News Releases

07.30.15

Hoeven: Senate Passes Six-Year Highway Bill, Measure Includes More than $1.6 Billion for North Dakota Roads

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the new six-year highway bill the Senate passed today will provide North Dakota with more than $1.6 billion and enable 159 North Dakota transportation projects to advance. The formula is favorable to North Dakota and increases highway funding for the state to $270 million, about $30 million a year more than it currently receives. The Senate also passed a 90-day, short-term House measure that extends highway funding until October 29 while the two c… Continue Reading


07.30.15

Hoeven: Congress Approves $3.3 Billion to Fill VA Shortfall, Reforms Choice Act to Improve Vets' Access to Local Care

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said Congress has approved a $3.3 billion fix to fill a shortfall in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget. The same measure reforms parts of last year's Choice Act and improves access to health care services for veterans, but Congress still needs to pass the Access to Community Care for Veterans Act. The veterans' measures were included in the highway bill extension that passed Thursday to give Congress time to finalize a long-term transportation… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Hoeven Announces $100,000 EDA Investment in NDSU Economic Development Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has invested $100,000 into the University Center Economic Development Program at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research and Technology Park. The investment funds the third year of the five-year program. "NDSU's Research and Technology Park is an economic engine and ongoing source of innovation," Hoeven said. "The program he… Continue Reading


07.29.15

Hoeven: USDA Awards More than $530,000 to North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program has approved $536,598 in funding for the Prairie West Development Foundation, the City of Anamoose, Towner County Economic Development Corporation, Dakota College at Bottineau, the City of New England, Adams County Development Corporation, Women and Technology, Rural Economic Area Partnership Investment Fund, Inc. and… Continue Reading


07.28.15

Hoeven Announces More than $620,000 in FEMA Grants to North Dakota Counties to Coordinate Border Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $621,763 to counties in North Dakota through FEMA's Operation Stonegarden Grant (OPSG) program. The funds will be used to help secure the United States' border with Canada while enhancing cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border. The grant awards are as follows: Cavalier County … Continue Reading


07.27.15

Hoeven: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Renews Water Bank, Water Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The annual funding bill renews the Water Bank Program and other provisions that help North Dakota with flood protection, water conservation and water quality. "We worked hard on the committee this year to again include strong water management and flood protection measures like the Water Bank program and Acre-for-Acre mitigation," Hoeve… Continue Reading


07.27.15

Hoeven: NSF Awards Nearly $460,000 to NDSU to Improve STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $359,740 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to fund a research project that will study how active learning methods and undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) support contribute to advancements for Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) students. NDSU is one of three universities that will participate in the research project. "Securing our nation's future begins by laying a strong … Continue Reading


07.27.15

Hoeven Announces More than $2.7 Million in DOT Funding for Midwest Rail Planning

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is committing $2,780,651 in funding to facilitate multi-state rail planning in North Dakota and other Midwest states. The FRA will use the funds to enhance the FRA's passenger rail network with updated cost and trip data, as well as add new mapping and benefit-cost analysis features. "We need more accurate p… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Hoeven Announces $255,000 in Grant Funds for UTTC Minority Business Center

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded $255,000 in grant funds to the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to deliver strategic business consulting and deal-making services to eligible minority business enterprises to encourage job creation and retention. The funds are awarded through the MBDA's Business Center Program, which provides minority entrepreneurs with one-on-one assistance… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Hoeven Statement on Dedication of New Dakota Spirit AgEnergy Biorefinery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to today's dedication of the Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery: "The Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biorefinery is a triple win. It's a win for jobs, a win for energy independence and a win for the environment. This innovative plant will use steam from Great River Energy's Spiritwood Station and corn from local farmers to produce ethanol, distillers grains and fuel-grade corn oil. "Back in 2007, I witnessed the beginnin… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Hoeven: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Provides Support for Expanded Ag Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The annual funding bill includes expanded support for agriculture research, including at North Dakota State University. "American agriculture has managed to provide our country and the world with the highest quality, most affordable food supply in history," Hoeven said. "That is in large measure due to the remarkable research being don… Continue Reading


07.24.15

Hoeven: Department of Education Awards $200,000 to Pathfinder Services of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $200,000 to Pathfinder Services of North Dakota in Minot. The award is the first portion of a five-year grant and was made through the department's Training and Information Program, which seeks to support evidence-based advising services for parents of children with disabilities. "Education is a key part of empowering our young people to unl… Continue Reading


07.23.15

Hoeven, Stabenow Introduce Voluntary COOL Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today introduced the Voluntary Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and Trade Enhancement Act of 2015. The measure is designed to prevent retaliatory trade sanctions by Canada and Mexico, yet still allow voluntary labeling of beef, pork and chicken that is produced in the United States. The Hoeven-Stabenow measure positions the U.S. to avoid retaliatory tariffs by repealing t… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Hoeven: FEMA Awards More than $330,000 to Enhance Fire Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $337,826 to the Inkster Rural Fire Protection District and the North Dakota Firefighter's Association in Bismarck. The funding is made available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "As North Dakota's population continues to grow, it's important for us to ensure that… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Hoeven Announces $97,000 in Economic Development Grants for North Dakota Tribes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded two grants of $48,500, a total of $97,000, to help support economic development for the Spirit Lake Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. The grants will be used to implement comprehensive economic development plans bringing together the public and private sectors to stre… Continue Reading


07.22.15

Hoeven Announces More than $287,000 HUD Grant for Bismarck

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $287,795 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Bismarck. The funds will be used to develop Bismarck by providing good housing and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals. "These grants are highly flexible, providing resources for housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization and other community development… Continue Reading


07.21.15

Hoeven: Energy & Environmental Research Center Wins $25,000 Award in GE and Statoil Joint Competition

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, today announced that University of North Dakota's (UND) Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has won a $25,000 award in the General Electric (GE) and Statoil joint competition for unconventional energy innovations. The EERC was one of five winners in the companies' inaugural Open Innovations Challenge focused on addressing the use of sand in unconventional operations. "Once again, the innovative work … Continue Reading


07.20.15

Hoeven Celebrates Groundbreaking for UND's New Collaborative Energy Complex

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven today lauded the University of North Dakota's (UND) Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Institute for Energy Studies. He congratulated officials and thanked donors on the groundbreaking for the school's new 30,000 square-foot Collaborative Energy Complex (CEC), which will house the growing program. The engineering program has grown from four students in 2010 to more than 200 students enrolled this fall. The new facility will provide cutting-edge la… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which is companion legislation to Congressmen Shimkus and McKinley's bill in the House, builds on the senators' past efforts to find a bicameral, bipartisa… Continue Reading


07.17.15

Hoeven: Agriculture Appropriations Bill Provides Flexibility for School Meals in Sodium, Grain Requirements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The annual funding bill includes a provision Hoeven authored that provides schools flexibility in meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) sodium and whole grain requirements under the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. The measure still retains requirements for calories and fruits and vegetables. "The full Approp… Continue Reading

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