News Releases

05.19.17

Hoeven to Secretary Mattis: Develop UAS Traffic Management System, Finish Radar Upgrade at Hector Field

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today pressed the Department of Defense (DoD) to use Fiscal Year 2017 funding to advance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technologies, including developing an unmanned traffic management system in conjunction with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration and prioritizing completion of the radar upgrade at Hector Field in Fargo. "Unmanned aircraft, both large and small, represent the future of aviation. The fund… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Hoeven Announces $2.4 Million Grant for Devils Lake Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $2,400,000 to the Devils Lake Airport Authority. The funds will be used to purchase aircraft rescue and firefighting safety equipment, and to rehabilitate two runways and a taxiway. "Today's funds will help shore up infrastructure at the Devils Lake Airport so that it can continue to support valuable commercial and general aviation,… Continue Reading


05.18.17

Hoeven Statement on Deputy AG Rosenstein's Appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel: "As we've said, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI should investigate to get the facts. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the FBI investigation as Special Counsel is a good choice. The Senate Intelligence Committee will also c… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Hoeven Announces Flexibility in Hours of Service Rule for Those Transporting Livestock

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is providing flexibility, at Hoeven's request, within DOT's Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for truckers hauling livestock. Agriculture groups had expressed concern that without this flexibility, DOT's Hours of Service regulation woul… Continue Reading


05.15.17

Hoeven Commemorates Fallen North Dakota Peace Officers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today is cosponsoring a resolution commemorating National Police Week as May 15 - 21. The resolution honors and lists by name all 143 police officers killed in the line of duty in 2016, including Fargo Officer Jason Moszer who was killed in February 2016. Officer Moszer's name was engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which was formally dedicated on Saturday during a candlelight vigil on the National Mall. Hoeven is joining… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Hoeven Secures Commitment from Air Force to Upgrade ND Air Guard from Predator to Reaper in Coming Months

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Air Force has agreed to upgrade the North Dakota Air Guard's unmanned aircraft from Predators to the MQ-9 Reaper in the coming months. Earlier this month, North Dakota Adjutant General Al Dohrmann notified the senator that the active duty Air Force had signaled they would deploy the Reapers overseas, rather than sending them to the Air Guard in North Dakota, Arizona and Texas. Without the aircraft, the Fargo Air Guard would have lost… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Hoeven China to Import U.S. Beef, Natural Gas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it has reached an agreement to export U.S. beef and natural gas to China. Prior to the April meeting of President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Hoeven pressed the Administration to reach an agreement to allow U.S. beef into China. The senator has also been working to cut the red tape holding back the export of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), including at a meetin… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Hoeven Announces More Than $775,000 Substance Abuse Grant to UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded $775,294 to the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will be used to support mental health and substance abuse services. "Supporting mental health and substance abuse services will help us address the challenges associated with substance abuse, includin… Continue Reading


05.12.17

Hoeven Secures Commitment from VA Secretary to Expand Access to Long-Term Care Services

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Dr. David Shulkin to support his legislation, the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act, to expand veteran access to long-term care services. The senator's bill, which passed the Veteran's Affairs Committee during the last session of Congress, would allow the VA to enter … Continue Reading


05.11.17

Hoeven: Creation of USDA Undersecretary for Trade Good News for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement after U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the creation of an undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Hoeven served as a member of the Senate-House Conference Committee that crafted the final farm bill of 2014, which directed USDA to create the undersecretary of trade position. "Our far… Continue Reading


05.11.17

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR): "Trade is an essential part of our state's economy, supporting our farmers, ranchers, energy producers and manufacturers," Hoeven said. "Robert Lighthizer has extensive experience in trade policy and foreign affairs and served as deputy trade representative under President Reagan, where he negotiated roughly two dozen international agreemen… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Hoeven: BLM Methane Rule Will Continue to Burden Energy Production, Economic Growth

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass a resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) methane rule by a vote of 49-51. Hoeven voted in support of the measure, which fell short by one vote. Vice President Pence would have voted to repeal the rule in the instance of a tie, allowing the legislation to pass and be signed into law. "BLM's methane rule imposes unnecessary and unworkable mandates on top of North Dakota's s… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Hoeven Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on the dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey: "While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's letter made the case for the president to fire Director Comey, the timing of his dismissal raises questions. That's why the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee needs to continue its investigation into all aspects of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including any Russian interference. We lo… Continue Reading


05.10.17

Hoeven to Host Transportation Secretary Chao in Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will be hosting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for the 2017 Drone Focus Conference starting on May 31st in Fargo, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Following the senator's invitation earlier this year, Secretary Chao agreed to address the conference and attend other events on the future of UAS in the state and around the nation. Further, Chao will meet with Grand … Continue Reading


05.09.17

Hoeven: Repealing BLM Methane Rule Will Provide Regulatory Relief, Support Jobs & the Economy

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor, urging his colleagues to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) final rule regarding methane emissions on federal and tribal lands. Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the resolution to rescind the regulation under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation in February. "The BLM Methane Rule is another midnight regulation put out by the Obama Administration," Hoe… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Hoeven Congratulates and Meets with North Dakota Students Honored for Their Volunteer Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Annabelle Barcomb of Minot and Nidhi Mahale of Fargo who were named North Dakota's top youth volunteers for 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. As state honorees, Prudential awarded both Annabelle and Nidhi with $1,000, an engraved medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. "Nidhi and Annabelle have selflessly given of their time and efforts to improve the lives of children and individuals around the world and in their local communit… Continue Reading


05.09.17

Hoeven: EPA Signs Proposed Rule to Approve ND Application to Regulate Class VI Injection Wells, Will Help Advance CCS Technologies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a proposed federal rule to approve the State of North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells, which are used for geological sequestration or long-term storage of CO2. Hoeven met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week to press for approval of the request, which will provide regulatory certainty to advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) t… Continue Reading


05.08.17

Hoeven: Senate Confirms US Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson to serve as secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Hoeven met with Wilson to enlist her support for and outline the importance of North Dakota's Air Force missions. The senator highlighted the importance of modernizing the nuclear triad and updating the helicopters used to secure the missile fields at Minot Air Force Base, growing the Global Hawk and unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations at Grand Forks… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Hoeven Pressing for Grand Forks Role in Arctic Mission, Worked to Retain CBP UAS Training & Global Hawk in FY17 Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to support the missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and expand Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations at the base and in the surrounding region. To this end, Hoeven has been working to press for the Global Hawk's role in U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Arctic operations. The senator secured a commitment from NORTHCOM's Commander, Ge… Continue Reading


05.04.17

Hoeven: Funding Bill Keeps Americans Safe, Supports ND Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill that includes important priorities for North Dakota and the nation, while continuing to find savings. The bill increases funding for national defense, the military and border security to keep Americans safe, while also including Hoeven provisions to help reimburse costs from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, support the nation's … Continue Reading

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