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Hoeven: Dakota Turbines Good Example of Rural Economic Development

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Rural Development Subcommittee today, Senator John Hoeven cited the work of Dakota Turbines, a small-wind turbine company based in Cooperstown, as a good example of the rural entrepreneurship needed to grow the economy and create good jobs. Cris Somerville, President of Dakota Turbines, testified at the hearing about the work of the family-owned and operated company, which manufactures blades, alternator and power electronics for sing… Continue Reading


Hoeven: VA Agrees to Implement Pilot Project in Fargo to Address Veteran Scheduling, Private Care Issues

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has agreed to develop and start to implement a pilot project over the next 30 days at the Fargo VA Medical Center to address scheduling and service with the Veterans Choice Program. The senator's announcement follows a roundtable he hosted on Friday with officials he invited to North Dakota from the VA and Health Net. The pilot program will serve as an administrative remedy to the bureaucratic del… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $34 Million in Available Funding for Firefighters, Fire Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program funding opportunity, which totals $34 million. Fire Prevention and Safety grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program, which works enhance the safety of the public and fire… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Work to Support Electric Cooperatives, Advance Comprehensive Energy Plan

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy and Appropriations committees, spoke today at Minnkota Power Cooperative's annual meeting. The senator outlined his work to prevent burdensome federal regulations, offer strong support to rural communities and advocate for rural electric utilities. The senator also thanked Minnkota Power and the entire Rural Electric Cooperative family for all they do to help rural America thrive. "Minnkota provides efficient, reliable pow… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pressing for VA Pilot Program in Fargo, Allowing Veterans to Schedule Private Care Through Local VA Medical Center

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable in Fargo with Gene Migliaccio, Deputy Chief Business Officer for Purchased Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration, and Matthew Ruest, Vice President of Government Services Field Operations for Health Net, to advance a new pilot program in the state that will allow veterans to schedule health care appointments with non-VA private providers directly through the Fargo VA Medical Center. Hoeven brou… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $2.5 Million in Additional LIHEAP Funding for North Dakota

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) in providing more than $2.5 million in additional funding to help low-income North Dakotans heat their homes. Today's award is the second allocation from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for this fiscal year (FY) and includes $1.9 million for the state government and more than $600,000 for tribes. "North Dakotan… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $3 Million DOD Investment in Advanced DASR-11 Radar Upgrades for Grand Forks, Fargo Bases

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense will invest $3 million at Grand Forks Air Force Base and Fargo's Hector Field to make technical upgrades to their Digital Airport Surveillance Radar (DASR-11) systems. The upgrades are key to integrating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace because the newer technology will provide clearer resolution, enabling multiple aircraft to fly beyond the line of sight without chase aircraft o… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Air Force, Grand Sky Sign Joint Use Agreement to Share Runway at Grand Forks Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Air Force and Grand Sky Business and Technology Park have signed a joint use agreement to share the base's runway. Hoeven has been working with senior Air Force officials, including Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, to complete their review of the agreement. Most recently, he made the case for the agreement last week with Jennifer L. Miller, Deputy Assistan… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NSF Awards Nearly $650K to North Dakota State College of Science to Bolster STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $648,463 to North Dakota State College of Science. The funds will be used to create a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Scholars Scholarship Program, Academic Support Network and Career Success Network. The program aims to recruit academically-talented STEM students with demonstrated financial need, retain STEM scholars and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Push to Make More Long-Term Care, Private Health Care Services Available to Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - During a tour and roundtable at the Baptist Health Care Center in Bismarck today, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of improving access to local long-term care (LTC) services for veterans. The senator highlighted the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act, legislation he sponsored with Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The Hoeven bill, which was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in December, would open more LTC services for veterans clos… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Roundtables in Bowman and Amidon

BOWMAN AND AMIDON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held roundtables in Bowman and Amidon where he discussed his current priorities in the Senate and addressed issues important to each community, including Bowman's new airport, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS), a new hospital and clinic in Bowman, grazing issues on the National Grasslands and the Air Force's Powder River Training Complex. "Agriculture is a staple of these southwestern North Dakota comm… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $3 Million to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start has awarded $3,290,245 to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The funds will be used to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which work to promote the school readiness of children from low-income families. "By investing in programs to promote school readiness for chi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses Forward Devils Lake, Outlines Work to Advance Economic Growth, Jobs

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a gathering of Forward Devils Lake, the region's economic development organization, that whether you're working on the federal, state or local level, job creation has to be job number one. Devils Lake is poised for growth, he said, and as a member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, Hoeven is working to support their efforts to grow the local economy and create good jobs for residents. "We're working hard to create a busin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Delivers Keynote Address at Central Power Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today delivered the keynote address at Central Power Electric Cooperative's annual meeting to outline his work to prevent costly Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, offer strong support to rural communities and advocate for infrastructure projects that will help the nation build a comprehensive energy plan. In recognition of the senator's leadership on issues impacting rural residents, Central Power leaders honored Hoeven with the Gary M. William… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Minot Fire Station Grand Opening; Senator Helped Secure $3.2 Million for Construction of the $3.4 Million Facility

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local leaders and residents to celebrate the grand opening of Minot's $3.4 million fire station at 55th Street. The new facility was funded in large part by $3.2 million in disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR) funds, part of a measure introduced by the senator and authorized by Congress in 2011 as part of a consolidated appropriations bill. Hoeven authored the legislation and secured its passage through his roles both on the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS Awards More Than $800K to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for Diabetes Treatment, Prevention

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Indian Affairs Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $807,902 grant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for diabetes treatment and prevention programs. The funds are made available through HHS' Special Diabetes Program for Indians. "Chronic conditions like diabetes carry severe impacts on the quality of life of our state's residents," Hoeven said. "Toda… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Support MAFB Priorities

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with leaders at Minot Air Force Base to help advance work being done under the Nuclear Force Improvement Program and to ensure initiatives move forward to modernize the B-52 fleet, replace the UH-1N helicopter and upgrade the nuclear cruise missile. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the senator is working to support Minot's missions as the Senate begins work this spring on Fiscal Year 2017 defense authorization and appropriations legi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Visits Port of Pembina, Working to Secure $5.7 Million for New APHIS Inspection Facility

PEMBINA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today visited the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations at the Pembina Port, the fifth busiest port along the U.S./Canadian border. Specifically, Hoeven reviewed the existing Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) facility, which poses logistical challenges for U.S. inspectors. Hoeven is working to secure funding to replace the inspection station with a new, modern facility. In response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, the original … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Support Domestic Manufacturers Like Motor Coach Industries in Pembina

PEMBINA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today visited the Motor Coach Industries, Inc. (MCI) plant in Pembina, where he outlined his work to help companies like MCI grow and thrive. MCI manufactures a line of commercial buses for charter and tourism companies; law enforcement; universities; and state, federal and municipal public transportation systems. In December, Hoeven worked to pass the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST), which reauthorized the nation's transportation programs … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.4 Million in HHS Funds for Head Start, Diabetes Programs in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $2.4 million for Head Start and diabetes programs in North Dakota. The details of the awards are as follows: Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency - $1,528,800 to support the agency's Head Start services for children from birth to five years of age. Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Ind… Continue Reading

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