News Releases

11.03.15

Hoeven Pushes for Passage of Legislation to Repeal the Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to push for passage of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, legislation that would rescind the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to start the process over with more input from stakeholders. The senator and a bipartisan group of farm-state colleagues introduced the legislation, which is being led by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The motion to brin… Continue Reading


11.02.15

Hoeven Recruits Business for Grand Sky at Google Unmanned Aerial Systems Airspace Seminar

WASHINGTON - At the Google Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Airspace Seminar, Senator John Hoeven pitched Grand Forks County's new business and technology park, Grand Sky, as an up and coming hub for unmanned aerial systems technology. With companies like Northrop Grumman and General Atomics breaking ground, and FlightSafety International looking closely at the park, Grand Forks is building a cluster of UAS businesses and training facilities that will create new synergies in the field, Hoeven told … Continue Reading


11.02.15

Hoeven Statement on TransCanada Suspending Its Application for a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the decision by TransCanada to suspend its application for a presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project: "After waiting over seven years for a permit from the Administration, TransCanada today suspended its long-delayed application for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline project. It is clear President Obama was going to deny the permit. The costly delay has prevented the comp… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Hoeven Working to Expand Cooperative Agreements Between National Energy Labs and N.D. Universities

WASHINGTON - During a Senate Appropriations Committee on Energy and Water hearing last week, Senator John Hoeven said he worked to include funding in the Energy and Water Appropriations bill to promote more cooperative agreements between the Department of Energy and the nation's research universities. The senator highlighted the agreements as models for developing and deploying new energy technologies. He cited specifically, two examples from North Dakota that are working to bring new technology… Continue Reading


10.30.15

Hoeven Statement on the Agreement to Raise the Debt Ceiling and Spending Caps through 2017

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to his vote against suspending the debt ceiling until March 2017 and lifting the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps on discretionary spending for two years: "Today, I voted against the budget agreement announced this week because it does not include the savings and reforms we need to address the deficit and debt. This agreement suspends the debt ceiling and will allow our debt to exceed $19 trillion by 2017. We need to… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Hoeven Advances Flood Protection for Red River Valley, Flood Study for Minot Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week advanced flood protection for the Red River Valley and a flood study for the Minot region and secured support for the projects in meetings with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Army Corps Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan. "We made good progress this week advancing flood protections for the Red River Valley and the Minot region," said H… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Hoeven Congratulates Air Force on Bomber Program Announcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the Air Force for awarding a contract to produce the nation's newest long-range bomber. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, pledged to work with the Air Force to field the new bomber over the next several years. "Our nation's security depends on our ability to strike targets anywhere around the world at any time," Hoeven said. "It is critical that we get to work on a new bomber to ensure the U.S. can defeat the advan… Continue Reading


10.29.15

Hoeven Announces $50K in Federal Funding to Assist Low-Income Homeowners in Pembina County

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $50,000 to the Red River Regional Council through its Housing Preservation Grant Program. The funds will be used to assist 15 low-income homeowners in making needed repairs to their homes in Pembina County. "It's important for us to invest in programs that allow North Dakotans to maintain their h… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Hoeven Secures Commitment from Interior Assistant Secretary to Visit North Dakota Before Issuing Final Stream Protection Rule

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Energy Committee hearing this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider to reject a one-size-fits-all approach to regulating mining activities and urged her to work with states to allow flexibility based on local factors, such as geography and reclamation practices. Hoeven's comments come in response to the proposed Stream Protection Rule, which the Department of Interior issued in July. During the exchange, A… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Hoeven Announces More than $66K in Federal Funding to Support STEM Education in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $66,479 to support the North Dakota Collaborative STEM Conference. The conference would bring together math and science teachers for K-12 grade and the North Dakota Science Teachers Association, North Dakota Math Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the North Dakota STEM Network. By joining math and science teachers with STEM-focused org… Continue Reading


