News Releases

05.04.11

Hoeven Statement on the Passing of Former Representative Frank Wald

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the death of former Representative Frank Wald (R-Dickinson): "Frank Wald was a skilled and dedicated legislator who never stopped working for the people of our state. He understood the needs of western North Dakota and represented his friends and neighbors well. Our entire state is stronger and better because of his leadership. "Mikey and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Wald family an… Continue Reading


05.04.11

Hoeven Calls for U.S. Senate Vote on Pending Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Panama

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and a group of Republican senators today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the Republican Jobs Plan, a comprehensive formula to boost the economy and get America working again. Also speaking were Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, and John Cornyn of Texas. The seven-part plan calls for the nation to live within its means; reform the tax code, without raising taxes, unburden the economy … Continue Reading


05.03.11

Hoeven at Air Force Promotion Ceremony

Senator John Hoeven pins a new rank on U.S. Air Force Senate Liaison Lt. Col. Sean Boles. Hoeven presided over the ceremony promoting Boles from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Air Force Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. Boles is the principal Air Force liaison with the Senate Armed Services, Budget and Appropriations Committees. Hoeven serves on the Appropriations Committee.… Continue Reading


05.02.11

Hoeven Statement on the Killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. Operatives in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement Sunday night in response to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. military operatives in Pakistan. "The killing of Osama bin Laden by a small team of U.S. operatives in Pakistan brings to an end the unrelenting effort to bring one of the world's most infamous terrorists to justice. On September 11, the American people were unified in both their horror and grief of the tragic events in New York, Washington and P… Continue Reading


04.29.11

Hoeven Outlines Asian Trade Opportunities for Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today briefed members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce on his recent trade mission to Asia, stressing the importance of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the significant opportunities emerging in both India and Korea for North Dakota products and services. Hoeven returned Saturday from a trip to South Korea, India and Afghanistan with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to promote trade and review U.S.-Asian security issues. In addition to… Continue Reading


04.28.11

Senators Promote Investment in North Dakota

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today announced that the University of North Dakota's Center for Innovation Foundation has been approved to operate North Dakota's and Minnesota's only EB-5 Regional Center. This designation is expected to attract tens of millions of dollars of private investment and create hundreds of new jobs in North Dakota. Authorized by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 program facilitates permanent residency status and Green Cards for immi… Continue Reading


04.28.11

Hoeven Encourages USGS to Reassess Williston Basin Reserves

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today said technological advances have significantly increased the amount of oil that is recoverable in western North Dakota and urged the U.S. Geological Survey to update the estimates of recoverable oil reserves in the Williston Basin. Hoeven hosted a meeting of the U.S. Geological Survey; city, state and county officials; and oil industry leaders in Bismarck to encourage a new evaluation of recoverable reserves in the Williston Basin. "In order for our… Continue Reading


04.27.11

Hoeven Helps Coordinate Flood Fight, Recovery Strategies With Officials From Ward and McHenry Counties, Federal Agencies

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met in Minot with officials from Ward and McHenry counties, as well as state and federal officials to help coordinate the latest flood fight efforts and recovery strategies in the region. Flooding is continuing in some areas of the Souris River Basin in north central North Dakota, where the river is reportedly at its highest level in more than 30 years. Participating in the meeting were Minot City Council President Dean Frantsvog, Public Works Director Al… Continue Reading


04.26.11

Hoeven Updates Media on U.S.-Asian Trade and Security Mission

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today briefed media on his recent trip to Asia with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to promote trade and review U.S.-Asian Security issues. The Congressional delegation on Saturday completed their visit to South Korea and India, as well as Afghanistan, where they met with President Hamid Karzai, General David Petraeus, and U.S. and NATO troops. In addition to Hoeven and McConnell, the congressional delegation included Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), f… Continue Reading


04.25.11

Hoeven Presses Regional FEMA 8 Director For Full-Flood Assistance Declaration

BISMARCK, ND - Sen. John Hoeven today again spoke to Region 8 FEMA Director Robin Finegan and FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer for North Dakota Willie Nunn to secure Federal Cost Sharing Assistance for flood protection measures and damages in addition to the current direct federal assistance. Hoeven also stressed that the incident period should begin on Feb. 14 instead of April 5 as under the current partial declaration. "The full federal FEMA declaration will cover the federal cost share … Continue Reading


