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Hoeven Statement on Bipartisan Support By Majority of Senators for Keystone XL Amendment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today issued the following statement after the Senate voted on an amendment he introduced, along with Senators Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and David Vitter (R-La.), to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and move forward construction on the project: "Our Keystone legislation received strong bipartisan support in the Senate. Although it didn't receive the 60 votes necessary for passage, 56 senators voted in favor of the bill, including 11 Democrats. With two ad… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Top Corps Officials on North Dakota Flood Management Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with top officials from the Army Corps of Engineers to press for flood protections in the Bismarck-Mandan area, continued action on current flood plans in the Red River Valley and Devils Lake, and to expedite comprehensive flood plans in the Souris River Basin. "We had productive meetings today with Corps officials to ensure they are moving forward on all of our state's flood protection priorities," said Hoeven. "We especially made it clear that the … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Energy Innovations, Partnerships Key to Buildng North American Energy Security

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together leading experts from academia, the national laboratories, and the public and private sectors to advance energy innovation and development. Hoeven said building partnerships between leading energy experts will spur technological innovations to increase energy production and realize North American energy security in the coming years. "Together with Canada, we can achieve North American energy security within five to seven years, if we take… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Elections in Iran

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released the following statements today after the Senate passed their resolution, S. Res. 386, which calls on the government of Iran to respect universal human rights and hold free, fair and open elections that meet international standards. The resolution comes following a history of corrupt elections and repression in the Iranian electoral system, including in the nation'… Continue Reading


EPA Approves Majority of North Dakota Clean Air Plan

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg, and Governor Jack Dalrymple announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to most of the state's clean air plan for regional haze. EPA officials met today with Conrad and Hoeven, with Berg and Dalrymple joining via phone, and agreed to adopt most of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for regional haze rather than a more costly federal plan. Through this agreement, the EPA will provide North Dak… Continue Reading


Delegation, Task Force 21 Go to Bat for Minot AFB

Washington - In a meeting at the Pentagon today, North Dakota's Congressional Delegation and members of Minot's Task Force 21 urged Air Force leaders to remain committed to America's nuclear mission, including the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) force based at Minot Air Force Base. "We are closely watching the implementation of New START and remain committed to working with the Air Force to ensure that America's force structure remains at 450 silos and that all of Minot's bombers sta… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works with Guard, Air Force Leaders to Ensure ND Defense Priorities

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with North Dakota National Guard leaders, Adj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, Brig. Gen. Al Dohrmann and Civil Engineer Steve Tabor, to continue working to retain a manned flying mission for the state's Air Guard. Hoeven also met with Col. Timothy Bush in support of missions at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. "Our National Guard members and Airmen do a tremendous job defending our state and nation," said Hoeven. "In meetings today with leaders of the Nort… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Haag, American NGO Workers on their Way Back to U.S.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed the Egyptian government's decision to lift the travel ban on seven American non-governmental organization (NGO) workers who were detained in that country, including Fargo, North Dakota native Staci Haag. Hoeven met with Haag and the other American detainees last week in Cairo. The senator also met with Egyptian military and government leaders to encourage them to lift the travel ban, which had been imposed on the American NGO workers since late Jan… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Agenda for Energy Symposium

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for the North Dakota Energy Technology Symposium at North Dakota State University on March 5, 2012. Hoeven and NDSU are hosting the conference, which is sponsored by the University, the Howard Baker Forum and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. "North Dakota is a leader in the nation's energy industry, and we continue to develop new technologies that produce more energy for our nation, with greater efficiency and better environ… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blumenthal, Lieberman, Graham, More Than 50 U.S. Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Elections in Iran

