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Hoeven Announces More Than $1 Million, Five-Year Head Start Grant for TGU School District

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a five-year grant of more than $1 million to Early Explorers, a grantee of the Towner-Granville-Upham (TGU) School District, to support two early education programs: Head Start and Early Head Start. Early Explorers' Head Start program serves children ages three to five in the communities of Anamoose, Devils Lake, Harvey, Rugby, Towner, Turtle Lake and Velva while its Early Hea… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Unilateral Action on Immigration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration: "In the recent election, the people of America spoke. They said clearly that they want President Obama to work with Congress in a bipartisan manner. He should not be circumventing the elected representatives of the American people with a unilateral executive order. "The right approach is to work with Congress on immigration reform that begins by making su… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Sweetwater Elementary's Education Achievements, Designation as National Blue Ribbon School

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - At a ceremony today in Devils Lake, Senator John Hoeven congratulated the students, educators and families of Sweetwater Elementary School on their designation as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner. The senator presented the students with a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol in their honor to be displayed at the school along with their National Blue Ribbon School flag. National Blue Ribbon designees are presented with a special blue ribbon flag to fly as a symbol o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces New Support for Telemedicine, Commemorates Rural Health Care Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark National Rural Health Day, Thursday, November 20. Hoeven cosponsored a resolution introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that recognizes the importance of hospitals, health care providers and quality health care services for America's rural communities: "Nearly half of all North Dakotans live in rural communities, and Rural Health Day offers all of us an opportunity to recognize and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Keystone XL Approval Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement ahead of the Senate's vote on S. 2280, the Hoeven-Landrieu bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote is scheduled for approximately 5:30 p.m. ET today: "This evening the Senate will vote on my bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. I'm hopeful we can pass it. We already have all 45 Republicans, plus eleven Democrats, for a total of 56 cosponsors. In addition, three Democratic senators have committed to voting fo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Keystone XL Approval Vote

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate fell short of passing his Keystone XL approval bill: "Today, we did not gain the 60 votes necessary in the Senate to pass my bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Even had it passed, however, President Obama has indicated that he intends to veto the bill. I believe we will have the votes to pass the bill in January when a number of new Senators who support my legislation take office and the new Con… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Midcontinent Communications Announce New Gigabit Frontier Initative to Bring Ultra High-Speed Internet Access To North Dakota Communities the Company Serves

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Midcontinent Communications to unveil the company's Gigabit Frontier Initiative, a new multi-year plan to bring ultra-high-speed Internet access to approximately 600,000 homes and businesses in the Upper Midwest. Midco's 7,600-mile, high-capacity fiber network will provide speeds five times faster than the company's current best and 35 times faster than the average high-speed Internet access in America. The Gigabit Frontier Initiative is another … Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Farmers and Ranchers on Work to Stop Waters of US Regulation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the North Dakota Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting to update the state's farmers and ranchers on his work to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) and Army Corps of Engineers' proposed Waters of the U.S regulation, which would have significant economic impacts for producers and other land owners. Yesterday, Hoeven again called on the EPA to withdraw the proposed rule in his official comments filed during the agency's rulemaking period. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on House Passage of His Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of his Keystone XL approval bill: "I'm pleased the House has passed our bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Representative Cassidy took the lead on our bill in the House. Now the Senate will vote on it Tuesday. Of course, we need to get sixty votes. If we don't get 60 votes in the lame duck, then I will reintroduce the bill in the new Congress and I believe I hav… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Permanent FBI Office in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven was in Williston today to announce that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will establish a permanent field office in the city. Hoeven has been pushing for the new office to help local law enforcement better address increased crime rates as a result of the influx of new residents seeking jobs in the oil industry. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven was instrumental in securing approval for the field office, which required sig… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Yesterday's Derailment Near Casselton, ND

