News Releases


Hoeven Announces United Airlines to Begin Air Service to Dickinson

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that United Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service between Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport and Denver beginning June 6, 2013. Airline officials say the United Express flights will be operated by ExpressJet using 50-seat regional jet aircraft. "United's plan for new flights in and out of Dickinson twice a day is great news in this growing part of our state," said Hoeven. "Our airports are seeing increasing demands and reco… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Bill Includes Access to CDBG Disaster Funding for Minot Area

MINOT, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said they worked to ensure that North Dakota communities would be eligible for disaster recovery funding under the Hurricane Sandy disaster bill to help the Minot area address unmet needs after the flood of 2011. The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which Congress passed last week, includes a $16 billion appropriation for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Developmen… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Final Passage of the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013 in th U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following passage of H.R. 325, the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate: "This afternoon, I voted in favor of the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013. I believe we need a budget with real reforms and real savings. This measure will suspend the nation's debt ceiling until May 18 but require both Houses of Congress to produce a budget for the 2014 fiscal year by April 15, 2013. "In addition, I cosponsored legislation led b… Continue Reading


Hoeven: The Time Has Come to Act and Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven continued to call on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project as part of a comprehensive approach to achieving North American energy security. In a speech on the Senate floor, Hoeven made the case for approving the pipeline project which will create thousands of jobs, provide revenue to help with the debt and deficit and help to achieve North American energy independence. Hoeven cited the following facts in calling for approval of the Keystone… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of senators today introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I2), a reform measure that will establish a market-based immigration system keyed to industry demand for skilled workers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. In addition to Hoeven, original cosponsors of the bill are Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), J… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes Japan's Decision to Import More U.S. Beef

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today commended Japan's decision to important more U.S. beef and beef products. Effective Feb. 1, the U.S. and Japan will begin a new agreement that includes an adjustment to Japan's age-based beef import limits. Japan has agreed to adjust its rules to allow the importing of U.S. beef from cattle up to 30 months of age following a previous restriction that limited imports to cattle less than 20 months of age. Senator Hoeven has been working to expand opportuniti… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages North Dakota Students to Apply for Library of Congress Fellowship

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Library of Congress is currently accepting nominations from college and graduate students interested in participating in the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program. The senator encourages students interested in library work, exploring key parts of the Library's special format collections, and working directly with Library of Congress curators and specialists to apply for this internship. "The Library of Congress Junior … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Call on FAA Administrator to Support Western ND Airports

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer today asked the agency to support vital airport expansion projects in Minot, Williston and Dickinson. All of these cities are experiencing rapid population growth and record boardings as a consequence of expanding energy development. The full text of the letter follows: "North Dakota continues to experience unprecedented economic g… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Support Sandy Supplemental Disaster Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today said Congress has approved the $50.5 billion Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, supplemental appropriations designed to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters. The measure has passed both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and now goes to the president's desk for signature. The legislation includes a $16 billion appropriation for the Department of Housing and Urban Developme… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cornyn Settle Wager on Bison, Bearkat Championship Game

WASHINGTON - Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) this week presented Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) with Texas beef steaks to settle their friendly wager on the outcome of the NCAA Division I Championship Subdivision title game between the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison and the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Hoeven wagered North Dakota bison steaks against Cornyn's Texas beef steaks. On January 5, the Bison won the national championship, 39-13, to clinch the title for the second year in a row. … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on President to Approve Keystone After Approval By Nebraska

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the Keystone XL pipeline following Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's approval of the route through Nebraska Tuesday. In one day's time, the letter gained 53 signatures, a majority of the U.S. Senate. Senators in addition to Hoeven and Baucus who attended the news conference include Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Pryor… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Death of Chester Reiten

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family and friends of North Dakota businessman and philanthropist Chester Reiten, who died yesterday in Minot: "Chester Reiten was a great North Dakotan and a great American. He especially loved Minot. I feel privileged to have known Chet all my life, and I am thankful to have called him a friend. He has left an indelible impact on our state and country, first serving our nation during World War II and … Continue Reading


Nebraska Clears Way for Keystone XL Pipeline Project, Hoeven Calls on President Obama to Approve It Without Delay

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project expeditiously now that Nebraska has given the green light to an alternative route for the project through the state. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman today notified the Obama Administration that he has approved the pipeline, saying its new route will avoid the environmentally sensitive Sand Hills region of the state. In November, Hoeven and Senator Max Baucus of Montana organized a bipart… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on President Obama's Proposals to Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence: "As Americans, as members of families and communities, we all want to reduce the incidence of violence in our nation. That goal was tragically brought to the fore by the recent events in Newtown, Aurora and elsewhere in our nation, and we need to therefore carefully consider any legislation brought before the Senate to address the issue of violence in our school… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Postal Service to Address Reliability, Quality Issues in Western North Dakota

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Senator John Hoeven today pressed the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to address reliability and quality of service issues in growing communities of western North Dakota. In response to concerns from members of the community, Hoeven has assigned staff in Washington and in North Dakota to work with Postal Service officials to address staffing shortages, service reliability, service hours and other issues. In the letter sent to Donahoe t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha's Earning of the Medal Of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the White House's announcement that former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the service of our nation. The medal is being awarded for "his courageous actions while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Kea… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar: FY 2013 Funding from Congress Supports Expanded Mental Health Services for Veterans

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), along with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), today announced that the Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System will receive $8.5 million in federal funding to offer expanded mental health services to Fargo-area veterans. The senators said the War on Terror and other foreign operations have created the need for additional resources to accommodate veterans dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other battle-related mental health issues. I… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer: Grand Forks Air Force Base Named Finalist for New Tanker Mission

FARGO, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today announced that the U.S. Air Force has selected Grand Forks Air Force Base as one of four finalists on the active duty base list to receive the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker mission. In addition to the active duty base list, the Air Force released lists for finalists in the National Guard and training base lists. The other bases on the active duty base list are Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma; McConnell Ai… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on NDSU Bison's NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Title Win

FRISCO, TEXAS - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement following the North Dakota State University Bison win over the Sam Houston State Bearkats for the NCAA Division I Championship: "For the second year in a row, the NDSU Bison have capped a great season with a championship win. The Bearkats played a brave game, but the Bison offense and defense were unbeatable. Congratulations to Coach Bohl, Athletics Director Gene Taylor and NDSU President Dean Bresciani for their outstandi… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Cornyn Wager Bison for Beef on Saturday's Bison, Bearkat Championship Game

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today announced that they have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's NCAA Division I Championship Subdivision title game in Frisco, Texas between first-ranked North Dakota State University (NDSU) and fifth-ranked Sam Houston State. If North Dakota wins, Cornyn has agreed to provide Hoeven with Texas beef steaks. In the event that Texas wins, Hoeven will provide Cornyn with North Dakota bison steaks. Hoeven an… Continue Reading

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