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09.16.11

Hoeven: Senate Passes Nearly $7 BIllion in Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Senate passage of a nearly $7 billion disaster aid package, which includes some funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), represents an important step forward in the process of getting disaster aid to flood-impacted communities in North Dakota. The bill, which passed Thursday evening, provides funding for a range of recovery activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


09.16.11

Hoeven Receives North Dakota Dental Association Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today received the President's Award from the North Dakota Dental Association at the organizations' Annual Session. The award recognizes Hoeven's commitment to improving oral health care for North Dakotans during his tenure as governor, including his efforts to increase provider reimbursements through the dental Medicaid program. This program made oral health care more accessible for low-income North Dakotans. "I'm honored to receive this award from such … Continue Reading


09.15.11

Hoeven: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Crucial Funding for Department of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that members have approved crucial funding for the Department of Defense in 2012 to help to upgrade and modernize the nation's military capabilities. The appropriation will help enhance operations and equipment at the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force bases. "It's vital that we continue to maintain a strong military and a credible deterrence against foreign aggression, and the funding we app… Continue Reading


09.15.11

Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators Support Super Committee Efforts to 'Go Big' on Deficits, Debt

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was among a bipartisan coalition of 37 U.S. Senators who today announced that they will support efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. The Senate coalition includes 19 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition … Continue Reading


09.13.11

Conrad, Hoeven Call for Additional Disaster Assistance for Communities in North Dakota and Across the Nation

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to provide additional relief funding in wake of the severe natural disasters that struck communities in North Dakota and across the nation this year. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss), Senators Conrad and Hoeven ask them to consider providing supplemental appropriations for disaster recovery p… Continue Reading


09.09.11

Hoeven Statement Observing the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks on the United States

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States: "The tragic events of September 11 are forever engrained in our national memory. We all remember where we were when news broke of the terrorist attacks on our soil. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, I invite all North Dakotans-and Americans-to join together for a national Moment of Remembrance. On Sunday, Se… Continue Reading


09.09.11

Hoeven Invites North Dakotans to Join National Sept. 11 Moment of Remembrance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following video message to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hoeven invites all North Dakotans to pay tribute to the fallen with a national Moment of Remembrance on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at noon CDT/11 a.m. MDT. Hoeven cosponsored S. Res. 237, the 9-11 National Moment of Remembrance Resolution, which creates the national "Stop and Remember" tribute. Unanimously passed by the Senate, this resolution cal… Continue Reading


09.08.11

Statement of Senator John Hoeven on President Obama's Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's job creation speech before a joint session of Congress this evening: "I appreciate that the President this evening acknowledged that it's the private sector, rather than the federal government, who are the job creators in our country. "The plan's proposal for tax relief and the President's stated intention to send pending free trade agreements to Congress are steps in the right direction, … Continue Reading


09.08.11

Hoeven, Panetta Discuss ND Military Bases, National Security Priorities

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of North Dakota's military bases to the nation's security infrastructure. "Minot Air Force Base is a key part of the nation's military's force structure and provides cost effective, efficient, top quality defense capabilities," Hoeven said. "Grand Forks Air Force Base now has a growing role as a center for unmanned aerial systems, which are becoming increasingly critical to … Continue Reading


09.08.11

Hoeven: America Needs a Long-Term, Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Economic Strategy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, urging Congress and the President to adopt a long-term, pro-growth, pro-jobs strategy for the nation to get America working again. That includes a legal, tax and regulatory climate that encourages investment and promotes free trade and innovation to create jobs and opportunities for America. Following are excerpts from his speech: "I rise today to speak on a matter of great importance to our country, and th… Continue Reading


09.07.11

Hoeven, Senate Colleagues Call on President Obama to Submit Long-Pending Trade Agreements for Ratification

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and eight of his senate colleagues today called on President Barack Obama to submit long-pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress as a first step in helping create private-sector jobs. "We want to underscore the fact that we are ready, and have been ready, to work with the President to ratify these trade agreements, which have been languishing for three years," Hoeven said. "Combined, they hold the promise of more than $10 bill… Continue Reading