10.28.15

Hoeven: Senate Passes Short-Term Highway Bill to Ensure Funding While the House Finishes Long-Term Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a short-term bill to ensure highway funding while the House of Representatives works to finalize its own long-term bill. The short-term patch extends highway funding through Nov. 20. The Senate passed a six-year highway bill in July, and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bipartisan six-year highway authorization measure, clearing the way for a House vote in the coming weeks. "A long-t… Continue Reading


10.27.15

Hoeven Statement on the Provision in the New Budget Agreement to Reduce Crop Insurance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement in response to a provision in the new budget agreement that would reduce crop insurance by $3 billion. The measure would also suspend the debt ceiling until March 2017 and lift the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps on spending for two years: "As a member of the agriculture committee and conferee on the bicameral panel that worked hard to negotiate the final version of the farm bill, … Continue Reading


10.26.15

Hoeven Announces Nearly $400,000 in Federal Funding to Support Maternal and Child Health Services at the NDDOH

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 has awarded $339,866 to the North Dakota Department of Health. The funds will be used to support Maternal and Child Health Services. As part of the Division of Family Health, the funding will help to provide technical assistance, training, needs assessment, educational materials and other resources to local public health units, schools a… Continue Reading


10.26.15

Hoeven: House on Track to Pass Six-Year Highway Bill in Coming Weeks, Senate Passed Measure in July

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the Senate's new six-year highway bill at the North Dakota Association of Counties' ( NDACo) Annual Conference & Expo and told members that the House is close to passing a similar version in the next few weeks. The federal transportation measure will provide North Dakota with more than $1.6 billion. Hoeven said the formula is favorable to North Dakota and increases highway funding for the state to $270 million, about $30 million a year more… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Hoeven Announces $10 Million Guaranteed Loan for Goldenwest Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a guaranteed loan of $10 million for Goldenwest Electric Cooperative. Goldenwest will use its loan to build or improve 62 miles of line and make various improvements. The loan amount includes $270,000 for smart grid projects. "It's important for us to invest in infrastructure that allows North Dakotans to power their home… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Hoeven Encourages Americans to Honor Service Members on Day of the Deployed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged Americans to pay tribute to the nation's deployed service members on Monday, October 26, the Day of the Deployed. This week, Hoeven introduced a bipartisan resolution naming October 26 as the Day of the Deployed and calling on all Americans to honor the service of deployed members of our Armed Forces and their families. The resolution passed unanimously in the Senate. "Our deployed service members are defending our nation and protecting our free… Continue Reading


10.23.15

Hoeven Welcomes HHS Decision to Provide More Than $22 Million in Energy Assistance to North Dakotans Facing Cold Weather

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) will distribute $22 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to help low-income North Dakotans heat their homes this winter. The funding also includes more than $5 million for North Dakota tribes. "As winter approaches, it's important for us to ensure that North Dakotans have the resources they need to … Continue Reading


10.23.15

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Resolutions Repealing EPA's Final Rules for New and Existing Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, today announced that he and a bipartisan group of senators will introduce two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) costly new power plant rules. One of the resolutions will seek to roll back the agency's rule for existing plants and the second will challenge the rule governing new coal generating power plants. The ru… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Hoeven Announces $57 Million in Loans for Rural Electric Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a loan of $30 million to the North Central Electric Cooperative and a $27 million loan to Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative. "It's important for us to invest in infrastructure that will meet the needs of our growing state," Hoeven said. "Today's loans for the North Central Electric Cooperative and the Burke-Divide E… Continue Reading


10.22.15

Hoeven Statement on President's Veto of Bipartisan National Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the President vetoed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that supports the nation's military, includes important North Dakota priorities, and authorizes full funding for the military. The President vetoed the bill because he wants additional spending for non-military programs. The House of Representatives will vote first to override the veto. The Senate passed NDAA by a vote of 70 to 2… Continue Reading

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