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Senate Passes Hoeven-Corker Amendment With Overwhelming Support

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment by an overwhelming 69-29 vote. The measure places unprecedented resources on the border to stem the flow of illegal immigration. "This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted by a two-thirds, bipartisan majority to pass the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment, a tough new measure that first and foremost secures the border with an unprecedented force of manpower, fencing and advanced technology," Hoeven said. "To … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement In Response to Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act: "While it doesn't directly affect North Dakota, I'm concerned about today's decision by the Supreme Court because it weakened the Defense of Marriage Act. I continue to support and believe that marriage is a unique institution, a union between a man and a woman."… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Summer Interns to Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that five students will intern with his Washington, D.C., Bismarck and Fargo offices this summer. The interns will work with the senator and his staff on legislative, communication and administrative projects. "We are again excited and grateful to welcome some of North Dakota's best and brightest young men and women to work as interns in my Washington, D.C. and state offices," Hoeven said. "These interns represent North Dakota's future leaders, … Continue Reading


Hoeven-Corker Amendment Passes Cloture Vote With More Than Two-Thirds Majority

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted with a bipartisan majority for cloture on the Hoeven-Corker Southern Border Security Amendment to the new immigration bill: "This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted 67 to 27, a more than two-thirds, bipartisan majority, to pass cloture on our border security amendment. Americans want reform, but that means first and foremost securing the border," Hoeven said. "That's what our legislation seek… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Keystone XL Pipeline in North Dakota, National Interest

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today continued their call for the Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project, saying the project is in North Dakota's and the nation's interest and would create jobs, make the nation more energy secure and help improve public safety in North Dakota. In a speech today, President Obama said he will not approve the Keystone XL pipeline unless the State Department again determines that it is in the na… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Painted Canyon Overlook to Remain Open Through End of October

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the local community has secured funding through the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation to keep the Painted Canyon Overlook open through the end of October 2013. Hoeven's office has been working with the U.S. Park Service and the community to secure adequate funding to ensure the overlook remains open through the end of October, as opposed to closing at the end of September. "We are grateful that the community has come together and found a … Continue Reading


The Hoeven-Corker Amendment: Myth vs. Fact

"The American people want a strong, comprehensive immigration reform plan, but we need to get it right. That means first and foremost securing the southern border before we address other meaningful reforms to our immigration policy. They want to know that ten years from now, we won't find ourselves in this same position, having to address the same problem." -Senator John Hoeven MYTH: There's no guarantee the Hoeven-Corker amendment will decrease illegal immigration. There are no results trigge… Continue Reading


CBO: Hoeven-Corker Reduces Illegal Immigration, Visa Overstays

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the Hoeven-Corker Amendment will reduce illegal immigration "significantly" and "strengthen enforcement action" against those who overstay their visas. "The [Hoeven-Corker] amendment would significantly increase border security relative to the committee-approved version of the bill, and it would strengthen enforcement actions against those who stay in the country after their authorization … Continue Reading


Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment

Ensuring Unprecedented U.S. Border Security (p. 3-8, 14-36) Before Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPIs) receive a Green Card, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Inspector General, and GAO, must certify that ALL five conditions are met: The Department of Homeland Security, after consultation with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, the Inspector General of the Department, and the Comptroller General of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Delta, United Airlines Air Service to Dickinson Will Improve Quality of Life

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that new air service by Delta Airlines and United Airlines from Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport will improve quality of life and provide much needed services to the region. The airport today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the new flights to Minneapolis and Denver that began earlier this month. "Both Delta's and United's decision to add new flights in and out of Dickinson stands as great news for the greater Dickinson area which… Continue Reading


Hoeven: This is About Securing the Border First

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today delivered the following remark on the Senate floor about the Hoeven-Corker amendment to the immigration bill. The full text of Hoeven's speech is below: "We have now filed the Hoeven-Corker Border Security Amendment. I believe that the first order of business for immigration reform is to secure the border. Americans want immigration reform, of that, there is no doubt. But, they want us to get it right and that means first and foremost, securing the border. … Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with TransCanada Leaders to Move Forward Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven this week met with TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling and TransCanada President of Energy and Oil Pipelines Alex Pourbaix to move forward the Keystone XL pipeline project. Hoeven is working with the Canadian business leaders to secure approval for the project, which will create jobs, provide greater energy security to the United States, and provide much needed energy infrastructure. "Canada is one of the United States greatest friends and allies. We need … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on House's Voting Down a Farm Bill Today

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement regarding the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a Farm Bill for the nation today: "Like many others, I am very disappointed with the inability of the U.S. House to pass a new Farm Bill today. The Senate has already passed a strong Farm Bill that focuses on enhanced crop insurance, the number one priority for North Dakota producers; continues the sugar program, and also saves $24 billion to help reduce the defic… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Corker Introduce Amendment To Secure The Southern Border

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced an amendment to bolster security on the nation's southern border as part of the new immigration bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate. "The American people want a strong, comprehensive immigration reform plan, but we need to get it right," Hoeven said. "That means first and foremost securing the southern border before we address other meaningful reforms to our immigration policy. They want to know that… Continue Reading


Delegation Calls for Military Academy Applications

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced they are currently accepting applications from North Dakota students interested in serving their country by attending one of the nation's military service academies. "We are honored to have the privilege to nominate many of North Dakota's best and brightest students to represent our great state at one of our nation's historic institutions of higher learning and military service," the delegation sai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Opposes White House Plan to Cut Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today rejected President Obama's plan to cut the nation's nuclear arsenal by one-third beyond the levels set by the New START Treaty, which the U.S. signed with Russia in 2010. That agreement requires the United States to reduce the nation's nuclear arsenal from about 2,500 nuclear missiles to about 1,500. The plan the president announced today will further reduce the U.S. missile force, to approximately 1,000 missiles, a nearly two-thirds reduction to the natio… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Hoeven-Blumenthal Resolution Calling for Free and Fair Presidential Election in Iran

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statements today after the Senate passed their resolution, S. Res. 154, which calls on the Government of Iran to hold a free, fair and open presidential election this Friday, June 14. The resolution highlights the fact that the Iranian regime blocked numerous candidates from running in the presidential election and that Iran's government has a long history of abusing human rights and holding elections… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Air Force Agrees to Spray Non-Federal Lands for Mosquitoes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Air Force Reserve Command has at his urging approved local requests to spray for mosquitoes on non-federal lands in western North Dakota, including areas near Williston and Minot. The Air Force Reserve is already spraying federal lands in the area, but it will now also spray the non-federal areas as well. The mosquito abatement efforts are expected to take place at the end of June and in mid-July. "We're pleased that the Air Force has agreed to al… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $11.65 Million HUD Affordable Housing Grants for North Dakota Native American Communities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded almost $11.65 million to North Dakota Native American communities to support affordable housing projects and activities. "Ensuring all North Dakotans have access to safe, affordable housing is a high priority for us," said the delegation. "These grants will help to provide our tribal communities with the resources they need… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce PTSD Awareness Month Resolution

WASHINGTON - In a continued effort to raise awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored a resolution in the United States Senate sponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp to designate the month of June as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Month. Senator Hoeven cosponsored a resolution marking June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day with Senator Kent Conrad for the last two years. The resolution introduced today would designate the entire month of June as PT… Continue Reading

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