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Hoeven: Tony Clark Confirmed for FERC Appointment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been confirmed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven has been working to secure and gain approval for Clark's nomination. "I'm pleased the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Tony Clark to the FERC," Hoeven said. "As a result of his work in North Dakota and as a leader of a national energy regulatory organizati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fargo-, Bismarck-Based Business Leaders For Earning Prestigious Awards

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week congratulated Brian Hayer, President and CEO of the Fargo-based Warner and Company Insurance, his sister Denise Magness, and niece Jessica Magness for being named the 2012 National Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Denise serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, and niece Jessica began working at Warner and Company Insurance in 2010, maki… Continue Reading


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Assures Hoeven on Funding for Hatcheries in Garrison and Valley City

WASHINGTON - At a meeting in Washington Tuesday, Senator John Hoeven told U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe that the national fish hatcheries at Garrison Dam and Valley City are cost-effective, valuable assets in helping to preserve world-class fisheries in North Dakota. He also made the case that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to fund them in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish. Ashe assured the senator that the agency plans to seek fun… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota Companies Receiving DOD Recognition for Supporting Deployed Employees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson for being named finalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, which recognizes employers who show exceptional support for their National Guard and Reserve member employees who are fulfilling their service obligations. "When members of the National Guard and Reserves are called to serve, so are their employers," said Hoeven. "It is important that employers offer assis… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on USFWS Director To Take Practical Approach to Mandan Lakewood Barrier

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe ahead of a meeting tomorrow with the Lakewood Homeowners Association, the USFWS and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Hoeven called on Ashe to work with the Corps to issue a permit allowing the Lakewood Homeowners Association to remove part of a sandbar obstructing the Lakewood development inlet on the Missouri River. The sandbar was deposited after flood waters receded from last year's historic Missouri R… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Honor Our Veterans For Their Service, Sacrifices

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said our nation should honor the sacrifices and service of our nation's veterans by helping them to build good futures. The senator spoke this morning at the AMVETS State Convention and thanked the organization for their work on behalf of the state's veterans. "Our veterans and service members have invested in our country's future, and we owe it to them to help them to build good futures for themselves and their families," said Hoeven. "We owe the pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Rules Need to Be Workable, Clear and Create Certainty

WASHINGTON - At a hearing Wednesday of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Senator John Hoeven told Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson that any rules the agency implements need to be clear and workable to empower investment and develop more energy. Hoeven pressed Jackson on a range of new regulatory measures the agency is planning to implement for hydraulic fracturing and coal-fired power plants. EPA is overregulating and o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Wednesday's U.S. Senate Budget Votes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven late Wednesday voted to bring two proposed budgets to the floor of the U.S. Senate for amendment and open debate: the U.S. House Budget Resolution and the Restoring Balance budget plan. The senator today issued the following statement: "Our nation faces severe fiscal challenges. Clearly Congress needs to act on our nation's deficit and debt, yet the President submitted a budget that gained not a single vote in either the House or the Senate from Republicans or D… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Minot Air Force Base Military Construction Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction has approved a $4.6 million project to modify and expand the Munitions Aero-space Ground Equipment (AGE) Facility at the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven said the facility houses maintenance operations for the trailers Minot's B-52 squadrons use to transport Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs). The current facility is undersized, and demands for trailer maintenance will grow w… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders Unveil Plans for 2012 Renewable Energy Action Summit

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the 2012 Renewable Energy Action Summit will kick-off on June 25 at Bismarck State College. The day-long Summit will feature energy experts from across the nation highlighting research and development of renewable energy technologies. The Summit will also highlight North Dakota's renewable energy industry and explore new opportunities for expanded development. "North Dakota is an energy powerhous… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $4.8 Million to Buy Out, Relocate Minnewaukan Homes, School, City Buildings

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that North Dakota has been awarded more than $4.8 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding to relocate 18 structures, and buy out an additional 96 other buildings in Minnewaukan. The purpose of the project is to substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in the city from rising water levels of Devil's Lake, which has risen by… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank Will Help North Dakota Exporters Grow

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Senate's vote to approve reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will help U.S. and North Dakota companies better compete in a global marketplace. The measure passed by large bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and now goes to President Obama for signature. The Export-Import Bank supports American jobs and is a critical tool for small business to get the financing they need to export their products. The Ex… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota on Becoming Second-Leading Oil Producing State: Highlights Need for More Infrastructure Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on news that North Dakota has become the second-leading oil producing state in the nation: "Today, congratulations are in order on news that North Dakota in March became the second-leading oil producing state in America, surpassing Alaska a year before experts had predicted we would. At nearly 600,000 barrels of oil a day, our production is now second only to Texas. This increased growth is good news for North Dakota and good… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota Peace Officers Kenner and Sleeper in Congressional Record

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today entered the following statement into the Congressional Record honoring the fallen North Dakota Peace Officers Steven Kenner and Bryan Sleeper: "Mr. President, today, people across our country observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. As we remember all of the fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding justice and protecting our communities, I wish to echo the sentiments of Americans across the country in honoring the lives and exemplar… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Hope Village Helping Rebuild Minot Area

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local, state and Hope Village officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Hope Village, a newly created, first of its kind, volunteer center designed to coordinate and maximize volunteer efforts in the Minot area. "Today's event showcases the character and resolve of the citizens of the Minot area as well as the willingness of good Samaritans from across the state and country to help with our flood recovery efforts. Our f… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Keel Laying Ceremony for USS North Dakota

NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. - Senator Hoeven today joined US Navy officials and North Dakota residents to celebrate the keel laying of the USS North Dakota, a Virginia-class nuclear submarine currently under construction and named for the state. The laying of the keel is an important milestone in the shipbuilding process, and a ceremony is historically held to mark the occasion. In keeping with Navy tradition, today's ceremony invited the ship's sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of Bismarck-native retired Vi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Lt. Gen. James Kowalski to Address Ongoing Priorities For Minot Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven met late Wednesday with Lt. General James Kowalski, Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, for an update on projects and enhancements underway on the Minot Air Force Base. The Air Force Global Strike Command is charged with providing combat ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations, and Minot Air Force Base falls under the jurisdiction of the Command. "Our men and women at Minot Air Force Base do a tremendous jo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Makes the Case for Keystone Pipeline, Coal Ash Provisions in Final Highway Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven made the case for including key provisions in the final surface transportation bill that approve the Keystone XL pipeline and ensure the continued recycling of coal ash. Hoeven, who introduced legislation on these measures in the Senate, spoke late yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the conference committee that is charged with reconciling the U.S. House and Senate versions of the transportation bill. The House version of the bill includes the Keystone XL pip… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Oppose Corps Plan to Charge for Surplus Water on Lake Sakakawea

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today said they strongly oppose the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to charge for storage of surplus water at Lake Sakakawea. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy told the senators in separate calls that she was directing the Corps to conduct a round of public comment and rulemaking to determine what would be a reasonable charge for storage of surplus water at Lake Sakakawea. During this process, which could take 12-18 mon… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on TransCanada's Reapplication for Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after TransCanada resubmitted its application for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada filed the initial application in 2008 and is re-applying for the permit after President Barack Obama rejected it. The Administration reviewed the project for more than three years, and the project has undergone an extensive environmental review, including draft, supplemental and final environmental impac… Continue Reading

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