News Releases

09.10.19

Hoeven Announces North Dakota Counties Eligible for Disaster Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications through the Community Facilities Program totaling $150 million for assistance nationwide. These funds may be used for relief in rural communities recovering from natural disasters. North Dakota counties eligible for funding are as follows: Adams Barnes Cass Dickey Emmons Grand Forks Grant Hettinger La… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Hoeven Announces Rural Business Development Grants Across North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $620,054 to economic development organizations and communities across the state through its Rural Business Development Grant program. Details are as follows: Adams County Development Corporation - $150,000 to reopen a dining and recreational facility in Hettinger. Leeds Economic Development Corporation - $1… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Hoeven: USDA Announces WHIP+ Sign-Up for Ag Producers Impacted by Disasters Begins Sept. 11

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details about the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) and increased prevent plant indemnities under the disaster funding legislation passed earlier this year. The disaster relief legislation passed in May included more than $3 billion for USDA to cover crop losses stemming from 2018 and 2019 disa… Continue Reading


09.07.19

Hoeven: North Dakota's First VA National Cemetery Will Help Give Veterans the Recognition & Honor They Deserve

HARWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped dedicate the first Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery in North Dakota. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to secure strong funding for the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and its Rural Initiative, which supported the creation of this cemetery. Further, the senator brought John Knapp, who serves as director for the VA National Cemeteries both at … Continue Reading


09.06.19

Hoeven: Veterans in North Dakota, Western Minnesota to Have Access to Local Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Facility

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added the Fargo VA Health Care System to its hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) clinical demonstration program, giving access to this alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to veterans in North Dakota and western Minnesota who have yet to experience positive outcomes. The local VA is partnering with Healing with Hyperbarics, a Fargo-based facility, and is the fifth location t… Continue Reading


09.04.19

Hoeven Announces Over $4 Million to Improve Access to Opioid Abuse Treatment in North Dakota

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $4,020,043.00 to the State of North Dakota to help improve access to opioid abuse treatment in the state. Today's funds are awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. "Opioid abuse has affected too many of our communities," Hoeven said. "He… Continue Reading


09.03.19

Hoeven Working to Empower Economic Growth, Improve Public Safety & Ensure Better Access to Education, Health Care & Housing for Tribal Members

BISMARCK, N.D. - At United Tribes Technical College's (UTTC) Tribal Leaders Summit today, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, outlined his ongoing efforts on behalf of Tribes to: Support greater economic opportunity and self-governance. Improve public safety. Ensure better access to quality education, health care and housing, including for Native American veterans. Hoeven also commended the work of the UTTC leaders and staff over its 50-year history,… Continue Reading


08.31.19

Hoeven Receives Top Honor From National Guard Association of the United States

DENVER, COLO. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today received the National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Harry S. Truman Award for 2019, the association's highest honor, in recognition of his leadership providing National Guard members, veterans and their families with the support they deserve. The award was presented at the NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado, attended by more than 2,000 Army and Air Nati… Continue Reading


08.30.19

North Dakota Delegation Statement on Sandia Study on Bakken Crude

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong released the following statement regarding Sandia National Laboratories' study that found Bakken crude has comparable physical, chemical and combustion characteristics as crude from the Permian Basin and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The Sandia study bolsters the delegation's efforts to overturn a Washington State law requiring crude oil unloaded in the state to meet a 9 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), which… Continue Reading


08.30.19

Hoeven Announces More Than $2.6 Million to Support Rural Infrastructure Development in North Dakota Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $2,629,853 in grants to three North Dakota communities. Details of the funding are as follows: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa - $2,000,000 - The funds will be used to improve the tribe's water treatment plant, replacing aged and essential equipment to allow for safe, clean water distribution. … Continue Reading


08.30.19

Hoeven Working to Fill Vacant Forest Service Positions in North Dakota, Alleviate Energy Permit Delays

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable with U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Vicki Christiansen and local ranchers and energy producers in Watford City. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Hoeven secured a commitment from Christiansen to visit the state in order for her to receive firsthand feedback on the agency's management of natural resources on the National Grasslands, including access for multiple uses like grazing and energy developm… Continue Reading


08.29.19

Hoeven Statement on EPA's Proposed Methane Rule Update

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the EPA's proposed methane rule update: "This revision of the EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry will remove costly, duplicative regulations," Hoeven said. "We all want to make the best use of our natural resources, which is why we will continue working to streamline the approval process for energy infrastructure, like gas-gathering lines, to help producers in North Dak… Continue Reading


08.29.19

Hoeven Working to Maintain Supreme Court Independence, Urges Justices to Rule Impartially & Uphold the Constitution

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined his Senate Republican colleagues in opposing threats to pack the U.S. Supreme Court and, in a letter to the Supreme Court, urged the Justices to faithfully and impartially follow the law when taking up cases and issuing rulings. "It is imperative that the Supreme Court Justices follow the rule of law and do not issue rulings based on political pressure. The independence of the judiciary is an important safeguard for our Constitutional rights, an… Continue Reading


08.28.19

Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Daniel Traynor to be U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump nominated Daniel M. Traynor to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. "Dan Traynor has more than two decades of diverse legal experience and is well-qualified to serve the people of our state as a District Court Judge," said Hoeven. "Dan has represented North Dakotans in federal, state and tribal courts, including handling appeals before the North Dakota Supreme Court. We look f… Continue Reading


08.28.19

Hoeven Marks Completion of CBP Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base

EMERADO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the completion of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) newly-renovated unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training center at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Due to growing operations on the base, the CBP facility was previously required to relocate, however, an adequate facility was not available. As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $8 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding to ensure the CBP … Continue Reading


08.27.19

Hoeven Breaks Ground on New Unity Medical Center in Grafton

GRAFTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local leaders and health care professionals in Grafton to break ground on the new Unity Medical Center (UMC). The $23 million facility will house a new surgery center, rehabilitation services center, emergency room, all private patient rooms, a rural medical training and education center and a medical library. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven helped secure a $16.7 million U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to… Continue Reading


08.27.19

Hoeven Announces More Than $6.5 Million in Funds for Replacing Bridges Across Rural 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's (DOT) Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP) on behalf of its Bridge Rural Repair (BRR) Program has awarded the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) $6,511,000. Hoeven has been working to secure the funding including a letter to DOT in support of the NDDOT's application for the funding, which … Continue Reading


08.27.19

Hoeven Announces Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Authorization for General Atomics at Grand Sky UAS Park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit and Expo today, Senator John Hoeven announced that General Atomics, a tenant of the Grand Sky UAS Research and Development Park, has received a certificate of authorization (COA) to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights within 60 miles of the Grand Forks Air Force Base without a visual observer or a chase plane. Hoeven made the announcement during a panel discussion he arranged at the event with U.S. Air Force Chief of… Continue Reading


08.26.19

Hoeven Secured $27 Million for New Indoor Firing Range at Minot Air Force Base, Helps Break Ground on Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped local and military leaders break ground on a new indoor firing range at the Minot Air Force Base. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $27 million for the range in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, Hoeven advocated for the firing range to be elevated on the Air Force's list of military construction priorities. The range is the third busiest range in the Air Force and is used to pr… Continue Reading


08.26.19

Hoeven: Trade Agreement to Open Up Japanese Market to $7 Billion in U.S. Agriculture Products

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the President announced a trade agreement in principle between the United States and Japan. "We've been encouraging the Administration to finalize negotiations with Japan, which is our nation's third largest agriculture market," said Hoeven. "We appreciate the President and his trade team for securing this new trade… Continue Reading

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