News Releases

07.15.13

President Approves North Dakota Governor's Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said President Barack Obama has approved Governor Jack Dalrymple's request for a major disaster declaration for 19 North Dakota counties and two Indian reservations due to spring flooding. The incident period runs from May 17 to June 16, 2013. The delegation wrote to President Barack Obama in May to press for approval of the state's request: "The combination of a heavy snowpack, very late snowmelt and other… Continue Reading


07.15.13

Hoeven Secures Help with Prevented Plant Crop Insurance For ND Growers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary nominee Krysta Harden and spoke with USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Acting Administrator Brandon Willis. The senator contacted both of them to secure help for North Dakota growers with crop insurance, particularly prevented plant insurance, because of a very wet growing season. Hoeven announced that Willis committed to help in three areas: Willis said 2012 won't automatically be considered a… Continue Reading


07.12.13

Delegation Announces $6.9 Million in Loans and Grants for Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today that two North Dakota communities, Rolla and Hazelton, have been awarded $6.9 million in water and waste disposal loans and grants from the Office of Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funds will support the communities' efforts to replace and improve old water systems, ensuring adequate water distribution, eliminating health risks and providing fire protection for r… Continue Reading


07.12.13

Hoeven to Secretary Kerry: Support Joint Commission Plan of Study To Improve Flood Protections, Water Management in Souris River Basin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to support the International Joint Commission's Plan of Study to improve river management policies and operating plans for the Souris River Basin. In a letter to Secretary Kerry, Hoeven said that the study "represents the best opportunity to capture lessons learned from the 2011 floods and provide long-term flood protection in the Souris River Basin." The Souris River is jointly managed by the United States and … Continue Reading


07.11.13

Hoeven Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the passage of Farm Bill legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives: "Today the U.S. House passed its version of a five-year Farm Bill for the American people. The Senate version, which passed last month, helps to reduce our deficit, streamlines farm programs and ensures that farmers and ranchers continue to have strong support through enhanced crop insurance. "N… Continue Reading


07.10.13

Hoeven Cosponsors Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he will cosponsor the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which will reduce loan rates for both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, as well as for Stafford graduate and PLUS loans. The measure is revenue neutral, meaning any revenues generated by the loans are used only to administer the program, not to support other programs. In addition to Hoeven, prime sponsors of the bill include Senators Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.), Lamar Alexande… Continue Reading


07.08.13

Statement of Senator John and Mikey Hoeven on the Passing of Former First Lady Jean Guy

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John and Mikey Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to news that former First Lady Jean Guy had passed away: "Some of our earliest memories of Governor Bill Guy were with Jean at his side, his friend and partner as well as his wife. Former First Lady Jean Guy was a formidable ambassador for North Dakota in her own right. She represented our state on the national and regional stage with grace, poise and intelligence. Her passing so soon after Governor … Continue Reading


07.03.13

Hoeven Meets with Minot Air Base Leaders to Inspect Base Construction Projects

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today met with Minot Air Force leaders and service members to discuss important military construction projects on the base. Hoeven worked to include over $30 million in funding for construction and maintenance projects at Minot Air Force Base in the Fiscal 2014 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act approved by Hoeven and the Appropriations Committee in June. "The airmen at Minot Air … Continue Reading


07.02.13

Hoeven Hosts Energy Roundtable with Bismarck Energy Indusry and Community Leaders

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held an energy roundtable in Bismarck to review with industry leaders President Obama's newly proposed national climate action plan and to update them on legislation he is working to pass in the U.S. Senate to empower states and develop a comprehensive energy strategy for the nation. During the roundtable discussion, the senator stressed that the president's new proposal means higher energy costs for consumers and businesses, weakened U.S. competivenes… Continue Reading


06.27.13

Senate Passed Immigration Bill Includes Tough Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today voted overwhelmingly to pass new immigration reform legislation, which includes a tough new Southern Border Security Plan introduced by Senators John Hoeven and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and a measure Hoeven cosponsored to increase H-1B Visas for STEM and high-tech graduates of U.S. schools. At the same time, the new immigration bill provides $850 billion in deficit reduction, according the Congressional Budget Office. "The American people want a comprehensive immi… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Hoeven, Dalrymple: President Taking the Wrong Approach to Coal Power Plants

