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08.16.11

Hoeven: Caterpillar Expansion In West Fargo Continues North Dakota Job Growth

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today helped break ground on a $50 million expansion of Caterpillar Inc.'s West Fargo facility, calling the project a continued expansion of North Dakota's job growth. The expanded facility will boost Caterpillar's remanufacturing operations and is expected to create 250 new jobs over a three-year period, nearly doubling the factory's workforce to 550. "Caterpillar's expansion is a prime example of the economic development that comes with a legal, tax a… Continue Reading


08.15.11

Hoeven Public Events Schedule for the Week of August 15

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven is holding events throughout North Dakota in August while the U.S. Congress is in recess. Some events are scheduled and others are still being planned. Advisories will be issued as additional events are scheduled. Hoeven's agenda for public events for the week of Aug. 15 is as follows: Tuesday, Aug. 16 Senator Hoeven, along with Gov. Jack Dalrymple, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern and Caterpillar leaders, will break ground on a $50 million expansion… Continue Reading


08.10.11

Hoeven: Common Sense Prevails for Ag Transport Rules

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said an announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that it will not propose new or change existing regulations governing the transport of agricultural products is a common sense decision that ensures North Dakota's agriculture producers aren't burdened by unnecessary federal regulations. The FMCSA announced today that it will not institute new transportation regulations for America's agricult… Continue Reading


08.10.11

Hoeven: UND Becoming World Leader in UAS Training, Research

GRAND FORKS, ND- U.S. Senator John Hoeven today helped dedicate the University of North Dakota Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training Center, another big step toward becoming the leading unmanned aircraft systems training, education and research institution in the world. "With this milestone, UND and North Dakota continue to build on our leadership position in both the manned and unmanned aircraft industry," Hoeven said. "Here the world-class reputation of UND Aerospace is matched with world-clas… Continue Reading


08.10.11

Delegation Announces Federal Grant for North Dakota Emergency Response Infrastructure

Washington - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Representative Rick Berg announced today that the North Dakota State Department of Health received an approximately $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund the state's public health emergency preparedness. "This grant will help ensure that North Dakota's health care providers have a planned, comprehensive response when faced with a public health threat. This year's statewide flood devastation illustrat… Continue Reading


08.09.11

Conrad, Hoeven Inspect Flooded Homes, Schools

Minot - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven were joined by Minot community leaders today to hear from residents, thank volunteers and inspect the community's flood recovery efforts, including stops in affected neighborhoods and at the Eric Ramstad Middle School. "The severe flooding in Minot, Burlington and other communities has weighed heavily on each of us. The frustration here is evident - and understandable," Senator Conrad said. "The recovery will be long, and it will be difficult. And i… Continue Reading


08.09.11

Senators, USDA leader Inspect Flood Damaged Farmland

Minot - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven were joined today by Michael Scuse, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, to inspect farmland damaged by this spring's heavy rainfall and flood conditions. The officials visited the farm of Jon and Eleanor Erickson in Minot and, after inspecting weather related crop damage, spoke with area producers about the numerous disaster assistance programs available to help them recover. "We … Continue Reading


08.09.11

Delegation Announces Over $1 Million For Grand Forks International Airport

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that Federal Aviation Administration will issue a grant of $1,081,671 to Grand Forks International Airport. This grant will provide federal funding for additional construction, paving, fencing, and reimbursement for engineering costs for the new terminal. The delegation noted that federal investment in Grand Forks has been substantial lately. In addition to the airport, Grand Forks Air Force Base and t… Continue Reading


08.09.11

Conrad and Hoeven Meet With Bismarck-Mandan Area Homeowners Impacted By Flooding

Bismarck - Senator Kent Conrad and Senator John Hoeven visited with homeowners in the Bismarck-Mandan region today that have been impacted by Missouri River flooding. The Senators were joined by local leaders and officials from FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to survey damaged homes and discuss how to avoid massive flooding in the future. "I have been impressed with the coordinated relief effort by state, local and federal officials. Most encouraging are the efforts of neighbors helping … Continue Reading


08.08.11

President Approves 90 Percent-10 Percent Cost Share for North Dakota Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that President Barack Obama has approved North Dakota's request for a 90 percent federal -10 percent state and local cost share for all Public Assistance for recovery from severe flooding this year in North Dakota. Approval means the federal government will assume 90 percent of the cost to repair and rebuild public infrastructure, rather than the usual 75 percent federal - 25 percent state and local split. "The president's approval is … Continue Reading