04.25.11

Delegation Supports Funding For UTTC

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today urged the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to continue a program that provides funding for Bismarck's United Tribes Technical College. In a letter to Duncan the Congressional delegation requests continued funding for the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institutions (TCPCTI) program. "We urge the Administration to continue its investments in higher education - and colleges targeted at… Continue Reading


04.25.11

Delegation Announces $2.9 Million Grant for West Nile Virus Research at the University of North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the University of North Dakota (UND) will receive a $2.9 million competitive grant from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) for research into treatments to combat the West Nile virus. DOE's investment allows UND, in partnership with Avianax and the Mayo Clinic, to continue work to develop treatments and diagnostic products that use goose antibodies to fight the West Nile virus. Antibodies from… Continue Reading


04.21.11

Hoeven Meets with Top Indian Government and Business Officials on Trade and U.S.-Asian Security

NEW DELHI - Senator John Hoeven, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of U.S. Senators met Wednesday in New Delhi with top Indian government and business leaders to discuss expanded trade opportunities between the two nations and mutual security issues. TRADE India has a large and expanding middle class of approximately 50 million people, which is estimated to grow ten-fold by 2025. It also has a well-educated workforce and growing demand for U.S. goods. "With 1.2 billio… Continue Reading


04.21.11

Hoeven, Senate Delegation Meet With Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai, Gen. David Petraeus, Ambassador Eikenberry in Kabul

KABUL - Senator John Hoeven and a delegation of U.S. senators led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week met in Kabul, Afghanistan with Afghan President Hamid Karzai; Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan General David Petraeus; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry; and other top government and military leaders to discuss the progress of the war in Afghanistan. Both General Petraeus and Ambassador Eikenberry indicated clearly i… Continue Reading


04.19.11

Hoeven, U.S. Senate Delegation Meet With Korean President, Foreign Minister About Increased Trade, Regional Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and an official delegation of U.S. Senators today met in Seoul, Republic of Korea with top Korean officials on both trade and security issues. The group met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan to promote the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement now awaiting ratification in the U.S. Senate. Hoeven met separately with top Korean business leaders to promote North Dakota commercia… Continue Reading


04.18.11

Delegation Announces U.S. Service Academy Opportunities

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today they are now accepting applications from North Dakota students interested in serving their country by attending one of the nation's military service academies. "America's military academies are some of the finest schools in the nation, preparing the leaders of tomorrow," the delegation said in a joint statement. "Attending one of these highly competitive institutions is an honor. You receive a world-cl… Continue Reading


04.18.11

Hoeven Congratulates N.D. National Guard's 957th Engineer Company

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company for being named tops among the nation's military engineer units in America. The U.S. Army announced last week that the company has won the 2010 Itschner Award, which is presented each year to the most outstanding active duty, Reserve and National Guard Engineer units throughout the Army. The award was presented to the 957th for work it completed serving in multiple locations during 2… Continue Reading


04.18.11

Army Corps OKs Plan to Protect Minnewaukan

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that final approval has been secured from the Army Corps of Engineers for Advanced Protective Measures for Minnewaukan. Local officials requested assistance from the Corps to protect the Minnewaukan Public School and the community from Devils Lake which is rising and encroaching on their community. The delegation noted that this approval means construction can begin to provide necessary protection for t… Continue Reading


04.18.11

Hoeven: Ransom County Added to Federal Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today said his office has pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expand the partial Presidential Disaster Declaration issued last week to Ransom County and to provide additional assistance to Valley City. The Senator continues to press FEMA to expand the period the declaration covers back to February 24, the date of the Governor's original request. The President's declaration currently covers assistance after April 5. "State and local offi… Continue Reading


04.15.11

Hoeven Advocates Air Force Leaders to Build on Success of Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations at Grand Forks

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Sen. John Hoeven Thursday urged Air Force Assistant Secretary Terry Yonkers and Air Force officials to take advantage of the work of Grand Forks Air Force Base in developing and growing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) capabilities. Hoeven, at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, also offered his support for growing missions at the base. With preparations underway to house the Global Hawk at Grand Forks Air Force Base,… Continue Reading

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