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Hoeven: New Highway Bill Map-21 Provides Road Funding Through 2014

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced passage of a comprehensive transportation bill that provides record funding for North Dakota when combined with Emergency Road Funding. The legislation is fully paid for and does not add to the deficit or debt. It funds the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, 2013 and 2014, providing states with an additional year of funding and greater certainty to plan long-term projects. Hoeven was a member of the joint Senate-House conference committee responsible for … Continue Reading


Statement of Sen. John Hoeven on the Supreme Court's Health Care Law Ruling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act: "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today again makes it clear that President Obama's health care law passed by Congress in 2010 is not only government-run health care, but is a tax on the American people. This is not the approach Americans want or deserve. Congress must repeal and replace this government-run approach with step-by-step, market-based reforms … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad, Dalrymple Kick Off the 6th Annual Renewable Energy Action Summit

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Governor Jack Dalrymple today joined local, state and energy industry leaders to kick off the 6th annual Renewable Fuels Action Summit on the campus of Bismarck State College to highlight North Dakota's renewable energy industry and explore new opportunities to develop renewable energy technologies. The senators and governor highlighted the progress North Dakota has made with a comprehensive, all-of-the-above approach, advancing both tra… Continue Reading


Senator Hoeven Honors WWII Veteran at Bronze Star Ceremony

MOTT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey today joined members of the North Dakota National Guard and the Friedt family at a ceremony to posthumously present the Bronze Star Medal and other military honors to Pvt. Tony A. Friedt, a native of Mott, N.D. who served with the U.S. Army during World War II. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Freidt family reunion. "It is fitting that we should recognize the outstanding service of Pvt. Friedt today as his family gathers for a r… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Cost-Effective, Bipartisan Five-Year Farm Bill Passed By Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate has passed a strong bipartisan, five-year farm bill that he and other Agriculture Committee members crafted. The heart of the bill is enhanced crop insurance, which farmers across the country have indicated they want for better risk management. The measure passed 64 to 35. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act provides more than $23 billion in deficit reduction, streamlines farm programs and ensures that farmers and ranchers contin… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Rejection of EPA's Pending Utility MACT Rule, Reduced Regulatory Burden on Energy Industry

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Tuesday called for commonsense regulatory policy so that the private sector can grow the economy and create jobs, an issue of vital importance to the working men and women of the country. In a speech on the Senate floor, the Senator homed in on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Utility MACT rule, the senator's coal ash recycling bill, and the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project. Utility MACT Hoeven urged his colleagues to reject the Utility M… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FERC Will Benefit from Clark's ND Perspective

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today thanked North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark for his service to the state before administering the oath of office for Clark to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Clark was sworn in today for a four-year term as a commissioner at FERC, an independent agency responsible for regulating the interstate transmission of electricity and natural gas. "Tony has done a tremendous job serving North Dakota on the Public Service Com… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Colleagues on Senate Floor to Come Together on Farm Bill Amendments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke on the Senate floor Thursday, urging lawmakers to work together in a bipartisan way to get consensus on the many amendments that have been submitted on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, the new farm bill that he and members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee crafted. Along with Senators Kent Conrad and Max Baucus of Montana, Hoeven is also working with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss and southern growers to add a counter-cyclical safety net … Continue Reading


Hoeven: State Department's Expanded Keystone Environmental Review Unjustified After Four Years of Exhaustive Study

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. State Department's decision to generate yet another Environmental Impact Statement for a long segment of the Keystone XL pipeline route is unwarranted and unjustified in light of an already exhaustive four-year review. The State Department today announced it is going to open up, yet again, review of the full northern route of the project from the Canadian border through Nebraska. Further, the agency plans to ask environmentalist and others to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Home Members of the ND Air Guard's 119th Civil Engineering Squad

