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Hoeven Announces Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Authorization for General Atomics at Grand Sky UAS Park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Summit and Expo today, Senator John Hoeven announced that General Atomics, a tenant of the Grand Sky UAS Research and Development Park, has received a certificate of authorization (COA) to conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights within 60 miles of the Grand Forks Air Force Base without a visual observer or a chase plane. Hoeven made the announcement during a panel discussion he arranged at the event with U.S. Air Force Chief of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secured $27 Million for New Indoor Firing Range at Minot Air Force Base, Helps Break Ground on Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped local and military leaders break ground on a new indoor firing range at the Minot Air Force Base. As a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $27 million for the range in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, Hoeven advocated for the firing range to be elevated on the Air Force's list of military construction priorities. The range is the third busiest range in the Air Force and is used to pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Trade Agreement to Open Up Japanese Market to $7 Billion in U.S. Agriculture Products

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement today after the President announced a trade agreement in principle between the United States and Japan. "We've been encouraging the Administration to finalize negotiations with Japan, which is our nation's third largest agriculture market," said Hoeven. "We appreciate the President and his trade team for securing this new trade… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces FCC Authorizing $591 Million in Funding for Rural Broadband in North Dakota Over the Next Decade

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized $591 million in funding over the next decade to support broadband in rural North Dakota. Benefiting 41,578 rural homes and businesses, the funds will be used to maintain, improve and expand affordable broadband. The funding is provided from the Universal Service Fund, which is funded through fees on carriers. "Improving our broadband infrastructure and services in communities across … Continue Reading


Hoeven Delivers Keynote at Burdick Job Corps Graduation

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today delivered the keynote graduation address to the summer 2019 class of the Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps, and commended the 74 graduates for their hard work in completing programs in the following fields: Auto, Business Construction Technology, Culinary, Carpentry, Certified Nursing Assistant, Office Administration, and Welding. Hoeven also marked the 25th anniversary of the Quentin N. Burdick Job Corps Center. Prior to serving as President of the Bank of N… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Bolster Voluntary, Locally-Led Conservation Programs

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the America's Grasslands Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to make the conservation title under the 2018 Farm Bill more farmer-friendly, while also bolstering voluntary and locally-led conservation programs. Hoeven serves as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Agriculture Committee, and through these roles, he continues working to ensure the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of the fa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure DOE Awards $10 Million for Final Phase of Project Tundra's Design Study, Promptly Funds 3rd Phase of Carbonsafe Initiative

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials to North Dakota to highlight the efforts of the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND) and its partners. Specifically, the senator is working to ensure the DOE: Awards $10 million for the final phrase of the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for Project Tundra, a post-combustion technology to retrofit existing power plants, being led by the E… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Aldevron Groundbreaking Highlights Benefits of Tech Entrepreneurship

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on the first phase of Aldevron's 189,000 square foot expansion, which will consist of increased production capacity, warehouse space and a research and development center. The new facility will connect to the $30 million headquarters the company opened last year and be built over the next two years, allowing Aldevron to employ more than 1,000 people in the Fargo area. Michael Chambers and John Ballantyne started Aldevron in a single la… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Issues Waiver for North Dakota IPP, XCEL Energy to Conduct Broader Range of UAS Flights Without Visual Observer

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued waivers for both the North Dakota's Integration Pilot Program (IPP) and Xcel Energy, allowing them to conduct a broader range of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights without a chase plane or other visual observers. The waivers come as the result of Hoeven's efforts with the FAA, including with Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, to help provide certainty for beyond-vi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secured $32 Million for New National Guard Readiness Center

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined North Dakota National Guard leaders to break ground on a new Readiness Center for the Army National Guard. As a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, Hoeven secured $32 million in funding for the new facility, which will be used to house, support and train elements of the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 191st Military Police Company and the 112th Aviation Regiment. "The North Dakota National Guard is always ready, always t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Growth in State's Tech Sector Continues to Augment Primary Industries Like Agriculture, Create New Economic Opportunities

