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Hoeven, Klobuchar Wager Home State Delicacies on Frozen Four

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today announced that they have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of the April 10 NCAA Frozen Four semifinals faceoff between the University of North Dakota (UND) and the University of Minnesota. If North Dakota wins, Klobuchar has agreed to provide Hoeven with a homemade frozen hotdish. In the event that Minnesota wins, Hoeven will provide Klobuchar with a box of North Dakota's famous chocolate covered potato chips k… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Fellow Appropriations Committee Members for More Rail Inspectors, Support for Rail Safety

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, called on fellow members of the committee to include funding for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to enhance railroad safety. Hoeven made the request in a letter to Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Me.). The complete text of the letter can b… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Record Setting "Lady Hawk" Flight

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the 348th Reconnaissance Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base, which used an all-female crew to fly an RQ-4 Global Hawk for 34.3 hours on a mission dubbed "Flight of the Lady Hawk," the longest ever non-refueled flight by a military aircraft. "Grand Forks Air Force Base is home to some of the finest pilots in the nation, and this squadron has once again demonstrated its tremendous skill in setting a record for the longes… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Indian Affairs Committee Holds Hearing on Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee today, Senator John Hoeven was joined by Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Leander R. McDonald to testify in support of Hoeven's Native American Children's Safety Act, legislation to implement protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. "Children, both on and off the reservation, deserve a safe home environment," said Hoeven. "The Native American Children's Safety Act sets height… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Passage of His Energy Security Package to Create Jobs, Boost Domestic Energy Production, Grow U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the best way to address long-term unemployment is by creating jobs, and called for passage of a package of energy legislation that will boost domestic energy production, grow the U.S. economy and create thousands of jobs for the American people. The legislation includes the Energy Security Act, Empower States Act, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (DEJA) and Stream Buffer Zone Rule. "Our energy industry is creating good jobs to help get people back to … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Barrasso, Murkowski Introduce Amendment to Create Nearly 100,000 Jobs, Help U.S. Economy Support Allies

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), ranking member on the Senate Energy Committee, today introduced the Energy Security Act as an amendment to the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill. The senators say that between the Keystone XL pipeline project and LNG exports, the measure could create nearly 100,000 jobs, boost the U.S. economy and aid our allies in Ukraine, NATO and Japan. The legislation is designed to approve the long-delay… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on UND Men's Hockey Team Advancement to Frozen Four

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon the University of North Dakota (UND) men's hockey team winning the NCAA Midwest Region championship game and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four for the 20th time in the program's history. "The UND men's hockey team has continued a remarkable season with a big, exciting win over FSU at the NCAA Midwest Region championship, which now takes the team to the Frozen Four," said Hoeven. "North Dakota is proud of the continued su… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Working to Preserve, Provide for North Dakota Air Bases, Missions

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer this week met separately with representatives from the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) and Minot's Task Force 21, as well as leaders of the North Dakota National Guard. The delegation thanked the groups for their efforts to support the missions at North Dakota air bases and discussed the continued priorities and needs of the bases. "North Dakota's air bases are vitally important to both our st… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Senate's Passage of Legislation to Impose Sanctions on Russia and Aid Ukraine

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Senate's passage of the Ukraine Support Act, which authorizes sanctions against Russia to deter its aggression against Ukraine and provides assistance to Ukraine in the form of loan guarantees. Senate passage means the bill now goes to the House for final approval. Hoeven last week was in Ukraine as part of a U.S. Senate mission. There he met with Ukrainian officials and North Dakota business leaders who … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Tester Introduce The Native American Children's Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, today introduced the Native American Children's Safety Act, legislation to implement rigorous minimum protections for Native American children placed by tribal courts into the tribal foster care system. Ranking Member Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) have signed on to the legislation as original cosponsors. At the heart of the legislation, authored b… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer to Host Transportation Sec. Foxx in Casselton to Review Rail Safety

