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07.08.11

Hoeven Congratulates Makoti Native Everett Dobrinski For White House Award

WASHINGTON - Senator Hoeven congratulated North Dakota farmer and businessman Everett Dobrinski today for his recognition by the White House as a "Champion of Change." Dobrinski is being honored for his contributions to his state and community. "Everett Dobrinski embodies North Dakota's hardworking spirit," Hoeven said. "Through agribusiness leadership and community engagement, he makes his hometown and the State of North Dakota a better place to live and do business." Dobrinski owns and op… Continue Reading


07.08.11

Delegation Announces More Than $800,000 in Nursing Grants for North Dakota Universities

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota will receive more than $800,000 in federal grants to promote advanced nursing education and to increase diversity in nursing programs. "In order for North Dakota medical facilities to continue providing high quality care to citizens it is important to focus on educating and recruiting the next generation of health care providers," the de… Continue Reading


07.07.11

Hoeven: Control Spending, Promote Pro-Business Environment to Address Debt and Deficit Before Raising Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - As the deadline for raising the country's debt ceiling approaches Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to address the need to reduce the nation's debt and deficit. "The United States is the strongest country in the world - in the history of the world - but not for long if we don't solve our debt and deficit crisis," Hoeven said. "It is vital we solve it for our generation - it is vital for future generations as well." Hoeven said the wealth - the econo… Continue Reading


07.06.11

Delegation Announces More Than $1.7 Million for North Dakota Airports

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that two airports in North Dakota will receive grants totaling more than $1.7 million for expansion and improvements. "Safe and accessible airports are essential for continued economic growth in our state, especially in western North Dakota with the energy boom " the delegation said in a joint statement. "These are smart investments. By improving and maintaining the quality of the airports in Bismarck… Continue Reading


07.04.11

Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Independence Day 2011

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "The Fourth of July is a celebration of our nation's birth, but just as importantly, it is an occasion to reflect on what our nation represents: liberty, justice and opportunity for all. From a small collection of loosely associated colonies, we have become a beacon of unity, strength and hope for millions of freedom-loving people throughout the world. From the many, we have… Continue Reading


07.01.11

Conrad, Hoeven Help Lay Groundwork for Flood Recovery Effort

Minot - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven returned home to North Dakota today to get a firsthand look at flood recovery efforts in Minot and brief local leaders on efforts to secure federal disaster assistance. "As the Souris begins to recede, we are beginning to get a real sense of the tremendous devastation this flood caused. The road to recovery will be long. We will face some hurdles along the way. But we will recover. We will rebuild. And we will do it together," Senator Conrad said… Continue Reading


06.30.11

Hoeven: Prevented Plant Decision Step in Right Direction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said USDA's Risk Management Agency's (RMA) decision to extend the eligibility for prevented planting coverage from one in three years to one in four is a step in the right direction. Hoeven has been pressing RMA for more flexible rules that will benefit farmers throughout the state who have suffered losses owing to prolonged flooding. The new rule will be helpful to Devils Lake producers, who have experienced heavy rains for two consecutive years and have… Continue Reading


06.30.11

Congressional Delegation Presses DOT Secretary for Federal Aid for ND's Flooded Transportation System

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg met today with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to highlight the devastation floodwaters have caused to North Dakota's transportation system and push for federal aid to protect a key rail line threatened by the rising waters of Devils Lake. "North Dakota has been hit and hit hard this year by a series of natural disasters. Our state's transportation infrastructure has been seriously damaged and we will need a… Continue Reading


06.30.11

Hoeven Statement on Confirmation Of Gen. David Petraeus

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today upon U.S. Senate approval of General David Petraeus as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Throughout his extensive military career, General Petraeus has proven himself as a leader with a deep dedication to the safety and security of our country. I met with the general this spring in Afghanistan and am confident in his ability to lead our nation's intelligence agency. General Petraeus brings a clear knowle… Continue Reading


06.30.11

Hoeven, Conrad Form Missouri River Working Group to Improve Flood Control Management

WASHINGTON -Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad launched the "Missouri River Working Group" today in an effort to improve flood control along the Missouri River and address the impact for local communities. The new bipartisan group, which is set to convene its first meeting during the week of July 11, 2011, will work together to address issues related to flood control, examine the best ways to protect people and property, and seek solutions to avoid similar flooding in the years to come. Se… Continue Reading


