News Releases

08.13.15

Hoeven: FAA Expands Airspace, Allows Night Flight Testing for Northern Plains UAS Test Site

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized expanded airspace and night flight testing for the Northern Plains unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site in Grand Forks. The authorization will allow for more efficient research and testing toward safely integrating UAS into the national airspace and makes North Dakota the first state with approval to fly at night. This approval, along with the authority to fly above 200 feet for UAS … Continue Reading


08.12.15

Hoeven Announces $800,000 Grant for Bismarck Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $800,000 to the City of Bismarck to fund an update of the Bismarck airport's master plan and layout plan. The update will help the airport address key issues, objectives and goals related to its future development. "North Dakota's transportation needs continue to grow at a rapid rate," Hoeven said. "Bismarck's airport has continued to see a high demand for air travel. Today's grant from… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Hoeven: USPS to Relocate, Expand Watford City Post Office

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will relocate and expand the Watford City Post Office to better meet the needs of the growing community. The new facility, which will be more than 7,000 square feet, will be located within city limits and will include three retail windows and 2,965 Post Office Boxes. Hoeven has been working with postal officials on an ongoing basis to improve service to the rapidly growing western part of the state. "Th… Continue Reading


08.12.15

Hoeven: National Science Foundation Awards Nearly $200,000 to NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $198,332 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) to support neuroscience research using fNIRS, a non-invasive neuroimaging technique for investigating brain function through the measurement and analysis of infrared light that has been transmitted through the scalp, skull and cortical tissue. "NDSU is a world-class research institution, … Continue Reading


08.11.15

Hoeven: Department of Justice to Award North Dakota Nearly $70,000

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance will award a total of $69,116 to Cass County and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians through its Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. JAG allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a wide range of activities to control and prevent crime based on state and local … Continue Reading


08.11.15

Hoeven: USDA Awards $577,700 in Federal Funding to North Dakota, Approves Loan of $564,000 for Sargent County

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 awarded a total of $577,700 to Kidder, Sargent and Stutsman Counties. It has also approved a loan of $564,000 for Sargent County. The funds are awarded as follows: Kidder County Ambulance Service, Inc. - $44,749 - This Community Facility Grant will be used to purchase a new ambulance Kidder County Ambulance S… Continue Reading


08.11.15

Hoeven Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Bobcat West Fargo Headquarters

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the groundbreaking of the Bobcat Company's $9.5 million headquarters expansion in West Fargo. The new facility, which is expected to be completed next summer, will double the size and employee capacity of the current headquarters and will bring together employees currently working at different locations in the Fargo area. "Our state's ongoing economic growth and prosperity is due in no small part to the investments of our businesses and the ha… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Hoeven: New Senate Education Bill Restores Local Control, Includes Hoeven-Klobuchar Provision to Support STEM Ed

BISMARCK, N.D. - Speaking at the 45th Annual Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference today, Senator John Hoeven stressed the bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act, which returns educational control to parents and local school districts. The measure also includes a provision offered by Hoeven and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to bolster Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. "The Every Child Achieves Act replaces No Child Left Behind and pro… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Hoeven: HHS Awards More than $280,000 to University of North Dakota to Support Alzheimer's Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $283,925 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support aging research. Hoeven announced similar funding for UND in April. Specifically, the funds will be used to test how diets high in palmitate, a chemical common in palm oil and other foods, increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. "People North Dakota, millions of people are affected by Alzheimer's disease," Hoe… Continue Reading


08.10.15

Hoeven: Department of Education Awards $220,000 to Sitting Bull College

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded $220,000 to Sitting Bull College. The funding, part of the Department of Education's TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program, seeks to provide academic and general support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students in order to increase graduation rates, create a climate that will facilitate these students' succe… Continue Reading


08.07.15

Hoeven: NDSU Awarded $72,500 for Medical Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded North Dakota State University (NDSU) $72,500 in federal funding. The funds will go towards the developing a "smart" drug delivery system, which will enhance a drug's efficacy and concentration while reducing side effects. "Efficient drug delivery systems are of critical importance for healthcare," Hoeven said. … Continue Reading


08.05.15

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Working to Support Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer this week wrote a letter to Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), urging him to approve the relocation of Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston. In April of 2014, the delegation invited Huerta to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the need for airport expansion and improvements in the state. "North Dakota's airports are vitally important to both our state and our n… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $9 Million to North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $9,090,744 to Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority, Garrison Municipal Airport Authority and Tioga Municipal Airport Authority. "It's important for us to invest in North Dakota's airports so that they can continue to support our state's growing economy and population," Hoeven said. "This funding will go towards repairing and building infrastructure at key western airports, w… Continue Reading


08.05.15

Hoeven: UND Awarded Nearly $170,000 for Cyberinfrastructure Enhancements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $168,182 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support research infrastructure for utilizing large amounts of data, which is typically cost-prohibitive for smaller research groups. "Researchers need reliable access to large and growing amounts of data to make progress, but sometimes smaller research groups don't have the funds they need t… Continue Reading


08.04.15

Hoeven Announces More Than $60,000 Grant for Parshall Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $63,031 grant to the Parshall Municipal Airport Authority. The grant will be used to build a 4,800 square foot hangar. "North Dakota's airports significantly contribute to our state's economic success," Hoeven said. "Today's DOT grant will build a hangar at the airport in Parshall, which will help the airport generate revenue." As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sena… Continue Reading


08.04.15

Senate Energy Committee Approves Hoeven's BLM Mineral Spacing Legislation to Prevent Permitting Delays, Reduce Duplicate Regulations for Oil and Gas Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Energy Committee has approved, with bipartisan support, his Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spacing Act, which helps prevent the BLM from delaying permits for oil and gas wells where the agency has only a minority share in the subsurface mineral rights and no surface rights. This measure reduces duplicate regulatory processes and puts the state and local governments first in permitting the projects, treating BLM the same as al… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Hoeven Outlines Six-Year Highway Bill for Bis-Man Chamber; Bill Enables Nearly 160 New Projects to Advance Across State

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the Senate's new six-year highway bill for members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. The measure will provide North Dakota with more than $1.6 billion. Hoeven said 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… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Hoeven Statement on the EPA's New More Costly Carbon Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's new, more costly carbon emissions rule: "The Obama administration today issued its final rule on proposed CO2 reduction rules and a timeline to implement them by 2030. Under the previously issued proposed rule, North Dakota would have had to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 12 percent. However, it now appears that the administration's final rule will require North D… Continue Reading


08.03.15

Hoeven: Senate Energy Committee Approves Measures to Ease Restrictions on Crude Oil, LNG Exports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Energy Committee has approved two measures he cosponsored to enhance domestic energy production and the nation's energy exports, the Offshore Production and National Security (OPENS) Act and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. "We have passed two important provisions through the Senate Energy Committee," Hoeven said. "The first ends the crude oil export ban, which will support the contin… Continue Reading


07.31.15

Hoeven Driver Privacy Act Passes as Part of Senate Highway Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that his Driver Privacy Act has passed as part of the Senate's six-year highway bill. The legislation establishes in law that the owner of a vehicle is also the owner of any information collected by an Event Data Recorder (EDR). Hoeven was joined on the legislation by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). An EDR is an onboard electronic device that has the ability to continuously collect at least 43 pieces of information about a vehicle's operation. T… Continue Reading

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