News Releases

05.21.20

Hoeven: FSA Expanding Loan Repayment Relief to Farmers Impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is expanding its Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision to cover farmers impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This authority, which normally applies to natural disasters, allows eligible producers to set aside their next payment for a FSA direct loan until the maturity date of the loan, … Continue Reading


05.21.20

Hoeven Announces USDA Loan Guarantees Available for Ag Producers and Rural Businesses from CARES Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $1 billion in loan guarantees available. Today's announcement will benefit rural businesses as well as agriculture producers currently ineligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans. This funding is available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the Business and Industry (B&I) CARE… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Hoeven Advances North Dakota Oil & Coal Priorities with Deputy Energy Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven secured support for North Dakota's energy priorities with Mark Menezes, the nominee to serve as Deputy Secretary of Energy. The senator urged Menezes to work with him in helping maintain the nation's oil and gas production capacity and providing a true path forward for coal, both through the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and ensuring a f… Continue Reading


05.21.20

Hoeven Announces CARES Act Funding Released for Three More North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released funding to three airports in North Dakota. These grants were previously announced by Hoeven on April 14 and were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Barnes County Municipal Airport - $30,000 Oakes Municipal Airport - $30,000 Lisbon Municipal Airp… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Hoeven Announces USDA Research Funds to NDSU

WASHINGTON - 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 has awarded $498,615 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). Today's funding will be used to support research regarding pasteurization and reduction of foodborne bacteria within wheat prior to the milling process. "Today's grant supports important research at NDSU that will help to address a c… Continue Reading


05.20.20

Hoeven Announces North Dakota Rural Health Clinics to Receive $2.6 Million for COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON - 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 $2,621,455 to 53 Rural Health Clinics (RHC) in North Dakota. This funding was made available under the most recent legislation passed by Congress in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and will be used to support COVID-19 testing efforts a… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Hoeven Statement on Executive Order to Provide Regulatory Relief, Help Jumpstart the Economy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to provide regulatory relief that will help jumpstart the economy as the nation addresses the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and continues to re-open. Hoeven recently joined a group of his Senate colleagues in calling on Senate leadership to include regulatory relief as part of the next COVID-19 legislative response. "Regulatory relief has been a top priority throu… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Hoeven Statement After Meeting With President Trump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Trump joined the Republican senators' meeting today to discuss efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and safely re-open the economy. Hoeven thanked the President for the Administration's work to support state and local efforts to stop the virus and outlined the importance of continuing to assist the nation's agriculture and energy producers. Hoeven raised the following agriculture… Continue Reading


05.19.20

North Dakota to Receive $52 Million for COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $52,621,819 to the North Dakota Department of Health for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing. This funding will be used to support statewide testing efforts and was made available through the most recent legislation passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Today's funding will support North Dakota's effort… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Hoeven Announces $1.3 Million from National Science Foundation to Two North Dakota Groups

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $784,455 to the Tribal Nations Research Group to support Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Research Symposiums. The NSF has also awarded $540,649 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. "Today's grants provide important funding to support research expertise in North … Continue Reading


05.19.20

Hoeven: CARES Act Funding Released for Additional North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released funding to seven airports in North Dakota. These grants were previously announced by Hoeven on April 14 and were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Hillsboro Municipal Airport - $30,000 Robert Odegaard Field Airport - $30,000 Watford City Munici… Continue Reading


05.19.20

Hoeven: USDA Releases Final Details for Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers, Sign-Up to Start May 26

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the final details for implementing the $16 billion in direct assistance under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Hoeven spoke with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this morning to discuss the program's specifics. Sign-up for the CFAP's direct assistance program is expected to begin May 26, and… Continue Reading


05.16.20

Hoeven Statement in Honor of Armed Forces Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in observance of Armed Forces Day to thank all men and women currently serving in the United States' armed forces, both at home and abroad. "Members of the U.S. military have willingly answered the call to serve their country and we can never thank them enough," said Hoeven. "While we set aside this day to express our gratitude, we know the freedom and liberties we enjoy would not be possible if it weren't for their co… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Advancing Federal Support for Repairs and Flood Prevention for Inundated Roads in Stutsman County

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with Senator Kevin Cramer and North Dakota legislators Senator Terry Wanzek and Representative Craig Headland, today discussed the damage to roadways inundated with floodwater in Stutsman County and advanced options with the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), local officials and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for repairing the damage and preventing future flooding. As a member of the Senate Appr… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Cosponsors PRIME Act to Support Local Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today cosponsored the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, legislation expanding ranchers' ability to provide more locally-produced meat to consumers. The bipartisan, bicameral PRIME Act was introduced by Senators Angus King, Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander, and is also being cosponsored by Senators Marsha Blackburn and Kevin Crame… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for UND Center for Rural 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), has awarded $2,500,000 to the University of North Dakota (UND). This funding will be used for the UND Center for Rural Health's Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), formerly known as the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), and their efforts to provide rural health services and information to residents in rural North Dakota. "Today's f… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Announces $18 Million for NDDOT from CARES Act

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will receive $18 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The funds were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will be used for operations and preventative maintenance regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to benefit rural … Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Statement in Commemoration of Peace Officers Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement on Peace Officers Memorial Day and during National Police Week to commemorate the sacrifices made by fallen heroes and honor the men and women of the law enforcement community. Hoeven this week cosponsored a bipartisan resolution which passed the Senate to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2019 and designate May 10-16 as National Police Week. "Law enforcement officers are dedicated to their co… Continue Reading


05.15.20

Hoeven Announces Funding for Clean Water Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $7,780,000 to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality. This grant is provided under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which Hoeven continues to prioritize in the annual appropriations process and will be used to support infrastructure projects in the state regarding wastewater treatment and pollution control. "As we… Continue Reading


05.14.20

Hoeven: FMCSA Final Hours of Service Rule A Good Step, More Flexibility Needed for Agriculture Haulers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the final Hours of Service (HOS) rule for all types of commercial drivers. Hoeven has been working with FMCSA to provide regulatory relief under the rule, including for agriculture haulers, and led a bipartisan group in urging the agency to ensure the rule works … Continue Reading

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