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Hoeven: President Invites NDSU Bison Football Team to the White House

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the President Donald J. Trump has invited the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team to be honored at the White House. Following the Bison's seventh FCS national title in eight years, Hoeven and the President discussed honoring the team at the White House and the President has extended an invitation. Hoeven has also spoken with NDSU President Dean Bresciani and is working with NDSU, the President, and the White House to co… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Meeting with Attorney General Nominee William Barr

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after meeting with William Barr, who has been nominated to serve as Attorney General of the United States. "Bill Barr has a strong record of public service and will bring a wealth of experience to the Department of Justice. He has shown a deep commitment to upholding the rule of law throughout his time in public service, and again affirmed a commitment to states' rights during our meeting. Given his strong record and his previous … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Section 48A Clean Coal Tax Credit

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today introduced the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, legislation to modernize the Section 48A tax credit for clean coal facilities to better support the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The Section 48A tax credit was first established in 2005, and CO2 capture projects were made eligible in 2008. However, the eligibility standards for the credit are not technically or economically feasible for CCS retro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Arranges Meeting Between F-M Region Leaders & OMB, Presses for Inclusion of Flood Protection Project in President’s FY2020 Budget

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined local leaders from the Fargo-Moorhead region, including Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney, Cass County Commissioner Mary Scherling and Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd, in urging officials from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to include the Red River Valley's flood protection project in the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget request. The senator arranged the meeting as part of his efforts to secure additional federal funding to implement Plan B, a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After Meeting with Border Security Professionals

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after being briefed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) career professionals on priorities for securing the border. Today's briefing was scheduled at Hoeven's suggestion after he urged the conferees to use the expertise of the career border patrol professionals to determine what is needed to secure the border. "By listening to the career border patrol agents, we can find a solution to fund border security. This briefing enab… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Introduce Legislation to Transfer Title for Oakes Irrigation Site to Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week introduced legislation to transfer the title for the Oakes Test Area, an irrigation research site, from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to the Dickey-Sargent Irrigation District. The Oakes Test Area was established at the recommendation of the International Joint Commission, but has never operated at full capacity and no longer receives federal funding through the BOR. The local irrigation district continues to make use of the facility… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement after President Trump Delivers 2019 State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump delivered the 2019 State of the Union address: "The President outlined a positive, common sense agenda for our nation tonight. He highlighted the strength of our economy as a result of our work to provide tax relief and regulatory reform. At the same time, the president outlined the importance of working together to build a strong future for our country and improve the quality of life for all… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Approves Legislation to Enhance U.S. Security Efforts with Allies in the Middle East

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East (SASME) Act of 2019. The legislation includes a measure Hoeven cosponsored in the last Congress to enhance security assistance to, and cooperation with, Israel. The bill also extends U.S. security cooperation arrangements with Jordan and authorizes sanctions for entities supporting the Assad regime in Syria. "This legislation enhances our national se… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Expand TRICARE Eligibility to National Guard & Reservists, Regardless of Civilian Occupation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to extend eligibility for the TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) program to all National Guardsmen and Reservists, regardless of their civilian occupation. Under current law, federal employees who serve in the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserve are prohibited from participating in TRS. This prohibition creates a financial incentive for transitioning service members to take their skillset and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee and the Senate Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Coalition, today released the following statement after the President announced that the U.S. will suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty and will completely withdraw in 6 months, unless Russia comes back into compliance with the treaty and destroys all of its violating missiles, launchers and other equipment. … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Host Bethlehem Gronneberg at 2019 State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will host Bethlehem Gronneberg, Founder and CEO of uCodeGirl, as his guest at the President's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5. uCodeGirl is a non-profit organization in Fargo providing tech education and enrichment for young women, empowering them to pursue careers in software development and engineering. Gronneberg delivered a featured presentation on the organization's work at Hoeven's 2017 State of Technology Conferenc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $65 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 nearly $65 million to organizations serving North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The funds are awarded through USDA's Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP) to help producers identify and access new markets for their products. Details of today's funding are as follows: Americ… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $2.5 Million for Mountain-Plains Consortium at NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $2.5 million to the Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) at North Dakota State University (NDSU). The MPC conducts transportation research and has university members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. "We need to invest in infrastructure in North Dakota and thro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement After First Meeting of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the first meeting of the Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Committee: "Today's meeting provided an opportunity to lay out our priorities for an agreement to fund border security. We need strong border security, including physical barriers, technology and additional border security and law enforcement personnel. Not only do we need all three to secure the border, but these provisions have had bipartisan support in th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EU to Accept U.S. Soybeans for Biofuel Production

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the European Union (EU) Commission approved the use of U.S. soybeans for the production of biofuels. The Commission began advancing the approval following last year's meeting between President Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The decision will remain in effect until July 1, 2021, but may be extended should the U.S. meet additional requirements. U.S. exports of soybeans to the EU have more than doubl… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer & Armstrong Urge Expedited Environmental Review for Little Missouri River Bridge in Billings County

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Congressman Kelly Armstrong this week sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to expedite completion of an environmental review for a proposed bridge to cross the Little Missouri River in Billings County. The bridge would be the only such crossing for nearly 70 miles, and local North Dakota first responders wrote the Federal Highway Administration in October to highlight the proposed bridge's… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Repeal Death Tax

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped reintroduce legislation with Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) to permanently repeal the federal estate tax. Hoeven has supported efforts to repeal the death tax throughout his time in the Senate and worked to address the issue in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which doubled the individual estate tax exemption to $10 million and was passed by Congress in 2017. "Estate planning and ensuring the future operations of a farm or small business are difficult… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Savanna’s Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after Savanna's Act was reintroduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.). Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the legislation. "Savanna's Act is legislation that will help the federal government better coordinate with tribal law enforcement in addressing the crisis of murdered and missing Native women and girls," Hoeven said. "One of m… Continue Reading


Chairman Hoeven Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Tribal Public Safety, Economic Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, reintroduced four pieces of legislation to help improve public safety and economic development in Indian Country. "These four pieces of legislation advance public safety and economic development in Indian Country, priorities which will serve as critical components of the Committee's work this Congress," said Hoeven. "For example, the SURVIVE Act provides tribal communities with critical funding to comba… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President’s Deal to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the President outlined an agreement to reopen government through February 15: "The deal the President announced today will fund the remaining 25 percent of government for the next three weeks. That will ensure that the government is fully open and operating for our citizens and that federal workers receive their pay. At the same time, we need to continue to work to get funding for border security. Democrats have indicated tha… Continue Reading

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