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12.13.17

Hoeven Working to Streamline Federal Permits for Energy Development

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven outlined the need to streamline the federal permitting process for energy development. Hoeven stressed that delays in the permit process drive energy producers to avoid projects involving federal lands and mineral rights, adding cost to their operations and depriving the federal government of much-needed revenue. Hoeven highlighted his legislation, the Bureau of Land Management (BL… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Hoeven Announces Nearly $216,000 in HUD Grants to Support Family Self-Sufficiency in the Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded two grants totaling $215,735 to housing agencies in the Red River Valley. The funds are made available through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program and will be used to coordinate services, such as job training, child care and financial literacy, to help families and in… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Hoeven: President Signs Defense Authorization into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president signed into law the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation provides strong support for North Dakota's defense missions, helps modernize the nation's nuclear deterrent and improves pay and benefits for the troops, including authorizing health care benefits for Guard members deployed on pre-planned missions. Additionally, Hoeven included a provision enabling National Gua… Continue Reading


12.11.17

Hoeven: USGS to Work With State, Industry on Comprehensive Study of Williston Basin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Energy Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will conduct a comprehensive, broad-based resource estimate for the Williston Basin. The USGS notified Hoeven today that it will undertake the analysis as a result of a meeting he hosted in Bismarck with USGS Acting Director William Werkheiser. Hoeven brought Werkheiser to the state to hear firsthand from energy le… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Hoeven: Senate and House Move to Conference on Tax Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven again spoke on the Senate floor to outline important provisions in tax relief legislation to lower tax rates across-the-board for working Americans and to provide the nation's small businesses, farmers and ranchers with relief. The Senate voted to move to a conference committee with the House of Representatives. "We're working to get the best possible tax relief package for North Dakotans and our small businesses, farmers and ranchers," said Ho… Continue Reading


12.07.17

Hoeven Urges Senate Leadership to Delay Electronic Logging Device Implementation for Motor Carriers Hauling Livestock

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Senate leadership to delay implementation of electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for commercial motor vehicles hauling livestock. The full letter can be found here. "We need to provide a smooth transition from paper records to ELDs for motor carriers tasked with hauling livestock," Hoeven said. "This is all about ensuring the new… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Statement on Appointment of Bob Wefald to American Battle Monuments Commission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the president announced the appointment of Robert Wefald to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Wefald is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served 27 years and rose to the rank of Captain, and held the positions of North Dakota Attorney General and District Court Judge for South Central North Dakota. He also served as chairman of the committee that worked to secure the designation of USS North Dakota for a … Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Bill to Expand Resources for Indian Victims of Crime Clears Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today welcomed committee passage of legislation he introduced to expand critical resources and programs for Indian victims of crime. The Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act, which has 9 bipartisan cosponsors, increases resources for tribal victim assistance by requiring a 5 percent allocation from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) be provided to Indian tribes through a gr… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Holds Hearing to Examine Indian Water Rights Settlement Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, today held a hearing to examine two Indian water rights settlement bills: The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT); and The Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and co-sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017 The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settl… Continue Reading


12.06.17

Hoeven Statement on President's Decision to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement about the President's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and begin the process of relocating the U.S. embassy. "We support the President's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin the process of relocating the U.S. embassy. Congress directed, with strong bipartisan support in 1995, that the embassy be moved to Jerusalem. Earlier this year, the Senate voted 90-0 in favor o… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the Secretary of Homeland Security. In a meeting with Nielsen and during her confirmation hearing, Hoeven highlighted the unique advantages of North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry in developing solutions to improve the nation's security, both at the borders and across the country. This i… Continue Reading


12.02.17

Hoeven: Senate Passes Tax Relief for North Dakotans, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed tax relief legislation to lower tax rates for working Americans and the nation's small businesses. "The Senate took an important step to provide hardworking, middle-class Americans with tax relief that will enable them to keep more of their paycheck and at the same time lower rates for small businesses, including our farmers and ranchers, so we can grow our economy and create more jobs with hig… Continue Reading


12.01.17

Hoeven Announces $431,000 HHS Grant for Family Healthcare in Fargo

WASHINGTON - 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 a $431,077 grant to Family HealthCare in Fargo. The funds are made available through HHS' health center cluster program and will support improved and expanded primary health care services at the center's facilities. "Today's funds will help Family HealthCare provide affordable, quality health care services to individuals and f… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Hoeven: USDA Provides Flexibility in School Meal Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued an interim final rule that provides regulatory relief under the agency's Child Nutrition Programs. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven secured a commitment from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue during his confirmation process to work with the senator, school nutrition professionals and school districts to ease th… Continue Reading


11.29.17

Hoeven on Senate Floor: Senate Tax Reform Provides Working North Dakotans, Small Businesses with Tax Relief

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven continued working to pass tax relief for hardworking North Dakota families and small businesses, including the state's farmers and ranchers. The senator spoke on the Senate floor to highlight important priorities in the Senate's draft bill that will enable middle-income individuals and families to keep more of their paychecks. Hoeven has been working to ensure that the Senate bill meets the needs of North Dakotans. Last week, the senator held roundtables in Bis… Continue Reading


11.22.17

Hoeven Outlines FAA Drone Integration Pilot Program for UAS Businesses at Monthly Meetup

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new drone integration pilot program for representatives of North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry at the Drone Focus monthly meetup. Earlier this month, Hoeven joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to launch the program, which was followed by the FAA's formal call for applications. The senator is actively working to secure the state's role in the … Continue Reading


11.22.17

Hoeven Touts Economic Success and Growth of North Dakota's Technology Sector at 1 Million Cups Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - At the third annual 1 Million Cups (1MC) Reunion Fargo, Senator John Hoeven today underscored the importance of North Dakota's growing technology sector and how entrepreneurs are playing an important role in creating jobs and growing the state's economy. The senator also highlighted how the relationship between North Dakota and the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry has transformed the state into a UAS hub and should serve as a national model as the Federal Aviation Administrat… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven Announces $500,000 in Funding for West Fargo & Fargo Law Enforcement to Hire Officers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded a total of $500,000 in funding for the West Fargo and Fargo Police Departments. The funds are allocated through the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program and will be used to hire additional police officers. "The Fargo and West Fargo Police Departments do a great job of keeping their communities safe," Hoeven… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven Holds Tax Reform Roundtable in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a tax reform roundtable in Fargo to gather input. The senator highlighted important provisions in the draft Senate legislation to provide tax relief for hardworking, middle-income North Dakota families and local businesses, including the state's manufacturers, exporters and agriculture industries. "Tax reform is not just about putting more money in the pockets of hardworking, middle-class Americans, but also spurring economic growth by lowering rate… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Hoeven Nominates Three Students For Military Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated three North Dakota students for appointments to the nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Elijah Stewart of Minot to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Seth Hanson of Grand Forks to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and Emily Robinson, formerly of Minot, to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). "It is a privilege to nominate outstanding young people for appointments to our service academies," said Hoeven. "The… Continue Reading

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