News Releases

12.23.15

Hoeven Holds Meeting with Minot Leaders to Plan Next Steps for Comprehensive Flood Protection

MINOT, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven today hosted a meeting with state and local officials to plan the steps going forward for building comprehensive flood protection for Minot and the region. The senator outlined key provisions in the year-end funding legislation Congress passed last week that will support their efforts. In addition, he outlined provisions in the measure to support Minot Air Force Base and provide tax relief for farmers, ranchers and small businesses. "In the year-end funding legi… Continue Reading


12.22.15

Hoeven Leads Meeting to Plan Next Steps to Advance Permanent Flood Protection for the Red River Valley

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today led a roundtable in Fargo with local leaders to plan the path forward for Fargo-Moorhead's permanent flood protection project. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven wrote and secured language in the year-end funding bill authorizing and funding new construction activity that will help to advance flood protection in the Red River Valley. The legislation includes nearly $690 million more than the Army Corps of Engineer's proposed budget … Continue Reading


12.21.15

Hoeven Announces $1.5 Million DHS Grant to Fund Flood Protection for Fargo Waste Water Treatment Plant

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1.5 million to the City of Fargo from its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, Hoeven oversees the department's annual budget and has worked to secure funding to protect the region from flooding. Today's grant will support flood protection for the City of Fargo's waste … Continue Reading


12.18.15

Hoeven: Year-End Funding Bill Lifts Crude Oil Export Ban, Advances Other N.D. Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the year-end omnibus appropriations bill that Congress passed today includes a provision to lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports, as well as other key priorities for North Dakota. In addition, the measure reduces spending from $1.5 trillion in 2009, when it peaked, to $1.15 trillion in 2016, a reduction of $350 billion. Specifically, the measure: Lifts the decades-long ban o… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Hoeven Announces $50K NSF Grant for Aerospace Technology Development at UND

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $50,000 to researchers at the University of North Dakota (UND) to support the development of aerospace technology. UND's researchers will prepare an orientation determination and control system for spacecraft, aircraft and other vehicles for commercial development and use, which will allow the crafts to take intelligent, corrective action … Continue Reading


12.18.15

Hoeven Thanks North Dakota Interns for Their Service in His Washington, Bismarck & Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today thanked the young people who interned in his offices during the fall semester. Mary Silverthorn of Beulah, Sarah Strube of Dickinson, Samuel Swanson of Bismarck and Emily Kovacs of St. Paul interned in Hoeven's Washington, D.C. office. Quinn Harmon of Minot interned in Hoeven's Bismarck office and Aaron Weber of Wishek was based in Hoeven's Fargo office. The interns have worked with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and administrative… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Hoeven: Time to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven continues working to build support for legislation lifting the ban on crude oil exports. The senator spoke on the Senate floor and called for Congress to pass legislation repealing the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. "I rise today to make the case for lifting the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil based on its merits. It will benefit not only my home state of North Dakota, but our nation and our allies in a host of different ways," said Hoeven. "… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Hoeven Worked to Include Provision to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban in Year-End Funding Bill Set to Pass this Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the new year-end 2016 funding bill that is on track to pass Congress this week includes a provision he worked to include that repeals the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Hoeven has repeatedly called for repealing the ban and worked persistently to get it included in year-end legislation. The senator, who serves on the Energy Committee, is a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation lifting the ban that passed the committee this summer.… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Hoeven: Year-End Funding Bill Provides Authorization, Funding for New Starts and Construction of Flood Protection Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the year-end funding bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes authorization and funding for new starts and construction of flood protection projects. The senator said the measure includes nearly $690 million more than the Army Corps of Engineer's proposed budget for construction and authorizes new studies and construction activity that will help to advance flood protection projects in the Fargo-Moorhead and Minot regions. Hoeven worked on the Appr… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Hoeven: Year-End Legislation Includes Funding for NDNG Targeting Facility

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Committee, today announced that the year-end funding bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes $7.3 million in funding for the North Dakota National Guard's Intelligence Targeting Facility at Hector Field in Fargo. The 119th Air Wing's intelligence targeting group is tasked with assisting military commanders in identifying and eliminating enemy threats, but the mission is already outgrowing its facilities. "T… Continue Reading


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

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