News Releases

05.11.20

Trump Administration Preempts Washington State's Crude-By-Rail Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement today on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) preempting Washington State's crude-by-rail law: "We thank the Administration for doing the right thing by putting sound, scientific evidence above partisan politics. We also appreciate the tireless advocacy of Governor Doug Burgum and Attorney General Wayne Steneh… Continue Reading


05.08.20

Hoeven Statement in Observance of 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the end of World War II. "Today, and always, we remember the incredible sacrifices our servicemembers and country endured during World War II to preserve our freedom and liberties," said Hoeven. "We can never repay the debt we owe our selfless and heroic WWII veterans but today on the 75th anniversary of V-E Day, we pay tribute to our Greatest Gener… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded $1,000,216 to support four Community Health Centers in North Dakota. Today's funding will be used to support wide-spread testing efforts by increasing capabilities to help track the spread and impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Details are as follows: … Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven: DOT Continues to Release CARES Act Funds for North Dakota Airports

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 (DOT) has released funding to three airports in North Dakota. These grants were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and were previously announced by Hoeven on April 14. Minot International Airport - $2,753,046 Mott Municipal Airport - $20,000 Pembina Municipal… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Statement on Great River Energy Announcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement after Great River Energy announced upcoming changes to its power supply portfolio, including its intent to retire the Coal Creek Station in 2022 and repower the Spiritwood Station. GRE noted that it is willing to consider opportunities to sell the plant. "We are disappointed that Great River Energy has decided not to continue its operation of the Coal Creek Sta… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for Safe Drinking Water Program in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $11,011,000 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality for North Dakota's Safe Drinking Water Program. This grant is provided under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which Hoeven funded in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill and plans to prioritize again in FY21. Today's award will support the planning, de… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Announces $20 Million in Funding for NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $20,000,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). These funds are made available through NSF's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), which Hoeven has worked to fund through annual appropriations bills. The grant will aid research and educational activities related to the development of cancer therapies, while also s… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Announces Department of Justice COVID-19 Funding

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded funding from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program to the State of North Dakota. The grants, detailed below, will be used to provide supplies, personal protective equipment and training to help prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. North Dakota Attorney General's Offi… Continue Reading


05.07.20

Hoeven Secures Administration Support to Expedite WIFIA Application for Fargo-Moorhead Regional Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has worked with the Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to secure support to expedite the application for a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to support flood risk management in the Fargo Moorhead region. Legislation approved last year requires the Administration to develop an approach across agencies for WIFIA loans, which could have held up the loan application. However, Hoeven worked to ensure that the EPA is able … Continue Reading


05.06.20

Hoeven: Authorization for Minot Region Flood Protection Included in Senate Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee advanced water infrastructure legislation that includes authorization for flood protection in the Minot region. This is a key step in advancing the construction of the project's fourth phase and comes as a result of the signed chief's report, which Hoeven worked to finalize. The senator hosted Army Corps of Engineers Chief Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite in Minot last year f… Continue Reading


05.06.20

Hoeven: Administration Provides Guidance to Help Ensure Safe Operation of Meat Processing Facilities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue reaffirmed guidance to state governors and industry stakeholders on the safe operation of meat processing facilities during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance reinforces the safety protocols recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prev… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven Statement on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after President Trump declared today Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives Awareness Day. Hoeven previously helped introduce a Senate resolution with Senator Steve Daines to declare today "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls." Further, the senator helped secure the passage of Savanna's Act earlier this year, legislatio… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for Nonprofit Source Pollution Management Program in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,960,000 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality for the Nonpoint Source Management Program. Today's funds are made available under the Clean Water Act and will be used to promote a voluntary pollution control program across the state, primarily related to agricultural land. "Today's funds will support our state's ef… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: NRCS Accepting Applications for Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $5 million available through the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured funding for this program to assists producers in maintaining eligibility for USDA programs. "Our farmers and ranchers know firsthand the importance of being good stewards and have the biggest stake i… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: BOR Designates Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District as Operator of Oakes Test Area

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has signed a contractdesignating the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District (DSID) as the operator of the Oakes Test Area. This action formally recognizes the irrigation district's longtime role in fulfilling many of the duties and responsibilities in operating and maintaining the facility. Further, it is a key step toward completing the title transfer process for the test area, which Hoeven has been working to ad… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: DOT Releases Cares Act Funding for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released funding to 15 airports in North Dakota. The grants are part of airport funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Hoeven previously announced funding for North Dakota airports on April 14, and today DOT released the funding to the air… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Hoeven: USDA Issues Waiver Providing Nutrition Benefits to North Dakota Children in Need

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a waiver enabling families with children eligible for free and reduced price school meals in North Dakota whose schools were closed to receive Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits. Today's announcement, made possible under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will benefit both Supplemental Nutrition Assistanc… Continue Reading


05.05.20

Senators Hoeven, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide $3 Billion to Fill Strategic Petroleum Reserve With U.S. Crude Oil

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Doug Jones introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide $3 billion in funding to purchase crude oil produced in the United States for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The text of the legislation is available here. In April, Hoeven announced he was leading the bipartisan, bicameral legislation along with Representatives Lizzie Fletcher and Michael Burgess. In addition to Hoeven and Jones, the Senate bill is being cosponsored by Sena… Continue Reading


05.04.20

Hoeven Announces More Than $3 Million in COVID-19 Funding for North Dakota Tribal Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) has awarded funding to tribal colleges and universities in North Dakota to help with impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are as follows: Turtle Mountain Community College - $1,157,310 United Tribes Technical College - $844,160 Sitting Bull College - $535,390 Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College - $270,040 … Continue Reading


05.04.20

Hoeven: SBA Accepting Economic Injury Disaster Loan Applications

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it has re-opened the online application portal for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Emergency EIDL Grants. This comes as a result of the additional $60 billion that Congress provided for the assistance programs. Further, due to a provision that Hoeven secured as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, farmers, ranchers and other agricult… Continue Reading

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