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08.07.13

Hoeven Reviews Construction of New Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery Site

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from MDU Resources Group, Inc. and Calumet Specialty Products Partners to review construction of the new Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery in southwestern North Dakota. Hoeven cited the $300 million facility as the kind of infrastructure investments needed to grow domestic energy production, create good jobs and is a key component in a comprehensive national energy policy to make our nation energy secure. "The Dakota Prairie Diesel Refin… Continue Reading


08.07.13

Hoeven Calls For Angel in Adoption Nominees

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is accepting nominations of North Dakota residents and organizations who have distinguished themselves through their work on behalf of adopted children, foster children and their families. As in past years, Hoeven will select one individual, couple or organization to represent North Dakota at this year's national Angels in Adoption program slated to take place in Washington, D.C. in October. Nominations should be submitted by contactin… Continue Reading


08.06.13

Senator Hoeven's Public Events for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will hold public events in Dickinson on Wednesday, Aug. 7, Minot on Thursday, Aug. 8, and Jamestown on Friday, Aug. 9. The schedule is as follows. Wednesday, August 7 Wednesday morning, Hoeven, along with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, will provide a brief wrap-up of their tour of western North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park and be available to media for questions. 9:30 a.m. MT Media Availability Outside of Dako… Continue Reading


08.06.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp Welcome Interior Secretary Jewell to ND, Showcase State's Robust Energy Development, Good Environmental Stewardship

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today welcomed U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to North Dakota's oil patch and accompanied her on a tour of oil production facilities. The purpose of the visit is to showcase how North Dakota is aggressively developing its energy resources and to help the secretary better understand North Dakota's comprehensive, states-first approach to energy development. As head of the Interior Department, Secretary Jewell plays a key role in ener… Continue Reading


08.05.13

Hoeven Addresses North Dakota Educators at Annual Career and Technical Education Conference

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said our states and nation need to maintain their commitment to providing a high quality education to all students to ensure that future generations have the knowledge and skills needed to compete in an increasingly global, high-tech economy. The senator spoke this afternoon at the Forty-Third Annual Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference. "Today and in the future, our state and nation need a talented, innovative workforce t… Continue Reading


08.05.13

Hoeven Amendment Blocks Study to Eliminate Nuclear Missile Silos

WASHINGTON - The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment offered by Senator John Hoeven to the Department of Defense appropriations bill that blocks the administration from eliminating operational U.S. nuclear missile silos. The amendment bars the Defense Department from conducting environmental studies to reduce the number of active silos containing Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The U.S. currently fields 450 Minuteman III ICBMs. The administr… Continue Reading


08.05.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp to Host Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for North Dakota Energy Tour

BISMARCK, N.D. - On Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp will host U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for a tour of western North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They will meet with energy sector leaders and review oil and gas development in the region to better understand North Dakota's comprehensive approach to energy development over the past 10 years. "The comprehensive, states first approach to energy development we've … Continue Reading


08.02.13

Hoeven Introduces Updated Empower States Act to Boost Domestic Oil and Gas Production, Grow U.S. Economy, Create Jobs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Thursday announced that he has filed an updated version of the Empower States Act, a measure he authored that will put states first in the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. The senator said every state's geology is different and nobody knows better than local professionals and authorities how best to protect their own environment. The measure is being cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and David Vitter (… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Hoeven Named a Farm Bill Conferee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has been named to the conference committee appointed to negotiate an agreement on a 2013 farm bill. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, has worked in the past two sessions to pass a long-term farm bill. The Senate has now appointed its conferees and is awaiting the House to do the same. Hoeven said the Congress needs to act to get a long-term farm bill in place this fall. "Our farmers and ranchers do a tremendous jo… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Sens. Hoeven, Heitkamp Host Interior Secretary Sally Jewell For North Dakota Energy Tour

BISMARCK, N.D. - On Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp will host U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for a tour of western North Dakota and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. They will meet with energy sector leaders and review oil and gas development in the region to better understand North Dakota's comprehensive approach to energy development over the past 10 years. Tuesday, August 6 Tuesday afternoon, Hoeven, Heitkamp a… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Delegation Announces $3.4 Million Grants for Airport Infrastructure, Improvements

