News Releases

08.22.17

Hoeven Statement on President's Afghanistan Strategy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement on the President's strategy for Afghanistan: "We want to bring our troops home as soon as we can but it has to be under the right conditions and when we know that our national security is protected against terrorism. The President is right to emphasize victory and not political timetables for U.S. deployments to Afghanistan. While additional U.S. forces could be deployed in the right capacity, such as training Afghan fo… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Hoeven Gathers Input on Next Farm Bill, Outlines Efforts to Provide Producers with Access to Credit, Drought Support

CASSELTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with producers in Casselton to gather input on the 2018 farm bill and to outline his work to support the state's farmers and ranchers, including providing greater access to capital, regulatory relief and drought assistance. "Our farmers and ranchers are facing real challenges from low commodity prices to severe drought," said Hoeven. "We'r… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Hoeven to Grand Forks Rotary: Technology, UAS and Rolling Back Regulations Helping to Bolster North Dakota's Economy

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the Grand Forks Rotary Club at their weekly meeting about his work to help grow North Dakota's economy. Hoeven discussed new technological developments throughout the state including unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the Grand Forks area, as well as efforts to roll back unnecessary and burdensome regulations hampering businesses. The senator also outlined his priorities as Congress continues working towards comprehensive tax reform and an in… Continue Reading


08.22.17

Hoeven: North Dakota Ready to Advance UAS Industry on All Fronts

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit and Expo in Grand Forks today, Senator John Hoeven said North Dakota has the key components in place to advance the UAS industry on all fronts. Hoeven is working to build on the past decade of efforts, including establishing the test site, Grand Sky and UAS missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, to ensure the state leads in developing the future of this emerging industry - low altitude beyond-line-of-flight applications, UAS de… Continue Reading


08.21.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1 Million for Housing in Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded two grants totaling $973,596 to the City of Fargo. The awards are made available through HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. Details are as follows: CDBG - $637,010 - The funds will help provide quality housing for low- and moderate-income individuals. HO… Continue Reading


08.21.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Additional Funding for New Williston Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $1,312,194 in entitlement funding to support construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. Today's funds will be used to fund phase 3 of the project which includes the construction of the primary runway 14/32, runway lighting and signage and the installation of navigational aids. Last week, Hoeven anno… Continue Reading


08.21.17

Hoeven Marks Grand Opening of General Atomics Flight Test and Training Center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the grand opening of General Atomics' new Flight Test and Training Center at the Grand Sky Technology Park. Hoeven held multiple meetings, both in Washington and North Dakota, with General Atomics leadership in a bid to locate the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training center in the Grand Forks area. Hoeven announced the 10-year lease between Grand Sky and General Atomics and helped break ground on the facility in 2015. "As our UAS industry c… Continue Reading


08.21.17

Hoeven Recognized as Energy Champion by EERC

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today was awarded the "Energy Champion" Award by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The award honors those who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to energy and environmental research nationwide. "Through their work to help produce more energy with greater efficiently, the EERC is helping to advance the long-term energy security of our nation," Hoeven said. "EERC continues to develop import… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Hoeven Hosts FEMA Administrator in Minot to Ensure Accurate Flood Maps, Develop Additional Funding Opportunities for Flood Protection

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable in Minot with Administrator Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Col. Sam Calkins, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District and state and Minot city officials. Hoeven invited Administrator Long for the meeting to review FEMA's recently released preliminary flood maps for Minot and to ensure that these maps are updated to reflect permanent flood protection as it is built, like the project tha… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Hoeven Statement on the Passing of North Dakota Representative William E. Kretschmar

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the passing of former North Dakota Representative William E. Kretschmar: "With 30 years in the state legislature, William Kretschmar developed an impressive record of service for his district and our state, having risen as high as the Speaker of the House. I am grateful for the years we had working together, and I will always look back on these memories fondly. Mikey and I extend our thoughts and prayers to his friends and… Continue Reading


08.18.17

Hoeven: Argentine Market Open to U.S. Pork

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration successfully negotiated access to the Argentine market for exports of U.S. pork: "Exports contribute significant value to animals raised in the U.S., and increasing access to new markets is important for our agriculture producers," Hoeven said. "Our nation has robust animal health and safety practic… Continue Reading


08.17.17

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Address Opioid Abuse, Drug Trafficking

FARGO, N.D. - At the Drug Free Communities (DFC) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) State Meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to ensure health care providers and law enforcement have the tools they need to address drug trafficking and prevent and treat opioid abuse. "Opioid and other substance abuse bring terrible tragedy to families and communities across our nation," Hoeven said. "I greatly appreciate the hard work of our treatment providers and law enforcem… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven: G.I. Education Bill Makes Guard Members Deployed Domestically Eligible for Education Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the President has signed into law legislation, unanimously passed by the Senate, to improve the G.I. bill, including a provision to make Guard members mobilized under domestic, pre-planned operations, like the North Dakota Army National Guard's support for Operation Noble Eagle, eligible for education benefits. "This legislation makes important improvements to the G.I. bill, including making deployed reservists eligible for education b… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven Announces $20 Million in Funding to Build New Williston Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $20 million to support construction of the new Williston Basin International Airport. Hoeven helped break ground on the new airport last year. "Williston has experienced rapid growth, and Sloulin Field International can no longer properly accommodate this increased demand," Hoev… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven Announces $2.75 Million Research Award for UND to Test Rare Earth Element Recovery from Coal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $2,750,000 to the University of North Dakota's (UND) Institute for Energy Studies (IES). The funds will be used to advance IES' research to recover rare earth elements (REE) from lignite coal and coal-related material, and to try and produce value-added products from the material. "North Dakota is abundant in many natural resources, and we … Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven Hosts Seventh Annual State of Technology Conference, Continues Advancing New Connections to Spark Innovation in North Dakota's Tech Sector

FARGO, N.D. - At the 2017 State of Technology Conference today, Senator John Hoeven drove home how technological innovations are reaching all corners of North Dakota, acting as the third wave in the state's economic growth and creating opportunities in both emerging and traditional industries. Hoeven stressed that North Dakota continues to see growth in local, high-tech products and services, like CoSchedule and uCodeGirl. CoSchedule is currently the fastest-growing startup in the state, with mo… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $340,000 in Rural Development Funds for Expansion of Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton

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's (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded $341,000 to Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton. The funds will be used as part of a more than $3.4 million expansion to the plant which includes constructing a new fermenter and cooling tower cell. "Earlier this year, Tharaldson Ethanol produced t… Continue Reading


08.16.17

Hoeven Hosts NORTHCOM Commander at Grand Forks Air Force Base

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Air Force (USAF) General Lori Robinson, leader of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Commander, U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), for a meeting and tour at the Grand Forks Air Force Base and Grand Sky Technology Park. "We've worked hard to build a UAS ecosystem that can't be found anywhere else in the world," Hoeven … Continue Reading


08.15.17

Hoeven: President Signs Executive Order Providing Regulatory Relief for Infrastructure Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed an executive order to streamline the environmental review and permitting process for major infrastructure projects. "Our nation's infrastructure needs to be repaired and updated in order for us to continue having a competitive economy," Hoeven said. "It is important that we ensure our infrastructure programs are solvent and we advance creative, bipartisan solutions like the Move America Act to help … Continue Reading


08.15.17

Hoeven Secures $10 Million to Help Cover Costs of DAPL Protest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded North Dakota $10 million to help reimburse the state for the costs of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure the funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for the DOJ's Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance program earlier this year. The senator has consistently worked with the DOJ since May to ensure the state… Continue Reading

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