News Releases

08.01.18

Hoeven Statement on Being Named to Farm Bill Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after being chosen to serve on the farm bill conference committee. Hoeven was named to the committee as he is the fourth highest ranking majority member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee. "I look forward to working with members of the House and Senate conference committee to finalize the farm bill and get it in place as soon as possible," Hoeven said. "We'll… Continue Reading


08.01.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes FY19 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Hoeven introduced the legislation on the Senate floor earlier this week and outlined important provisions in the funding bill. "We have worked hard to invest taxpayer dollars responsibly, funding programs that pr… Continue Reading


07.31.18

Hoeven Helps Advance USDA Nominee for Natural Resources Under Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined the Agriculture Committee in advancing the nomination of James Hubbard to serve as the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The senator met with Hubbard earlier this month, where he outlined the importance of ensuring that the U.S. Forest Service works with farmers and ranchers in … Continue Reading


07.30.18

Hoeven Statement on Bureau of Reclamation Proposal to Approve Central North Dakota Water Supply Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Reclamation's proposal to issue a water service contract for the McClusky Canal that would provide up to 20 cubic feet per second of water to be used to help provide a municipal, rural and industrial water supply for Burleigh, Sheridan, Wells, Foster, Kidder, McLean and Stutsman Counties. "Reliable and affordable utilities, such as water and energy, are central to our high quality of life and economic … Continue Reading


07.27.18

Hoeven Announces Nearly $8.1 Million for Airports Across North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded grants totaling nearly $8.1 million for airports in North Dakota. Details are as follows: Minot International Airport - $1,850,000 - The funds will be used to acquire new snow removal equipment, conduct an environmental assessment and rehabilitate the aircraft rescue fire fighting building.… Continue Reading


07.27.18

Hoeven Introduces Bill to Enhance Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings, Provide Flexibility in Energy Sources

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today reintroduced their bipartisan legislation, the All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2018, which would provide flexibility to help the federal government achieve its energy efficiency goals. The bill would allow federal buildings to continue using efficient fuels that would otherwise be phased out, like natural gas, while also enhancing … Continue Reading


07.25.18

Hoeven Statement on Trade Announcement with European Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement following an announcement from President Donald Trump and European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that they have reached an agreement on trade, including plans for the EU to import more U.S. soybeans and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Hoeven was at the White House during the announcement and for a m… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Hoeven Statement on Vice President’s Visit to Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark Vice President Mike Pence's visit to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. "We welcome Vice President Pence to Grand Forks and appreciate his attention to our dedicated service members stationed in the region," Hoeven said. "Our local Air Force members provide a vital service to this nation, conducting reconnaissance and surveillance to provide solid intelligence for missions and protect us against threats around the globe… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Hoeven Presses NOAA to Study Gaps in Radar Coverage for Watford City

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today in a letter pressed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study gaps in the agency's Doppler Radar (NEXRAD) coverage for Watford City and western North Dakota. Because of the gaps, NOAA did not issue a tornado warning for Watford City on July 10 when an EF2 tornado touched down, killing an infant child, seriously injuring nine other residents and destroying or damaging hundreds of RVs… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $3.3 Million for Airports in Mandan and Jamestown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $3.3 million in grants for airports in Mandan and Jamestown. Details of the funding are as follows: Mandan Municipal Airport - $2,101,000 - The funds will be used to install perimeter fencing. Jamestown Regional Airport - $1,277,000 - The funds will be used to rehabilitate one of… Continue Reading


07.25.18

Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Resolution Designating July 28th As National Day of the American Cowboy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Western Caucus, today announced that the Senate has passed a resolution he cosponsored declaring Saturday, July 28 as National Day of the American Cowboy. The resolution was introduced by Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and honors the continuing legacy and contributions of cowboys across the United States. "The American West was shaped in large part by the hard work and determination of cowboys," Hoeven said. "The … Continue Reading


07.24.18

Hoeven Statement on USDA Trade Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plan to support producers while the Administration works to negotiate better trade deals for the nation. "The goal of the Administration we believe is to gain greater access to markets on a fair basis for our farmers and ranchers. But because agriculture has a positi… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Hoeven: CBP To Maintain Williston’s International Airport Designation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will maintain the international airport designation for Williston's new airport. Hoeven was notified in June that CBP's Seattle Field Office had denied the City of Williston's request to transfer the international airport designation from the existing Sloulin Field Internatio… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after voting to confirm Robert Wilkie to serve as secretary of Veterans Affairs. During the confirmation process, Hoeven met with Wilkie and outlined the importance of implementing the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act in a timely way to improve care for veterans and ensure they have access to local health and long-term care. The senator also invited Wilkie to visit North D… Continue Reading


07.23.18

Hoeven Announces Funding To Protect Marmarth From Flooding

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) Rural Development has awarded a $128,000 loan and $100,000 grant to the City of Marmarth. The funds will be used to restore the city's levee, which was damaged from flooding in 2011. "Marmarth's levee protects the city's residents and businesses from being flooded by the Little Missouri Rive… Continue Reading


07.20.18

Hoeven: Federal Government Should Reimburse North Dakota for DAPL Protest Costs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a claim with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeking $38 million to cover the costs related to the illegal protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $10 million in Fiscal Year 2017 through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance program to help reimburs… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Hoeven Receives National Corn Growers President’s Award

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today received the National Corn Growers Association's President's Award for 2018, in recognition of his leadership in advancing issues important to agriculture and corn producers. The award ceremony was attended by both North Dakota and national representatives of the organization, including Kevin Skunes, President of the National Corn Growers Associati… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $5.5 Million in Funding for North Dakota Water Infrastructure Projects

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) Rural Development has awarded more than $3.1 million in loans and $2.4 million in grants for water infrastructure projects in North Dakota. Details of the funding are as follows: City of McClusky - a $2,408,000 loan and $1,928,400 grant - The funding will be used to fund Phase 1 of a major… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $7.4 Million for North Dakota 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 more than $7.4 million in grants for North Dakota airports. Details of the funding are as follows: Hillsboro Municipal Airport Authority - $1,566,239 - The funds will be used to expand the apron, reconstruct an existing taxiway parallel to the runway and build a taxiway providing access to aircraft hangars. City of Will… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Hoeven Outlines Need for Streamlined Permitting for Energy Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to improve the permitting process for energy infrastructure, such as pipelines and electrical transmission lines. Hoeven addressed the complexities in federal and state permitting with the hearing's panel, which included representatives from the energy industry and regulatory compliance experts, stressing how long, multi-year delays in project approvals create uncertainty,… Continue Reading

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