News Releases

10.03.19

Hoeven to Host EPA Administrator Wheeler at EmPower ND Conference, Discussion of Eastern ND Water Supply Project

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, will host Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the 2019 Great Plains and EmPower ND Energy Conference on Tuesday, October 8. Wheeler will serve as the event's keynote speaker. Prior to the administrator's remarks, Hoeven will participate in a group discussion with Cramer and Burgum on their efforts to advance an all-of-the-above energy policy at… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven: North Dakota Selected for Air National Guard Tuition Assistance Pilot Program

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven announced today that the National Guard Bureau has selected North Dakota as one of 14 states that will participate in a pilot program to begin providing college tuition assistance to members of the state's Air National Guard. The Air National Guard expects the Federal Tuition Assistance pilot program will begin in late 2020. Hoeven has pressed the Air National Guard to create a tuition assistance program to match the program already in place for the Army Nati… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven Advancing Legislation to Address NPS Maintenance Backlog, Works to Secure Support for Presidential Library

MEDORA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum, today highlighted to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt the maintenance needs at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) and efforts to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Hoeven invited Bernhardt to the state through his role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the National Park Service (NPS). The senator has worked to bot… Continue Reading


10.03.19

Hoeven Again Presses Corps on Missouri River Water Levels and Storage

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven again spoke with John Remus, Chief of Missouri River Water Management Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to ensure that the Corps is mitigating the risk for flooding given the high Missouri River levels in North Dakota. Hoeven called Remus after speaking with local leaders and residents who were concerned about the high river levels in Bismarck and ensuring adequate reservoir storage to prevent flooding. Remus indicated that the water level shou… Continue Reading


10.02.19

Hoeven Announces USDA Grant for Canola Research at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $292,830 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for canola research. The long-term goal of this award is to enhance canola production and profitability in the northern plains. "Today's funding will help NDSU inform our farmers how to best optimize the use of seeds and … Continue Reading


10.02.19

Hoeven to Sec. Bernhardt: Regulatory Relief Needed at FWS, Should Reflect Wetlands Reforms Made Under NRCS

HOPE, N.D. - At a landowner roundtable today, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, urged U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to help advance regulatory relief for farmers and ranchers impacted by wetlands easements under the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Hoeven outlined the differences between the wetlands regulations at the FWS compared to the Na… Continue Reading


10.01.19

Hoeven, Secretary Wilkie Review Fargo VA, Local HBOT Facility, Work to Expand Veteran Access to Care

FARGO, N.D. - At the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System and a local hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinic today, Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer, highlighted to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie efforts to expand veteran access to care. Hoeven's work includes: Improving access to alternative treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), like HBOT, part of the senator's efforts to improve suicide prevention and mental health care for veterans. Ensuring time… Continue Reading


09.30.19

Hoeven Marks Return of Floyd Wells, WWII Navy Member & North Dakota Native, Lost During Attack on Pearl Harbor

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today marked the return of the remains of Floyd Wells, a North Dakota native who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The senator joined Wells' family, veterans and community members at the Hector International Airport as his remains were brought back to the state from Hawaii, where he had previously been interred as an unidentified servicemember. "F… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Encourage Greater Participation in STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week joined the Senate in passing the Building Blocks of STEM Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to encourage participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education among Pre-K and elementary-aged children. Currently, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) initiatives focus on middle-school aged children and older students. The bill would expand the NSF's STEM initiatives to younger students, helping establish a greater i… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Hoeven: Senate's FY2020 Appropriations Legislation Provides Dedicated Funding for Indian Victims of Crime

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this week helped advance Fiscal Year 2020 funding legislation that supports important priorities for tribal communities, including public safety, education and energy development. This includes a key provision of his Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, which would expand critical victims services by requiring a 5 percent… Continue Reading


09.27.19

Hoeven to Host Interior Secretary Bernhardt in Medora Region Next Thursday

MEDORA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Appropriations Committee, today announced that on Thursday, October 3, he will host Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in the Medora region where he will highlight maintenance needs at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and efforts to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. Hoeven invited Bernhardt to the state as part of his efforts to address deferred maintenance in the National … Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Congratulates Harwood Elementary and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary on Earning National Blue Ribbon School Designation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has selected Harwood Elementary School and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools in recognition of their academic excellence. Both the schools are being recognized as Exemplary High Performing schools. "We congratulate both Harwood Elementary and New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary for their hard work," said Hoeven. "The National Blue Ribbon designation is a testament… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Worked to Ensure Funding Extension Includes Ag Trade Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to extend government funding that includes a provision he worked to secure to fund Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for farmers and ranchers targeted by retaliatory tariffs. The legislation extends government funding through November 21 as Congress works to pass the full appropriations bills. After House leaders thre… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Hoeven Working to Ensure Replacement for the Minuteman III Stays on Track

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week led a bipartisan group of senators in urging Defense Secretary Mark Esper to prevent any delays for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), which will replace the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The group highlighted the continued nuclear ambitions of the nation's adversaries, stressing that whether or not there are any modifications to the GBSD acquisition approach, the program must be delivered on time to ensure the U.S. … Continue Reading


09.25.19

Hoeven: Administration Finalizes Agreement with Japan to Lift Tariffs on $7.2 Billion of U.S. Agricultural Products

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration finalized a trade agreement with Japan to lower or eliminate tariffs on $7.2 billion of U.S. agricultural products. This includes fresh and frozen beef and pork, wheat, frozen potatoes, dairy products and ethanol. Further, Japan's imports of U.S. wheat and barley, which were valued at more than $800 … Continue Reading


09.25.19

Hoeven Announces More Than $6 Million Grant for Williston Basin International Airport, Nearing Completion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant of $6,301,568 for the construction of the Williston Basin International Airport. "Last month, I was able to see firsthand progress at the Williston Airport and am continuing my efforts to advance the construction of this new airport, which is critical to meeting the demands o… Continue Reading


09.25.19

Hoeven Introduces Daniel Traynor at Senate Judiciary Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today introduced Daniel Traynor, who has been nominated to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to review his nomination. Hoeven outlined Traynor's experience and qualifications and called for the committee to quickly approve his nomination and send it to the full Senate for confirmation. "Dan is an excellent choice to serve as North Dakota's U.S. District Court Judge. He has more than two decades of le… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Hoeven Statement on Reclamation Conducting Critical Step for Eastern ND Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced that it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Eastern North Dakota Alternate Water Supply (ENDAWS) Project, which would allow for additional water to be released from Garrison Diversion facilities to serve as an alternate water source for the Red River Valley and Central North Da… Continue Reading


09.24.19

Hoeven Leads Senators in Urging Defense Secretary to Restore Education Benefits for Guard & Reserve Members

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today led 12 of his fellow senators in urging Defense Secretary Mark Esper to restore full education benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserve. The effort aligns with Hoeven's Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act, bipartisan legislation that would enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use Federal Tuition Assistance programs and GI Bill benefits to fund their education, similar to active duty servicemembers. The group's letter, the full te… Continue Reading


09.23.19

Hoeven Announces USDA Investment for City of Reeder

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 an $118,000 grant and an $182,000 loan to the City of Reeder to be used for improvements necessary to the city's sewer system. "Today's funds will significantly benefit the well-being of residents in Reeder," said Hoeven. "It's vital our infrastructure is capable of supporting our communities and these update… Continue Reading

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