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08.13.17

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Expand Ag Producer Loans, Loan Gurantees to North Dakota Community Banks

FARGO, N.D. - At the annual convention for the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his legislation, the Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to raise the limits for loans and loan guarantees under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Hoeven recently reintroduced the bill, which would increase the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan guarantee amount from $1.39 million to $2.5 million and double the amount of direct loans from $300,000 to $600,000. … Continue Reading


08.12.17

Hoeven: $2.1 Billion in Additional Funding for Veterans Choice Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law legislation providing an additional $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice program. Hoeven helped pass the bill through the Senate earlier this month. "This funding for the Choice Program will allow veterans to continue accessing the care they need in their home communities," Hoeven said. "We will continue working to make improvements in the care and services available to our veterans, includ… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Hoeven Announces Agenda for 2017 State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for his 2017 State of Technology Conference. The event is being held at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo next Wednesday, August 16. The senator holds his annual conference with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce to highlight breakthrough technologies and the local innovators creating them. The conference has served as a catalyst for new innovation and investment in the state, including the Dakota Fiber Initiative, wh… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Hoeven: Court Rules Northwest Area Water Supply Project May Proceed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a ruling that the Bureau of Reclamation's Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the Northwest Area Water Supply (NAWS) project fulfilled the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). Accordingly, the court has dismissed the lawsuits brought against the project, lifted the injunction and allowed the project to proceed. "The Northwest Area Water Supply proje… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $220,000 Grant for Center for Rural Health at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $219,036 to the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used to support the center's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program which helps provide education and clinical opportunities for health professional students. "Today's HRSA grant will help ensure the Center for Rural… Continue Reading


08.11.17

Hoeven Joins Minot Community to Mark Completion of $30 Million Water Treatment Plant Flood Protection Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined city and state officials at a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the $30 million flood protection project to protect the City of Minot's Water Treatment Plant. The senator secured 75 percent of the total cost in federal funding to complete the project. "We worked hard to secure $22.5 million in federal funding for this project to protect the water treatment plant and ensure that the Minot community will have access to a clean water s… Continue Reading


08.10.17

Hoeven Outlines Assistance Available to Farmers, Ranchers Impacted by Drought

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, today convened a roundtable with agriculture producers, commodity groups and state officials in Dickinson to outline his efforts to ensure all possible assistance is being made available to farmers and ranchers facing severe drought. Hoeven urged affected producers to work with federal, state and local offices to make use of the programs through the U.S. D… Continue Reading


08.10.17

Hoeven Statement on President Declaring Opioid Epidemic a National Emergency

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the President's announcement that he plans to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency: "Opioid addiction has presented significant challenges for individuals, families and communities across North Dakota and the nation. By declaring the opioid epidemic as a national emergency, the president has made it a priority to combat this crisis and ensure that our law enforcement, educators and health care provider… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Hoeven: CCS Will Help Shape Nation's Energy Future

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for a tour and energy roundtable at the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). Hoeven stressed the potential benefits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to reduce emissions for both traditional and renewable energy sources. "The efforts of the EERC are vital to ensuring the energy security of our nation," Hoeven… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $3.2 Million in Funding for Fargo & Dickinson Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3,256,500 to Hector International Airport in Fargo and Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport. Details of the awards are as follows: Hector International Airport - $2,812,809 - The funds will be used to reconstruct and rehabilitate taxiways at the airport. Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport - $443,691… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Hoeven: EPA Must Support Modern Agriculture, Not Burden Family Farms

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today led an agriculture roundtable with Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Hoeven organized today's meeting, which was held at Bateman Farm near Grand Forks, with agriculture producers and commodity groups from around the state to ensure Pruitt has a firsthand understanding of the modern costs of agriculture… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Press for Approval of Presidential Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today pressed the administration to approve North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum's request for a presidential major disaster declaration due to the severe drought. In a letter to the president, the delegation cited the extreme drought conditions in requesting additional federal support for the state. "We are grateful for the actions already undertaken by your administration to bring relief to North Dakotans stru… Continue Reading


08.09.17

Hoeven Urges EPA Administrator to Advance State-Led Approach to Environmental Stewardship

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped lead a roundtable with Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at North Dakota State University (NDSU) to review the agency's progress in revising the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently issued a proposal to restore the regulations that were in place prior to WOTUS, which was issued in 2015. This is the first of two steps established by the executive order signed by the… Continue Reading


08.07.17

Hoeven Statement on Interior Department's Sage Grouse Report

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke released a report with recommendations, including greater collaboration with the states, to manage sage grouse populations. "The Interior Department report underscores the importance of working with states to manage sage grouse populations. State and local governments know and value their natural resources and have tailored management plans. North Dakota… Continue Reading


08.07.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.8 Million in Funding for Minot Airpot

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $1,832,693 to Minot International Airport. The funds will be used to acquire a new snow removal vehicle, design a new vertical/visual guidance system for runway 8/26, conduct environmental studies to try and reduce wildlife hazards to aircraft and to reconstruct the apron and service road providing access to the southwest part of the a… Continue Reading


08.04.17

Hoeven Introduces Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) this week reintroduced his Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act. The legislation, which is cosponsored by Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.), would increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer or rancher is able to receive under the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs for Farm Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans. Many producers are concerned that the current maximum loan amounts do no… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes FDA Legislation to Improve, Streamline Review for Critical Drugs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to reauthorize FDA User Fee Agreements and to make reforms that will enable the FDA to streamline its review process for drugs and medical devices. "This legislation updates and reauthorizes the FDA user fee structure and includes reforms to improve FDA's dru… Continue Reading


08.03.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.9 Million Grant for Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1,891,277 grant to Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) in New Town. The funds, which are awarded through NSF's Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), will be used to support programs, internships and curriculum updates to help more NHSC students complete science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees and enter into … Continue Reading


08.02.17

Hoeven: EPA Administrator Pruitt to Visit North Dakota Next Week

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee and Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, will host Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt in North Dakota next week at roundtable discussions on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulation in Fargo and energy in Grand Forks next Wednesday. "EPA actions carry significant weight over the operations of our state's main two industries, agriculture and energy, not to mention construct… Continue Reading


08.02.17

Hoeven, Daines Reintroduce Legislation to Encourage CO2 Sequestration, Support Clean Coal Technology

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) today announced that they have reintroduced their legislation to encourage carbon sequestration. The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act aligns tax guidelines with existing federal regulations to ensure taxpayers are better able to utilize the Section 45Q carbon sequestration tax credit. By accelerating work on carbon sequestration projects, this bill is helping to provide one of the energy technologies needed to utilize America's ab… Continue Reading

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