Senator Hoeven North Dakota Events 0319 - 0321
We traveled across North Dakota, first to the University of North Dakota where we marked the return of the ROTC flight training program. This program will help us address our nation-wide shortage of pilots. Then in Fargo, Army Corps and state and local leaders signed a renegotiated Project Partnership Agreement (PPA). This, along with the inclusion of P3s in the President’s budget in line with legislation I passed, means we’re continuing to move forward comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of my top priorities has been to address public safety in tribal communities. I held a field hearing in Bismarck to hear from witnesses and experts on ways to improve joint law enforcement efforts and stop dangerous drugs from entering Indian Country. Our farmers and ranchers are the best in the world. I’m working through my roles as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations committee and as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee to help expand and open markets for North Dakota ag producers. I held a roundtable to outline our efforts and get feedback from producers and commodity groups. I’m working to advance flood protection for the Minot region, and I held a roundtable to outline our ongoing efforts. We’re working to secure approval of the Chief’s report from the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the fourth phase of the project. At the same time, we’re also working to develop phase five, including addressing issues with the railroad.