News Releases

02.23.11

Hoeven, Mississippi Valley Division Corps Commander Work to Coordinate Flood Preparations Efforts in Devils Lake

FARGO, ND - Sen. John Hoeven and Brigadier General Michael Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today met with local leaders to coordinate flood preparation efforts and inspect enhanced dikes and other mitigation work the Corps has underway in the Devils Lake area. Hoeven and Walsh held a Flood Coordination meeting and heard updates from city and county leaders and engineers. Construction is currently proceeding to raise and extend the existing emb… Continue Reading


02.18.11

SENATORS KLOBUCHAR AND HOEVEN TOUR FLOOD PREPARATION, PREVENTION EFFORTS IN FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA

FARGO-MOORHEAD - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar toured flood preparation and prevention efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area today. The Senators met with the Red River Retention Authority and Natural Resource Conservation Service to discuss plans to improve water retention throughout the basin as part of the Red River Valley's overall water management plan, toured several infrastructure improvement project sites, and met with volunteers at Fargo Sandbag Central. Congressman Collin Pet… Continue Reading


02.18.11

DELEGATION GOES TO BAT FOR GOD'S CHILD PROJECT

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg joined together to voice their support for the God's Child Project and its efforts to combat international human trafficking. In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the delegation expressed its strong support for God's Child Project and urged the State Department to renew a federal grant for the Bismarck nonprofit's anti-human trafficking program. Last year, it received a $240,000 State Department grant. "We wa… Continue Reading


02.18.11

SENATE APPROVES CONRAD-HOEVEN PLAN TO BOOST UAS OPERATION IN NORTH DAKOTA

Washington - Last night, the U.S. Senate passed legislation introduced by Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven that will help increase unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations and training in North Dakota. The Conrad - Hoeven amendment was approved as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which passed by a 87-8 margin. The legislation will modernize the air transit system and invest in airport improvements in North Dakota and across the nation. Senators Hoeven… Continue Reading


02.18.11

HOEVEN COSPONSORS BILL TO ENSURE REGULATORY RESPONSIBILITY FOR AMERICA’S ECONOMY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today said he is cosponsoring a bill with Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas that will help to ensure that burdensome and economically damaging federal regulations don't impede the ability of American business's to grow the economy and create jobs. The "Regulatory Responsibility for Our Economy Act" will give the force of law to a presidential executive order issued last month that purposes to review "rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or e… Continue Reading


02.17.11

HOEVEN AGAIN PRESSES CORPS TO WITHDRAW PLAN TO CHARGE FOR MISSOURI RIVER ACCESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today again voiced his opposition to a recent proposal by the Army Corps of Engineers to charge businesses, farmers and ranchers for access to Missouri River water. His comments came in a telephone conversation with Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, who updated the Senator on the progress of her decision. The plan, proposed in the Lake Sakakawea Draft Surplus Water Report and Environmental Assessment released by the Corps in … Continue Reading


02.16.11

HOEVEN ADVOCATES FOR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO ENERGY DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY HEARING WITH DOE SEC. CHU

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today advocated for a comprehensive approach to energy development in an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing at which Energy Secretary Steven Chu testified. Hoeven cited Chu's visits to North Dakota, where he said the secretary had seen firsthand how the state is advancing energy development across all sectors. "The concept we've employed [in North Dakota] is: let's develop all of our energy resources, both traditional and renewable, let's do i… Continue Reading


02.14.11

HOEVEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's budget, which was released this morning: "The budget President Obama released today doesn't go far enough to address our nation's deficit and debt. Since President Obama has been in office, he's raised spending by 24 percent, and that doesn't include nearly a trillion dollars in stimulus spending. Now he wants to hold it at that level for five years, which will continue to increase the … Continue Reading


02.13.11

HOEVEN HONORS SOLDIERS AT FREEDOM SALUTE CEREMONY

BISMARCK, ND - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) helped honor 75 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers for their service Iraq and Afghanistan at a Freedom Salute Ceremony in Grand Forks today. The soldiers, who deployed in November 2009 returned in December 2010, represent more than 30 communities statewide and are members of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, based in Grand Forks. The ceremony also honored the soldiers' family members, employers and military supporters. "North Da… Continue Reading


02.12.11

HOEVEN: UAS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, GFAF BASE AGREEMENT ADVANCES EFFORTS FOR WORLD-CLASS UAS HUB IN GRAND FORKS

