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Hoeven: Tony Clark Approved by Senate Energy Committee for FERC Appointment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven, a member of the committee, has been working to secure and gain approval for Clark's nomination, which now goes to the full Senate for approval. "Tony Clark is one step closer to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he will pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Passage of the 21st Century Postal Service Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after passage this afternoon of the 21st Century Postal Service Act in the U.S. Senate. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 37: "This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill that will help solve the financial challenges facing the United States Postal Service. It will ensure that universal service continues for the American people, while encouraging innovation and more market-based practices. It will als… Continue Reading


Delegation Makes the Case for North Dakota as a UAS Test Range Site

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today made the case to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that North Dakota is well equipped to serve as a testing ground for future UAS development and training, including integrating UAS activity into the National Airspace System. In a letter to Michael P. Huerta, the Acting Administrator for the FAA, the delegation cited North Dakota's relatively unencumbered air space, low population … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Director of Indian Health Services to Address Health and Social Service Issues for Spirit Lake Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Director of Indian Health Services (IHS) Dr. Yvette Roubideaux to address concerns surrounding social services for the Spirit Lake Nation. The actions come following a letter of concern from Michael R. Tilus, PsyD, MP, Director of Behavioral Health at the Spirit Lake Health Center to Sue Settle, Chief of the Division of Human Services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Dr. Roubideaux indicated that she and officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs… Continue Reading


Hoeven Named to U.S. Senate-House Transportation Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was named to the joint U.S. Senate-House Transportation conference committee charged with reconciling the Senate and House versions of the surface transportation reauthorization bill. The House version includes two key provisions Hoeven introduced in the Senate: the Keystone XL pipeline bill and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which will recycle coal ash. "Working on the conference committee will provide an opportunity to help pass a strong s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Hosts Klobuchar for North Dakota Oil Patch Tour

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today hosted Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for a visit to Western North Dakota's oil patch to show how the state is advancing oil and gas development in the region, as well as to underscore the community's infrastructure needs. Hoeven said he wants to enlist her support for continued energy development and to address the infrastructure challenges communities are facing as a result. "North Dakota has created a dynamic energy industry across all se… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Press Senate Leadership on Proposed Cancellation of C-27J Program

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain, Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad today made a strong case for retaining the Air Force's C-27J program and ensuring that the North Dakota Air National Guard continue to have a flying mission. Representative Rick Berg sent a similar letter to House leadership. "We hope that you will use the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent the Air Force from… Continue Reading


House Bill Includes Keystone XL Pipeline Project, And Now Hoeven-Sponsored Coal Ash Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives late Wednesday creates real opportunities for a U.S. Senate-House conference committee to pass the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and also legislation he sponsored to recycle coal ash, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. Hoeven said the coal recycling measure is a good fit for the transportation bill because coal residuals are recycled and used as a construction material to build roads, helping … Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins North Dakotans to Present Handmade Walking Sticks to Veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Mayor Dan Stenvold of Park River, N.D. to present handmade walking sticks, made by Dennis and Phyllis Enger of Park River, to U.S. service members recovering from amputations at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. During the past several years, the North Dakotans have presented more than 650 of the handmade walking sticks to amputees at Walter Reed. Today, Hoeven participated in presenting an additional 50 walking sticks to service member… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Bobcat Co. Bismarck Expansion, Innovation Center Announcement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed today's announcement by West Fargo-based Bobcat Corp. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics that the companies will expand operations at Bobcat's Bismarck Manufacturing Support Center (MSC) to begin manufacturing compact attachments for its equipment. The company also announced plans to acquire additional land at the Northern Plains Commerce Center (NPCC), to create an Innovation Center for product development and testing. Senator Hoeven traveled to Sout… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Free Trade Agreement Opens Doors in Colombia For North Dakota Businesses

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the U.S. Commercial Service, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and industry leaders to kick off planning for a fall 2012 trade mission to Colombia. Hoeven said the catalyst for the mission, a new free trade agreement with Colombia he worked to help pass in Congress, will create valuable opportunities for North Dakota agricultural machinery and aviation manufacturers, as well as North Dakota food companies. The U.S.-Colombia free trade agre… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Community Leaders Dedication Oxbow Land Acquistion

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined community leaders at the Missouri/Yellowstone Confluence Visitor Center to dedicate the final tract of the Big Oxbow land acquisition and mark the successful completion of efforts to protect the viewshed at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. "Today's celebration reflects the foresight and generosity of the many North Dakotans who recognized the importance of protecting the confluence area of these important rivers," said Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Forum For Western ND Producers

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today gathered agricultural producers from Western North Dakota for a forum to brief them on the current status of the farm bill in the U.S. Senate and to gather additional input from them as work continues to reauthorize farm programs. Hoeven serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. Participating in the event were members of the Stockmen's Association, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Grain… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his domestic fuels legislation at a Petro Serve USA service station in Fargo. The act is a bipartisan measure he introduced in the U.S. Senate that takes a market-based, no-cost approach to make available more domestic energy, increase competition, foster greater sales of all types of fuels, and provide more choices and lower prices at the pump for consumers. Cosponsors of the bill include Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mike … Continue Reading


Hoeven: EERC, Pratt & Whitney Creating New Technology to Drive Energy Production with Better Stewardship

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. (PWR) and other leaders to commission a commercial-scale prototype feed pump system that will help pave the way for more efficient and cleaner gasification of solid fuels, including coal and biomass. Hoeven said the new energy prototype, which is a collaboration between the public-sector, private-sector and higher education, demonstrat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Secure Water Bank Program Funding With Focus on Flood Control

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven said he welcomed today's announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make $7 million in financial assistance available to compensate farmers and landowners for flooded land using short-term conservation leases. The program will be available in three states: North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota. The agency will begin to accept applications on April 20, 2012. "We worked hard to secure this fund… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Detail Foundation of New Farm Bill

Bismarck - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven met with agricultural and agribusiness leaders from across North Dakota today to detail bipartisan legislation they crafted that will maintain a critical safety net for North Dakota farmers and serve as a major component of a new Farm Bill. "We are facing serious budget constraints that make the development of this new Farm Bill more challenging than anything we've seen in the past," Senator Conrad said. "Senator Hoeven and I carefully crafted o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works With Local Leaders On Flood Protection Project, Housing Needs in Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven was in Minot today working with local leaders on how to move the city's permanent flood protection project forward and address serious housing needs in the region. Hoeven supports a three-part approach to flood protection on the Souris River: enhancing protection using the current flood levee footprint; increasing storage capacity in upper basin reservoirs; and renegotiating the Joint International Souris River Management Agreement to provide more flexibility. … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation Focuses on Land, Energy Issues with Interior Secretary

Dickinson - Senators Kent Conrad, John Hoeven, and Congressman Rick Berg travelled with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today to western North Dakota to inspect oil drilling operations taking place on federal lands. "The Secretary today is getting a taste for the oil boom here in North Dakota. While the majority of Bakken development is taking place in the Williston Basin, oil and gas production is expanding on federal lands in the Dickinson area," Senator Conrad said. "North Dakota can b… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders, U.S. Interior Secretary Discuss Issues Facing Tribal Communities

New Town - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg, and Governor Jack Dalrymple welcomed U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation today, accompanying him on a tour of oil production facilities. As head of the Interior Department, Secretary Salazar plays a key role in energy development on public and tribal lands, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other issues important to the Three Affiliated Tribes and North Dakota. "The oil boom h… Continue Reading

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