News Releases

03.20.18

Hoeven: Interior Awards North Dakota More Than $15.5 Million for Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded more than $15.5 million to the State of North Dakota. The funds, which are derived from hunting and fishing activities, will be used by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to support wildlife and sport fish conservation efforts. Details of the funding are as follows: Wildlife Restoration Program Funding - $11,… Continue Reading


03.20.18

Hoeven Announces Nearly $160,000 to Support AmeriCorps Members for Spirit Lake, North Dakota STEM Network

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded two grants totaling $157,539 to support AmeriCorps VISTA members in North Dakota. The members will work on a full-time basis for one-year, undertaking service projects on behalf of the grantees. The funds are distributed as follows: Spirit Lake Tribe - $107,057 to imp… Continue Reading


03.19.18

Hoeven: Senate Confirms CBP Commissioner McAleenan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after Kevin McAleenan was confirmed as Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Hoeven has been working to secure his confirmation, including sending a letter to Senate leadership pressing for a vote on the nomination. McAleenan, who has served as acting CBP commissioner since January 2017, was confirmed with strong bipartisan support. "C… Continue Reading


03.16.18

Hoeven Announces $30,000 Grant to Support Development Plan for Sykeston's Water System

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 $30,000 grant to the City of Sykeston. The grant will be used to examine the city's existing water system and develop a plan to update the deteriorated infrastructure. "Today's grant will help the City of Sykeston ensure that its water infrastructure can conti… Continue Reading


03.15.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bill Honoring Ed Schafer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed legislation to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center in Fargo, North Dakota as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research Center. The legislation, introduced by Congressman Kevin Cramer, previously passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the President to be signed into law. "The Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center is a world class facility that condu… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation Providing Enhanced Consumer Protections, Regulatory Relief for Community Banks & Credit Unions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after helping pass the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that enhances consumer protections, while also providing regulatory relief for small community banks and credit unions. Hoeven cosponsored and worked to ensure the inclusion of the following provisions in the legislation, which will help prevent fraud and identify theft as well as provide flexibility for home apprais… Continue Reading


03.14.18

Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a committee oversight hearing on solutions to combat the opioid abuse crisis in Indian Country. During the hearing, Hoeven highlighted the impact of substance abuse in Native American communities and heard testimony from administration officials, tribal leaders and health care organizations on efforts to prevent and treat opioid abuse. "Native American communities have been among those h… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Senators Welcome Agreement to Address Tax Inequity for Agricultural Businesses

WASHINGTON -Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today joined U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in issuing the following joint statement regarding an agreement to provide fair tax treatment for all agricultural businesses: "The new, pro-growth tax law was designed to lift hard-working, middle-class families - whether they are farmers, ranchers or entrepreneurs - and the economy as a whole. After discoveri… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven: FMCSA Provides Additional Waiver from ELD Rule for Agriculture-Related Transportation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement today after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an additional 90-day waiver from the electronic logging device (ELD) rule for agriculture-related transportation. The waiver ensures drivers transporting agriculture products will not be forced out of service if they are still using paper logs to record their hours of service (HOS). The senat… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven Announces $12.5 Million Loan for Slope Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a $12.5 million loan for Slope Electric Cooperative, Inc. The funds are approved through Rural Development's Electric Program and will be used to build and improve more than 110 miles of line, repair damages from storms last summer and make smart grid improvements to make the system more efficient and reliable… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Hoeven Announces More Than $10 Million to Build New Elementary Schools in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded two grants totaling more than $10 million to the Solen and Oberon School Districts. The funds are awarded through ED's Impact Aid Program and details are as follows: Solen School District - $5,322,701 - The funds will be used to build a new Cannonball Elementary School, replacing the original structure which is more than 85 years old. Ober… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Statement on North Korea

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on North Korea: "North Korea has indicated that it is now willing to engage in talks regarding its nuclear arms program as a result of strong economic sanctions put in place by the United States, along with our efforts to get China to sanction North Korea as well. These steps are putting pressure on the regime and have forced North Korea to the negotiat… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Statement on Passing of Former North Dakota Governor George Sinner

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the passing of former North Dakota Governor George Sinner: "George Sinner demonstrated time and again his commitment to his family, community and the State of North Dakota. This commitment was evident by his service as governor of North Dakota as well as his involvement in and leadership of many organizations, civic boards, groups and entities including the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota State Legi… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Marks Investiture of Judge Ralph Erickson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today offered remarks as Judge Ralph Erickson was invested into the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Hoeven introduced Judge Erickson at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year and, following this, worked consistently to advance his nomination through the committee and the full Senate. "We welcome Judge Erickson to his role on the Eighth Circuit," said Hoeven. "Throughout his years on the bench, he has worked hard t… Continue Reading


03.09.18

Hoeven Hosts USDA Secretary Perdue in Fargo, Outlines Farm Bill Priorities with Local Producers, Ag Industry

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Fargo at a series of meetings that allowed the secretary to hear firsthand about local producers' priorities for the upcoming farm bill. The day's events included discussions with farmers and ranchers, agriculture researchers, commodity groups and other representatives from the agriculture industry. The visit helped highlight how Secretary Perdue and Hoeven, who serves as chairman of the Senate Agricultu… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Hoeven Statement on Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement regarding the President's trade actions on steel and aluminum: "We appreciate the president's resolve to prevent unfair trade practices that harm American businesses, however we need to take a targeted and strategic approach. While the provisional exemption of Mexico and Canada is good, we are concerned that broad tariffs … Continue Reading


03.08.18

Hoeven Announces Nearly $200,000 in Funding to Support North Dakota Law Enforcement & First Responders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded a $199,992 grant to the State of North Dakota's Information Technology Department. The funds will be used by the state to help maintain and expand the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), which is used by law enforcement and first responders. "We are grateful to thos… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Hoeven Meets with North Dakota Students Serving as Delegates to U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Brandon Prichard and Erica Solberg of Bismarck who were selected to represent North Dakota as delegates to the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week. The program features 104 students from across the country and is being held this week in Washington, D.C. "Brandon and Erica have demonstrated a strong commitment to their studies and in serving others in the Bismarck community," said Hoeven. "It is an honor to be… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Hoeven, Udall Introduce the Bipartisan Progress for Indian Tribes Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tom Udall (D-NM), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, respectively, yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) and promote stronger tribal self-governance. The Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act (S. 2515) would streamline the Departme… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Hoeven Votes to Advance Homeland Security Reauthorization Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today voted to advance bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill provides clear guidance to DHS by codifying the department's existing practices and programs, while also streamlining its management and promoting efficiency in its operations. "DHS covers a wide range of programs that are critical to protecting our nation and our communitie… Continue Reading

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