News Releases

08.08.11

Hoeven Works on Missouri River Flood Recovery

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven worked with mayors and county commissioners in Bismarck, Mandan, Burleigh and Morton County today to address outstanding issues relating to the flood response effort and begin developing a strategy for recovery for the region, which has been severely impacted by three months of severe Missouri River flooding. Hoeven met with a broad group of local, state and federal officials including Rep. Rick Berg, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk, Bismar… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven Statement on the Loss of American Service Members Killed in Afghan Copter Crash

FARGO, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today following a NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed 31 Americans and seven Afghan soldiers: "The loss of so many of our service members in one incident is a stark reminder to all Americans of the true cost of our freedoms. These brave Americans, many of them part of the U.S. Navy SEALs unit responsible for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, served our nation with honor and courage. We extend our sincere gratitud… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven: New Veterans Home Honors Residents Who Served

LISBON, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the new North Dakota Veterans Home honors the military men and women who have served our country. He spoke at the Veterans Home's grand opening and dedication ceremony this morning in Lisbon. The State of North Dakota funded $11 million of the $25.6 million project in 2009 during Hoeven's term as governor. The balance was funded with a grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "Our nation's veterans have given so much to their co… Continue Reading


08.06.11

Hoeven Honors Air Guard on 14th Outstanding Unit Award

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven honored members of the North Dakota National Air Guard 119th Wing today with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. This is the 14th time the Wing has received this award, which recognizes excellence and perfection in military work. "This unit is an example to everyone in our military of the way long-term commitment to excellence can become engrained in an organization," Hoeven said. "What a tradition the 119th has created. They are a real asset to our nation a… Continue Reading


08.05.11

Bipartisan Missouri River Working Group Calls on Corps to Outline Preparations for Possible Flooding Next Year

WASHINGTON - Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), along with the delegations of the Missouri River Basin states, called on the Army Corps of Engineers today to apply lessons from this year's flooding as it prepares next year's operating plan for the Missouri River. The Missouri River Working Group is a bipartisan, cooperative coalition of lawmakers organized last month by Sens. Hoeven, Conrad, Blunt and McCaskill to improve flood contr… Continue Reading


08.05.11

Hoeven Events Schedule

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven plans to hold events throughout North Dakota in August while the U.S. Congress is in recess. Some events are scheduled and others are still being planned. Advisories will be issued as additional events are scheduled. His agenda for public events tomorrow and the first part of next week is as follows: Saturday, Aug. 6 Tomorrow, Hoeven will be attending both the North Dakota Veterans Home grand opening and dedication in Lisbon at 10 a.m. and the Outstanding… Continue Reading


08.04.11

Hoeven, Gillibrand Working to Protect Consumers, U.S. Honey Industry From Mislabeled Products

Washington, D.C. - With deceptive manufacturing practices by foreign companies threatening domestic honey producers, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John Hoeven called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a national standard of identity for honey. While North Dakota and New York's honey producers generated $53.4 million in sales in 2009, producers have been strained as cheap, adulterated honey from abroad has inundated the U.S. market."New York has some of the nation's fin… Continue Reading


08.04.11

Hoeven Announces Key EPA Approval for Fort Berthold Refinery

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a key permit for the proposed petroleum refinery on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Makoti, N.D. The Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation Clean Fuels Refinery is expected to be one of the few oil refineries to be constructed in the United States in the last 30 years, and be capable of refining 15,000 barrels of oil per day. "This permit represents an important milestone and a tremendous… Continue Reading


08.03.11

Hoeven Call For 'National Day of the Deployed' To Recognize Soldiers' Sacrifices

WASHINGTON - Building on his resolution as North Dakota's governor, Senator John Hoeven yesterday introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to designate Oct. 26, 2011, as "Day of the Deployed" in recognition of the sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women currently deployed around the world. "Our men and women in uniform work tirelessly to serve our country and protect our freedoms, and we cannot do enough to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they willingly make. A national 'Day … Continue Reading


08.02.11

Hoeven Statement on Passage Of An Agreement to Find Savings and Address the Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to today's passage in the U.S. Senate of the agreement to find savings and address the debt ceiling: "Today, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to reduce the federal government's spending and address the nation's debt limit without a tax increase. The President signed the bill this afternoon. The $2.4 trillion spending reduction plan will apply a 10-year cap to discretionary spending immediately, saving an initial $91… Continue Reading


