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Hoeven, Klobuchar Announce Farm Bill Conference Committee to Hold First Meeting Next Week

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced that the House-Senate farm bill conference committee will convene next week. The senators hosted a farm bill roundtable at North Dakota State University's Agriculture Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex to gather input from agriculture association leaders and discuss the priorities the senators will work on as members of the joint Senate-House committee The new legislation in both the Senate and t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pays Tribute to 191st Military Police Company

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the Freedom Salute held in honor of the 29 members of the US Army Reserve's 191st Military Police Company who recently returned from their year-long deployment in Cuba. The soldiers provided police, detainment and stability operations as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo. The mission of the Task Force was to conduct safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, as well as conducting intelligence collection, analysis and diss… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors 2-285th Aviation Regiment, Families at Send-off Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the send-off ceremony for the C Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) in Bismarck. The unit of 36 soldiers is set for a one-year deployment in Kosovo, its second deployment since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism. The unit was first deployed to Iraq from October 2009 to October 2010. "I remember when, as governor, I had the honor of both seeing you off to your deployment in Iraq and … Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Air Force to Sign Enhanced Use Lease With Grand Forks County for Grand Sky

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Air Force will sign an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) with Grand Forks County in December for the development of Grand Sky, a cutting-edge unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology park the county plans to build on approximately 217 acres at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Under the terms of the agreement, the county will provide payments to the Air Force in exchange for a 50-year lease. The Air Force and county team members are working throug… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Strikes Bipartisan Agreement to Address Government Closure, Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after passage in the U.S. Senate of a bipartisan agreement to address the government shutdown and debt ceiling: "Today, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan agreement that reopens the government and extends the nation's debt ceiling on a short-term basis. This will enable us to negotiate the type of long-term reforms needed to address our debt and deficit. "The agreement includes: A continuing resolution to keep the gove… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Federal Government Needs to Address Deficit and Debt Reduction in Debt Ceiling Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding a possible agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling: "Today, the U.S. Senate was asked to approve a $1.1 trillion increase in the borrowing limit of the United States with no provision to save money or reform programs that are outpacing our ability to fund them. At the same time, our national debt is approaching $17 trillion and we are borrowing $2 billion a day. For these reasons, I could not support the measur… Continue Reading


Hoeven Asks USDA Under Secretary Scuse to Help with Producer Need

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, to seek his help with Farm Service Agency (FSA) services for producers. Scuse oversees a range of USDA programs, including the FSA and agriculture disaster programs. The senator has received reports from farmers and ranchers that they are unable to access FSA services in the aftermath of a severe winter storm that hit South Dakota and the southe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes, Thanks Returning Members of the ND National Guard's 119th Security Forces Squadron

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed home and thanked members of the North Dakota National Guard's 119th Security Forces Squadron from their deployment in Afghanistan. More than 20 of the 30 Guard members, who deployed in March to Bagram Airfield, arrived home in Fargo last night. "We are tremendously proud of all of our men and women in the National Guard, and always happy to welcome them home," said Hoeven. "These individuals protected lives and property, at great risk to the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bakken Playing Key Role in United States Becoming Number One Oil and Gas Producing Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that North Dakota's Bakken is playing a key role in helping the United States to become the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas. The news comes as the nation continues in a government shutdown and a decision on raising the debt ceiling is pending. The energy industry can help the nation meet and overcome these challenges by generating jobs and creating revenues from economic growth, Hoeven said. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Un… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hopeful Boehner Will Appoint Farm Bill Conferees Next Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Speaker of the House John Boehner, emphasizing the importance of passing a new farm bill in timely fashion and the need for the House to appoint its conferees to the joint committee that will resolve differences between the Senate and House passed versions of the bill. "Based on my conversation with Speaker Boehner, I'm hopeful that he will appoint conferees next week," Hoeven said. "I believe the farm bill - and programs like it - can be a pa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Interior to Ensure Children are Protected at Spirit Lake Reservation

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Kevin Washburn, U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Senator John Hoeven today called on the agency to make sure that children are adequately protected on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Hoeven learned the agency had closed the office during the recent government shutdown and advised the secretary that the agency has the authority to keep the office operating because "the care of children in the care of the BIA is essential and should not … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Hagel: Ensure Pay for Military, National Guard During Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today is sending a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calling on the Department of Defense to ensure the nation's troops and National Guard members continue to receive their pay and benefits during a government shutdown and to prevent the furlough of personnel providing support to troops. Earlier this week, Hoeven voted for and Congress unanimously passed the 'Pay Our Military Act.' This legislation, which was signed into law, gives the Department of Defens… Continue Reading


Hoeven Named a Conferee on Final House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has again been named to the conference committee charged with negotiating an agreement on a 2013 farm bill. The House had passed its version of the farm bill in July, but chose to address the nutrition title in a separate bill, which wasn't passed until last month. Last week, the two bills were reincorporated, which necessitated the Senate to reappoint conferees. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, has worked in the past two sessions to pas… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Compromise on the Continuing Resolution to End the Current Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged his Senate colleagues to work toward a compromise that will end the government shutdown. His remarks come following the Senate majority's rejection of a House request for a conference committee to resolve differences over a resolution to continue funding government. "This morning, majority Democrats in the Senate rejected an offer from the House of Representatives to meet in conference to try to resolve differences over a resolution to continue fund… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Continue Funding Government, Delay Obamacare, Repeal Medical Device Tax, Ensure Military Pay

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted in support of House compromise legislation that would continue funding the government through December 15, delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year and repeal the medical device tax. Unfortunately, the legislation failed because all Senate Democrats voted in opposition. He also supported a separate bill ensuring that members of the military are paid in the event of a government shutdown. That bill passed unanimously. "It is vital that we e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Continuing Resolution and the Effort to Defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the effort to defund Obamacare and passage of a Senate continuing resolution to prevent a shutdown of the U.S. government: "Earlier this year, I voted to repeal Obamacare, and today in an effort to stop its implementation, I voted to retain a provision in the continuing resolution before the U.S. Senate that defunds it. Despite Obamacare's broad unpopularity with the American people, Harry Reid and a Democrat majori… Continue Reading


Senate ICBM Coalition, Missile Supporters to Hagel: No Environmental Study

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven and the U.S. Senate's bipartisan ICBM Coalition said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel needs to back away from a Defense Department plan to conduct an Environmental Impact Study on the possible elimination of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) silos. The Coalition's letter argued that the Defense Department and the Air Force need to determine how many submarine-launched missiles, bombers and land-based missiles it wants under New START before conductin… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $2.7 Million Job Training, Placement Grant for NDSCS

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative (NDAMSTI), led by the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), has been awarded a $2.7 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The TAACCCT program supports partnerships between training providers, such as two-year colleges, and local emplo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on EPA's New Carbon Emissions Rule for New Coal-Fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the new rule governing carbon emissions released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people. It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern… Continue Reading


Hoeven: States-First, All-of-the-Above Energy Policy Will Reduce Costs, Grow Economy, Provide High-Wage Jobs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week offered remarks about the importance of energy development to the manufacturing sector at an event hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers. As a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Senator Hoeven is working to implement a states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy for the nation that reduces costs and empowers economic growth. "If we want to grow our economy and provide high-wage jobs for our citizens, we need to address our natio… Continue Reading

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