News Releases

06.21.13

Hoeven Meets with TransCanada Leaders to Move Forward Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven this week met with TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling and TransCanada President of Energy and Oil Pipelines Alex Pourbaix to move forward the Keystone XL pipeline project. Hoeven is working with the Canadian business leaders to secure approval for the project, which will create jobs, provide greater energy security to the United States, and provide much needed energy infrastructure. "Canada is one of the United States greatest friends and allies. We need … Continue Reading


06.20.13

Hoeven Statement on House's Voting Down a Farm Bill Today

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement regarding the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a Farm Bill for the nation today: "Like many others, I am very disappointed with the inability of the U.S. House to pass a new Farm Bill today. The Senate has already passed a strong Farm Bill that focuses on enhanced crop insurance, the number one priority for North Dakota producers; continues the sugar program, and also saves $24 billion to help reduce the defic… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Hoeven, Corker Introduce Amendment To Secure The Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced an amendment to bolster security on the nation's southern border as part of the new immigration bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate. "The American people want a strong, comprehensive immigration reform plan, but we need to get it right," Hoeven said. "That means first and foremost securing the southern border before we address other meaningful reforms to our immigration policy. They want to know that… Continue Reading


06.19.13

Delegation Calls for Military Academy Applications

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced they are currently accepting applications from North Dakota students interested in serving their country by attending one of the nation's military service academies. "We are honored to have the privilege to nominate many of North Dakota's best and brightest students to represent our great state at one of our nation's historic institutions of higher learning and military service," the delegation sai… Continue Reading


06.19.13

Hoeven Opposes White House Plan to Cut Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today rejected President Obama's plan to cut the nation's nuclear arsenal by one-third beyond the levels set by the New START Treaty, which the U.S. signed with Russia in 2010. That agreement requires the United States to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal from about 2,500 nuclear missiles to about 1,500. The plan the president announced today will further reduce the U.S. missile force, to approximately 1,000 missiles, a nearly two-thirds reduction to the natio… Continue Reading


06.13.13

Senate Passes Hoeven-Blumenthal Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Presidential Election in Iran

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statements today after the Senate passed their resolution, S. Res. 154, which calls on the Government of Iran to hold a free, fair and open presidential election this Friday, June 14. The resolution highlights the fact that the Iranian regime blocked numerous candidates from running in the presidential election and that Iran's government has a long history of abusing human rights and holding elections… Continue Reading


06.12.13

Hoeven: Air Force Agrees to Spray Non-Federal Lands for Mosquitoes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Air Force Reserve Command has at his urging approved local requests to spray for mosquitoes on non-federal lands in western North Dakota, including areas near Williston and Minot. The Air Force Reserve is already spraying federal lands in the area, but it will now also spray the non-federal areas as well. The mosquito abatement efforts are expected to take place at the end of June and in mid-July. "We're pleased that the Air Force has agreed to al… Continue Reading


06.12.13

Delegation Announces $11.65 Million HUD Affordable Housing Grants for North Dakota Native American Communities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded almost $11.65 million to North Dakota Native American communities to support affordable housing projects and activities. "Ensuring all North Dakotans have access to safe, affordable housing is a high priority for us," said the delegation. "These grants will help to provide our tribal communities with the resources they need… Continue Reading


06.11.13

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce PTSD Awareness Month Resolution

WASHINGTON - In a continued effort to raise awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored a resolution in the United States Senate sponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp to designate the month of June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Month. Senator Hoeven cosponsored a resolution marking June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day with Senator Kent Conrad for the last two years. The resolution introduced today would designate the entire month of June as PT… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Hoeven: Senate Passes Five-Year Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has voted to pass the new farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013. The new legislation focuses on enhanced crop insurance, the number one priority for North Dakota producers; continues the sugar program, also important for North Dakota farmers; and saves $24 billion to help reduce the deficit. The comprehensive farm bill moved through the Senate, Hoeven said, because lawmakers had already worked through … Continue Reading