"This morning, I contacted Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney to get the details on the derailment that occurred last night near Casselton. My office followed up by contacting officials at BNSF and I spoke directly to Executive Chairman Matt Rose. I emphasized to him that BNSF needs to review the Casselton segment of the rail and determine what action needs to be taken to prevent further accidents in the future. "He agreed, and said BNSF will analyze the rail conditions in this location and deter… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Approval of Freeport LNG Exports a Good Step, Streamlined Approval Process Still Needed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement today that it has approved the Freeport LNG export terminal in Texas is a good step forward but streamlining the permitting process is still vitally necessary. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, has introduced the LNG Certainty Act, which would require the DOE to expedite permitting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. This week, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee had pla… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working With Pentagon to Upgrade Nuclear Enterprise

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said he will use his position on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to help modernize and upgrade the nation's nuclear deterrent. Hoeven was at the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) this afternoon to host Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. Hagel and James visited the base today to announce a comprehensive plan to strengthen U.S. nuclear operations and to discuss the plans with servicemembers. "Our nation's… Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues Work on Grand Forks AFB Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) to continue the region's leadership as a premier hub for unmanned aerial system (UAS) and to further initiatives important to Grand Forks Air Force Base, including the Grand Sky technology park and a Global Hawk mission securing U.S interests in the Arctic. "This is an exciting time for Grand Forks Air Force Base and the entire region," Hoeven said. "The BRIC team has done… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Bringing His Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline to the Senate Floor for a Vote

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding Senator Mary Landrieu's move to bring S. 2280, his Keystone XL approval bill to the Senate floor for a vote: "Senator Landrieu today asked that my bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline be brought up for a vote. On that bill we have all 45 Republicans, plus eleven Democrats, for a total of 56 cosponsors. Now, Senator Landrieu believes she can bring four more Democrats to get to the required 60 votes to pass and … Continue Reading


Hoeven: USPS Needs to Reevaluate Closing the Minot Mail Procession Center

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Senator John Hoeven said the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) needs to reevaluate its decision to consolidate the Minot Area Mail Processing (AMP) center. The senator's comments come in light of the city's continuing growth and a new internal USPS study finding that the impacts of consolidation and a new service standard have been inadequately studied, including in Minot. "The Postal Service is in difficult financial straits, so i… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Pay Tribute to North Dakota Veterans

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will join North Dakotans in paying tribute to the military veterans of our state and nation. The senator will speak at the Annual Veterans Day Memorial on the North Dakota State Capitol Grounds, sponsored by Adam Klein Chapter #3 of the North Dakota Disabled American Veterans. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Hoeven will also pay tribute at the AMVETS Post 9 Veterans Day Program at 1 p.m. "On Veterans Day and every day, we recognize that our nation and the f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Roundtable to Update Ag Producers on BNSF Efforts to Improve Shipping, Upgrade Infrastructure

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a roundtable in Fargo with BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose and a large gathering of North Dakota agriculture stakeholders. The senator asked Rose to update them on BNSF's efforts to relieve the backlog of agriculture shipments and implement infrastructure upgrades to improve rail service and public safety. "We have been pushing BNSF to make the kinds of capital investments necessary to serve North Dakota's growing and dynamic economy," … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Congress Will Work to Prevent Implementation of EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - At a Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce congressional panel today, Senator John Hoeven said that a top priority for the new congress will be to stop unnecessary regulatory burdens, like the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Waters of the U.S. rule, from hampering job creation in North Dakota and across the nation. "Overly burdensome regulations are hampering our economy and hurting our businesses," said Hoeven. "A prime example is the EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $1.1 Million Treasury Award to the Red River Corridor Fund to Support Loans to Local Businesses

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Treasury Department has awarded more than $1.1 million to the Red River Corridor Fund, which will use the funds to leverage greater private lending and investment for local, small businesses looking to grow and hire. The award is made through the Treasury's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which seeks to supplement new and existing state programs that support lending to small businesses and manufacturers. "North Dakota… Continue Reading

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