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Hoeven: New Gas Plant Means More Energy, Less Flaring

WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said that the new Garden Creek natural gas plant is a welcome addition to the Bakken shale region, and demonstrates North Dakota's commitment to developing all of its energy resources in an environmentally sound way. The senator joined local and state officials and energy industry leaders for the grand opening of the plant, which was completed earlier this month. "The Garden Creek plant is an important addition to the region for two reasons: One, b… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Nearly $10 Million in Emergency Relief for Spirit Lake Reservation, Theodore Roosevelt Park Roads

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced the awarding of nearly $10 million in federal highway funding to repair roadways on the Spirit Lake Reservation and in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. "Last year's flooding posed tremendous challenges to North Dakota's infrastructure and damaged roadways that our residents rely on for daily travel and recreation. These funds make it possible to repair and maintain these roads and increase travel safet… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces Nearly $80 Million in CDBG Funding for North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced almost $80 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster funding for Minot and other North Dakota communities impacted by flooding last year. That represents approximately 20 percent of the total funding available for disaster-affected states across the country. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan outlined the state's allotment during a conference call toda… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Discusses Iranian Nuclear Threat and Energy Security

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven this week met in Jerusalem with high ranking Israeli leaders to discuss mutual security issues, including efforts to deter Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and strategies to increase U.S. and Israeli energy independence, specifically by reducing or eliminating their dependence on Middle Eastern oil. He also met with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority to discuss the status of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The American Israeli Educa… Continue Reading


Hoeven: President's Decision Not in the National Interest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline: "At a time when our nation needs jobs, when our economy is stagnant, and conflict with Iran in the Middle East is threatening our national security and may drive the price of gasoline at the pump to $5 a gallon by summer, the President has decided to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. This is a shovel-ready project that will create thousands of Ame… Continue Reading


U.S. Senator John Hoeven Delivers Weekly Republican Address

BISMARCK, ND - U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) released the following weekly Republican address: "Earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a study identifying 351 energy projects that are stalled nationwide because of over-regulation and a bureaucratic permitting process. "According to the Chamber, those delays are costing the American economy $1.1 trillion in lost economic impact. More importantly, they're costing us nearly two million jobs every year. "Yet with n… Continue Reading


Delegation Calls on Postmaster General to Reconsider Proposed AMP Closures

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today said they've called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to reconsider the proposed closure of the Area Mail Processing (AMP) facilities in Grand Forks, Minot, and Devils Lake. Timely, reliable postal service is important to the people of North Dakota, and for the USPS's future competitiveness. In a letter to Donahoe delivered today, they wrote: "While we understand that identifying cost savings and network opti… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Pipeline Will Transport Bakken Crude More Safely and Efficiently, Provide Greater U.S. Energy Independence

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven was joined today by TransCanada's President (Energy and Oil Pipelines) Alex Pourbaix and MDU Resources President and CEO Terry Hildestad to underscore the importance of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Along with transporting Canadian crude, the pipeline will carry 100,000 barrels per day of oil from the U.S. Bakken to Oklahoma and Gulf Coast refineries, reducing truck traffic and improving crude prices in North Dakota while providing good jobs and greater energy in… Continue Reading


Hoeven Discusses Farm Bill Priorities with Ag Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with a broad range of North Dakota agriculture group leaders to gather input for the next farm bill, which Congress will work to reauthorize in 2012. Hoeven called today's meeting because the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, on which he serves, will take up the work on the Farm Bill later this month. Hoeven also serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture. Prior to the roundtable meeting, the senator also toured the North D… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Air Service Availability is Essential for Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Jamestown Regional Airport and local officials to discuss regional air service, which was interrupted last month by Delta because deicing equipment was unavailable for its planes. Hoeven worked to get Delta officials to provide Jamestown with the necessary deicing equipment, as well as to restore interrupted air service to Devils Lake. Hoeven has been working with both Delta Air Lines and Great Lakes Airlines to ensure quality service and a … Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Improve Rural Health Care

