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Hoeven: Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery Important Part of Nation's Energy Infrastructure

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from MDU Resources Group, Inc. and Calumet Specialty Products Partners at the grand opening of the new $425 million Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery in southwestern North Dakota. The senator has been working to build a good business climate in the state to grow the economy and attract investment like this facility, which is the first greenfield fuels refinery built in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. "The Dakota Prairie Diesel Refinery is h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's Supreme Court Decision Striking Down the EPA's Emissions Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision striking down the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new more stringent mercury emission regulation: "The U.S. Supreme Court today decided what we have believed for a long time: we all want good stewardship of the environment, but the rules need to be reasonable and achievable. The court said the EPA's new emissions regulations ignored the enormous cost of compliance and failed … Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes North Dakota Interns to His Washington, Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he has welcomed six interns to his Bismarck, Fargo and Washington, D.C. offices. Bailey Carlson of Bismarck, Kali Christianson of Cavalier, Isaiah Frohling of Britton and Nick Evans of Marshall have joined his Washington, D.C. office. Madison Huber of Mandan has begun working in Hoeven's Bismarck office, and Aaron Weber of Wishek has joined the Fargo office. The interns work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communications and ad… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Transportation Appropriations Bill Includes $15 Million to Integrate UAS into National Air Space

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which was recently approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, includes nearly $15 million to continue efforts to integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace (NAS). As a member of the committee, Hoeven worked to secure the funds and to include language that requires that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) use the si… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOT Awards More than $290,000 to Enhance Highway Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $290,000 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to boost highway safety. "As North Dakota continues to grow and traffic on our roads increases, we need to make sure that we invest in infrastructure and programs to keep our communities safe," Hoeven said. "This funding will help to enhance public safety efforts like reducing speeding or impaired and distracted driving… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cramer Push for Mobile Health-Care Clinics to Serve Veterans in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer today pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use more mobile health-care clinics to help address their challenges with remote access, patient backlogs and limited capacity. Sophisticated mobile health care units could provide timely, convenient treatment and diagnostic services to veterans living far from a VA clinic or hospital, they said. Hoeven and Cramer made the case for the clinics at a public demonstration showcasi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We Need A Solution for Cool that Prevents Export Tariffs

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee today, Senator John Hoeven said we can't put ourselves in a position where Canada and Mexico can retaliate against us for mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) labeling, so we have to repeal mandatory COOL. The issue is, can we have a voluntary labeling program and still meet World Trade Organization (WTO) requirements. "We cannot be in a position where our producers face punitive tariffs," Hoeven said. "So, the question is wha… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's Supreme Court Opinion on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling today on King v. Burwell, which addressed Obamacare: "Despite the Supreme Court's ruling today, Obamacare is not the answer to reforming America's health-care system. The law is increasing costs, reducing patient choice, and burdening our economy. "The right approach to health-care reform empowers people to make their own choices in selecting healthcare providers and insurers. It is p… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Bill Supports Tribal Colleges, Public Safety on Reservations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced that the full Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes important provisions for Native Americans. The bill includes funding to support tribal colleges, as well as support to help boost public safety and justice on reservations. "We have included funding for law enfo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $7 Million in Housing Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $7,057,254 in formula funding to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services. The funds are being awarded from three HUD programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - $3,609,246- CDBG supports state and local efforts to ensure access to decent housing and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, primar… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Interior Appropriations Bill Supports Domestic Energy Development with Good Environmental Stewardship

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the new appropriations bill for the Department of Interior (DOI) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports domestic energy development with good environmental stewardship. DOI is responsible for the management of federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans. "We've included regulatory relief in the Interior-EPA Appropriations measure that will help us produce more energy, more cost-ef… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $200K Grant to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Address Veteran Unemployment, Homelessness

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $200,000 competitive grant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to provide job training and placement assistance to homeless veterans living on the Standing Rock Reservation. "Our veterans served our nation with honor and bravery, and they deserve our support," Hoeven said. "This grant will help ensure that our service members have access to good j… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DHS Appropriations Bill Provides Honey Producers with Long-Overdue Compensation for Unfair Foreign Trade

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill includes a provision he wrote and included to provide the nation's honey producers, including many in North Dakota, with long overdue compensation for unfair foreign trade practices. The Honey Marketing Association believes the new legislation could result in more than $100 million going to honey producers over the next several years. North Dakota is the nation's top honey pro… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $1 Million in Grants for North Dakota Airports, Aeronautics

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded three grants totaling $1,047,256 to the Standing Rock Tribe, Glen Ullin Municipal Airport Authority and State of North Dakota for airport construction and rehabilitation projects as well as update a statewide pavement management system study. The awards are as follows: State of North Dakota - $441,756 - The funds will be used for a project to update North Dakota's aviation system pave… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More than $300K Grant for UND Center on Native Aging

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $314,455 to the University of North Dakota (UND) to support the university's National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA). Housed within UND's Center for Rural Health, the NRCNAA works to improve the quality of life and delivery of support services for American Indian elders through education, training, technical … Continue Reading


Updated: Hoeven Announces More than $12.5 Million in Grants for Fargo, Devils Lake and Dickinson Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded five grants totaling $12,542,907 to the airport authorities of the City of Fargo, Devils Lake and Dickinson. In addition to the funding the City of Fargo Municipal Airport Authority, the Devils Lake Airport Authority and the Dickinson Municipal Airport Authority were awarded earlier this week, they have received additional formula … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fallen Soldiers at Memorial Dedication in Jamestown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the dedication of the Fallen Soldier Memorial in Jamestown. The event was hosted by the North Dakota Heroes Foundation, whose mission is to erect a memorial in the hometown of each fallen North Dakota Hero so local communities have something to see, touch and reflect upon. In attendance were the families of the three fallen soldiers from Jamestown, as well as the executive officers of American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE). Hundreds of me… Continue Reading


Hoeven Makes Case for Grand Forks Global Hawk Role in Military's Arctic Operations

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week spoke with Admiral Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), to make the case for using Grand Forks Air Force Base to support his command's Arctic operations. The senator also offered to host Admiral Gortney on a site visit to the base to see what it has to offer NORTHCOM. NORTHCOM is the joint command responsible for all U.S. military missions in and around North America, including the Arctic region. "The Department of Defense … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Interior Appropriations Bill Blocks Funding for EPA Implementation of Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the full Appropriations Committee has approved the Fiscal Year 2016 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that includes a provision to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The funding legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration. The EPA released the proposed Waters of the U.S. regulation on … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2 Million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant for Fargo Wastewater Treatment Plant

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $2 million grant from its Hazard Mitigation program to protect Fargo's wastewater treatment plant from flooding. The improvements to the city's wastewater system will minimize the risk of sewer backup into public and private property during a flooding incident. "Keeping our communities safe from the impacts of natural disasters is a key … Continue Reading

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