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Hoeven Statement on the Deaths of North Dakota National Guardsmen Linde and Orgaard, and the Wounding of Guardsman Placek in Afghanistan

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family and friends of North Dakota National Guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class Darren Michael Linde of Devils Lake and Spc. Tyler John Orgaard of Bismarck, who were killed in action on Monday, Dec. 3, while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Spc. Ian Placek of Bismarck was wounded in the incident. The senator and Mrs. Hoeven issued the following statement: "Today Mikey and I join … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Authorization Bill Supports North Dakota Air Base Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven said the new Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Act passed by the U.S. Senate today provides support for North Dakota air base missions in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. Hoeven, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, has pushed for strong national defense measures. The House earlier passed its own version of the defense bill and both measures will now go to a joint Senate-House conference committee to be reconciled. The DoD authorizat… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million FEMA Grant

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant totaling $1,376,098 to the State of North Dakota to aid in continued flood recovery efforts following last year's historic flooding in the Bismarck-Mandan region. "Since last year's flooding, we have seen considerable progress in the Bismarck-Mandan region's efforts to repair and rebuild," the d… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Native American-Private-Sector Partnerships Can Jumpstart Economic Growth in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI), hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying tribal-private sector collaboration can be the key to real economic progress in Indian Country. The NAEI is a collaborative effort between the Native American community and the Chamber to empower Native Americans to grow and diversify their economies in Indian Country. "In North Dakota, we partnered with the Three Affiliated Tr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Staff Changes in Washington, D.C. and North Dakota Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced staff changes in his Washington, D.C. and North Dakota offices. Senator Hoeven's current chief of staff Don Larson will return to North Dakota and serve in an expanded role as state director, as well as overall chief of staff following Julie Fedorchak's appointment to the Public Service Commission last week. Ryan Bernstein, currently the senator's deputy chief of staff and legal counsel, will remain counsel and serve as chief of staff for the sen… Continue Reading


ND Delegation, Governor Oppose Request for Increase in Missouri River Releases

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on President Obama and officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to oppose any request for increased Missouri River releases to meet the commercial needs of Mississippi River interests. In a joint letter signed by the North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas delegations, the leaders argued that "…unlawful rele… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nuclear Triad Amendment to DoD Authorization Affirms Senate Support for Nation's Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said an amendment he authored and attached to the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act will help to ensure that the nation maintains a strong and credible nuclear deterrent well into the future. The DOD authorization bill is currently under consideration on the Senate floor. Hoeven serves on the Appropriations Committee's Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. The measure affirms Senate support for retaining and modernizing the t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes New Case Worker to Bismarck Office

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the hiring of Rebekah Dohrmann as a case worker in his Bismarck office. "We are very pleased to welcome Becky Dohrmann as a member of our state staff in Bismarck," Hoeven said. "Becky brings excellent legal and military experience to this position and is proven problem solver. She is responsive and truly concerned about people, and that will be a wonderful resource for constituents seeking assistance from our office." Dohrmann, a member of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Selects Dickinson Native For Senate Page Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Dickinson-native Sarah Strube has been selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program's fall 2012 session. "It has been a pleasure to welcome Sarah to our Nation's Capital during her semester-long participation in the United States Senate Page Program," said Hoeven. "This prestigious, academically rigorous program is providing Sarah with the unique opportunity to study the legislative process from within the halls of Congress, and s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates John Deere on Company Expansion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated John Deere Company on breaking ground for yet another expansion, the company's Valley City manufacturing plant. The company is growing, the senator said, because North Dakota has worked to build a business climate that is driving technology innovation and growth. "Today's groundbreaking ceremony is another important milestone for John Deere's continued presence in North Dakota," Hoeven said. "This company has long stood on the cutting edge, a… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Thanksgiving Day 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today gave the following statement wishing all North Dakotans a Happy Thanksgiving. "Today, as people from across our great state and nation join together with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, it is fitting that we pause and offer thanks for our many blessings. We remain especially grateful for the resilience and character of the American people and recall the spirit and strength of the Pilgrims and Native Americans who celebrate… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $18 Million in Disaster Recovery Grant Request for Minot's Downtown Reconstruction Project Approved by EDA Investment Review Committee

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said Minot's $18 million grant request to the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) for the city's Imagine Downtown reconstruction project has been approved by the agency's Investment Review Committee. The senator said there is additional work to do before the grant is awarded, but the funds have now been set aside for Minot and represent a big part of the ambitious Imagine Downtown project. The $140 million Imagine Downtown project is a complex of … Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple: North Dakota Key Contributor to U.S. Energy Independence

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today touted North Dakota's energy sector as a key contributor to securing U.S. energy independence, and said the state's energy sectors provide tremendous opportunities to create jobs and grow the economy. The North Dakota leaders welcomed national energy leaders to Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence for the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo, a day-long energy policy conference f… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Pryor Spearhead Letter Calling For Reevaluation of New Rules for National School Lunch Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas today asked U.S. Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to consider providing school districts with greater flexibility in implementing new rules for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The senators have received numerous correspondences from parents, school board members, superintendents, and other concerned community members expressing their frustration as the new rule is rol… Continue Reading


Hoeven Recognizes Adopted Families During National Adoption Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven is joining with members of Congress and the president to raise awareness about the importance of adoption in conjunction with nationwide push to recognize November as National Adoption Month and Nov. 17, 2012 as National Adoption Day. As part of his efforts to promote adoption, Hoeven participated in Voice for Adoption's Adoptive Family Portrait Project. Voice for Adoption is a national non-profit organization advocating on behalf of waiting children and a… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus Lead Senators in Calling for Keystone XL Meeting with President

WASHINGTON, D.C. - North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus led a bipartisan group of 18 senators today in calling for a meeting with President Obama to urge action on the Keystone XL Pipeline project. "The election is over, people want us to work together to create jobs, and one sure way we can create jobs right now is by moving forward with construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline," Baucus said. "We've spent more than four years producing studies and addre… Continue Reading


Thune Makes Good on Jackrabbit-Bison Wager with Hoeven; Wears NDSU Jersey

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) today presented Senator John Thune (R-SD) with a North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison jersey following the team's victory over the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Jackrabbits during Saturday's Dakota Marker Game. Senators Hoeven and Thune made a friendly wager on the outcome of the football game, with Hoeven agreeing to wear an SDSU Jackrabbits jersey in the event of a Bison loss, and Thune wearing an NDSU Bison jersey if South Dakota State lost… Continue Reading


Hoeven Thanks and Honors Veterans on Veterans Day

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told groups of veterans, their families, friends and caregivers that the nation needs to honor and recognize the sacrifices of veterans in tangible ways, especially by helping to meet their post-service needs. Hoeven is a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. "We set aside this one day every year, the 11th of November, to honor those, past and present, who have served our nation … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Thune Wager Team Jerseys for Saturday's Game

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and John Thune today announced that they have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's Dakota Maker football game between North Dakota State University (NDSU) and South Dakota State University (SDSU). If North Dakota wins, Thune has agreed to wear for a day a NDSU Bison jersey, provided by Hoeven. In the event that South Dakota wins, Hoeven will wear an SDSU Jackrabbits jersey, provided by Thune. "I know Senator Thune will look just striking on … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Veterans Day 2012

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven will speak Sunday, Nov. 11 at United Patriotic Bodies' Veterans Day Ceremony as well as the annual Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Day Ceremony. In anticipation of the annual Veterans Day observance, Hoeven gave the following statement today to all veterans in North Dakota and across the nation. "We set aside this one day every year, the 11th of November, to honor those, past and present, who have served our nation in the most dedicated and demanding w… Continue Reading

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