WASHINGTON - In support of the Iranian people, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and more than 50 senators today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Iran to respect universal human rights and hold free, fair and open elections later this week that meet international standards. Hoeven, Blumenthal and Graham recently returned from a senate mission to the Middle East, which they say highlighted t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Asks Secretary of State Clinton for Help with Egyptian Detainees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today emphasized to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the need to do everything possible to get the travel ban lifted on the American non-governmental organization (NGO) workers still in Egypt. He did so at a hearing of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, at which Clinton was testifying. Secretary Clinton told Hoeven that the U.S State Department is doing all it can to seek a resolution for the American NGO worke… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, Meets with NDDOT Director Francis Zeigler

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today addressed the annual conference of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to stress the importance of reauthorizing the national highway bill, which is now being debated in Congress. Hoeven said he favors a six-year bill, which is being discussed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but that the two-year bill moving through the U.S. Senate is the more likely bill to pass and contains strong funding for North Dako… Continue Reading


Congress Needs To Approve The Keystone XL Pipeline Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said he's pleased that TransCanada is working to keep the Keystone XL pipeline project alive by beginning construction on a leg that will connect Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast, but that Congress needs to approve the full project because after more than three years of study, the Obama Administration has denied it. The Keystone XL pipeline is a shovel-ready, $7 billion, privately-funded infrastructure project that will carry Canadian oil from the provinc… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $2.2 Million in Federal Funding for Mandan Flood Clean Up

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the State of North Dakota has been awarded $2,289,270 in federal funding to help the city of Mandan remove and dispose of temporary clay levees that helped protect the city during last year's flooding. "Too often the arduous work and prohibitive cost of cleaning up after a flood is overshadowed by the flood itself. But as Mandan's city leadership will tell you, the work is far from over once flood … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Libya Faces Substantial Challenges

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said Libya faces significant political and humanitarian challenges in the post-Moammar Gadhafi era, but the nation has made progress toward recovering its oil economy to help meet those challenges. Challenges include planning for upcoming national elections, integrating the various regional militias into a unified national army, providing humanitarian aid to assist the thousands of wounded and ensuring human rights for all Libyans after the war for freedom.… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Meeting With Netanyahu Reaffirms Need for Full and Timely Iran Sanction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reaffirmed the need to fully implement U.S. sanctions on Iran in a timely manner. Hoeven, along with a bipartisan delegation of senators including Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), met with Netanyahu this week in Jerusalem to discuss the steps needed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. Hoeven, along with Senator Graham and 34 other senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Cairo Meetings, Egyptian Statements Encouraging for NGO Situation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said recent statements by Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) regarding nongovernmental organization (NGO) operations in the nation are encouraging for American NGO workers, including North Dakota native Staci Haag, currently being detained and subject to trial in Egyptian courts. Hoeven and a bipartisan delegation of senators, including Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) were in Egypt Monday meeting with government and military l… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Close to $2.9 Million in Federal Funding to Repair Longfellow Elementary

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the State of North Dakota has been awarded $2,899,504 in federal funding to help repair Minot's Longfellow Elementary School, which was severely damaged in last year's Souris River flood. "The faculty, staff and students at Minot's schools have gone through so much this past year," the delegation said in a joint statement. "This funding is another step on the road to recovery for the Minot communi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Fargo Native Haag, Egyptian Leaders in Cairo

CAIRO - Senator John Hoeven met with North Dakota native Staci Haag Monday at the United States Embassy in Egypt. Haag is one of seven American nongovernmental organization (NGO) workers detained and facing charges in Egypt. "Staci is doing well and I was very pleased to meet with her in person," said Hoeven. "She is staying at the embassy and U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson is doing everything she can to assist her." Hoeven is in Egypt with a bipartisan delegation of senators including Senator… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Senators Meeting with Middle Eastern Government Officials on Security, Cooperation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he is participating in a bipartisan Senate delegation to meet with Egyptian and other government officials in the Middle East to discuss national security and foreign relations issues pertaining to governments in the region. The delegation has already met with U.S. soldiers, as well as government and military leaders in Afghanistan, including Gen. John Allen and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Other participants include Senators John McCain … Continue Reading

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