News Releases

12.05.13

Hoeven Updates Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber on Short-Term, Long-Term Objectives in Congress

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today provided an update to business leaders on his short-term and long-term work in Washington at an event hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. The senator outlined his work on the short-term challenges of retaining affordable flood insurance, passing the farm bill, and securing Grand Forks as a test site for the Federal Aviation Administration's new program to integrate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace. Over the… Continue Reading


12.05.13

Hoeven: Need to Pass Farm Bill, Continue Sugar Program

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a large gathering of sugar beet growers and processors that he is working to pass a strong, long-term farm bill which includes the sugar program. As a member of the House-Senate farm bill conference committee, the senator said he's doing everything he can to get agreement from the conferees so that Congress can pass a farm bill by the end of this year or January. The senator said the importance of reauthorizing the sugar program in the new farm bill … Continue Reading


12.05.13

Hoeven Honors Sharon Maier for Adoption Work

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a ceremony to recognize Sharon Maier as an Angel in Adoption and commend her for her extraordinary commitment to advocating on behalf of foster and adopted children. Hoeven selected Maier from an inspiring pool of nominees for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's (CCAI) Angels in Adoption Award which seeks to honor individuals, couples and organizations from across the country who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to advocatin… Continue Reading


12.03.13

Hoeven: After 10 Years of Delay, Devils Lake VA Clinic on Track to Open This Spring: Lease Awarded, Space in Preparation in Construction

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today reviewed the site of the new Devils Lake Veterans Telehealth Clinic, which after a 10-years effort is now finally underway at Mercy Hospital. The senator has been working since he came to Congress to get the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund and operate a new Devils Lake clinic for veterans in the region. In September, Mercy Hospital was awarded the contract to house the new facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Hoeven toure… Continue Reading


12.03.13

Hoeven Pays Tribute to Vietnam Veteran, Presents Family with Military Awards

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - At a ceremony in Devils Lake today, Senator John Hoeven presented the family of Vietnam Veteran Phillip Brusven with the military awards he earned while serving in the U.S. Navy. Phillip Brusven passed away in March 2013 and was never presented his medals. Hoeven's office has been working with the Brusven family to secure the medals and today presented them to Phillip's wife, Linda. "Our service members and their families make untold sacrifices to protect and defend our nati… Continue Reading


12.02.13

Hoeven Working to Help Telecoms Invest in Rural America

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated a gathering of rural telecommunications co-op members about the work he is doing in Washington to support telecommunications investment in rural America. Healthy, robust telecoms are essential to both economic development and quality of life in rural communities, and they need to be supported, he said. The senator delivered a keynote address at the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperative's 60th Annual Meeting in Bismarck. Hoe… Continue Reading


12.02.13

Hoeven Honors Military Service of North Dakota Veteran

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - At a ceremony in Jamestown today, Senator John Hoeven honored the military service of World War II Veteran Philip Dewald, who passed away in August 2008. Technician Fifth Grade Dewald was never presented the medals he earned while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Senator Hoeven's office has been working with the Dewald family to secure the military awards for Philip, and the senator today presented the awards he earned to Dewald's wife, Bertha. "Philip left his ho… Continue Reading


12.02.13

Hoeven Celebrates Gussner Elementary's Blue Ribbon Designation

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Gussner Elementary on being designated a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Award Winner by the United States Department of Education. Hoeven commended Gussner on its achievements during a ceremony held at the school. "The Blue Ribbon designation is our country's highest honor for outstanding schools," said Hoeven. "In earning this prestigious award, Gussner has distinguished itself as one of our state's and country's best schools, and Nor… Continue Reading


11.27.13

A Continuing Tradition of Gratitude

In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation declaring November 26 a day of "sincere and humble thanks." In 1863, with the Civil War raging, President Abraham Lincoln issued a presidential proclamation setting aside the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving," making the celebration a national holiday. Since her founding, our nation has known the importance of gratitude. Almost 225 years after President Washington's Thanksgiving proclamation, we again gather to feast,… Continue Reading


11.26.13

Hoeven: Tribes Can Share in State's Opportunities

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a gathering of the Three Affiliated Tribes that the best way to help create jobs on reservations is to make sure that they share in opportunities created by North Dakota's growing economy. The senator spoke before the Tribal Employment Rights Office staff and tribal leaders. To illustrate his point, Hoeven cited a historic oil and gas agreement he helped forge with the Three Affiliated Tribes and how that approach might work on a national level. … Continue Reading