08.08.11

Hoeven Works on Missouri River Flood Recovery

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven worked with mayors and county commissioners in Bismarck, Mandan, Burleigh and Morton County today to address outstanding issues relating to the flood response effort and begin developing a strategy for recovery for the region, which has been severely impacted by three months of severe Missouri River flooding. Hoeven met with a broad group of local, state and federal officials including Rep. Rick Berg, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk, Bismar… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven Statement on the Loss of American Service Members Killed in Afghan Copter Crash

FARGO, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today following a NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 31 Americans and seven Afghan soldiers: "The loss of so many of our service members in one incident is a stark reminder to all Americans of the true cost of our freedoms. These brave Americans, many of them part of the U.S. Navy SEALs unit responsible for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, served our nation with honor and courage. We extend our sincere gratitud… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven: New Veterans Home Honors Residents Who Served

LISBON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the new North Dakota Veterans Home honors the military men and women who have served our country. He spoke at the Veterans Home's grand opening and dedication ceremony this morning in Lisbon. The State of North Dakota funded $11 million of the $25.6 million project in 2009 during Hoeven's term as governor. The balance was funded with a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "Our nation's veterans have given so much to their co… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven Honors Air Guard on 14th Outstanding Unit Award

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven honored members of the North Dakota National Air Guard 119th Wing today with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. This is the 14th time the Wing has received this award, which recognizes excellence and perfection in military work. "This unit is an example to everyone in our military of the way long-term commitment to excellence can become engrained in an organization," Hoeven said. "What a tradition the 119th has created. They are a real asset to our nation a… Continue Reading


08.05.11

Bipartisan Missouri River Working Group Calls on Corps to Outline Preparations for Possible Flooding Next Year

WASHINGTON - Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), along with the delegations of the Missouri River Basin states, called on the Army Corps of Engineers today to apply lessons from this year's flooding as it prepares next year's operating plan for the Missouri River. The Missouri River Working Group is a bipartisan, cooperative coalition of lawmakers organized last month by Sens. Hoeven, Conrad, Blunt and McCaskill to improve flood contr… Continue Reading


08.05.11

Hoeven Events Schedule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven plans to hold events throughout North Dakota in August while the U.S. Congress is in recess. Some events are scheduled and others are still being planned. Advisories will be issued as additional events are scheduled. His agenda for public events tomorrow and the first part of next week is as follows: Saturday, Aug. 6 Tomorrow, Hoeven will be attending both the North Dakota Veterans Home grand opening and dedication in Lisbon at 10 a.m. and the Outstanding… Continue Reading


08.04.11

Hoeven, Gillibrand Working to Protect Consumers, U.S. Honey Industry From Mislabeled Products

Washington, D.C. - With deceptive manufacturing practices by foreign companies threatening domestic honey producers, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John Hoeven called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a national standard of identity for honey. While North Dakota and New York's honey producers generated $53.4 million in sales in 2009, producers have been strained as cheap, adulterated honey from abroad has inundated the U.S. market."New York has some of the nation's fin… Continue Reading


08.04.11

Hoeven Announces Key EPA Approval for Fort Berthold Refinery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a key permit for the proposed petroleum refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Makoti, N.D. The Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation Clean Fuels Refinery is expected to be one of the few oil refineries to be constructed in the United States in the last 30 years, and be capable of refining 15,000 barrels of oil per day. "This permit represents an important milestone and a tremendous… Continue Reading


08.03.11

Hoeven Call For 'National Day of the Deployed' To Recognize Soldiers' Sacrifices

WASHINGTON - Building on his resolution as North Dakota's governor, Senator John Hoeven yesterday introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to designate Oct. 26, 2011, as "Day of the Deployed" in recognition of the sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women currently deployed around the world. "Our men and women in uniform work tirelessly to serve our country and protect our freedoms, and we cannot do enough to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they willingly make. A national 'Day … Continue Reading


08.02.11

Hoeven Statement on Passage Of An Agreement to Find Savings and Address the Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to today's passage in the U.S. Senate of the agreement to find savings and address the debt ceiling: "Today, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to reduce the federal government's spending and address the nation's debt limit without a tax increase. The President signed the bill this afternoon. The $2.4 trillion spending reduction plan will apply a 10-year cap to discretionary spending immediately, saving an initial $91… Continue Reading

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