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Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Today's Votes in the U.S. Senate to Address Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to two votes taken today in the U.S. Senate to address the impending sequestration. Neither of today's measures passed the Senate: "Today, I voted for a bill that would have given President Obama the flexibility to address the sequester in an effective and thoughtful way in order to minimize the impacts of spending reductions on the American people and on key programs like national defense, transportation safety a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Interior Secretary Nominee Jewell

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Ken Salazar as Interior secretary, Senator John Hoeven asked her to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Spirit Lake Tribe to address child protective services issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation. "If confirmed as Interior secretary, Ms. Jewell will be responsible for some of the nation's most important agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs," Hoeven said. "She needs to wor… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling on Secretary Kerry to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in pressing newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within the first quarter of the year. In a letter to the State Department, ten Republican and ten Democrat senators call on Kerry and President Obama to provide the public and other stakeholders with a definitive process for approving the project by the end of March. The Keystone XL pipeline has … Continue Reading


Hoeven Makes the Case for Grand Forks, Fargo With Commander of Air Mobility Command

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with General Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC), to make the case for Air Force priorities in Fargo and Grand Forks. General Selva took over as AMC Commander in November and oversees the Air Force's fleet of cargo planes and aerial refueling tankers. "It's important for General Selva to understand how much value the communities of Fargo and Grand Forks provide the Air Force," Hoeven said. "I wanted to make sure he … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on President Obama in National Republican Weekly Address to Work with Congress to Address Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Saturday gave the National Republican Weekly Address, urging President Obama to work with Congress to address the pending sequester the right way - with thoughtful reductions in spending and a pro-growth approach to creating jobs and growing the nation's economy with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. "The fact is: Republicans in Congress, right now, will provide the flexibility to make the necessary spending reductions and address our deficit and debt, ins… Continue Reading


Hoeven, North Dakota Officials Honor Staff Sergeant Romesha

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and state officials today held a reception in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Hoeven thanked Romesha for his distinguished service during the reception and presented him with a bound and printed copy of the statement the senator entered into the Congressional Record last week on the floor of the U.S. Senate. "North D… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presents WWII Veteran with Legion of Honor Medal

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented Merle McMorrow, a lifelong resident of Fargo, with the French Legion of Honor medal at a ceremony. McMorrow was honored by the French government for his extraordinary bravery in helping to liberate France. "Today we recognize Merle McMorrow for his commendable service on behalf of the United States and its allies during World War II," said Hoeven. "McMorrow is part of America's greatest generation. He left North Dakota and served our country ov… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Hold Roundtable to Discuss Farm Bill with Community Ag Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today hosted a farm bill roundtable in Fargo with state community agriculture leaders to discuss passing a farm bill. The delegation said they are working to pass the right kind of farm bill that meets the needs of North Dakota farmers and ranchers and will pass both chambers of Congress by the end of the year. The delegation began the discussion highlighting the five-year farm bill the U.S. Senate Agriculture Co… Continue Reading


Hoeven Discusses Farm Bill, Comprehensive Energy Plan for Nation, and Expanded Trade at Annual Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber Meeting

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, stressing the need for the nation to implement the kind of pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory approach that has driven North Dakota's dynamic economy. The senator's remarks focused on how passing a strong farm bill, implementing a comprehensive energy plan and expanding trade could help the nation create jobs and grow the economy. "During the past decade, we have worked together i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New St. Catherine's Assisted Living Center Important for Community Seniors Seeking Quality Care

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with other community leaders, today spoke at the grand opening of Siena Court Assisted Living Facility at St. Catherine's Living Center. Hoeven said the new facility offers area seniors access to a state-of-the-art facility that provides high quality medical care and first rate modern amenities. "The new Siena Court facility at St. Catherine's is a beautiful building that offers a wonderful place for many Wahpeton area senior citizens to call home," H… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Senators: Poll Nearly 70 Percent of American People Support the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of seven senators Thursday held a colloquy, or discussion, on the U.S. Senate floor to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline project for the nation. One by one, both Republicans and Democrats made common cause, urging the Obama Administration to approve the long-delayed project, saying it will create jobs, boost the nation's economy and help advance the country toward true energy security. In addition to Hoeven, also parti… Continue Reading


Hoeven:FAA Initiates Formal Site Selection Process for UAS Test Sites

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun soliciting formal proposals to select six sites to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for integration into the national airspace. The FAA today released a Screening Information Request (SIR) online that sets forth the technical criteria on which applicants will be judged. Applicants have three months to respond to the SIR. The FAA released its SIR to comply with the FAA Reauthorization bill passed by… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Response to President Obama's State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address this evening before a joint session of Congress: "With a chronically sluggish economy and more than 12 million Americans still unemployed, the president this evening needed to focus squarely on the nation's economic vitality, our deficit, debt and job creation. While he acknowledged the importance of these issues, the approach he outlined will not get us where… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Administration Needs to Preserve and Strengthen the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said North Korea's successful detonation of a miniaturized nuclear device capable of being mounted on a missile poses a threat to the United States and international peace and stability. At the same time Iran is pressing forward with its nuclear program and China is modernizing its nuclear arsenal. All of these developments mean we need to sustain and strengthen the U.S. nuclear deterrent, he said. "North Korea's nuclear test today poses a threat to the Un… Continue Reading


Delegation Honors Medal of Honor Recipient Clinton Romesha

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today joined in honoring Minot resident and Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha at a Medal of Honor ceremony held at the White House. President Obama presented Romesha with the nation's highest military honor for his courageous actions against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. "Staff Sgt. Romesha went above and beyond the call of duty that day in Afghanistan. He acted with tremendous bravery and with … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Great River Announce EPA Approval of Dakota Spirit Ag Energy Permit

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Great River Energy (GRE) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Renewable Fuel Standard-2 certification for the company's Dakota Spirit AgEnergy facility in the Spiritwood Park near Jamestown. Hoeven last summer pressed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to expedite the approval process. Today's notice of certification clears the way for GRE to market next generation biofuels as part of a model energy complex. Dakota Spirit A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Delta to Begin Air Service in Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Delta Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport and Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning June 10, 2013. Airline officials say the Delta flights will be operated by SkyWest using CRJ-200s, 50-seat regional jet aircraft. "We've worked closely with Delta and Dickinson leaders to get expanded jet service and we appreciate the airline committing to serve southwestern North Dakota," Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp Introduce Legislation to Streamline Processing of Federal Oil and Gas Permits in ND

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today introduced legislation to help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Streamlining Act expands the service area of the Miles City, Mont. office to include North Dakota and changes it to the Montana/Dakotas State Office. This will allow the office to process permits for North Dakota, expediting approvals, which currently take up to nine months. "This is the kind of … Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Respond to Corps' Decision to Allow Withdrawal of Water from Lake Sakakawea

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalyrmple today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to allow the withdrawal of water from Lake Sakakawea as authorized by the first Surplus Water Agreement under Section 6 of the 1944 Flood Control Act: "Colonel Joel R. Cross, Omaha District Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Wednesday that the Corps reached an agreement to allow … Continue Reading


Hoeven: America Must Retain Its Strategic Deterrence: The Continuing Case for the Nuclear Triad

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Wednesday told an audience of Air Force personnel, reservist officers, defense industry professionals and congressional staff that a nuclear triad is the most effective strategy to preserve peace and stability in an increasingly dangerous and nuclearized world, particularly with countries like Iran looking to develop and North Korea seeking to expand nuclear weapons capabilities. Hoeven said the nuclear triad is the bedrock of our national defense, comprising ju… Continue Reading

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