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02.20.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Hold Roundtable to Discuss Farm Bill with Community Ag Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today hosted a farm bill roundtable in Fargo with state community agriculture leaders to discuss passing a farm bill. The delegation said they are working to pass the right kind of farm bill that meets the needs of North Dakota farmers and ranchers and will pass both chambers of Congress by the end of the year. The delegation began the discussion highlighting the five-year farm bill the U.S. Senate Agriculture Co… Continue Reading


02.19.13

Hoeven Discusses Farm Bill, Comprehensive Energy Plan for Nation, and Expanded Trade at Annual Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber Meeting

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, stressing the need for the nation to implement the kind of pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory approach that has driven North Dakota's dynamic economy. The senator's remarks focused on how passing a strong farm bill, implementing a comprehensive energy plan and expanding trade could help the nation create jobs and grow the economy. "During the past decade, we have worked together i… Continue Reading


02.19.13

Hoeven: New St. Catherine's Assisted Living Center Important for Community Seniors Seeking Quality Care

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with other community leaders, today spoke at the grand opening of Siena Court Assisted Living Facility at St. Catherine's Living Center. Hoeven said the new facility offers area seniors access to a state-of-the-art facility that provides high quality medical care and first rate modern amenities. "The new Siena Court facility at St. Catherine's is a beautiful building that offers a wonderful place for many Wahpeton area senior citizens to call home," H… Continue Reading


02.15.13

Hoeven, Senators: Poll Nearly 70 Percent of American People Support the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of seven senators Thursday held a colloquy, or discussion, on the U.S. Senate floor to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project for the nation. One by one, both Republicans and Democrats made common cause, urging the Obama Administration to approve the long-delayed project, saying it will create jobs, boost the nation's economy and help advance the country toward true energy security. In addition to Hoeven, also parti… Continue Reading


02.15.13

Hoeven:FAA Initiates Formal Site Selection Process for UAS Test Sites

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun soliciting formal proposals to select six sites to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for integration into the national airspace. The FAA today released a Screening Information Request (SIR) online that sets forth the technical criteria on which applicants will be judged. Applicants have three months to respond to the SIR. The FAA released its SIR to comply with the FAA Reauthorization bill passed by… Continue Reading


02.12.13

Hoeven Statement in Response to President Obama's State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address this evening before a joint session of Congress: "With a chronically sluggish economy and more than 12 million Americans still unemployed, the president this evening needed to focus squarely on the nation's economic vitality, our deficit, debt and job creation. While he acknowledged the importance of these issues, the approach he outlined will not get us where… Continue Reading


02.12.13

Hoeven: Administration Needs to Preserve and Strengthen the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said North Korea's successful detonation of a miniaturized nuclear device capable of being mounted on a missile poses a threat to the United States and international peace and stability. At the same time Iran is pressing forward with its nuclear program and China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. All of these developments mean we need to sustain and strengthen the U.S. nuclear deterrent, he said. "North Korea's nuclear test today poses a threat to the Un… Continue Reading


02.11.13

Delegation Honors Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today joined in honoring Minot resident and Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha at a Medal of Honor ceremony held at the White House. President Obama presented Romesha with the nation's highest military honor for his courageous actions against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. "Staff Sgt. Romesha went above and beyond the call of duty that day in Afghanistan. He acted with tremendous bravery and with … Continue Reading


02.08.13

Hoeven, Great River Announce EPA Approval of Dakota Spirit Ag Energy Permit

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Great River Energy (GRE) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Renewable Fuel Standard-2 certification for the company's Dakota Spirit AgEnergy facility in the Spiritwood Park near Jamestown. Hoeven last summer pressed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to expedite the approval process. Today's notice of certification clears the way for GRE to market next generation biofuels as part of a model energy complex. Dakota Spirit A… Continue Reading