06.06.13

Hoeven: Key Vote Today Sets Up Passage of Senate Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the full U.S. Senate has voted for cloture on the new farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013. Today's vote assures passage of the measure by the full Senate when it reconvenes next week. The new legislation focuses on enhanced crop insurance, the number one priority for North Dakota producers; continues the sugar program, also important for North Dakota farmers; and saves more than $24 billion to help reduce the defici… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Hoeven Supports Permanent Solution to Student Loan Rates Expiration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following a vote on two measures to address the expiration of current rates on federally subsidized student loans on July 1, neither of which passed: "Today, the U.S. Senate voted on two bills to address the subsidized student loan rates that are scheduled to expire on July 1. While neither measure passed, it is clear that Congress needs to come together to find a way to provide America's young people with access to an afford… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Delegation Statement on U.S. Navy Decision to Name Newest Ship USNS Bismarck

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today issued the following statement after receiving notification from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus that the U.S. Navy has decided to name one of its next three joint high-speed vessels (JHSV) the USNS Bismarck in recognition of its citizens' hard work and as an expression of appreciation for their many contributions in support of the military. The USNS Bismarck (JHSV 9) is the first naval vessel to be named for… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Hoeven Calls Bakken Federal Executives Group Meeting a Step in Speeding Federal Energy Permitting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said a meeting of the Bakken Federal Executives Group is a step forward in finding ways to improve federal energy permitting in the Bakken region. Today's congressional participation in the group resulted from an exchange between Hoeven and President Obama during a working dinner-meeting earlier this spring. Hoeven pressed the President to improve the federal permitting process in the Bakken, which currently can take up to nine months. Following that exchan… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Hoeven Presses for Passage of Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Iranian Presidential Elections

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven this week spoke on the Senate floor to push for passage of a resolution that he introduced with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that calls on the Government of Iran to hold a free, fair and open presidential election on June 14. Senate Resolution 154 highlights that Iran's Supreme Leader, who outranks the president, is not accountable to the Iranian people through elections, and that Iran's government has a long history of abusing human rights and holding el… Continue Reading


05.30.13

Hoeven: Northrop Grumman Signs Historic Strategic Alliance Agreement with Grand Forks Partners

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today brought together Northrop Grumman and its partners for the signing of an historic strategic alliance agreement between the aerospace giant and the Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee (BRIC), University of North Dakota (UND), UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and Northland Aerospace Foundation. The signing of the partnership agreement paves the way for Grand Forks County and the U.S. Air Force to agree on terms for an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL… Continue Reading


05.30.13

Delegation: 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 16 counties and the Spirit Lake Nation due to spring flooding. The incident period runs from April 22 to May 16, 2013. Last week, the delegation wrote to President Barack Obama to press for approval of the state's request: "the combination of a heavy snowpack, very late snowmelt and other factors … Continue Reading


05.29.13

Delegation, Governor: EDA Awards Minot $18 Million for Imagine Downtown Reconstruction Project

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Minot $18 million from Congress's 2012 disaster recovery funding for the city's ambitious Imagine Downtown project. Hoeven has worked since the historic flood of 2011 to secure federal funds for recovery and permanent flood protection in Minot. Over the past year, he worked to shepherd the Imagine Downtown… Continue Reading


05.24.13

Hoeven, Blumenthal Introduce Resolution Calling for a Free and Fair Presidential Election in Iran

WASHINGTON - In support of the Iranian people, Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the Government of Iran to hold a free, fair and open presidential election next month. The resolution highlights the fact that Iran's Supreme Leader, who outranks the president, is not accountable to the Iranian people through elections, and that Iran's government has a long history of abusing human rights and holding elections that ar… Continue Reading


05.24.13

Hoeven Calls on Energy Secretary to Address High Gas Prices in North Dakota, Upper Midwestern States

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to address high gas prices in North Dakota and the Upper Midwest owing to planned refinery shutdowns and the resulting shortages of fuel. Hoeven and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have also introduced legislation to help reduce the impact of simultaneous refinery shutdowns on gas prices. In a letter to the energy secretary sent Friday, Hoeven also called on Secretary Moniz to use existing laws to help … Continue Reading

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