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Hoeven Statement on Return of 818th Engineer Company

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon the return of the North Dakota National Guard's 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) to the United States: "Today I join North Dakotans and Americans everywhere in welcoming the members of the 818th Engineer Company back home to the United States following the unit's commendable service in Afghanistan. These soldiers served with tremendous courage and skill, and we are grateful to them - as well as their families - for the im… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Corps to Move Forward on Flood Protection Plan for Minot Region

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Michael Price, Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District, to continue his push for flood protection in Minot. The senator said that includes revision of the International Agreement with Canada to improve flows through the city and the region. Col. Price said the Corps will hold a public meeting in Minot on March 20 to gather input from the public to present to the International Joint Commission on April 17. Senator Hoeven sa… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on TSA to Ensure Security and Privacy at North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer have called on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop and implement an efficient and timely plan for replacing the full-body passenger scanning machines while ensuring passenger safety at airports in Bismarck, Minot and Grand Forks. The delegation made the request in a letter sent to TSA Administrator John Pistole who is overseeing the removal of the full-body passenger scanning machines from … Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Spring Interns to Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that five students will intern with his Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo offices this spring. The interns will work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We are glad to welcome a new group of bright, young North Dakotans to intern in my Washington, D.C. and state offices this spring," said Hoeven. "The congressional internship experience offers these students the opportunity to gain firstha… Continue Reading


Hoeven to Interior Nominee Jewell: Work With Us on All-of-the-Above Approach to Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next Interior secretary, for assurances that if confirmed, she will work with Congress to promote a true all-of-the-above energy policy on federal lands. Hoeven also urged Jewell to work with him to move forward a congressionally authorized water project important to North Dakota. "If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Jewell must work with us to promote a true all-of-the-above approach to ener… Continue Reading


Hoeven Enlists Air Force Leader to Support North Dakota Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Acting Under-Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin to make the case for existing and future missions for the North Dakota Air National Guard and the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases. "Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot make enormous contributions to the Air Force and our national defense," Hoeven said. "We made it clear to Dr. Morin that our state is committed to supporting long-term Air Force missions, including a new tanker mission in Grand … Continue Reading


School Nutrition Association Endorses Hoeven-Pryor Bipartisan Sensible School Lunch Act

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and a bipartisan group of senators today were joined by senior officials of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), which earlier this week endorsed the senators' Sensible School Lunch Act. The new legislation will provide school districts with greater flexibility in implementing new rules for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program to accommodate the differing nutritional needs of students. Participating in … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Saskatchewan Premier Wall to Discuss Spring Flood Protection for Souris River Basin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to discuss forecasting and preparation efforts to help prevent possible spring flooding in the Souris River Basin. Hoeven and Wall also focused on additional ways the United States and Canada, and specifically North Dakota and Saskatchewan, can work together on important projects like approving the Keystone XL pipeline. "We are working with Canadian officials to develop a thorough flood protection strategy for the So… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Dinner Meeting with Republican Leaders

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following his meeting on the nation's fiscal challenges with President Barack Obama and Republican colleagues: "This evening at our meeting with the president, we had an opportunity to express our views on the challenging task of getting our nation's fiscal house in order, which requires three key elements: taking a pro-growth approach to our economy, reducing our spending in a thoughtful way, and preserving and protecting e… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Nominees for the EPA and Department of Energy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the president's nominations of Gina McCarthy to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Dr. Ernest Moniz to serve as secretary of energy: "The question of primary importance to the nation, as well as to my state, is will both of these candidates embrace a true all-of-the-above approach to energy development rather than simply use rhetoric to that effect. "For Ms. McCarthy, it will be … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's State Dept. Release of its 4th Environmental Review of the Keystone XL Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. State Department's release of its second Keystone XL supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS), which represents the project's fourth environmental review, including a Final EIS in August of 2011. "After four and a half years, and a total of four environmental reviews, the Keystone XL pipeline project is perhaps the most thoroughly studied and long-delayed project of its kind in U.S. history. T… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Today's Votes in the U.S. Senate to Address Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to two votes taken today in the U.S. Senate to address the impending sequestration. Neither of today's measures passed the Senate: "Today, I voted for a bill that would have given President Obama the flexibility to address the sequester in an effective and thoughtful way in order to minimize the impacts of spending reductions on the American people and on key programs like national defense, transportation safety a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Interior Secretary Nominee Jewell

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with Sally Jewell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Ken Salazar as Interior secretary, Senator John Hoeven asked her to work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Spirit Lake Tribe to address child protective services issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation. "If confirmed as Interior secretary, Ms. Jewell will be responsible for some of the nation's most important agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs," Hoeven said. "She needs to wor… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling on Secretary Kerry to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today led a bipartisan group of senators in pressing newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the Keystone XL pipeline within the first quarter of the year. In a letter to the State Department, ten Republican and ten Democrat senators call on Kerry and President Obama to provide the public and other stakeholders with a definitive process for approving the project by the end of March. The Keystone XL pipeline has … Continue Reading


Hoeven Makes the Case for Grand Forks, Fargo With Commander of Air Mobility Command

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with General Paul Selva, Commander of the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command (AMC), to make the case for Air Force priorities in Fargo and Grand Forks. General Selva took over as AMC Commander in November and oversees the Air Force's fleet of cargo planes and aerial refueling tankers. "It's important for General Selva to understand how much value the communities of Fargo and Grand Forks provide the Air Force," Hoeven said. "I wanted to make sure he … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on President Obama in National Republican Weekly Address to Work with Congress to Address Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Saturday gave the National Republican Weekly Address, urging President Obama to work with Congress to address the pending sequester the right way - with thoughtful reductions in spending and a pro-growth approach to creating jobs and growing the nation's economy with projects like the Keystone XL pipeline. "The fact is: Republicans in Congress, right now, will provide the flexibility to make the necessary spending reductions and address our deficit and debt, ins… Continue Reading


Hoeven, North Dakota Officials Honor Staff Sergeant Romesha

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and state officials today held a reception in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who was recently awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions against an armed enemy in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Hoeven thanked Romesha for his distinguished service during the reception and presented him with a bound and printed copy of the statement the senator entered into the Congressional Record last week on the floor of the U.S. Senate. "North D… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presents WWII Veteran with Legion of Honor Medal

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today presented Merle McMorrow, a lifelong resident of Fargo, with the French Legion of Honor medal at a ceremony. McMorrow was honored by the French government for his extraordinary bravery in helping to liberate France. "Today we recognize Merle McMorrow for his commendable service on behalf of the United States and its allies during World War II," said Hoeven. "McMorrow is part of America's greatest generation. He left North Dakota and served our country ov… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Hold Roundtable to Discuss Farm Bill with Community Ag Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today hosted a farm bill roundtable in Fargo with state community agriculture leaders to discuss passing a farm bill. The delegation said they are working to pass the right kind of farm bill that meets the needs of North Dakota farmers and ranchers and will pass both chambers of Congress by the end of the year. The delegation began the discussion highlighting the five-year farm bill the U.S. Senate Agriculture Co… Continue Reading


Hoeven Discusses Farm Bill, Comprehensive Energy Plan for Nation, and Expanded Trade at Annual Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber Meeting

WAHPETON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, stressing the need for the nation to implement the kind of pro-growth legal, tax and regulatory approach that has driven North Dakota's dynamic economy. The senator's remarks focused on how passing a strong farm bill, implementing a comprehensive energy plan and expanding trade could help the nation create jobs and grow the economy. "During the past decade, we have worked together i… Continue Reading

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