11.25.13

Hoeven: Regional USPS VP Visits Williston to Provide Update About Western North Dakota Postal Service Improvements

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Drew Aliperto, United States Postal Service (USPS) vice president of area operations for the western area, to see firsthand the tremendous commercial and demographic growth in western North Dakota and its impacts on postal service. The senator also arranged a roundtable for Aliperto to update community leaders and representatives of postal employees about USPS' efforts to retain and expand postal services throughout the region. The meeting follo… Continue Reading


11.25.13

Hoeven: Regional USPS VP Visits Williston to Provide Update About Western North Dakota Postal Service Improvements

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Drew Aliperto, United States Postal Service (USPS) vice president of area operations for the western area, to see firsthand the tremendous commercial and demographic growth in western North Dakota and its impacts on postal service. The senator also arranged a roundtable for Aliperto to update community leaders and representatives of postal employees about USPS' efforts to retain and expand postal services throughout the region. The meeting follo… Continue Reading


11.25.13

Hoeven Working to Meet Needs of Williston Area

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the Williston Rotary Club, providing updates to community and business leaders on a range of topics, including the farm bill negotiations, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and continued growth in the Bakken region. Hoeven emphasized the importance of making the right kind of policy decisions and investments needed to support the priorities of the area. "Our communities in western North Dakota have experienced tremendous growth and pr… Continue Reading


11.23.13

Hoeven: We Need To Get a Farm Bill, Goal is to Get Agreement to House Floor By Second Week of December

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told a large gathering of Farmers Union members that we need to get a farm bill yet this year. The goal, he said, is to get an agreement to the House floor by the second week of December so that the Senate can vote the following week. As a member of the House-Senate farm bill conference committee, the senator is working to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the bill. "North Dakota farmers and ranchers need the certainty that comes with a long-term… Continue Reading


11.22.13

Hoeven Statement on the Vote to Change the Rules of the Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in response to Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) move to change the rules of the Senate to allow confirmation of all presidential nominees, with the exception of the Supreme Court, with a simple majority vote, rather than a 60 vote majority. "The fact is, since President Obama took office in 2008, the U.S. Senate has confirmed all but four of the 1,707 nominations he has sent to us. That is a 99.7 percent confirmation r… Continue Reading


11.20.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Work to Enhance Future of GFAFB

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer Tuesday joined representatives from the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) in meetings at the Pentagon, pressing Air Force officials to support current and future operations at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB). "We are incredibly proud of our servicemen and women at Grand Forks and the wonderful community that supports them," the delegation said. "Because of their diligence and hard work, GFAFB… Continue Reading


11.20.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce the Water Heater Efficiency Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and a bipartisan group of senators today introduced the Water Heater Efficiency Act, an energy conservation bill that would enable rural electric power cooperatives and their members to continue using large, energy-efficient water heaters in "demand response" conservation programs. Cosponsors of the bill include senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). The legislation comes in reaction to new … Continue Reading


11.19.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Push Bill on Senate Floor to Prevent Increase in Flood Insurance Rates

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of senators today took to the Senate floor to gather support for legislation that would prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from raising flood insurance rates before it studies the impact of raising rates on policy holders. The measure will help ensure affordable premiums for millions of Americans. Included in the bipartisan legislation is the Hoeven-Heitkamp Flood Safe Basements Act, which ensures homeowners receive cred… Continue Reading


11.19.13

Hoeven Statement on ONEOK Partners Announced New Projects in the Williston Basin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in response to ONEOK Partners announced plans to invest an additional $650 to $780 million in the Williston Basin to build several projects, including the Lonesome Creek plant, the company's seventh and largest natural gas processing plant, and the second expansion of the Bakken NGL Pipeline: "Today marks an important milestone in ONEOK Partners' ongoing work to develop, process and transport natural gas in North Dakota's B… Continue Reading


11.11.13

Hoeven Nominates Six Students for Military Academy Appointments

students for appointment to our nation's military academies. Hoeven nominated: Chandler Vercher of Minot, Jacob Santer of Fargo and Anthony Coronato of Fargo to the United States Naval Academy; Leah Fagerland of Minot and Nicholas Scarberry of Fargo to the United States Military Academy at West Point; and Mitchell Robinson of Minot to the United State Air Force Academy. "It is an honor to have the opportunity to appoint several of North Dakota's top students for appointments to our nation's mil… Continue Reading

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