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03.02.11

Hoeven Enlists Interior Secretary's Support for Updated USGS Williston Basin Reserve Estimate

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven today enlisted the support of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to launch a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study to update estimates of recoverable oil reserves in the Williston Basin. The USGS is an agency of the Interior Department. Hoeven has been working with Brenda Pierce, Coordinator for the Energy Resources Program at the USGS, and the North Dakota Geological Survey office to br… Continue Reading


03.01.11

HOEVEN MEETS WITH TOP U.S. AIR FORCE COMMANDER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today met with General Raymond Johns, Commander of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, regarding issues affecting Air Mobility Command and North Dakota military base missions. During the course of the meeting, Hoeven expressed his support for the Air Mobility Command global mission, which provides support for both military and humanitarian operations throughout the world. The Senator also advocated for basing new air refueling tankers at the Grand… Continue Reading


02.28.11

SENATORS DISCUSS GRASSLANDS MANAGEMENT WITH ND AG COMMISSIONER

Washington -Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today met with North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to discuss several issues of importance to North Dakota ranchers, including new U.S. Forest Service (USFS) proposed rules governing access to the Little Missouri National Grasslands. "For North Dakota's family ranchers, the grasslands represent their livelihood. They know how important it is to care for the land," Senator Conrad said. "The Forest Service controls the federal land … Continue Reading


02.28.11

DELEGATION, GOVERNOR PRESS EPA FOR REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND REASONABLE RULES FOR ND ENERGY INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe to defer to state regulators on key rules regarding the energy industry, specifically rules governing regional haze and decisions regarding the best available technology to control emissions. Representative Berg was represented at the meeting by Jonathan Caspar. The Congressional Delegation and Governor … Continue Reading


02.25.11

Congressional Delegation Calls on President to Support Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today wrote to President Barack Obama calling on him to expeditiously approve a request from Governor Jack Dalrymple for a federaldeclaration for the state of North Dakota under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance (Stafford) Act. The request comes as a consequence of weather conditions and forecasts indicating a strong potential for severe spring flooding, especially in the Devils Lake, James River, Missouri R… Continue Reading


02.24.11

HOEVEN, BERG VISIT FARGO VETERANS MEDICAL CENTER

FARGO, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg met with hospital administrators and veterans at the U.S. Veterans Medical Center in Fargo today for a briefing on hospital issues and a tour of recent projects at the facility. "The Veterans Medical Center provides medical services to thousands of veterans in our state as well as in Minnesota and South Dakota," Hoeven said. "Providing reliable, high quality care is a key part of the promise we make to our veterans who put themselves in harm's … Continue Reading


02.24.11

HOEVEN, BERG, WALSH WORK TO COORDINATE LOCAL, STATE, FEDERAL FLOOD PREPARATION EFFORTS IN FARGO AREA

FARGO, ND - Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg and Brigadier General Michael Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, met today in Fargo with local leaders and engineers to coordinate local, state and federal flood preparation efforts, and to review progress on the community's flood protection measures. The group reviewed several locations that have a high potential for requiring emergency measures, including 2nd Street directly in front of City Hall and… Continue Reading


02.23.11

Hoeven, Mississippi Valley Division Corps Commander Work to Coordinate Flood Preparations Efforts in Devils Lake

FARGO, ND - Sen. John Hoeven and Brigadier General Michael Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today met with local leaders to coordinate flood preparation efforts and inspect enhanced dikes and other mitigation work the Corps has underway in the Devils Lake area. Hoeven and Walsh held a Flood Coordination meeting and heard updates from city and county leaders and engineers. Construction is currently proceeding to raise and extend the existing emb… Continue Reading


02.18.11

SENATORS KLOBUCHAR AND HOEVEN TOUR FLOOD PREPARATION, PREVENTION EFFORTS IN FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA

FARGO-MOORHEAD - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar toured flood preparation and prevention efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area today. The Senators met with the Red River Retention Authority and Natural Resource Conservation Service to discuss plans to improve water retention throughout the basin as part of the Red River Valley's overall water management plan, toured several infrastructure improvement project sites, and met with volunteers at Fargo Sandbag Central. Congressman Collin Pet… Continue Reading


02.18.11

DELEGATION GOES TO BAT FOR GOD'S CHILD PROJECT

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg joined together to voice their support for the God's Child Project and its efforts to combat international human trafficking. In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the delegation expressed its strong support for God's Child Project and urged the State Department to renew a federal grant for the Bismarck nonprofit's anti-human trafficking program. Last year, it received a $240,000 State Department grant. "We wa… Continue Reading


