News Releases

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


08.19.13

Hoeven: Enbridge Energy Projects Improve Public Safety

BERTHOLD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined Enbridge Company leaders and state and local officials at a ceremony to mark completion of the Bakken Pipeline Expansion project and the Berthold Rail facilities, and to mark the start of the Sandpiper Pipeline project. The Senator cited the new projects as important additions to the state's oil transportation system and as examples of the infrastructure our nation needs to become energy secure. "As we close in on producing one million barrels p… Continue Reading


08.16.13

Hoeven Statement on Death of General David C. Jones

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family, friends and colleagues of Gen. David C. Jones, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who died this week. "Gen. Jones was an accomplished man who dedicated his life to serving our country and rose to the highest ranks in the military. Raised in Minot, N.D., where a local airfield sparked his desire to become a pilot, he later attended the University of North Dakota and Minot State College … Continue Reading


08.16.13

Hoeven, Dalrymple: EDA Awards University Center Grant to NDSU Research and Technology Park

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA), through its University Center Program, has awarded $100,000 to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research and Technology Park in Fargo, which in 2003 was named as one of the state's first North Dakota Centers of Excellence. The North Dakota Department of Commerce is providing $100,000 in matching funds for 2013. The new EDA grant and the North Dakota Departme… Continue Reading


08.16.13

Hoeven Announces Agenda for Annual State of Technology Conference in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the agenda for the 2013 State of Technology conference he is hosting with the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. The State of Technology Conference, which has become an annual event, serves as a forum to showcase the impact technology has had on industries across North Dakota and seeks to build on this success with presentations and discussions of new technologies and products. The conference will be held August 20, 2013, at the Rama… Continue Reading


08.16.13

Senator Hoeven's Public Events for Monday and Tuesday

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will hold public events in Minot and Fargo on Monday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 20. The schedule is as follows. Monday, August 19 Hoeven along with local and state leaders will cut the ribbon to dedicate the 55th Street Minot Bypass/Overpass Project. This project, which has been funded through federal, state, local and private dollars, will help reduce traffic congestion and support intermodal shipping for the growing city. Parking available northeast of new b… Continue Reading


08.14.13

Hoeven Hosts Roundtable to Discuss Farm Bill Priorities Ahead of Conference Committee

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a farm bill roundtable at North Dakota State University's Agriculture Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex to gather input from agriculture association leaders and discuss the priorities the senator will work on as a member of the joint Senate-House conference committee. The new legislation in both the Senate and the House versions focuses on enhanced crop insurance. The measure includes a new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), continues… Continue Reading


08.13.13

Hoeven Leads Open Forum with Bismarck-Mandan Chamber, Local Leaders

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today led an open forum in Bismarck with business leaders and state and local officials to provide an update on his work in Washington and to invite discussion from local community leaders on their ideas and priorities. Hoeven focused his update on his efforts to pass a five-year farm bill and two pieces of energy legislation he recently introduced, as well as housing and infrastructure legislation that is benefiting North Dakota. The event was hosted by the … Continue Reading


08.13.13

Hoeven Hosts Roundtable to Discuss Farm Bill Priorities Ahead of Conference Committee

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a farm bill roundtable at Bismarck State College to gather input from agriculture association leaders and discuss the priorities the senator will work on as a member of the joint Senate-House conference committee. The new legislation in both the Senate and the House versions focuses on enhanced crop insurance. The measure includes a new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), continues the sugar program and provides new Agriculture Risk Coverage (AR… Continue Reading


08.09.13

Hoeven: Partnering Traditional and Renewable Energy in Innovative Ways an Important Part of America's Energy Future

SPIRITWOOD, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today marked the groundbreaking for Great River Energy's (GRE) Dakota Spirit AgEnergy biofuels facility in the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown. Within three years, the energy park will be home to a coal-fired power plant, an ethanol biorefinery and fertilizer plant. Partnerships between traditional and renewable energy producers like these are a model of integrated ag-energy development and an important part of America's energy future, the senator sai… Continue Reading


08.08.13

Hoeven Helps Break Ground on Phase II of Washington Townhomes Project

MINOT, ND - Senator John Hoeven, along with state and local community leaders, today participated in an open house and groundbreaking for the Washington Townhomes housing project in Minot. The leaders marked the completion of the first 32 affordable residential rental units and broke ground on the second phase of project, which consists of an additional 32 units. Phase II of the project is expected to be completed by summer 2014. Washington Townhomes will be a two?story, townhome?style design, e… Continue Reading


08.08.13

Hoeven Statement on IHS CERA Keystone XL Pipeline Study

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to a new study from IHS CERA, Inc. that found the Keystone XL pipeline would have "no material impact" on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. IHS is an international information, research and consulting firm based out of Colorado. "Now we have yet another study confirming what expert, including the administration's own State Department, have been saying for years: the Keystone XL pipeline project will have no significa… Continue Reading

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