News Releases

11.01.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $280,000 in Funding for UTTC and Sitting Bull College

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 two grants totaling $280,392 to Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck. Details of the funds are as follows: Sitting Bull College - $140,196 - The funds will be used to create infrastructure including paving and… Continue Reading


11.01.17

Senate Passes Hoeven Resolution to Designate November 4th as National Bison Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution he introduced designating November 4th as National Bison Day. The resolution celebrates the cultural and historical significance of the North American bison as well as the bison's designation as the national mammal of the United States. "Our national mammal, the bison, is a true American icon," said Senator Hoeven. "The bison's incredible story includes one of the most remarkable an… Continue Reading


10.31.17

Hoeven Urges Head of HHS, CMS to Delay Rule that Would Financially Burden Small, Rural Long-Term Care Facilities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently led 23 of his fellow senators in urging Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to delay the updated "Requirements of Participation" regulations for skilled nursing facilities in order to consider feedback from affected health care providers and patient advocacy groups. The senators stressed that the requirements impose costs that are overly … Continue Reading


10.27.17

Hoeven: Vice President's Visit Highlights MAFB Importance as Only Dual Nuclear Mission Base in America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, today joined Vice President Mike Pence and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson in reviewing the dual-nuclear missions of the Minot Air Force Base. The Vice President's visit served as an opportunity to highlight the central role of the nation's nuclear triad in deterring North Korean aggression and other threats around the glo… Continue Reading


10.27.17

Hoeven Working to Secure Grand Forks Role as Part of President's UAS Executive Order

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week invited unmanned aerial systems (UAS) leaders from Grand Forks to Washington to outline North Dakota's UAS expertise and infrastructure to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as the agency works to implement an executive order signed by the President this week creating a new drone integration pilot program. Hoeven is working to set up a meeting between the FAA and Grand Forks representatives, including leaders from the Northern Plains Test Site a… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Hoeven: President Declares Opioid Abuse Epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the President declared the opioid abuse epidemic a Nationwide Public Health Emergency. The declaration, which comes at the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that he convened in March, helps mobilize the resources of the administration to address widespread opioid abuse. This action dovetails with Hoeven's work to ensure health care providers and law enforcement… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Hoeven: Empower Small Businesses to Invest and Grow Through Tax Relief

WASHINGTON - Speaking on the Senate floor today, Senator John Hoeven outlined important tax reform priorities for North Dakota families and small businesses, including the state's farmers and ranchers. The senator highlighted the importance of reducing costs for working families and small businesses by simplifying the code, bringing down rates and broadening the tax base to ensure stable revenues. "We're working with the Administration to enact tax reforms that will enable American families to … Continue Reading


10.26.17

Hoeven: DOE Awards $1.5 Million Contract to UND for Rare Earth Elements Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have awarded a two-year, $1.5 million contract to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used to sample and characterize coal-based resources from around the country that contain high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs). UND will also use the fund… Continue Reading


10.26.17

Hoeven: Senate Declares October 26 as Day of the Deployed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate has again honored the men and women of the United States' armed forces who are deployed by designating October 26th as the "Day of the Deployed." "Deployed service members and their loved ones make untold sacrifices in the service of our nation," said Hoeven. "Today, on the Day of the Deployed, we honor those Americans who have left the comforts of home to bravely and willingly answer the call to serve. We pay tribut… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Hoeven Holds Indian Affairs Hearing to Advance Tribal Law Enforcement, Victim Services Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today held a hearing to advance two pieces of legislation he introduced to improve public safety and victim services in Indian Country: The Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act of 2017. The Tribal Law and Order Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2017. "Despite high rates of victimization, tribes only receive about $30 million from the Crime Victims Fund each y… Continue Reading


10.25.17

Hoeven, Udall Introduce Resolution to Honor Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), today led a bipartisan group of 21 senators in introducing a resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritage, culture and history of Native Americans and recognizes the many contributions Native Americans have made to our nation. "Native Americans have significantly shaped our … Continue Reading


10.25.17

Hoeven: Vice President Pence to Visit Minot Air Force Base, Review Nuclear Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and co-chair of the Senate Air Force Caucus, today announced that Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Minot Air Force Base Friday morning. Hoeven plans to join Pence to review the dual-nuclear missions of the air base, which is home to both B-52 bombers and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) silos. The Vice President will meet with the base leadership and ad… Continue Reading


10.24.17

Hoeven: Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act Introduced in House of Representatives

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after hisVeterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine). The legislation, which Hoeven introduced in the Senate with Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) earlier this year, expands veterans' access to long-term care (LTC) in their home communities and near loved ones by removing burdensome red tape that prevents nursing home… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes FY18 Budget Resolution, Required First Step to Provide Tax Relief for Hardworking Americans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which is the required first step in order to enact comprehensive tax reforms for working individuals, families and small businesses. The budget resolution provides instructions enabling Congress to enact tax reform, while reining in federal spending and boosting economic growth. "This budget is needed to provide Congress with the tools to enact comprehensive t… Continue Reading


10.19.17

Hoeven to DHS Secretary Nominee: North Dakota Uniquely Positioned to Advance New UAS Technology, Improve Homeland Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today met with Kirstjen Nielsen, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The senator highlighted how new developments in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can bolster the work of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to strengthen security at the borders, provide vital support when responding to natural disasters and protect against emerging threats, like the misuse of UAS.… Continue Reading


10.18.17

Hoeven Outlines Tax Reform Priorities for Farmers and Ranchers on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to outline important tax reform priorities for the nation's farmers and ranchers. Last week, Hoeven held a series of roundtable discussions with farmers, ranchers and other small businesses in North Dakota to gather input and advance tax relief that will benefit individuals, families, agriculture producers and small businesses, while also helping to grow the economy and boost wages for workers. "Tax reform is about getting the Am… Continue Reading


10.18.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $370,000 for Housing in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $371,429 grant to the City of Grand Forks. The funding is made available through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and will help provide quality housing for low- and moderate-income individuals in the Grand Forks region. "Today's HUD funding will help ensure that Grand Forks has a sufficient sup… Continue Reading


10.17.17

Hoeven Outlines Vital Role of North Dakota Air Force Missions with Secretary Wilson

WASHINGTON - At a meeting of the bipartisan Air Force Caucus today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the vital role of North Dakota's air bases in the nation's overall defense with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Vice Chief of Staff General Stephen Wilson. The caucus held the meeting to review the Air Force's budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and the service's priorities in facing modern threats. Hoeven co-chairs the caucus and also serves on the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affai… Continue Reading


10.16.17

Hoeven Statement on EPA Ending "Sue and Settle" Practice

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that it will end the "sue and settle" practice. "Under the Obama Administration, environmental groups were able to use the court system as a means to go around the formal rulemaking process," said Hoeven. "We welcome the EPA's announcement today that they will end the 'sue and settle' policy, which will help ensure that Congress maintains its proper oversight ro… Continue Reading


10.13.17

Hoeven: President's Action Gives Congress an Opportunity to Block Iran's Path to Nuclear Weapons, Restrict Its Ballistic Missile Program & Sponsorship of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president decertified the nuclear deal with Iran, citing that it is not in the national security interests of the U.S. The certification process was established by Congress through the passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. "The bottom line is this - the current deal keeps Iran on course to obtaining a nuclear weapon," said Hoeven. "The deal is missing vital components, like inspections on militar… Continue Reading

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