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12.13.19

Hoeven Statement After Administration, China Agree to Phase-One Trade Deal

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the President and China agreed to a phase-one trade deal. Among other things, the agreement will require China to ramp up its purchases of U.S. agricultural products and in return, the U.S. will not impose 15 percent duties scheduled for December 15. Hoeven spoke with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer earli… Continue Reading


12.13.19

Hoeven & Shaheen Air Traffic Controller Hiring Reform Act Included in FY2020 Defense Bill, Set for Approval Next Week

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen today announced that their bipartisan Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Hiring Reform Act has been included in the Defense Authorization bill, which will be considered by the Senate next week. The senators introduced the legislation to: Help address the shortage of qualified air traffic controllers. Ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is able to hire more qualified veterans … Continue Reading


12.12.19

Hoeven Announces Available USDA Funding for Rural Broadband in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized the second round of funding for their high-speed ReConnect Pilot Program. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, the senator secured $1.1 billion across 2018 and 2019 for the ReConnect Program, a rural broadband loan and grant pilot program targeted to areas that currently lack access to quality broadband service. "We are continuing to develop the infrastructu… Continue Reading


12.12.19

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Fish and Wildlife Service Director

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after joining the Senate in confirming Aurelia Skipwith as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "The perpetual easements and wetlands determinations under the FWS impose tremendous uncertainty on producers and do not have an adequate appeals process," said Hoeven. "We made the cost and chal… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Hoeven: Trade Assistance Signup Deadline Extended to December 20

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the signup deadline for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to December 20, 2019. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to secure a second round of trade assistance under MFP and ensure coverage for all Title I crops, including soybeans, wheat, corn, canola and others. Further, the senator worked to replenish the program's fundin… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Hoeven, Peterson Continue to Make the Case for Disaster Assistance for Sugar Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee this week continued their efforts to secure disaster assistance for sugar producers. The chairmen were joined by Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative CEO Kurt Wickstrom at a meeting with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Bill Northey to outline the challenges facing sugarbeet growers. The leaders made the case for providing di… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Hoeven Statement After House Democrats Announce Articles of Impeachment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against the president. "As House Democrats have been talking about since the president was elected, they are moving forward with articles of impeachment. Instead of spending time on impeachment, the House should focus on getting work done like finally advancing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, funding our military and helping reduce the cost of prescription drug costs." -###… Continue Reading


12.10.19

Hoeven Statement After House Agrees to Advance USMCA

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the House of Representatives agreed to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Over the past year, Hoeven has been advocating for the House to take action on the agreement which, according to the International Trade Commission, will increase U.S. agricultural and food exports to Canada and Mexico by $2.2 billion when fully implemented. "After being held up for more than a year in the House, it is time that … Continue Reading


12.06.19

Hoeven Outlines North Dakota's UAS Leadership, Airport Projects to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, this week met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson to secure support for the continued advancement of North Dakota's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) leadership and investment in the state's airports. Among other things, the senator urged Dickson to ensure the FAA cooperates on beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned flights… Continue Reading


12.04.19

Hoeven: Congress Should Approve USMCA Now

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined a Senate colloquy urging the House of Representatives to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which, according to the International Trade Commission, will increase U.S. agricultural and food exports to Canada and Mexico by $2.2 billion when fully implemented. Hoeven outlined the severe weather challenges facing U.S. agriculture producers and the need to provide them with the certainty of passage of this trade agreement. "Our fa… Continue Reading


12.02.19

Hoeven Statement on North Dakota's Fisher Industries Being Awarded Contract to Construct Border Wall in Yuma

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers awarded Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. of Dickinson, North Dakota with a contract to construct the border wall in Yuma, Arizona. Fisher Industries will receive nearly $270 million of a $400 million contract. "Fisher Industries has the right experience to build the wall on the southern border and we're pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers has selected them to design and build this portion alon… Continue Reading


12.02.19

Hoeven: Senate Approves Dan Brouillette as Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today joined the Senate in confirming Dan Brouillette as the U.S. Secretary of Energy. "We've worked through our Empower ND energy plan to make North Dakota an energy powerhouse for the nation producing all different types of energy both traditional and renewable," said Hoeven. "With North Dakota's leadership in energy, we look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Brouillette to grow our nat… Continue Reading


12.02.19

Hoeven Announces Funds for Health Research at University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $360,589 to the University of North Dakota (UND). Today's funds will support research regarding the immune system, including innovative treatment for influenza and other viruses. "This grant empowers UND to continue researching and improving our understanding of the body's immu… Continue Reading


11.28.19

Hoeven Thanksgiving Day Statement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to wish North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving Day provides us with the opportunity to spend time with loved ones and give thanks for our many blessings. As we gather round the table today, joined by our family and friends, we have many reasons to be thankful. We are grateful for the hardworking men and women who make our state an incredible place to live, and for our servicemembers and veterans who have fough… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Hoeven: Corps Awards $59 Million Contract for Red River Valley Flood Control Project

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $59 million construction contract for the Fargo-Moorhead region's flood protection project, the second construction contract awarded for the project. Today's contract will build the Wild Rice River structure, which includes a concrete control structure with two gates. As a member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured additional funding in the Corps cons… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Advance Precision Agriculture Technology, Grand Farm

FARGO, N.D. - At Emerging Prairie's Autonomous Focus Group today, Senator John Hoeven outlined ongoing efforts to advance North Dakota's role as a hub for precision agriculture technologies. This includes his work to secure support for Grand Farm, a project led by Emerging Prairie to develop and demonstrate the next generation of precision agriculture, which will help to address challenges faced by farmers here at home and globally, improving efficiency, lowering operating costs and increasing y… Continue Reading


11.27.19

Hoeven Marks Success of North Dakota's Start-Up Community, Helps Announce $3.2 Million Air Force Contract for Elinor Coatings

FARGO, N.D. - At the fifth-annual 1 Million Cups (1MC) Reunion today, Senator John Hoeven marked the successes of the region's start-up community and outlined his efforts to support their continued growth, including introducing the Support our Start-Ups Act, bipartisan legislation with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) that enables entrepreneurs to deduct more of the start-up costs for their business so they can invest more in making their business a success. As part of the event, Hoeven joined the… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Hoeven Statement After President Establishes Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement today after the President signed an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. "We appreciate the President signing this executive order, which brings important resources and awareness for missing and murdered Indians in the United States," said Hoeven. "As chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, we have be… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Hoeven Marks Development of Monterey and Brighton Place Affordable Senior Housing Facility

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked a demolition and groundbreaking for the development of Monterey and Brighton Place, a new affordable senior housing facility in West Fargo. The site is being built with the assistance of more than $2.5 million in federal funding and financing, including investment tax credits, which were used to leverage more than $15.5 million in private investment. It will include two, four-story apartment buildings consisting of 78 one-bedroom apartments and… Continue Reading


11.26.19

Hoeven Announces FEMA Grant for More Than $1 Million to Washburn

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1,026,025 grant to fund a Washburn Intake Improvement project. This project includes replacing the current raw water intake and pump house to ensure water is available during low-flood events. "Today's funding will help replace the old water system, helping mitigate health risks and ensure clean water is available to the community… Continue Reading

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