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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


Hoeven Calls on NRCS Chief For Consistent, Sensible Conservation Wetlands Compliance Rules for Farmers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Dave White, Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to call for consistent and sensible rules governing compliance with wetland conservation requirements. Hoeven also invited Chief White to come to North Dakota this spring to meet with area producers and find workable policies for determining wetlands designations. Since the 1985 Farm Bill, producers need certifications from the NRCS in order to make certain improvements t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Seeking Summer Interns

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven is currently accepting applications for summer interns to serve in his Washington, D.C. office as well as his Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot state offices. "We work with a range of interesting and timely issues every day in our D.C. and state offices, and we hope to provide our interns with an educational experience that will be memorable and valuable for their future career development," said Hoeven. "We look forward to the energy and talent interns bri… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses For Quick Confirmation of Clark to the FERC

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark's experience and work in North Dakota and as chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) make him an ideal candidate for a position on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven introduced Clark at a Senate Energy Committee hearing today and urged his Senate colleagues to quickly confirm Clark, who was nominated in January for the FERC position. While … Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates Western North Dakota Leaders on New Highway Bill, Keystone Pipeline, Regional Haze, USGS Bakken Study

WILLISTON and DICKINSON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven was in Williston and Dickinson today to brief city and county leaders from the region on the progress of federal legislation and other issues important to North Dakota, including a new highway bill passed last week by the U.S. Senate, the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent regional haze ruling and a study underway by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to reassess petroleum reserves in western North D… Continue Reading


Hoeven Updates City, County Leaders on New Highway Bill, Keystone Pipeline, Regional Haze, USGS Bakken Study

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today briefed city and county leaders on the progress of legislation and other issues important to North Dakota, including a new highway bill passed this week by the U.S. Senate, the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent regional haze ruling and a study underway by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to reassess petroleum reserves in western North Dakota. Highway Transportation Bill Provides Record Funding for North D… Continue Reading


ND Senators: Highway Bill Moves Nation Forward in Right Direction

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today welcomed Senate passage of bipartisan legislation reauthorizing America's federal highway and surface transportation programs. The legislation known as MAP-21 - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century - holds federal spending at current levels and will provide more than $527 million over the next two years to support North Dakota highways, roads and bridges. "This bill makes the infrastructure investment our nation so desperately ne… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Corps Planning Overview of Missouri River System

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with Brig. Gen. John McMahon, Commander of the NW Division of the Corps of Engineers, and other Corps officials to review flood preparations in North Dakota communities and to begin planning an overview of Missouri River management practices. Hoeven and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), along with Corps officials, are planning onsite evaluations of flood repairs and management practices in upstream and downstream communities this spring. "A review of the… Continue Reading

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