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed and thanked members of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Civil Engineer Squadron from a six-month deployment in Southwest Asia. The unusually large group of airmen completed a broad range of construction, electrical, heating and other projects. Approximately 20 North Dakota Air National Guard members remain deployed overseas in Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. An additional 300 North Dakota Army National… Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Chamber Names North Dakota a Top State for Job Creation and Economic Growth in the Coming Decade

WASHINGTON - At jobs summit today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled a study projecting that North Dakota will lead the nation in job creation and economic growth over the next decade, Senator John Hoeven said. The findings were contained in the Chamber's Enterprising States 2012 report, an annual analysis of state economic and job performance. "Not everyone, or every state, accepts the notion of inevitable, slow growth and gradual decline. From the onset of the recessio… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Corps to Move Forward 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 push the agency to coordinate with state and local officials as rapidly as possible to finalize a comprehensive flood protection plan for the city of Minot and the surrounding region. The plan would consist of three elements: enhanced flood protection, including dikes and levees; adjustment of target flows from Canada; and increased storage capacity in Souris River r… Continue Reading


Hoeven Supports No-Cost Sugar Program in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today supported the no-cost sugar program and worked to retain it as part of the Senate's farm bill. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Hoeven worked to include the sugar program as part of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which is currently being debated on the Senate floor. "The sugar program provides American consumers with a dependable and affordable sugar supply while operating at no cost to U.S. taxpayers," said Hoeven. The U.S. sugar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Senator John McCain to North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven welcomed Senator John McCain to North Dakota today, and provided the Arizona senator with a tour of the North Dakota Air National Guard base in Fargo. The senators reviewed the Air Guard's Predator and C-21 missions, as well as the transition to the C-27J mission. The senators also thanked the airmen for their exemplary service to the nation. Senator McCain is Ranking Member on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and a member of the Homeland Security and G… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Broad Support for Cost-Effective, Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to urge support for the bipartisan, cost-effective farm bill developed by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, on which he serves. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act will provide $23 billion in deficit reduction, streamline farm programs and ensure that farmers and ranchers have a strong support through enhanced crop insurance. "Our farmers and ranchers today provide the highest quality, lowest cost food supply in the wor… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Announce HUD, FEMA Mobile Homes Now Available for Reservation Use

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have agreed to the delegation's and governor's request to make 3-bedroom mobile homes available to Native American tribes in the Great Plains region. The delegation moved to secure the housing in a letter they sent in April to HUD Secretary Shaun Donavan and Interior Secretary Ken Sal… Continue Reading


Delegation Works to Keep Open Kazakhstan Trade Promotion Office

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Commercial Service office in Kazakhstan will remain open and continue helping North Dakota and U.S. companies grow their exports to Kazakhstan. The delegation has been working to keep open the office, which provides U.S. trade promotion assistance in one of North Dakota's largest foreign markets. "Our North Dakota companies have good opportunities to market and sell their products to the … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Thank You For Supporting Oak Park

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked all who helped restore power and make needed repairs to Minot's Oak Park. On Wednesday, Minot Park Board and Park District employees were joined by more than 50 employees from electric cooperatives from across the State of North Dakota who traveled to Minot to lend their expertise to complete a variety of needed repairs, including the rewiring of a maintenance building and six picnic shelters, that resulted from last summer's flooding of the Mouse … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blunt Review Missouri River Mainstem System to Assess Flood Impacts, Recovery Work

GARRISON, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today launched a two-day review of dikes, levees and other operations of the Missouri River Mainstem System from Montana to Missouri. The senators are assessing damages incurred from the historic 2011 Missouri River floods, reviewing the progress of repairs, and working to determine how the Army Corps of Engineers can better manage flood protection in the future. They are also working together to achieve a better understanding… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Families of North Dakota Fallen Service members at Annual TAPS Seminar

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with more than 20 North Dakota family members attending the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Survivors in Washington, D.C. The TAPS conference, which coincides with the annual Memorial Day observation, is a national event that unites military families from across the country to participate in events tailored to help survivors grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving our country. "Meeting with th… Continue Reading

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