News Releases


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


Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million FEMA Grant

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a grant totaling $1,376,098 to the State of North Dakota to aid in continued flood recovery efforts following last year's historic flooding in the Bismarck-Mandan region. "Since last year's flooding, we have seen considerable progress in the Bismarck-Mandan region's efforts to repair and rebuild," the d… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Native American-Private-Sector Partnerships Can Jumpstart Economic Growth in Indian Country

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI), hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, saying tribal-private sector collaboration can be the key to real economic progress in Indian Country. The NAEI is a collaborative effort between the Native American community and the Chamber to empower Native Americans to grow and diversify their economies in Indian Country. "In North Dakota, we partnered with the Three Affiliated Tr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Staff Changes in Washington, D.C. and North Dakota Offices

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced staff changes in his Washington, D.C. and North Dakota offices. Senator Hoeven's current chief of staff Don Larson will return to North Dakota and serve in an expanded role as state director, as well as overall chief of staff following Julie Fedorchak's appointment to the Public Service Commission last week. Ryan Bernstein, currently the senator's deputy chief of staff and legal counsel, will remain counsel and serve as chief of staff for the sen… Continue Reading


ND Delegation, Governor Oppose Request for Increase in Missouri River Releases

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on President Obama and officials from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to oppose any request for increased Missouri River releases to meet the commercial needs of Mississippi River interests. In a joint letter signed by the North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas delegations, the leaders argued that "…unlawful rele… Continue Reading


Hoeven Nuclear Triad Amendment to DoD Authorization Affirms Senate Support for Nation's Nuclear Deterrent

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said an amendment he authored and attached to the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act will help to ensure that the nation maintains a strong and credible nuclear deterrent well into the future. The DOD authorization bill is currently under consideration on the Senate floor. Hoeven serves on the Appropriations Committee's Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. The measure affirms Senate support for retaining and modernizing the t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Welcomes New Case Worker to Bismarck Office

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced the hiring of Rebekah Dohrmann as a case worker in his Bismarck office. "We are very pleased to welcome Becky Dohrmann as a member of our state staff in Bismarck," Hoeven said. "Becky brings excellent legal and military experience to this position and is proven problem solver. She is responsive and truly concerned about people, and that will be a wonderful resource for constituents seeking assistance from our office." Dohrmann, a member of t… Continue Reading


Hoeven Selects Dickinson Native For Senate Page Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Dickinson-native Sarah Strube has been selected to participate in the U.S. Senate Page Program's fall 2012 session. "It has been a pleasure to welcome Sarah to our Nation's Capital during her semester-long participation in the United States Senate Page Program," said Hoeven. "This prestigious, academically rigorous program is providing Sarah with the unique opportunity to study the legislative process from within the halls of Congress, and s… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates John Deere on Company Expansion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated John Deere Company on breaking ground for yet another expansion, the company's Valley City manufacturing plant. The company is growing, the senator said, because North Dakota has worked to build a business climate that is driving technology innovation and growth. "Today's groundbreaking ceremony is another important milestone for John Deere's continued presence in North Dakota," Hoeven said. "This company has long stood on the cutting edge, a… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on Thanksgiving Day 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today gave the following statement wishing all North Dakotans a Happy Thanksgiving. "Today, as people from across our great state and nation join together with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, it is fitting that we pause and offer thanks for our many blessings. We remain especially grateful for the resilience and character of the American people and recall the spirit and strength of the Pilgrims and Native Americans who celebrate… Continue Reading


Hoeven: $18 Million in Disaster Recovery Grant Request for Minot's Downtown Reconstruction Project Approved by EDA Investment Review Committee

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said Minot's $18 million grant request to the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) for the city's Imagine Downtown reconstruction project has been approved by the agency's Investment Review Committee. The senator said there is additional work to do before the grant is awarded, but the funds have now been set aside for Minot and represent a big part of the ambitious Imagine Downtown project. The $140 million Imagine Downtown project is a complex of … Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple: North Dakota Key Contributor to U.S. Energy Independence

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today touted North Dakota's energy sector as a key contributor to securing U.S. energy independence, and said the state's energy sectors provide tremendous opportunities to create jobs and grow the economy. The North Dakota leaders welcomed national energy leaders to Bismarck State College's National Energy Center of Excellence for the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo, a day-long energy policy conference f… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Pryor Spearhead Letter Calling For Reevaluation of New Rules for National School Lunch Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas today asked U.S. Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to consider providing school districts with greater flexibility in implementing new rules for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The senators have received numerous correspondences from parents, school board members, superintendents, and other concerned community members expressing their frustration as the new rule is rol… Continue Reading


Hoeven Recognizes Adopted Families During National Adoption Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven is joining with members of Congress and the president to raise awareness about the importance of adoption in conjunction with nationwide push to recognize November as National Adoption Month and Nov. 17, 2012 as National Adoption Day. As part of his efforts to promote adoption, Hoeven participated in Voice for Adoption's Adoptive Family Portrait Project. Voice for Adoption is a national non-profit organization advocating on behalf of waiting children and a… Continue Reading

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