News Releases

09.29.16

Hoeven Encourages Ag Researchers, Industry to Apply for Specialty Crop Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making $48.1 million available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. This program supports research and extension projects to address challenges in plant breeding, pest management, production efficiency, new innovations and technology and… Continue Reading


09.29.16

Hoeven Announces $2.1 Million in FEMA Funding to North Dakota Department of Emergency Services

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2.1 million to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES). The funds are a reimbursement for the expenses incurred by the state for managing federal disaster assistance programs during the 2011 floods, which impacted 39 counties in the state. As chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, Hoeven oversees the annual budget for FEMA and oth… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Hoeven Statement on Voting to Continue U.S. Government Operations, Support Veterans and Combat the Zika Virus

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting to approve compromise legislation that will fund the continued operation of the United States government, provide record funding for our veterans and support efforts to combat the Zika virus. The measure passed with a large bipartisan majority: "Today, I voted to approve a Continuing Resolution that will fund the U.S. government at the current year's level through December 9, 2016, which prevents a government shu… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Hoeven Statement on Senate Override of the President's Veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate overrode President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA): "With today's vote, the U.S. Senate stood with the families of the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This legislation will allow 9/11 victims' families to sue foreign nations for any role they may have had in the death of their loved ones based on their involvement in terrorist activities in the Un… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Hoeven Statement on a Measure to Continue Government Operations that Did Not Get Enough Votes to Pass Today

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after legislation to fund the continued operation of the United States government did not get enough votes to pass in the Senate. "Today, I voted to advance a Continuing Resolution that would have funded the U.S. government at the current year's level until December 9, 2016. The measure includes $1.1 billion in emergency funding that will be used for vaccine development, mosquito control and healthcare services to address the… Continue Reading


09.26.16

Hoeven Welcomes DOD Secretary's Commitment to Updating Nation's Nuclear Triad During Minot Visit

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Air Force Caucus, today welcomed U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to Minot Air Force Base and lauded the secretary's reaffirmation of the Pentagon's commitment to modernize the nation's nuclear triad. Minot Air Force Base is the only base in the nation with two legs of the triad, hosting both the B-52 bombers of the 5th Bomb Wing and the Minutemen Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) of the 91st … Continue Reading


09.23.16

Hoeven Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Grants to Support Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women has awarded two grants totaling $1,223,917 to the North Dakota Department of Health. "Victims of domestic violence can feel like there is nowhere to turn," Hoeven said. "There is help, and today's grants will be used to fund support services for sexual assault victims and will help prevent future violence." The firs… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Hoeven: Court Decision Ensures Farmers Have Access to Affordable Fertilizer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said a D.C. Court of Appeals decision to stop the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new anhydrous rule is a positive step for farmers in North Dakota and across the nation. The court decision prevents OSHA from going forward with its anhydrous rule until it follows the proper notice-and-comment procedures. "We stopped OSHA's anhydrous ammonia regulation from being implemented in Fiscal Year 2016, and we have legislation moving right … Continue Reading


09.22.16

Hoeven Calls on DOD Secretary to Reaffirm Commitment to Nation's Nuclear Triad at Task Force 21 Nuclear Conference

WASHINGTON - In remarks before the 2016 Task Force 21 Triad Conference, Senator John Hoeven today called on U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to reaffirm the department's commitment to modernizing the nation's nuclear triad. Hoeven made the call ahead of Carter's scheduled visit Monday to Minot Air Force Base, home to both the B-52 bombers of the 5th Bomb Wing and the Minutemen Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) of the 91st Missile Wing. The secretary is scheduled to deliver a spe… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Hoeven Announces Almost $340,00 Grant to Support Alliance for Sexual Assault Victims in North Dakota Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women has awarded $336,976 to the First Nations Women's Alliance in Devils Lake, a domestic violence and sexual assault coalition supporting North Dakota's tribes. Today's grant will be used to fight domestic violence and sexual assault against Indian women which includes enhancing victim services, increasing awareness and … Continue Reading


