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Hoeven: Two North Dakota Teachers to Receive Presidential Award for Excellence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that two North Dakota teachers will receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The program, which is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers for their contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The awardees will each receive a citation signed by the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses for Senate Passage of Strong Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, outlined the importance of passing a strong farm bill on the Senate floor yesterday. The senator is working to ensure that the Senate farm bill provides certainty for the nation's producers by prioritizing strong crop insurance, improved risk management tools, enhanced support for agriculture research and greater access to capital. The Senate Agriculture C… Continue Reading


Hoeven Helps Introduce Farm Bill Amendment to Provide Flexibility under Hours of Service Regulations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing an amendment to the farm bill that would provide an hours of service (HOS) exemption for certain agriculture transporters, including livestock haulers, ensuring greater flexibility for operators throughout the country. The amendment would ensure the exemption for operations within a 150 air-mile r… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Trans-Atlantic UAS Flight Highlights North Dakota’s Unique Position in Unmanned Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after General Atomics announced that it would conduct the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft from its facility at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technology Park in Grand Forks to Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. The aircraft, an MQ-9B Predator, is traveling to the U.K. in commemoration of the RAF's centenary celebration a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Funding Legislation to Support North Dakota’s Missions, Strengthen Veterans’ Health Care & Advance Comprehensive Flood Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding bill and the Energy and Water appropriations bill. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure the legislative package includes important funding and provisions to support the state's military missions and veterans, while also advancing comprehensive flood protection. "We've worked hard in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Up To $3 Million in USDA Support for Red Potato Producers

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) is purchasing up to $3 million of red potatoes in order to address low commodity prices due to excessive supply and the poor exchange rate with Canada. "Our farmers are facing real difficulties due to, among other things, the strong dollar, which hurts our exports and pushes commodity price… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Resolution Hoeven Helped Introduce To Designate June 27 As “National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day”

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed bipartisan legislation he helped introduce to designate June 27 as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day." The resolution, which is sponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), also designates the month of June as "National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month." "Post-Traumatic Stress is a devastating condition for those suffering from it as well as for their loved ones who grapple with PTSD's effects," Hoeve… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Funding to Advance CBP’s UAS Operations & Develop Counter-UAS Technology in FY19

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today outlined provisions he secured in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help advance Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations and DHS's counter-UAS research and development, which will help to bolster North Dakota's UAS operations. Hoeven also worked to ensure the legislation includes funding and prov… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces U.S. Senate Youth Program Accepting Applications for 2019

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is accepting applications for participation in the program's 57th annual Washington Week taking place March 2-9, 2019. The program brings students throughout the country to Washington, D.C. to participate in an intensive week-long study of the United States government. Each student in the program also receives a $10,000 scholarship from the Hearst Foundations. "The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Army Corps to Manage Missouri River Levels to Prevent Flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Col. John Hudson, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District, urging him to ensure that increased flows from the Garrison Dam do not result in flooding downstream. Earlier this week, the Army Corps announced that it would be increasing releases from the reservoir by 8,000 cubic feet per second (cfs), up to 52,000 cfs, resulting in the Missouri River reaching a level of 12 feet. Hoeven made the call after hearing from Bisma… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses for Positive Trade Resolution at Meeting with President

WASHINGTON - At a White House meeting today, Senator John Hoeven pressed for resolution to trade negotiations and to secure the best possible deals for the nation's farmers, ranchers, energy producers, manufacturers and other industries. The senator outlined the need to secure good trade deals as soon as possible to prevent uncertainty for North Dakota producers. Hoeven also emphasized the importance of getting the trade deals completed, combined with tax reform and regulatory relief, in continu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Supporting Two Bills to Keep Families Together, While Enforcing the Law

WASHINGTON - Senator Hoeven today announced that he is cosponsoring two pieces of legislation that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to keep families together as their immigration proceedings move forward. "No one wants to see children separated from their parents," said Hoeven. "That's why I am supporting two pieces of legislation that require DHS to keep families together, while enforcing our immigration laws. We're a nation of laws, but also a compassionate nation, and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Sixth-Month Anniversary of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark the six-month anniversary of the Senate's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "Our tax relief legislation has delivered tangible benefits and higher take-home pay for North Dakota's workers and their families," said Hoeven. "In fact, more than a dozen companies representing thousands of employees in our state have announced wage increases and bonuses, as well as increased charitable giving, as a direct result … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes NDAA, Includes Strong Support for North Dakota Missions & Servicemembers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee as well as the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. Hoeven worked to include important priorities for North Dakota in the legislation, including measures he cosponsored to address delays and disparities in the promotions and benefits received b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Trade

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today regarding trade: "In a meeting with the President last week, I outlined the importance of ensuring that valuable export markets remain open and American products do not face a competitive disadvantage due to retaliatory tariffs, such as those announced today by China" said Hoeven. "The president described in some detail his trade agenda, as well as progress on negotiations to secure better, more fair trade deals for our n… Continue Reading


Hoeven: VA Implements Protections for Veteran Homeowners Seeking VA-Backed Refinancing Loans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (Milcon-VA), today issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a new policy to protect veteran homeowners from predatory lending practices when seeking VA-guaranteed refinancing loans. Specifically, these protections address serial refinancing, helping to ensure that veterans receive lower interest rates on their refinanced l… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FCC Increases Funding for Rural Telemedicine Services

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after a majority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to increase funding for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program, which helps rural health care providers and patients access quality health care through telecommunications and broadband services. Hoeven pressed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month to increase the current funding cap to meet demand and account for future growth of the program. "Telemedicine is an i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FY19 CJS Funding Bill Advances Hoeven’s SURVIVE Act to Provide Resources for Tribal Crime Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has secured up to $220 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act for tribal crime victims. The legislation sets aside 5% from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) for tribes to provide services to victims of violence, which is in line with Hoeven's Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act. Hoeven also worked to ensure that the funding … Continue Reading


Hoeven Reintroduces North American Energy Infrastructure Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week reintroduced the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, legislation that would prevent unnecessary delays for important energy infrastructure projects, such as pipelines and electrical transmission lines, that cross national boundaries between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico. "Our nation needs robust investment in its infrastructure, especially if we are to accomplish the goal of making North America energy secure," said Hoeven. "Our legislation remov… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Agriculture Committee Approves Strong Farm Bill for North Dakota Producers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee has passed the Senate farm bill, which will now go to the full Senate for consideration. Hoeven secured approval for his provisions, including: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program: Uses Hoeven's pilot program to improve flexibility and funding for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program, to… Continue Reading

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