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Hoeven: Trump Expresses Support for Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President-elect Trump's expression of support for the Dakota Access Pipeline Project: "The Obama administration should approve the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline without delay, and also provide assistance to state and local law enforcement. Because the Obama administration continues to delay that decision, we have met with President-elect Trump's transition team on a range of issues, including the nee… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Iran Sanctions Legislation Will Help Prevent Iran from Funding Terrorism

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act (ISEA), which extends the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 through 2026. The sanctions would have expired this year if an extension had not been passed. The House passed the extension last week, and it will now go to the President to be signed. "Iran has a long history of not only sponsoring terrorism, but also of acting belligerently toward the United States and our allies in the M… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for UND to Test Commercially-Viable CO2 Storage Technologies

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded two grants totaling $10 million to the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The funds are made available through the DOE's Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise (CarbonSAFE) initiative and will be used to study the feasibility of commercially-viable CO2 storage projects in North Dakota and Nebraska. "For years, North Dakota has been a l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Speaks on Senate Floor to Address Misconceptions About the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to address misperceptions about the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The senator outlined the project and the often violent protests that have occurred in recent months, as well as law enforcement's professional response. On Putting the Project in Perspective "To put this issue into broader context, the Congressional Research Service estimates there are 38,410 [existing] crude oil pipeline river and waterbody crossings in the Unit… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $2 Million in Federal Funding to Support Home Visiting Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) has awarded a $1,960,193 grant to Prevent Child Abuse ND in Bismarck. The funds will be used to support the organization's Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. This program provides education and resources to help families identify their children's needs and supports families' overall well-being. "Today's funding will… Continue Reading


Hoeven: ECHO Act Will Help Providers Deliver Better Health-Care Services to Rural America

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate has passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, bipartisan legislation that requires the Department of Health and Human Services to explore the expanded use of health-care videoconferencing technology for health-care professionals in rural communities so that patients get the best care possible. "Technology has touched nearly every sphere of life in the modern world, linking rural communities with global markets … Continue Reading


Hoeven Again Pushes Corps to Issue Easement, Provide Timeline for Resolution

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven Monday again urged Assistant Secretary of the Army of Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers, to issue a final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline and put an end to violent protests in North Dakota. Darcy indicated the Corps would issue a timeline for the Dakota Access Pipeline by the end of the week outlining when a decision will be made on the Missouri River crossing. She also said the Corps' Northwest Division Chief Brigadie… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $2.6 Million in FEMA Funding to Cover Flood Cleanup and Prevention Costs from 2011 Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2,696,411 to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES). Today's funds will help reimburse NDDES for management costs resulting from flood cleanup, repair and prevention efforts following widespread flooding in the state in 2011 and for which the Presiden… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Corps' Decision to Require DAPL Protesters to Leave Campsite

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to require DAPL protesters to leave Corps land north of the Cannonball River: "In light of violent protest activity, the Corps has taken a necessary step to protect public safety. Now, the protesters should respect the law and peacefully leave the protest area. The well-being and property of ranchers, farmers and everyone else living in the region should not be threatened … Continue Reading


Hoeven Thanksgiving Day Statement

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to wish North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving: "Thanksgiving Day affords us the opportunity to gather with family and friends to enjoy the great and abundant blessings we enjoy as Americans because of the work and sacrifices of our forefathers. Above all, we cannot make this observance without feeling a deep sense of gratitude for all that God has given us as a people. Mikey and I wish a happy and blessed Thanksgiving to al… Continue Reading


Hoeven Touts Small Businesses' Contributions to Economy, Encourages North Dakotans to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 569, legislation designating November 26, 2016, as Small Business Saturday. Hoeven cosponsored this resolution, which helps increase awareness of locally owned small businesses and their value to our economy. "Our nation's economy is built on the work of small businesses and small business owners," Hoeven said. "This resolution recognizes the important role they play in our nation's economic success by d… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Beyond-Line-Of-Sight, Unmanned Traffic Management Vital to Integrating UAS Into National Airspace

FARGO, N.D. - Speaking at the Drone Focus monthly meetup today in Fargo, Senator John Hoeven stressed that beyond-line-of-sight operations and unmanned traffic management (UTM) are key to demonstrating that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can be safely integrated into the national airspace and are vital in advancing the UAS industry in North Dakota. "The path forward for North Dakota's UAS industry lies with beyond-line-of-sight operations and the development of an unmanned traffic management syst… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nominates Three Students for Military Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has nominated three North Dakota students for appointments to our nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated Elijah Stewart of Minot to the U.S. Naval Academy, Carson Fetting of Finley to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Abram Budge of Fargo to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. "We are glad to nominate some of the best and brightest from North Dakota to appointments at our nation's military academies," Hoeven said. "Elijah, Carson… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins 1 Million Cups to Highlight Success of Local Entrepreneurs, Economic Growth

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the second annual 1 Million Cups (1MC) Reunion Fargo to outline his efforts to expand North Dakota's technology sector and highlight the important role entrepreneurs play in growing the state's economy and creating jobs. "We've worked hard to build the right legal, tax and regulatory environment in North Dakota to empower innovation and help entrepreneurs succeed," said Hoeven. "Today, we're not only energy and agriculture powerhouses, but North … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer, Dalrymple: Mr. President, Approve the Pipeline Easement Without Further Delay, Support Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama, Senator John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on the president to quit delaying and authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the final federal easement for the Lake Oahe crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to immediately provide the State of North Dakota with law enforcement resources to assist state and local enforcement to address violent protesters and keep the peace. The full text can … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses USDA to Reconsider Prevented Plant Coverage Reduction for Corn

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to press USDA to reconsider its decision to reduce the prevented plant coverage rate for corn before the change becomes effective on November 30. The senator said he will work to fix the issue legislatively if necessary, to ensure that the program works for corn growers in North Dakota and across the nation. "The prevented planting crop insurance program is a critical risk management tool for far… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Dedication of Fargo Floodwall, Worked to Secure Funding

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local officials in Fargo to dedicate the city's new floodwall, the first complete portion of the federal flood protection project for the region. The $40 million project includes the floodwall and road realignments and was paid for with federal, state and local funding. The floodwall was added as a modification to the Army Corps of Engineers' original flood project and allows greater river flows through the city, up to 35 feet, removes the need for … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Support Conservation Priorities for Farmers, Ranchers, Sportsmen

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today told members of the N.D. Association of Soil Conservation Districts (ASCD) that he is working as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Agriculture Appropriations Committee to push for conservation priorities. These include programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) SAFE program, which is a familiar and effective CRP program that maximizes the impact of conservation dollars in a farmer-friendly manner. Hoeven told the group that the… Continue Reading


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

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