News Releases

05.10.13

Hoeven Presses USDA Secretary for Enhanced Crop Insurance, Workable Prevented Plant Rules

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack for strong crop insurance programs and a commitment to make the prevented plant program work for producers. Hoeven questioned Vilsack at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Related Agencies. "Agriculture is stepping up and providing budget savings, so it will be very important that crop insurance is there for our producers in… Continue Reading


05.09.13

Delegation: FAA Agrees to Maintain Midnight Shift for Fargo Air Traffic Control Tower

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue 24-hour operation of the air traffic control tower (ATC) at Hector International Airport. The Fargo facility was on a national list of airports scheduled for a possible reduction in hours of service. Following calls to the FAA, the delegation yesterday followed up with a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta telling him that the legi… Continue Reading


05.09.13

Hoeven Pushes Authorization for Flood Protection Project on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Wednesday spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to push support for the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which includes congressional authorization of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion project. The senator made a strong case that the cost of building permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley is far more cost-effective than mounting an annual flood fight, and especially, losing a flood fight. He noted that the 2009 flood fight in Fargo - a successful … Continue Reading


05.09.13

Hoeven Expresses Support for Corn Growers New Venture

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today expressed his support for a new $1.5 billion fertilizer plant being planned by the North Dakota Corn Growers and their partners. He said the planned new facility, Northern Plains Hydrogen, will convert natural gas into anhydrous ammonia, which he said is particularly beneficial because it will provide two important benefits to North Dakota. "This new facility would provide farmers throughout the region with supplies of nitrogen fertilizer, and at the same … Continue Reading


05.08.13

Delegation to FAA Administrator: New FAA Bill Gives Agency Flexibility to Maintain Midnight Shift for Fargo Air Traffic Control Tower

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer yesterday sent a letter to the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Michael Huerta, calling for the continuation of Hector International Airport's 24-hour Air Traffic Control status. The delegation told the administrator that legislation passed last week to avert air traffic controller furloughs across the country also gives the FAA the flexibility they need to retain the midnight shift at t… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Hoeven to Interior Secretary: Approve Red River Valley Water Supply Project, Improve Social Services at Spirit Lake

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week pressed new Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to work with him to move forward North Dakota priorities, including issuing a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and addressing child protective issues on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Hoeven also pressed the Interior Department to ensure its regulations for energy development on federal lands are efficient and workable. Hoeven questioned the secretary at a hear… Continue Reading


05.07.13

Hoeven: Full Senate Agrees to Take Up WRDA Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has reached agreement to bring the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to the Senate floor today. This is important, Hoeven said, because it includes authorization for permanent flood protection for the Red River Valley. "I think we're in good shape," Hoeven said. "We've worked with leadership on both sides of the aisle. It will depend a little bit on what amendments get offered, but we hope to work on the legislation this… Continue Reading


05.03.13

Hoeven Honors Two Minot Veterans with Military Honors

MINOT, N.D. - At a ceremony in Minot today, Senator John Hoeven presented two local veterans with military awards to honor their service in the U.S. Army. Hoeven presented Vietnam veteran and former Army Sergeant James A. Tofteland with a host of medals, including the Purple Heart. The senator re-awarded former Army Private First Class Joseph W. Swital with his military awards, which were lost in 2011 during flooding of the Souris River. Senator Hoeven's office has been working to secure the Pur… Continue Reading


05.03.13

Hoeven: Minot Making Progress With CDBG Recovery Funds

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today was joined by local leaders to review the strides Minot is making to help get residents back in their homes and rebuild the city. City officials are using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds on a range of projects that are helping residents and businesses following the devastating flood of 2011. Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, worked to secure more than $77 million in CDBG Disaster Relief funding for the city of Minot… Continue Reading


05.03.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on Defense Secretary Hagel to Locate Ground Based Interceptors in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today urged Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to consider Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) as a potential location for the future deployment of ground based interceptors (GBI) as part of our nation's missile defenses. The delegation made the request in a letter sent to Secretary Hagel, citing Section 227 of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, which directs the Department of Defense… Continue Reading