02.18.11

SENATE APPROVES CONRAD-HOEVEN PLAN TO BOOST UAS OPERATION IN NORTH DAKOTA

Washington - Last night, the U.S. Senate passed legislation introduced by Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven that will help increase unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations and training in North Dakota. The Conrad - Hoeven amendment was approved as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which passed by a 87-8 margin. The legislation will modernize the air transit system and invest in airport improvements in North Dakota and across the nation. Senators Hoeven… Continue Reading


02.18.11

HOEVEN COSPONSORS BILL TO ENSURE REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITY FOR AMERICA’S ECONOMY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today said he is cosponsoring a bill with Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas that will help to ensure that burdensome and economically damaging federal regulations don't impede the ability of American business's to grow the economy and create jobs. The "Regulatory Responsibility for Our Economy Act" will give the force of law to a presidential executive order issued last month that purposes to review "rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or e… Continue Reading


02.17.11

HOEVEN AGAIN PRESSES CORPS TO WITHDRAW PLAN TO CHARGE FOR MISSOURI RIVER ACCESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today again voiced his opposition to a recent proposal by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge businesses, farmers and ranchers for access to Missouri River water. His comments came in a telephone conversation with Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, who updated the Senator on the progress of her decision. The plan, proposed in the Lake Sakakawea Draft Surplus Water Report and Environmental Assessment released by the Corps in … Continue Reading


02.16.11

HOEVEN ADVOCATES FOR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY HEARING WITH DOE SEC. CHU

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today advocated for a comprehensive approach to energy development in an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing at which Energy Secretary Steven Chu testified. Hoeven cited Chu's visits to North Dakota, where he said the secretary had seen firsthand how the state is advancing energy development across all sectors. "The concept we've employed [in North Dakota] is: let's develop all of our energy resources, both traditional and renewable, let's do i… Continue Reading


02.14.11

HOEVEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's budget, which was released this morning: "The budget President Obama released today doesn't go far enough to address our nation's deficit and debt. Since President Obama has been in office, he's raised spending by 24 percent, and that doesn't include nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus spending. Now he wants to hold it at that level for five years, which will continue to increase the … Continue Reading


02.13.11

HOEVEN HONORS SOLDIERS AT FREEDOM SALUTE CEREMONY

BISMARCK, ND - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) helped honor 75 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers for their service Iraq and Afghanistan at a Freedom Salute Ceremony in Grand Forks today. The soldiers, who deployed in November 2009 returned in December 2010, represent more than 30 communities statewide and are members of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, based in Grand Forks. The ceremony also honored the soldiers' family members, employers and military supporters. "North Da… Continue Reading


02.12.11

HOEVEN: UAS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, GFAF BASE AGREEMENT ADVANCES EFFORTS FOR WORLD-CLASS UAS HUB IN GRAND FORKS

GRAND FORKS, ND - Senator John Hoeven and officials from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the University of North Dakota (UND) today gathered at the air base to sign an historic agreement that will help to advance efforts to make Grand Forks a world-class hub for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology, commerce and training. "Today's ceremony marks another big step forward and the beginning of a very exciting new era for UND Aerospace, the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the entire region,"… Continue Reading


02.11.11

HOEVEN MEETS WITH BASE COMMANDERS AND TASK FORCE 21 IN SUPPORT OF MINOT AIR FORCE BASE

BISMARCK, ND - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) toured the Minot Air Force Base today and met with senior leaders including 5th Bomb Wing Commander Col. Douglas A. Cox and 91st Missile Wing Commander Col. Ferdinand "Fred" Stoss to discuss the current status and future of the base. "The Minot Air Force Base, with its dual missions involving the B-52 bombers and Minuteman III missiles, plays a strategic role in our nation's defense system. It is also a vital economic engine for Minot and the state of No… Continue Reading


02.09.11

HOEVEN CALLS FOR ANALYSIS OF ENERGY INDUSTRY REGULATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today asked Dr. Richard Newell, administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to conduct an analysis of regulations that could be impeding development and growth of the nation's domestic energy production. "I believe a key to maximizing the nation's energy potential and minimizing energy costs for America's families is reducing unnecessary federal regulations," Hoeven said. "Accordingly, I write to request that you conduct a quantita… Continue Reading


02.08.11

DELEGATION CONGRATULATE NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS NAMED AMONG NATION'S TOP VOLUNTEERS

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg announced today that two North Dakota students have been selected as recipients of the 16th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Cara Mund of Bismarck and Lexy Grenier of Grand Forks were chosen as the state's top youth volunteers for 2011. As State Honorees, each will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and will join other honorees from across the country in attending a program recog… Continue Reading

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