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Hoeven Hopeful Boehner Will Appoint Farm Bill Conferees Next Week

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Speaker of the House John Boehner, emphasizing the importance of passing a new farm bill in timely fashion and the need for the House to appoint its conferees to the joint committee that will resolve differences between the Senate and House passed versions of the bill. "Based on my conversation with Speaker Boehner, I'm hopeful that he will appoint conferees next week," Hoeven said. "I believe the farm bill - and programs like it - can be a pa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Interior to Ensure Children are Protected at Spirit Lake Reservation

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Kevin Washburn, U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Senator John Hoeven today called on the agency to make sure that children are adequately protected on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Hoeven learned the agency had closed the office during the recent government shutdown and advised the secretary that the agency has the authority to keep the office operating because "the care of children in the care of the BIA is essential and should not … Continue Reading


Hoeven to Hagel: Ensure Pay for Military, National Guard During Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today is sending a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calling on the Department of Defense to ensure the nation's troops and National Guard members continue to receive their pay and benefits during a government shutdown and to prevent the furlough of personnel providing support to troops. Earlier this week, Hoeven voted for and Congress unanimously passed the 'Pay Our Military Act.' This legislation, which was signed into law, gives the Department of Defens… Continue Reading


Hoeven Named a Conferee on Final House Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven has again been named to the conference committee charged with negotiating an agreement on a 2013 farm bill. The House had passed its version of the farm bill in July, but chose to address the nutrition title in a separate bill, which wasn't passed until last month. Last week, the two bills were reincorporated, which necessitated the Senate to reappoint conferees. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, has worked in the past two sessions to pas… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Compromise on the Continuing Resolution to End the Current Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged his Senate colleagues to work toward a compromise that will end the government shutdown. His remarks come following the Senate majority's rejection of a House request for a conference committee to resolve differences over a resolution to continue funding government. "This morning, majority Democrats in the Senate rejected an offer from the House of Representatives to meet in conference to try to resolve differences over a resolution to continue fund… Continue Reading


Hoeven Votes to Continue Funding Government, Delay Obamacare, Repeal Medical Device Tax, Ensure Military Pay

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today voted in support of House compromise legislation that would continue funding the government through December 15, delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year and repeal the medical device tax. Unfortunately, the legislation failed because all Senate Democrats voted in opposition. He also supported a separate bill ensuring that members of the military are paid in the event of a government shutdown. That bill passed unanimously. "It is vital that we e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Continuing Resolution and the Effort to Defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding the effort to defund Obamacare and passage of a Senate continuing resolution to prevent a shutdown of the U.S. government: "Earlier this year, I voted to repeal Obamacare, and today in an effort to stop its implementation, I voted to retain a provision in the continuing resolution before the U.S. Senate that defunds it. Despite Obamacare's broad unpopularity with the American people, Harry Reid and a Democrat majori… Continue Reading


Senate ICBM Coalition, Missile Supporters to Hagel: No Environmental Study

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven and the U.S. Senate's bipartisan ICBM Coalition said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel needs to back away from a Defense Department plan to conduct an Environmental Impact Study on the possible elimination of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) silos. The Coalition's letter argued that the Defense Department and the Air Force need to determine how many submarine-launched missiles, bombers and land-based missiles it wants under New START before conductin… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $2.7 Million Job Training, Placement Grant for NDSCS

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative (NDAMSTI), led by the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), has been awarded a $2.7 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The TAACCCT program supports partnerships between training providers, such as two-year colleges, and local emplo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on EPA's New Carbon Emissions Rule for New Coal-Fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to the new rule governing carbon emissions released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people. It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern… Continue Reading


Hoeven: States-First, All-of-the-Above Energy Policy Will Reduce Costs, Grow Economy, Provide High-Wage Jobs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week offered remarks about the importance of energy development to the manufacturing sector at an event hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers. As a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, Senator Hoeven is working to implement a states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy for the nation that reduces costs and empowers economic growth. "If we want to grow our economy and provide high-wage jobs for our citizens, we need to address our natio… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Welcome to ESPN's College Gameday in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven tomorrow will join the North Dakota State University (NDSU) community to cheer on the Bison football team in their game against the Delaware State University Hornets and to join fans downtown to check out ESPN's College Gameday in Fargo. ESPN will host a three-hour show in Fargo tomorrow, Saturday, September 21. "Mikey and I again want to congratulate the Bison and Coach Craig Bohl on their winning record and to wish them well in their matchup tomorrow with the… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators, Congressman, Business, Labor Leaders Mark 5th Anniversary of KXL Pipeline Application

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers were joined by leaders from business and labor to mark the fifth anniversary of TransCanada's original application for the Keystone XL pipeline project with no decision from President Obama. Participating in today's news conference were Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Heidi Heitka… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of the Keystone XL Application with No Decision

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to mark the fifth anniversary of TransCanada's application to the U.S. State Department for a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project: "The Keystone XL pipeline project will create tens of thousands of jobs, boost our economy, help reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and raise billions of dollars in revenues to address our nation's deficit and debt. "North American oil and gas production is burgeoning, driven by … Continue Reading


Hoeven Continues to Press for Passage of Long-Term Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week continued to press for passage of a long-term farm bill to provide certainty for the nation's farmers and ranchers. In a speech on the Senate floor, Hoeven called on members of the House of Representatives to resolve their nutrition title issue and to name conferees. Hoeven was named a Senate conferee in August and has been working to get the farm bill to conference committee and passed this fall. "Our farmers and ranchers are business people and they … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Interior Nominee for States First, All-of-the-Above Energy Policy, Timely Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources asked Michael L. Connor, the nominee to be Deputy Secretary of Interior, to work with him on issues related to energy development and the use of federal lands. As a member of the Energy Committee, Senator Hoeven has pushed for a states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy that will make North America energy secure, as well as expedited permitting for gas pipeline gathering systems on … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Air Force Leaders to Build Support for North Dakota Base Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with top Air Force leaders to build support for North Dakota's Air Force priorities. Hoeven met with General Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command and Colonel Paul Bauman, Commander of the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base to review operations at Grand Forks. Topics included the recently signed enhanced use lease agreement with Northrop Grumman, the base's transition to its unmanned aerial systems (UAS) m… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Bison on Hosting ESPN's College Gameday

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the North Dakota State University Bison for being selected as a host campus for ESPN's popular College Gameday broadcast next Saturday, September 21. The FCS number one, two-time defending national champion Bison will be playing the Delaware State Hornets. Hoeven this week wrote to ESPN President John Skipper and Executive Vice President for Production John Wildhack to press for NDSU's selection: "I can assure you that a broadcast from the N… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Air Force Secretary Nominee Deborah Lee James

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following a meeting with secretary of the Air Force nominee Deborah Lee James: "Deborah Lee James would bring 30 years of Pentagon and congressional, as well as private-sector experience, to the office of the Secretary of the Air Force. "During our conversation, I expressed my strong support for the Air Force and the important work it does to protect our nation. We discussed the need to upgrade and maintain our nuclear deter… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Landrieu, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Supporting Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today introduced a bipartisan concurrent resolution declaring the Keystone XL pipeline project in the national interest and calling on President Obama to approve it. The measure is offered as an amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy conservation bill now under consideration in the Senate. "This measure is structured as a joint resolution, putting both the House and the Senate on record that the Keystone XL pipeline project i… Continue Reading

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