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11.21.17

Hoeven Nominates Three Students For Military Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated three North Dakota students for appointments to the nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Elijah Stewart of Minot to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Seth Hanson of Grand Forks to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and Emily Robinson, formerly of Minot, to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). "It is a privilege to nominate outstanding young people for appointments to our service academies," said Hoeven. "The… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven Announces $125,000 Rural Development Grant for Veterinary Clinic in Hettinger

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has awarded a $125,000 grant for the West River Veterinary Clinic in Hettinger. "It's important for our agriculture producers to have access to quality veterinary care for their animals and livestock," Hoeven said. "Today's Rural Development funds will help ensure that farmer… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven Outlines Jamestown Reservoir Land Transfer Legislation for Homeowners, Stutsman County Park Board

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened a meeting with the Stutsman County Park Board and homeowners from the Jamestown Reservoir to outline his recently-introduced legislation that would allow the homeowners to purchase their lots from the federal government and transfer all remaining Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) lands around the reservoir to state and local public ownership. After providing an overview of the bill, the senator held a question-and-answer session with local stakehold… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven: FMCSA To Waive ELD Requirements for Motor Carriers Hauling Agriculture Products

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will issue a waiver on electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for commercial vehicle operators transporting agriculture products. Hoeven worked with DOT officials to secure the waiver, effective for 90 days, which ensures drivers will not be forced out of service if they are still using paper logs to record their hours of service… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Urges Agriculture Secretary & U.S. Trade Representative to Push Back Against India's Dry Pea Tariff, Provide Relief to Ag Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to provide relief to impacted agriculture producers by pushing back against India's decision to impose a 50 percent tariff on dry pea imports. India is the top export market for U.S. dry peas, and this action has forced hardship on exporters with shipments e… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Brings NRCS Acting Chief to North Dakota, Working to Resolve Delays & Uncertainty in Wetland Determinations

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today hosted the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Chief Leonard Jordan for a roundtable with local agriculture producers, commodity groups and representatives from the drain tile industry. The senator brought the NRCS chief to the state to receive input from local farmers about delays and uncertainty in the agency's wetland determ… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Hosts NRCS Acting Chief at ND Association of Soil Conservation Districts Annual Meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today hosted the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting Chief Leonard Jordan at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts. The senator brought the acting chief to the state to hear from local stakeholders about ways the agency can improve its conservation programs in a manner that works for farmer… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Calls on Commerce Secretary to Evaluate How Any Changes to NAFTA Will Impact Ag Sector

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the administration to conduct a robust economic analysis to evaluate how any changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would affect the nation's crop and livestock sectors. The full text of the letter, which is led by Senator John Boozman (R-Ark.), c… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Statement on Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline Route Through Nebraska

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved the route for the Keystone XL Pipeline in the state. "After nearly a decade of delay, the Keystone XL Pipeline is now moving again," said Hoeven, "This pipeline project is important energy infrastructure for our nation that will create jobs and economic growth and make our nation more secure by reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Building newer and better i… Continue Reading


11.20.17

Hoeven Holds Tax Reform Roundtable with Bismarck Small Businesses

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a tax reform roundtable with local small business owners to highlight important provisions in the draft Senate legislation to provide tax relief for hardworking, middle-income North Dakota families and small businesses, including farmers and ranchers. The full Senate is expected to begin debate on the legislation after Thanksgiving. "We're focused on providing tax relief for hardworking, middle-income families that enables them to keep more of th… Continue Reading


11.17.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $930,000 Grant, $1.5 Million Loan to Improve Linton Water and Waste Disposal Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has awarded a $934,000 grant and a $1,554,000 loan to the City of Linton. The funds will be used to renovate the sanitary sewer system and secondary lift station as well as to improve the main lift station. "In order for our communities to grow, we need to ensure we have the … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $220,000 in Infrastructure Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded three grants totaling $226,474 for infrastructure funding throughout North Dakota. The awards are distributed as follows: North Dakota Department of Transportation - $100,000 - The funds will be used to repair roads and infrastructure throughout the James and Sheyenne River Basins … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Hoeven Announces Shari Buck as New Regional Director for Western North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Shari Buck will serve as the new Regional Director for western North Dakota. In this role, she will cover 13 counties in the western portion of the state, helping the senator assist constituents, businesses and community leaders in the region. Buck comes to Hoeven's office with extensive experience in public service, most recently as Planner and Director of Public Relations for McKenzie County. Her work has included a wide range of … Continue Reading


11.16.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization, Legislation Goes to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation, which authorizes the nation's defense programs, strongly supports North Dakota's missions, helps modernize the nation's nuclear deterrent and improves pay and benefits for the troops, including authorizing health care benefits for Guard members deployed on pre-planned missions. Further, it includes a Hoeven-sponsored a… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Hoeven Meets with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Continue Efforts to Pass Tax Relief for Hardworking North Dakotans, Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to continue working to provide tax relief for hardworking North Dakota families and small businesses. Hoeven highlighted the importance of ensuring that the tax package lowers rates for working Americans and small businesses. "Secretary Mnuchin and I had a good meeting to talk about the importance of passing tax reform that modernizes and simplifies the tax code," said Hoeven. "I really drove home the importa… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Hoeven: Senate Homeland Security Committee Advances Nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after he joined a bipartisan majority of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in advancing the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security. During Nielsen's confirmation hearing and in a meeting with the nominee, Hoeven highlighted the unique advantages of North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in developing solutions to improve the nation's security, … Continue Reading


11.14.17

Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $1.5 Million for Early Education in Southeastern North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $1.5 million to the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency (SENDCAA) for its Head Start Birth to Five program. SENDCAA is based in Fargo and serves Steele, Traill, Cass, Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties. "Through a combination of education, health and nutrition services, Head Start helps support the d… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.1 Million Head Start Grant for TGU School Distric

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $1.1 million for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by Early Explorers, a grantee of Towner, Granville and Upham (TGU) School District #60. "Today's funds will support continued early education opportunities for children in north-central North Dakota, helping establish a strong foundation for well-… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Announces $172,000 USDA Grant to NDSU to Improve Pest Management for Agriculture Industry

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) has awarded $172,134 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to improve crop protection and pest management. "NDSU is continually developing new tools to help our state's agriculture industry grow food, fuel and fiber to meet our needs," said Hoeven. "Today's funds will help NDSU develop ne… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Secures Commitment from USDA General Counsel Nominee to Support Regulatory Relief for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently secured a commitment from Stephen Vaden, the nominee to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to work with him in providing regulatory relief to farmers and ranchers. The senator stressed how the added costs of burdensome federal rules strain agriculture producers' operations, which poses an even more significan… Continue Reading

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