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Hoeven: Interior Department Begins Process to Roll Back Methane, Hydraulic Fracturing Rules and Rescind the Moratorium on Federal Coal Leasing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to begin implementing the President's executive order promoting domestic energy production. Secretary Zinke signed orders reviewing, revising and rescinding the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) duplicative regulations for methane and hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, and rescinding the moratorium on federal coal leasing. "We appreciate that Secretary Zinke is working to re… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Gorsuch Right for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after meeting this week with Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. "Judge Neil Gorsuch is a strong Supreme Court pick for North Dakota and our nation. He has shown deep respect for the Constitution and has a strong record of upholding the rule of law rather than trying to legislate from the bench. Judge Gorsuch is a mainstream judge, who will provide… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins President at Signing of Executive Order on Energy Independence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today joined the president as he signed an executive order promoting energy independence by rolling back regulations hampering domestic energy development. The president's action today stops the Obama Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) costly power plan rules for new and existing coal generating plants, rescinds the moratorium on new federal coal leases and rolls back the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) duplicative… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Grants Extension for Drayton Levee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to a month-long extension for Drayton to keep in place its earthen levee built on land acquired through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Hoeven is working to pass legislation to keep the levee as part of permanent flood control protections. Last week, Hoeven spoke with Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation at FEMA, to press for the extensio… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President Signs CRA Protecting Multiple Use on Federal Lands, Repealing BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the President signed into law legislation repealing the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) "Planning 2.0" rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Hoeven cosponsored the Senate version of the legislation to maintain multiple-use requirements for federal lands and to ensure resource management planning continues to be led by local BLM field offices in coordination with state, local and tribal governments. "The BLM … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration approved the permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. "After being delayed for nearly a decade, we welcome the Trump Administration's approval of the permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. This project is not only about energy, but also job creation, economic growth and making America more secure by reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a cle… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Perdue Agrees to Visit North Dakota, See Agricultural Research, Meet with Producers

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing today, Senator John Hoeven invited former Governor George "Sonny" Perdue, the nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, to North Dakota to meet with producers and see firsthand the innovative agricultural research being conducted at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and around the state. "Farm country is facing real challenges due to low commodity prices, which is why it's so important that we confirm Governor Perdue, who will be a st… Continue Reading


Hoeven Organizes Meeting Between F-M Leaders & OMB Director, Working to Secure Funding for Comprehensive Flood Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Office and Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and Fargo-Moorhead leaders, including Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams. Hoeven arranged the meeting to secure funding for comprehensive flood protection for the Red River Valley in the Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 work plan, which OMB must approve, as well as the president's final FY2018 budget. The senator organized a similar meeting wit… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Xcel Energy Wind Project Example of All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed Xcel Energy's announcement that they will build a total of seven wind farms in the Upper Midwest, including in Dickey, Morton and Mercer Counties in North Dakota. In late 2015, the senator successfully worked to build support for a compromise proposal to extend the wind production tax credit (PTC) for five years with a phase down to a market based rate. The Senate passed this compromise approach after a previous proposal to extend the credit … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Budget Proposal Does Not Work for Agriculture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to the president's proposed budget: "The president's proposed budget reduction for agriculture does not work. Given the challenging times in the farm patch - from low commodity prices to natural disasters - we need to prioritize and maintain our agriculture budget. While we support more funding for our military and defense, we must maintain support for our … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed former Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) to be Director of National Intelligence: "During his time in the Senate, Dan Coats served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Armed Services Committee, which has prepared him well to head our national intelligence community. He understands the threats facing our nation and has a strong understanding of foreign policy having served as U.S. ambassador. Di… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Move America Act Gives States Flexibility, Lowers Infrastructure Costs Through Public-Private Partnerships

WASHINGTON - At a recent hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Transportation, Senator John Hoeven outlined the Move America Act, legislation he plans to reintroduce with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). The committee panel expressed support for the measure, which expands tax-exempt bonds for public-private partnerships and creates a new infrastructure tax credit. These are important tools that will help advance infrastructure projects around the country, including highways, airports, bro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Senator Lankford in Introducing Small Business Regulatory Relief Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has joined Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) in introducing the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, legislation that requires federal agencies to analyze the full impact of proposed regulations on small businesses during the rulemaking process. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the real job creators in our country," said Hoeven. "For too long, we've burdened our businesses with unnecessary regulation… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Protects Multiple Use on Federal Lands, Repeals BLM Planning Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) "Planning 2.0" rule under the Congressional Review Act. Hoeven cosponsored the Senate's companion resolution and spoke on the Senate floor today to urge the Senate to pass the measure and send it to the president to be signed into law. "Access to federal lands is vital to many state and local economies, especially in western states," Hoeven said. "This BLM rule pulled decision-making away from local off… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Administration's Revised Executive Order on Refugee Vetting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Administration's revised executive order on screening of foreign nationals: "Keeping Americans safe is our top priority. Given the very real threat of terrorism, at home and abroad, it is reasonable to take a temporary pause to lawfully review our refugee program and ensure that we have a strong screening process in place to make America safer." -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves as a member of the Senate Energy Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after Senate confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as U.S. Secretary of Energy: "As the former governor of Texas, Rick Perry understands that we need an all-of-the-above, states-first approach to developing our energy resources. He also recognizes North Dakota's prominent role in providing our nation with affordable ener… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): "Safe and affordable housing is a cornerstone of security for all families. Through his personal and professional experience, from his early life to his time as a director at Johns Hopkins and his work to improve education opportunities, Dr. Carson has developed and demonstrated his passion to help those in need find greater st… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Interior Secretary to Balance Multiple Uses on Federal Lands, Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Energy Development

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be U.S. Secretary of the Interior: "Having served Montana, Secretary Zinke understands the need for a balanced approach to land management. Throughout the confirmation process, I encouraged him to work with us to advance a range of land management priorities for North Dakota and the nation. These include taking a sensible approach to stewarding our national parks … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $80 Million in USDA Rural Development Loans for Kem and Roughrider Electric Cooperatives

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded a total of $80 million in loans to Roughrider Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Dickinson and Hazen and Kem Electric Cooperative in Linton. The loans, which are awarded through the USDA Rural Utilities Service's Electric Program, will fund the construction and improvement of more than 580 miles of power lines as well… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President's Joint Address to Congress

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the president's joint address to Congress: "In his first address to the Congress, the President outlined his commitment to growing our economy and keeping our nation safe. We appreciate the president's focus on the fundamentals including rolling back the regulatory burden on our job creators and reforming the tax code to get our economy going and growing. "Economic growth will enable us to reduce our debt and defici… Continue Reading

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