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said President Obama's plan to add an even heavier regulatory burden on the energy industry by imposing a carbon cap on all electrical generating plants using fossil fuels. The president's plan means higher energy costs for consumers and businesses, weakened U.S. competiveness in global markets and increased unemployment at a time when the economy is still struggling. The senator and governor said that's the wrong approach, and … Continue Reading


06.26.13

Senate Passes Hoeven-Corker Amendment With Overwhelming Support

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment by an overwhelming 69-29 vote. The measure places unprecedented resources on the border to stem the flow of illegal immigration. "This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted by a two-thirds, bipartisan majority to pass the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment, a tough new measure that first and foremost secures the border with an unprecedented force of manpower, fencing and advanced technology," Hoeven said. "To … Continue Reading


06.26.13

Hoeven Statement In Response to Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act: "While it doesn't directly affect North Dakota, I'm concerned about today's decision by the Supreme Court because it weakened the Defense of Marriage Act. I continue to support and believe that marriage is a unique institution, a union between a man and a woman."… Continue Reading


06.26.13

Hoeven Welcomes Summer Interns to Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that five students will intern with his Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo offices this summer. The interns will work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We are again excited and grateful to welcome some of North Dakota's best and brightest young men and women to work as interns in my Washington, D.C. and state offices," Hoeven said. "These interns represent North Dakota's future leaders, … Continue Reading


06.25.13

Hoeven-Corker Amendment Passes Cloture Vote With More Than Two-Thirds Majority

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted with a bipartisan majority for cloture on the Hoeven-Corker Southern Border Security Amendment to the new immigration bill: "This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 27, a more than two-thirds, bipartisan majority, to pass cloture on our border security amendment. Americans want reform, but that means first and foremost securing the border," Hoeven said. "That's what our legislation seek… Continue Reading


06.25.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Keystone XL Pipeline in North Dakota, National Interest

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today continued their call for the Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying the project is in North Dakota's and the nation's interest and would create jobs, make the nation more energy secure and help improve public safety in North Dakota. In a speech today, President Obama said he will not approve the Keystone XL pipeline unless the State Department again determines that it is in the na… Continue Reading


06.25.13

Hoeven: Painted Canyon Overlook to Remain Open Through End of October

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the local community has secured funding through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation to keep the Painted Canyon Overlook open through the end of October 2013. Hoeven's office has been working with the U.S. Park Service and the community to secure adequate funding to ensure the overlook remains open through the end of October, as opposed to closing at the end of September. "We are grateful that the community has come together and found a … Continue Reading


06.24.13

The Hoeven-Corker Amendment: Myth vs. Fact

"The American people want a strong, comprehensive immigration reform plan, but we need to get it right. That means first and foremost securing the southern border before we address other meaningful reforms to our immigration policy. They want to know that ten years from now, we won't find ourselves in this same position, having to address the same problem." -Senator John Hoeven MYTH: There's no guarantee the Hoeven-Corker amendment will decrease illegal immigration. There are no results trigge… Continue Reading


06.24.13

CBO: Hoeven-Corker Reduces Illegal Immigration, Visa Overstays

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Hoeven-Corker Amendment will reduce illegal immigration "significantly" and "strengthen enforcement action" against those who overstay their visas. "The [Hoeven-Corker] amendment would significantly increase border security relative to the committee-approved version of the bill, and it would strengthen enforcement actions against those who stay in the country after their authorization … Continue Reading


06.23.13

Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment

Ensuring Unprecedented U.S. Border Security (p. 3-8, 14-36) Before Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPIs) receive a Green Card, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Inspector General, and GAO, must certify that ALL five conditions are met: The Department of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Inspector General of the Department, and the Comptroller General of t… Continue Reading

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