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Hoeven Introduces Empower States Act to Boost Domestic Oil and Gas Production, Grow U.S. Economy, Create Jobs

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will introduce the Empower States Act this week, a measure that will put states first in the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Every state's geology is different and nobody knows better than local experts and authorities how best to protect their own environment, Hoeven said. Joining Hoeven for the announcement in Bismarck was cosponsor and ranking member on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Alaska Senator Lisa … Continue Reading


Delegation Statement on the BIA's Assumption of Administration of Spirit Lake Reservation's Social Services Program

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today issued the following statement following the Bureau of Indian Affairs' announcement that the agency will assume administration of social services programs on the Spirit Lake reservation: "Throughout the spring and summer, we have engaged with officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Spirit Lake Tribal government in an effort to address ongoing allegations of child abuse and neglect… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Delta Will Begin Air Service Between Williston and Minneapolis-St.Paul

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Delta Air Lines is adding twice-daily, nonstop regional jet service between Williston and Minneapolis-St. Paul beginning in November. Williston Airport boardings from August 2010 to August 2012 increased by 119 percent. Hoeven has been working with Delta and other major carriers to increase the level and quality of service in Williston and other communities across the state to meet the needs of North Dakota's growing economy and increasi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Showcases North Dakota Energy Development for Senate Energy Committee Ranking Member Murkowski

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today is hosting Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for a two-day overview of Western North Dakota's oil patch to showcase growing oil and gas development in the region and to share best practices gathered from North Dakota's experience. Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, has been working closely with Murkowski, the committee's ranking member, to advance the nation's energy policies, bolster the economy and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Working to Secure Support For Minot Airport Expansion Project

MINOT, N.D. - With the city of Minot's growth and increased air traffic, Senator John Hoeven is working to secure federal support for the city's major airport expansion project. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded the airport an $8.7 million grant funded by Congress to construct a new taxiway, complete construction on a second taxiway and fund the design of a new passenger terminal building for the increasingly busy airport. A new terminal is estimated to cost $38 million… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Robust Nuclear Triad Essential to National Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke to more than 180 military, defense industry and U.S and foreign government leaders and called for the U.S. to preserve and maintain a robust nuclear triad - land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and nuclear-capable heavy bomber jets. Hoeven, who is a member of the bipartisan Senate ICBM coalition, said the nuclear triad provides a strong and credible deterrent, is cost effective and must be maint… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Welcoming Home ND Guard's 1-112th Aviation Regiment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, today released the following statement honoring members of the North Dakota National Guard's 1-112th Aviation Regiment for successfully completing a yearlong mission in Kosovo. "We are grateful to these brave soldiers for their dedicated service on behalf of our state and nation and proudly welcome them home to North Dakota. During their yearlong deployment, we know t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Offers Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Amendment to Veterans Jobs Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he has offered an amendment to a majority-led jobs bill currently making its way through the U.S. Senate. The Hoeven measure would allow Congress to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, which would make thousands of long-term jobs available to veterans. Without his amendment, the underlying bill will add only temporary jobs lasting just 12 to 18 months, he said. The bill as written proposes to create 20,000 temporary jobs at federal … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Mississippi River Commissioners, Pushes for Red River Valley Flood Protections

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with members the Mississippi River Commission (MRC), Senator John Hoeven emphasized that flood control needs to be the Army Corps of Engineers' number one objective, and he emphasized the importance of an effective Fargo-Moorhead diversion project to protect the community from flooding while reducing impacts to upstream communities. The MRC is charged with preventing destructive floods and oversees the Corps' St. Paul District, which is working with the state of … Continue Reading


Hoeven Condemns Killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and Diplomatic Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American diplomats at the hands of armed militants in Benghazi, Libya: "We condemn the tragic and unwarranted killing of Ambassador Stevens and the other brave American diplomats who died at the hands of violent militants in an armed attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. There is no excuse for the indiscriminate killing of innocents, and we exp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee for Open, Transparent Process on Spirit Lake Issue

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed Kevin Washburn, President Obama's nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior DOI, to fully engage in efforts to resolve allegations of sexual abuse and neglect at the Spirit Lake Reservation. The Interior Department oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "I have asked the assistant secretary nominee to be fully involved in the effort to address allegations of abuse and neglect at Spirit Lake, and to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Devils Lake Woman for Adoption Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today recognized Roberta Soper of Devils Lake as an Angels in Adoption awardee who has dedicated her professional and personal life to working on behalf of adoptive children and families. Hoeven selected Soper from a pool of impressive nominees. "Berta Soper has devoted her life to advocating on behalf of the North Dakota children and families who go through the adoption process. Her unwavering commitment to offering her support and knowledge has endeared her to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Corps For North Dakota Flood Management Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District Commander Col. Michael Price to push for continued support for North Dakota flood management projects, including the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, revision of the International Agreement for the Souris River, a Valley City feasibility study and stream bank and shore protection. Col. Price said the Corps will outline the Corps' modified proposal for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project Thursd… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Anniversary of September 11

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Hoeven today joined members of Congress on the U.S. Capitol steps at a remembrance ceremony to honor the almost 3,000 Americans who lost their lives that day: "As we pause to reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11, we honor all those who lost their lives that fateful day and all the men, women and children whose lives ha… Continue Reading


Delegation: HUD Approval of ND Recovery Plans Puts $79.3 Million in CDBG Funds to Work in Minot, ND Communities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today said that approval by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for two North Dakota disaster recovery plans will enable Minot and other flood-impacted communities to move forward with rebuilding efforts using $79.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds secured by the delegation. "We've been working with HUD every step of the way to ensure that they understand the needs in our state's communiti… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Guard Members, Families at Hometown Heroes Event

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored about 250 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG) and their families for their service to the nation at a Hometown Heroes event. Senator Hoeven, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Congressman Rick Berg, Major General David Sprynczynatyk and other military and community leaders thanked the Airmen, who served on active-duty orders for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. "Today we are grateful for the opportunity to pause and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Progress on Devils Lake Amtrak Upgrades, Outlines Path Forward

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable in Devils Lake with city and county officials and the manager of BTR Farmers Coop, to mark progress in efforts to upgrade the Amtrak Empire Builder line, including raising track and bridges, necessitated by rising waters in the lake region. The general project objectives are to secure the viability of freight service as well as Amtrak passenger service between Grand Forks and Minot on the Devils Lake track. "The Devils Lake rail pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Guard Dedicate $12 Million Addition to Camp Grafton

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined members of the North Dakota National Guard at a ceremony to dedicate the completion of a $12 million addition and alteration project of the Camp Grafton Readiness Center. The project, funded by Congress, remodeled the existing Readiness Center, adding more than 55,000 square feet of new space to the center and incorporating green building design to the renovation. The Readiness Center is used for troop education and training activities at Camp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman, Social Services Officials on Child Abuse Corrective Action Plan

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton and senior officials of the Spirit Lake Social Services Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to make sure the tribal government is protecting the health and safety of children on the Spirit Lake reservation. Hoeven was in Spirit Lake because of ongoing and unaddressed incidents of child abuse and neglect, staffing deficiencies and inadequate progress on the BIA's corrective action plan. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Chamber Host State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today touted North Dakota's first-place ranking in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job growth in the Enterprising States study and encouraged business leaders to continue to build on this success and grow the state's tech industry. Hoeven and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce hosted The State of Technology: The Next Generation of Jobs in North Dakota, a business conference designed to highlight cutting-edge innovations in … Continue Reading

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