News Releases

07.30.19

Hoeven: Peter Welte Confirmed to be U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. Earlier this year, Hoeven introduced Welte at his confirmation hearing and has worked to move his nomination through the Senate. "We are pleased that the Senate has now confirmed Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota," said Hoeven. "Peter has the right background for this very important position, and he brings a… Continue Reading


07.29.19

Hoeven Announces Nearly $2 Million in Grants for Grand Forks, Rolla, Mott and Cooperstown Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants totaling $1,963,290 for projects at four North Dakota airports including: Grand Forks International Airport - $786,542 to reconstruct existing apron pavement and rehabilitate an existing apron. Rolla Municipal Airport - $750,000 to construct a hang… Continue Reading


07.27.19

Hoeven Honors Members of NDNG 957 Engineer Company, Marking Start of Yearlong Deployment to Kuwait

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored the service of six members of the North Dakota National Guard's (NDNG) 957 Engineer Company as they begin a yearlong deployment to Kuwait. The soldiers, who specialize in combat engineer bridging operations, are deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and will provide training and technical assistance to other military personnel and allied forces serving in the region. Prior to travelling to Kuwait, the members will undergo final trai… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Senate Passes Hoeven-Cosponsored Resolution Honoring American Cowboy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Western Caucus, today announced that the Senate has passed a resolution declaring Saturday, July 27, as National Day of the American Cowboy. Hoeven cosponsored the resolution, introduced by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), to honor the legacy and contributions of cowboys in North Dakota and across the United States. "The cowboy is an icon in American history and culture and an example of hard work, determination and grit. This bipartisan reso… Continue Reading


07.26.19

Hoeven: Full Senate Moving Forward on Nomination of Peter Welte as U.S. District Court Judge

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Majority Leader filed cloture on the nomination of Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. In February, Hoeven introduced Welte at his confirmation hearing and has worked to move his nomination through the Senate. "This action by the Senate Majority Leader is an important step in helping to confirm Peter Welte for the vacancy in North Dakota's federal court," said Hoeven. "This… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Hoeven, Daines, Cramer Reintroduce CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today reintroduced their legislation, the CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act, to direct the Department of Treasury to use its existing authorities to help ensure carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project developers can utilize the Section 45Q tax credit. By aligning tax guidelines with existing federal regulations, the bill would help accelerate work on CCUS projects, supporting the development an… Continue Reading


07.25.19

Hoeven: USDA to Provide Second Round of MFP Payments by Mid to Late August, Sign Up Begins July 29

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today released the following statement after USDA released details about the next round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. Hoeven worked with USDA and the White House to secure $14.5 billion for a second round of MFP payments and to ensure coverage for all Title I commodities, including soybeans, wheat, corn, canola and others. "This agricul… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Indian Affairs Committee Passes Legislation for the Spirit Lake Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), today announced that the Senate Indian Affairs Committee has approved S. 2159, legislation he introduced with Senator Kevin Cramer to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation. Congressman Kelly Armstrong introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives. "Repealing this outdated law will recognize the Spirit Lake Nation's right as a… Continue Reading


07.24.19

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Hoeven Legislation to Address Shortage of Qualified Air Traffic Controllers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) Hiring Reform Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to help address the shortage of qualified air traffic controllers. The legislation would enable the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prioritize the hiring of veterans and graduates of FAA Certified Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI)… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Hoeven Statement on Passage of Legislation to Support 9/11 First Responders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate voted to approve the Never Forget the Heroes Act. "The Never Forget the Heroes Act is bipartisan legislation I cosponsored that permanently extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. This will help ensure that our nation takes care of the brave first responders who displayed true heroism and saved countless lives following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001." -###-… Continue Reading


07.23.19

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Mark Esper as Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the Secretary of Defense. Hoeven met with Esper last week to outline the importance of North Dakota's nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions to the nation's defense, as well as the need to strengthen servicemembers' benefits. Hoeven also invited Esper to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the importance of the state'… Continue Reading


07.22.19

Hoeven: FMCSA Seeking to Provide Additional Flexibility Under Hours of Service Agriculture Exemption

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is seeking to provide additional flexibility under the 150 air-mile agriculture exemption to its Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. The FMCSA has been working to improve the exemption at Hoeven's request to help… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven: USDA Awards $100 Million in Trade Promotion Funding for Agriculture Organizations Serving North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman 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 awarded $100 million through its Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help access new markets for U.S. agriculture goods. Today's funding is part of the $16 billion in agriculture assistance the senator helped secure to aid producers impacted by retaliatory tariffs. The funding w… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven Presents Safe Kids Outstanding Lead Agency Awards to Sanford Children's Hospital, Altru Health Systems

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week presented the Safe Kids Outstanding Lead Agency award to both Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo and Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks in recognition of their continued support for children's health in the Red River Valley and broad community outreach helping to prevent childhood injuries. "Safe Kids Grand Forks and Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead work to provide services that positively impact the community and benefit the safety of children," said Hoev… Continue Reading


07.19.19

Hoeven, Cramer and Armstrong Introduce Legislation for the Spirit Lake Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong this week introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to return criminal jurisdiction to the Spirit Lake Nation for crimes committed on the reservation. "This bill will reinforce tribal sovereignty by providing the Spirit Lake Nation with jurisdiction over criminal offenses committed on the Spirit Lake reservation, just as othe… Continue Reading


07.18.19

Hoeven Meets with Defense Secretary Nominee to Secure Support for North Dakota Nuclear & UAS Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, today met with Mark Esper, the nominee to serve as the Secretary of Defense, where he outlined the importance of North Dakota's nuclear and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) missions to the nation's defense as well as the need to strengthen servicemembers' benefits. Hoeven invited Esper to visit the state once he is confirmed to see firsthand the importance of its military missions. Hoeven is working to ensu… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Hoeven Marks 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Senate Floor Speech

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and highlight North Dakota's continued work with NASA to advance the future of U.S. aeronautics, including in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven is cosponsoring a Senate resolution that celebrates the milestone, recognizes the vision of President John F. Kennedy and honors the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women of NASA. "The Apollo 11 moon landing was… Continue Reading


07.17.19

Senate Energy Committee Approves Three Hoeven-Supported Bills to Ensure Use of Natural Gas and Other Efficient Fuels in Federal Buildings, Promote Energy Efficiency & Advance CCUS Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement after the committee approved three pieces of legislation he has introduced and supported to ensure the use of natural gas and other energy and cost efficient fuels in federal buildings, promote greater energy efficiency and advance the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. The legislation includes: All-of-the-Above Federal … Continue Reading


07.17.19

Hoeven: DOE Awards $16 Million to EERC for Enhanced Oil Recovery Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $16 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. The funds come from the DOE's Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Oil Recovery program, which Hoeven has worked to secure strong funding for through hi… Continue Reading


07.16.19

Hoeven Leads Senate Colloquy Calling for Passage of USMCA

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) led a colloquy with Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and John Thune (R-S.D.) to outline the importance of passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and its benefits for the nation's economy. "Implementation of this agreement will benefit North Dakota as it will secure and expand market access for our a… Continue Reading

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