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that they will host U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx in Casselton on April 24. The DOT head will visit North Dakota at the delegation's request, to improve rail safety. Secretary Foxx will be in Casselton on April 24 to meet with local leaders and to update the community on steps being taken to improve rail safety. The delegation met in January with Foxx, Pipeline and … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp To Host FAA Administrator Huerta in Grand Forks to Showcase UAS Industry, Williston to See Aviation Infrastructure Needs

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that they will host U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Michael Huerta in Grand Forks and Williston on April 21 to review the state's growing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry and see firsthand the acute airport infrastructure needs in the energy development impacted communities of western North Dakota. On April 21, Hoeven and Heitkamp will lead Administrator Huerta on a tour of the region's progress to buil… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses VA Secretary to Allow Veterans in Western ND to Get Health Care Services Locally, Prevent Long Travel to Fargo VA

WASHINGTON - At a U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing today, Senator John Hoeven pressed Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki and VA Under Secretary for Health Robert A. Petzel to allow veterans in western North Dakota to access health care services in the local community when available. Currently, the VA offers services in the western part of the state through local outpatient community clinics in Williston, Minot and Dickinson, but veterans are compelled to travel to the F… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Terry, Manchin, Vets4Energy: Keystone XL Pipeline Should be Approved for National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-N.D.) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-Neb.) today joined forces with Vets4Energy, the American Petroleum Institute and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer to drive home the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project, and others like it, to secure America's economic and national security. Participating in today's news conference were Vets4Energy Advisor and National Veterans Service Organizations Liaison Rear Adm… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Army Corps to Ensure Flood Preparations for Spring

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Bill Leady, Acting Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Northwestern Division, to ensure the Corps is ready and doing all it can to prevent flooding this spring. "As we move into the spring season, I reminded Col. Leady of the utmost need to keep a close eye on the snowmelt in the Upper Missouri River Basin and to make sure he is doing all he can to prevent and prepare for potential flooding in the region," Hoeven said. "While the c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on North Dakota Leading Nation in Personal Income Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) report released today finding North Dakota has the strongest personal income growth in the country. North Dakota's average personal income increased by 7.6 percent last year compared to the national growth rate of 2.6 percent. The BEA report is available here. Our state has earned this distinction for six of the past seven years. "Today's BEA report serves as further eviden… Continue Reading


Hoeven: DOE Approval of LNG Export Proposal a Step in the Right Direction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Energy's approval of an application to export liquefied natural gas from the Jordan Cove Energy Project terminal: "The Energy Department's approval of this application for exporting natural gas is a step in the right direction. However, there are still more than 20 pending applications that should be reviewed expeditiously. In light of the current situation in Ukraine, the Administrat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Williston Post Office Lease Approved, Service Expected to Begin This Spring

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Postal Service has signed a lease to open a full-service retail postal facility in Williston at the newly constructed Badlands Town Center. The facility will house postal employees serving customers at the counter, a self-service kiosk and customer post office boxes on site and is expected to open this spring. In August 2013, Hoeven invited Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to visit Williston to hear from local business and commu… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Announce $2 Million in Grants to Improve Public Housing Across North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that 15 housing authorities in North Dakota will receive awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totaling nearly $2 million. The funds will come from HUD's Public Housing Capital Fund. "Our local housing authorities are on the front lines of our state's efforts to address the needs of North Dakota's most disadvantaged residents," the delegation said. "These funds wi… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Warner Urge President to Use Upcoming Summit to Counter Putin's Energy Influence in Ukraine, Europe

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today urged President Obama to use next week's U.S.-European Union summit in Brussels to lead a joint U.S.-E.U. initiative on energy security to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin's energy influence on Ukraine and other European nations. About 53 percent of Russian gas exports to Europe pass through Ukraine, and Europe depends on Russia for 30 percent of its natural gas. This morning's letter to the president is a follow… Continue Reading

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