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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: 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


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: U.S. Senate Ag Committee Passes Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee has passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, which saves more than $24 billion for deficit reduction, streamlines farm programs and ensures that farmers and ranchers continue to have strong support through enhanced crop insurance. The measure will now go to the floor for consideration by the full Senate. "While we clearly have more work to do, today's committee vote takes us a large ste… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bobcat's $20 Million Expansion in Bismarck Will Spur Innovation and Job Growth for North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the continued expansion of North Dakota's economy while helping to break ground on the new $20 million Bobcat Company Acceleration Center located at the company's existing Bismarck-based Northern Plains Commerce Centre (NPCC) facility. The expansion of the NPCC site, coupled with additional renovation projects, will boost Bobcat's product design and testing capabilities, while initially enabling 135 salaried employees to work from the facility. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses USDA Secretary for Enhanced Crop Insurance, Workable Prevented Plant Rules

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack for strong crop insurance programs and a commitment to make the prevented plant program work for producers. Hoeven questioned Vilsack at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Related Agencies. "Agriculture is stepping up and providing budget savings, so it will be very important that crop insurance is there for our producers in… Continue Reading


Hoeven To USDA Secretary: Support Sensible School Lunch Act

WASHINGTON - At a hearing this week of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator John Hoeven pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to support the Sensible School Lunch Act, legislation he introduced to provide schools with permanent flexibility to meet students' nutritional needs. "We'd like to work with you to ensure that our school lunch programs are working for our schools and our students," Hoeven told Vilsack. "Senator Pryor and I introduced the Sensible School… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Authorization for Flood Protection Project on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Wednesday spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to push support for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes congressional authorization of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project. The senator made a strong case that the cost of building permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley is far more cost-effective than mounting an annual flood fight, and especially, losing a flood fight. He noted that the 2009 flood fight in Fargo - a successful … Continue Reading


Delegation: FAA Agrees to Maintain Midnight Shift for Fargo Air Traffic Control Tower

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue 24-hour operation of the air traffic control tower (ATC) at Hector International Airport. The Fargo facility was on a national list of airports scheduled for a possible reduction in hours of service. Following calls to the FAA, the delegation yesterday followed up with a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta telling him that the legi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Expresses Support for Corn Growers New Venture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today expressed his support for a new $1.5 billion fertilizer plant being planned by the North Dakota Corn Growers and their partners. He said the planned new facility, Northern Plains Hydrogen, will convert natural gas into anhydrous ammonia, which he said is particularly beneficial because it will provide two important benefits to North Dakota. "This new facility would provide farmers throughout the region with supplies of nitrogen fertilizer, and at the same … Continue Reading


Delegation to FAA Administrator: New FAA Bill Gives Agency Flexibility to Maintain Midnight Shift for Fargo Air Traffic Control Tower

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer yesterday sent a letter to the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Michael Huerta, calling for the continuation of Hector International Airport's 24-hour Air Traffic Control status. The delegation told the administrator that legislation passed last week to avert air traffic controller furloughs across the country also gives the FAA the flexibility they need to retain the midnight shift at t… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Interior Secretary: Approve Red River Valley Water Supply Project, Improve Social Services at Spirit Lake

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed new Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to work with him to move forward North Dakota priorities, including issuing a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and addressing child protective issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Hoeven also pressed the Interior Department to ensure its regulations for energy development on federal lands are efficient and workable. Hoeven questioned the secretary at a hear… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Full Senate Agrees to Take Up WRDA Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has reached agreement to bring the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to the Senate floor today. This is important, Hoeven said, because it includes authorization for permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley. "I think we're in good shape," Hoeven said. "We've worked with leadership on both sides of the aisle. It will depend a little bit on what amendments get offered, but we hope to work on the legislation this… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Minot Making Progress With CDBG Recovery Funds

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today was joined by local leaders to review the strides Minot is making to help get residents back in their homes and rebuild the city. City officials are using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on a range of projects that are helping residents and businesses following the devastating flood of 2011. Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked to secure more than $77 million in CDBG Disaster Relief funding for the city of Minot… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Two Minot Veterans with Military Honors

MINOT, N.D. - At a ceremony in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven presented two local veterans with military awards to honor their service in the U.S. Army. Hoeven presented Vietnam veteran and former Army Sergeant James A. Tofteland with a host of medals, including the Purple Heart. The senator re-awarded former Army Private First Class Joseph W. Swital with his military awards, which were lost in 2011 during flooding of the Souris River. Senator Hoeven's office has been working to secure the Pur… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on Defense Secretary Hagel to Locate Ground Based Interceptors in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today urged Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to consider Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) as a potential location for the future deployment of ground based interceptors (GBI) as part of our nation's missile defenses. The delegation made the request in a letter sent to Secretary Hagel, citing Section 227 of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which directs the Department of Defense… Continue Reading

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