News Releases

12.16.15

Hoeven: Year-End Funding Legislation Permanently Extends Sec. 179 Expensing for Farmers, Ranchers, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the year-end funding bill for Fiscal Year 2016 permanently extends Section 179 with the $500,000 limitation, a provision of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax code that allows farmers, ranchers and other small businesses to expense the purchase of equipment they need to run their operations. In addition, the measure extends the bonus depreciation allowance for five years. Section 179 allows small businesses the option of expensing the co… Continue Reading


12.14.15

Hoeven Statement on Major General Sprynczynatyk's Retirement from Adjutant General of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating Major General David Sprynczynatyk upon his retirement as Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard. "Major General Sprynczynatyk has done an outstanding job serving the state of North Dakota for more than 40 years in two of the most important roles in state government. As governor in 2006, I had the honor of appointing him adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard, where he led the finest Gu… Continue Reading


12.13.15

Hoeven Congratulates Brig. Gen. Dohrmann on Being Named Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard and Director of the ND Department of Emergency Services

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued this statement following Brigadier General Al Dohrmann being named adjunct general of the North Dakota National Guard and director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services: "Brigadier General Dohrmann has long served our state and our nation with great dedication, and this appointment recognizes his strong leadership, team building and strategic planning skills. The guidance he demonstrated through his coordination of the 2011 flood resp… Continue Reading


12.11.15

Hoeven Advocates for Lifting Oil Export Ban at Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Terrorism and Global Oil Markets today, Senator John Hoeven advocated for lifting the crude oil export ban, saying it will make the nation and our allies safer as we confront global terrorism. That view was supported by expert witnesses from leading think tanks who testified at the hearing. Hoeven has repeatedly called for repealing the ban and is working hard to get the repeal included in the year-end legislation. "Lif… Continue Reading


12.11.15

Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota Army National Guard on New Cyber Defense Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk and the North Dakota Army National Guard on its selection as part of the regional Army National Guard Cyber Protection Team (CPT). Starting in 2018, seven soldiers in North Dakota and 32 soldiers from Colorado, South Dakota and Utah will form a shared CPT and join the Department of Defense's cyberforces in defense of critical military and civilian government computer network infrastructure. Including North Dakota,… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Hoeven: IRS, Treasury Agree to Increase Expensing Threshold on Purchase of Tangible Property From $500 to $2,500

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has agreed to raise the safe harbor threshold for expensing the purchase, acquisition or improvement of tangible property from $500 to $2,500 for many small businesses and family-owned farms and ranches. The change will ease the compliance burden for taxpayers who do not maintain applicable financial statements and would have otherwise faced complex capitalization rules for many basic, common purchases, such… Continue Reading


12.10.15

Hoeven's Veterans Access to Long-Term Care Legislation Passes Veterans Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Veterans Affairs Committee has included provisions from two Hoeven bills that will allow veterans greater access to long term care (LTC) services near loved ones and friends in their home communities: the Veterans Access to Extended Care Act and the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. Extended care providers include such facilities as nursing centers, geriatric evaluation, domiciliary services, adult day health care… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Hoeven: Congress Passes Education Bill Restoring Local Control, Bolstering STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, education authorization legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill restores state and local control over education standards and makes important reforms to replace one-size-fits-all accountability requirements with state-designed systems. The legislation also prevents federal mandates, including Common Core. The bill was approved in the Senate by a strong, bipartisan vote … Continue Reading


12.09.15

Hoeven Continues Work on Grand Forks AFB Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) today met with top Air Force officials to further advance the region's leadership as a premier hub for unmanned aerial system (UAS) and to further initiatives important to Grand Forks Air Force Base. Specifically, Hoeven said the Air Force will start the process in 2016 for selecting a base the KC-46 Aerial Refueling Tanker; Grand Forks is in the running for the mission. The group also pushed… Continue Reading


12.09.15

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.1 Million Grant for Head Start, Early Head Start at Cankdeska Cikana Community College

