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Hoeven to Meet with Nuclear Oversight Board to Highlight Importance of Minot Air Force Base Nuclear Missions

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will meet tonight with members of the Air Force's Nuclear Oversight Board to press for support in making necessary upgrades to equipment and facilities to support the nuclear missions at Minot Air Force Base. The Board includes Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh, the Air Force Inspector General and the heads of the major commands with nuclear responsibilities, who are visiting Minot Air Force Base this week. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Over $200K in National Cancer Institute Funds for NDSU

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the National Cancer Institute has awarded a $211,568 grant to North Dakota State University (NDSU) for cancer treatment research. The research, directed by Dr. Katie Reindl of NDSU's Biological Sciences Department, involves using a plant-based compound called piperlongumine to help fight cancer cells. "North Dakota has enjoyed success in a wide variety of ways in recent years," said Hoeven. "Our academic institutions have long served as a dr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Secure Grand Sky Enhanced Use Lease Signed Today, Bring Anchor Tenant Northrop Grumman to Park

GRAND FORKS - At a celebration at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) today, Senator John Hoeven marked the signing of the base's Enhanced Use Lease (EUL), which allows for the development of Grand Sky, a cutting-edge, first-of-its-kind unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology and business park that is expected to create up to 3,000 jobs. Hoeven has led the effort to help Grand Forks County advance Grand Sky and secure the EUL with the U.S. Air Force, including securing an anchor tenant for the p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces $2.7 Million in Head Start Grants for Tribes in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants totaling $2.7 million for early childhood education for two tribes in North Dakota. The first award of $1.6 million to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will provide training and technical assistance in support of part-day, full-year Head Start and Early Head Start services. The second award of $1.1 million to the Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) on the Spirit … Continue Reading


Hoeven to U. Mary Leadership Students: Have a Vision and Follow It Through the Tough Times

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged a University of Mary Leadership class of about 50 students and 100 guests to find a vision and see it through tough times to completion. He discussed his work as governor to create jobs and grow and diversify the state's economy, and outlined his efforts in Washington to help get the nation on a fiscally sound footing again and help America win the global fight for energy leadership. "Leadership is having the will and desire to work through … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Federal District Court's Ruling Against President Obama's Executive Overreach

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction against President Obama's executive action on immigration. The legal challenge against the president's executive overreach was brought by 26 states, including North Dakota: "Today's injunction by a U.S. District Court judge in Texas is a step toward affirming our belief that the president has acted beyond his executive authority in delaying actio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponors Sportsmen's Bill to Support Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Recreation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is again cosponsoring bipartisan legislation to improve opportunities for hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation. The Sportsmen's Act of 2015 reauthorizes important conservation programs, improves access to federal lands and helps to boost the outdoor recreation economy. "Like many North Dakotans, my family and I enjoy the tremendous hunting and fishing opportunities in our state," said Hoeven. "Our nation has a rich outdoor herita… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on FAA's Release of New Guidance on UAS Use in the National Airspace

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new guidance on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the United States and President Obama's memorandum providing policies regarding privacy protections and federal oversight of UAS use: "Today's draft guidance does address some concerns of the UAS community and signals that the FAA is starting to respond to industry's need for rules that allow them to operate," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Enrollment of S.1, Legislation That Will Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the enrollment of his Keystone XL pipeline approval bill, which has now passed both the Senate and the House. The bill uses Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution to approve the project: "The Keystone XL pipeline project is about jobs and economic growth, but it is also about national security through energy security. It's about a forward-thinking strategy to produce more energy in our coun… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Legislation to Help Victims of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate passed the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act, legislation he cosponsored that will establish a restitution process for victims of child pornography in a way that recognizes the harm caused to the victim by the possession of these materials. The legislation, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), has 39 bipartisan cosponsors. "Currently, federal law dictates that in child exploitation cases the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Confirmation of Ashton Carter to be the Next Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of the Department of Defense. Hoeven met with Carter earlier this week to discuss defense priorities for the nation and North Dakota. "Dr. Carter and I met Tuesday to discuss the critical defense issues facing our nation, including the need for the Administration to present a clear strategy for dealing with ISIS that can succeed. We also discussed the importance… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $12 Million Emergency Highway Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota was awarded with nearly $12 million in federal highway funding to repair roadways that were damaged by flooding. The funds are made available through the Emergency Relief (ER) program within the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. "North Dakota is a rapidly growing state, and it's important that we maintain our infrastructure to keep up with the needs of our economy," Hoeven said. "This grant will … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $1.8 Million in HUD Capital Fund Program Grants for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota housing authorities have received more than $1.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Capital Fund Program. The funds are for capital and management activities to help modernize and develop public housing as well as pay down debt if necessary. Barnes County Housing Authority: $50,791 Benson County Housing Authority: $18,180 Burleigh County Housing Authority: $390,554 Emmons Cou… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on BNSF's $326 Million Capital Investment in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after BNSF Railway Company announced plans to invest $326 million in rail capacity improvements and maintenance in North Dakota. Hoeven has been meeting regularly with rail leaders to press for improvements in shipping services in the state. "We have been working to maintain and improve our infrastructure, especially our railways, to meet the needs of our growing state," said Hoeven. "BNSF's $326 million investment will hel… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on House Passage of the Keystone XL Approval Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to House passage of his legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline project using Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution: "I want to thank the House for passing the Senate version of this bill so that we can send it directly to the president rather than to conference committee. The Keystone XL pipeline project is about energy, jobs and economic growth. It's about national securi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FAA Approves Request for Expanded UAS Operations in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a request by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site to conduct unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights through an expanded area of North Dakota's airspace. The test site, based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, is one of six national test sites Hoeven worked to create in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) 2012 reauthorization bill. The senator wrote and spoke with F… Continue Reading


Hoeven Discusses Defense Priorities With Ashton Carter, the President's Nominee to be the Next Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with the administration's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Defense to discuss a range of issues of importance to the nation and North Dakota, including the need to modernize the nuclear deterrent at bases like Minot Air Force Base and a possible role for Grand Forks Air Force Base in a new Arctic mission. "I pressed Dr. Carter on the importance of our nation's strategic deterrent and the need to maintain our technological edge," Hoeve… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces EPA Has Affirmed Approval for ND's Regional Haze Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed the agency's approval of the North Dakota Department of Health's State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze. Hoeven has been pushing the EPA since he was governor to accept the state's plan rather than forcing a more costly one-size-fits-all federal plan. "We have worked virtually for years to arrive at this decision, which is good news not only for the state's coal industry and the people … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Pending House Vote on the Keystone XL Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on tomorrow's pending House vote on legislation he authored to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project: "Tomorrow, the U.S. House will vote on bipartisan legislation I authored to approve the Keystone XL pipeline based on Congress's authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. If the House approves the Senate-passed bill, we won't have to conference it, and it will go right to the president's desk. He will t… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Reintroduce Bill to Capture Methane and Reduce Flaring

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and a bipartisan group of senators today reintroduced the Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act. The legislation would set deadlines for and expedite the permitting of natural gas gathering lines located on federal land and Indian land. Other lead sponsors include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.). The legislation was first introduced last March, and is also included in the North American Energy S… Continue Reading

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