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01.16.15

Hoeven: Air Force Works to Address Local Concerns as Part of Approving Powder River Test Range

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with the Air Force's Assistant Secretary for Installations Miranda A. Ballentine and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Ferguson on the new Powder River Training Range. The Air Force today signed a Record of Decision (ROD) expanding the existing Powder River range to include airspace over North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The range enhances training opportunities for the Air Force, including the B-52s based at Minot Air Force Base. Today's ROD… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Hoeven Announces $2 Million Grant for Fargo to Improve Sewer System

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $2 million to the City of Fargo to make improvements to the city's sanitary sewer system. The funds are made available through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and will be used to provide wet weather flow relief and to minimize the risk of sanitary sewer backup into public and private property during periods of high precipitation or runoff. "This grant will help the City of Far… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Hoeven: USDA Awards $1.5 Million for Grassland, Soil Stewardship in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $1.5 million for two state-level conservation projects in support of North Dakota's farmers and ranchers. The funds are made available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a conferee on the 2014 farm bill conference committee, Hoeven worked with colleagues in the Senate an… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Hoeven Statement on the Administration's Proposed Action on Methane Emissions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's proposed actions on methane emissions: "The Obama administration today announced that it intends to issue more regulations on the oil industry to reduce methane gas emissions. Instead of going at it alone, the president should be working with Congress on commonsense legislation that will help to produce reliable and affordable energy for the nation with good environmental stewardship.… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Hoeven Congratulates City of Fargo for Being Selected as Semi-Finalist for $5 Million Energy Prize

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the City of Fargo as it advanced to the semi-finalist round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition, which will award $5 million to the winning community to help implement strategies to increase energy efficiency. In October, Hoeven sent a letter in support of Fargo's application. "North Dakota has experienced unprecedented economic growth because we have worked to foster a business-friendly climate conducive to economic investm… Continue Reading


01.14.15

Hoeven: USDA Awards $12 Million for Flood Protection, Water Management in Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $12 million to the Red River Retention Authority (RRRA) for water management and flood protection in the Red River Valley in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. The funds are made available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a conferee on the 2014 farm bill confere… Continue Reading


01.12.15

Hoeven-Manchin Legislation to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline Overcomes Key Hurdle

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today announced that bipartisan legislation he and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project has overcome a key hurdle and advanced in the Senate. The measure received 63 to 32 votes to overcome a filibuster, and will now go to the Senate floor for debate and an open amendment process. "Our Keystone XL pipeline bill has gained the support of the American people and bipartisan support in Congress based on its merits… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Hoeven to Deliver National Republican Weekly Radio Address Saturday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven will deliver the National Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, January 10. He will discuss the importance of approving the Keystone XL pipeline and why it is the first bill being taken up by the U.S. Senate. "The Nebraska Supreme Court has decided that their state has properly determined the route of the Keystone KL pipeline," Hoeven said. "Now, only the federal government is holding it up, and that's unfortunate because the Keystone XL… Continue Reading


01.09.15

Hoeven Statement on Today's Nebraska Supreme Court Decision

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Nebraska Supreme Court's decision: "Today, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that the governor and legislature have the authority to approve a route for the Keystone XL pipeline through their state and the route was properly determined. Only the federal government is holding it up, and that's unfortunate because the Keystone XL pipeline is all about energy, jobs, economic growth, and national security. … Continue Reading


01.08.15

Hoeven, Kirk Bet on this Weekend's NCAA Division I Football Championship

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven challenged Illinois Senator Mark Kirk to a friendly wager for this weekend's NCAA Division I Football Championship. Hoeven predicts that the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison will win, while Senator Kirk is betting on the Illinois State Redbirds. This will be the first time in history that two teams from the same conference are competing for the Football Championship Subdivision, and if this season has been any indicator, it is sure to be an exciting ga… Continue Reading


01.08.15

Hoeven: Energy and Natural Resource Committee Passes Hoeven-Manchin Bill to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed legislation that he and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project. The measure now goes to the floor for debate and the amendment process. Both Hoeven and Manchin serve on the Committee, which is chaired by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The Hoeven-Manchin legislation approves the project under Congress's authority enumerated in t… Continue Reading


01.07.15

New Majority Calls for Swift Approval of Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and John Hoeven, R-N.D., today encouraged their Senate colleagues to support newly-reintroduced legislation to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Murkowski joined Hoeven and several other colleagues on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to confirm their ongoing support for the project. It has now been 2,301 days - more than six years - and counting since the company seeking to build Keystone XL submitted an application for a … Continue Reading


01.07.15

Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Set Clear Timeline for LNG Export Applications

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, this week joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation to improve the approval process for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the United States. The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act requires the Secretary of Energy to make a decision on any LNG export application within 45 days of a completed environmental review document. "… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline in New Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress's authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. The Hoeven-Manchin bill, S.1, is the first piece of legislation brought to the floor in the 114th Congress. Sixty senators are cosponsoring the bill, and 63 senators have indicated support for the legislation at this point. The senators, bot… Continue Reading


01.06.15

Hoeven Statement on the President's Threat to Veto His Keystone XL Approval Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to White House spokesman Josh Earnest's statement that President Obama won't sign the senator's Keystone XL approval bill if it passes Congress: "President Obama's veto threat comes as no surprise. He has held the Keystone XL pipeline project up for six years with endless bureaucratic delays - his strategy has been defeat through delay. That's unfortunate, because the Keystone XL pipeline should be approved on its… Continue Reading


12.19.14

Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Remarks Today on the Keystone XL Pipeline

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's remarks about the Keystone XL pipeline: "After six years of delay, President Obama's comments about the Keystone XL pipeline today were more of the same and just not accurate. "The President said that the pipeline would move only Canadian oil and that it would all be exported. He's wrong on both counts. The Keystone XL pipeline will also carry light sweet crude from North Dakota and M… Continue Reading


12.19.14

Hoeven: Congress Takes First Step to Eliminate Proposed Waters of the U.S. Regulation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he is working on a two-step process to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Waters of the U.S. regulation, which would bring almost every acre of wet ground under federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction. The U.S. Congress took the first step in its recently passed omnibus appropriations bill by defunding the Waters of the U.S. Interpretive Rule, which the EPA issued to implement the Waters of the U.S. regulation for farmer… Continue Reading


12.18.14

Hoeven: Congress Supports Global Hawk, Invests in UAS Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) to outline key provisions in the Fiscal Year 2015 omnibus funding bill that support missions at Grand Forks Air Force Base and help to further the region as a leader in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Hoeven worked to include provisions in the bill to fund the Global Hawk in 2015 and support UAS research. "This legislation supports our efforts in the Grand Forks region, both on the… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Hoeven Statement in Response to the President's Announcement of a Change in Cuba Policy, the Release of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's announcement that he will change U.S. policy toward Cuba: "Like all of us, I celebrate the release of American Alan Gross after five years of captivity in Cuba and welcome his return. I can only imagine his family's relief and joy when they were reunited with him. "With regard to Cuba policy, I am committed to expanding agricultural trade where we can. Easing trade restrictions on sell… Continue Reading


12.17.14

Hoeven Worked to Include $4 Million in Water Bank Funding for Farmers and Ranchers in Omnibus Approps Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the omnibus appropriations bill Congress approved last weekend included $4 million for 2015 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Water Bank Program (WBP), which compensates farmers and landowners for flooded land using short-term conservation leases. As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has worked to get the funding approved annually since 2012. Severe flooding of agricultural land has been a problem in … Continue Reading

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