News Releases

12.21.17

Hoeven Statement on Agreement to Fund the Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after Congress passed legislation to fund the government through January 19. In addition to keeping the government operating, the agreement provides funding for the Veterans Choice program, extends the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), funds Community Health Centers, and provides additional defense funding to detect and defend against the use of ballistic missiles. Additionally, the legislation waives pay-go requir… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Hoeven Statement on Today's United Nations Vote on Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the United Nations voted to reject President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "The United Nations' vote today is disappointing. We continue to support the president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy - a policy that was directed by Congress with strong bipartisan support in 1995 and again by the Senate earlier thi… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Hoeven: Army Corps Completes Section 408 Review & EIS for Minot, Advances Construction of Flood Protection in the Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the Section 408 review for the Minot region's flood protection project. The delay in the review, which is required to make changes to existing Corps projects, had prevented the Souris River Joint Board from awarding contracts for constructing flood control infrastructure under the first three phases the project. As a result, the board's bids for these phases were at risk of expiring. Today's appr… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Hoeven: HHS Award Nearly $1.3 Million Head Start Grant to Cankdeska Cikana Community College

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 $1.27 million to the Cankdeska Cikana Community College. The funds will support the institution's Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which serve children from birth through age five as well as expecting mothers in the surrounding community. The award comes as part of a five-year grant that began in 2014. "Today's award … Continue Reading


12.20.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes Tax Reform Lowering Rates Across the Board for Individuals and Families, Providing Relief for Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed tax reform legislation that lowers rates across-the-board for hard-working Americans, while also providing the nation's small businesses, farmers and ranchers with relief. The bill includes a Hoeven amendment to ensure the fair treatment of cooperatives in North Dakota and across the nation. "We worked hard to provide North Dakotans with tax relief that enables them to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks," said Ho… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Hoeven Announces $350,000 in Economic Development Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded five grants totaling $350,000 to regional councils in North Dakota. The funds will support strategies to spur investment and job creation. The details of the awards are as follow: Lake Agassiz Regional Council, Fargo - $70,000 Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council, Mandan - $70,000 North Central Planning Council, Devils Lake - $70… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Hoeven: UND Students Selected to Train as Federal Airborne Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after 15 students at the University of North Dakota (UND) were selected to train as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air Interdiction Agents under the university's Pathways Program. Earlier this year, Hoeven announced the CBP program, which provides federal career opportunities for students learning to fly both manned and unmanned aircraft. "This really is a win-win - not only do UND aerospace students get a job and get pa… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Hoeven: Fargo Wins Georgetown University Energy Award, Will Help Establish $5 Million Energy Efficiency Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after eFargo, the partnership between the City of Fargo and North Dakota State University (NDSU), won the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Among other things, Fargo will receive support in obtaining $5 million in financing for an energy efficiency project. The senator wrote in support of Fargo's application in 2014. "Congratulations to Fargo, NDSU and all of their partners on this tremendous achievement," Hoeven said. "We'… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1 Million Grant for STEM Undergraduate Scholarships at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support scholarships for undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The funds will go to students from low-income families and underrepresented groups, giving them the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty and preparing them for graduate studies and researc… Continue Reading


12.16.17

Hoeven-Thune Amendment Fixes Tax Provision for Cooperatives

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced that his amendment to maintain the fair tax treatment of cooperatives, which he authored with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), has been included in the conference committee's final tax relief package. The elimination of Section 199 in Congress' draft tax bills presented a significant problem for cooperatives, threatening to increase their taxes and leading to higher costs for their members. The Hoeven-Thune language included in the final bill fixes… Continue Reading


12.15.17

Hoeven: Final Bill Provides Tax Relief for North Dakotans, Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate and House Conference Committee released the final tax relief legislation, which lowers rates across the board for individuals and families and provides relief for small businesses, farmers and ranchers. "We worked hard to ensure that the tax relief bill works for North Dakota," said Hoeven. "This legislation lowers rates across the board for individuals and families, enabling hard-working Americans to keep more… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Hoeven Working to Streamline Federal Permits for Energy Development

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to streamline the federal permitting process for energy development. Hoeven stressed that delays in the permit process drive energy producers to avoid projects involving federal lands and mineral rights, adding cost to their operations and depriving the federal government of much-needed revenue. Hoeven highlighted his legislation, the Bureau of Land Management (BL… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $216,000 in HUD Grants to Support Family Self-Sufficiency in the Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded two grants totaling $215,735 to housing agencies in the Red River Valley. The funds are made available through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program and will be used to coordinate services, such as job training, child care and financial literacy, to help families and in… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Hoeven: President Signs Defense Authorization into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation provides strong support for North Dakota's defense missions, helps modernize the nation's nuclear deterrent and improves pay and benefits for the troops, including authorizing health care benefits for Guard members deployed on pre-planned missions. Additionally, Hoeven included a provision enabling National Gua… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Hoeven: USGS to Work With State, Industry on Comprehensive Study of Williston Basin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Energy Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will conduct a comprehensive, broad-based resource estimate for the Williston Basin. The USGS notified Hoeven today that it will undertake the analysis as a result of a meeting he hosted in Bismarck with USGS Acting Director William Werkheiser. Hoeven brought Werkheiser to the state to hear firsthand from energy le… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Hoeven: Senate and House Move to Conference on Tax Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven again spoke on the Senate floor to outline important provisions in tax relief legislation to lower tax rates across-the-board for working Americans and to provide the nation's small businesses, farmers and ranchers with relief. The Senate voted to move to a conference committee with the House of Representatives. "We're working to get the best possible tax relief package for North Dakotans and our small businesses, farmers and ranchers," said Ho… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Hoeven Urges Senate Leadership to Delay Electronic Logging Device Implementation for Motor Carriers Hauling Livestock

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Senate leadership to delay implementation of electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for commercial motor vehicles hauling livestock. The full letter can be found here. "We need to provide a smooth transition from paper records to ELDs for motor carriers tasked with hauling livestock," Hoeven said. "This is all about ensuring the new… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Statement on Appointment of Bob Wefald to American Battle Monuments Commission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president announced the appointment of Robert Wefald to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Wefald is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 27 years and rose to the rank of Captain, and held the positions of North Dakota Attorney General and District Court Judge for South Central North Dakota. He also served as chairman of the committee that worked to secure the designation of USS North Dakota for a … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Bill to Expand Resources for Indian Victims of Crime Clears Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today welcomed committee passage of legislation he introduced to expand critical resources and programs for Indian victims of crime. The Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, which has 9 bipartisan cosponsors, increases resources for tribal victim assistance by requiring a 5 percent allocation from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) be provided to Indian tribes through a gr… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Holds Hearing to Examine Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today held a hearing to examine two Indian water rights settlement bills: The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT); and The Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017 The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settl… Continue Reading

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