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07.24.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $5 Million to Support Emergency Preparedness in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $5,061,993 to the North Dakota Department of Health. The funds will be used to support the state's Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreements, both of which help provide planning, training and support for state and local responses to emergencies including infect… Continue Reading


07.24.17

Hoeven, Rounds Reintroduce Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) recently reintroduced the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act, which expands veterans' access to long-term care (LTC) services. The legislation will enable veterans to receive nursing home care in their home communities near their loved ones because more nursing homes will be able to treat veterans without having to comply with burdensome red tape. Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affair… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Hoeven: FSA to Provide Additional Staff to Prevent Backlogs for Producers Facing Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is sending additional staff to prevent service backlogs for agriculture producers facing severe drought conditions. Additional staff will be sent to the following FSA offices: McHenry, Mountrail, Bowman, Golden Valley, Hettinger and Stark counties. Today's announcement follows Hoeven's efforts this week to secure additional support for farmers and ran… Continue Reading


07.21.17

Hoeven: Energy & Water Funding Bill Supports Comprehensive Flood Protection in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water, today announced that the committee has approved Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation supporting comprehensive flood protection for communities in North Dakota. "We worked hard to ensure the Corps has the funding it needs to work on flood protection across our state," said Hoeven. "Further, we have secured provisions that will help prevent bureaucratic delays in modifying projects and ensure pu… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Hoeven: USDA Opens Additional Conservation Acres for Emergency Haying and Grazing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened additional conservation acres for emergency grazing and haying for areas of North Dakota affected by severe drought. These are conservation practice (CP) acres, except CP25 and CP42 programs. This authorization allows producers in all North Dakota counties as well as some coun… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Hoeven Secures Additional Support in Ag Funding Legislation to Help Drought Response

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today secured additional support in the Senate's agriculture funding legislation for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 to aide farmers and ranchers facing severe drought. The provisions Hoeven included in the bill direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to: Make funding available for the transportation of hay and livestock during drought conditions under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Be… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $150,000 to NDSU for Research on Biobased Fire Retardants

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 a $149,000 research grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to develop a reliable, biobased fire retardant to be used in construction materials, vehicles and other products. "NDSU consistently researches new products and materials to help improve our… Continue Reading


07.20.17

Hoeven: Senate Health Care Reform Legislation Preserves and Builds Upon the Indian Health Care Improvement Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today outlined provisions in the Senate's draft health care reform legislation that preserve and build upon the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Additionally, the legislation includes a provision to provide 100 percent federal reimbursement, regardless of the service provider, for care provided to Native Americans on Medicaid. "We're working to provide more choice and competition in our health care system,… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Hoeven Statement on John McCain

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the announcement that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer: "Senator McCain is not only a leader in the Senate, but a true American hero and I'm fortunate to call him a friend and colleague. He has faced challenges throughout his life with determination and resolve, and I know that he will be a tenacious fighter in this battle. Mikey and I will keep Senator McCain and his family in our thoughts and c… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $220,000 Grant to North Dakota PSC for Pipeline Safety Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has awarded $224,776 to the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC). The funds will be used to reimburse North Dakota for the cost of the state's pipeline safety program for calendar year (CY) 2017, with additional reimbursement set for May 2018 once the total cost of the program's CY 2017 cost is established. "North… Continue Reading


07.19.17

Hoeven: FY18 Veterans Affairs Funding Bill Supports Hoeven Initiative to Provide Veterans with Long-Term Care Closer to Home

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill provides record-level funding to care for the nation's veterans. The legislation also includes a provision to advance the senator's work to expand veterans' access to long-term care services. The FY18 funding bill provides $78.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Veterans Af… Continue Reading


07.17.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million in Head Start Funding for Community Action Partnership in Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Administration for Children and Families' Office of Head Start has awarded $1,058,966 to Community Action Partnership, Inc. in Dickinson. The funds will be used to support Community Action Partnership's Head Start Program which serves families living in Dickinson as well as Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties. The program helps families better … Continue Reading


07.17.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $2.5 Million in Funding for Grand Forks and Northwood Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded grants totaling $2,488,754 to the Grand Forks and Northwood airports. Details of the awards are as follows: Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority - $1,345,708 - The funds will be used to reconstruct Taxiway U and update the airport's master plan to help address future development. Northwood - $1,143,046 - The funds … Continue Reading


07.17.17

Hoeven Secures $27 Million for Minot Air Force Base Firing Range in FY18 Military Construction Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Military Construction Appropriations bill includes $27 million for an indoor firing range at Minot Air Force Base. Additionally, Hoeven worked to include a provision in the FY18 funding bill directing the Air Force to provide a timeline for upgrading ICBM infrastructure including electrical lines and the Weapons Storage Facil… Continue Reading


07.17.17

Hoeven Presses Indian Health Service to Address Deficiencies, Improve Access to Quality Care

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee, Senator John Hoeven pressed officials from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to address deficiencies in the management of the agency and the standard of care it delivers to tribal communities across the country. Hoeven highlighted a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying IHS as high-risk for mismanagement, fraud, waste and abuse. According to Rear Admiral Chris Buchanan, the Deputy Director … Continue Reading


07.14.17

Hoeven: North Dakotan Dr. Andrea Travnicek Hired as Deputy Assistant Secretary at Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Dr. Andrea Travnicek was hired as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of Interior. "Andrea brings a wealth of experience to the Department of Interior," Hoeven said. "The Office of Science and Water carries great importance in North Dakota, impacting energy, agriculture and water issues, among other things. Her knowledge of local issues and expertise in the field will be incredibl… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Hoeven Secures Commitment from RMA Administrator to Ensure Crop Insurance Adjustors, Prevent Delays for Ag Producers Facing Drought

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week secured a commitment from the head of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to ensure there are loss adjustors to assess drought damage in North Dakota. After learning that agriculture producers were facing delays in making claims due to the high volume of requests during the drought, Hoeven called Heather Manzano, Acting Administrator for the RMA at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The senator urged Manzano to hold insurance companies to their con… Continue Reading


07.14.17

Hoeven Announces $2.1 Million for Rural Health Information Hub at 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 and Services Administration's (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has awarded $2,100,000 for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly the Rural Assistance Center, at the University of North Dakota's (UND) Center for Rural Health. The funds will be used to provide technical assistance for the RHIhub, a national clearinghouse on rural health issues wh… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Hoeven Statement on New Draft Health Care Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Senate Leadership released a new draft health care reform bill: "As I've said all along, our overall goal for health care reform legislation is to provide Americans with access to patient-centered health care and health insurance at an affordable rate. I did not support the Senate's first draft. Now, I will review the new draft legislation and want to see the CBO score and additional analysis of the legislation. I will … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Hoeven: HUD Provides Waiver for LaGrave on First, Allows Project to Move Forward

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved a waiver for LaGrave on First. This nearly $9 million project being developed by the City of Grand Forks and the local housing authority will help serve the region's chronically homeless population. The waiver allows the project to advance using HUD's HOME program and Section … Continue Reading

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