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Delegation Urges President to Sign Major Disaster Declaration

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today urged President Obama to quickly approve the State of North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration, a necessary step to providing communities federal support to supplement their flood fights and recovery efforts. "Many communities and counties across the state are still recovering from previous flooding in 2009 and 2010. As a result, local budgets are severely strained and, as such, federal assistance … Continue Reading


Delegation Goes to Bat for Elbowoods Hospital

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today called on the director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) to ensure adequate funding is available to staff the new Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, located on the Fort Berthold reservation in New Town. "The opening of the Elbowoods Memorial Hospital will represent the fulfillment of a long overdue promise from the federal government to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. We now need IHS to allocate the f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Adds Five Counties, Spirit Lake Nation to Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the addition of the Devils Lake Region and the Spirit Lake Tribe to the April 7 Federal Emergency Declaration issued by President Obama was welcome news, but that it's important to expand the incident period, as well, to cover the costs of earlier response efforts. FEMA briefed Hoeven's office this morning, saying the Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed and the final decision process is underway. "This is clearly a necessary and welcome dec… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota World War II Veterans in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed World War II veterans from North Dakota to the nation's capital. Hoeven greeted the veterans as they arrived in Washington on their way to visit the National World War II Memorial designed and built to honor their service. "We are forever indebted to our nation's greatest generation for heeding the call to protect and defend our freedoms," said Hoeven. "It's an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our nation's capital to visit the memori… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Strategic Partnerships Key to Fargo-Based Aldevron’s Recognition as a Top Workplace

FARGO - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Fargo-based Aldevron, which ranked third on a Best Places to Work list released by The Scientist, a life science industry magazine. Hoeven commended the company, which manufactures DNA for research and clinical uses, for its growth and noted the importance of strategic collaborations in the biotech company's success. "Aldevron's achievements are further proof that the partnerships we're creating in North Dakota through our Centers of Excellenc… Continue Reading


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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