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Hoeven to Meet Saturday with BNSF Railway President and CEO to Address Railroad Safety

FRISCO, TEXAS - Senator John Hoeven today said he will meet with BNSF Railway President and CEO Matt Rose Saturday near the company's headquarters in Fort Worth to get an update on the Casselton derailment and measures that can be taken to enhance railroad safety. The senator is maintaining an ongoing dialog with officials on the state, local and federal level to identify the cause of the accident and seek ways to minimize the chance of a similar event occurring in the future. "While it's a ble… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Agrees to Permanently Modify National School Lunch Program Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed to enact permanent changes to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements in response to demands by Hoeven and Pryor. In December 2012, USDA made temporary changes to the School Lunch Program in response to a letter led by Hoeven and Pryor and signed by other senators. Hoeven and Pryor then wrote legislation, which is likely t… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer and Dalrymple: FAA Selects Grand Forks to be UAS Test Site

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Grand Forks as one of six sites to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for integration into the National Airspace. The announcement comes after years of work by North Dakota's leaders to position Grand Forks as the premier northern UAS hub. The FAA Reauthorization bill passed by Congress in February 2012 includes… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Urge Federal Agencies to Quickly Review Proposals for Highway Expansion Project Between Williston and Watford City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, as well as Congressman Kevin Cramer urged federal agencies to review in a timely manner state proposals to expand US-85 highway between Williston and Watford City from two lanes to four lanes. The federal delegation sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) encouraging the agencies to approve the highway expansion project. The project aims to make the… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp: Bill to Streamline Federal Oil and Gas Permitting Process in North Dakota Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that legislation they authored to help streamline oil and gas permitting on federal lands in western North Dakota has passed the U.S. Senate. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Streamlining Act expands the service area of the Miles City, Mont. office to include North Dakota. The office will now be able to process permits for North Dakota, which will help to address backlog and delays. Federal permits currently take up to nine… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding passage of the National Defense Authorization Act: "Today, I joined a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate to pass the National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation includes important provisions for our troops, including increased pay, and measures to address sexual assault in the military. It also contains measures important to our bases including the authorization of three new military construction projec… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Ryan-Murray Budget Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement relating to his vote to pass the Ryan-Murray budget in the U.S. Senate: "There are provisions in the Ryan-Murray budget that I do not support, but this agreement averts another government shutdown, establishes certainty for Americans families and businesses and reduces the deficit by $23 billion without raising taxes. I believe the Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 budget limits should have been retained, but the measure reduces spen… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Top Northrop Grumman Executive, CEO Wes Bush

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush to express his appreciation for the company's commitment to be the anchor tenant in Grand Sky, the Grand Forks region's state-of-the-art aerospace business and technology park on the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The new high-tech complex will provide cutting-edge facilities for unmanned aerial systems development. The U.S. Air Force has announced his intention to sign an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) with Grand Forks County… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Soldiers, Families at Send-Off And Freedom Salute Ceremonies

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Bismarck community during two separate ceremonies held to honor members of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 1919th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT) and the 814th Medical Company (Area Support). A freedom salute ceremony was held to welcome the 1919th CCT unit home following its deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A separate send-off ceremony was held for the 814th Medical Company as the unit prepares to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presents Military Awards to WWII Veteran Anton Tuhy

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented World War II Veteran Anton V. Tuhy with the military awards he earned while serving in the United States Army. Private First Class Tuhy served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946. Anton's family contacted Senator Hoeven's office to help obtain the medals Tuhy earned but was never presented. "Today, almost 70 years after Anton Tuhy answered the call to serve, we pay tribute to him for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II," said Hoeven… Continue Reading


Hoeven Dedicates New Long Term Care Facility

DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the dedication of St. Luke's Home's new long-term care facility in Dickinson. As governor, in 2009 Hoeven helped break ground for the $17.5 million facility, approximately $15.0 million of which was in the form of USDA guaranteed loans. The St. Luke's Foundation has raised $1.8 million, with the fundraising goal of $2.0 million. As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Rural Health Caucus, Senator Hoeven has worked… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Roundtable with Western North Dakota Livestock, Ag Groups on Livestock Disaster Assistance

HETTINGER, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the House-Senate farm bill conference committee, today convened a meeting of livestock producers and western North Dakota agriculture groups to highlight portions of the farm bill that will help ranchers who suffered losses during the October blizzard in the Dakotas. The senator is working to get agreement from conferees so that Congress can pass a farm bill a strong, long-term farm bill by the end of this year or January. "This year's blizzard… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber on Short-Term, Long-Term Objectives in Congress

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today provided an update to business leaders on his short-term and long-term work in Washington at an event hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. The senator outlined his work on the short-term challenges of retaining affordable flood insurance, passing the farm bill, and securing Grand Forks as a test site for the Federal Aviation Administration's new program to integrate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace. Over the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Need to Pass Farm Bill, Continue Sugar Program

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a large gathering of sugar beet growers and processors that he is working to pass a strong, long-term farm bill which includes the sugar program. As a member of the House-Senate farm bill conference committee, the senator said he's doing everything he can to get agreement from the conferees so that Congress can pass a farm bill by the end of this year or January. The senator said the importance of reauthorizing the sugar program in the new farm bill … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Sharon Maier for Adoption Work

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a ceremony to recognize Sharon Maier as an Angel in Adoption and commend her for her extraordinary commitment to advocating on behalf of foster and adopted children. Hoeven selected Maier from an inspiring pool of nominees for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Award which seeks to honor individuals, couples and organizations from across the country who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to advocatin… Continue Reading


Hoeven: After 10 Years of Delay, Devils Lake VA Clinic on Track to Open This Spring: Lease Awarded, Space in Preparation in Construction

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the site of the new Devils Lake Veterans Telehealth Clinic, which after a 10-years effort is now finally underway at Mercy Hospital. The senator has been working since he came to Congress to get the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund and operate a new Devils Lake clinic for veterans in the region. In September, Mercy Hospital was awarded the contract to house the new facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Hoeven toure… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pays Tribute to Vietnam Veteran, Presents Family with Military Awards

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - At a ceremony in Devils Lake today, Senator John Hoeven presented the family of Vietnam Veteran Phillip Brusven with the military awards he earned while serving in the U.S. Navy. Phillip Brusven passed away in March 2013 and was never presented his medals. Hoeven's office has been working with the Brusven family to secure the medals and today presented them to Phillip's wife, Linda. "Our service members and their families make untold sacrifices to protect and defend our nati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Help Telecoms Invest in Rural America

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated a gathering of rural telecommunications co-op members about the work he is doing in Washington to support telecommunications investment in rural America. Healthy, robust telecoms are essential to both economic development and quality of life in rural communities, and they need to be supported, he said. The senator delivered a keynote address at the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperative's 60th Annual Meeting in Bismarck. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Military Service of North Dakota Veteran

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - At a ceremony in Jamestown today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of World War II Veteran Philip Dewald, who passed away in August 2008. Technician Fifth Grade Dewald was never presented the medals he earned while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Senator Hoeven's office has been working with the Dewald family to secure the military awards for Philip, and the senator today presented the awards he earned to Dewald's wife, Bertha. "Philip left his ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven Celebrates Gussner Elementary's Blue Ribbon Designation

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Gussner Elementary on being designated a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner by the United States Department of Education. Hoeven commended Gussner on its achievements during a ceremony held at the school. "The Blue Ribbon designation is our country's highest honor for outstanding schools," said Hoeven. "In earning this prestigious award, Gussner has distinguished itself as one of our state's and country's best schools, and Nor… Continue Reading

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