02.08.13

Hoeven Announces Delta to Begin Air Service in Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Delta Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport and Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning June 10, 2013. Airline officials say the Delta flights will be operated by SkyWest using CRJ-200s, 50-seat regional jet aircraft. "We've worked closely with Delta and Dickinson leaders to get expanded jet service and we appreciate the airline committing to serve southwestern North Dakota," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


02.07.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp Introduce Legislation to Streamline Processing of Federal Oil and Gas Permits in ND

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today introduced legislation to help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Streamlining Act expands the service area of the Miles City, Mont. office to include North Dakota and changes it to the Montana/Dakotas State Office. This will allow the office to process permits for North Dakota, expediting approvals, which currently take up to nine months. "This is the kind of … Continue Reading


02.07.13

Delegation, Governor Respond to Corps' Decision to Allow Withdrawal of Water from Lake Sakakawea

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalyrmple today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to allow the withdrawal of water from Lake Sakakawea as authorized by the first Surplus Water Agreement under Section 6 of the 1944 Flood Control Act: "Colonel Joel R. Cross, Omaha District Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Wednesday that the Corps reached an agreement to allow … Continue Reading


02.07.13

Hoeven: America Must Retain Its Strategic Deterrence: The Continuing Case for the Nuclear Triad

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Wednesday told an audience of Air Force personnel, reservist officers, defense industry professionals and congressional staff that a nuclear triad is the most effective strategy to preserve peace and stability in an increasingly dangerous and nuclearized world, particularly with countries like Iran looking to develop and North Korea seeking to expand nuclear weapons capabilities. Hoeven said the nuclear triad is the bedrock of our national defense, comprising ju… Continue Reading


02.04.13

Hoeven Announces United Airlines to Begin Air Service to Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that United Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport and Denver beginning June 6, 2013. Airline officials say the United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet using 50-seat regional jet aircraft. "United's plan for new flights in and out of Dickinson twice a day is great news in this growing part of our state," said Hoeven. "Our airports are seeing increasing demands and reco… Continue Reading


02.01.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Bill Includes Access to CDBG Disaster Funding for Minot Area

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said they worked to ensure that North Dakota communities would be eligible for disaster recovery funding under the Hurricane Sandy disaster bill to help the Minot area address unmet needs after the flood of 2011. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which Congress passed last week, includes a $16 billion appropriation for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Developmen… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Hoeven Statement on Final Passage of the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013 in th U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following passage of H.R. 325, the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate: "This afternoon, I voted in favor of the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013. I believe we need a budget with real reforms and real savings. This measure will suspend the nation's debt ceiling until May 18 but require both Houses of Congress to produce a budget for the 2014 fiscal year by April 15, 2013. "In addition, I cosponsored legislation led b… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Hoeven: The Time Has Come to Act and Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven continued to call on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving North American energy security. In a speech on the Senate floor, Hoeven made the case for approving the pipeline project which will create thousands of jobs, provide revenue to help with the debt and deficit and help to achieve North American energy independence. Hoeven cited the following facts in calling for approval of the Keystone… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of senators today introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I2), a reform measure that will establish a market-based immigration system keyed to industry demand for skilled workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. In addition to Hoeven, original cosponsors of the bill are Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), J… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Hoeven Welcomes Japan's Decision to Import More U.S. Beef

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commended Japan's decision to important more U.S. beef and beef products. Effective Feb. 1, the U.S. and Japan will begin a new agreement that includes an adjustment to Japan's age-based beef import limits. Japan has agreed to adjust its rules to allow the importing of U.S. beef from cattle up to 30 months of age following a previous restriction that limited imports to cattle less than 20 months of age. Senator Hoeven has been working to expand opportuniti… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Hoeven Encourages North Dakota Students to Apply for Library of Congress Fellowship

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Library of Congress is currently accepting nominations from college and graduate students interested in participating in the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program. The senator encourages students interested in library work, exploring key parts of the Library's special format collections, and working directly with Library of Congress curators and specialists to apply for this internship. "The Library of Congress Junior … Continue Reading

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