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03.27.14

Hoeven, Tester Introduce The Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, today introduced the Native American Children's Safety Act, legislation to implement rigorous minimum protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. Ranking Member Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have signed on to the legislation as original cosponsors. At the heart of the legislation, authored b… Continue Reading


03.26.14

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer to Host Transportation Sec. Foxx in Casselton to Review Rail Safety

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that they will host U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx in Casselton on April 24. The DOT head will visit North Dakota at the delegation's request, to improve rail safety. Secretary Foxx will be in Casselton on April 24 to meet with local leaders and to update the community on steps being taken to improve rail safety. The delegation met in January with Foxx, Pipeline and … Continue Reading


03.26.14

Hoeven, Heitkamp To Host FAA Administrator Huerta in Grand Forks to Showcase UAS Industry, Williston to See Aviation Infrastructure Needs

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that they will host U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael Huerta in Grand Forks and Williston on April 21 to review the state's growing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry and see firsthand the acute airport infrastructure needs in the energy development impacted communities of western North Dakota. On April 21, Hoeven and Heitkamp will lead Administrator Huerta on a tour of the region's progress to buil… Continue Reading


03.26.14

Hoeven Presses VA Secretary to Allow Veterans in Western ND to Get Health Care Services Locally, Prevent Long Travel to Fargo VA

WASHINGTON - At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, Senator John Hoeven pressed Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel to allow veterans in western North Dakota to access health care services in the local community when available. Currently, the VA offers services in the western part of the state through local outpatient community clinics in Williston, Minot and Dickinson, but veterans are compelled to travel to the F… Continue Reading


03.26.14

Hoeven, Terry, Manchin, Vets4Energy: Keystone XL Pipeline Should be Approved for National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-N.D.) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) today joined forces with Vets4Energy, the American Petroleum Institute and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer to drive home the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project, and others like it, to secure America's economic and national security. Participating in today's news conference were Vets4Energy Advisor and National Veterans Service Organizations Liaison Rear Adm… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Hoeven Meets with Army Corps to Ensure Flood Preparations for Spring

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Bill Leady, Acting Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Northwestern Division, to ensure the Corps is ready and doing all it can to prevent flooding this spring. "As we move into the spring season, I reminded Col. Leady of the utmost need to keep a close eye on the snowmelt in the Upper Missouri River Basin and to make sure he is doing all he can to prevent and prepare for potential flooding in the region," Hoeven said. "While the c… Continue Reading


03.25.14

Hoeven Statement on North Dakota Leading Nation in Personal Income Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) report released today finding North Dakota has the strongest personal income growth in the country. North Dakota's average personal income increased by 7.6 percent last year compared to the national growth rate of 2.6 percent. The BEA report is available here. Our state has earned this distinction for six of the past seven years. "Today's BEA report serves as further eviden… Continue Reading


03.24.14

Hoeven: DOE Approval of LNG Export Proposal a Step in the Right Direction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Energy's approval of an application to export liquefied natural gas from the Jordan Cove Energy Project terminal: "The Energy Department's approval of this application for exporting natural gas is a step in the right direction. However, there are still more than 20 pending applications that should be reviewed expeditiously. In light of the current situation in Ukraine, the Administrat… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Hoeven: New Williston Post Office Lease Approved, Service Expected to Begin This Spring

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Postal Service has signed a lease to open a full-service retail postal facility in Williston at the newly constructed Badlands Town Center. The facility will house postal employees serving customers at the counter, a self-service kiosk and customer post office boxes on site and is expected to open this spring. In August 2013, Hoeven invited Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to visit Williston to hear from local business and commu… Continue Reading


03.21.14

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Announce $2 Million in Grants to Improve Public Housing Across North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that 15 housing authorities in North Dakota will receive awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totaling nearly $2 million. The funds will come from HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund. "Our local housing authorities are on the front lines of our state's efforts to address the needs of North Dakota's most disadvantaged residents," the delegation said. "These funds wi… Continue Reading


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

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