09.07.11

Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Votes Additional Support for FEMA, USDA Disaster Relief Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today worked with his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that federal agencies have the necessary resources to help with severe natural disasters across the country this year. Hoeven also serves on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Appropriators today approved $6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief programs as part of the Department of Homelan… Continue Reading


09.06.11

Delegation, Governor Press FAA to Build on North Dakota's Operations to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make North Dakota the first test site for integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS). In a letter to FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt, the North Dakota leaders offered the newly formed North Dakota UAS Integration Team as a resource to help establish the test site in North Dakota. "N… Continue Reading


09.01.11

Hoeven: Delta Needs to Ensure Reliable Air Services Continue in Jamestown and Devils Lake

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - At the request of Jamestown and Devils Lake Airport officials, Senator John Hoeven today brought representatives from Delta Airlines to North Dakota to work toward ensuring reliable air service at the Jamestown and Devils Lake Regional Airports as Delta moves forward with a transition that may involve a change of carriers. Hoeven and state, local and airport officials briefed Delta officials on the growth of ridership at the airports and toured the new terminal and remodeled fa… Continue Reading


09.01.11

Hoeven: Federal Task Force Needs to Help Expedite Flood Relief for Devils Lake

BISMARCK, N.D. - At a meeting today in Bismarck, Sen. John Hoeven urged General Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from the federal agencies responsible for flood prevention in the Devils Lake Basin to do all they can to help expedite flood relief for Devils Lake while managing flows to adequately protect downstream interests. The plan now under consideration includes four key parts: Constructing an east end outlet on Devils Lake, which is scheduled for co… Continue Reading


09.01.11

Hoeven: Prairie Public Radio Deserves Our Heartfelt Appreciation

BISMARCK, ND - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the 30th anniversary of Prairie Public radio: "Prairie Public radio has been a staple on North Dakota dials for three decades. For more than half of my life, I've been able to tune into Dave Thompson's radio broadcasts and have access to quality reporting on local and national events. As programming expanded over the years, Prairie Public has offered a broad range of news coverage and perspectives from all corn… Continue Reading


08.31.11

Hoeven: New Rescue Station Positions Air National Guard for Future

FARGO, ND - Senator John Hoeven today said the new Air National Guard Crash/Fire/Rescue Station in Fargo ensures that the Airmen of 119th Wing are prepared for any military or civilian emergency at the Air National Guard base and Hector International Airport. He spoke at the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new building, which was followed by a reception and tours. "As our nation approaches the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, we are increasingly mindful of the need for … Continue Reading


08.31.11

Hoeven: North Dakota to Receive More Than $786 Million for Flood Recovery and Mitigation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today told attendees at the Bismarck-Mandan Flood Recovery Conference that state, federal and local officials need to continue to work on both recovering from this year's floods, and also on doing all they can to mitigate the risk of similar flooding in the future. "North Dakota is on track to receive more than $786 million to help individuals and communities recover from what is clearly one of the most severe flood seasons in our state's history," Hoeven s… Continue Reading


08.30.11

Hoeven Outlines Pro-Growth Economic Strategy at Kiwanis Meeting

MINOT, ND - Senator John Hoeven today provided an overview of his work in Congress to promote pro-business policies, create jobs and grow the nation's economy during a noontime address to members of the Kiwanis Club of Minot. Hoeven also opened the floor for questions, insights and opinions. Hoeven said Washington needs to focus on three areas, which is where he is concentrating his efforts: Creating a legal, tax and regulatory climate that promotes business growth and investment, and gets… Continue Reading


08.26.11

Delegation Announces $3 Million in U.S. Energy Department Grant to UND

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a grant of nearly $3 million to the University of North Dakota's Institute for Energy Studies in Grand Forks to scale up and demonstrate a technology for capturing carbon from coal combustion flue gas. Industry and UND matching cost share is $738,000. The total project is $3.69 million. Current CO2 capture systems require large amounts of energy for thei… Continue Reading

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