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Hoeven: Northrop Grumman Signs Historic Strategic Alliance Agreement with Grand Forks Partners

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together Northrop Grumman and its partners for the signing of an historic strategic alliance agreement between the aerospace giant and the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC), University of North Dakota (UND), UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and Northland Aerospace Foundation. The signing of the partnership agreement paves the way for Grand Forks County and the U.S. Air Force to agree on terms for an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL… Continue Reading


Delegation: President Approves North Dakota Governor's Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said President Barack Obama has approved Governor Jack Dalrymple's request for a major disaster declaration for 16 counties and the Spirit Lake Nation due to spring flooding. The incident period runs from April 22 to May 16, 2013. Last week, the delegation wrote to President Barack Obama to press for approval of the state's request: "the combination of a heavy snowpack, very late snowmelt and other factors … Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor: EDA Awards Minot $18 Million for Imagine Downtown Reconstruction Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Minot $18 million from Congress's 2012 disaster recovery funding for the city's ambitious Imagine Downtown project. Hoeven has worked since the historic flood of 2011 to secure federal funds for recovery and permanent flood protection in Minot. Over the past year, he worked to shepherd the Imagine Downtown… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blumenthal Introduce Resolution Calling for a Free and Fair Presidential Election in Iran

WASHINGTON - In support of the Iranian people, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the Government of Iran to hold a free, fair and open presidential election next month. The resolution highlights the fact that Iran's Supreme Leader, who outranks the president, is not accountable to the Iranian people through elections, and that Iran's government has a long history of abusing human rights and holding elections that ar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Energy Secretary to Address High Gas Prices in North Dakota, Upper Midwestern States

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to address high gas prices in North Dakota and the Upper Midwest owing to planned refinery shutdowns and the resulting shortages of fuel. Hoeven and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have also introduced legislation to help reduce the impact of simultaneous refinery shutdowns on gas prices. In a letter to the energy secretary sent Friday, Hoeven also called on Secretary Moniz to use existing laws to help … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Families of Fallen North Dakota Servicemembers at Annual TAPS Seminar

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with more than 30 North Dakota military family members attending the 19th Annual TAPS National Military Service Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Survivors. Since 1995, the national TAPS conference has been held in Washington, D.C. over Memorial Day weekend for military families from across the country to join together to participate in events tailored for survivors grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving our country. "It is a special hon… Continue Reading


Senators Hoeven, Klobuchar Lead Group of Senators in Opposition to Proposed DHS Border Fee Study

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today led a bipartisan group of senators calling on U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano to abandon the department's proposal to implement a border-crossing fee for those entering the United States from either Canada or Mexico at land crossings. The agency recently announced it planned a study to evaluate the proposal. The Senators raised concerns that such a fee would negatively impact trade… Continue Reading


Delegation Presses President to Approve North Dakota Governor's Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Representative Kevin Cramer today pressed President Barack Obama to approve Governor Jack Dalrymple request for a major disaster declaration for 16 counties and the Spirit Lake Nation due to spring flooding. "The combination of a heavy snowpack, very late snowmelt and other factors led to overflowing rivers and extensive overland flooding," the delegation wrote. "Rapidly rising temperatures accelerated the pace of the late snowmelt, whic… Continue Reading


Senator Hoeven Presses for a States-First Approach to Energy Regulation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called for a states-first approach to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing and energy production. Hoeven made the statements during a roundtable of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources comprised of representatives from the energy industry and environmental groups. He also called on Congress, industry and various interest groups to work together to address the nation's energy needs using all of the nation's energy resources. "I really… Continue Reading


ND, Minnesota Delegations, ND Governor: WRDA Legislation Key for Permanent Flood Control in Red River Valley

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Heidi Heitkamp and Amy Klobuchar and Congressmen Kevin Cramer, Collin Peterson and Governor Jack Dalrymple met with Fargo and Cass County leaders to strategize efforts to secure permanent flood control in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Also, attending the meeting were Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, chairman of the Flood Diversion Authority Board Darrel Vanyo, Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral, Cass County Commissioner Grant Weyland, Cass County Administrator Keith Be… Continue Reading


