News Releases

07.18.12

Hoeven: UAS Pilot Site Selection on Track for Year's End

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is on track to select six unmanned aerial system (UAS) pilot sites by the end of the year to integrate remotely piloted aircraft into the National Airspace. Hoeven was briefed by Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Tuesday on the status of the process and the timeline for selection. The FAA Reauthorization bill passed by Congress and signed by the president in February included an amendment, introduced by … Continue Reading


07.13.12

Hoeven Calls for Comprehensive Tax Reform

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven yesterday spoke on the U.S. Senate floor calling for pro-growth tax reform that will help grow the economy, create jobs and reduce the deficit and debt without raising taxes. With unemployment at 8.2 percent for more than three years, middle class income down nearly $5,000 and Food Stamp use up by 45 percent, the nation should not be thinking about raising taxes on anyone, and especially not on the one million small businesses that would be impacted by the presid… Continue Reading


07.11.12

Hoeven Presses Corps to Address Missouri River Sandbar Issue

WASHINGTON - In a conference call today, Senator John Hoeven urged Omaha District Commander Col. Robert Ruch to address sandbars and other flow constrictions on the Missouri River ahead of next winter to prevent ice jams and potential flooding. Also on the call were the Omaha District's Chief of Hydrologic Engineering John Remus, Chief of the Planning Division Kayla Eckert Uptmor and North Dakota Water Commissioner Todd Sando. At Hoeven's request, Remus came to Bismarck last fall to review the s… Continue Reading


07.11.12

Delegation Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Rebuild Minnewaukan City Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $1.2 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the City of Minnewaukan to help construct a new water line, distribution system and access road outside the flood zone. "This grant will help provide the necessary water and sewer infrastructure for the people of Minnewaukan to relocate a school and businesses due to rising waters. This will… Continue Reading


07.10.12

Hoeven: United Airlines To Begin Air Service In Williston

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that United Airlines will begin service between Williston's Sloulin Field International Airport and Denver beginning November 4, 2012. Tickets will be available starting on July 10, and flights will run three times daily. Airline officials say the aircraft will be regional jets accommodating 50 passengers. "United Airlines coming into Williston with three flights daily is a big win, and part of our ongoing efforts to build infrastructure in a dyn… Continue Reading


07.04.12

Statement of Senator John Hoeven For Independence Day 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in commemoration of our nation's independence: "As Americans across the country celebrate the birth of our nation, we give thanks and remember the extraordinary individuals who crafted the principles that still govern our land and have made our nation a beacon of strength and hope for millions of freedom-loving people throughout the world. This Independence Day also offers the opportunity to honor the important legacy ge… Continue Reading


07.03.12

Hoeven, Conrad Honor WWII Veteran Kenneth Johnston

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad today presented military honors to North Dakota native Pvt. First Class Kenneth Johnston who served in the United States Army during World War II. Johnston's military decorations had been stored in his parents' Sanish, North Dakota home but were misplaced following their deaths in 1957. Pvt. Johnston's family worked with Sen. Conrad to secure duplicates of the medals and with Sen. Hoeven to hold a ceremony to present and honor Pvt. Johnston with… Continue Reading


07.03.12

Hoeven, Conrad Outline Transportation Bill, Discuss Flood Insurance Reauthorization, Student Loan Bill

MINOT, N.D. - At a meeting today with city and county officials, Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad outlined the benefits to North Dakota of the new U.S. Senate Transportation, Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Student Loan interest rate bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate in a large legislative package last week. The former highway transportation bill had been extended 10 times, making long-term planning difficult for states like North Dakota. Hoeven was a member of the joint Senate-Ho… Continue Reading


07.02.12

Hoeven Hosts Roundtable to Discuss Senate Farm Bill with Farm Group Leaders

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted a farm bill roundtable in at the Nodak Electric Cooperative building in Grand Forks to discuss the Senate farm bill and gather input from agriculture association leaders. The senator said the bipartisan, five-year legislation that he and other members of the Agriculture Committee crafted had strong support in the U.S. Senate but work remains as the bill moves through the House and conference committee. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Ac… Continue Reading


07.02.12

Hoeven Announces North Dakota to Receive $5.6 Million Water Bank Program Funding

GRAND FORKS - At an roundtable meeting with agriculture leaders at the Nodak Electric Cooperative in Grand Forks today, Senator John Hoeven announced that $5.6 million of the $7 million the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made available to a three-state region is now available to North Dakota producers. The funding will be used to compensate farmers and landowners for flooded land using short-term conservation leases. The Water Bank Program will focus on flood reduction this… Continue Reading