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Jamestown Regional Medical Center and local officials to underscore the importance of ensuring access to quality rural health care and providing reliable Medicare reimbursement to North Dakota hospitals and doctors. Hoeven, as a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, supported provisions in the 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services funding measure to advance rural health care priorities. Hoeven, who is also a member of the Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Bison on NCAA Division 1 FCS Championship Win

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the North Dakota State University Bison and coach Craig Bohl on the team's 17 to 6 win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats in the NCAA division 1 FCS championship in Dallas this afternoon. NDSU had a record of 13-1 going into the game. This is the first FCS title game win for the Bison, who moved up to Division I in 2004. Senator Hoeven attended the game today in Frisco, Texas. Representative Rick Berg also attended. "Today, every North Dako… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $275 Million in Emergency Highway Funding for North Dakota

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced the awarding of $276,119,862 in federal highway funding to shore up roadways throughout the state that were damaged by floodwaters earlier this year. This is part of more than $316 million North Dakota will receive in federal Emergency Relief (ER) funding, a record for the state, and nearly 25 percent of all federal emergency relief funding to be distributed nationwide. "Flooding in nearly every corner o… Continue Reading


Conrad and Hoeven Wage Friendly Bet With Texas Senators on Upcoming Championship Football Game

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven are predicting a Bison victory when North Dakota State University (NDSU) takes on top-seeded Sam Houston State in the 2012 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title game this Saturday, January 7. The North Dakota Senators applauded the tremendous spirit of Bison fans, alumni and students and said they have placed a friendly wager with their friends and colleagues from Texas, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. Senator… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Appropriations Bolster National Security, Strengthen Role of Minot Air Force Base

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said federal legislation recently approved by Congress will strengthen America's national security and support a robust role into the future for the Minot Air Force Base. Senator Hoeven serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and was also a conferee on the joint committee that reconciled the Senate and House versions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012, which included the defense appropriation. The measure includes funding to suppor… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Announce Plan to Move Forward on Devils Lake Rail LIne Project

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced they have a plan in place to move forward on upgrading the Amtrak-BNSF Railway near Devils Lake. Rising floodwaters in the Devils Lake basin have threatened the rail lines and bridges near Churchs Ferry, forcing Amtrak to suspend service on its Empire Builder line earlier this year. Hoeven spoke Monday with BNSF Railway CEO Matt Rose, who said construction could begin this sprin… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Today's Signing Important Step Toward Permanent Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers' Chiefs Report this week is an important step in moving the Fargo-Moorhead flood protection project forward. Acting Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Merdith W.B. Temple approved the report Tuesday and a ceremony marking its signing was held today at Fargo City Hall. "We clearly need permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead area, rather than an almost annual flood fight," Hoe… Continue Reading


Delegation Presses U.S. Housing Secretary on the Need for Additional Federal Support for Minot

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg again today pressed U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan for additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for those families and business owners impacted by this year's flood disaster in Minot. "The people of Minot need our help, and they need it now. The CDBG program is badly needed in Minot to ensure an effective and efficient disaster recovery," the Delegation said in a … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Need to Move Forward on the Payroll Tax Cut, Unemployment Insurance, Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the need to move forward with legislation that would extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance, as well as expedite a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline: "Like most Americans I believe Congress needs to do the people's work and pass legislation to extend both the temporary payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance, as well as expedite a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project. That is why I voted for … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Legislation Advances C-27J Mission for North Dakota Air Guard

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with local, state and North Dakota National Guard leaders to outline key legislative provisions in authorization and funding bills that advance the Guard and keep plans on track for its new C-27J mission. These initiatives include: $480 million in funding for the C-27J Spartan procurement program Report language urging the Department of Defense to continue the C-27J Spartan program in FY 2013 and future budgets, and A seat for the National Guard … Continue Reading

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