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06.14.16

Hoeven: Senate Approves National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which approves the nation's military programs. The legislation includes key provisions that will benefit North Dakota's bases. The Senate and House versions will now have to be reconciled. "The National Defense Authorization Act and the National Defense Appropriations Act are two of the most important pieces of legislation Congress considers and passes… Continue Reading


06.12.16

Hoeven Statement Following the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida: "The massacre in Orlando underscores how vigilant we must be in the face of terrorism. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families in the aftermath of this tragedy. Our thanks and prayers also go out to the individuals and first responders on the scene who helped to rescue victims amid those horrifying circumstances." -###-… Continue Reading


06.10.16

Hoeven Welcomes Interns, Legal Fellow to His Washington, Bismarck & Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Elizabeth Foy, Ty Kennedy and Carter Pederson are interning in his Washington, D.C. office, Edward Swiontek is interning in his Bismarck office and Caitlin Hanson is interning in his Fargo office. The senator also welcomed Philip Axt to his Washington office as a Legal Fellow. The interns work with the senator and his staff on a variety of legislative, communications and administrative projects. "Internships provide young people with a great… Continue Reading


06.10.16

Hoeven: Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations bill. The measure includes provisions that will benefit North Dakota, including a provision the senator pushed for that prohibits OSHA from imposing new restrictions on anhydrous fertilizer storage and sales. "This legislation includes some very important priorities for North Dakota," Hoeven said. "For example, there's mor… Continue Reading


06.09.16

Labor HHS Appropriations Bill Rescinds Fertilizer Storage Restrictions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the new Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education Appropriations bill passed out of committee today includes a provision that prohibits the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from imposing new restrictions on fertilizer sales and forcing agriculture retailers to comply with the same chemical storage requirements as wholesale facilities. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has been working to prev… Continue Reading


06.09.16

Hoeven:Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act Approved by Indian Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act, which he is cosponsoring with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), has now passed the Indian Affairs Committee. The legislation will allow the Indian Health Service (IHS) to cover the cost of copayments for Native Americans receiving medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA). Patients must have a referral from IHS to the VA in order to have their copayment costs covered. "Our bill enables the… Continue Reading


06.08.16

Hoeven: Congress Passes Bill to Improve Access and Availability of Rural Health Care

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have now passed the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act, legislation he cosponsored with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), to improve access and availability of rural health care. The bill makes skilled nursing facilities eligible for telecommunications and broadband funding to improve health care services, including telemedicine, in rural communities. "This legislation is all about providing g… Continue Reading


06.07.16

Hoeven Urges Support for Defense Priorities in North Dakota in Meeting with USAF Chief of Staff Nominee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Air Force (USAF) General David Goldfein, who has been nominated to become the Chief of Staff of the USAF, to discuss Air Force priorities in North Dakota. These include developing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including a new UAS wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, and modernizing the nation's nuclear deterrent at Minot Air Force Base, which is the only base in the U.S. with two legs of the Nuclear Triad. "Our Air Force plays a critical role… Continue Reading


06.06.16

Hoeven Hosts FBI Director for Meeting with Tribal Leaders, Helps Dedicate New FBI Office in Williston

NEW TOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey in North Dakota for a meeting with leaders from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation to discuss law enforcement challenges on the reservation. Following the meeting, the senator, congressional delegation and Director Comey dedicated the FBI's new resident agent office in Williston. This is the fifth FBI office in North Dakota and the first resident agent office to open in more tha… Continue Reading


06.06.16

Hoeven: Turtle Mountain Reservation Designated as Federal Tribal Promise Zone

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Indian Affairs Committee, today announced that the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, in collaboration with the Spirit Lake Tribe and surrounding communities, has been designated as the Pride of the Great Plains Promise Zone (PGPPZ). Promise Zones work to improve quality of life and break the cycle of persistent poverty by fostering collaboration between the federal government, local governments, the private sector and community organiza… Continue Reading


06.03.16

Hoeven, Cramer: President Signs Native American Children's Safety Act Into Law

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that President Barack Obama has signed into law S. 184, the Native American Children's Safety Act, which Hoeven authored and introduced in the Senate. Congressman Cramer then led the effort to get the measure passed in the House. The legislation implements protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. "A decade ago, we worked in North Dakota to ensure that all adu… Continue Reading


06.03.16

Hoeven Announces $15.7 Million DOE Grant to the Energy & Environmental Research Center at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Appropriations Committees, today announced that the National Energy Technology Laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $15,680,505 to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds will allow EERC to test emerging technologies for their potential to produce fresh, useable water from CO2 storage sites. Today's award is the second phase for the pr… Continue Reading


06.02.16

Hoeven Announces $200K DOL Grant to Support Apprenticeships in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $200,000 to North Dakota Job Service to improve and expand apprenticeship programs in North Dakota. Specifically, the grant will go towards integrating apprenticeships into the state's education and workforce systems, conducting outreach to start new apprentice programs, promoting greater inclusion in apprenticeships and expanding apprentic… Continue Reading


06.01.16

Hoeven Kicks Off Second Annual Drone Focus Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today kicked off the second annual Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Hoeven stressed North Dakota's many strengths that position the state as a prominent hub for UAS innovation and outlined the opportunities that the growing industry offers. "For more than a decade, North Dakota has been positioning itself to be a leader in the UAS industry," Hoeven said. "Our effort… Continue Reading


05.31.16

Hoeven: Supreme Court's Unanimous Decision on Wetlands Upholds Private Property Rights

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling that the individuals can challenge the Army Corps of Engineers' determination that costly permits are required for certain activities on private property. The court ruled unanimously against the government in the, Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. Inc., a North Dakota-based peat mining company. The State of North Dakota and 27 other States filed briefs in opposition to the Corps: … Continue Reading


05.31.16

Hoeven Honors Service of Two North Dakota Veterans Who Served During World War II

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored the service of two North Dakota veterans at a military medal presentation ceremony in Minot. Hoeven's office worked to secure the medals earned by World War II veterans Arthur Grosz and George Weber. The medals were awarded posthumously to their family members. "The veterans we are honoring today are part of our state's proud history of military service," said Hoeven. "These men left their homes and families to defend our nation, and while we can … Continue Reading


05.31.16

Hoeven: New Affordable Housing Projects in Minot, Burlington Embody Minot's Post-Flood Resilience

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Minot and Ward County community leaders at a dedication ceremony for two new affordable housing projects, the Burlington Willows Townhomes in the city of Burlington and the Cook's Court Apartments for seniors in the city of Minot. Both projects were built by Beyond Shelter, a Fargo-based developer of affordable Housing, with the help of more than $8 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriation… Continue Reading


05.27.16

Hoeven Statement on Observance of Memorial Day 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day. His public schedule for Monday, May 30th follows: "Whether in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard, active duty or reserve, the men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces reflect the best of America in their commitment to protect our nation. Today, we commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We all owe an immeasurable debt to those who … Continue Reading


05.26.16

Hoeven: USDA Approves Loan, Grant Totaling $5 Million for Water Infrastructure Improvement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $2,771,000 and a grant of $2,229,000 to remove and replace existing sanitary sewer mains and water mains in the City of New England in Hettinger County. The loan is made available from USDA's Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program and the grant is made available thr… Continue Reading


05.26.16

Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Approves Department of Defense Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed the Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes important provisions to benefit North Dakota and bolster the nation's defenses. Hoeven worked as a member of the Appropriations Committee to ensure the legislation included priorities for North Dakota and the nation. Among them are more than $75 million in funding to replace aging Huey helicopters used for the missile fields, i… Continue Reading

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