08.02.11

Hoeven: Proposed Ag-Transport Regulations Don't Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, along with a bipartisan group of 21 other senators, called today for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reconsider some of its proposals currently under review and open to public comment. In a letter to FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro, the senators expressed concern that the agriculture transportation-related proposals misinterpret guidance already established by government agencies, and, if made into rules, are likely to encumber our nation's … Continue Reading


07.29.11

Hoeven: USDA Approves Request for Emergency Haying and Grazing for Five Flood-Impacted Counties

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has approved emergency haying and grazing for the following counties: Burke, Bottineau, McHenry, Stutsman and Ward. Hoeven earlier this month requested that the national Farm Service Agency (FSA) permit emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for North Dakota counties affected by severe flooding. "Considering the hardship endured by our farmers and rancher… Continue Reading


07.29.11

Klobuchar, Durbin, Lugar, Hoeven, Kyl Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Attacks in Norway Passes Senate Unanimously

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Richard Lugar (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) announced today that their bipartisan resolution condemning the horrific acts of violence in Norway has passed the Senate unanimously. The resolution denounced the acts of terror and expressed deep sympathy and unwavering support for the Norwegian people as they recover from the tragedy. All 95 other senators co-sponsored the resolution. "As the state with t… Continue Reading


07.29.11

Conrad, Hoeven Ask Secretary Clinton to Review Souris River Basin Operations Agreement

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven have asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to review the parameters of an agreement with the Canadian government that determines water management in the Souris River Basin following record flows that led to a devastating flood in Minot and other surrounding communities this year. In a letter to the State Department, North Dakota's Senators requested a review of the operations of the dams in the Souris River Basin in light of this year's histo… Continue Reading


07.29.11

Hoeven Meets With U.S. Trade Ambassador Kirk to Advance Free Trade Agreements

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven yesterday afternoon met with U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk to continue his efforts to get the South Korean, Colombian and Panamanian free trade agreements to the floor of the U.S. Senate. Hoeven has been advocating for passage of the agreements, and asked Ambassador Kirk if there was anything more the Administration needed to move them forward. Kirk indicated he feels that they're prepared to bring the agreements to the floor by September, and he thanked the Sen… Continue Reading


07.29.11

Hoeven: We Need to Move Forward With Boehner Approach

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to underscore the differences between the debt ceiling plan proposed by Speaker of the House John Boehner and that proposed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Just prior to the Senator's speech the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that, excluding the effects of the caps on funding for Iraq and Afghanistan and similar activities - and therefore the interest on the war debt - the total red… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Hoeven: The American People Want Us To Come To An Agreement

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor urging Congress to reach an agreement to address the debt ceiling and find savings. A transcript of Senator Hoeven's remarks follows: I rise this morning to speak about the need to come to an agreement on how we handle the debt ceiling. We need to come to agreement on addressing our nation's deficit and the debt. Let's review where we are right now. If you look at our fiscal situation, right now t… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Hoeven, Wyden, Begich Introduce TRIP Bond Program to Help Build Transportation Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. - Looking to leverage private investment and an untapped market for tax credit bonding to rebuild America's transportation infrastructure, U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) have introduced legislation to create a tax credit bond program dedicated to transportation infrastructure. Transportation and Regional Infrastructure Project bonds or TRIPs will be a financing tool to fund the rebuilding of the nation's crumbling transportation… Continue Reading


07.27.11

Conrad, Hoeven Encourage North Dakota Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington- North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven announced today that the United States Senate Youth Program (USYPP) is now accepting nominations for its 50th Anniversary Washington Week. The senators encouraged North Dakota high school students interested in public service careers to apply for the program, which brings students from across the country to the nation's capital to experience the federal government in action. Student delegates receive an all-expense paid trip and a $5… Continue Reading


07.27.11

Delegation Announces More Than $1.4 Million in Funding to Help Co-ops Recover from Storm Damage

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the State of North Dakota will receive more than $1.4 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to compensate the Mountrail - Williams Electric Coop for storm damage to its infrastructure that resulted in a loss of electric power to essential services earlier this spring. "North Dakota was hit hard by the spring blizzard. The storm devastated our power co-operatives and … Continue Reading

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