FARGO, N.D. - At the 2019 State of Technology Conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the intersection between North Dakota's growing technology sector and the state's primary industry of agriculture. The senator highlighted companies like Bushel Solutions, formerly Myriad Mobile, which has pivoted to focusing on mobile applications for farmers and ranchers and is on Inc. 5000's list of the nation's fastest growing companies for the fourth year in a row. "Our state's growing technology… Continue Reading


Hoeven: YWCA's Grace Garden Will Help Provide Affordable Housing for Families

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the grand opening of Grace Garden, a YWCA supported residence that will provide homes and supportive services for more than 75 women and children. The $7.1 million project was made possible with support from both public and private partners, including $672,500 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), a federal resource to encourage private investment in the development of affordable housing, and $325,549 from the National Housing Trust Fund… Continue Reading


Hoeven: National Weather Service Has Adjusted Minot Nexrad to Provide Better Weather Radar Coverage for Western North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Weather Service (NWS) has completed its adjustment of the radar system in Minot to expand low-level coverage in western North Dakota and improve severe weather and tornado warnings in the region. During a meeting he held last year, Hoeven secured a commitment from the NWS and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study and address radar gaps for Watford City and the surrounding region, following the 2018 … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Summer Interns in his Bismarck, Fargo, and Washington D.C. Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Caroline Cahill, Ethan Leingang, Jack Sell, Jacob Peterson, Jacob Smith, Katelyn Heley and Maxwell Jencks are interning in his Washington, D.C. office, Andrew Feist is interning in his Bismarck office and Joshua Krank is interning in his Fargo office this summer. Senator Hoeven's internship program provides college students the opportunity to assist with research, tracking legislation, administrative work, communications and constituent servi… Continue Reading


Members of North Dakota, Montana & Ohio Delegations Lead Bicameral Effort Urging Federal Agency to Preempt Washington Crude-By-Rail Ban

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Congressmen Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio), this week led a bicameral letter urging the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to preempt the recently-passed Washington State crude-by-rail law, which requires crude oil unloaded in the state to meet a 9 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP), starting in 2020, and will effect… Continue Reading


Hoeven Highlights Combined Housing & Supportive Services Programs, Gives Local Officials Opportunity to Provide Input to HUD Secretary

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to Grand Forks and the Spirit Lake Reservation to see local housing projects and give the region's officials and service providers the opportunity to provide direct input on HUD's programs as well as to discuss local needs and opportunities to make more effective use of federal funding. During the visit, Hoeven highlighted innovative efforts in the state that he has helped advance … Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Roundtable with FSA Administrator Fordyce on Second Round of MFP Paymnets, Farm Bill Implementation

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today held a roundtable with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce and North Dakota producers on the next round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. Hoeven worked with USDA and the White House to secure an additional $16 billion in assistance for producers impacted by trade negotiations,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Agenda for 2019 State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for his 2019 State of Technology Conference, which is being held at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo on Wednesday, August 14. The senator holds his annual conference with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce to highlight breakthrough technologies and the local innovators creating them. The conference has served as a catalyst for new innovation and investment in the state and is part of the senator's work to position North… Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Has Finalized Withdrawal From INF Treaty

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the administration finalized the nation's withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty as a result of Russia's refusal to come back into compliance with the agreement. The administration initiated the withdrawal earlier this year, giving Russia six months to destroy all of its violating missiles, launchers and other equipment. "This withdrawal from the INF treaty recognizes Russia's long history of … Continue Reading


Hoeven Pressing FAA to Ensure North Dakota can Operate UAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight on a Routine Basis

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven urged Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to help ensure that the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site and North Dakota's Integration Pilot Program (IPP) can conduct beyond-visual-line-of-sight-flights (BVLOS) without a chase plane on a routine basis. Hoeven previously w… Continue Reading

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