News Releases

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


01.27.11

HOEVEN NAMED TO FOUR KEY COMMITTEES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Republican Conference today reported that Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) has been named to four key committees: Appropriations; Energy and Natural Resources; Agriculture; and Indian Affairs. In addition, the Senator has been selected to serve on the Republican Conference Leadership Advisory Board. The group meets weekly and provides input to the leadership team on issues pending before the Senate. During the last Congress, the advisory board proved to be a sounding boar… Continue Reading


01.26.11

HOEVEN NEWS CONFERENCE VIDEO ON BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Attached is a video link to the news conference held at noon today in the Senate Press Gallery by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. John Hoeven and a number of other U.S. Senators to announce sponsorship of the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In addition to Hoeven, the following Senators participated in today's news conference: John Ensign (R-Nevada), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Kelly… Continue Reading


01.26.11

Hoeven Cosponsors Elimination of 1099 Provision in Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today announced he is cosponsoring a bill advanced by Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to eliminate a burdensome reporting requirement for small businesses embedded last year in the new health care legislation. Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that every business, charity, and local and state government entity submit 1099 forms for business transactions totaling $600 or more in a given year. This mandate adds routine business… Continue Reading


01.26.11

HOEVEN COSPONSORS BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today announced he is cosponsoring a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution. Hoeven and 18 other Senators are sponsoring the proposal, which comes on the heels of the Congressional Budget Office's new estimate that the nation's federal deficit will balloon to $1.5 trillion this year, and to a record $2.58 trillion for 2011 and 2012 combined. The national debt is now $14 trillion, about two-thirds the size of the national economy. "Today's… Continue Reading


01.25.11

RESPONSE OF SEN. JOHN HOEVEN TO THE PRESIDENT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven tonight issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address: "Job creation needs to be job number one. We need to create the kind of business environment that will empower small businesses to grow the economy and create jobs to get the 15 million men and women who are unemployed in this country back to work. At the same time, we have to not only hold the line on spending, as the President proposed, but find saving… Continue Reading


01.21.11

HOEVEN: EPA E15 WAIVER EXPANSION MOVES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today said the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to extend its E15 waiver to model year 2001 vehicles, including light trucks, is a step in the right direction, but called on the agency to expedite rule making for labeling blends greater than E15 to help get the product to consumers. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson called the Senator this morning to notify him of the decision. "This is clearly a welcome step, but now the agency needs to provide simple… Continue Reading


01.20.11

Hoeven, Dalrymple: FEMA Agrees to Make $5.8 Million in Hazard Mitigation Grants Available to Help Minnewaukan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven and Gov. Jack Dalrymple today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved their request to make Hazardous Mitigation Grants available to help the City of Minnewaukan relocate. Dalrymple made the formal request on January 7, following a series of meetings and phone calls he and Hoeven had with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Doug Gore of FEMA Region 8, and other agency officials urging them to allow the city to access a pool of … Continue Reading


01.20.11

HOEVEN: SUCCESSFUL OPEN SEASON FOR TRANSCANADA MEANS MORE CAPACITY FOR ND PRODUCERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven said TransCanada Corp.'s announcement today that it has concluded a successful binding "open season" for its new Bakken Marketlink pipeline project in eastern Montana means significantly more transport capacity for North Dakota producers in the Williston Basin, and reduced reliance on foreign oil imports. The new onramp, which will be part of the company's international Keystone XL system, will carry petroleum from Baker, Montana to Cushing, Oklahoma and point… Continue Reading


01.18.11

Hoeven Statement on the Announced Retirement of Sen. Kent Conrad

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to Sen. Kent Conrad's announcement today that he will retire from the U.S. Senate at the end of his current term: "Like many North Dakotans, I was surprised to learn today that Senator Kent Conrad will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Sen. Conrad called me this morning and we spoke about his plans for the remainder of his term. I thanked him for his service, and told him I look forward to working with … Continue Reading


01.18.11

Hoeven, Local and Tribal Leaders Voice Opposition to Corps' Plan to Charge for Missouri River Water

Bismarck, N.D. - At a roundtable meeting this afternoon in Bismarck with Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District Commander Col. Robert Ruch, Sen. John Hoeven and leaders from communities and tribes along the length of the Missouri River voiced their opposition to the agency's recent proposal to charge businesses, farmers and ranchers for access to Missouri River water. The plan, proposed in the Lake Sakakawea Draft Surplus Water Report and Environmental Assessment released last month by the Corp… Continue Reading


01.17.11

Hoeven, Berg, City and Air Base Leaders Hold Roundtable on BRIC/UAV Strategies in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg, Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, Grand Forks County Commission John Schmisek, base retention supporter John Marshall; and leaders from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, UND Aerospace and local economic development organizations held a roundtable meeting in Grand Forks today to address base transition and growth strategies for the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the community of Grand Forks. The group is working to build new missions for the base… Continue Reading


01.17.11

Hoeven, Berg, Local Officials Hold Roundtable on Flood Preparations in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern, Oxbow Mayor Jim Nyhof, and Cass County Commissioners Darrell Vanyo and Scott Wagner held a roundtable meeting in Fargo this morning to discuss Red River Valley flood protection efforts. Participating in the meeting were Cass County Administrator Bonnie Johnson and County Engineer, Keith Berndt; Fargo City Commissioner Tim Mahoney; Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral and City Engineer Mark … Continue Reading


01.14.11

Hoeven to Hold Community Roundtables in North Dakota

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven will hold roundtable discussions with state, local and federal officials in North Dakota communities on Monday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Meetings will be held on Monday in Fargo on flood preparations and in Grand Forks on base retention. Rep. Rick Berg will join him at the Monday meetings. A Tuesday meeting in Bismarck will address North Dakota's opposition to an Army Corps of Engineers plan to charge residents and businesses for Missouri Rive… Continue Reading


01.09.11

Hoeven Statement on Tragic Shootings in Tucson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the tragic shootings of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona yesterday: "I am deeply saddened by the tragic events in Tucson, and extend my deepest sympathy to all who were injured and the families of those who were killed. During this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her family, and the families of all who were injured."… Continue Reading


01.05.11

Hoeven Sworn in as North Dakota's U.S. Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen.-elect John Hoeven was sworn into office by Vice President Joseph Biden this afternoon as North Dakota's 22nd senator in a formal ceremony at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Senator, along with 13 other new senators, took the oath of office before a group of family and friends on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Accompanying him were North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and former North Dakota Sen. Mark Andrews. "Mikey and I are honored and excited to be here in o… Continue Reading


01.05.11

Hoeven Sworn In As North Dakota's U.S. Senator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen.-elect John Hoeven was sworn into office by Vice President Joseph Biden this afternoon as North Dakota's 22nd senator in a formal ceremony at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Senator, along with 13 other new senators, took the oath of office before a group of family and friends on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Accompanying him were North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad and former North Dakota Sen. Mark Andrews. "Mikey and I are honored and excited to be here in… Continue Reading

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