News Releases

06.26.14

Hoeven: Hess Corp. Grant to UND Petroleum Engineering Department Helping to Build One-Of-A-Kind Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the University of North Dakota (UND) is well on its way to building a one-of-a-kind Petroleum Engineering Program on the campus that will combine the academic strength of the School of Engineering, the resources of the North Dakota Geological Survey's Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library and the research acumen of the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC). The senator also thanked and congratulated the Hess Corporation for awarding the … Continue Reading


06.25.14

Hoeven Makes the Case with Air Force Undersecretary for Manned E-11A Mission in Grand Forks

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning to make the case for permanently basing the manned E-11A aircraft at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) along with the Global Hawk Block 20, which is already stationed there. Both aircraft are capable of performing the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) mission. Currently, BACN capability is deployed overseas as a temporary mission, but Fanning said he is aware that commanders in the field belie… Continue Reading


06.25.14

Hoeven Meets with Nominee for OMB Director to Press the Case for Fargo-Moorhead Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Tuesday met with the president's nominee for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director, Shaun Donovan, to secure his support for construction of the Fargo-Moorhead flood protection project. As OMB Director, Donovan will have a critical say over which Corps projects advance. Hoeven met with him to make sure he is fully informed on plans for the Fargo Moorhead diversion and to press the case to start the project. "Now that we've gotten the Fargo-Moorhead… Continue Reading


06.24.14

Hoeven Announces Over $6 Million in FEMA Funds for Additional Flood Protection Infrastructure, Home Buyouts

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $6 million in funds for flood protection in the City of Fargo and Cass County. The details of the funding follow: Cass County Home Buyouts - $4.2 million federal share - These funds will support the acquisition and demolition of 38 flood-prone properties in Cass County, bringing the total federal contribution towards Cass County bu… Continue Reading


06.24.14

Hoeven Announces More than $4.1 Million in DOT Grants for North Dakota Airports

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded more than $4.1 million in grants to nine North Dakota airports in cities including Walhalla, Rolla, Cando, Fargo, Lisbon, Valley City, Casselton, Harvey and Edgeley. The grants are awarded with funding appropriated by Congress. "We're working to improve airport infrastructure across North Dakota and especially in the rapidly growing western portion of our state," said Hoeven. "These DOT gr… Continue Reading


06.24.14

Hoeven: More Personnel Coming to Minot Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command to discuss the Nuclear Force Improvement Program (NFIP), which the Air Force launched earlier this year to strengthen the Air Force's nuclear mission. Wilson told Hoeven that as a result of the new initiative, he expects more than 1,000 personnel will be added to Global Strike Command, which is comprised of five bases, including the Minot Air Force Base. The general … Continue Reading


06.24.14

Hoeven Welcomes Summer Interns to Washington, State Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced five North Dakota students are interning with his Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo offices this summer. The interns are working with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We are once again glad to welcome some of North Dakota's finest young adults to work as congressional interns in my Washington, D.C. and state offices," said Hoeven. "These outstanding individuals represent North Dakota's youth… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Hoeven Briefs Base Realignment Impact Committee on Effort to Bring Manned Mission to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today provided details to the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC) about the effort he initiated this week to get the manned E-11A aircraft based at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) along with the Global Hawk Block 20, which is already stationed there. Both aircraft are capable of performing the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) mission. The Air Force designed BACN in response to the urgent operational needs of deployed f… Continue Reading


06.23.14

Hoeven Announces New Support for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Hoeven also announced www.usda.gov/newfarmers, a new website that will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and conferee on the joint conf… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven Presses VA Secretary to Allow Veterans Greater Access to Local Long Term Care Services

FARGO, N.D. - At a press conference at Elim Rehab and Care Center in Fargo today, Senator John Hoeven announced that he is pressing Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sloan Gibson to allow veterans more options for long term care (LTC) services in their home communities. The bipartisan effort is being led on the Democratic side by Senator Tom Carper of Delaware. In a letter sent yesterday, Hoeven led a group of 41 Senate colleagues in pressing Secretary Gibson to finalize a rule that w… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven: Energy and Water Bill Provision Makes Fargo Flood Protection Project More Competitive for Corps Construction Funds

