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Hoeven, Community Leaders Dedication Oxbow Land Acquistion

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined community leaders at the Missouri/Yellowstone Confluence Visitor Center to dedicate the final tract of the Big Oxbow land acquisition and mark the successful completion of efforts to protect the viewshed at the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. "Today's celebration reflects the foresight and generosity of the many North Dakotans who recognized the importance of protecting the confluence area of these important rivers," said Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Farm Bill Forum For Western ND Producers

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today gathered agricultural producers from Western North Dakota for a forum to brief them on the current status of the farm bill in the U.S. Senate and to gather additional input from them as work continues to reauthorize farm programs. Hoeven serves on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture. Participating in the event were members of the Stockmen's Association, North Dakota Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, Grain… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined his domestic fuels legislation at a Petro Serve USA service station in Fargo. The act is a bipartisan measure he introduced in the U.S. Senate that takes a market-based, no-cost approach to make available more domestic energy, increase competition, foster greater sales of all types of fuels, and provide more choices and lower prices at the pump for consumers. Cosponsors of the bill include Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mike … Continue Reading


Hoeven: EERC, Pratt & Whitney Creating New Technology to Drive Energy Production with Better Stewardship

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined officials from the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. (PWR) and other leaders to commission a commercial-scale prototype feed pump system that will help pave the way for more efficient and cleaner gasification of solid fuels, including coal and biomass. Hoeven said the new energy prototype, which is a collaboration between the public-sector, private-sector and higher education, demonstrat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Worked to Secure Water Bank Program Funding With Focus on Flood Control

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven said he welcomed today's announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make $7 million in financial assistance available 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 begin to accept applications on April 20, 2012. "We worked hard to secure this fund… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Detail Foundation of New Farm Bill

Bismarck - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven met with agricultural and agribusiness leaders from across North Dakota today to detail bipartisan legislation they crafted that will maintain a critical safety net for North Dakota farmers and serve as a major component of a new Farm Bill. "We are facing serious budget constraints that make the development of this new Farm Bill more challenging than anything we've seen in the past," Senator Conrad said. "Senator Hoeven and I carefully crafted o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works With Local Leaders On Flood Protection Project, Housing Needs in Minot Region

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven was in Minot today working with local leaders on how to move the city's permanent flood protection project forward and address serious housing needs in the region. Hoeven supports a three-part approach to flood protection on the Souris River: enhancing protection using the current flood levee footprint; increasing storage capacity in upper basin reservoirs; and renegotiating the Joint International Souris River Management Agreement to provide more flexibility. … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation Focuses on Land, Energy Issues with Interior Secretary

Dickinson - Senators Kent Conrad, John Hoeven, and Congressman Rick Berg travelled with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today to western North Dakota to inspect oil drilling operations taking place on federal lands. "The Secretary today is getting a taste for the oil boom here in North Dakota. While the majority of Bakken development is taking place in the Williston Basin, oil and gas production is expanding on federal lands in the Dickinson area," Senator Conrad said. "North Dakota can b… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders, U.S. Interior Secretary Discuss Issues Facing Tribal Communities

New Town - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg, and Governor Jack Dalrymple welcomed U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to North Dakota's Fort Berthold Reservation today, accompanying him on a tour of oil production facilities. As head of the Interior Department, Secretary Salazar plays a key role in energy development on public and tribal lands, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other issues important to the Three Affiliated Tribes and North Dakota. "The oil boom h… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Record of Decision Signing for F-M Flood Diversion Project

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said he welcomed news that that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works has signed the record of decision (ROD) for the Fargo-Moorhead flood control project. Now, the project can proceed to authorization, as well as continued appropriations to move forward. "This brings us another step closer to the kind of permanent flood protection the Fargo-Moorhead area needs to avert an almost annual flood fight," Hoeven said. "While a lot of work re… Continue Reading


Hoeven: OMB Approval of F-M Flood Control Project a Step Forward

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he's pleased the Office of Management and Budget has approved the Chief's Report for the Fargo-Moorhead flood control project, but the key will be when the Record of Decision (ROD) is formally signed so that the project can proceed to authorization, as well as continued appropriations to move forward. "We clearly need permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area, rather than an almost annual flood fight," Hoeven said. "While a lot of work re… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Manchin Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus Kickoff "I Hire Veterans" Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and bipartisan members of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus today held an event to kick off their "I Hire Veterans" initiative, meant to encourage businesses large and small in all parts of the country to make a commitment to hiring veterans. The caucus was joined by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, who expressed her support for the caucus's efforts to put our returning service members back to work. Officials from the Depart… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blunt, Klobuchar, Crapo Introduce the Bipartisan Domestic Fuels Act of 2012

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Domestic Fuels Act of 2012. The measure provides a market-based, no-cost approach to produce more energy, increase competition, foster greater sales of alternative fuels, provide more consumer choice and lower the cost of motor fuels at the pump. Currently, legal and infrastructure obstacles, such as cost of entry for retailers, inconsisten… Continue Reading


Senator Unveil Major Components of New Farm Bill

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND), Max Baucus (D-MT), and John Hoeven (R-ND) today unveiled the "Revenue Loss Assistance and Crop Insurance Enhancement Act of 2012," bipartisan legislation that reduces farm program complexity and duplication, strengthens the federal crop insurance program, permanently extends livestock disaster assistance, and serves as a major component of a new Farm Bill. "This legislation achieves my two main goals in a new Farm Bill - it maintains a strong safety ne… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Defend Minot's ICBM Force

Washington - Concerned over efforts to reduce America's nuclear capabilities, Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged Congressional leaders to maintain a robust fleet of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). "Around the world, America's adversaries are developing and refining nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities. In order to have a truly effective deterrent, we must maintain sufficient strategic forces to guard against these threats simultaneously," the Senators said in … Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakota Students to Enter Making Democracy Work Essay Contest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged North Dakota students in grades 6-12 to enter the 2012 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Sponsored by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, this year's essay topic is "Examining the role of informed citizens in making the American system of representative self-government work." Prizes will be awarded to the top entries, including a first place prize that includes travel to Washington, D.C. to present the winning essay at the annual meet… Continue Reading


Hoeven: The Facts About Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on President Obama to work with Congress to approve the full Keystone XL pipeline project and offered some facts about the president's speech in Cushing, Okla. President Obama said: Under my Administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years…. So anyone who says that we're somehow suppressing domestic oil production isn't paying attention. In fact, America is producing more oil today, but on priva… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bipartisan JOBS Act Empowers Small Business Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today helped to pass the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, bipartisan legislation that empowers America's small businesses to innovate and grow by removing unnecessary regulations that currently prevent them from accessing capital. The JOBS Act was approved by the Senate today in a bipartisan vote of 73-26. "Supporting our nation's small businesses is vital to job creation and restoring our national economy. We need to create a legal, tax and regulat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works With U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary Yonkers to Press For ND Priorities in 2013

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven yesterday met with Terry Yonkers, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics in preparation for the March 27 hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, which will review the Air Force's military construction budget for Fiscal Year 2013. The senator asked about the Air Force's plans to select bases for the KC-46A, the new aerial refueling tanker, and encouraged Yonkers to support basing the aircraf… Continue Reading


Senators: President Obama's Cushing Visit Highlights His Continuing Obstruction of Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), along with Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and David Vitter (R-La.) today said President Barack Obama's visit to Cushing, Okla. just highlights that he is continuing to obstruct the Keystone XL pipeline project while our economy languishes and gas prices continue to rise for American consumers. The senators were joined by Congressmen Lee Terry (R-Nebraska) and Conni… Continue Reading

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