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Hoeven: Last Night's Demonstration Not Peaceful

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to protests last night south of Bismarck-Mandan: "Today, I spoke with the governor and also met with National Guard Adjutant General Al Dohrmann and Mike Gerhart, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, to review last night's protests, which included setting fires, trespassing and attempting to cross police lines. These protests are clearly not peaceful protests and once again demonstrate the need f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Pipeline Issue Needs to Be Resolved

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today again called on the Obama Administration to quit delays and the Corps to issue the final easement so that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline can be completed. Further, he said any protests must be peaceful and protesters, mostly from outside North Dakota, who violate the law need to be arrested and held fully accountable. "The situation has been a real challenge for farmers, ranchers and North Dakotans who live and work in the region, and it must b… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Gold Star Families Voices Act Allows Us to Preserve the Memories of Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the follow statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Gold Star Families Voices Act. The measure allows the families of our men and women in uniform who died in the service of their country to contribute to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The Veterans History Project preserves recordings, photographs and narratives of U.S. veterans so that future generations can hear the stories of these service members firsthand. The House p… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps Should Issue the DAPL Easement and Resolve the Pipeline Situation in N.D.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Army Corps of Engineers' announcement that it will further delay issuing a final easement that would allow construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed: "The Corps today announced it will further delay issuing an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. That will only prolong the disruption in the region caused by protests and make life difficult for everyone who lives and works in the area. … Continue Reading


Hoeven: We're Positioned to Rescind WOTUS Permanently

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that with a new Congress and administration, the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule can now be rescinded permanently. Hoeven said there are at least three viable paths to repealing the rule for good: • The new Congress could rescind it legislatively next year.• The new administration could work through the rule-making process to rescind it.• The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is now considering the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Thanks Veterans and Their Families and Honors Their Service on Veterans Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - In anticipation of Veterans Day, Hoeven issued the following statement to honor veterans throughout North Dakota and the nation. "Today and every day, we honor the brave men and women who have courageously risked their lives to protect our freedoms. There is no greater risk than what our veterans have made, nor no greater honor than what they deserve. Many times, our way of life has been assaulted, and in every instance, our veterans have answered the call to protect our nation… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts, Opportunities to Advance North Dakota's Energy Industry

BISMARCK, N.D. - At the Basin Electric Power Cooperative's annual meeting today, Senator John Hoeven stressed the important role coal and other traditional energy resources play in supporting the nation's economy and outlined opportunities to ensure the future growth of North Dakota's energy industry. "Our ability to provide low-cost, reliable energy drives the country's economy and impacts families and businesses from coast to coast," Hoeven said. "North Dakota is leading the way in developing … Continue Reading


Hoeven Names Lee North Dakota State Director

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has appointed his current regional director for southwestern North Dakota, Jessica Lee, to be his new state director. As his state director, she will oversee the operations of the senator's five regional offices and coordinate between them and his Washington, D.C. office to serve constituents across the state. Lee replaces Don Larson, who currently serves as the senator's chief of staff and state director. "As our Fargo regional director,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joined by Stockmen's Association Head to Press for Resolution to Dakota Access Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was joined by Julie Schaff Ellingson, the executive vice president of North Dakota Stockmen's Association, in calling on the Obama Administration and the Corps to issue an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and put an end to the unrest affecting the ranching community. Ellingson and her husband are fourth and fifth generation ranchers and farmers in the area of the protests. The senator arranged meetings in his Washington office with administration of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Issues Statement in Support of Emergency Commission Action Approving an Additional $4 Million for Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the North Dakota Emergency Commission's approval of another $4 million loan to support law enforcement efforts to keep the peace during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests: "In light of recent violent protest activity, we support the Emergency Commission's request for additional funding to help law enforcement keep the peace during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The well-being and property of ranchers, f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Make Long-Term, Private Care More Available to Veterans in Their Home Communities

NAPOLEON, N.D. - During a visit to the Napoleon Care Center today, Senator John Hoeven outlined his efforts to make more health care services available for veterans in both rural and urban communities. "Health care is a cornerstone of the promises we make to our veterans, and they should be able to access the care they need without long road trips or complicated bureaucracy," Hoeven said. "Our long-term care measure in the Veterans First Act as well as our new Veterans Care Coordination initiat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: HHS to Provide Nearly $23 Million for Home Heating Assistance in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will distribute nearly $23 million to help low-income North Dakotans heat their homes. The funds are made available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and include nearly $5.5 million for tribes in the state. "Today's funding will ease the strain that winter can bring on families' budgets and help them to s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Deployed Service Members on 'Day of the Deployed'

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today honored the men and women of the United States' armed forces who are deployed. In September, Hoeven introduced and the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating October 26th as the "Day of the Deployed." "Today we honor the selfless service of many thousands of brave men and women deployed on missions to protect our country and secure our freedom," Hoeven said. "We extend our deepest thanks for your sacrifice. At the same time, we honor the famili… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards Contract for United to Continue Air Service at Dickinson Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded an Essential Air Service contract for United Airlines to continue to provide service at Dickinson Airport. Hoeven has been pressing DOT to expedite the award to prevent any disruptions and ensure reliable air service to the region. "We are pleased that DOT has selected United Airlines to continue serving the Dickinson community," said Hoeven. "Dependable air travel is necessary to ensure the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $1 Million in Funding for North Dakota Schools

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded $1,039,904 to the state of North Dakota to improve schools. The funding is made available through ED's School Improvement Grant (SIG) program which awards states funds, which they can then allocate to schools in greatest need of additional funding to enhance student achievement. "The successful future of our state and nation begins with our ab… Continue Reading


Hoeven, F-M Leaders Meet with OMB Director, Army Corps to Continue Efforts to Secure Permanent Flood Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven this week along with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney and Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams met with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. Hoeven arranged the meeting with OMB and the Corps to continue efforts to secure comprehensive flood protection for the Red River Valley. "We met with OMB Director Donovan and the Corps to ensure tha… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Corps to Issue Easement, Resolve Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with the head of the Army Corps of Engineers, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy and Lowry Crook, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works to press the Corps to issue a final easement allowing construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed. "I met with Secretary Darcy in person to make the case that we need to get the situation with the Dakota Access Pipeline resolved," said Hoeven. "T… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $2.5 Million in USDA Funds for North Dakota Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the North Dakota Department of Agriculture with more than $2.5 million dollars to support the state's specialty crops industry. The funding will support 28 projects to research and develop specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, sunflowers, potatoes and horticulture products, including honey. The … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Veterans Care Coordination Initiative Will Help Veterans Access Health Care Closer to Home

WEST FARGO, N.D. - At a North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined a new pilot program he pressed to implement called the Veterans Care Coordination initiative. Effective October 4, veterans seeking care through the Veterans Choice Program are now able to coordinate all of their health care needs through the Fargo Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center rather than Health Net, a third party contractor headquartered in California. "The whole id… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Fire Departments Can Apply for FEMA Firefighter Assistance Grants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) funding opportunity. Fire departments, first responders, city and county governments and other eligible entities can apply for the funding. "These funds will support first responder programs that wil… Continue Reading

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