Delegation and Governor Pledge Continued Support for Tanker Mission at Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said they will continue to work to obtain a tanker mission at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, notwithstanding today's Air Force announcement that Grand Forks was not selected as the first main operating base for the new KC-46 Tanker mission. In a statement released late this morning, the Air Force announced that the first KC-46 active duty unit will be located at McConnell Air Force … Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Senate Defeats Anti-Sugar Amendment to Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has defeated an amendment that would have undermined the sugar program in the Farm Bill. The amendment proposed to eliminate provisions in the Commodity Title of the bill that level the playing field for American producers. Hoeven said the U.S. sugar industry today supports 142,000 jobs in 22 states, which compete successfully with foreign industries around the world that are heavily subsidized by their governments. "Retaini… Continue Reading


Senators Hoeven, Manchin Introduce Legislation to Implement All-of-the-Above Approach for Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced The All-Of-The-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013, legislation that would improve the energy efficiency of federal buildings. "Our legislation takes a common-sense, all-of-the-above approach to the issue of federal energy efficiency," Hoeven said. "Instead of prohibiting the use of fossil fuels in new federal buildings, we should rely on all of our available energy resources. By encouraging the … Continue Reading


Hoeven: No-Cost Sugar Program Cost-Effective and Fair, Serves the American People

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, stressing the importance of continuing the no-cost sugar program, which the senator said is cost-effective and fair, and should be retained in the Commodity Title of the Farm Bill. The Sugar Program is cost-effective and fair The senator's remarks on sugar were prompted by recent suggestions that the sugar program be removed from the Commodity Title, despite the fa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Soldiers, Families at Freedom Salute Ceremony

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the community to honor members of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 818th Engineering Company (Sapper) who recently returned home following an almost year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Hoeven paid tribute to the soldiers and their families for their service and honored Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde and Spc. Tyler Orgaard who were killed in action and Spc. Ian Placek who was wounded in the same attack. "The 818th Engineering Company has sho… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Confirms Moniz as Energy Secretary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the United States Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz to be U.S. Secretary of Energy. Hoeven, who is a member of the Senate Energy Committee, has pressed Moniz to support a states-first approach to hydraulic fracturing and to work with him to develop a comprehensive energy plan for the nation similar to Empower ND. As governor for ten years, Senator Hoeven worked to develop Empower ND, the state's first comprehensive energy plan, which continues to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Response to the Interior Department's New Draft Rule on Energy Development on Federal and Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the new draft federal rule on hydraulic fracturing published by the U.S. Department of the Interior: "America needs a practical, forward-looking, all-of-the-above energy plan that will help us to develop more energy with better environmental stewardship and lead us to the long-elusive goal of North American energy security. The way to achieve that goal, however, is not to add a new layer of regulation and bur… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of Peace Officers Memorial Day: "Today, I wish to join the many Americans from across our country who are pausing to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and remember the fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding justice and protecting our communities. These brave men and women represent the very best of our nation, and it is fitting and right that we should set aside a day to rememb… Continue Reading


Senators' Bipartisan Amendment to Block Proposed Corps Missouri River Surplus Water Fees Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The States' Water Rights Act, an amendment sponsored by Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), and cosponsored by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.), today passed in the U.S. Senate. The measure blocks the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents and businesses a surplus water fee for access to Missouri River reservoirs. The legislation was adopted into the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed i… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Full Senate Passes WRDA Bill with Authorization for Fargo-Moorhead Permanent Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes authorization for permanent flood protection in the Red River Valley and legislation barring the Army Corps of Engineers from charging residents and businesses for Missouri River reservoir water. "The WRDA bill successfully addresses two important priorities for North Dakota, one in the east and one in the west," Hoeven said. "With authorization for permane… Continue Reading

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