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09.19.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators, Congressman, Business, Labor Leaders Mark 5th Anniversary of KXL Pipeline Application

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers were joined by leaders from business and labor to mark the fifth anniversary of TransCanada's original application for the Keystone XL pipeline project with no decision from President Obama. Participating in today's news conference were Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Heidi Heitka… Continue Reading


09.19.13

Hoeven Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the Keystone XL Application with No Decision

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of TransCanada's application to the U.S. State Department for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project: "The Keystone XL pipeline project will create tens of thousands of jobs, boost our economy, help reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and raise billions of dollars in revenues to address our nation's deficit and debt. "North American oil and gas production is burgeoning, driven by … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Hoeven Continues to Press for Passage of Long-Term Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued to press for passage of a long-term farm bill to provide certainty for the nation's farmers and ranchers. In a speech on the Senate floor, Hoeven called on members of the House of Representatives to resolve their nutrition title issue and to name conferees. Hoeven was named a Senate conferee in August and has been working to get the farm bill to conference committee and passed this fall. "Our farmers and ranchers are business people and they … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Hoeven Presses Interior Nominee for States First, All-of-the-Above Energy Policy, Timely Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources asked Michael L. Connor, the nominee to be Deputy Secretary of Interior, to work with him on issues related to energy development and the use of federal lands. As a member of the Energy Committee, Senator Hoeven has pushed for a states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy that will make North America energy secure, as well as expedited permitting for gas pipeline gathering systems on … Continue Reading


09.18.13

Hoeven Meets with Air Force Leaders to Build Support for North Dakota Base Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with top Air Force leaders to build support for North Dakota's Air Force priorities. Hoeven met with General Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command and Colonel Paul Bauman, Commander of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base to review operations at Grand Forks. Topics included the recently signed enhanced use lease agreement with Northrop Grumman, the base's transition to its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) m… Continue Reading


09.14.13

Hoeven Congratulates Bison on Hosting ESPN's College Gameday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the North Dakota State University Bison for being selected as a host campus for ESPN's popular College Gameday broadcast next Saturday, September 21. The FCS number one, two-time defending national champion Bison will be playing the Delaware State Hornets. Hoeven this week wrote to ESPN President John Skipper and Executive Vice President for Production John Wildhack to press for NDSU's selection: "I can assure you that a broadcast from the N… Continue Reading


09.13.13

Hoeven Statement on Air Force Secretary Nominee Deborah Lee James

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following a meeting with secretary of the Air Force nominee Deborah Lee James: "Deborah Lee James would bring 30 years of Pentagon and congressional, as well as private-sector experience, to the office of the Secretary of the Air Force. "During our conversation, I expressed my strong support for the Air Force and the important work it does to protect our nation. We discussed the need to upgrade and maintain our nuclear deter… Continue Reading


09.12.13

Hoeven, Landrieu, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Supporting Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today introduced a bipartisan concurrent resolution declaring the Keystone XL pipeline project in the national interest and calling on President Obama to approve it. The measure is offered as an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy conservation bill now under consideration in the Senate. "This measure is structured as a joint resolution, putting both the House and the Senate on record that the Keystone XL pipeline project i… Continue Reading


09.12.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Announce $2.5 Million Grants to North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that North Dakota airports have been awarded grants totaling more than $2.5 million for construction and renovations to airport infrastructure. "These federal grants will help us to maintain and improve runways, taxiways and other airport infrastructure. Investing in our transportation infrastructure will help our airports continue to safely serve passengers and grow to meet increasing demands," … Continue Reading


09.11.13

Hoeven Statement on the President's Address on Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's address to the nation on Syria: "In his address to the nation last night, President Obama conveyed a mixed message regarding his plan to seek a diplomatic solution to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The president needs to develop a clear and coherent plan of action and convey that plan to Congress, the American people and our allies. "At this point, I remain opposed to a military strike on … Continue Reading


09.11.13

Delegation Commemorates September 11 Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today are hosting a reception for the North Dakota National Guard's (NDNG) 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Washington in observance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In April, the NDNG Regiment was deployed to the nation's capital in support of Operation Noble Eagle and serves as part of the integrated air defense system designed to protect the airspace around the … Continue Reading


