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04.10.18

Hoeven Selected for Defense Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has been selected to serve on the Defense Appropriations Committee, a key position responsible for funding the Department of Defense, including North Dakota's Air Force bases and National Guard. "Our military does a tremendous job keeping our nation safe and we look forward to supporting our men and women in uniform as a member of the Defense Appropriations Committee," said Hoeven. "Given North Dakota's defense instillations - the dual n… Continue Reading


04.10.18

Hoeven: EPA Makes North Dakota Primary Regulator for Class VI Injection Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the State of North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells, which are used for geological sequestration or long-term storage of CO2. Last year, Hoeven secured EPA approval for a proposed rule granting North Dakota's application to regulate Class VI injection wells and that rule was finalized today. "Our state is leading the way in the development of clean coal techn… Continue Reading


04.09.18

Hoeven Announces $34 Million to Help Agriculture Producers Affected by Drought & Other Natural Disasters

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) is issuing $34 million to agriculture producers affected by natural disasters in 2017, including North Dakota farmers and ranchers who experienced drought-related losses. The funds are made available through USDA's Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (EL… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Local Veterans Health Care Services at Dedication of New VA Clinic in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.D. - At the dedication of the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System's new clinic in Grafton today, Senator John Hoeven outlined efforts to provide veterans with health care options closer to home. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure strong support in Fiscal Year 2018 funding legislation for the health care and benefits available to veterans, both through VA facilities, like this new clinic, whi… Continue Reading


04.06.18

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Develop Next-Gen Technologies for Coal-Fired Power Plants, Ensure Affordable & Reliable Energy Production

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the annual meeting for the Minnkota Power and Square Butte Electric Cooperatives today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance North Dakota's leadership in developing the next generation of energy technologies, which will help the nation to continue to rely on all of its energy resources and ensure affordable and reliable energy production for families and businesses. Specifically, the senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofi… Continue Reading


04.05.18

Hoeven: North Dakota Leading the Way in Developing Clean Coal Technologies

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined a congressional panel discussion at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting, where he outlined North Dakota's leadership in developing clean coal technologies and his efforts to support projects to secure coal's future as part of the nation's energy mix. The senator highlighted Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofit existing power plants, and the Allam Cycle, technology for new coal and natural gas power plants that uses sup… Continue Reading


04.04.18

Hoeven honors Service of Cpl. Joseph Muller, Presents Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal

GLEN ULLIN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented Joseph F. Muller with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, an expression of appreciation from the South Korean government in honor of those who served in the Korean War. Muller, a native of Haymarsh, North Dakota, was drafted into the military in 1951, served as a member of the National Guard's 188th Field Artillery out of Mandan and achieved the rank of Corporal. "This medal represents the gratitude of the South Korean people for Cpl. M… Continue Reading


04.04.18

Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Roundtable with ND Producers

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with producers to gather input as work continues on the next Farm Bill. The senator also outlined recently passed provisions to reduce burdensome regulations on farmers and ranchers and additional assistance to help producers impacted by severe drought. "Agriculture remains our state's top industry, which is why we're workin… Continue Reading


04.04.18

Hoeven Statement on Proposed Chinese Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement in regard to proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports including soybeans, corn, wheat and beef. Hoeven is holding an agriculture roundtable today in Dickinson to talk about the farm bill and other important issues including trade. "Exports are a central piece of the ag economy, which is why we're concerned by potential C… Continue Reading


04.03.18

Hoeven: DOT Awards $3.6 Million Grant to Improve CAT Transportation Facility in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3.6 million to the City of Grand Forks. The funds are awarded through DOT's Bus and Bus Facilities Competitive Program and will be used to rehabilitate and expand the Cities Area Transit (CAT) bus facility in Grand Forks. "Today's funding is an important investment in… Continue Reading


04.02.18

Hoeven Names Cassie Bladow as New Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Cassie Bladow will take over as his chief of staff beginning on April 9. Bladow will replace Ryan Bernstein, who started working for Senator Hoeven in 2000. "We welcome Cassie back to our office and know she will serve the people of North Dakota well as my chief of staff," Hoeven said. "Cassie has built her career as an advocate for agriculture. She grew up on the family farm and brings both on-the-ground and policy expertise regarding the a… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Hoeven Commemorates 45th Anniversary of U.S. Servicemembers' Return From Vietnam, Pays Tribute to North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - In honor of National Vietnam Veterans Day, Senator John Hoeven today paid tribute to North Dakota's veterans during an appreciation lunch organized by the Minishoshe-Mandan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The event marked the 45th anniversary of the return of U.S. servicemembers from the Vietnam War. "We must always remember the sacrifices of our servicemembers, especially for those veterans who did not receive the recognition they deserve at the time of th… Continue Reading


03.29.18

Hoeven Statement on VA Seeking New Third-Party Administrator for the Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ending its contract with Health Net, the third-party administrator for the eastern region of the Veterans Choice Program. The VA will solicit a new contract over the next several months, with Health Net's current contract expiring in September 2018. "Our veterans deserve timely appointments and their health care providers need to know they will be reimbursed for their services," Hoev… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Advancing Breakthrough Energy Technology, Research and Development

MINOT, N.D. - At the Central Power Electric Cooperative annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to advance energy technologies that will help ensure affordable energy production in North Dakota and across the nation. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured strong support in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill to support research like that conducted by the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of Nor… Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Celebrates Flood Protection Groundbreaking for the Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Minot community in celebrating the groundbreaking for the first three phases of the region's flood protection project. Hoeven is working as a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee to advance the fourth phase of the project, 65 percent of which will be funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This will tie the earlier phases of the project together and deliver flood protection for 60 percent of residents in the Souris … Continue Reading


03.28.18

Hoeven Tours Minot Air Force Base Firing Range, Outlines Need for New Facility

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the need for a new firing range at the Minot Air Force Base during a tour of the existing facility. The firing range does not meet Air Force training standards and poses increasing health and safety risks to airmen. A new range will allow the consolidation of four existing buildings while also reducing air quality concerns, providing higher quality training with lower maintenance costs and ensuring the range is available regardless of winter weath… Continue Reading


03.27.18

Hoeven Outlines Tax Relief Benefits for Small Businesses, Farmers, Ranchers and Workers

FARGO, N.D. - As part of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven joined a panel discussion to outline the benefits of the tax relief legislation passed by Congress in December. Hoeven stressed how across-the-board tax relief, combined with regulatory relief, will unlock economic growth across industries in the U.S., including energy and agriculture, and will empower small businesses, farmers and ranchers to invest in their operations while also putting more money in… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven: Funding Bill Protects Farmers and Ranchers from EPA Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill includes the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, legislation he helped introduce that would protect farmers and ranchers from being required to measure methane emissions from livestock in pastures. Hoeven cosponsored the bipartisan FARM Act last month and its inclusion in the f… Continue Reading


03.23.18

Senate Passes Hoeven Legislation to Boost Economic Development in Native Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate passed his bill, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2017 (S. 1116). The legislation would amend existing law to improve access to capital, promote opportunities for Indian businesses and encourage investment in tribal communities. "Many communities throughout Indian Country still face unnecessary barriers to economic opportunity and … Continue Reading


03.23.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Six Bills for Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate advanced six Indian bills by unanimous consent. These bills include: S. 269, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes; S. 607, the Native American Business Incubators Program… Continue Reading

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