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06.17.21

Hoeven Working to Keep Critical Infrastructure Projects for Minot Air Force Base on Schedule

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Lt. Gen. Warren Barry, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection (Air Force), to keep critical infrastructure projects for the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) on schedule, including: Helicopter Facility - The existing facilities are aging and will not accommodate the MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters that will replace the Hueys … Continue Reading


06.16.21

Hoeven Announces Nearly $6 Million in Pandemic Assistance to North Dakota Department of Health

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $5,935,883 to the North Dakota Department of Health. This grant, made available under the Stafford Act, will reimburse costs associated with testing, staffing, and additional efforts related to the department's COVID-19 public health emergency response efforts. "The State of North Dakota has continued to respond to C… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Hoeven Announces $1.8 Million to CommunityWorks ND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded $1.8 million to CommunityWorks North Dakota. This grant is provided under the Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Rapid Response Program and is made available through Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations legislation. The funds will be used to support economic opportunity and community development, primarily i… Continue Reading


06.16.21

Hoeven Urges Energy Secretary to Help Advance Key Priorities for CCUS Development

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to help advance three key priorities needed for the development and implementation of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS): Front end investment in technology development, including bolstering the partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) i… Continue Reading


06.15.21

ND Delegation Urges USDA to Allow Haying and Grazing of Additional CRP Acres in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to assist North Dakota ranchers suffering from drought conditions and requested that USDA allow emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres in North Dakota before August 1. While CRP acres in 50 North Dakota counties are currently eligible to be grazed at limited capacity, they are not eligible to be hayed. The… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Hoeven Urges Secretary Vilsack to Send Acting RMA Administrator to Assess North Dakota Drought Conditions

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee today, Senator John Hoeven urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to send Acting Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Richard Flournoy to North Dakota to assess drought conditions. The senator stressed the severe losses that producers will face if conditions do not improve and the need for RMA to have firsthand knowledge of the situation in order to properly cover losses. "Our farmers a… Continue Reading


06.15.21

Hoeven: USDA Implements RISE Program, Will Begin Accepting Applications June 16

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finished implementing the Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) program and will begin accepting applications on June 16. The program will support innovation clusters in rural areas, providing grants of up to $2 million to support high-wage job creation, new business formation, b… Continue Reading


06.14.21

Hoeven: Packet Digital Partners with Air Force Research Lab to Improve Space Craft Power Systems

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced a nearly $8 million contract between Packet Digital and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop advanced power systems to enhance future U.S. space missions, providing improved efficiency, reliability, power delivery and component lifespan. The contract utilizes $7 million in funding that Hoeven secured in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 as a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, as well as nearly $1 million in expected fundin… Continue Reading


06.14.21

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Expand Ranchers' Ability to Sell to Local Consumers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, recently helped reintroduce the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act. The bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would expand ranchers' ability to provide more locally-produced meat to consumers. "While we continue working to address issues of fairness and tra… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Hoeven: Producers to Receive Full QLA Payments, Additional WHIP+ Payments in Coming Weeks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that producers will receive their full Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) program payments, as well as additional Wildfire, Hurricane and Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments for 2019 indemnities. Currently, producers have received only 50% of their 2019 payment. With the additional WHIP+ payments, producers will receive 90% of 2019 i… Continue Reading


06.11.21

Hoeven Helps Introduce Legislation to Make Summer Meal Programs More Flexible for Students

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, this week joined Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to make existing child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach low-income students during the summer mont… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Hoeven Highlights Need for More Resilient, Secure Satellite & UAS Communications With Space Force Chief

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven highlighted the need for more resilient satellite communication systems, including between satellites and unmanned aerial systems (UAS),with General John Raymond, Chief of the U.S. Space Force, who affirmed his commitment to the priority and agreed with the senator on the need to stay ahead of the nation's adversaries in developing satellite technologies. Specifically, Hoeven outlined t… Continue Reading


06.10.21

Hoeven to Air Force Secretary: Keep Nuclear Modernization on Schedule

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured a commitment from Acting U.S. Air Force Secretary John P. Roth and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Brown to keep nuclear modernization efforts on schedule. That includes new helicopters for nuclear bases, as well as B-52 modernizations and upgrades to the nuclear missiles. The senator outlined the important role of Minot Air Force Base as the nation's only dual nuclear m… Continue Reading


06.09.21

Hoeven Helps Introduce Defending Keystone Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in introducing the Defending Keystone Jobs Act. This legislation would require the Department of Labor to submit a report to Congress on the number of jobs lost as a direct or indirect result of the Biden administration's move to cancel construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. "The Biden administration's actions to waive sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline while halting construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, … Continue Reading


06.09.21

Hoeven Statement on EPA, Army Corps Efforts to Repeal Navigable Waters Protection Rule, Advance New WOTUS Definition

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced efforts to repeal the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) and advance a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition. "We worked hard to provide regulatory certainty and alleviate the burdens placed on our farmers, energy producers and other businesses under the 2015 WOTUS rule," said Hoeven. "The Obama-era WOTUS rule was a signifi… Continue Reading


06.08.21

Hoeven: Endless Frontier Act Should Have Been Paid for With Repurposed Dollars

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Endless Frontier Act. The legislation will spend nearly $250 billion but is not paid for, which is why Hoeven voted no on the bill. It will now go to the House for further action. "At a time when we need to control our spending and tackle our debt and deficit, this bill spends nearly $250 billion. I believe this bill could have been paid for and should have been paid for, by repurposing funds from the $… Continue Reading


06.07.21

Hoeven Announces New Regional Director in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Clare Carlson has joined his U.S. Senate office in Bismarck as regional director for south-central North Dakota. Carlson most recently served as North Dakota State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, a role he held for more than 11 years across two separate terms. He also worked as the Deputy Director for North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, in Hoeven's office during his time as Governor and in the … Continue Reading


06.05.21

Hoeven Honors Work of 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery at Send-Off Ceremony in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today commended the service of 225 members of the North Dakota National Guard's 1st Battalion of the 188th Air Defense Artillery at a send-off ceremony in Grand Forks. The senator honored the servicemembers, and their families, for their service as the soldiers prepare to return to the National Capitol Region (NCR) for a third time. While there, the unit will provide airspace security under Operation Noble Eagle for up to 14 months. "No matter where or w… Continue Reading


06.04.21

Hoeven Urges Biden to Support American Energy Independence

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven recently joined 12 of his Senate colleagues, led by Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), in urging President Biden to change course on his regulatory agenda, which is harming American energy independence and slowing the nation's economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. "In your first 100 days in office, you have cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline, our country has experienced one of the worst gasoline shortages since the 1970s, and you waived the application of… Continue Reading


06.04.21

Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today announced he is cosponsoring the Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation that takes important steps to modernize the military justice system for serious crimes, including sexual assault, rape and murder. Additionally, the bill includes provisions to help prevent serious crimes and improve safety on military installations. "This bipartisan legislation will… Continue Reading

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