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Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Supports Acre-for-Acre Mitigation, Water Management, Strong Ag Research

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the committee has approved the Fiscal Year 15 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The senator also served on the Senate-House Conference Committee that negotiated the final version of the new five-year farm bill. "We have worked hard on the committee to include strong water management and flood protection measures like t… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Hess Corp. Officials Celebrate Completion of Tioga Gas Plant Expansion

TIOGA, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and a host of industry and government officials today gathered to celebrate the Hess Corporation's recently completed expansion of its Tioga Gas Plant, which more than doubles the operational capacity of the facility. The senator pressed the U.S. State Department last year to grant a cross-border permit for the Vantage Pipeline, which will carry ethane from Hess's Tioga Gas Plant to a petrochemical complex in Alberta, Canada, about 430 miles away. The $300 mill… Continue Reading


Hoeven Again Meets with Canadian Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Continue Effort to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer to continue the effort to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Canadian leaders were in Washington this week to muster the votes necessary to approve the project congressionally. Hoeven this week rallied all 45 Republicans and 12 Democrats to support his legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project congressionally, which leaves the measure three votes shy of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $17 Million in DOT Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $17 million in grants with funds appropriated by Congress to improve airports in Minot, Grand Forks, Bowman, Devils Lake and Jamestown. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "DOT's decision to award more than $17 million to improve North Dakota's airports reflects our ongoing efforts to improve infrastructure across North Dakota, especially in the rapidly growing wes… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of Peace Officers Memorial Day: "Mikey and I are honored to join our fellow North Dakotans and Americans today in pausing to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day as a formal way of commemorating all of the fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding justice and protecting our communities. Our nation's peace officers serve with courage and dedication as they work each day to ensure we c… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Northrop Grumman On Schedule to Sign Historic Lease Next Month

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush to help advance the unmanned aerial systems industry in Grand Forks and to discuss the future of Air Force's Global Hawk. The senator worked to secure a commitment from Northrop Grumman to be the anchor tenant at Grand Sky, the region's state-of-the-art aerospace business and technology park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The new high-tech complex will provide cutting-edge facilities for unmanned aerial syst… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We Need to Support Our Airmen, Maintain a Credible Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Task Force 21 in a meeting at the Pentagon with Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Gen. Larry Spencer, Deputy of Nuclear Planning, Policy and Strategy Michael Shoults and Chief of the USAF Facility Management Division Robert Gill to discuss the priorities and concerns of the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) and the Minot community. Hoeven emphasized the importance of modernizing the B-52 and Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM), providing … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Committee Reaches Deal on WRDA Bill, Includes Authorization for Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate-House joint conference committee has come to an agreement on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and the measure includes two top priorities for North Dakota: authorization for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley and legislation Hoeven authored barring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents and businesses for Missouri River reservoir water. Hoeven said the final version of the bill is … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces United Airlines to Add New Air Service Between Williston and Houston

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that United Airlines will add daily United Express service from Williston to Houston beginning August 19 with one daily roundtrip on a 50-seat regional jet. United's passenger boardings have increased sharply owing to western North Dakota's rapidly growing economy and population. United began Williston service to Denver in November 2012 with three daily roundtrip flights and added a fourth roundtrip flight in November 2013. "We've worked closely… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Host U.S. Forestry Chief Tidwell in N.D.

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Forestry Chief Tom Tidwell will visit North Dakota at the senator's invitation to meet with North Dakota's grazing associations and individual ranchers to discuss management practices for grazing and ranching on the Little Missouri National Grasslands, and specifically, using third party mediation when deciding management practices for grazing. The senator invited Tidwell to address controlled burns on grasslands, the North Billings Allo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces USDA Funding for Central Power

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allocated more than $29 million in a loan guarantee to Central Power Electric Cooperative, Inc. to improve rural electric service for North Dakotans. "As North Dakota's economy and population continue to grow, it has become increasingly important to continue developing the state's electrical infrastructure to ensure that our citizens, especially those living in more rural areas, have the electric… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Senator Reid's Procedural Vote This Evening on the Energy Efficiency Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after Senator Harry Reid's procedural vote this evening to block amendments to the energy efficiency bill: "The vote Senator Harry Reid held evening was not a vote for energy efficiency, but a procedural vote to block any and all amendments to the Senate energy efficiency bill. That includes the Keystone XL approval measure I introduced with bipartisan support from 55 cosponsors. "Also blocked was an amendment I cosponso… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Western Caucuses Urge EPA to Halt "Waters of the U.S." Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has joined Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), House Western Caucus co-chairs Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and 43 additional Western Caucus Members in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the EPA to stop moving forward with their controversial "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule. The controversial WOTUS rule would significantly expand federal regulatory authority under … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA to Bill Flood Insurance Premiums at Pre-Biggert-Waters Rates

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting this week with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Associate Manager Dave Miller, Senator John Hoeven said the agency will bill flood insurance premiums this year at pre-Biggert-Waters rates until it can fully implement the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which Hoeven cosponsored and pushed to pass. The new legislation, which passed in March, was required to prevent FEMA from imposing steep rate hikes it said were necessary to meet … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Ensure Nation's Nuclear Deterrent, Support MAFB Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) to discuss the future of America's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force. Hoeven asked the general for an update on ICBM modernization efforts, the implementation of New START and the new structure of the nation's nuclear force, as well as specific issues facing Minot Air Force Base (MAFB). "The men and women at Minot Air Force Base are per… Continue Reading


Hoeven Invites U.S. Agriculture Secretary to North Dakota to Gather Input on Farm Bill Implementation

WASHINGTON - At an Agriculture Committee meeting today Senator John Hoeven invited U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to North Dakota to gather input from farmers and ranchers on implementation of the new farm bill and other agriculture issues important to North Dakota producers. "The secretary needs to hear firsthand from farmers and ranchers during the new farm bill's implementation process to get their input," Hoeven said. "He also needs to hear their concerns about conservation compli… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Statoil CEO Helge Lund

WASHINGTON - In his ongoing effort to build energy infrastructure and reduce natural gas flaring, Senator John Hoeven Tuesday met in Washington with Statoil CEO Helge Lund and other senior executives. The senator said Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) exports from the United States' growing production could help to reduce flaring and be marketed to Europe to help our allies reduce their reliance on Russian LNG. Statoil is making major investments in North America, including North Dakota, Alaska and th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on NDNG's 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Returning Home to North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement as the North Dakota Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery regiment returns home to North Dakota following a yearlong deployment to Washington, D.C. in support of Operation Noble Eagle. The Grand Forks based unit served as part of the integrated air defense system designed to protect the airspace around the National Capitol Region, focusing on Avenger Air Defense System, Sentinel radar, National Advan… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Accepting Applications to Help Rural Businesses, Farmers and Ranchers Cut Energy Costs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to help rural small businesses and producers to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems. USDA plans to award up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees. "REAP grants and loans help rural communities and agriculture producers cut their energy costs while impr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Indian Affairs Secretary on Child Safety

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee this week, Senator John Hoeven pressed Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn to do everything in the agency's power to get to the bottom the recent death of an infant on Spirit Lake reservation. Senator Hoeven asked Washburn about a recently reported infant death at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation currently being investigated by the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Washburn told Hoeven that the BIA is work… Continue Reading

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