News Releases


Hoeven Statement on Today's Passage of the American Taxpayer Relieve Act in the Senate to Avert Fiscal Cliff Tax Increases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, a measure to permanently extend lower tax rates and avoid the fiscal cliff. The legislation: • Maintains tax cuts for more than 99 percent of the American people and permanently extends current rates for most taxpayers • Extends unemployment insurance for more than 1 million jobless individuals • Averts a steep decrease in the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors to… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Welcome Corps Permits for Missouri River Water, Emphasize their Opposition to Charging Fees

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said they welcome the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to begin issuing permits for municipal and industrial uses of Missouri River water. However, they emphasized that they will continue to oppose any effort to charge North Dakota businesses, farmers, ranchers and tribes fees for access to Missouri River water. Col. Joel Cross, commander of the Corps' Omaha District, notified Hoeven, the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes 2013 Defense Authorization Bill with Provisions for N.D. Air Bases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate has passed the final FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill with provisions supporting North Dakota air base missions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation late last week, and it now goes to the President to be signed into law. The legislation includes measures that ensure continued funding and operations for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems based in Grand Forks, the B-52 bomber and intercontinental ballistic mi… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EDA Approves $1.6 Million Grant for $2 Million Minot Market at North Hill Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the city of Minot will receive a $1.6 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Grant for the city's Market at North Hill project, a new commercial and retail complex north of the city's main commercial center. Combined with $400,000 in local funding, the grant will be used for a $2 million infrastructure enhancement effort needed to support an area in the growing community for new commercial development now and into the futu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Census Estimates Cap a Decade of ND Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said new U.S. Census Bureau estimates showing North Dakota's population about to surpass 700,000 caps nearly a decade of annual population growth. According to Census data, the state has shown a population increase every year since 2003, which was the state's decade low, for a cumulative increase of almost 10 percent in 2012. The statewide population growth reflects the more diversified and dynamic economy the state has worked to create since 2000 by forgi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Sen. Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family, friends and constituents of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who died today. "Sen. Inouye was a kind and decent man who dedicated his life to serving our country. As a young man, he first served our nation during World War II, earning numerous distinctions for his valor, including the Medal of Honor. He subsequently went on to lead an equally distinguished career in Congress, earning a reputation for … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Tragic Deaths In Newtown, CT Today

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey today issued the following statement in response to the tragic deaths in Newtown, Conn., today: "Like parents across America today, Mikey and I are grieving the tragic loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. The loss of a child is tragic enough, but the loss of a child in the awful circumstances that surrounded today's shootings is unimaginable. "I know I speak on behalf of the people of North Dakota when I say tonight, our thoughts and pra… Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU, Lawrence Livermore National Lab Sign High-Tech R&D Collaboration Agreement

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have entered into a memorandum of agreement to partner on research and development projects using advanced computers to help boost energy development, create new high-tech products and give students access to tremendous educational opportunities to prepare them for high-paying jobs. Hoeven brought them together at an energy symposium in Fargo in March and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Field Representative to be in Dickinson on Regular Weekly Basis

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that his western North Dakota field representative Jon Cameron will be in Dickinson on a regular basis to serve residents of the area. Initially, he is scheduled to be in the area weekly on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, constituents can call Jon at 701-580-4535 or send an email to Hoeven announced in October that Cameron would provide constituent services to residents of western North Dakota. He is tasked … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus Spearhead Bipartisan Letter to Senate Leadership Calling for Passage of Farm Bill Before Year's End

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today spearheaded a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership asking them to move a full, five-year farm bill by the end of the year. The senators requested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell consider folding the strong, bipartisan farm legislation that passed the Senate in June into any end-of-the year package Congress passes in the remaining days of the year. Hoeven and Baucus… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Honor of the National Guard's 376th Birthday

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the 376th birthday of the National Guard: "Throughout its 376 year history, the National Guard has been 'always ready, always there' to defend and protect our interests at home and abroad. In North Dakota, we are especially grateful to the North Dakota National Guard members, both past and present, who have given their lives defending our nation. We thank all of our Guard members who tirelessly serve our … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Narrowing of Candidates for Air Force Tanker Mission Delayed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven said the Air Force informed him Tuesday afternoon that it has deferred its plan to release a narrowed list of bases eligible to receive the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker mission. Hoeven met last week with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to make the case again for Grand Forks Air Force Base being selected as a site for the new tanker mission. At the time, Welsh indicated that the Air Force is working to narrow its list of eligible bases and expected to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Advanced Education Visas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke last week on the Senate floor in support of a bipartisan measure that would allow highly skilled foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees to stay in the United States to help create jobs and new businesses. The students would fill positions for which there aren't a sufficient number of workers. The bill recognize that nearly half of U.S. Master's and Ph.D. degree recipients in science, technology, engineering and math fiel… Continue Reading


Hoeven: USDA Agrees to Modify National School Lunch Program Requirements

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to modify the new National School Lunch and Breakfast Program requirements in response to a bipartisan letter that Hoeven and Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) spearheaded in November requesting changes. Hoeven and Pryor said the request was prompted by numerous correspondences from parents, school board members, superintendents, and other concerned community members expressing their frus… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Pearl Harbor Attack Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941: "Today we remember the terrible tragedy our nation experienced at Pearl Harbor seventy-one years ago, and we mourn those who were lost. But we also remember how, in the face of such a challenge, our nation came together with a common purpose. The years that followed were a time of unity and shared sacrifice for the Greatest Generation. Some went to war, s… Continue Reading


Hoeven: We Can and We Must Find Consensus to Address the Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke on the Senate floor to call for greater bipartisan consensus to address the fiscal cliff now facing the nation. "We must - and in fact we can - find consensus and agreement. We've done it before. We did it in building a good, solid Farm Bill, which actually found $23 billion in savings toward the deficit. We did it in passing a strong highway bill that will strengthen the nation's infrastructure. It will take more of this kind of cooperation and cons… Continue Reading


ND Delegation, Governor: Corps Will Respect Master Manual on Missouri River Releases, Retain Water on the Missouri

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to their request that the agency not increase releases from the Missouri River to meet the commercial needs of Mississippi River interests. In a joint letter sent last week to President Barack Obama, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, the leaders of N… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Narrowing of Candidates for Air Force Tanker Mission Coming December 12

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that he met this week with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to again make the case for Grand Forks Air Force Based being selected as a site for the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker. Welsh indicated that the Air Force is working to narrow its list of bases eligible to receive the tanker missions and will announce finalists on Dec. 12. The Air Force is currently using a strict set of criteria to compile a list of candidate bases best posi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Deaths of North Dakota National Guardsmen Linde and Orgaard, and the Wounding of Guardsman Placek in Afghanistan

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family and friends of North Dakota National Guardsmen Sgt. 1st Class Darren Michael Linde of Devils Lake and Spc. Tyler John Orgaard of Bismarck, who were killed in action on Monday, Dec. 3, while serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Spc. Ian Placek of Bismarck was wounded in the incident. The senator and Mrs. Hoeven issued the following statement: "Today Mikey and I join … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Authorization Bill Supports North Dakota Air Base Missions

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven said the new Fiscal Year 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization Act passed by the U.S. Senate today provides support for North Dakota air base missions in Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. Hoeven, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, has pushed for strong national defense measures. The House earlier passed its own version of the defense bill and both measures will now go to a joint Senate-House conference committee to be reconciled. The DoD authorizat… Continue Reading

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