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03.21.14

Hoeven, Warner Urge President to Use Upcoming Summit to Counter Putin's Energy Influence in Ukraine, Europe

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today urged President Obama to use next week's U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels to lead a joint U.S.-E.U. initiative on energy security to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin's energy influence on Ukraine and other European nations. About 53 percent of Russian gas exports to Europe pass through Ukraine, and Europe depends on Russia for 30 percent of its natural gas. This morning's letter to the president is a follow… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Hoeven Honors Military Service, Presents Military Awards to Korean War Veteran John Jangula

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - At a ceremony in Jamestown today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of Korean War Veteran John Jangula and presented him with the military awards he earned while serving in the U.S. Army. Jangula was never presented his medals, and his family contacted Senator Hoeven's office to request help recovering the medals. John was born in Zeeland, North Dakota to Jacob and Eva Jangula. He grew up in Edgeley with six brothers and six sisters. John joined the National G… Continue Reading


03.20.14

Hoeven Updates Task Force 21 on Work to Retain Missile Silos, Pentagon Puts Study on Hold

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated members of Task Force 21 about his efforts to press the Pentagon to retain missile silos in the Upper Midwest. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the ICBM Coalition, Hoeven authored a provision in the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill that explicitly blocks the administration from undertaking any environmental analysis to reduce the number of active silos containing Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missil… Continue Reading


03.20.14

Hoeven Joins Minot Community to Celebrate Opening of New Erik Ramstad Middle School

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the new Erik Ramstad Middle School and joined the Minot community at an open house celebration for the new building. Hoeven has been working to secure federal funding for infrastructure damaged by flooding, including $24.5 million for Ramstad Middle School project. The total project cost is approximately $36-37 million. "We're rebuilding and making the Minot community even stronger than it was before the flood," said Hoeven. "Ramstad Middle Schoo… Continue Reading


03.20.14

Hoeven Calls for Cost-Of-Living Adjustment for Civilian Federal Workers in Minot and Western North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to the chairman of the Federal Salary Council to urge a cost of living adjustment for civilian federal employees working in Minot and western North Dakota owing to the expanding energy industry in the area. In a letter to Chairman Dr. Stephen E. Condrey, Hoeven said that "the cost of living in Minot has moved from being 14% below the national average in 2003 to six percent above the national average in 2013. This large increase in the cost of livi… Continue Reading


03.20.14

Hoeven, Warner Launch UAS Integration Working Group for FAA Pilot Project States

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today announced they are launching a new bipartisan UAS Integration Working Group in the Senate to support the six unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test UAS for integration into the National Air Space. Hoeven and Warner sent a dear colleague letter to the senators representing the six states hosting the designated test sites inviting them to join the group. In … Continue Reading


03.19.14

Hoeven Highlights Ukraine, North Dakota Connection with ND Trade, Business Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Following his recent visit to Ukraine, Senator John Hoeven today led a group of North Dakota trade and business officials in highlighting the current situation in Ukraine and its impact on North Dakota trade relations. Hoeven traveled to Ukraine last weekend to see firsthand the security situation following Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea and to meet with North Dakota trade and business representatives working in the nation. While in Kiev, Hoeven met with A… Continue Reading


03.19.14

Hoeven, Doer Stress Importance of U.S.-Canadian Energy, Trade Partnership

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer today pressed home the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project and a strong U.S.-Canadian trade partnership to advance North American energy security and economic growth for both nations. Hoeven, who recently returned from a Senate mission to Ukraine, said events in that country underscore the need for a strong U.S.-Canadian energy partnership. Countries that are reliant on hostile sources for ene… Continue Reading


03.18.14

Hoeven Tours NISC, Reviews Innovative Smart Grid Projects

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading electrical industry software provider based in Mandan. Hoeven said the cutting-edge work NISC is doing in the field of conservation and "Smart Grid" technology helps to advance his efforts to forge an all-of-the-above comprehensive national energy plan that includes a conservation program. The senator, for example, has introduced legislation to encourage the use of energy managemen… Continue Reading


