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Hoeven Pushes for Fair Process for Grasslands Management and Grazing

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven Thursday again pressed U.S. Forestry Chief Tom Tidwell to use certified mediators whenever possible when working with North Dakota's grazing associations and individual ranchers to determine management practices for the Little Missouri National Grasslands. At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee, Hoeven urged Chief Tidwell to use input from March meetings in Watford City and Medora with local grazing associations and ranc… Continue Reading


Hoeven and Interior Secretary Salazar Meet: USGS To Reassess Williston Basin Reserves

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar has agreed to the Senator's request to update estimates of recoverable oil reserves in the Williston Basin to generate a long-term outlook for production potential and infrastructure investment in the region. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which is administered by the U.S. Interior Department, now plans to begin the study in October, and expects to complete it in one to two years. Hoeven initially c… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces UTTC Program Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that FY2011 funding has been maintained for a program that provides critical support to Bismarck's United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). During FY2011 budget negotiations, Hoeven worked to ensure unobligated funds were available for the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institution Program (TCPCTIP), a competitive grant program that provides core funding to UTTC. The funding was maintained in the FY2011 Continuing Resol… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $95,700 To Help Children With Special Health Care Needs

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $95,700 in federal funding to Family Voices of North Dakota, a nonprofit that helps provide family-centered care for children and youth living with special health care needs and /or disabilities. The delegation noted that Family Voices of North Dakota provides a vital service to the community. Its network of family consultants throughout… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Announce Lt. Gen. James As UAS Summit Keynote Speaker

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven announced today that Air Force Lieutenant General Larry D. James will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Red River Valley Research Corridor Unmanned Aircraft Systems Action Summit. Senators Conrad and Hoeven are cosponsors of the summit, which will be held June 2-3 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Gen. James is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with the United States Air Force. He oversees all… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses National Summit on Clean Energy, Calls for Revival of American Entrepreneurism and Innovation

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today addressed the National Summit on Advancing Clean Energy Technologies, calling for greater legal, tax and regulatory certainty to jumpstart America's energy industry and the national economy. Summit organizers include the Howard Baker Forum, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Summit emcee Karen Harbert, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Centu… Continue Reading


Delegation Urges President to Sign Winter Storm Disaster Declaration

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging him to sign North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration to respond to a severe winter storm. If approved, a presidential disaster declaration would make federal funding available to help counties cover the costs of storm damages and help rural electric cooperatives cover costs to replace utility poles and to repair power lines and other electrical infrastru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fargo-Based Brandt Holdings Company for Leadership in Exporting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to award Fargo-based Brandt Holdings Company with a 2011 Presidential E-Award for excellence in exporting. "Brandt Holdings Company is a good example of the kind of innovation and hard work that drives our economy and puts Americans to work," said Hoeven. "This North Dakota company has worked hard to increase exports and market their products abroad. National recognition for their initiative and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Thursday's Meeting with President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today following a meeting Thursday at the White House with President Barack Obama and Republican members of the U.S. Senate to discuss the nation's fiscal challenges: "Candid dialogue is an important component in the effort to address our nation's fiscal challenges, and in that context Thursday's meeting with President Obama was both frank and useful. I conveyed to the President my belief that the pending debt ceiling vote represe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Refining Constraints, Lower Gas Prices, Calls on EPA, DOE to Complete Fuel Supply Study

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Thursday announced he is cosponsoring a bill that would give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to waive fuel requirements in order to help increase supplies and reduce the cost of gasoline at the pump for consumers. In a separate but related action, Hoeven and other Senate and House members have signed a letter calling on the EPA and Department of Energy (DOE) to complete a study Congress asked for in 2005 with an eye toward simplifying the nati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Air Force Academy Board of Visitors

WASHINGTON - Given Senator John Hoeven's abiding interest in North Dakota's U.S. Air Force bases, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appointed Hoeven to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors this week. The Board inquires into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters relating to the Academy which the Board decides to consider. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this military community," Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven:Support for Growing Minot AIr Force Base Crucial

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today met with Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, 20th Air Force commander, to discuss recent events at Minot Air Force Base and ensure the men and women serving in Minot have the support necessary to meet their growing mission. General Alston is responsible for the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force, including the 91st Missile Wing stationed at Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven and General Alston discussed Minot's role in the implementation of the New… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Press EPA for Cooperation, Clarity in Clean Air Efforts

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Rep. Rick Berg, and Governor Jack Dalrymple have again urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to give full and fair consideration to the North Dakota Department of Health's (NDDH) state implementation plan to reduce regional haze in western North Dakota. The delegation and governor outlined their arguments in a detailed letter to the Administrator sent last week. The letter follows up on a series of meeting… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved

HOEVEN: PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION APPROVED WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today said President Barack Obama has approved North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration effective beginning February 14. The declaration triggers the release of federal funds and programs to assist with both mitigation and recovery activities associated with this season's severe flooding in North Dakota. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made notification to the Governor's Office a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes for Support of ND Flood Projects from Top Army Corps Nominee

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today met with Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the nominee to be Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army, to ensure the Corps' continued support for North Dakota flood projects. Hoeven was joined by Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. Hoeven expressed the importance of progressing flood protections projects, including permanent flood protections for Fargo-Moorhead and Devils Lake. "The key is th… Continue Reading


Delegation Urges President to Sign Major Disaster Declaration

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today urged President Obama to quickly approve the State of North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration, a necessary step to providing communities federal support to supplement their flood fights and recovery efforts. "Many communities and counties across the state are still recovering from previous flooding in 2009 and 2010. As a result, local budgets are severely strained and, as such, federal assistance … Continue Reading


Delegation Goes to Bat for Elbowoods Hospital

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today called on the director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) to ensure adequate funding is available to staff the new Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, located on the Fort Berthold reservation in New Town. "The opening of the Elbowoods Memorial Hospital will represent the fulfillment of a long overdue promise from the federal government to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. We now need IHS to allocate the f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Adds Five Counties, Spirit Lake Nation to Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the addition of the Devils Lake Region and the Spirit Lake Tribe to the April 7 Federal Emergency Declaration issued by President Obama was welcome news, but that it's important to expand the incident period, as well, to cover the costs of earlier response efforts. FEMA briefed Hoeven's office this morning, saying the Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed and the final decision process is underway. "This is clearly a necessary and welcome dec… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota World War II Veterans in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed World War II veterans from North Dakota to the nation's capital. Hoeven greeted the veterans as they arrived in Washington on their way to visit the National World War II Memorial designed and built to honor their service. "We are forever indebted to our nation's greatest generation for heeding the call to protect and defend our freedoms," said Hoeven. "It's an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our nation's capital to visit the memori… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Strategic Partnerships Key to Fargo-Based Aldevron’s Recognition as a Top Workplace

FARGO - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Fargo-based Aldevron, which ranked third on a Best Places to Work list released by The Scientist, a life science industry magazine. Hoeven commended the company, which manufactures DNA for research and clinical uses, for its growth and noted the importance of strategic collaborations in the biotech company's success. "Aldevron's achievements are further proof that the partnerships we're creating in North Dakota through our Centers of Excellenc… Continue Reading

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