News Releases

05.31.19

Hoeven Announces $7 Million Grant for Williston Basin International Airport

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's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant of $7 million for the construction of taxiway and other general aviation needs at the new Williston Basin International Airport. "Providing western North Dakota with much needed infrastructure supports growth and expansion," said Hoeven.… Continue Reading


05.31.19

Hoeven: EPA Finalizes Rule Allowing Year-Round Sale of E15

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to include gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) on a year-round basis, as well as to promote transparency and stability in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market. The RVP waiver previously only allowed the sale of E10 during the summer months. Today's action aligns with both the President'… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Holds Roundtable to Outline Farm Purchases & Trade Promotion in Agriculture Assistance Package

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with livestock producers, commodity groups and food distribution entities to outline the $16 billion in agriculture assistance he helped secure to aid producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. Hoeven worked with the administration, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House, to secure the additional… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Again Presses Corps to Prevent Upstream Flooding on Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today again pressed Colonel John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, to prevent flooding in upstream Missouri River communities. "I again spoke with Colonel Hudson to relay concerns about the river level in North Dakota," said Hoeven. "While we're sympathetic to the flooding downstream, the Corps needs to ensure they prevent upstream flooding. I relayed our concerns about the reduction in water releases from the Garrison Da… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven Statement on Mueller Press Conference

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's press conference today: "The Special Counsel report found there was no collusion between the President and Russia, and Special Counsel Mueller today said he would not have comment beyond what is already in the report. Now that the Special Counsel's office has officially closed, hopefully our nation can move on from the investigation and Congress can focus on advancing priorities impo… Continue Reading


05.29.19

Hoeven: We Have Laid the Groundwork for Unmanned BVLOS Flights Across North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped kick off the 2019 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, where he outlined how North Dakota has laid the groundwork for conducting statewide unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights that go beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the operator and without a chase plane. Hoeven highlighted two recent developments that will advance this goal: An upcoming opportunity to expand the new UAS Super Corridor into the Fargo region, relying on an enhanced Lightweight… Continue Reading


05.28.19

Hoeven Holds Roundtable with North Dakota Producers to Outline $16 Billion in Agriculture Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with North Dakota agriculture producers and lenders to outline the $16 billion in agriculture assistance he helped secure to aid producers impacted by trade negotiations. Hoeven worked with USDA and the Administration to secure another round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments and also to ensure coverage for canola and o… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong Urge the President to Issue Disaster Declaration for Spring Flooding in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today urged President Trump to approve the State of North Dakota's request for a presidential major disaster declaration covering this year's widespread spring flooding. The state is seeking a declaration for the period from March 21 to April 29 and has requested that assistance be made available under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the impacted counties and to help reduce these regions' risk o… Continue Reading


05.24.19

Hoeven Statement in Observance of Memorial Day 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27, the senator will speak at Memorial Day events in Bismarck. "We set aside Memorial Day each year to reflect on and honor those members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the nation. This year in particular, we commemorate those lost in Vietnam and D-Day, as we mark 50 years since the drawdown of troops began in Vietnam and 75 years since t… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Hoeven Supports Disaster Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after supporting disaster relief legislation covering events in 2018 and 2019. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure that the legislation provided assistance to farmers and others impacted by disasters in North Dakota and across the Midwest: The legislation included $3 billion in Farm Disaster Assistance for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Secreta… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Hoeven-Cosponsored Legislation to Deter Illegal Robocalls Passed by Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored to help deter illegal and unsolicited robocalls. The legislation aligns with a resolution passed by the North Dakota legislature calling for a solution to the unwanted calls, as well as recent actions from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop illegal calls, including a prop… Continue Reading


05.23.19

Hoeven: USDA to Provide Up to $16 Billion in Agriculture Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement regarding USDA's plan to provide up to $16 billion in agriculture assistance to help producers who have been impacted during trade negotiations. Hoeven has been making the case to the Administration, including the White House and USDA, to release another round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments as well as… Continue Reading


05.22.19

Hoeven Meets with Lt. General Rice to Advance North Dakota Air National Guard Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today met with Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice, the Director of the Air National Guard, to advance priorities of the North Dakota Air National Guard, including: Advocating for a manned flying mission for the 119th Wing to operate alongside the Guard's current unmanned and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission. Securing a new operations facility for the 119th Wing's MQ-9 Reaper missio… Continue Reading


05.18.19

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Expand Long-Term Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterans

FARGO, N.D. - At the AMVETS Department of North Dakota state convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to ensure veterans can access the convenient, quality care that they have earned. To this end, Hoeven is working to: Ensure the VA gives qualified long-term care (LTC) providers only one set of regulations to comply with, consistent with his Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. Currently, only about 20 percent of North Dakota's nursing homes contract… Continue Reading


05.17.19

Hoeven: Administration Lifts Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Canada, Mexico

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after the administration announced a deal to lift the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. The agreement completely lifts the 25 percent tariff on steel and the 10 percent tariff on aluminum, without imposing quotas. Under the agreement, Mexico and Canada will remove the retaliatory tari… Continue Reading


05.17.19

Hoeven Working to Strengthen Federal Support for North Dakota CCS Efforts, Make Technology Commercially-Viable

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to strengthen federal support for the ongoing efforts in North Dakota to make carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology commercially-viable. As part of the hearing, the senator introduced John Harju, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC), who testified on the orga… Continue Reading


05.17.19

Hoeven Statement on U.S. Beef Exports to Japan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. and Japan have agreed to allow U.S. cattle products, regardless of age, to enter Japan. USDA estimates this new agreement will increase U.S. beef exports by up to $200 million each year. Beginning in 2003, Japan banned all U.S. beef an… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Hoeven: Lance Yohe Confirmed to Serve on International Joint Commission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Fargo's Lance Yohe to serve on the International Joint Commission (IJC) - U.S. Section. "Lance Yohe brings three decades of experience to the IJC," said Hoeven. "Lance has a solid understanding of the importance of water supply and management practices, and will ensure that the interests of our state and nation are well-represented on the commission." The IJC is respon… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Hoeven Statement Regarding President Trump's Immigration Reform Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who attended today's White House immigration announcement, released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's proposal to reform the nation's immigration system. "Given the situation at the border, we need to secure our border. The president put forward a proposal today to close loopholes, secure our border and move us to a merit-based immigration system that will make our country stronger and our economy more competitive. We look forward to w… Continue Reading


05.16.19

Hoeven Optimistic Agreement Will Be Reached to Transfer Oakes Test Area

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke again with Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Great Plains Regional Director Mike Black to help advance the transfer of the Oakes Test Area from BOR to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. Hoeven said he is optimistic that an agreement on the price can be reached. Additionally, Director Black told the senator that BOR is working to review the transfer to ensure that it can be completed using the legislation Hoeven secured earlier this year. "It only… Continue Reading

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