09.10.13

Hoeven Meets with Taiwanese Ag Delegation, Announces $4 billion in U.S. Purchases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today met with a delegation of Taiwanese agriculture leaders to discuss trade issues and to announce Taiwan's commitment to make a major purchase of U.S. agriculture products. Taiwan has signed three letters of intent to purchase 9 million metric tons of U.S. wheat, soybeans and corn at a cost of $4 billion. Principal providers of the wheat will be North Dakota, Montana and Idaho, although North Dakota will als… Continue Reading


09.09.13

Hoeven Statement on Potential Military Action Against Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding his position on Syria: "As I said last week, at this point I do not support a military strike on Syria. North Dakotans and the American people don't support it. "Since early 2011 Syria has been immersed in a civil conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and multiple opposition groups. The fighting has so far resulted in more than 90,000 deaths and 1.5 million refugees. Based on the Obama Administ… Continue Reading


09.06.13

Hoeven Hosts Senate Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden, Highlights ND's Comprehensive, States-First Energy Development

UNDERWOOD, WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed U.S. Senate Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to North Dakota and hosted him on a tour of several of the state's major energy production facilities. The visit showcased North Dakota's states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy, which Hoeven said can lead the nation to energy independence within five to seven years. As chair of the energy committee, Senator Wyden has broad influence over energy policy and development in… Continue Reading


08.30.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on Interior Secretary Jewell to Exempt North Dakota and Tribes from BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today urged Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to exempt North Dakota and the state's tribes from a proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) final rule on hydraulic fracturing and to recognize the primacy of states to regulate oil and gas development within its boundaries. The delegation made the request in a letter sent to Secretary Jewell, noting that the unique geology, technology and innovation … Continue Reading


08.30.13

Hoeven Thanks ND Guard's 191st for Service to Nation Upon Return from Yearlong Deployment

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked members of the North Dakota National Guard's 191st Military Police Company for their service as they return to North Dakota today following a yearlong deployment to Guantanamo, Cuba. "We are happy to welcome home members of the 191st Military Police Company today. They, along with their families and friends, have made real sacrifices throughout this yearlong deployment and we thank them for their service on our behalf. I know all North Dakota… Continue Reading


08.29.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators: Don't Delay Keystone XL Decision Again

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today said that President Obama must not delay yet again a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would extend the review process into an unprecedented sixth year. The senators say the delay could be occasioned this time by a second inspector general's (IG) inquiry regarding the Department of State's most recent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The first inquiry, completed in… Continue Reading


08.28.13

Hoeven Highlights Need for Enhanced Crop Insurance, Strong Farm Bill at RCIS Annual Meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today stressed his commitment to including enhanced crop insurance programs in the farm bill during remarks delivered at the Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) meeting in Bismarck. "Farmers and ranchers across North Dakota and the country continue to express a need for effective risk management tools, and it is important that we make sure our producers have crop insurance," Hoeven said. "As Congress works to pass a long-term farm bill this fall, I am … Continue Reading


08.27.13

Hoeven Hosts RMA Administrator in North Dakota to Outline New Prevented Planting Rules

Grand Forks, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened roundtables in Grand Forks and Minot with Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis to clarify new rules for the prevented planting crop insurance program. Hoeven was joined by Senator Heidi Heitkamp and representatives from North Dakota's agriculture groups to continue working to make the prevented planting program workable for North Dakota producers. "We welcome Administrator Willis back to North Dakota today to hear from … Continue Reading


08.27.13

Hoeven Hosts FEMA Officials, Presses to Continue Basement Exception for Flood Insurance Rates in ND Communities

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a working meeting in Fargo with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, Fargo city and county officials and area homebuilders, realtors and engineers to clarify rules regarding the Base Flood Elevation insurance rating method, commonly known as the basement exception, used to determine flood insurance rates. The senator pressed FEMA to continue using the current Base Flood Elevation method that determines insurance rates by evaluating … Continue Reading

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