, Outlines Need for New Facility

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the need for a new firing range at the Minot Air Force Base during a tour of the existing facility. The firing range does not meet Air Force training standards and poses increasing health and safety risks to airmen. A new range will allow the consolidation of four existing buildings while also reducing air quality concerns, providing higher quality training with lower maintenance costs and ensuring the range is available regardless of winter weath… Continue Reading


03.27.18

Hoeven Outlines Tax Relief Benefits for Small Businesses, Farmers, Ranchers and Workers

FARGO, N.D. - As part of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven joined a panel discussion to outline the benefits of the tax relief legislation passed by Congress in December. Hoeven stressed how across-the-board tax relief, combined with regulatory relief, will unlock economic growth across industries in the U.S., including energy and agriculture, and will empower small businesses, farmers and ranchers to invest in their operations while also putting more money in… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven: Funding Bill Protects Farmers and Ranchers from EPA Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill includes the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, legislation he helped introduce that would protect farmers and ranchers from being required to measure methane emissions from livestock in pastures. Hoeven cosponsored the bipartisan FARM Act last month and its inclusion in the f… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Senate Passes Hoeven Legislation to Boost Economic Development in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate passed his bill, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2017 (S. 1116). The legislation would amend existing law to improve access to capital, promote opportunities for Indian businesses and encourage investment in tribal communities. "Many communities throughout Indian Country still face unnecessary barriers to economic opportunity and … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Six Bills for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate advanced six Indian bills by unanimous consent. These bills include: S. 269, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes; S. 607, the Native American Business Incubators Program… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven Highlights Important Funding for Agriculture, Rural Communities in Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Committee, today outlined important agriculture provisions in the Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation that provide strong support for farmers and ranchers, agricultural research and rural communities. "We worked hard to fund important priorities for rural America in this legislation," said Hoeven. "The bill includes strong support for farmers and ranchers, in… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven: Funding Bill Rebuilds Military, Invests in Nation's Infrastructure and Supports ND Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations bill, which provides critical funding to rebuild the nation's military, while providing for priorities including caring for veterans, investing in the nation's infrastructure and combatting the opioid abuse epidemic. While the bill does increase spending over last year, it is still about $200 billion below peak total discret… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Hoeven Secures Provision in FY18 Funding Bill to Preserve Pell Grant Eligibility for Students at UTTC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that he secured a provision in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding legislation to preserve Pell Grant eligibility for students attending United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). This is the result of Hoeven's close work with UTTC on the issue, including a call he made to the Department of Education (ED) Secretary and a letter to ED that he co-authored with Senator Heidi Heitkamp. Following this, Hoeve… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Isaac Cramer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of Representative Kevin Cramer's son Isaac Cramer: "We are truly saddened to hear of Isaac's passing. We know this is a very difficult time for the Cramer family and we pray for God's blessing on them. Mikey and I extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to Kevin, his wife Kris and their entire family." -###-… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Hoeven Successfully Includes Delay of Electronic Logging Device Regulations in Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that he helped secure a delay of electronic logging device (ELD) regulations for commercial motor carriers hauling livestock in the Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation. The provision, which Hoeven called for in a letter to the Senate leadership in December, delays the implementation of the rule until the end of September. This follows Hoeven's work with the Federal Motor Carrier Saf… Continue Reading


03.22.18

Hoeven Secures Provision in Funding Bill Enabling Valley City to Keep Its Floodwall

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that he has secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation to allow Valley City to keep an existing floodwall near Valley City State University that was inadvertently built on land acquired using the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Under FEMA policy, no permanent structure can be built on land that has been bought out by FEMA. "… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Hoeven: Funding Bill Includes Section 199 Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation includes an agreement to provide fair tax treatment for agriculture. "We appreciate the hard work of farm cooperatives and independent dealers to reach a fair and equitable agreement that will prevent unintended consequences from the tax relief law," said Hoeven. "This agreement en… Continue Reading


03.21.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Help Prevent Online Sex Trafficking, Ensure Justice for Victims

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to help prevent sex trafficking and ensure justice for victims. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), which was previously passed in the House of Representatives, includes key provisions from legislation that Hoeven cosponsored in the Senate, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The legislation closes loopholes that websites like Backp… Continue Reading

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