News Releases

09.12.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Announce $2.5 Million Grants to North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that North Dakota airports have been awarded grants totaling more than $2.5 million for construction and renovations to airport infrastructure. "These federal grants will help us to maintain and improve runways, taxiways and other airport infrastructure. Investing in our transportation infrastructure will help our airports continue to safely serve passengers and grow to meet increasing demands," … Continue Reading


09.11.13

Hoeven Statement on the President's Address on Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding President Obama's address to the nation on Syria: "In his address to the nation last night, President Obama conveyed a mixed message regarding his plan to seek a diplomatic solution to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The president needs to develop a clear and coherent plan of action and convey that plan to Congress, the American people and our allies. "At this point, I remain opposed to a military strike on … Continue Reading


09.11.13

Delegation Commemorates September 11 Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today are hosting a reception for the North Dakota National Guard's (NDNG) 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Washington in observance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In April, the NDNG Regiment was deployed to the nation's capital in support of Operation Noble Eagle and serves as part of the integrated air defense system designed to protect the airspace around the … Continue Reading


09.10.13

Hoeven Meets with Taiwanese Ag Delegation, Announces $4 billion in U.S. Purchases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, today met with a delegation of Taiwanese agriculture leaders to discuss trade issues and to announce Taiwan's commitment to make a major purchase of U.S. agriculture products. Taiwan has signed three letters of intent to purchase 9 million metric tons of U.S. wheat, soybeans and corn at a cost of $4 billion. Principal providers of the wheat will be North Dakota, Montana and Idaho, although North Dakota will als… Continue Reading


09.09.13

Hoeven Statement on Potential Military Action Against Syria

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement regarding his position on Syria: "As I said last week, at this point I do not support a military strike on Syria. North Dakotans and the American people don't support it. "Since early 2011 Syria has been immersed in a civil conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime and multiple opposition groups. The fighting has so far resulted in more than 90,000 deaths and 1.5 million refugees. Based on the Obama Administ… Continue Reading


09.06.13

Hoeven Hosts Senate Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden, Highlights ND's Comprehensive, States-First Energy Development

UNDERWOOD, WATFORD CITY, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed U.S. Senate Energy Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to North Dakota and hosted him on a tour of several of the state's major energy production facilities. The visit showcased North Dakota's states-first, all-of-the-above energy policy, which Hoeven said can lead the nation to energy independence within five to seven years. As chair of the energy committee, Senator Wyden has broad influence over energy policy and development in… Continue Reading


08.30.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on Interior Secretary Jewell to Exempt North Dakota and Tribes from BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today urged Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to exempt North Dakota and the state's tribes from a proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) final rule on hydraulic fracturing and to recognize the primacy of states to regulate oil and gas development within its boundaries. The delegation made the request in a letter sent to Secretary Jewell, noting that the unique geology, technology and innovation … Continue Reading


08.30.13

Hoeven Thanks ND Guard's 191st for Service to Nation Upon Return from Yearlong Deployment

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked members of the North Dakota National Guard's 191st Military Police Company for their service as they return to North Dakota today following a yearlong deployment to Guantanamo, Cuba. "We are happy to welcome home members of the 191st Military Police Company today. They, along with their families and friends, have made real sacrifices throughout this yearlong deployment and we thank them for their service on our behalf. I know all North Dakota… Continue Reading


08.29.13

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators: Don't Delay Keystone XL Decision Again

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) today said that President Obama must not delay yet again a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would extend the review process into an unprecedented sixth year. The senators say the delay could be occasioned this time by a second inspector general's (IG) inquiry regarding the Department of State's most recent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The first inquiry, completed in… Continue Reading


08.28.13

Hoeven Highlights Need for Enhanced Crop Insurance, Strong Farm Bill at RCIS Annual Meeting

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today stressed his commitment to including enhanced crop insurance programs in the farm bill during remarks delivered at the Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) meeting in Bismarck. "Farmers and ranchers across North Dakota and the country continue to express a need for effective risk management tools, and it is important that we make sure our producers have crop insurance," Hoeven said. "As Congress works to pass a long-term farm bill this fall, I am … Continue Reading


