News Releases

05.16.12

Delegation Announces $4.8 Million to Buy Out, Relocate Minnewaukan Homes, School, City Buildings

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that North Dakota has been awarded more than $4.8 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding to relocate 18 structures, and buy out an additional 96 other buildings in Minnewaukan. The purpose of the project is to substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in the city from rising water levels of Devil's Lake, which has risen by… Continue Reading


05.15.12

Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota on Becoming Second-Leading Oil Producing State: Highlights Need for More Infrastructure Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on news that North Dakota has become the second-leading oil producing state in the nation: "Today, congratulations are in order on news that North Dakota in March became the second-leading oil producing state in America, surpassing Alaska a year before experts had predicted we would. At nearly 600,000 barrels of oil a day, our production is now second only to Texas. This increased growth is good news for North Dakota and good… Continue Reading


05.15.12

Hoeven: Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank Will Help North Dakota Exporters Grow

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Senate's vote to approve reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will help U.S. and North Dakota companies better compete in a global marketplace. The measure passed by large bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and now goes to President Obama for signature. The Export-Import Bank supports American jobs and is a critical tool for small business to get the financing they need to export their products. The Ex… Continue Reading


05.15.12

Hoeven Honors North Dakota Peace Officers Kenner and Sleeper in Congressional Record

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today entered the following statement into the Congressional Record honoring the fallen North Dakota Peace Officers Steven Kenner and Bryan Sleeper: "Mr. President, today, people across our country observe Peace Officers Memorial Day. As we remember all of the fallen officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while upholding justice and protecting our communities, I wish to echo the sentiments of Americans across the country in honoring the lives and exemplar… Continue Reading


05.12.12

Hoeven: Hope Village Helping Rebuild Minot Area

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined local, state and Hope Village officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Hope Village, a newly created, first of its kind, volunteer center designed to coordinate and maximize volunteer efforts in the Minot area. "Today's event showcases the character and resolve of the citizens of the Minot area as well as the willingness of good Samaritans from across the state and country to help with our flood recovery efforts. Our f… Continue Reading


05.11.12

Hoeven Marks Keel Laying Ceremony for USS North Dakota

NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. - Senator Hoeven today joined US Navy officials and North Dakota residents to celebrate the keel laying of the USS North Dakota, a Virginia-class nuclear submarine currently under construction and named for the state. The laying of the keel is an important milestone in the shipbuilding process, and a ceremony is historically held to mark the occasion. In keeping with Navy tradition, today's ceremony invited the ship's sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of Bismarck-native retired Vi… Continue Reading


05.10.12

Hoeven Meets with Lt. Gen. James Kowalski to Address Ongoing Priorities For Minot Air Force Base

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven met late Wednesday with Lt. General James Kowalski, Commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, for an update on projects and enhancements underway on the Minot Air Force Base. The Air Force Global Strike Command is charged with providing combat ready forces to conduct strategic nuclear deterrence and global strike operations, and Minot Air Force Base falls under the jurisdiction of the Command. "Our men and women at Minot Air Force Base do a tremendous jo… Continue Reading


05.09.12

Hoeven Makes the Case for Keystone Pipeline, Coal Ash Provisions in Final Highway Bill

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven made the case for including key provisions in the final surface transportation bill that approve the Keystone XL pipeline and ensure the continued recycling of coal ash. Hoeven, who introduced legislation on these measures in the Senate, spoke late yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the conference committee that is charged with reconciling the U.S. House and Senate versions of the transportation bill. The House version of the bill includes the Keystone XL pip… Continue Reading


05.08.12

Hoeven, Conrad Oppose Corps Plan to Charge for Surplus Water on Lake Sakakawea

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today said they strongly oppose the Army Corps of Engineers' plan to charge for storage of surplus water at Lake Sakakawea. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy told the senators in separate calls that she was directing the Corps to conduct a round of public comment and rulemaking to determine what would be a reasonable charge for storage of surplus water at Lake Sakakawea. During this process, which could take 12-18 mon… Continue Reading


05.04.12

Hoeven Statement on TransCanada's Reapplication for Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today after TransCanada resubmitted its application for a presidential permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada filed the initial application in 2008 and is re-applying for the permit after President Barack Obama rejected it. The Administration reviewed the project for more than three years, and the project has undergone an extensive environmental review, including draft, supplemental and final environmental impac… Continue Reading


