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Hoeven: Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Legislation for 2015

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Senate and House have passed an omnibus appropriations bill, a bipartisan measure that will fund the U.S. federal government through September of 2015. The House of Representatives passed the measure by a vote of 219 to 206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill. The Senate vote was 54 to 40. "It's important that we passed this bill to keep the government f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes Defense Authorization Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes important provisions to benefit North Dakota and bolster the nation's defense. "We worked to ensure that the defense authorization legislation supports the nuclear missions at Minot Air Force Base, the Global Hawk missions at Grand Forks and other North Dakota priorities," said Hoeven. "The bill provides our military with the resources and tools they need to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes Legislation to Improve Permitting Process for Energy Development, Grazing on Federal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Congress has passed provisions to improve the federal permitting process for oil and gas wells and grazing on federal lands. The provisions approved today include the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Processing Improvement Act, legislation cosponsored by the senator that makes permanent the BLM's pilot permitting office in Sydney, Montana. This bill builds on Hoeven's BLM Streamlining Act, which made it possible for that BLM office to process … Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Home 2-285th Aviation Regiment at Freedom Salute

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed home the C Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment of the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG) at a Freedom Salute in Bismarck. The unit of 36 soldiers recently returned from a one-year deployment to Kosovo. "We have much to be thankful for during this holiday season and today we are reminded once again that the blessings we enjoy in this country are preserved by brave soldiers like those of the 2-285th," said Hoeven. "We are grateful … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses FERC Nominee to Build Energy Infrastructure, Ensure Efficient and Fair Application Process

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed Collette D. Honorable, a nominee to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to help build the nation's energy infrastructure, including expediting the citing of transmission lines. Hoeven also pressed Honorable to help expedite the export applications for liquefied natural gas (LNG). "We can become energy secure in the United States, but we need to invest in the necessary energy infrastructure to do so," said Hoeven. "W… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses NRCS Chief to Work with Producers for Local Solutions to Conservation, Flooding Issues

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator John Hoeven this week urged Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller to work closely with producers in North Dakota and across the country to dispel uncertainty and find solutions for issues created by Waters of the U.S., conservation compliance in the new farm bill and measures to help protect against flooding. The senator invited Weller to North Dakota to meet with producers directly to address thes… Continue Reading


Hoeven's Minot Field Office Relocates to Federal Building

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that his Minot field office has relocated to the Judge Bruce Van Sickle Federal Building, 100 1st Street SW, Suite 107. The new office will open Friday, December 5. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, with Sally Johnson, a Minot native, serving as the regional director. "We look forward to continuing to serve the people of the Minot region from our new location in the federal building," said Hoeven. "Our regional offices p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon news that Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker died Tuesday evening. The mayor had been fighting kidney cancer: "Denny Walaker truly loved Fargo and the people of Fargo. As mayor, he presided over one of the greatest periods of growth in the city's history, and his relentless fights against flooding have become a permanent part of his legacy. "Mikey and I visited Denny in September following his treatment for kidney cancer. A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $450,000 in Grants for NDSU, NDDOH

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding nearly $435,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU) in mental health research grant funding. The funds are made available through the HHS National Institute of Mental Health and will support research on information retention and memory. In addition, the North Dakota State Department of Health was awarded $25,000 to develop a State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) G… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp Call on FEMA to Approve Fargo Basement Exception

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today called on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate to approve the City of Fargo's application for the basement exception in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The city has been granted the basement exception since 1975. FEMA, however, has redrawn the floodplain following recent flood fights, and the new map will go into effect on January 15, 2015. Consequently, the city must reapply for the excep… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces OPM Approves Pay Increases for Federal Workers at Minot Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a Department of Defense request for special rate increase for federal civilian workers at the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB). The action will increase the pay of base laborers, custodians, maintenance mechanics, cooks and other food service employees. Hoeven has been pushing OPM to address cost-of-living challenges faced by federal workers at the base and in western North Dakota owing to e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Donates 165 Books to New Liberty Elementary School in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today visited Liberty Elementary School in Bismarck to donate 165 books for the new school's library. The senator presented the books, which include both new and classic titles in a range of reading levels, and read to the students at an assembly. Hoeven's office secured the books through the Surplus Books Program of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. "We hope these books help fill the shelves of Liberty Elementary School's library and instill a l… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presents Military Medals to North Dakota WWII, Gulf War Veterans

MINOT, N.D. - At a medal presentation ceremony in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven presented military service medals to Gulf War veteran James J. Capps, World War II veteran Loren G. Fenner and the family of World War II veteran Herbert A. Skeldum. Hoeven's office has been working to secure the medals earned by the veterans during their military service. "At this time of Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful for the freedoms we enjoy and the men and women who have sacrificed so much to pre… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Manvel Elementary School's Designation as National Blue Ribbon School

MANVEL, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the students, educators and families of Manvel Elementary School on their designation as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner. "The designation as a National Blue Ribbon School is a high honor that is only given to the nation's best schools," said Hoeven. "The Manvel School community should be extremely proud of their work to receive this designation, which comes as a result of dedicated efforts from students, educators and fam… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Ward County Couple for Adoption Work

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today recognized Rod and Tracey Belzer as Angels in Adoption at a ceremony held in Minot to honor their outstanding commitment to adoption. Hoeven selected the Belzers to receive the national Angels in Adoption award after considering a pool of inspiring candidates. "Rod and Tracey Belzer exemplify the powerful and positive impact individuals can have on the lives of North Dakota foster children," said Hoeven. "During their 26-year marriage, the Belzer family… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on FAA to Expedite UAS Test Flight Approvals

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a letter sent last week to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael Huerta, Senator John Hoeven said the nation's six designated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test sites could be doing more to integrate UAS into the National Air Space. The senator called on the administrator to expedite approvals to test UAS flights in concurrent air space and take other steps to more fully utilize the sites' specialized capabilities. Hoeven also asked Huerta to meet with him to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Additional SAFE Acres to Help ND Producers Optimize CRP Acreage

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allocate an additional 32,800 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Program (SAFE) in North Dakota. As a member of the farm bill conference committee, the senator worked to include language in the final bill that encouraged the Secretary of Agriculture to allocate a greater number of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to programs like SAFE, which allow producers to create habitat that … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces More Than $344,000 in Grants to Enhance Highway Safety in North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $344,092 to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to enhance highway safety. The funding for 2015 announced today comes through three grant programs: State Traffic Safety Information System Improvement Grants, Occupant Protection Grants and Impaired Driving Countermeasure Grants programs. All were awarded by the DOT's National Highway Safety Administration. "North Dakota is a … Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Ensure CRP Works For Farmers, Ranchers, Sportsmen

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today told members of the N.D. Association of Soil Conservation Districts that he worked to ensure that the conservation measures like CRP, SAFE and EQIP in the 2014 farm bill work for North Dakota farmers, ranchers and sportsmen. The senator served on the joint Senate-House Conference Committee that crafted the final version of the five-year bill. "Conservation measures in the new farm bill will help to protect and… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp: BNSF to Accelerate Steps to Improve Safety on Casselton Stretch of Rail

CASSELTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that BNSF Railway will accelerate steps to enhance rail safety in a stretch of track through Casselton, N.D. that has been the site of two derailments within the last year. The delegation, which has been pressing BNSF officials to take timely and substantive measures to mitigate the likelihood of accidents in the region, welcomed the railroad's actions. "We have been in regular contact with BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose, … Continue Reading

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