08.27.13

Hoeven Hosts RMA Administrator in North Dakota to Outline New Prevented Planting Rules

Grand Forks, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today convened roundtables in Grand Forks and Minot with Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Brandon Willis to clarify new rules for the prevented planting crop insurance program. Hoeven was joined by Senator Heidi Heitkamp and representatives from North Dakota's agriculture groups to continue working to make the prevented planting program workable for North Dakota producers. "We welcome Administrator Willis back to North Dakota today to hear from … Continue Reading


08.27.13

Hoeven Hosts FEMA Officials, Presses to Continue Basement Exception for Flood Insurance Rates in ND Communities

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a working meeting in Fargo with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, Fargo city and county officials and area homebuilders, realtors and engineers to clarify rules regarding the Base Flood Elevation insurance rating method, commonly known as the basement exception, used to determine flood insurance rates. The senator pressed FEMA to continue using the current Base Flood Elevation method that determines insurance rates by evaluating … Continue Reading


08.26.13

Hoeven Outlines Priorities During Congressional Panel

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined a congressional panel discussion hosted by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce in Fargo. Individuals and business leaders from across North Dakota were in attendance. Hoeven highlighted his work in the Senate on energy development, agriculture, visas for employees of high-tech business and the national economy. Attendees were invited to discuss issues of concern to the business community following the panel. "We need to implement pro-gro… Continue Reading


08.26.13

Delegation: RMA Announces New Prevented Planting Guidelines

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new rules for the prevented planting insurance program for the 2014 crop year. The new rules come following pressure from North Dakota's delegation to clarify the rules and make the program work for producers. The new guidelines: Eliminate the "normal weather" provision to allow a producer wh… Continue Reading


08.23.13

Hoeven Joins Minot Air Force Base to Dedicate New Air Traffic Control Tower Complex

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Minot Air Force Base community to dedicate a $16.3 million air traffic control complex that includes a 9-story air traffic control tower and consolidated facility to house airfield operations. As a member of the Appropriations Committee and Military Construction Subcommittee, Hoeven worked to secure funding for the air traffic control tower complex as part of appropriations legislation approved by Congress in spring 2011. "Minot Air Force Base … Continue Reading


08.22.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp Encourage North Dakota Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp today announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is currently accepting nominations from high school students interested in participating in the program's 52nd annual Washington Week. The senators encourage North Dakota high school students interested in public service and government to apply for the program, which brings students from across the country to the nation's capital to participate in a week-long study of the Unit… Continue Reading


08.21.13

Hoeven: Postmaster Visits North Dakota for Firsthand Look at State's Needs

WILLISTON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on a visit to North Dakota to see firsthand the state's tremendous growth in western North Dakota and its impacts on postal services. The senator also arranged a roundtable featuring community leaders, postal worker representatives, oil industry and newspaper leaders to apprise the postmaster of the pressing need to retain and expand postal services to residents and businesses, as well as rural communities in t… Continue Reading


08.20.13

Hoeven, Chamber Conference Showcases State's Cutting-Edge Technology Sector

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven kicked off today's technology business conference touting North Dakota's first-place ranking in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job growth for the second year in a row. The influential national ranking by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also named North Dakota number one for long-term and short-term job growth, gross state product growth and per capita income growth in its Enterprising States 2013 study. "Technology is a key to our success,… Continue Reading


08.19.13

Hoeven Working to Improve Healthcare for America's Veterans

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the Fargo VA Health Care system in dedicating their new $8 million surgical suite. The 31,000 square foot addition to the VA facility contains five operating rooms used for general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, among other things, contains state-of-the-art, digitally-integrated equipment and is designed to allow for flexible use should future needs require. Hoeven serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction an… Continue Reading


08.19.13

Hoeven, Officials Celebrate Completion of 55th Street Bridge

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven joined state and city officials today to celebrate the opening of Minot's new 55th Street Bridge, marking the completion of the $26.2 million 55th Street Northeast Bridge and Bypass project designed to alleviate traffic congestion and meet the infrastructure needs of the growing Minot area. Hoeven worked to secure $20 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for the bridge and bypass project. The senator personally contacted former Transportation Se… Continue Reading

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