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Hoeven Statement After President Signs Savanna's Act Into Law

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed Savanna's Act into law. Hoeven helped introduce and secure passage of the legislation, which requires reporting on missing and murdered Native Americans and directs the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to consult with Indian Tribes while developing national law enforcement guidelines. The bill is named for Sav… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Extends Free Meals for Children for Entire 2020-2021 School Year

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it will extend flexibilities to allow free meals for children through the entire 2020-2021 school year. The agency is providing the flexibilities under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and with toda… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Secure Assistance for Ranchers, Ensure Fair & Transparent Pricing

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the North Dakota Stockmen's Association annual convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to: Assist ranchers with challenges from weather, market conditions and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency. To date, North Dakota's livestock producers have received more than $144 million in Coronavirus Food Assistance Progra… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Opening of U.S. Indian Law Enforcement Advanced Training Center at Camp Grafton

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today led federal, state and tribal officials in marking the opening of the U.S. Indian Law Enforcement Advanced Training Center and Proclamation signing ceremony at Camp Grafton, North Dakota. Through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $2.5 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Support Grand Forks Air Force Base with GF Base Mission Committee

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today met with Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski and the Grand Forks Base Mission Support Committee to outline his work to support the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB), including: Passing the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with provisions to: Block the retirement of the Global Hawk fleet. Secure an Air Force report on infrastructure requirements for the A… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We're Working to Build Unique Autonomous Tech, Precision Ag Sector Just as We Did for Unmanned Aerial Systems

FARGO, N.D. - At Grand Farm's Autonomous Systems Policy Day today, Senator John Hoeven outlined efforts to develop and implement autonomous technology, further establishing North Dakota as a leader in this field. As part of the event, Hoeven joined state officials in unveiling the state's first autonomous truck and participated in a panel discussion with industry experts. The senator drew parallels with the state's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry, which he has advanced since his time as g… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Senate Colleagues in Amicus Brief to Support Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven recently joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and more than 30 additional senators, in signing an amicus brief supporting Capitol Hill Baptist Church's lawsuit against Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in regards to the city's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) regulations prohibiting outdoor religious gatherings to not exceed more than 100 individuals. The senators argue that several mass protests have been permitted in recent months and the selective enfo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Break Ground on Magic City Discovery Center

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the Magic City Discovery Center, an interactive children's museum that will provide science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) educational opportunities for Minot families, including those stationed at Minot Air Force Base. The 22,000 sq. ft. center is being constructed on Minot Park District land on the North Hill and will provide an interactive and entertaining environment that will help educate children while also deve… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces USDA Funding to North Dakota Entities

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 funding to three North Dakota entities. Details are as follows: Avera Health - $985,399 from USDA's Office of Rural Development to make upgrades to telemedicine software in the upper Midwest, benefiting the following North Dakota counties: Bowman, Cavalier, Divide, Grant, McInt… Continue Reading


Hoeven Thanks North Dakota Medical Providers, Outlines Efforts to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke to the members of the North Dakota Medical Association (NDMA), thanking them for their essential service in combatting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and outlining federal efforts to support their critical work. Hoeven delivered the remarks as part of a virtual congressional panel during NDMA's annual meeting. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to advance needed assistance for… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former Senator Mark Andrews

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Mark Andrews, who represented North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1981-1987 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1963-1981. "Senator Mark Andrews was a strong leader and dedicated public servant, who served the people of North Dakota in Congress for decades. He was a tireless advocate for our men and women in uniform and understood the importance of a strong national defense… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Funding to UND to Extract Critical Minerals from Coal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has awarded $150,000 and an option for up to $2 million for a feasibility study to the University of North Dakota (UND). This grant will be used to generate conceptual designs to extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal, as well as coal by-product sources, to support the nation's energ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakotans to Give Input on FEMA's Draft Policy for Inundated Road Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement encouraging North Dakotans to submit input to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on its draft policy regarding assistance for inundated and submerged roadways under the Public Assistance (PA) grant program. This aligns with Hoeven's efforts with FEMA to revise previous guidance under the PA program that has hindered the state's efforts to repair inundated roadways. FEMA's existing policy requires burdensome and… Continue Reading


ND Congressional Delegation: President Approves North Dakota Disaster Declaration Request for Severe Summer Weather

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump approved Governor Doug Burgum's request for a major presidential disaster declaration for the severe summer weather occurring June 29 to July 1, 2020: "We appreciate the President for approving Governor Burgum's request for a disaster declaration. Our state was heavily impacted by a severe summer storm that caused flash flooding in several coun… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Finalizes Rule to Remove Barriers to Reducing Emissions and Encourage Investment in New Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that better enables businesses to invest in new technologies to reduce emissions. The rule repeals the previous Once In, Always In (OIAI) policy under the Clean Air Act, which permanently classified facilities as "major sources" of hazardous air pollutants and imposed significant regulatory burdens even if the business lowered its emissions. Under the final r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews CFAP 2 With North Dakota Producers & FSA Administrator

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a virtual roundtable with North Dakota producers, commodity groups and Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials, including FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce, to review the details of the recently-announced Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) 2 relief for farmers and ranchers. The program utilizes the $14 billion in Commodity Credit Corporati… Continue Reading


To Combat Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks, Hoeven and Rosen Introduce Bipartisan Electric Grid Security Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced their introduction of S.4795, the Cyber Sense Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a voluntary Cyber Sense program at the Department of Energy to test the cybersecurity of products and technologies intended for use in the bulk-power system. Identical companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year by Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Bob Latta (OH-05) … Continue Reading


North Dakota Senators Introduce Legislation to Reform USDA's NRCS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators and John Hoeven (R-ND) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) in introducing legislation to reform the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is in charge of making wetland determinations. "Ensuring that NRCS policies are farmer-friendly has been a priority throughout my time in the Senate, from the 2013 farm bill debate to today, and helping introduce Senator Rounds' wetland determination reform… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Meeting With Judge Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after meeting today with U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet with Judge Barrett to discuss her experience as well as her judicial philosophy. She has an outstanding record of accomplishment both on the bench and as a law professor at Notre Dame Law School. Throughout her career, Judge B… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Congress Approves CR with Funding for Famers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after Congress approved a continuing resolution to fund the government that includes funding for the nation's farmers and ranchers. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure the legislation provides a full reimbursement of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to suppor… Continue Reading

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