News Releases

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


12.08.15

Hoeven: Howard Dahl Honored by Kazakhstan for 25 Years of Service to the Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Howard Dahl, who was honored by the country of Kazakhstan for doing business in the nation for 25 years. Dahl, the President and CEO of Amity Technology and Honorary Consul of Kazakhstan in North Dakota, was presented with the medal during the 3rd Annual Kazakhstan-U.S. Convention in Washington, D.C. Hoeven spoke at the event to honor Dahl and highlight the important trade relationship between North Dakota and Kazakhstan. "Howard Dahl has bee… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Senate Passes National Bison Legacy Act Making Bison National Mammal; Hoeven Challenges Daines to Wager on Bison, Grizzlies Game

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate unanimously passed the National Bison Legacy Act, legislation he introduced with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) that designates the American bison as the national mammal of the United States. The National Bison Legacy Act recognizes the historical, cultural and economic significance of the bison, which is the largest land mammal in America. Many Native American tribes revere the bison as a sacred and spiritual symb… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Hoeven: Congress Passes Five-Year Highway Bill; Measure Includes More Than $1.3 Billion for N.D. Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the new five-year highway bill that Congress approved today will provide North Dakota with more than $1.3 billion and enable more than 100 North Dakota transportation projects to advance. The formula is favorable to North Dakota and increases annual highway funding for the state to $263 million, about $23 million a year more than it currently receives. The bill also provides a total of $76 million over five years for transit projects in North… Continue Reading


12.04.15

Hoeven Statement on the Senate Repealing Obamacare, Defunding Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to Senate passage of a budget reconciliation bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood. "The Senate today repealed Obamacare and eliminated more than a trillion dollars in taxes created by the law, including taxes on some benefit plans and the tax on medical devices. The bill also reduces the deficit by almost $400 billion over the next ten years. "This is the first step in replacing Obamacare wi… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven Honored at Boy Scouts of America's Award Luncheon as 2015 Energy 'Good Scout'

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was today honored as the 2015 Energy 'Good Scout' by the Boy Scouts of America's National Capital Area Council (NCAC) at their 5th annual Energy Awards Luncheon. "Our young people are our future, and the values and work ethic that Boy Scouts instill into young men help them build the character and skills they need to become the leaders of tomorrow," Hoeven said. "The Energy Merit Badge is a way to encourage Boy Scouts to learn about our nation's energy industry … Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven: Highway Bill to Restore $3 Billion Cut in Crop Insurance Made in Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced that the new five-year highway bill Congress is on track to pass this week restores $3 billion that was cut from crop insurance in the budget agreement completed in October. Hoeven worked as a member of the Agriculture Committee to reverse efforts to further cut crop insurance funding, which has already been reduced by $12 billion since 2008. "This is an important provision for our farmers and ranchers in North Dakota and across the country," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


12.02.15

Hoeven Announces Nearly $750K in Federal Funding to Support Research at University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Appropriations Committees, today announced that the University of North Dakota (UND) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to receive $748,847 in federal funding to support research that aims to extract rare earth elements from coal. Rare earth elements contain unique chemical properties which have made them essential in many technologies including electron… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Announces $306 Million in Available Funding to Improve Fire Safety, Encourages Local Fire Districts to Apply

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is making $306 million in funding available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This program seeks to provide fire departments and nonaffiliated ambulance and emergency medical service organizations with the tools and resources they need to more effectively protect the health and safety of emergenc… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Congratulates Northern Plains Test Site Director Bob Becklund on Promotion to Brigadier General

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued this statement following the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Colonel Robert Becklund, director of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems test site in Grand Forks, as brigadier general: "General Bob Becklund's career has been an upward trajectory since he entered military service in the North Dakota Air National Guard in 1982, and now he has deservedly been promoted to brigadier general. Whether it's flying an F-16 or overseeing the integration of… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $860K in Federal Funding for North Dakota State University

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a University Transportation Centers (UTC) grant totaling $861,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will support NDSU's Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), which focuses on safe, mobile and sustainable passenger and freight transportation. The MPC has conducted projects on transportation operations, low-cost safety e… Continue Reading


12.01.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million in Head Start Grants for TGU School District

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,075,793 for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by Early Explorers, a grantee of Towner, Granville and Upham (TGU) School District #60. The Head Start program serves children aged three to five through providing them with a safe, nurturing and engaging learning environment that will help them to gain the confidence and awareness they need to succeed. Their… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $250K to North Dakota Housing Authorities to Promote Family Self-Sufficiency

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded three grants totaling $255,502 to housing authorities in North Dakota to help families increase their earned income and reduce their need for rental subsidies and other assistance. The funds are made available through HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency program, which provides families with opportunities for education, job traini… Continue Reading


11.30.15

Hoeven: FEMA Awards More Than $3.1 Million to City of Minot Water Treatment Plant for Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $3.1 million to the City of Minot through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Hoeven serves as the chairman for the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, where he oversees the department's annual budget. The funds will be used to support the construction of a floodwall and to update infrastructure to protect Minot's … Continue Reading


11.25.15

Hoeven: Entrepreneurs Play a Vital Role in Growing the Economy, Creating New Job Opportunities

FARGO, N.D. - At the first-ever 1 Million Cups (1MC) Reunion in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven commended Emerging Prairie for their commitment to the entrepreneurial community in Fargo and across the upper Great Plains and congratulated the group's founders and stakeholders for establishing Fargo 1MC as the largest weekly gathering of entrepreneurs in the nation. The senator stressed the importance of entrepreneurs in spurring innovations to grow the economy and open good job opportunities for… Continue Reading

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