News Releases

07.16.20

Hoeven Statement on Federal Court Overturning BLM's Revised Flaring Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for Northern California overturned a 2018 rule from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that removed the one-size-fits-all approach to addressing flaring and recognized the rights of tribes to manage energy development on their lands. "In order to reduce flaring on federal and tribal land, we need to invest in the proper infrastr… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Hoeven Announces Funding to North Dakota Department of Health

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has awarded $1,661,044 to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH). This funding is awarded to the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) program and will be used to support the department's efforts to combat and respond to infectious diseases. "As the response t… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Hoeven Statement on Final Rule to Streamline NEPA Infrastructure Reviews

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the administration released a final rule to modernize and streamline regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The rule seeks to prevent delays for infrastructure projects by establishing a two-year time limit for the completion of federal environmental impact statements and a one-year limit for environmental assessments. Further, t… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Hoeven Holds Virtual Roundtable with Lignite Energy Council Members

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today held a virtual roundtable with members of the Lignite Energy Council to discuss his efforts to support coal in the nation's energy mix and ensure the country continues to harness this abundant energy resource. This includes: Ensuring coal is fairly valued as a reliable source of baseload power. Supporting the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies, in… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Hoeven Discusses Ag Assistance, Gathers Input for the Next Phase of Federal COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a virtual roundtable with North Dakota producers, commodity groups and Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials to: Review the progress of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The CFAP was funded in part through the $9.5 billion in emergency funding Hoeven secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. … Continue Reading


07.15.20

Hoeven Announces USDA Rural Development Loans to Two North Dakota Groups

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded loans to two North Dakota recipients through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program: City of Dodge - $1,770,000 loan to repair and reconstruct streets that are no longer adequate to serve projected future traffic due to the oil and gas industry. Crystal Rural Fire District - $900,000 l… Continue Reading


07.14.20

Hoeven Statement After D.C. Circuit Court Issues Stay Preventing Shutdown of DAPL

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an administrative stay temporarily preventing the district judge's shutdown order, allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operating while the appeals court considers arguments. "The Dakota Access Pipeline is important energy infrastructure that has been safely operating for three years. This temporary stay is a good step that recognizes the significant impac… Continue Reading


07.14.20

Hoeven Announces Economic Development Funds for UND From CARES Act

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $299,921 to the University of North Dakota (UND). This funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used to support UND's efforts to boost the regional economy in response to challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. "Today's funding from th… Continue Reading


07.12.20

Hoeven Statement on the 65th Anniversary of the Minot Air Force Base Groundbreaking

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement marking the 65th anniversary of the Minot Air Force Base groundbreaking: "The Minot Air Force Base has played a vital role in keeping our nation safe for 65 years and we thank all the men and women who have served here for their sacrifices on our behalf. We also recognize the many efforts of all those in the community who have supported the base," said Hoeven. "The Minot Air Force Base has been an important part of the Minot… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Hoeven: DOT Extends United Airlines Contract to Serve Dickinson Through September 2022

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation renewed United Airlines' contract to provide air service to the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport through September 30, 2022. "Dickinson Airport is an important travel hub in our state and we appreciate the Administration for extending United Airlines' contract," said Hoeven. "This will help to ensure that the Dickinson community has reliable air service, which is an im… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Hoeven: HHS Awards Rural Health Funding to UND

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded $1,065,742 to the University of North Dakota (UND). This grant will support the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility program to strengthen Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural emergency medical services (EMS), improving the delivery of quality care to pati… Continue Reading


07.10.20

North Dakota Delegation Statement on the Trump Administration Approving a Major Disaster Declaration for Spring Flooding

BISMARCK - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong issued the following statement today on President Donald J. Trump approving Governor Doug Burgum's request for a major disaster declaration for spring flooding in North Dakota: "We appreciate the Trump Administration fulfilling Governor Burgum's request for a major disaster declaration. Spring flooding is one of many obstacles North Dakotans are facing beyond their control, but we know they can successfully over… Continue Reading


07.09.20

Hoeven Announces CARES Act Funding to Standing Rock Transit System

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban DevelopmentAppropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $436,520 to Standing Rock Public Transit. Today's funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will support the Standing Rock Public Tribal Transit Program as it continues operating a… Continue Reading


07.09.20

Hoeven Marks Launch of Rural Export Center in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement marking the official launch of the Rural Export Center (REC), which is based out of the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) office in Fargo. The REC provides customized market research, analysis and planning to assist rural businesses across the country in offering their products and services internationally. Through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $500,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding legislat… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Hoeven: USDA Awards Research Funding to NDSU for Swine Welfare Practices

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $195,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). This grant will support efforts to improve animal well-being practices by reducing the stress on hogs as they are being transported. -###-… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Hoeven: Minnkota Power CEO Outlines Essential Role of Coal-Fired Electricity to FERC

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after Mac McLennan, President and CEO of the Minnkota Power Cooperative, testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on the essential role of coal-fired electricity in the nation's grid. McLennan outlined how lignite coal remains the backbone of Minnkota Power's system and enables the company to deliver power in a wide variety of condition… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Hoeven Announces CARES Act Funding for Telemedicine in Dickinson

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded $124,053 to the CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Medical Center. This grant will be used to purchase equipment in order to support telemedicine services at the facility as they continue responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Today's funding was made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Secu… Continue Reading


07.08.20

Hoeven Statement After First USDA Investment in Animal Disease Vaccine Bank

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a $27.1 million purchase of a foot-and-mouth-disease (FMD) vaccine for the National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank (NAVVCB). The NAVVCB was established by the 2018 Farm Bill, for which H… Continue Reading


07.07.20

Hoeven: DOJ Awards Community Policing Grant to Cass County Sheriff's Department

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $94,125 to the Cass County Sheriff's Department. The funds are made available through DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office and will support the implementation of strategies to improve officer safety and wellness. "We welcome this investment in Cass County's law enforcement, supporting their essential service to the region wh… Continue Reading


07.07.20

Hoeven: RMA Announces New Quality Loss Option for Crop Insurance Policies

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) issued improvements to crop insurance policies for producers, including a new Quality Loss Option. RMA was required to develop the option by the 2018 Farm Bill, for which Hoeven served as a conference committee member. The new option allows pr… Continue Reading

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