06.30.11

Hoeven Backs Minot Air Force Base Construction Projects

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today worked to ensure the Fiscal Year 2012 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act includes the almost $68 million requested by the Air Force for construction projects at Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which passed the funding bill and sent it to the full Senate for approval. The legislation includes $34 million for a B-52 maintenance dock, $11.8 million for a B-52 munitions maintenance f… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Delegaion Welcomes IA Designation For Morton, Renville, McHenry Counties

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today welcomed notification by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Morton, Renville and McHenry counties will now be eligible for FEMA's Individual Assistance (IA) program. FEMA had earlier approved only Ward and Burleigh counties for IA. The delegation has been working to secure the designation for additional counties. Yesterday they again called on U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and… Continue Reading


06.29.11

Hoeven Speaks In Support Of U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the Balanced Budget Amendment he is cosponsoring, saying high spending and debt impedes job growth and economic opportunity. Hoeven said 49 states have some form of balanced budget requirement, and 46 states are expected to end their fiscal year with a balanced general fund budget. By contrast, the nation currently has revenues of $2.2 trillion, but expenditures of $3.7 trillion, leaving a $1.5 trillion … Continue Reading


06.28.11

Hoeven: DHS Secretary Napolitano Agrees to Review Additional Counties For Individual Assistance

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who has agreed to review additional counties for inclusion in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance program. Napolitano said she is sending FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino to North Dakota tomorrow to oversee a reevaluation of Morton, Renville and McHenry counties over the course of the week. She said the agency would continue to work on the Devils Lake B… Continue Reading


06.28.11

Hoeven: Hess Corp. $1 Million Donation Puts Flood Recovery Fund-Raising Effort Well Underway

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Hess Corp. CEO and Board Chairman John Hess, who said the company is donating $1 million to North Dakota's flood relief effort. Hess will donate $750,000 to the Minot Area Community Foundation and $250,000 to the North Dakota Community Foundation. Hess Corp. is a major oil and gas company operating in western North Dakota. The Hess donation, combined with an initial $250,000 donation from the Minot Area Community Foundation, means the Minot Are… Continue Reading


06.28.11

Delegation, Governor Call on Napolitano, Fugate To Make IA Available To All Flood-Impacted Individuals

WASHINGTON -Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today sent a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate calling on the officials to provide a quick and fair review to North Dakota's request for FEMA's Individual Assistance (IA). That means making eligibility decisions based on conditions on the ground rather than on just a county-by-county basis, which often p… Continue Reading


06.27.11

Delegation Announces $5 Million in Emergency Funding to Repair Roadways

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $5 million in quick release emergency funds to help repair and restore roads and bridges damaged by flooding throughout the state. "Rebuilding transportation infrastructure is an important step in our state's recovery efforts," the delegation said in a joint statement. "We have a lot of work ahead of us as we rebuild the Minot area and other commu… Continue Reading


06.27.11

Hoeven: Thank You To Josh Duhamel For Leading Flood Fund Recovery Effort

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this evening thanked Josh Duhamel, a Minot native, for stepping up to serve as honorary chairman of a fund established by the Minot Area Community Foundation for the city's recovery in the aftermath of recent record flooding. The North Dakota actor, who has earned an international reputation, has encouraged his fans and other celebrities to help those affected by the flood. "It's clear that wherever North Dakotans go and whatever they do, they never forget t… Continue Reading


06.26.11

Hoeven: Small Business Administration to Open Help Center in Minot

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven announced this afternoon that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin operations in Minot tomorrow at the Federal Disaster Center, along with FEMA, the Red Cross and other federal agencies providing services. Federal and state agencies are in the process of establishing a Federal Disaster Center in Bismarck, as well. Meanwhile, people can call and register with FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA. The SBA will be operating from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until … Continue Reading


06.24.11

Congressional Delegation Commends Approval Of Individual Disaster Assistance for Burleigh and Ward Counties

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg commend the approval by President Obama of the State of North Dakota's request for Individual Assistance (IA) for Burleigh and Ward counties in North Dakota. The delegation noted that this is a good start, but that more needs to be done to protect North Dakotans who have sustained damage from surging floods throughout the state. "This is an important step in the recovery process for North Dakotans. We will keep fightin… Continue Reading

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