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $1.1 million to Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) to support its Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Today's award is a continuation of CCCC's five-year project, which began in 2014 and serves the Spirit Lake Tribe. "The well-being of children is a vital component of healthy and successful communities… Continue Reading


12.08.15

Hoeven: Howard Dahl Honored by Kazakhstan for 25 Years of Service to the Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Howard Dahl, who was honored by the country of Kazakhstan for doing business in the nation for 25 years. Dahl, the President and CEO of Amity Technology and Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in North Dakota, was presented with the medal during the 3rd Annual Kazakhstan-U.S. Convention in Washington, D.C. Hoeven spoke at the event to honor Dahl and highlight the important trade relationship between North Dakota and Kazakhstan. "Howard Dahl has bee… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Senate Passes National Bison Legacy Act Making Bison National Mammal; Hoeven Challenges Daines to Wager on Bison, Grizzlies Game

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate unanimously passed the National Bison Legacy Act, legislation he introduced with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) that designates the American bison as the national mammal of the United States. The National Bison Legacy Act recognizes the historical, cultural and economic significance of the bison, which is the largest land mammal in America. Many Native American tribes revere the bison as a sacred and spiritual symb… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Hoeven: Congress Passes Five-Year Highway Bill; Measure Includes More Than $1.3 Billion for N.D. Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the new five-year highway bill that Congress approved today will provide North Dakota with more than $1.3 billion and enable more than 100 North Dakota transportation projects to advance. The formula is favorable to North Dakota and increases annual highway funding for the state to $263 million, about $23 million a year more than it currently receives. The bill also provides a total of $76 million over five years for transit projects in North… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Hoeven Statement on the Senate Repealing Obamacare, Defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to Senate passage of a budget reconciliation bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood. "The Senate today repealed Obamacare and eliminated more than a trillion dollars in taxes created by the law, including taxes on some benefit plans and the tax on medical devices. The bill also reduces the deficit by almost $400 billion over the next ten years. "This is the first step in replacing Obamacare wi… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven Honored at Boy Scouts of America's Award Luncheon as 2015 Energy 'Good Scout'

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was today honored as the 2015 Energy 'Good Scout' by the Boy Scouts of America's National Capital Area Council (NCAC) at their 5th annual Energy Awards Luncheon. "Our young people are our future, and the values and work ethic that Boy Scouts instill into young men help them build the character and skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow," Hoeven said. "The Energy Merit Badge is a way to encourage Boy Scouts to learn about our nation's energy industry … Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven: Highway Bill to Restore $3 Billion Cut in Crop Insurance Made in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the new five-year highway bill Congress is on track to pass this week restores $3 billion that was cut from crop insurance in the budget agreement completed in October. Hoeven worked as a member of the Agriculture Committee to reverse efforts to further cut crop insurance funding, which has already been reduced by $12 billion since 2008. "This is an important provision for our farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and across the country," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven Announces Nearly $750K in Federal Funding to Support Research at University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Appropriations Committees, today announced that the University of North Dakota (UND) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to receive $748,847 in federal funding to support research that aims to extract rare earth elements from coal. Rare earth elements contain unique chemical properties which have made them essential in many technologies including electron… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Announces $306 Million in Available Funding to Improve Fire Safety, Encourages Local Fire Districts to Apply

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making $306 million in funding available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This program seeks to provide fire departments and nonaffiliated ambulance and emergency medical service organizations with the tools and resources they need to more effectively protect the health and safety of emergenc… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Congratulates Northern Plains Test Site Director Bob Becklund on Promotion to Brigadier General

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued this statement following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Colonel Robert Becklund, director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems test site in Grand Forks, as brigadier general: "General Bob Becklund's career has been an upward trajectory since he entered military service in the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1982, and now he has deservedly been promoted to brigadier general. Whether it's flying an F-16 or overseeing the integration of… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $860K in Federal Funding for North Dakota State University

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a University Transportation Centers (UTC) grant totaling $861,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will support NDSU's Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), which focuses on safe, mobile and sustainable passenger and freight transportation. The MPC has conducted projects on transportation operations, low-cost safety e… Continue Reading

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