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11.21.18

Hoeven Nominates Four Students to Military Academies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated four North Dakota students for appointments to the nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Seth Benson of Sheyenne High School in West Fargo to West Point (USMA); Logan Brown of Century High School in Bismarck to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA); Jeffrey Corcoran of Red River High School in Grand Forks to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA); and Luke Noah of Shanley High School in Fargo to the U.S. Naval Academy … Continue Reading


11.20.18

Hoeven Continuing Efforts to Expand Rural Broadband, Support Growth of North Dakota’s Tech Sector

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped celebrate the grand opening of Midco's Tier III data center. The $12 million facility will provide secure data storage for a wide variety of businesses, including the growing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in the Red River Valley. Further, the center will serve as an important piece of infrastructure to help attract companies to North Dakota from around the country. "North Dakota has seen tremendous growth in its tech sector, and supporting… Continue Reading


11.20.18

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Make Farm Bill Conservation Title More Farmer-Friendly, Support Voluntary Conservation Programs

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to make the farm bill conservation programs more farmer-friendly. This includes improving programs at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Hoeven is advancing this goal both as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and as a member of the Senate-House farm bill conference committee, wher… Continue Reading


11.19.18

Senator Hoeven Statement on Air Ambulance Crash

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after a plane operated by Metro Area Ambulance crashed northwest of Mandan on Sunday evening, killing the three individuals on board: "Mikey and I are deeply saddened to hear of the air ambulance crash last night near Mandan. Those on board were committed to serving others and providing life-saving medical care. We extend our condolences to their families and loved ones." -###-… Continue Reading


11.16.18

Hoeven: NPS Director Nominee Commits to Help Advance Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela, the nominee to serve as Director of the National Park Service (NPS), to help advance the development of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation is currently planning the construction of the library and museum, to be located in the Theodore Roosevelt N… Continue Reading


11.16.18

Hoeven Presses Air Guard to Provide Tuition Assistance Benefits

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed the Air National Guard to provide federal tuition assistance similar to benefits provided by the Army Guard. This is part of the senator's efforts to ensure that Guard members have access to educational benefits to meet their needs after cost increases forced the North Dakota National Guard to modify its tuition assistance program. Currently, National Guard forces that deploy become eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits. While the A… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Hoeven Convenes Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on Three Bills

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following three pieces of legislation: S. 2788, A bill to repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of North Dakota over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Devils Lake Indian Reservation", H.R. 2606, the Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, and H.R. 4032, the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Wa… Continue Reading


11.14.18

Hoeven, Cramer: House Passes Legislation to Enable Homeowners Around Patterson Lake & Jamestown Reservoir to Purchase Lots

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives has approved S.440 and S. 2074, legislation Senator Hoeven introduced to enable homeowners around Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir to purchase their lots. The Senate passed the legislation in October, however the House of Representatives amended the legislation so it will now go back to the Senate for additional consideration. Congressman Cramer introduced companion bill… Continue Reading


11.13.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $2.8 Million USDA Grant for Fiber Optic Infrastructure in Morton County

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a $2,828,547 grant to BEK Communications Cooperative (BEK). The funds, provided through USDA's Community Connect Grants program, will be used to install new fiber optic infrastructure to provide businesses and residents with high quality broadband services. Earlier this year, the senator sent a letter to USDA i… Continue Reading


11.11.18

Senator Hoeven Statement Marking 100th Anniversary of Signing of Armistice Ending World War I and Honoring Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I and in observance of Veterans Day. "Our nation would not be free were it not for our courageous veterans who have risked their lives to preserve our liberty and way of life. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I, rem… Continue Reading


11.08.18

Hoeven Announces Nearly $87.4 Million in Funding for North Dakota Energy Cooperatives

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved two loans totaling nearly $87.4 million for Minnkota Power Cooperative and Grand Electric Cooperative. Details of the funding are as follows: Minnkota Power Cooperative - $67,396,000 - The funding will be used to make generation and transmission improvements. Grand Electric Cooperative - $20,000,000 - The … Continue Reading


11.08.18

Hoeven to Serve as Honorary Member of National Native American Veterans Memorial Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that he will serve as an Honorary Member of the National Native American Veterans Memorial Committee. "I am honored that the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has offered me the opportunity to serve as an Honorary Member of the National Native American Veterans Memorial Committee," Hoeven said. "Native Americans enlist in the armed services at a higher rate per … Continue Reading


11.03.18

Hoeven Statement on Administration Reimposing All Sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the administration announced that it would reinstate all sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal, which the president decertified earlier this year. This includes sanctions on Iran's core industries, such as its energy, financial and transportation sectors. "Iran has long been a force of destabilization, violence and terrorism in the region, and the previous administration's nuclear deal only embo… Continue Reading


11.02.18

Hoeven Introduces Resolution Designating November 3rd as National Bison Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate November 3rd as National Bison Day. The resolution celebrates America's national mammal, the North American bison, and its significance in United States' history. "We worked hard to designate the bison as our national mammal to commemorate its unique and incredible place in American history and culture," said Senator Hoeven. "Bison are strong, proud and free, and an important spiritual s… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former North Dakota Legislator Rae Ann Kelsch

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former state Representative Rae Ann Kelsch, who served in the North Dakota House of Representatives from 1991 to 2012. "Mikey and I are truly saddened to hear of Rae Ann's passing. She was not only a friend and colleague, but a true leader on education issues in the state of North Dakota. As governor, I worked with Rae Ann as she led education efforts in the North Dakota House of Representatives and serv… Continue Reading


10.30.18

Hoeven Statement on EPA’s Proposed Rule to Protect Farmers and Ranchers from Livestock Emissions Reporting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule to exempt agricultural producers from burdensome reporting requirements for animal waste emissions. Hoeven has been pressing the EPA to find a permanent solution to provide certainty and prevent the agency's rule from negatively impacting farmers and ranchers. The senator also helped introduce the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, bipartisa… Continue Reading


10.25.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million in Grants to Support Education and Extension Work at ND Tribal Land-Grant Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided more than $1 million in grant funding to support extension and education services at North Dakota tribal land-grant colleges. The funding is awarded through the Tribal College Extension Program (TCEP) and Tribal College Extension-Sp… Continue Reading


10.24.18

Hoeven: President Signs into Law Comprehensive Legislation to Combat Opioid Abuse with Provisions Hoeven Advanced to Prevent Sale & Shipment of Illicit Synthetic Drugs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law comprehensive legislation to combat the opioid abuse crisis that includes provisions the senator cosponsored to prevent the sale and shipment of illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. "We appreciate the President signing into law this legislation to help combat opioid abuse and provide additional tools to help families and communities impacted by addiction. This legislation is c… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Hoeven Provisions to Resolve Easements in Red River Valley & Prohibit Surplus Water Fees on Missouri River Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, also referred to as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation includes a Hoeven-sponsored provision to resolve easements on land purchased with Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding in the Red River Valley and allow construction of comprehensive flood protection for the region. The senator's provision grants the autho… Continue Reading


10.23.18

Hoeven Urges Third Party Administrator TriWest to Continue Veterans Care Coordination Initiative at Fargo VA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA), today urged David McIntyre, the President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, to maintain the Veterans Care Coordination initiative at the Fargo VA Health Care System. Hoeven worked to establish the initiative in 2016 to address long wait times for veterans seeking appointments under the Veterans Choice Program by allowing them to coordinate all of their healt… Continue Reading

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