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Hoeven Meets with Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue, the president's nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Hoeven and Perdue discussed the importance of building a coalition to pass a new farm bill and maintaining strong crop insurance options for farmers and ranchers. "Sonny and I worked together as governors for eight years and he has a solid reputation for working in a bipartisan way. He also understands the importance of our agriculture i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Energy Committee Recommends Confirmation of Perry to Energy, Zinke to Interior

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Energy Committee, today announced that committee members have voted to recommend confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy and Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior. At the senator's invitation, Perry committed to visit North Dakota and see the innovative research and development that's ongoing in the state. "We voted both Governor Perry and Congressman Zinke out… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Additional BIA Federal Law Enforcement Officers Headed to ND to Help State and Local Officers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has dispatched 20 additional officers to North Dakota to help state and local law enforcement at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest sites. The additional officers will bring the total number of BIA officers at the site to 40. Hoeven has been working with the White House, Department of Justice, DHS and other agencies to secure assistance. He recently spoke with DHS Secretary John Kelly about providing more C… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the 44th Annual March for Life

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in recognition of the 44th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The senator spoke at the march this afternoon, which is led by approximately 600 students, administrators and friends of the University of Mary in Bismarck and attended by groups from across the state and nation. "The March for Life is an important opportunity for our citizens, of many ages and from many different regions, to come together united in the caus… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Transcanada's New Application for a Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to TransCanada Corp.'s new application for a presidential permit allowing the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built. The project requires a presidential permit because it crosses the international border between the U.S. and Canada: "We welcome TransCanada's reapplication for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Last Congress, both the Senate and the House passed my bipartisan legislation to approv… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Trump's Executive Orders on Border Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's executive orders on border security: "Americans want a secure border. That means not only a wall, but also enough border patrol agents and technology to make sure that the border is secure. We also need mandatory e-verify, as well as entry and exit systems at all our international airports and seaports. "The president also took action to ensure that we enforce the laws of the land and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Selected as Chairman of Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after he was selected as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Related Agencies. "Our farmers and ranchers produce the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the world, which benefits every American, every day," said Hoeven. "As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, I look forward to working with my colleag… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fallen Deputy Colt Allery on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke today on the floor of the U.S. Senate to honor Rolette County Sheriff Deputy Colt Allery, who was killed in the line of duty on January 18. "Deputy Allery was dedicated to serving the public and spent the last five years working in law enforcement," said Hoeven. "His colleagues remember him for his friendly and positive disposition and his commitment to making his community and our state safer. He was also well-known in St. John - the tight-knit community … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statements on President Trump's Executive Orders Advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to two of President Donald Trump's executive orders. The president has invited TransCanada, the company building the Keystone XL Pipeline, to reapply for a presidential permit. He also directed the relevant federal agencies to provide an expedited review of the project. He also directed the relevant federal agencies to expedite review of the Dakota Access Pipeline project. On the Keystone XL Pipeline "In the la… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Rep. Mike Pompeo Has Right Knowledge and Experience to be CIA Director

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "It's important for the administration to get a strong national security team in place as soon as possible, and Mike Pompeo's confirmation is an important part of achieving that objective. He brings a keen understanding of the world and the right background to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Inauguration of President Donald Trump

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in recognition of the inauguration of President Donald Trump: "The inauguration is an occasion when we can all come together and honor our Constitution's provision for the peaceful transfer of power. We look forward to working with the new administration to advance priorities for both North Dakota and the nation. "These include working to create jobs, reform taxes and reduce the regulatory burden to help grow our economy. We… Continue Reading


Hoeven Reaffirms Energy Secretary Nominee's Commitment to Visit North Dakota, See Innovative Projects Firsthand

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Energy Committee hearing today, Senator John Hoeven reaffirmed former Texas Governor and Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry's commitment to visit North Dakota and see firsthand the innovative research and development that is ongoing in the state. "Governor Perry has demonstrated that he understands we need an all-of-the-above, states-first approach to developing our energy resources," Hoeven said. "We are doing a lot of innovative work in our state, and going forward, … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Deputy Colt Allery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the death of Deputy Colt Allery of the Rolette County Sheriff's Department: "Mikey and I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Allery. Our peace officers put themselves on the line every day to protect our citizens and keep our communities safe. Deputy Colt Allery, his fellow officers and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and recognition for performing this vital duty. We honor his se… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Perdue a Strong Nominee for Agriculture Secretary

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Donald Trump's selection of former Georgia Governor George "Sonny" Perdue as his Secretary of Agriculture. "Sonny Perdue is an excellent choice for Agriculture Secretary. As a veterinarian, agricultural businessman and former governor of one the nation's leading agricultural states, he is exceptionally qualified for the job. Sonny grew up on a farm, so he knows the day-to-day challenges our fa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Obama Administration Trying to Delay DAPL Again by Changing the Rules

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration and Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy's decision to require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do an environmental impact statement (EIS) prior to issuing an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline project: "The Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. The company has complied with all federal and state re… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Interior Nominee Zinke to Provide More BIA Law Enforcement at DAPL Protests

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today, Senator John Hoeven urged Interior Secretary nominee Congressman Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to help advance a range of priorities for North Dakota and the nation, including:• Providing more Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) law enforcement officers to work with state and local law enforcement to address the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest.• Ensuring a balanced approach to multiple use on federal lands, i… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp Congratulate North Dakota Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has selected Alyx Schmitz of Oakes and Ashlen Wright of West Fargo to serve as delegates to the program's 55th annual Washington Week. The program, which features 104 student delegates from across the country, will be held March 4 - 11. "Both in the classroom and in their communities, North Dakota's students demonstrate excellence and a hard work ethic," the senators sai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates VFW on Efforts to Expand Veteran Access to Health Care, Extended Care Services Closer to Home

WEST FARGO, N.D. - At the North Dakota Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Mid-Winter Conference today, Senator John Hoeven thanked the VFW members for their service to the nation and updated them on his efforts to improve veterans' access to health care services. "As we move into a new session of Congress and a new administration, we have a real opportunity to improve veteran health care," Hoeven said. "We made significant progress on our bipartisan legislation to open up more health care and exten… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $3.8 Million to Support Housing in Turtle Mountain

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,883,122 to the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority. The funds are made available through HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant program. "Today's grant to the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority will help ensure that those living in the Turtle Mountain community have access to safe, affordable housing," Hoeven said. -###-… Continue Reading


Hoeven Stresses North Dakota Priorities, Comprehensive Flood Protection Projects with OMB Nominee Rep. Mulvaney

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven this week met with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and highlighted important priorities for North Dakota. OMB approval is required for Army Corps of Engineers' projects, like permanent flood protection for Fargo-Moorhead and Minot, which are vital to protect lives and property. "OMB plays an important role in projects that make a real difference in North Dakota, like comprehensive flood protection i… Continue Reading

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