News Releases

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


03.20.18

Hoeven Reviews Updated Flood Protection Plan for the Fargo-Moorhead Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today discussed recent progress on comprehensive flood protection for the Red River Valley with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney. This follows the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority's submission of a new permit application, which included all recommendations from the joint task force convened by Governors Doug Burgum and Mark Dayton, to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Our meeting was an important opportunity to review the changes made to Fargo-Moorhead's … Continue Reading


03.20.18

Hoeven: Interior Awards North Dakota More Than $15.5 Million for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded more than $15.5 million to the State of North Dakota. The funds, which are derived from hunting and fishing activities, will be used by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to support wildlife and sport fish conservation efforts. Details of the funding are as follows: Wildlife Restoration Program Funding - $11,… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Hoeven Announces Nearly $160,000 to Support AmeriCorps Members for Spirit Lake, North Dakota STEM Network

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded two grants totaling $157,539 to support AmeriCorps VISTA members in North Dakota. The members will work on a full-time basis for one-year, undertaking service projects on behalf of the grantees. The funds are distributed as follows: Spirit Lake Tribe - $107,057 to imp… Continue Reading


03.19.18

Hoeven: Senate Confirms CBP Commissioner McAleenan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after Kevin McAleenan was confirmed as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Hoeven has been working to secure his confirmation, including sending a letter to Senate leadership pressing for a vote on the nomination. McAleenan, who has served as acting CBP commissioner since January 2017, was confirmed with strong bipartisan support. "C… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Hoeven Announces $30,000 Grant to Support Development Plan for Sykeston's Water System

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 (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a $30,000 grant to the City of Sykeston. The grant will be used to examine the city's existing water system and develop a plan to update the deteriorated infrastructure. "Today's grant will help the City of Sykeston ensure that its water infrastructure can conti… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill Honoring Ed Schafer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Kevin Cramer, previously passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the President to be signed into law. "The Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center is a world class facility that condu… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation Providing Enhanced Consumer Protections, Regulatory Relief for Community Banks & Credit Unions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after helping pass 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. Hoeven cosponsored and worked to ensure the inclusion of the following provisions in the legislation, which will help prevent fraud and identify theft as well as provide flexibility for home apprais… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a committee oversight hearing on solutions to combat the opioid abuse crisis in Indian Country. During the hearing, Hoeven highlighted the impact of substance abuse in Native American communities and heard testimony from administration officials, tribal leaders and health care organizations on efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse. "Native American communities have been among those h… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Senators Welcome Agreement to Address Tax Inequity for Agricultural Businesses

WASHINGTON -Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today joined U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in issuing the following joint statement regarding an agreement to provide fair tax treatment for all agricultural businesses: "The new, pro-growth tax law was designed to lift hard-working, middle-class families - whether they are farmers, ranchers or entrepreneurs - and the economy as a whole. After discoveri… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven: FMCSA Provides Additional Waiver from ELD Rule for Agriculture-Related Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an additional 90-day waiver from the electronic logging device (ELD) rule for agriculture-related transportation. The waiver ensures drivers transporting agriculture products will not be forced out of service if they are still using paper logs to record their hours of service (HOS). The senat… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven Announces $12.5 Million Loan for Slope Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $12.5 million loan for Slope Electric Cooperative, Inc. The funds are approved through Rural Development's Electric Program and will be used to build and improve more than 110 miles of line, repair damages from storms last summer and make smart grid improvements to make the system more efficient and reliable… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $10 Million to Build New Elementary Schools in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded two grants totaling more than $10 million to the Solen and Oberon School Districts. The funds are awarded through ED's Impact Aid Program and details are as follows: Solen School District - $5,322,701 - The funds will be used to build a new Cannonball Elementary School, replacing the original structure which is more than 85 years old. Ober… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on North Korea: "North Korea has indicated that it is now willing to engage in talks regarding its nuclear arms program as a result of strong economic sanctions put in place by the United States, along with our efforts to get China to sanction North Korea as well. These steps are putting pressure on the regime and have forced North Korea to the negotiat… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former North Dakota Governor George Sinner

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former North Dakota Governor George Sinner: "George Sinner demonstrated time and again his commitment to his family, community and the State of North Dakota. This commitment was evident by his service as governor of North Dakota as well as his involvement in and leadership of many organizations, civic boards, groups and entities including the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota State Legi… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Marks Investiture of Judge Ralph Erickson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today offered remarks as Judge Ralph Erickson was invested into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Hoeven introduced Judge Erickson at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year and, following this, worked consistently to advance his nomination through the committee and the full Senate. "We welcome Judge Erickson to his role on the Eighth Circuit," said Hoeven. "Throughout his years on the bench, he has worked hard t… Continue Reading

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