News Releases

01.28.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on FAA Administrator to Support Western ND Airports

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer today asked the agency to support vital airport expansion projects in Minot, Williston and Dickinson. All of these cities are experiencing rapid population growth and record boardings as a consequence of expanding energy development. The full text of the letter follows: "North Dakota continues to experience unprecedented economic g… Continue Reading


01.28.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Support Sandy Supplemental Disaster Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said Congress has approved the $50.5 billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, supplemental appropriations designed to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters. The measure has passed both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and now goes to the president's desk for signature. The legislation includes a $16 billion appropriation for the Department of Housing and Urban Developme… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Hoeven, Cornyn Settle Wager on Bison, Bearkat Championship Game

WASHINGTON - Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) this week presented Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) with Texas beef steaks to settle their friendly wager on the outcome of the NCAA Division I Championship Subdivision title game between the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison and the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Hoeven wagered North Dakota bison steaks against Cornyn's Texas beef steaks. On January 5, the Bison won the national championship, 39-13, to clinch the title for the second year in a row. … Continue Reading


01.23.13

Hoeven, Baucus, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on President to Approve Keystone After Approval By Nebraska

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline following Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's approval of the route through Nebraska Tuesday. In one day's time, the letter gained 53 signatures, a majority of the U.S. Senate. Senators in addition to Hoeven and Baucus who attended the news conference include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Pryor… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Hoeven Statement on Death of Chester Reiten

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family and friends of North Dakota businessman and philanthropist Chester Reiten, who died yesterday in Minot: "Chester Reiten was a great North Dakotan and a great American. He especially loved Minot. I feel privileged to have known Chet all my life, and I am thankful to have called him a friend. He has left an indelible impact on our state and country, first serving our nation during World War II and … Continue Reading


01.22.13

Nebraska Clears Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Project, Hoeven Calls on President Obama to Approve It Without Delay

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project expeditiously now that Nebraska has given the green light to an alternative route for the project through the state. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman today notified the Obama Administration that he has approved the pipeline, saying its new route will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region of the state. In November, Hoeven and Senator Max Baucus of Montana organized a bipart… Continue Reading


01.16.13

Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Proposals to Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence: "As Americans, as members of families and communities, we all want to reduce the incidence of violence in our nation. That goal was tragically brought to the fore by the recent events in Newtown, Aurora and elsewhere in our nation, and we need to therefore carefully consider any legislation brought before the Senate to address the issue of violence in our school… Continue Reading


01.15.13

Hoeven Presses Postal Service to Address Reliability, Quality Issues in Western North Dakota

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Senator John Hoeven today pressed the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to address reliability and quality of service issues in growing communities of western North Dakota. In response to concerns from members of the community, Hoeven has assigned staff in Washington and in North Dakota to work with Postal Service officials to address staffing shortages, service reliability, service hours and other issues. In the letter sent to Donahoe t… Continue Reading


01.11.13

Hoeven Statement on Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha's Earning of the Medal Of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the White House's announcement that former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the service of our nation. The medal is being awarded for "his courageous actions while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Kea… Continue Reading


01.10.13

Hoeven, Klobuchar: FY 2013 Funding from Congress Supports Expanded Mental Health Services for Veterans

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), along with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), today announced that the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System will receive $8.5 million in federal funding to offer expanded mental health services to Fargo-area veterans. The senators said the War on Terror and other foreign operations have created the need for additional resources to accommodate veterans dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other battle-related mental health issues. I… Continue Reading


01.09.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Grand Forks Air Force Base Named Finalist for New Tanker Mission

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected Grand Forks Air Force Base as one of four finalists on the active duty base list to receive the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker mission. In addition to the active duty base list, the Air Force released lists for finalists in the National Guard and training base lists. The other bases on the active duty base list are Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma; McConnell Ai… Continue Reading


01.05.13

Hoeven Statement on NDSU Bison's NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Title Win

FRISCO, TEXAS - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following the North Dakota State University Bison win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats for the NCAA Division I Championship: "For the second year in a row, the NDSU Bison have capped a great season with a championship win. The Bearkats played a brave game, but the Bison offense and defense were unbeatable. Congratulations to Coach Bohl, Athletics Director Gene Taylor and NDSU President Dean Bresciani for their outstandi… Continue Reading


01.03.13

Hoeven, Cornyn Wager Bison for Beef on Saturday's Bison, Bearkat Championship Game

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today announced that they have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's NCAA Division I Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas between first-ranked North Dakota State University (NDSU) and fifth-ranked Sam Houston State. If North Dakota wins, Cornyn has agreed to provide Hoeven with Texas beef steaks. In the event that Texas wins, Hoeven will provide Cornyn with North Dakota bison steaks. Hoeven an… Continue Reading


01.01.13

Hoeven Statement on Today's Passage of the American Taxpayer Relieve Act in the Senate to Avert Fiscal Cliff Tax Increases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, a measure to permanently extend lower tax rates and avoid the fiscal cliff. The legislation: • Maintains tax cuts for more than 99 percent of the American people and permanently extends current rates for most taxpayers • Extends unemployment insurance for more than 1 million jobless individuals • Averts a steep decrease in the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors to… Continue Reading


12.26.12

Delegation, Governor Welcome Corps Permits for Missouri River Water, Emphasize their Opposition to Charging Fees

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said they welcome the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to begin issuing permits for municipal and industrial uses of Missouri River water. However, they emphasized that they will continue to oppose any effort to charge North Dakota businesses, farmers, ranchers and tribes fees for access to Missouri River water. Col. Joel Cross, commander of the Corps' Omaha District, notified Hoeven, the… Continue Reading


12.26.12

Hoeven: Congress Passes 2013 Defense Authorization Bill with Provisions for N.D. Air Bases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate has passed the final FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill with provisions supporting North Dakota air base missions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation late last week, and it now goes to the President to be signed into law. The legislation includes measures that ensure continued funding and operations for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems based in Grand Forks, the B-52 bomber and intercontinental ballistic mi… Continue Reading


12.21.12

Hoeven: EDA Approves $1.6 Million Grant for $2 Million Minot Market at North Hill Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the city of Minot will receive a $1.6 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Grant for the city's Market at North Hill project, a new commercial and retail complex north of the city's main commercial center. Combined with $400,000 in local funding, the grant will be used for a $2 million infrastructure enhancement effort needed to support an area in the growing community for new commercial development now and into the futu… Continue Reading


12.20.12

Hoeven: New Census Estimates Cap a Decade of ND Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said new U.S. Census Bureau estimates showing North Dakota's population about to surpass 700,000 caps nearly a decade of annual population growth. According to Census data, the state has shown a population increase every year since 2003, which was the state's decade low, for a cumulative increase of almost 10 percent in 2012. The statewide population growth reflects the more diversified and dynamic economy the state has worked to create since 2000 by forgi… Continue Reading


12.18.12

Hoeven Statement on the Death of Sen. Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family, friends and constituents of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who died today. "Sen. Inouye was a kind and decent man who dedicated his life to serving our country. As a young man, he first served our nation during World War II, earning numerous distinctions for his valor, including the Medal of Honor. He subsequently went on to lead an equally distinguished career in Congress, earning a reputation for … Continue Reading


12.14.12

Hoeven Statement on the Tragic Deaths In Newtown, CT Today

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey today issued the following statement in response to the tragic deaths in Newtown, Conn., today: "Like parents across America today, Mikey and I are grieving the tragic loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. The loss of a child is tragic enough, but the loss of a child in the awful circumstances that surrounded today's shootings is unimaginable. "I know I speak on behalf of the people of North Dakota when I say tonight, our thoughts and pra… Continue Reading

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