07.02.12

Hoeven Outlines Transportation Bill, Discusses Flood Insurance Reauthorization, Student Loan Bill

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today outlined the benefits to North Dakota of the new U.S. Senate Transportation, Flood Insurance Reauthorization and Student Loan interest rate bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate in a large legislative package last week. The former highway transportation bill had been extended 10 times, making long-term planning difficult for states like North Dakota. Joining Hoeven for the news conference was Representative Rick Berg, who discussed his work in the U.S. H… Continue Reading


06.29.12

Hoeven: Congress Passes 5-Year Flood Insurance Reauthorization Bill, Hoeven Measure Ensures Fairness

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that after multiple extensions since 2008, Congress has passed a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Reauthorization Program (NFIP), a bipartisan 5-year flood insurance reauthorization measure for the nation that fully pays for itself, increases the financial stability of the program, and provides security for millions of Americans living in special flood hazard areas. The NFIP bill was included as part of a larger package o… Continue Reading


06.29.12

Hoeven: New Highway Bill Map-21 Provides Road Funding Through 2014

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced passage of a comprehensive transportation bill that provides record funding for North Dakota when combined with Emergency Road Funding. The legislation is fully paid for and does not add to the deficit or debt. It funds the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, 2013 and 2014, providing states with an additional year of funding and greater certainty to plan long-term projects. Hoeven was a member of the joint Senate-House conference committee responsible for … Continue Reading


06.28.12

Statement of Sen. John Hoeven on the Supreme Court's Health Care Law Ruling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act: "The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today again makes it clear that President Obama's health care law passed by Congress in 2010 is not only government-run health care, but is a tax on the American people. This is not the approach Americans want or deserve. Congress must repeal and replace this government-run approach with step-by-step, market-based reforms … Continue Reading


06.25.12

Hoeven, Conrad, Dalrymple Kick Off the 6th Annual Renewable Energy Action Summit

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Governor Jack Dalrymple today joined local, state and energy industry leaders to kick off the 6th annual Renewable Fuels Action Summit on the campus of Bismarck State College to highlight North Dakota's renewable energy industry and explore new opportunities to develop renewable energy technologies. The senators and governor highlighted the progress North Dakota has made with a comprehensive, all-of-the-above approach, advancing both tra… Continue Reading


06.23.12

Senator Hoeven Honors WWII Veteran at Bronze Star Ceremony

MOTT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey today joined members of the North Dakota National Guard and the Friedt family at a ceremony to posthumously present the Bronze Star Medal and other military honors to Pvt. Tony A. Friedt, a native of Mott, N.D. who served with the U.S. Army during World War II. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Freidt family reunion. "It is fitting that we should recognize the outstanding service of Pvt. Friedt today as his family gathers for a r… Continue Reading


06.21.12

Hoeven: Cost-Effective, Bipartisan Five-Year Farm Bill Passed By Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate has passed a strong bipartisan, five-year farm bill that he and other Agriculture Committee members crafted. The heart of the bill is enhanced crop insurance, which farmers across the country have indicated they want for better risk management. The measure passed 64 to 35. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act provides more than $23 billion in deficit reduction, streamlines farm programs and ensures that farmers and ranchers contin… Continue Reading


06.20.12

Hoeven Calls for Rejection of EPA's Pending Utility MACT Rule, Reduced Regulatory Burden on Energy Industry

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Tuesday called for commonsense regulatory policy so that the private sector can grow the economy and create jobs, an issue of vital importance to the working men and women of the country. In a speech on the Senate floor, the Senator homed in on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Utility MACT rule, the senator's coal ash recycling bill, and the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project. Utility MACT Hoeven urged his colleagues to reject the Utility M… Continue Reading


06.15.12

Hoeven Urges Colleagues on Senate Floor to Come Together on Farm Bill Amendments

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke on the Senate floor Thursday, urging lawmakers to work together in a bipartisan way to get consensus on the many amendments that have been submitted on the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, the new farm bill that he and members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee crafted. Along with Senators Kent Conrad and Max Baucus of Montana, Hoeven is also working with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss and southern growers to add a counter-cyclical safety net … Continue Reading


06.15.12

Hoeven: FERC Will Benefit from Clark's ND Perspective

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today thanked North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark for his service to the state before administering the oath of office for Clark to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Clark was sworn in today for a four-year term as a commissioner at FERC, an independent agency responsible for regulating the interstate transmission of electricity and natural gas. "Tony has done a tremendous job serving North Dakota on the Public Service Com… Continue Reading

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