05.03.13

Senator Hoeven Working to Ensure Safe, Credible Nuclear Deterrent

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at a symposium on the enduring need for the nuclear triad and deterrence hosted by Minot's Task Force 21, a group of local civic leaders who work to support the missions of the Minot Air Force Base. Also speaking at the event were Senator Heidi Heitkamp, by video, and Congressman Kevin Cramer. "The unpredictable and chaotic global security environment demands a nuclear deterrence strategy far into the future," Hoeven said. "Our nuclear deterrent rep… Continue Reading


05.02.13

Hoeven Hosts RMA Administrator, Provides Farm Bill, Prevented Planting Update with Fargo, Bismarck Ag Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Acting Administrator Brandon Willis at roundtable meetings held in Fargo and Bismarck with a broad range of North Dakota agriculture group leaders to provide an update and gather input on a number of timely matters impacting North Dakota farmers and ranchers, including prevented planting and the Farm Bill. Hoeven called today's meetings following the unusually cold weather that has impacted North Dakota this spring … Continue Reading


05.01.13

Hoeven: Grand Forks Submitting UAS Test Site Application This Week

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with representatives from the North Dakota Airspace Integration Team (AIT) and the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) to advance the base's application to become one of six pilot test sites for integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace. As both governor and U.S. Senator, Hoeven has worked to make Grand Forks the premier northern hub for the UAS industry. The AIT and the senator reviewed progress made … Continue Reading


05.01.13

Hoeven, Klobuchar, Dalrymple Review Flood Prevention Efforts in Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO-MOORHEAD - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple today met with Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. John Peabody and Fargo-Moorhead area leaders to inspect flood prevention efforts along the Red River, which was expected to crest at approximately 33.3 feet during the night. The senators discussed the current flood fight and updated local leaders on work to authorize the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project. The total cost of the … Continue Reading


05.01.13

Delegation Announces New Fair Market Rents for Ward, Mountrail, and Williams Counties

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that new Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for North Dakota, which are overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), went into effect yesterday for Ward, Mountrail and Williams counties. "We have been working with HUD to ensure that North Dakotans living in Ward, Mountrail and Williams counties have access to quality, affordable housing," the delegation said in a joint statement. "The n… Continue Reading


04.30.13

Hoeven: USGS Finds Substantial New Reserves in the Williston Basin

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has determined that there are approximately 7.4 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil, more than twice the previous estimate in the Williston Basin. The report also estimates there to be 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. It's the largest unconventional oil resource the USGS has ever assessed and it includes the Three Forks Formation. The last USGS study, released in April 2008, identified 3… Continue Reading


04.28.13

Hoeven Sees Off 188 Air Defense Artillery Regiment on Deployment to Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined with state and community leaders to honor members of the North Dakota National Guard's (NDNG) 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment at a send-off ceremony ahead of their deployment to the nation's capital in support of Operation Noble Eagle. "There is no group of professionals anywhere in the nation better able to defend our capital and represent our state than our North Dakota Air National Guard," Hoeven said. "Your mission is importa… Continue Reading


04.26.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on President to Approve North Dakota's Request for Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today called on President Barack Obama to approve the State of North Dakota's request for an emergency declaration to enhance the state's preparations for possible spring flooding. The delegation made the request today in a letter sent to President Obama, supporting the formal request Gov. Jack Dalrymple submitted this week asking that an emergency declaration be issued for North Dakota under the Disaster Relief a… Continue Reading


04.26.13

Hoeven Statement on the Passing of Former North Dakota Governor Bill Guy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to learning of the death of former North Dakota Governor Bill Guy: "One of my earliest memories of public service was the example of former Governor Bill Guy, who in many ways modernized North Dakota and brought us into the 20th Century. He himself called it a transformative era. "It was a time of tremendous change in our state, a pivotal time, much like today. He served during the building of the Interstate High… Continue Reading


04.26.13

Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Nominee for the EPA, Gina McCarthy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to a discussion he had this week with Gina McCarthy, the president's nominee for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "Nominee Gina McCarthy and I discussed a range of issues important not only to North Dakota, but also to the nation. While we don't have to agree philosophically on everything, we do have to find practical solutions to producing more energy from all sources with good environm… Continue Reading

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