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that airports across North Dakota have been awarded grants totaling more than $3.4 million for airport construction and maintenance projects. "North Dakota's airports are seeing tremendous growth. These grants will begin to ensure that airports across our state are able to expand to meet growing needs and update existing runways and other infrastructure to safely meet the needs of our people," said… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Canadian Oil To Go East and West: U.S. Energy Interests Could Go South

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that TransCanada's plan to build a new pipeline designed to carry oil from Alberta, Canada to the country's east coast drives home the irrationality of delaying or denying approval for the Keystone XL pipeline project. "As we've said all along, the Canadian oil sands will be developed with our without U.S. participation," Hoeven said. "The question is, will President Obama allow that oil to go east and west to Asia, with absolutely no benefit to the A… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Hoeven Reintroduces the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today reintroduced the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA), a bipartisan, comprehensive package of energy legislation that will not only reduce the high energy costs faced by hard-working families and small businesses, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation across the U.S. economy. The measure is cosponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member on the Senate Energy Committee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Senator Hoeven is work… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Sens. Hoeven, Landrieu Submit Keystone Resolution: XL Pipeline IS in the National Interest

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., today submitted a joint resolution expressing the sense of Congress that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the federal approvals required for the construction are in the national interest of the United States. "We have studied this project for long enough. We know its tremendous economic benefits and the critical role it will have for our nation's energy security. With Nebraska now on board, every state involv… Continue Reading


07.31.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp Announce Projects to Improve Housing Options & Build Community Centers at Grand Forks and Minot Air Force Bases, and Cavalier Air Force Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the Grand Forks Air Force Base, Minot Air Force Base, and Cavalier Air Force Station will participate in a new initiative offering improved, affordable housing and new community centers at some locations for military families. Hoeven and Heitkamp pushed for this project to support the hardworking servicemembers at the Air Force Bases and Station, which will bring construction jobs to the local economy, and ensure qual… Continue Reading


07.30.13

Hoeven Sets Record Straight on Comments by President Obama and Treasury Sec. Lew on the Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today addressed inaccurate comments about the Keystone XL Pipeline project made over the weekend by President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Following are portions of his speech, and attached are comments summarizing his points. "After five years of study and delay by the Obama administration, I am compelled to respond to comments made Saturday by President Obama in a New York Times interview, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Fox News Sunday. "First, … Continue Reading


07.29.13

Hoeven Statement in Response to Comments Made Sunday by President Obama and Treasury Sec. Lew on Keystone XL Project

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to comments made Sunday by President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Keystone XL Project: "After five years of study, politicking and delay by the Obama administration, I am compelled to respond to comments made Saturday by President Obama in a New York Times interview, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Fox News Sunday. "First, on the matter of jobs, the president claimed that "Republicans have said… Continue Reading


07.26.13

Hoeven Welcomes House Passage of Coal Ash Recycling Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said House passage of Coal Ash legislation this week is a good first step in ensuring the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash. In 2011, Hoeven introduced a companion bill, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act, in the Senate and has been working to reintroduce and pass the measure in the current session of Congress. "This coal ash legislation sets commonsense standards for managing and recycling coal ash with a state-led, states-first approach," Ho… Continue Reading


07.25.13

Hoeven Presses USDA Nominees on Prevented Plant, Grazing, Wetlands Maps

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary nominee Krysta Harden and USDA Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and the Environment nominee Robert Bonnie on key issues important to North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The exchange came at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing this week to consider their confirmation for appointments to the USDA. Prevented Planting The senator secured a commitment from Harden to continue working with t… Continue Reading


07.24.13

Hoeven: Senate Passes Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that in a bipartisan show of support, the Student Loan Certainty Act that he is cosponsoring has passed the U.S. Senate. The new legislation provides a long-term remedy for the program and incorporates caps to ensure that loan rates remain at affordable levels. The measure will reduce loan rates for 100 percent of borrowers. The vote was 81 to 18. In addition to Hoeven, prime sponsors of the bill include Senators Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.), Lamar Ale… Continue Reading

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