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09.21.11

North Dakota - Minnesota Leaders Urge President to Support F-M Flood Protection Project

Washington - Congressional leaders from North Dakota and Minnesota today urged President Obama to support the Fargo--Moorhead region's effort to secure permanent flood protection and include funding to advance the project in his budget for the next fiscal year. "We recognize that this is a challenging time for the United States as we identify ways to prioritize spending in order to put the nation's finances back on a sustainable path. However, we believe this project merits inclusion in you… Continue Reading


09.21.11

Hoeven: CDBG Disaster Measure Passes U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said passage in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee of a $400 million measure to fund Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) was vital and necessary to help the thousands of Americans working to recover from recent natural disasters, including residents of North Dakota. The measure passed out of appropriations today was introduced by Hoeven and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri as an amendment to the Transportation Housing and Urban Development fundin… Continue Reading


09.21.11

Hoeven: Corps Working Flood Protection Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Michael Price, Commander of the St. Paul District of the Army Corps of Engineers, for a briefing on flood recovery and permanent flood protection efforts across North Dakota. Col. Price is responsible for management of the Mouse River Basin, Devils Lake and the Red River Basin. The Colonel outlined work the agency is doing in Fargo, Minot, Devils Lake and other communities in his district to aid with recovery and prepare for potential flooding… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Hoeven Encourages Citizens to Apply for Disaster Assistance Before Deadline

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged individuals and businesses to submit their applications for disaster assistance before the Sept. 22 deadline. The Thursday deadline applies to FEMA individual assistance, disaster unemployment assistance and SBA loans for home and businesses "We know it's challenging for people to complete applications for recovery assistance before they know the full extent of their damages," Hoeven said. "Folks should be assured there will be time to update th… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Hoeven Awarded 'Fueling Growth' Ethanol Award

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was honored with the 2011 "Fueling Growth" award by Growth Energy, a coalition of ethanol producers from across the country. Hoeven was selected for the award-the highest recognition presented to congressional supporters of ethanol-for his work to increase ethanol production in North Dakota and to promote a market-based approach to ethanol use across the nation. "I am honored by this award and look forward to continuing to work with our ethanol produc… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Team Up for Energy Expo

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad, Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple teamed up today to announce the line up for the 5th Annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo. "We are pleased to announce the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo will take place on November 14 and 15 at Bismarck State College," the North Dakota leaders said in a joint statement. "North Dakota has the potential to be the powerhouse for the nation. We are gathering the nation's leading energy expert… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Conrad, Hoeven Work to Increase Support for Disaster Impacted Communities

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad continued his efforts to support flood impacted communities in North Dakota today by filing an amendment to provide $1 billion in federal grants designed to help communities recover from natural disasters like the floods that inundated Minot and Bismarck this year. Senator John Hoeven is a co-sponsor of the amendment. "As the people of Minot begin to rebuild their city and rebuild their lives, the federal government must do more to support those efforts," Senat… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven Statement Honoring Williston Community's Contribution to the Nation's Energy Independence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement to honor the Williston community and mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of oil in North Dakota: Click to play the video. "As we commemorate the discovery of oil in North Dakota sixty years ago, we also celebrate the important role of this community and our state in the nation's energy future. When those first speculators hit black gold in North Dakota, I'm certain they were excited by the vast potential of thei… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven: Improving Tribal Roads, Bridges Key to Increased Economic Growth, Job Creation for N.D. Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Thursday, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of safe, reliable roads and bridges in helping to spur economic growth and job creation for North Dakota's tribal communities. "Maintaining the roads and bridges in and around our tribal communities is an important component to increasing economic opportunities on and off our reservations," said Hoeven. "Safe and reliable transportation attracts the private investments that c… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven: Arrival of the First Global Hawk Block 40 to Grand Forks Air Force Base Marks a New Era

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the arrival of the first Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is positive news in light of the Federal Aviation Administration's notice last month that the delivery would be delayed. Global Hawk arrived in Grand Forks from California yesterday, and is the first of 10 Global Hawk Block 40 aircraft to be based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Additional Global Hawks will arrive at Grand Forks later this fall. The Air… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven: Senate Passes Nearly $7 BIllion in Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Senate passage of a nearly $7 billion disaster aid package, which includes some funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), represents an important step forward in the process of getting disaster aid to flood-impacted communities in North Dakota. The bill, which passed Thursday evening, provides funding for a range of recovery activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven Receives North Dakota Dental Association Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today received the President's Award from the North Dakota Dental Association at the organizations' Annual Session. The award recognizes Hoeven's commitment to improving oral health care for North Dakotans during his tenure as governor, including his efforts to increase provider reimbursements through the dental Medicaid program. This program made oral health care more accessible for low-income North Dakotans. "I'm honored to receive this award from such … Continue Reading


09.15.11

Hoeven: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Crucial Funding for Department of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that members have approved crucial funding for the Department of Defense in 2012 to help to upgrade and modernize the nation's military capabilities. The appropriation will help enhance operations and equipment at the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force bases. "It's vital that we continue to maintain a strong military and a credible deterrence against foreign aggression, and the funding we app… Continue Reading


09.15.11

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators Support Super Committee Efforts to 'Go Big' on Deficits, Debt

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was among a bipartisan coalition of 37 U.S. Senators who today announced that they will support efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. The Senate coalition includes 19 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition … Continue Reading


09.13.11

Conrad, Hoeven Call for Additional Disaster Assistance for Communities in North Dakota and Across the Nation

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to provide additional relief funding in wake of the severe natural disasters that struck communities in North Dakota and across the nation this year. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss), Senators Conrad and Hoeven ask them to consider providing supplemental appropriations for disaster recovery p… Continue Reading


09.09.11

Hoeven Statement Observing the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks on the United States

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States: "The tragic events of September 11 are forever engrained in our national memory. We all remember where we were when news broke of the terrorist attacks on our soil. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, I invite all North Dakotans-and Americans-to join together for a national Moment of Remembrance. On Sunday, Se… Continue Reading


09.09.11

Hoeven Invites North Dakotans to Join National Sept. 11 Moment of Remembrance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following video message to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hoeven invites all North Dakotans to pay tribute to the fallen with a national Moment of Remembrance on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at noon CDT/11 a.m. MDT. Hoeven cosponsored S. Res. 237, the 9-11 National Moment of Remembrance Resolution, which creates the national "Stop and Remember" tribute. Unanimously passed by the Senate, this resolution cal… Continue Reading


09.08.11

Statement of Senator John Hoeven on President Obama's Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's job creation speech before a joint session of Congress this evening: "I appreciate that the President this evening acknowledged that it's the private sector, rather than the federal government, who are the job creators in our country. "The plan's proposal for tax relief and the President's stated intention to send pending free trade agreements to Congress are steps in the right direction, … Continue Reading


09.08.11

Hoeven, Panetta Discuss ND Military Bases, National Security Priorities

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of North Dakota's military bases to the nation's security infrastructure. "Minot Air Force Base is a key part of the nation's military's force structure and provides cost effective, efficient, top quality defense capabilities," Hoeven said. "Grand Forks Air Force Base now has a growing role as a center for unmanned aerial systems, which are becoming increasingly critical to … Continue Reading


09.08.11

Hoeven: America Needs a Long-Term, Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Economic Strategy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, urging Congress and the President to adopt a long-term, pro-growth, pro-jobs strategy for the nation to get America working again. That includes a legal, tax and regulatory climate that encourages investment and promotes free trade and innovation to create jobs and opportunities for America. Following are excerpts from his speech: "I rise today to speak on a matter of great importance to our country, and th… Continue Reading

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