09.22.16

Hoeven Calls on Secretary Vilsack to Help Farmers Facing Low Commodity Prices

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven called on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to continue working with him and his Senate colleagues on solutions for farmers and ranchers who are facing low commodity prices. "Our farmers and ranchers are facing many challenges right now, including low commodity prices, inadequate access to credit, unfair trade practices in China and an increased regulatory burden," Hoe… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Hoeven Announces More than $775,000 in Funding for Jamestown Airport and Nearly $3.7 Million in Additional Funding for Bismarck and Williston Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant of $779,400 to the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority, as well as a total of $3,678,033 in funding to the City of Williston and Bismarck Municipal Airport. Today's funds come in addition to more than $37.4 million in funding for the Williston and Bismarck airports that Hoeven announced last wee… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Hoeven Announces $350,000 DOJ Grant to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $350,000 to the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks. CVIC will use the funds to provide support services and housing for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. "Victims of domestic violence need to be protected and that includes ensuring they have a safe place to live," Hoeven said. "Today's grant will help … Continue Reading


09.19.16

Hoeven Honors Minot's Michelle Tweten Schmidt as Angel in Adoption

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Michelle Tweten Schmidt of Minot has been selected for the Angel in Adoption award, a national honor recognizing her outstanding commitment to helping children. "Michelle's passion for helping children is evident in both her professional work and her personal life," said Hoeven. "As a special education paraprofessional, Michelle has spent more than two decades helping to educate special needs students. At the same time, she's opened her home… Continue Reading


09.19.16

Hoeven Announces Nearly $217,000 in HHS Grants for Community Health Centers in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded four grants totaling $216,568 to support improved and expanded services at community health centers in North Dakota. The details of the awards are as follows: Family HealthCare Center - Fargo - $65,810 Northland Community Health Centers - Turtle Lake - $50,310 Valley Community Health Centers - Northwood - $50,227 Coal Coun… Continue Reading


09.17.16

Hoeven Congratulates Bison on Upset Win Over Iowa Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY, IOWA - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota State University Bison football team on their 23-21 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. North Dakota State has won the past six times it has faced an FBS opponent. "The NDSU Bison once again demonstrate the spirit and skill that wins games and leaves fans cheering right into the final minutes. The last quarter was classic Bison, coming up from behind and winning with an amazing 37-yard field goal … Continue Reading


09.17.16

Hoeven Statement in Response to the Corps' Issuance of a Permit to Protest on Federal Land

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Army Corps of Engineers' granting a permit on federal land south of the Cannonball River for protest activity, and his request to the Department of Justice for more assistance for state and local law enforcement: "The tribe now needs to work with law enforcement and comply with the requirements in the Corps permit to ensure that protests are peaceful and within the law. Also, the Corps and Administration nee… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Hoeven Announces Almost $1 Million Grant for Minot International Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $990,460 to Minot International Airport for airport improvements. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase snow removal equipment, demolish the old terminal building and replace airfield visual guidance lights. "Minot's airport has a tremendous economic impact on the surrounding community, more than $250 million every year," Hoeven said. "Today… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Hoeven Announces More Than $11.4 Million FAA Grant to Refurbish Bismarck Airport Runway

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $11,461,493 grant to the Bismarck Municipal Airport to rehabilitate the airport's large 13/31 runway. Bismarck Airport is the second busiest airport in North Dakota and one of only eight airports in the state that offers commercial airline service. "More than 100,000 people fly into Bismarck usin… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Hoeven: FAA Awards Williston $26 Million for New Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $26 million for the City of Williston's airport expansion and relocation project. Today's funding is in addition to the $27 million Hoeven worked to secure for the project last year. "Williston's new airport is a vital piece of transportation infrastructure for the entire region," said Hoeven. "We're working hard to secure funding … Continue Reading

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