03.18.14

Hoeven: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Approves $3.6 Million in Financial Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $3.6 million to farmers and ranchers in North Dakota to compensate farmers and landowners for flooded land using short-term conservation leases. The program will be available in three states: North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. The agency will accept applications from March 17 until April 18. The USDA financial assistance for… Continue Reading


03.18.14

Hoeven, Warner Push to Expedite Approval of U.S. Natural Gas Export Applications

WASHINGTON - In response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today announced bipartisan proposals to expedite the U.S. Department of Energy's review of applications to export U.S. natural gas. Hoeven and Warner say that the Obama Administration should move quickly to evaluate more than 20 pending natural gas export applications as a way to counteract Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence over Ukraine and Europe, which depends on Russia fo… Continue Reading


03.17.14

Hoeven Statement on UND Women's Basketball Conference Win, Advancement to NCAA Tournament

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon the University of North Dakota (UND) women's basketball team winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. "The UND women's basketball team has continued a remarkable season by winning the Big Sky Conference and progressing to the NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first time in the school's history," said Hoeven. "North Dakotans are incredibly proud and excited for UND, a… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Hoeven, Klobuchar Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Impacted by Propane Shortage Passes Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today announced that their legislation to make it easier to transport propane to communities impacted by the ongoing propane shortage has passed the Senate and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The bipartisan bill will extend the hours-of-service exemption until May 31st, allowing truck drivers to work more hours to help safely transport propane to regions impa… Continue Reading


03.14.14

Hoeven Statement on Freedom Salute Ceremony Held Today for North Dakota Servicemembers

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to honor members of the North Dakota National Guard's Detachment 42 (Det. 42) Operational Support Airlift. The senator was unable to attend today's ceremony because he is on a Senate mission to Ukraine. "Today is an important and proud day for the State of North Dakota as we welcome home Det. 42. This unit is comprised of highly skilled, disciplined airmen, and we are grateful to these individuals, as well as their fa… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Hoeven: $13 Million in Grants Will Help Support Much-Needed Indian Housing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that North Dakota will receive three awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totaling more than $13 million for Indian housing. The funds will come from HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. "Developing safe, affordable housing in Indian country is absolutely necessary to ensure the wellbeing of our tribes," said Hoeven. "These HUD funds will help build stronger communities as good housing options help fo… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Hoeven Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Help Families Access Quality, Affordable Child Care

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted for and the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act, bipartisan legislation that will improve access to affordable, quality child care for families in North Dakota and across the country. The legislation reauthorizes and improves the CCDBG program, a state block grant program that provides vouchers to help working parents obtain child care. "Accessing quality, affordable child care is a concern for many families across No… Continue Reading


03.13.14

Hoeven: Congress Passes Flood Insurance Legislation: Measure Gives Relief to Homeowners, Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will hold the line on flood insurance premium costs for homeowners and businesses. The measure also includes the Hoeven-Heitkamp-Cramer basement exception, which enables homeowners to receive credit for flood proofed basements when determining flood insurance rates. The legislation now goes to the president's desk. The bill prevents the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from steeply raising rat… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Hoeven, Missouri River Delegations Call on Corps of Engineers to Prepare for Potential Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Walsh (D-Mont.), along with Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in sending a letter to Brig. Gen. John Kem of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers calling on the Corps to provide members with information about Missouri River flood prevention plans for the spring thaw and actions the Corps h… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Hoeven Statement on NDSU Bison's Summit League Championship, Advancement to NCAA Tournament

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the North Dakota State University Bison men's basketball team win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne at the Summit League Tournament. The win earns the Bison an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. "The NDSU Bison men's basketball team continues its incredible season, becoming the Summit League Men's Basketball Champions following an exciting and hard-earned win," Hoeven said. "As they now advancing to the NCAA Tournament,… Continue Reading


03.12.14

Hoeven, Senators Introduce Bill to Reduce Natural Gas Flaring

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act. The legislation expedites the permitting of natural gas gathering lines located on federal and Indian lands. Natural gas gathering lines are pipelines that ship unprocessed natural gas from oil and gas wells to natural gas processing plants which separate the gases (e.g., methane, ethane, propane) from one another. Once processed, the various gas… Continue Reading

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