John Hoeven - the best personalized free web-based Email en en John Hoeven Trump's plan to nix community block grants may be tough sell WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump may have a tough time carrying out plans to kill a popular program that has helped build fire stations, provided meals to needy children and more. Plenty of lawmakers — including some key Republicans — enthusiastically support the Community Development Block Grant program. Trump's 2018 budget blueprint calls for ab... Mon, 22 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-22T15:46:00Z Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump's budget proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill. Trump's blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. It includes a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, federa... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:31:00Z Environmentalists triumph as Senate upholds drilling rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed. The 51-49 vote against the repeal measure was a blow to the fossil-fuel industry and groups linked to the conservative Koch Brothers, which had waged a publ... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:30:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:30:00Z When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is "a bit of a metaphor as to border security," in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a "quote, wall," as Sen. John McCain of Arizona put it: A combination of ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:15:00 GMT 2017-04-26T20:15:00Z Different president, same old government shutdown threats WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:34:00 GMT 2017-04-26T07:34:00Z Shutdown? New president, same old government brinkmanship WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an unconventional new president in the White House. And the Republicans now have a new lock on both ends of Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. But the capital city is still up to its old gridlock tricks. Just as occurred repeatedly during the Obama administration, the government is only days away from a shutdown, and Congress and ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:51:00 GMT 2017-04-25T23:51:00Z Tribes' battle over Dakota Access pipeline not over BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline said Tuesday that the pumping of oil into the pipe under their water source is a blow, but it doesn't end their legal battle. Industry groups say the imminent flow of oil through the pipeline is good news for energy and infrastructure. The comments come after Tex... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:08:00 GMT 2017-03-28T19:08:00Z Trump's budget boosts military but cuts GOP, Dem favorites WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new $1.15 trillion budget would reshape America's government with the broad, conservative strokes he promised as a candidate, ordering generous increases for the military, slashing domestic programs and riling both fellow Republicans and Democrats by going after favored programs. The president's initial budget pr... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-03-17T00:10:00Z US taxpayers might be on the hook for pipeline protest costs BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials appear poised to go after the U.S. government — and thus U.S. taxpayers — to recoup more than $38 million in state expenses related to months of protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, though a longstanding offer from the project's developer to pay up is still on the table. One taxpayer watchdog group ques... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-03-16T18:59:00Z Company to resume work to finish Dakota Access pipeline CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — With the green light from the federal government, the company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Wednesday it plans to resume work immediately to finish the long-stalled project. Opponents of the $3.8 billion project meanwhile protested around the country in an action some dubbed their "last stand." The Army on Wednesday... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:31:00 GMT 2017-02-09T06:31:00Z The Latest: Authorities arrest 76 protesters BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the proposed four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Authorities say they arrested 76 Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters after they refused to leave a camp set up on private land. Morton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Rob Keller says th... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:44:00 GMT 2017-02-02T01:44:00Z Review of pipeline could be beginning of end for opponents BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army's review of a proposal to finish the Dakota Access pipeline could be the beginning of the end for opponents who have been fighting the project for nearly a year. But the American Indian tribe at the center of the debate, the Standing Rock Sioux, vows to keep battling the pipeline in court out of fear that an oil leak could contaminate its drink... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 23:38:00 GMT 2017-02-01T23:38:00Z A timeline of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Notable events in the dispute over the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. December 2014 — Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners applies to the federal government to build the 1,200-mile Dakota Access pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to an existing pipeline in Illinois. The pipeline is pr... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:43:00 GMT 2017-02-01T20:43:00Z Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The acting secretary of the Army has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir, a North Dakota senator said, the latest twist in the months-long legal battle over the $3.8 billion project. The Standing Rock Sioux, whose opposition to the project attracted ... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-02-01T19:07:00Z Speaker defends Trump ban as veep addresses GOP concerns WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan defended President Donald Trump's divisive executive order on refugees and immigration Tuesday, while Vice President Mike Pence promised frustrated Republican senators better communication on major policy issues going forward. "The president has a responsibility to the security of this country," Ryan told reporter... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-02-01T00:06:00Z Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday he won't keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline's disputed crossing under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg denied Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners' request to stop the Co... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:21:00 GMT 2017-01-18T23:21:00Z Stay or go? Tribe gives conflicting messages to protest camp BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal chairman tells demonstrators that it's time to leave their camp and go home. Another leader implores them to stay through the bitter North Dakota winter. The conflicting requests show how the camp's purp... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:23:00 GMT 2016-12-09T02:23:00Z Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, based on policy and not the billionaire businessman's investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline, according to an aide's memo. Spokesman Bryan Lanza said in a memo this week to supporters that Trump's backing f... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:45:00 GMT 2016-12-02T21:45:00Z Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so. Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they'l... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:29:00 GMT 2016-11-26T23:29:00Z Oil pipeline: Trump's stock in company raises concern WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump's investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president. Concern about Trump's possible conflicts comes amid protests that unfold daily along the proposed pipel... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:32:00 GMT 2016-11-25T22:32:00Z