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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 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: 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


Hoeven Honors Military Service, Presents Military Awards to Korean War Veteran John Jangula

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - At a ceremony in Jamestown today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of Korean War Veteran John Jangula and presented him with the military awards he earned while serving in the U.S. Army. Jangula was never presented his medals, and his family contacted Senator Hoeven's office to request help recovering the medals. John was born in Zeeland, North Dakota to Jacob and Eva Jangula. He grew up in Edgeley with six brothers and six sisters. John joined the National G… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Warner Launch UAS Integration Working Group for FAA Pilot Project States

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today announced they are launching a new bipartisan UAS Integration Working Group in the Senate to support the six unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test UAS for integration into the National Air Space. Hoeven and Warner sent a dear colleague letter to the senators representing the six states hosting the designated test sites inviting them to join the group. In … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Cost-Of-Living Adjustment for Civilian Federal Workers in Minot and Western North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to the chairman of the Federal Salary Council to urge a cost of living adjustment for civilian federal employees working in Minot and western North Dakota owing to the expanding energy industry in the area. In a letter to Chairman Dr. Stephen E. Condrey, Hoeven said that "the cost of living in Minot has moved from being 14% below the national average in 2003 to six percent above the national average in 2013. This large increase in the cost of livi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Minot Community to Celebrate Opening of New Erik Ramstad Middle School

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the new Erik Ramstad Middle School and joined the Minot community at an open house celebration for the new building. Hoeven has been working to secure federal funding for infrastructure damaged by flooding, including $24.5 million for Ramstad Middle School project. The total project cost is approximately $36-37 million. "We're rebuilding and making the Minot community even stronger than it was before the flood," said Hoeven. "Ramstad Middle Schoo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Task Force 21 on Work to Retain Missile Silos, Pentagon Puts Study on Hold

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated members of Task Force 21 about his efforts to press the Pentagon to retain missile silos in the Upper Midwest. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the ICBM Coalition, Hoeven authored a provision in the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill that explicitly blocks the administration from undertaking any environmental analysis to reduce the number of active silos containing Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missil… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Doer Stress Importance of U.S.-Canadian Energy, Trade Partnership

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer today pressed home the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project and a strong U.S.-Canadian trade partnership to advance North American energy security and economic growth for both nations. Hoeven, who recently returned from a Senate mission to Ukraine, said events in that country underscore the need for a strong U.S.-Canadian energy partnership. Countries that are reliant on hostile sources for ene… Continue Reading


Hoeven Highlights Ukraine, North Dakota Connection with ND Trade, Business Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Following his recent visit to Ukraine, Senator John Hoeven today led a group of North Dakota trade and business officials in highlighting the current situation in Ukraine and its impact on North Dakota trade relations. Hoeven traveled to Ukraine last weekend to see firsthand the security situation following Russia's occupation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea and to meet with North Dakota trade and business representatives working in the nation. While in Kiev, Hoeven met with A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Tours NISC, Reviews Innovative Smart Grid Projects

MANDAN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today toured the National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading electrical industry software provider based in Mandan. Hoeven said the cutting-edge work NISC is doing in the field of conservation and "Smart Grid" technology helps to advance his efforts to forge an all-of-the-above comprehensive national energy plan that includes a conservation program. The senator, for example, has introduced legislation to encourage the use of energy managemen… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Approves $3.6 Million in Financial Assistance for Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $3.6 million to farmers and ranchers in North Dakota 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 accept applications from March 17 until April 18. The USDA financial assistance for… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Warner Push to Expedite Approval of U.S. Natural Gas Export Applications

WASHINGTON - In response to the crisis in Ukraine, U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today announced bipartisan proposals to expedite the U.S. Department of Energy's review of applications to export U.S. natural gas. Hoeven and Warner say that the Obama Administration should move quickly to evaluate more than 20 pending natural gas export applications as a way to counteract Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence over Ukraine and Europe, which depends on Russia fo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on UND Women's Basketball Conference Win, Advancement to NCAA Tournament

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon the University of North Dakota (UND) women's basketball team winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Basketball Tournament. "The UND women's basketball team has continued a remarkable season by winning the Big Sky Conference and progressing to the NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first time in the school's history," said Hoeven. "North Dakotans are incredibly proud and excited for UND, a… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Impacted by Propane Shortage Passes Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today announced that their legislation to make it easier to transport propane to communities impacted by the ongoing propane shortage has passed the Senate and now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The bipartisan bill will extend the hours-of-service exemption until May 31st, allowing truck drivers to work more hours to help safely transport propane to regions impa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Freedom Salute Ceremony Held Today for North Dakota Servicemembers

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement to honor members of the North Dakota National Guard's Detachment 42 (Det. 42) Operational Support Airlift. The senator was unable to attend today's ceremony because he is on a Senate mission to Ukraine. "Today is an important and proud day for the State of North Dakota as we welcome home Det. 42. This unit is comprised of highly skilled, disciplined airmen, and we are grateful to these individuals, as well as their fa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $13 Million in Grants Will Help Support Much-Needed Indian Housing

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that North Dakota will receive three awards from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) totaling more than $13 million for Indian housing. The funds will come from HUD's Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. "Developing safe, affordable housing in Indian country is absolutely necessary to ensure the wellbeing of our tribes," said Hoeven. "These HUD funds will help build stronger communities as good housing options help fo… Continue Reading

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