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Hoeven: New UND Building Strengthens Grand Forks Region as UAS Leader, Embodies Commitment to the Future

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Senator John Hoeven drove home the significance of the University of North Dakota's new Aerospace and UAS Research, Training and Education Building, which he said will strengthen North Dakota's position as a national hub for research, development, testing, operation and the commercialization in unmanned aerial technologies. "UND Aerospace is already the recognized national leader in manned aviation, and now we're working to make it the u… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps Finalizing Work on Devils Lake Embankment Project

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven has worked for more than a decade to help stabilize Devils Lake with an outlet and mitigation measures, and as a senator has helped to secure more than $500 million to protect the city and region from flooding. Today, Hoeven led a tour of the nearly completed embankment project and hosted a roundtable with Army Corps of Engineers officials and city and county leaders to review flood mitigation projects in the region. "One of our first tasks in the governo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces STB Decision to Improve Rail Service Reporting, Help Address Shipping

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) issued a decision requiring all Class I railroads, including Canadian Pacific (CP) and BNSF Railway, to publicly file weekly data reports on a wide-range of rail service issues. The data required in the reports include performance metrics such as system-average train speed, the total number of outstanding car orders, the average numbers of days late for all outstanding grain orders and the number of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's Extension of the Comment Period for the Waters of the U.S. Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the administration's decision to extend the comment period for its proposed Waters of the United States rule: "The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it will extend the comment period for the Waters of the United States rule until November 14, which I believe is in response to strong public opposition to it. While extending the comment period to allow for more input is fine, the fact is that t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Kicks Off Rail Safety Training in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - As part of the senator's ongoing efforts to improve rail safety in the state and across the nation, Senator John Hoeven today kicked off a hands-on rail safety training session hosted by GATX Corporation, one of the nation's largest railcar leasing companies, and BNSF Railway. Hoeven met with GATX officials earlier this year to bring the company's training program to North Dakota. Hoeven has been pushing to improve rail safety in North Dakota and across the nation since December… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer and Dalrymple Unveil Agenda for 2014 Great Plains & Empower ND Energy Conference

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announce the agenda for the eighth annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Conference. The daylong, premier energy conference will be held October 14, 2014, at the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College. The conference, which is hosted by North Dakota's congressional delegation and governor, Bismarck State College, Great Plains Energy Corridor, KLJ and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Prevent Implementation of EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told members of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association (USCA) and the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota (I-BAND) that they are good stewards of the land and water, and he is working on the Senate Appropriations Committee to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. "North Dakota's ranchers and farmers have a long and successful history of good stewardsh… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Recipients of $3.1 Million in Grants for Specialty Crops

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that 37 recipients have been selected to receive more than $3.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of North Dakota's specialty crop industries. In April, Hoeven announced that USDA had awarded the grant funding to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture through its Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) that was reauthorized in the 2014 farm bill. The North Dakota Departmen… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Grant to Improve Health Care Access for Benson County Veterans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a grant totaling $50,000 to the Robert Tovsrud VFW Post 757 to improve health care access for North Dakota veterans living in Benson County. The grant is made available through the Highly Rural Transportation Grants program and will fund transportation services to assist approximately 177 veterans with travel to VA medical centers and other facilities providing VA care. "Providing ou… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces ARC-PLC Signup Process Starts October 6

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota farm owners can begin working with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) to take the first step toward signing up for the newly created Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. As a member of both the Senate Agriculture Committee and the farm bill conference committee, Hoeven worked to craft and pass the new risk management programs as part of the 2014 farm bill. "We worked hard to ensure the far… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Build States-First Energy Plan for the Nation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Speaking today at the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting, Senator John Hoeven drove home the importance of building the kind of energy plan for the country that we built in North Dakota with Empower ND. That means taking a states-first, all-of-the-above approach toward energy development that will create jobs and boost the economy, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Hoeven addressed three especially burdensome Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules: proposed ca… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Small Business Administration Recommends EPA Withdraw Waters of the U.S. Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven said the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has recommended that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. The Office of Advocacy, an independent voice for small businesses, said the EPA and Corps used an incorrect data for determining their obligations under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and that it will impose costs directly on small businesses and have a significant economic impact on them. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Norsk Hostfest

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark this year's opening of the annual Norsk Høstfest Scandinavian Festival scheduled to begin today in Minot: "Over the past thirty-seven years Norsk Høstfest has grown into the largest Scandinavian festival in North America, annually bringing tens of thousands of people from around the world to our state to celebrate North Dakota's Scandinavian roots. North Dakota is proud of the legacy handed down to… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Manvel Elementary, Sweetwater Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Manvel Elementary and Sweetwater Elementary Schools on being designated as 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winners by the United States Department of Education. "The Blue Ribbon designation is a mark of excellence and celebrates the hard work of the educators and students at Sweetwater Elementary and Manvel Elementary School," said Hoeven. "We are proud of these schools and their communities for being recognized nationally for th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $400K to North Dakota for Youth Offender Supervision

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has awarded nearly $400,000 in formula funds to the North Dakota Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Services to continue its Attendant Care program, which provides non-secure supervision for juvenile offenders as an alternative to secure detention or jail at nine sites throughout the state. The funds are made available through the … Continue Reading


Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain to Receive $1.4 Million to Help Disabled Tribal Members Gain Employment

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians have been awarded a combined total of more than $1.4 million to assist tribal members with disabilities find employment. The grants are part of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Projects for American Indians with Disabilities, and are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. Funding is as follows: Spirit Lake $506,217 Turtle Mountain $900,000 "Pe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Completion of Major Runway Project Positions Minot Air Force Base for the Future

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven has worked through his position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to fund major renovations on the Minot Air Force Base and today joined Air Force leaders, civilian employees and other dignitaries to celebrate the completion of the base's new $57 million runway project. The multi-year runway project is a key strategic asset to the base and can help extend its operational life, Hoeven said. The senator worked to secure federal funding for the runway repai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Nearly $10 Million in Federal Funding to Support Job-Driven Training Programs at ND Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $10 million to support job-driven energy and related industry training programs at four North Dakota colleges. Bismarck State College received $4.1 million to lead a consortium of four schools focused on training in the energy, transportation, utility and construction sectors as part of the Training for Regional Energy in North … Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Funding to Increase Education and Job Skills for North Dakotans in Minot, Grand Forks, Fargo

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded more than $250,000 in funding to help North Dakotans in Minot, Grand Forks and Fargo acquire education and develop job skills to prepare them for North Dakota's growing economy. "With North Dakota's growing and more diversified economy, we are creating real opportunities for people with the right skills," Hoeven said. "T… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Efforts to Block Waters of the U.S. Rule at Stockmen's Association Convention

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told members of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association (NDSA) at the group's 85th Annual Convention & Trade Show that he is working on the Appropriations Committee to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed Waters of the U.S. rule by preventing the agency from using any funding to implement it. The senator is also cosponsoring legislation that would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the rule. S… Continue Reading

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