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Hoeven Offers Amendments to New Energy Legislation to Promote Jobs, Economic Growth, National Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Energy Committee, today offered amendments to S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, that will help to streamline energy regulations and advance coal ash recycling. "To build the right kind of energy plan for our country, we need to both reduce the regulatory burden and build the energy infrastructure - the pipelines, transmission lines, roads and rail - that will help us to move energy around the country as safely as possi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.7 Million in Federal Funding for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Jamestown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,745,426 in federal funding to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Jamestown. The funds were awarded by HHS' Administration for Children and Families, which works to promote the social and economic wellbeing of families, children and communities. "It's important for us to invest in programs that help build a strong foundation for our children to succeed," sa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Following Commissioner Tony Clark's Announcement That He Will Not Seek Another Term at the FERC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today after Commissioner Tony Clark announced he would not seek another term on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC): "Commissioner Tony Clark, a native North Dakotan, brought an understanding of the complexities of the energy industry and the needs of the American people to the FERC. He was the right person at the right time for the job, and provided invaluable insights and expertise to the position. I worked closely wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We Must Reduce the Regulatory Burden, Empower Our Energy Industry to Compete in the Global Market

WASHINGTON - During a Senate Energy Committee hearing this week, Senator John Hoeven drove home the importance of empowering America's energy industry to compete in the global market. While speaking with witnesses from both private and federal organizations, including the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Hoeven highlighted how burdensome federal regulations impede and increase the costs of domestic energy development, which hinder the nation's exports, reduce economic growth and undermine… 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 Sara Hatlewick of Jamestown and Alexis Vannett of Fargo to serve as delegates to the program's 54th annual Washington Week. The program, which features 104 student delegates from across the country, will be held March 5 - 12. "North Dakota's students do an excellent job both in the classroom and in their communities," the senators said in a joint statement. … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Updated Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that will create a states-first approach to regulating coal ash that provides both certainty for the safe and efficient recycling of coal ash and an enforceable state permit program for the disposal of coal ash. This legislation, which will be considered at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, builds on the senators'… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Efforts to Repeal Waters of the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, speaking on the Senate floor today, urged his colleagues to override President Obama's veto of Congress' Resolution of Disapproval to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the U.S. rule. Joined by three of his colleagues, Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Hoeven stressed the rule's severe impacts and excessive scope as well as the agency's lack of legal authority to issue such a broad regulation. T… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Ag Committee Votes Unanimously to Advance Child Nutrition Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that the committee has unanimously approved the "Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016." The measure includes an agreement the senator worked for that will help to ease regulatory mandates on whole grains and sodium to alleviate unintended challenges facing school meal programs. "We worked with the School Nutrition Association and National School Boards Association on an agreem… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Minot Awarded $74.3 Million in HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the city of Minot has been awarded $74.3 million in the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), which made $1 billion available on a competitive basis to increase the safety and security of communities that have experienced natural disasters. The senator notified Minot Mayor Chuck Barney of the award this afternoon. Minot was one of 13 communities selected from 40 applications to re… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Agreement Reached on School Nutrition Standards

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, today announced that he and colleagues have reached an agreement to improve nutrition standards for school meals. The agreement benefits students while easing some regulatory mandates on whole grains and sodium to alleviate unintended challenges facing school meal programs. The agreement, forged in collaboration with the Senate Agriculture Committee, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the White House and the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Response to the Administration Moratorium on Federal Coal Leases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the administration's announcement that it will review the federal coal program and suspend issuing new coal leases: "Today, President Obama announced a moratorium on federal coal leases. He is again trying to go around Congress by imposing regulations that will slow down the leasing process and add expense in order to prevent coal mining on public and private lands. That's a problem because it will destroy jobs… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Availability of Nearly $2.8 Million in Federal Funds for Coal Mine Reclamation in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of Interior has made nearly $2.8 million available for coal mine reclamation projects in North Dakota. The funds are provided through the Abandoned Mine Land Fund, which is maintained in part through the per-ton fee levied on all coal produced in the U.S. "North Dakota has demonstrated time and agai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $500,000 Grant for NDSU to Develop Improvements For Wind Farm Power Grids, Educate K-12 Students

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Electrical, Community and Cyber Systems (ECCS) has awarded $502,810 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to help NDSU engineering students research and develop plans to better incorporate wind farm power into America's grid systems and conduct two Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops in th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Legislation Prevents New OSHA Regs Threatening to Limit Supply of Fertilizer for Farmers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he worked to include language in legislation Congress passed in December that prevents the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from imposing new restrictions on fertilizer sales that would cause many retailers to stop selling to farmers at rural locations. The rule threatened to limit the supply of anhydrous ammonia, a nitrogen fertilizer that is critically important to producers. OSHA had planned to revoke a "retail" exem… Continue Reading


Hoeven Expresses Concern Over Plan to House Unaccompanied Alien Children in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Mary Wakefield, Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to express his concern over the Obama administration's consideration of Grand Forks Airforce Base (GFAFB) as a site to house unaccompanied alien children. Wakefield is a North Dakota native. "It doesn't make sense to bring unaccompanied alien minors to a northern tier Air Force base like Grand Forks, which is so far removed from the southern border," H… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp: Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Fifth Consecutive NDSU Bison Football National Championship

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution they introduced honoring the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison football team for winning its fifth consecutive NCAA Division I National Championship. The resolution congratulates the Bison football team and commends the NDSU players, coaches and staff for their hard work and dedication. It also recognizes the students, alumni and loyal fans that supported the Bison during th… Continue Reading


North Dakota Entrepreneurial Leader Joins Hoeven for the 2016 State of the Union Address

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven this evening hosted Greg Tehven of Fargo, Executive Director and co-founder of Emerging Prairie, as his guest at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address. Emerging Prairie is a digital-media company that highlights startups, technology and innovation and supports the region's entrepreneurial activities by operating a wide variety of events and initiatives, such as Drone Focus, the Prairie Den co-working space and 1 Million Cups (1MC) Fargo, t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Following President Obama's Final State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress and the American people this evening: "In his final address to the nation this year, President Obama spoke about his legacy and his commitment to expansive government, which means higher taxes, more regulation and more spending. The president spoke about working together, but to do that, he needs to work with Congress on in… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park Ranks Fifth on NY Times Worldwide List of "Places to Go in 2016"

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commended the New York Times travel editor's choice of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) in North Dakota as fifth on its list of 52 worldwide destinations to visit in 2016. Only Mexico City, Bordeaux, France, the Mediterranean island nation of Malta and the Caribbean city of Coral Bay, St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands ranked ahead of TRNP. "Western North Dakota gets a lot of attention because of its vibrant energy economy, but few people outside o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Bison on Today's Historic Fifth NCAA Division I Football Championship Win

FRISCO, TEXAS - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota State University Bison football team's historic victory over Jacksonville State (Ala.) Gamecocks to win the FCS national championship. The Bison's 37-10 win marks the first time any team has won five straight national football championships. "The NDSU Bison cap a great season not only with a championship win, but a place in division history by winning five in a row. The Gamecocks played a st… Continue Reading

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