05.03.12

Hoeven: Alliance, Aux Sable Working on Pipeline Project to Capture More Natural Gas, Reduce Flaring in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said Alliance Pipeline is making progress on a new natural gas pipeline to connect the Tioga gas plant and surrounding wells to the Alliance mainline near Sherwood, North Dakota. The new system, the Tioga Lateral, will help to reduce flaring in the state and has an initial design capacity of approximately 120,000 Mcf/day. The liquids-rich natural gas will be shipped onward to the Aux Sable Liquids Products gas processing plant in Illinois and an Allianc… Continue Reading


05.01.12

Hoeven Brings NRCS Chief to ND to Find Fair, Workable Guidelines for Designating Wetlands on Farms and Ranches

WEST FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White and leaders of North Dakota's agriculture and commodity groups to discuss fair and workable guidelines for designating wetlands on North Dakota farms and ranches. Hoeven invited White to North Dakota to receive input from the state's agriculture leaders on a regional policy for wetlands determinations. Producers have shared concerns with Senator Hoeven that implementation of wetl… Continue Reading


04.29.12

Hoeven Honors Deploying Guard Members, Families at Send-Off Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined the community in honoring members of a Williston-based North Dakota National Guard unit deploying soon for a mission in Afghanistan. Hoeven commended the soldiers and their families for their service to the country and thanked them for their sacrifices at a send-off ceremony at the Bismarck Civic Center. "The members of the 818th Engineer Company deserve our thanks and praise," Hoeven said. "These soldiers represent the best of our state, and we… Continue Reading


04.27.12

Hoeven Congratulates Ed Schafer on Service to State and Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated former governor and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, whose official portrait was unveiled today at USDA headquarters during a ceremony honoring the North Dakotan's service to the nation. Schafer was the 29th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and served during the final year of the George W. Bush administration. He also served as governor of North Dakota between 1992 and 2000. Schafer was introduced by former North Dakota Fir… Continue Reading


04.26.12

Hoeven: Senate Agriculture Bill Provides Both Good Support For Farmers and Deficit Reduction

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee's 2012 Farm Bill has the safety net farmers and ranchers need to continue feeding and fueling our nation, while saving $23 billion to help address the country's budget deficit. The measure was passed out of committee today by a vote of 16 to 5. "Good farm policy benefits every single American in this country," Hoeven said. "The bill we passed out of committee today will strengthen our farm sector and support North… Continue Reading


04.26.12

Hoeven: Tony Clark Approved by Senate Energy Committee for FERC Appointment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven, a member of the committee, has been working to secure and gain approval for Clark's nomination, which now goes to the full Senate for approval. "Tony Clark is one step closer to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he will pr… Continue Reading


04.25.12

Hoeven Statement on Passage of the 21st Century Postal Service Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after passage this afternoon of the 21st Century Postal Service Act in the U.S. Senate. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 62 to 37: "This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill that will help solve the financial challenges facing the United States Postal Service. It will ensure that universal service continues for the American people, while encouraging innovation and more market-based practices. It will als… Continue Reading


04.25.12

Delegation Makes the Case for North Dakota as a UAS Test Range Site

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today made the case to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that North Dakota is well equipped to serve as a testing ground for future UAS development and training, including integrating UAS activity into the National Airspace System. In a letter to Michael P. Huerta, the Acting Administrator for the FAA, the delegation cited North Dakota's relatively unencumbered air space, low population … Continue Reading


04.24.12

Hoeven Meets with Director of Indian Health Services to Address Health and Social Service Issues for Spirit Lake Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Director of Indian Health Services (IHS) Dr. Yvette Roubideaux to address concerns surrounding social services for the Spirit Lake Nation. The actions come following a letter of concern from Michael R. Tilus, PsyD, MP, Director of Behavioral Health at the Spirit Lake Health Center to Sue Settle, Chief of the Division of Human Services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Dr. Roubideaux indicated that she and officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs… Continue Reading


04.24.12

Hoeven Named to U.S. Senate-House Transportation Conference Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was named to the joint U.S. Senate-House Transportation conference committee charged with reconciling the Senate and House versions of the surface transportation reauthorization bill. The House version includes two key provisions Hoeven introduced in the Senate: the Keystone XL pipeline bill and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act, which will recycle coal ash. "Working on the conference committee will provide an opportunity to help pass a strong s… Continue Reading

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