News Releases

06.04.14

Hoeven Working to Improve Rail Safety for Crude Oil Shipments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, said he is working with colleagues on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee (T-HUD) to improve the safety of transporting crude oil by rail. The senator said the T-HUD appropriations bill includes a number of measures to reduce the risk of accidents and to mitigate the impact of fire and explosion when they do occur. It also includes a provision requiring a date certain for new rul… Continue Reading


06.02.14

Hoeven Statement on the EPA's New Rules for Existing Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of new proposed carbon dioxide regulations for existing coal-based power plants. "The EPA's new rules for existing power plants will do little to reduce carbon emissions, but will reduce jobs, hinder our economy and increase the cost of everything, from food to heat and consumer products for American families and businesses. In the first quarter of this year, the… Continue Reading


05.30.14

Hoeven Hosts Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell for Grazing Associations Roundtable

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a meeting for grazing association leaders and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to press for third party mediation to resolve disputes and more consideration of current research, including research conducted by state universities, in deciding management practices for ranchers on the Little Missouri National Grasslands. Also joining Hoeven at the meeting were Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer, N.D. Agr… Continue Reading


05.29.14

Hoeven Holds Forum on Veterans Health Care, Gets Briefing on Fargo VA System Report

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a forum in Fargo to review the results of a recent evaluation of the Fargo Veterans Medical Center. The event featured a presentation by Veterans Affairs Health Care System Director Lavonne Liversage on a recent evaluation of the facility's electronic wait list and wait times. Today's event was widely attended by regional veterans' organizations, county service officers from across North Dakota and state veterans officials. The senator said four ar… Continue Reading


05.29.14

Hoeven: Air Force Secretary Announces Move to Strengthen ICBM Force

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commended a move by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to continue efforts to improve the Air Force's nuclear mission and increase support to the men and women who operate, maintain and support the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force, including those at Minot Air Force Base. Secretary James has also recommended to the secretary of defense elevating the Global Strike Command leadership to a four-sta… Continue Reading


05.28.14

Hoeven Announces Additional Flood Protection Infrastructure Funding

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a more than $1.5 million grant to fund improvements to Cass County's Lake Shure Bridge to reduce flood-related damages. "We have been working to develop a comprehensive approach to flood protection for the entire Red River Valley, including flood protection infrastructure," Hoeven said. "This new FEMA grant to improve Cass County's Lake Sh… Continue Reading


05.27.14

Hoeven: USDA Designates Prairie Grasslands, Including Red River Valley, A Critical Conservation Area

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the Prairie Grasslands, which includes the Red River Valley, a critical conservation area under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Hoeven worked as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and conferee on the 2014 farm bill conference committee to create the RCPP program. The designation will make resources available for upstream flood protection efforts in the Red R… Continue Reading


05.23.14

Senator Hoeven Observes Memorial Day in Fargo this Monday

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued his public schedule for Monday, May 26, as well as the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: "It is fitting and right that our country sets aside a special day to remember and honor all of the brave military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. In ceremonies held each Memorial Day in small towns and big cities across North Dakota and across the country we show our respect and admiration by lay… Continue Reading


05.22.14

Hoeven: Congress Passes WRRDA, Includes Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection, Hoeven Language Blocking Fees for Missouri River Water

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The measure includes two top priorities for North Dakota that Hoeven worked to include: authorization for permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead and legislation Hoeven authored blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents, tribes, farmers, ranchers and businesses for Missouri River reservoir water. The measure passed the Senate 91 to 7 and … Continue Reading


05.20.14

Hoeven: Senate Expected to Take Up WRRDA Bill on Thursday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA), which includes two top priorities for North Dakota: authorization for permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead and legislation Hoeven authored barring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents, tribes, farmers and businesses for Missouri River reservoir water. Hoeven said the Senate is now expected to take up the WRRDA bill on Thur… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Hoeven Works Through Appropriations Committee to Secure $10.8 Million in Funding for Regional ND National Guard Facility

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, on which he serves, has approved $10.8 million in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation bill to replace an outdated North Dakota National Guard regional facility in Valley City. The bill was approved today by the subcommittee and now goes to the full committee and then the full Senate for final approval. "This new facility is an important piece of infrastructure for ou… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Hoeven Works Through Appropriations Committee to Address Veterans' Health Care Concerns

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, on which he serves, has worked to address serious concerns at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation bill. That includes measures to allow veterans to access health-care services in their local communities and investigating the ongoing backlog in VA health-care claims. The bill was approved today by the subcommittee and now goes to the full c… Continue Reading


05.20.14

Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Supports Acre-for-Acre Mitigation, Water Management, Strong Ag Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the committee has approved the Fiscal Year 15 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The senator also served on the Senate-House Conference Committee that negotiated the final version of the new five-year farm bill. "We have worked hard on the committee to include strong water management and flood protection measures like t… Continue Reading


05.19.14

Hoeven, Hess Corp. Officials Celebrate Completion of Tioga Gas Plant Expansion

TIOGA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and a host of industry and government officials today gathered to celebrate the Hess Corporation's recently completed expansion of its Tioga Gas Plant, which more than doubles the operational capacity of the facility. The senator pressed the U.S. State Department last year to grant a cross-border permit for the Vantage Pipeline, which will carry ethane from Hess's Tioga Gas Plant to a petrochemical complex in Alberta, Canada, about 430 miles away. The $300 mill… Continue Reading


05.16.14

Hoeven Again Meets with Canadian Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Continue Effort to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer to continue the effort to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Canadian leaders were in Washington this week to muster the votes necessary to approve the project congressionally. Hoeven this week rallied all 45 Republicans and 12 Democrats to support his legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project congressionally, which leaves the measure three votes shy of t… Continue Reading


05.15.14

Hoeven Announces $17 Million in DOT Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $17 million in grants with funds appropriated by Congress to improve airports in Minot, Grand Forks, Bowman, Devils Lake and Jamestown. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "DOT's decision to award more than $17 million to improve North Dakota's airports reflects our ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure across North Dakota, especially in the rapidly growing wes… Continue Reading


05.15.14

Hoeven Statement on Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of Peace Officers Memorial Day: "Mikey and I are honored to join our fellow North Dakotans and Americans today in pausing to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day as a formal way of commemorating all of the fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding justice and protecting our communities. Our nation's peace officers serve with courage and dedication as they work each day to ensure we c… Continue Reading


05.15.14

Hoeven: Northrop Grumman On Schedule to Sign Historic Lease Next Month

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush to help advance the unmanned aerial systems industry in Grand Forks and to discuss the future of Air Force's Global Hawk. The senator worked to secure a commitment from Northrop Grumman to be the anchor tenant at Grand Sky, the region's state-of-the-art aerospace business and technology park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The new high-tech complex will provide cutting-edge facilities for unmanned aerial syst… Continue Reading


05.14.14

Hoeven: We Need to Support Our Airmen, Maintain a Credible Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Task Force 21 in a meeting at the Pentagon with Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Gen. Larry Spencer, Deputy of Nuclear Planning, Policy and Strategy Michael Shoults and Chief of the USAF Facility Management Division Robert Gill to discuss the priorities and concerns of the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) and the Minot community. Hoeven emphasized the importance of modernizing the B-52 and Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM), providing … Continue Reading


05.13.14

Hoeven: Committee Reaches Deal on WRDA Bill, Includes Authorization for Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate-House joint conference committee has come to an agreement on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and the measure includes two top priorities for North Dakota: authorization for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley and legislation Hoeven authored barring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents and businesses for Missouri River reservoir water. Hoeven said the final version of the bill is … Continue Reading

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