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11.20.20

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Ensure Farmers Receive Needed Assistance Until Conditions & Prices Improve

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Farm Bureau's annual meeting, Senator John Hoeven today outlined his efforts to ensure agriculture producers receive the support they need to weather the challenges of severe weather, low commodity prices, trade disruptions and COVID-19, with the goal of getting back to stable production conditions and market prices. To this end, Hoeven has been advancing the following efforts as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the … Continue Reading


11.19.20

Hoeven Statement on FMCSA Rule to Provide Certainty for Ag Haulers, Clarify Ag Commodity Definition

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an interim final rule to clarify the definition of an agricultural commodity and livestock in the hours-of-service (HOS) regulation. DOT coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the rule. This interim… Continue Reading


11.18.20

Hoeven Leads Senators in Pressing FERC to Advance Efforts to Ensure Grid Resilience & Fairly Value Baseload Power

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today led a group of his Senate colleagues in pressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to provide an update on the agency's efforts to ensure the resiliency and reliability of the electrical grid. FERC opened its resilience docket (AD18-7-000) to receive public comment on the need to ensure markets properly value the resilience and fuel security of traditional baseload resources, like coal. However, the comment period ended in April 2018, and the … Continue Reading


11.18.20

Hoeven: Minot Air Force Base Confirmed as Host of MH-139 Grey Wolf

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Air Force has confirmed that Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) will host the MH-139 Grey Wolf with an expected delivery date in 2026. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure funding for the Grey Wolf helicopters and a new helicopter facility at MAFB needed to house the MH-139. Hoeven spoke with Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson and outlined the importance of keeping the new helicopters … Continue Reading


11.17.20

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Reauthorize U.S. Grains Standards Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate approved legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards Act (USGSA) through 2025. The USGSA authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) to establish official marketing standards for certain grains and oilseeds, which facilitates the marketing of … Continue Reading


11.16.20

Hoeven: Upgrades Support Minot Region's Weather Radar

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement as the National Weather Service (NWS) this week began upgrading the KMBX weather radar that serves the Minot region. The upgrades are being made under the Service Life Extension Program, which rehabilitates and improves the performance of the existing NEXRAD system. The KMBX radar is set to receive generator and power upgrades, with work on this particular sequence of repairs expected to be complete by the end of this week. As a m… Continue Reading


11.16.20

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Grow Grand Forks Missions, Support Air Force ISR Priorities to New ACC Commander

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, outlined to General Mark D. Kelly, the new Commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), his work to grow the missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and enhance the base's ability to support the Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) efforts. Hoeven also invited General Kelly to visit Grand Forks and learn about the base's missions firsthand, which the general agreed to… Continue Reading


11.13.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Head Start Funding to TGU Schools

BISMARCK, N.D. - 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 $1,206,929 to the TGU School District. This funding was made available through the Office of Head Start and will support efforts to provide educational services and resources to children from low-income families, helping to prepare them for school. "Head Start services provide vital resources to children and their familie… Continue Reading


11.12.20

Hoeven: FEMA Awards $8.5 Million to North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $8.5 million to the State of North Dakota. This grant was made available under the Stafford Act and will be used to assist with expenses related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, including health and safety efforts such as increased testing. "This funding will support North Dakota's continued effor… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former North Dakota State Senator Russell and Betty Thane

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement on the passing of former North Dakota State Senator Russell Thane and his wife Betty. Russell Thane represented the 25th district in the North Dakota Senate from 1971 to 2006. "We send our sincere condolences to the Thane family on the passing of Russell and Betty Thane. Russ and Betty, who were married for 68 years, spent their lives in service to our state and nation. They met while Russ was serving in the U.S. Air Force, and… Continue Reading


11.11.20

Hoeven Statement Honoring Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day. Since he was elected as Governor, Hoeven has normally spent Veterans Day with North Dakota veterans; however, he was unable to attend events in North Dakota today as the Senate is in session this week. To pay tribute to our veterans, Hoeven visited the war memorials on the National Mall. "Our nation wo… Continue Reading


11.10.20

Hoeven Nominates Five North Dakota Students to Military Academies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated five North Dakota students for appointments to the nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Luke Gasper of Bismarck Century High School to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point); Marissa Shea of Bismarck St. Mary's High School to West Point, Camden Larsen of Grand Forks Red River High School to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Ieree Lundin of Bismarck Century High School to the U.S. Naval Academy; and Rebecca VanVleet of Farg… Continue Reading


11.10.20

Hoeven Outlines Key Provisions for North Dakota Producers in Senate's FY 2021 Agriculture Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today outlined key provisions for North Dakota that he included in the Senate's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, including: $5 million for the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program, which supports innovation clusters in rural regions. Hoeven also included language to prioritize projects like … Continue Reading


11.09.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.8 Million in Head Start Funding

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 $1,828,291 to Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo. This funding will be used to support Head Start and Early Head Start services in the region. "Today's grant from HHS will help ensure children in low-income households have access to resources and services to prepare them for school, supporting their lo… Continue Reading


11.06.20

Hoeven: EPA Awards Funding to North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $748,985 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ). Today's funding was made available through the Performance Partnership Grants program and will help maintain necessary environmental program databases. "This grant will support North Dakota's efforts to promote better environmental stewardship through enhanced c… Continue Reading


11.05.20

Hoeven Continues Pressing Administration to Finalize WHIP+ Quality Loss Assistance As Soon As Possible

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke with Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce to get a status update on the quality loss coverage under the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+), and pressed FSA to advance the program as soon as possible. The senator stressed the need to ensure the program works for producers, covers all eligible causes of loss and fairly compensates farmers. The senator was told that FSA is working to complete the implementati… Continue Reading


11.04.20

Hoeven Statement on FCC Making Spectrum Available to Improve Connectivity for Tribes in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted spectrum licenses to the following tribes in North Dakota: Three Affiliated Tribes. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to address broadband connectivity issues in Indian Country … Continue Reading


11.02.20

Hoeven Announces Public Safety Funding to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Office of Justice Programs, has awarded funding to two North Dakota entities: North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - $999,638 to develop and implement innovative and research-based responses to address delays within the criminal justice system. North Dakota Attorney General's Office - $676,596 to update finger-print… Continue Reading


11.02.20

Hoeven Announces Grant to Oyate Community Development Corporation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded a grant of $82,000 to the Oyate Community Development Corporation in Fort Yates. Today's funding is available through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program and will be used to provide education, train… Continue Reading


11.02.20

Hoeven Announces USDA Rural Development Loan to Dakota Horizons Fund

BISMARCK, N.D. - 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) Office of Rural Development has awarded a $466,000 loan to the Dakota Horizons Fund based in Grand Forks. Today's loan is available through the Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) and will be used to provide loans for projects in rural communities across 22 North Dakota counties. "Toda… Continue Reading

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