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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


Hoeven: Federal Funding for Missouri River Will Help State, Local Flood Protection Efforts

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a group of city, state and county leaders Congress has passed a special disaster appropriations bill that provides $1.7 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers. That includes an additional $700 million he worked to provide for management and flood mitigation efforts on the Missouri River. Hoeven said the bulk of the $700 million will be devoted to general operations, maintenance and flood control to protect against another damaging flood on the M… Continue Reading


Hoeven: State's Record Population Growth Affirms North Dakota's Pro-Jobs Strategy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 state population estimate affirms the effectiveness of North Dakota's pro-jobs strategy to build the state. The estimate shows that North Dakota has grown by 50,000 people since 2003, to a record 683,932 residents, exceeding the last population record set in 1930 when the state had 680,845 residents. "Over the past decade, we have worked on every level to build the kind of legal, tax and regulatory enviro… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps' Plan Approval Important Step Forward

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said that the ratification of the Army Corps of Engineers' Chiefs Report 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 signed the report this morning. "The Army Corps of Engineers and the cities of Fargo-Moorhead have put a tremendous amount of work into creating a comprehensive plan that will provide much needed flood protection for… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps Needs To Take Into Account Wet, Dry Cycles

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven said that the Missouri River Independent Expert Review Panel report released today affirms that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to change its operating procedures to recognize and accommodate wet and dry cycles - a change which Hoeven has been pressing for the Corps to make. "In wet cycles, they need to let more water out, and in dry cycles, they need to retain more water. If they had taken this commonsense approach this year, in the fourth year of a … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Funding Will Help Devils Lake Transportation, Farmers

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined a series of federal funding measures to help the Devils Lake community mitigate flooding. That includes more than $550 million in statewide transportation funding, a grant to help raise the Amtrak line near Devils Lake, as well as conservation program funding to assist farmers with inundated lands. Hoeven also reviewed efforts to secure reliable air service to the Devils Lake region. · Federal Road Funding. North Dakota will … Continue Reading


Hoeven Tours Cankdeska Cikana Community College

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told members of the Cankdeska Cikana Community College community that he appreciates the work they're doing to educate and support their students, and their efforts to connect the community with important resources. "Cankdeska Cikana community leaders have really taken a visionary approach to the future of this school. They've looked at the needs of their students and the ways the school can serve the community, and they've worked to meet them. The… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Key Steps Advance Grand Forks UAS Center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven today outlined three key steps that will help establish Grand Forks as a regional center for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). These include: Language in the Department of Defense Authorization Bill requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish UAS National Airspace integration pilot projects Passage of a funding measure supporting Global Hawk programs, and Recent coordination between the FAA and the North Dakota UAS Integration Team… Continue Reading

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