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Hoeven: BLM Methane Rule Will Continue to Burden Energy Production, Economic Growth

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass a resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) methane rule by a vote of 49-51. Hoeven voted in support of the measure, which fell short by one vote. Vice President Pence would have voted to repeal the rule in the instance of a tie, allowing the legislation to pass and be signed into law. "BLM's methane rule imposes unnecessary and unworkable mandates on top of North Dakota's s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement on the dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey: "While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's letter made the case for the president to fire Director Comey, the timing of his dismissal raises questions. That's why the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee needs to continue its investigation into all aspects of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including any Russian interference. We lo… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Host Transportation Secretary Chao in Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will be hosting U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for the 2017 Drone Focus Conference starting on May 31st in Fargo, a gathering of local, national and global leaders in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Following the senator's invitation earlier this year, Secretary Chao agreed to address the conference and attend other events on the future of UAS in the state and around the nation. Further, Chao will meet with Grand … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Repealing BLM Methane Rule Will Provide Regulatory Relief, Support Jobs & the Economy

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor, urging his colleagues to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) final rule regarding methane emissions on federal and tribal lands. Hoeven is an original cosponsor of the resolution to rescind the regulation under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation in February. "The BLM Methane Rule is another midnight regulation put out by the Obama Administration," Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates and Meets with North Dakota Students Honored for Their Volunteer Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Annabelle Barcomb of Minot and Nidhi Mahale of Fargo who were named North Dakota's top youth volunteers for 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. As state honorees, Prudential awarded both Annabelle and Nidhi with $1,000, an engraved medallion and a trip to Washington, D.C. "Nidhi and Annabelle have selflessly given of their time and efforts to improve the lives of children and individuals around the world and in their local communit… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Signs Proposed Rule to Approve ND Application to Regulate Class VI Injection Wells, Will Help Advance CCS Technologies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed a proposed federal rule to approve the State of North Dakota's application for regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells, which are used for geological sequestration or long-term storage of CO2. Hoeven met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last week to press for approval of the request, which will provide regulatory certainty to advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms US Air Force Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Heather Wilson to serve as secretary of the U.S. Air Force. Hoeven met with Wilson to enlist her support for and outline the importance of North Dakota's Air Force missions. The senator highlighted the importance of modernizing the nuclear triad and updating the helicopters used to secure the missile fields at Minot Air Force Base, growing the Global Hawk and unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations at Grand Forks… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pressing for Grand Forks Role in Arctic Mission, Worked to Retain CBP UAS Training & Global Hawk in FY17 Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to support the missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) and expand Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations at the base and in the surrounding region. To this end, Hoeven has been working to press for the Global Hawk's role in U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Arctic operations. The senator secured a commitment from NORTHCOM's Commander, Ge… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Bill Keeps Americans Safe, Supports ND Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Senate has passed the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill that includes important priorities for North Dakota and the nation, while continuing to find savings. The bill increases funding for national defense, the military and border security to keep Americans safe, while also including Hoeven provisions to help reimburse costs from the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, support the nation's … Continue Reading


Hoeven Reviews Progress of New Intelligence Targeting Facility in Fargo, 188th Deployment to Washington

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the priorities of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) in a meeting with Major General Al Dohrmann, the Adjutant General for the state. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Military Construction, Hoeven is working to support the members of the NDNG in their missions and provide the tools they need to succeed. "Our National Guard members provide vital service, both at home and abroad, and they represent the best of our state in t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses EPA Administrator to Continue Providing Regulatory Relief, Approve ND's Application to Regulate Class VI Injection Wells

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss the agency's progress in rescinding regulations, including the Waters of the U.S rule and the so-called Clean Power Plan. Hoeven also pressed Administrator Pruitt to approve the State of North Dakota's application to be the primary regulator of Class VI injection wells, which will provide certainty and help to advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies for … Continue Reading


Hoeven Provision for Williston Airport Included in FY17 Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the funding agreement Congress is working to pass this week includes a provision he authored to help existing airports, like Williston's Sloulin Field International, that are in critical need of expansion or relocation, but unable to grow their current facilities due to physical constraints. The measure directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure sufficient funding is a… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FY17 Funding Bill Includes $6 Million to Develop CO2 Capture Technology

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill includes $6 million in competitive grant funding to develop commercially-viable carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies. The funding will support the initial engineering, testing and design work for a commercial-scale, carbon capture project on an existing coal-fueled generating unit, similar to Project Tundra, which is being developed by Allete Clean Energy, Minnkota Power and BNI Coal. As a memb… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Agreement Provides $8 Million to Keep CBP UAS Training in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement includes $8 million in funding for a new facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to conduct its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) training out of Grand Forks, allowing the agency to retain its training program at the air base. "Due to growth on the base, CBP's current UAS training facility is no longer available," said Hoeven. "This funding is … Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Provision in Funding Agreement to Allow Drayton to Permanently Keep Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that he secured a provision in the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement that allows Drayton to permanently keep its earthen levee as part of the city's flood protection. The levee was built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and over the past year, Hoeven secured two extensions to delay the removal of the structure as required by Federal Emergenc… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FY17 Funding Agreement Supports Agriculture, Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Fiscal Year 2017 funding agreement provides strong support for North Dakota's and the nation's farmers, ranchers and rural communities. "As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I worked to ensure that our farmers and ranchers have the support they need given the challenges facing farm country due to lo… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Funding Agreement Provides Flexibility in School Meal Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he secured language in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 funding agreement that provides schools with greater flexibility in meeting the whole grains and sodium requirements under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) school meal programs. "The language included in the fun… Continue Reading


Hoeven Secures Funding to Help with DAPL Protest Costs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that North Dakota will receive up to $15 million in federal funding to help reimburse the state for costs incurred as a result of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Hoeven worked to include grant funding in the Department of Justice's budget as part of the Fiscal 2017 funding legislation announced today. The state must submit an application to the Department of Justice (DOJ), which will provide $… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Help Veterans at Disabled American Veterans Annual Convention in Mandan

MANDAN, N.D. - At the Disabled American Veterans annual convention today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his work to provide veterans with timely, quality health care options closer to home. Last week, the President signed legislation Hoeven cosponsored to extend the Veterans Choice Program, which was set to expire in August. Hoeven also continues his efforts to build on the success of the Veterans Care Coordination initiative at the Fargo VA, which he secured and worked to implement with federal … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators and Representatives in Urging Secretary of Defense to Replace UH-1N Helicopters

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, this week joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in urging Secretary of Defense James Mattis to replace old UH-1N "Huey" helicopters with newer, more capable helicopters. Huey helicopters provide security for the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) located around Minot Air Force Base. "We need to replace the Air Force's old and outdated Huey helicopte… Continue Reading

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