News Releases

09.16.19

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Improve Rural, Trial Broadband Access with FCC Chairman

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, today held a roundtable with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and North Dakota industry stakeholders to discuss efforts to develop the state's broadband infrastructure. Hoeven has prioritized expanding access to broadband as an essential part of supporting the state's growing technology sector. Accordingly, the senator stressed the following priorities, … Continue Reading


09.14.19

Hoeven Honors NDNG 164th Engineer Battalion, Active Service Earns Valorous Unit Award

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) leaders to honor the service of Company A, 164th Engineer Battalion as they received the Valorous Unit Award earned during their deployment to Iraq from 2005-2006. Hoeven congratulated the unit and presented them with a flag flown over the United States Capitol in their honor. In 2006, then Governor Hoeven traveled to Iraq to visit these servicemembers. Today's award, which was presented by Major General Al Dorhm… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Hoeven Secures Strong FY20 Funding to Extend, Refurbish Nuclear Warheads Important to Minot Air Force Base, National Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, secured strong funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to extend and refurbish nuclear warheads important to Minot Air Force Base missions and the nation's defense. The funding legislation was approved this week by the Senate Appropriations Committee and now goes to the full Senate for consideration. "Given the security challenges around the globe, it's vital th… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Hoeven Secures Strong Funding to Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection in FY20 Energy & Water Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, secured important provisions to advance comprehensive flood protection projects in North Dakota in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. "As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, I've been working to ensure that the FY20 Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Hoeven: Senate Defense Appropriations Bill Strengthens Pay & Benefits for Servicemembers, Supports Critical Nuclear & UAS Missions in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today helped advance Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding legislation to benefit the nation's servicemembers, support critical nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions and advance research and development efforts in North Dakota. "This legislation is an investment in our men and women in uniform, providing the full pay increase we authorized in the NDAA, establishing a new tuition assistance program fo… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Hoeven Statement on EPA Repeal of WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a proposal to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The action removes the patchwork of regulations that have been in place due to litigation against the WOTUS rule, which was only in effect for 22 states and the District of Columbia. This will restore the pre-2015 regulations for all states wh… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Hoeven: Senate Confirms James Byrne as VA Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed James Byrne as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Deputy Secretary. "We welcome James Byrne to his new role at the VA, with appreciation for his continued commitment to our nation's veterans and recognition for his years of service, both as a Marine and as a federal official," said Hoeven. "I look fo… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Hoeven Statement on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement in observance of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks committed against the United States. "Although eighteen years have passed, the details of that day have not faded from our citizens' memory," said Hoeven. "On this anniversary, we honor those who lost their lives on this tragic day in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.… Continue Reading


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

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