News Releases

11.17.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $930,000 Grant, $1.5 Million Loan to Improve Linton Water and Waste Disposal Infrastructure

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 a $934,000 grant and a $1,554,000 loan to the City of Linton. The funds will be used to renovate the sanitary sewer system and secondary lift station as well as to improve the main lift station. "In order for our communities to grow, we need to ensure we have the … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $220,000 in Infrastructure Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded three grants totaling $226,474 for infrastructure funding throughout North Dakota. The awards are distributed as follows: North Dakota Department of Transportation - $100,000 - The funds will be used to repair roads and infrastructure throughout the James and Sheyenne River Basins … Continue Reading


11.17.17

Hoeven Announces Shari Buck as New Regional Director for Western North Dakota

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Shari Buck will serve as the new Regional Director for western North Dakota. In this role, she will cover 13 counties in the western portion of the state, helping the senator assist constituents, businesses and community leaders in the region. Buck comes to Hoeven's office with extensive experience in public service, most recently as Planner and Director of Public Relations for McKenzie County. Her work has included a wide range of … Continue Reading


11.16.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization, Legislation Goes to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation, which authorizes the nation's defense programs, strongly supports North Dakota's 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. Further, it includes a Hoeven-sponsored a… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Hoeven Meets with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to Continue Efforts to Pass Tax Relief for Hardworking North Dakotans, Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to continue working to provide tax relief for hardworking North Dakota families and small businesses. Hoeven highlighted the importance of ensuring that the tax package lowers rates for working Americans and small businesses. "Secretary Mnuchin and I had a good meeting to talk about the importance of passing tax reform that modernizes and simplifies the tax code," said Hoeven. "I really drove home the importa… Continue Reading


11.15.17

Hoeven: Senate Homeland Security Committee Advances Nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after he joined a bipartisan majority of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in advancing the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security. During Nielsen's confirmation hearing and in a meeting with the nominee, Hoeven highlighted the unique advantages of North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in developing solutions to improve the nation's security, … Continue Reading


11.14.17

Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $1.5 Million for Early Education in Southeastern North Dakota

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 more than $1.5 million to the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency (SENDCAA) for its Head Start Birth to Five program. SENDCAA is based in Fargo and serves Steele, Traill, Cass, Ransom, Richland and Sargent counties. "Through a combination of education, health and nutrition services, Head Start helps support the d… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.1 Million Head Start Grant for TGU School Distric

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 more than $1.1 million for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by Early Explorers, a grantee of Towner, Granville and Upham (TGU) School District #60. "Today's funds will support continued early education opportunities for children in north-central North Dakota, helping establish a strong foundation for well-… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Announces $172,000 USDA Grant to NDSU to Improve Pest Management for Agriculture Industry

WASHINGTON - 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) has awarded $172,134 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to improve crop protection and pest management. "NDSU is continually developing new tools to help our state's agriculture industry grow food, fuel and fiber to meet our needs," said Hoeven. "Today's funds will help NDSU develop ne… Continue Reading


11.13.17

Hoeven Secures Commitment from USDA General Counsel Nominee to Support Regulatory Relief for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently secured a commitment from Stephen Vaden, the nominee to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to work with him in providing regulatory relief to farmers and ranchers. The senator stressed how the added costs of burdensome federal rules strain agriculture producers' operations, which poses an even more significan… Continue Reading


11.10.17

Hoeven Thanks Veterans and their Families and Honors Their Service

BISMARCK, N.D. - In commemoration of Veterans Day, Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement to honor veterans throughout North Dakota and the nation. The senator will also speak at Veterans Day events in Bismarck on Friday and Fargo on Saturday. "Our freedoms have been secured by the sweat and sacrifice of courageous men and women who, throughout our history, have bravely done what was needed to protect our nation and way of life. We appreciate too the sacrifice of loved ones who ha… Continue Reading


11.09.17

Hoeven: Senate Tax Relief Plan Enables Working Families to Keep More of Their Paycheck; Supports Small Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate draft tax relief bill was released. Hoeven has been working to secure provisions important to North Dakota in the tax reform plan, which will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee then brought before the full Senate for debate. "Tax reform is all about modernizing and simplifying our tax code to enable working Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, while at the same time lowering taxes t… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Hoeven Drives Home Importance of Leveraging North Dakota's UAS Expertise to Improve Security at Borders and Across Nation with DHS Nominee Nielsen

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Kirstjen Nielsen, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of Homeland Security, to pursue the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in improving national security, both at the borders and across the country. Hoeven stressed the ability of the technology to aid in detecting illegal crossings and the transportation of illicit substances. At the same tim… Continue Reading


11.08.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.2 Million Grant, Nearly $430,000 Loan for City of Mercer

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 the City of Mercer a $1.255 million grant and a $429,000 loan. The funds will be used to update the city's water supply system through a number of projects including connecting the city to rural water, renovating the city's water storage building, replacing the wat… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Hoeven Urges Army Assistant Secretary Nominee to Help Advance Flood Protection for Minot Region, Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with R.D. James, the nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Army - Civil Works, Senator John Hoeven urged the nominee, if confirmed, to help advance comprehensive flood protection in North Dakota. The senator introduced James to the flood study in the Minot region and the work to secure flood protection for the Red River Valley, stressing the importance of these efforts to the long-term security and well-being of families and businesses in the regions. "Continuin… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Hoeven: Tax Relief Will Enable Working Families to Keep More of Their Paycheck, Empower Small Businesses

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven today joined with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a group of his colleagues and tax reform advocates to highlight the importance of passing tax reform that enables working Americans to keep more of their hard-earned pay and empowers small businesses, including the nation's farmers and ranchers, to grow and invest. "We have a once in a generation opportunity to reform our outdated and complex tax code and most importantly provide much needed tax relief for ou… Continue Reading


11.07.17

Hoeven Introduces Legislation to Allow Homeowners to Purchase Lots at Jamestown Reservoir

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently introduced legislation that would allow homeowners at the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots from the federal government and transfer all remaining Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) lands around the reservoir to state and local public ownership. The bill grew out of meetings Hoeven's staff held with the homeowners and local officials over the past year and is modeled after similar legislation the senator introduced for homeowners at Patterson Lake. "A… Continue Reading


11.06.17

Hoeven: Clare Carlson Named as Rural Development State Director, Brad Thykeson as FSA State Director

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 following key positions were filled for North Dakota at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): Clare Carlson as North Dakota State Director for Rural Development (RD) - Carlson previously served in this role for eight years during the Bush Administration. He has served as agriculture adviser to Governors Ed … Continue Reading


11.03.17

Hoeven: Dakota Prairie Grasslands Signs New Ten Year Demonstration Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has signed a new ten-year agreement for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands Demonstration Project. Hoeven's office has been working with local grazing associations, the North Dakota State Agriculture Department and Dakota Prairie Grasslands Supervisor Bill O'Donnell to update and finalize the agreement to provide grazers with greater flexibility when using the grasslands. "Our ranchers are good stewards of the land … Continue Reading


11.02.17

Hoeven Joins DOT Secretary at Launch of FAA Drone Integration Pilot Program, Working to Secure North Dakota's Role in New Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta in marking the launch of the FAA's new drone integration pilot program, which was announced last month. In his remarks, Hoeven stressed that the relationship built between government and the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in North Dakota should serve as a model for the nation to help advance the integration of this technology into the n… Continue Reading

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