GRAND FORKS, ND - Senator John Hoeven and officials from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the University of North Dakota (UND) today gathered at the air base to sign an historic agreement that will help to advance efforts to make Grand Forks a world-class hub for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology, commerce and training. "Today's ceremony marks another big step forward and the beginning of a very exciting new era for UND Aerospace, the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the entire region,"… Continue Reading


02.11.11

HOEVEN MEETS WITH BASE COMMANDERS AND TASK FORCE 21 IN SUPPORT OF MINOT AIR FORCE BASE

BISMARCK, ND - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) toured the Minot Air Force Base today and met with senior leaders including 5th Bomb Wing Commander Col. Douglas A. Cox and 91st Missile Wing Commander Col. Ferdinand "Fred" Stoss to discuss the current status and future of the base. "The Minot Air Force Base, with its dual missions involving the B-52 bombers and Minuteman III missiles, plays a strategic role in our nation's defense system. It is also a vital economic engine for Minot and the state of No… Continue Reading


02.09.11

HOEVEN CALLS FOR ANALYSIS OF ENERGY INDUSTRY REGULATIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today asked Dr. Richard Newell, administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to conduct an analysis of regulations that could be impeding development and growth of the nation's domestic energy production. "I believe a key to maximizing the nation's energy potential and minimizing energy costs for America's families is reducing unnecessary federal regulations," Hoeven said. "Accordingly, I write to request that you conduct a quantita… Continue Reading


02.08.11

DELEGATION CONGRATULATE NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS NAMED AMONG NATION'S TOP VOLUNTEERS

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg announced today that two North Dakota students have been selected as recipients of the 16th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Cara Mund of Bismarck and Lexy Grenier of Grand Forks were chosen as the state's top youth volunteers for 2011. As State Honorees, each will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and will join other honorees from across the country in attending a program recog… Continue Reading


02.08.11

DELEGATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $700,000 LOAN FOR NORTH DAKOTA ELECTRIC CO-OP

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that Northern Plains Electric Cooperative will receive a $740,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, based in Carrington and Cando, will use the USDA Rural Development loan to help Edgeley-based Allied Agronomy construct a 30,000 square foot warehouse for its agricultural products. The warehouse will be located near Jamestown and the pr… Continue Reading


02.04.11

HOEVEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR UAS AMENDMENT ON SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today spoke on the Senate floor in support of an amendment to boost unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations and training in North Dakota and to highlight the importance of these aviation systems at home and abroad. The amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill would authorize the FAA, in coordination with the military, to develop national certification and flight standards, and concurrent or layered airspaces in the … Continue Reading


02.04.11

SENATORS BACK EFFORT TO BROADEN UAS OPERATIONS IN ND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill to help increase unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations and training in North Dakota. The amendment authorizes the FAA to move forward in coordination with the military to develop concurrent or layered airspace for UAS flight in the National Airspace System. It amends earlier language as drafted by Senator Conrad and former senator Byron Dorgan. Th… Continue Reading


02.03.11

HOEVEN HONORS PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today commemorated the 100th birthday of former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born on February 6, 1911. Hoeven paid tribute in the Congressional Record to "the Great Communicator," a leader he remembers as an optimist who believed in our nation and our ability to succeed. Following is the full text of Hoeven's statement: "Today, when our country faces enormous challenges - both domestic and internatio… Continue Reading


02.03.11

HOEVEN COSPONSORS LEGISLATION TO PREVENT UNFAIR REGULATORY TREATMENT IN EPA PERMITTING

WASHINGTON, D.C. -Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said he will cosponsor a bill with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va) to prevent unfair regulatory treatment by the Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically, the EPA Fair Play Act will ensure that the EPA cannot revoke previously awarded Clean Water Act 404 permits. Section 404 of the Clean Water Act regulates mining projects, and other industrial surface activities. The bill was prompted by an unprecedented revocation of a 404 per… Continue Reading


02.03.11

Senate Passes Measure to Eliminate 1099 Requirement in the Federal Health Care Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate's passage of the Stabenow amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration's reauthorization bill. The measure, which passed on the Senate floor by an 81 to 17 vote, will eliminate the 1099 reporting requirement in the federal health care bill. Hoeven cosponsored a similar bill advanced by Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns. "Eliminating this measure will remove both the expense and bureaucr… Continue Reading


01.31.11

Hoeven Statement on Today’s Ruling in Florida that the Health Care Law’s Individual Mandate is Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the decision today by U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson that the individual mandate in the federal health care law is unconstitutional. North Dakota was one of 26 states, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and two individuals who brought the suit. "This is the second time in as many months that a judge has ruled the federal health care act unconstitutional owing to a provision in the law… Continue Reading

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