News Releases

07.23.19

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Mark Esper as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the Secretary of Defense. Hoeven met with Esper last week to outline the importance of North Dakota's nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions to the nation's defense, as well as the need to strengthen servicemembers' benefits. Hoeven also invited Esper to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the importance of the state'… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Hoeven: FMCSA Seeking to Provide Additional Flexibility Under Hours of Service Agriculture Exemption

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is seeking to provide additional flexibility under the 150 air-mile agriculture exemption to its Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. The FMCSA has been working to improve the exemption at Hoeven's request to help… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven: USDA Awards $100 Million in Trade Promotion Funding for Agriculture Organizations Serving North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers

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 $100 million through its Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help access new markets for U.S. agriculture goods. Today's funding is part of the $16 billion in agriculture assistance the senator helped secure to aid producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The funding w… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven Presents Safe Kids Outstanding Lead Agency Awards to Sanford Children's Hospital, Altru Health Systems

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week presented the Safe Kids Outstanding Lead Agency award to both Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo and Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks in recognition of their continued support for children's health in the Red River Valley and broad community outreach helping to prevent childhood injuries. "Safe Kids Grand Forks and Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead work to provide services that positively impact the community and benefit the safety of children," said Hoev… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven, Cramer and Armstrong Introduce Legislation for the Spirit Lake Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong this week introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation. "This bill will reinforce tribal sovereignty by providing the Spirit Lake Nation with jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed on the Spirit Lake reservation, just as othe… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Hoeven Meets with Defense Secretary Nominee to Secure Support for North Dakota Nuclear & UAS Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today met with Mark Esper, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of Defense, where he outlined the importance of North Dakota's nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions to the nation's defense as well as the need to strengthen servicemembers' benefits. Hoeven invited Esper to visit the state once he is confirmed to see firsthand the importance of its military missions. Hoeven is working to ensu… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Hoeven Marks 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Senate Floor Speech

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and highlight North Dakota's continued work with NASA to advance the future of U.S. aeronautics, including in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven is cosponsoring a Senate resolution that celebrates the milestone, recognizes the vision of President John F. Kennedy and honors the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women of NASA. "The Apollo 11 moon landing was… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Senate Energy Committee Approves Three Hoeven-Supported Bills to Ensure Use of Natural Gas and Other Efficient Fuels in Federal Buildings, Promote Energy Efficiency & Advance CCUS Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the committee approved three pieces of legislation he has introduced and supported to ensure the use of natural gas and other energy and cost efficient fuels in federal buildings, promote greater energy efficiency and advance the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. The legislation includes: All-of-the-Above Federal … Continue Reading


07.17.19

Hoeven: DOE Awards $16 Million to EERC for Enhanced Oil Recovery Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $16 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. The funds come from the DOE's Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery program, which Hoeven has worked to secure strong funding for through hi… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Hoeven Leads Senate Colloquy Calling for Passage of USMCA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led a colloquy with Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) to outline the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its benefits for the nation's economy. "Implementation of this agreement will benefit North Dakota as it will secure and expand market access for our a… Continue Reading


07.15.19

Hoeven Working to Advance Project Tundra & Allam Cycle, Strengthen Partnership Between Energy Department and EERC

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven continued his efforts to advance the development and implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies in North Dakota. Specifically, the senator secured a commitment from Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to visit the state and learn about the work of the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) … Continue Reading


07.10.19

Hoeven: USDA Extends Deadline for North Dakota Farmers to Report Spring-Seeded Crops to July 22

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the Farm Service Agency (FSA) deadline to report spring-seeded crops to July 22 for agricultural producers in 12 states impacted by flooding and heavy moisture, including North Dakota. "This deadline extension is helpful for our farmers who have been battling excessive moisture and delays in planting," Hoeven said.… Continue Reading


07.09.19

Hoeven Announces Nearly $9.8 Million in Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $9,783,498 for airports in North Dakota, including: Minot International Airport - $2,164,051 to reconstruct apron and taxiway pavement and provide additional aircraft parking. Cando Municipal Airport - $1,538,000 to rehabilitate the apron, taxiway and runway pavement. Robert… Continue Reading


07.02.19

Hoeven Statement on U.S.-China Agreement to Resume Trade Negotiations & Delay Tariff Increases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached an agreement at the G20 Summit to resume trade negotiations and delay imposing new tariffs. Prior to this, China also agreed to additional agriculture commodity purchases, including a purchase of more than 500,000 metric tons of soybeans. "We've been urging the administration to continue moving forward with trade talks and secure trade deals with China and other n… Continue Reading


07.02.19

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Promote CCUS Technology & Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Utilizing Significant Emissions with Innovative Technologies (USE IT) Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to promote the research and development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology. The bill, which was introduced by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Sheldon Whitehouse … Continue Reading


07.01.19

Hoeven Advancing Implementation of VA MISSION Act & LTC Legislation to Ensure Veterans Can Access Local Providers

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together officials from the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, veteran service organizations and local veterans for a roundtable, where he outlined his efforts to: Ensure the proper implementation of the VA MISSION Act, including key provisions of the senator's Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. Maintain the Veterans Care Coordination initiative at the Fargo VA to ensure community care appointments are sched… Continue Reading


06.28.19

Hoeven Statement on Re-Designation of Grand Forks Air Force Base

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement marking the re-designation of the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) as an Air Reconnaissance Wing, establishing it as the lead base for U.S. Air Force Global Hawk operations. Last month, Hoeven joined then-Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in announcing the base's new role, which gives it authority over the following fleet: Four Block 20 Global Hawks carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) assi… Continue Reading


06.27.19

Senate Passes FY2020 NDAA with Hoeven-Sponsored Legislation to Support ICBM Modernization

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today joined the Senate in passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Earlier today, Hoeven delivered remarks on the Senate floor in support of the legislation, outlining its importance to the nation and urging his colleagues to pass the bill, which: Supports a 3.1 percent pay raise for members of the Armed Forces, the largest increase in nearly a decade. Includes … Continue Reading


06.27.19

Corps Informs Hoeven Missouri River Should Stabilize at Current Level

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke with John Remus, Chief of Missouri River Water Management Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who informed the senator that the Corps does not plan to increase current releases of 46,000 cfs out of Garrison Dam, and the Missouri River water level should not increase any further. The Corps did indicate that the river would remain at the current high level through August. "We've been closely monitoring the Corps' management of the Missouri River … Continue Reading


06.26.19

Hoeven Announces Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects in Three North Dakota Cities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $1,340,000 in grants and $1,785,000 in loans for water infrastructure projects in North Dakota. Details of the funding are as follows: City of Medina - $537,000 grant, $668,000 loan - The funds will be used for water and sewer improvements, replacing water mains, fire hydrants and gate valves in t… Continue Reading

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