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today updated Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker on the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water legislation that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to select, on a competitive basis, five new projects to begin constructing in Fiscal Year 2015. Hoeven, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, included language in the bill, which was approved by the subcommittee this week, to make the Fargo-Moorhead flood protection project more competitive by ensuring that the Corps gi… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven Announces $8 Million in USDA Honey Bee Conservation Incentives for Farmers and Ranchers in Upper Midwest

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $8 million in incentives through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for farmers and ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin who establish new habitats for declining honey bee populations. These funds come in addition to the $3 million designated for the Midwest by the USDA through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Environmental Quali… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven Praises Return of Commercial Air Service to Jamestown, Devils Lake

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today praised the restoration of commercial jet service to Jamestown Regional Airport and Devils Lake Regional Airport. Hoeven, who had planned to attend the Jamestown ceremony, was delayed on his way back from Washington and had staff represent him at ceremonies held in Jamestown and Devils Lake to mark the return of servi "SkyWest's decision to add new flights in and out of Jamestown and Devils Lake stands as great news for these communities. Reliable jet… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven Supports Measure to Block EPA "Waters of the U.S." Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Hoeven joined a number of his GOP colleagues in cosponsoring Senator John Barrasso's (R-Wyoming) legislation to block a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expanding its authority to regulate small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds and ditches under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing its March 2014 proposed rule, which would signif… Continue Reading


06.20.14

Hoeven Announces $3 Million DOT Grant for Bismarck Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $3 million grant to Bismarck Municipal Airport to mitigate wetlands and create protection zones adjacent to runways. The objective is to enhance safety by draining nearby wetlands to prevent waterfowl from flying into the flight path of aircraft. Earlier this month Hoeven announced separate grants for the airport totaling nearly $2 million in additional funding to repair the runway.… Continue Reading


06.18.14

Hoeven Announces $7 Million in HUD Grants to North Dakota

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding over $7 million in formula funding to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services. The funds are being awarded from three HUD programs: • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - $3.7 million - CDBG supports state and local efforts to ensure access to decent housing and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opport… Continue Reading


06.17.14

Hoeven Statement on North Dakota Producing One Million Barrels of Oil a Day, a New Record

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement regarding news that North Dakota is producing one million barrel of oil a day mark. In 2000, North Dakota produced less than 100,000 barrels of oil per day: "Today, the North Dakota Petroleum Council announced that our state has topped one million barrels of oil production a day. That is the collective achievement of many individuals and companies that have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to build this important industry… Continue Reading


06.17.14

Hoeven: Energy and Water Bill Allows Construction of Corps' Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, today worked to include language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that allows the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on five new projects in Fiscal Year 2015. Those projects are to be selected on a competitive basis, but Hoeven included language requiring the Corps to give consideration for local effort, both in terms of the funding share and whether … Continue Reading


06.16.14

Hoeven Announces Nearly $1.5 Million Grant to Bismarck Airport

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded an additional $1.462 million in funding to help rehabilitate the runway at Bismarck Municipal Airport. Last week, DOT awarded $472,448 in funding to the airport, for a total of $1,935,000. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has been working to invest in infrastructure and other services to meet the needs of North Dakota's growing population. "Our airports are s… Continue Reading


06.16.14

Hoeven Calls on Air Force to Base Manned E-11A Aircraft at GFAFB Along With Global Hawk Block 20

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today wrote to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James asking that the manned E-11A aircraft be based at Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) along with the Global Hawk Block 20 already based at the base. Both aircraft are capable of performing the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) mission. BACN provides a critical communications capability for our troops overseas. Hoeven told Secretary James that the BACN mission is a valuable asset and shoul… Continue Reading

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