News Releases


Delegation, Governor Announce HUD, FEMA Mobile Homes Now Available for Reservation Use

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have agreed to the delegation's and governor's request to make 3-bedroom mobile homes available to Native American tribes in the Great Plains region. The delegation moved to secure the housing in a letter they sent in April to HUD Secretary Shaun Donavan and Interior Secretary Ken Sal… Continue Reading


Delegation Works to Keep Open Kazakhstan Trade Promotion Office

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Commercial Service office in Kazakhstan will remain open and continue helping North Dakota and U.S. companies grow their exports to Kazakhstan. The delegation has been working to keep open the office, which provides U.S. trade promotion assistance in one of North Dakota's largest foreign markets. "Our North Dakota companies have good opportunities to market and sell their products to the … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Thank You For Supporting Oak Park

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked all who helped restore power and make needed repairs to Minot's Oak Park. On Wednesday, Minot Park Board and Park District employees were joined by more than 50 employees from electric cooperatives from across the State of North Dakota who traveled to Minot to lend their expertise to complete a variety of needed repairs, including the rewiring of a maintenance building and six picnic shelters, that resulted from last summer's flooding of the Mouse … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Blunt Review Missouri River Mainstem System to Assess Flood Impacts, Recovery Work

GARRISON, N.D. - Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) today launched a two-day review of dikes, levees and other operations of the Missouri River Mainstem System from Montana to Missouri. The senators are assessing damages incurred from the historic 2011 Missouri River floods, reviewing the progress of repairs, and working to determine how the Army Corps of Engineers can better manage flood protection in the future. They are also working together to achieve a better understanding… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Families of North Dakota Fallen Service members at Annual TAPS Seminar

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with more than 20 North Dakota family members attending the 18th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Survivors in Washington, D.C. The TAPS conference, which coincides with the annual Memorial Day observation, is a national event that unites military families from across the country to participate in events tailored to help survivors grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving our country. "Meeting with th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Remember Sacrifices, Service of Men and Women In Uniform on Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of Memorial Day: "Today, we gratefully acknowledge the brave men and women in uniform who gave their last full measure of devotion to secure the blessings of liberty for us and future generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have fallen and their loved ones, as well as those who continue to serve with vigilance to ensure that our nation remains strong and free. On this special day, we pledge … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Tony Clark Confirmed for FERC Appointment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark has been confirmed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Hoeven has been working to secure and gain approval for Clark's nomination. "I'm pleased the Senate has confirmed the nomination of Tony Clark to the FERC," Hoeven said. "As a result of his work in North Dakota and as a leader of a national energy regulatory organizati… Continue Reading


Hoeven: C-27J Approved In Senate Armed Service Commitee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee has included language in the Fiscal Year 2013 Defense Authorization that will continue use of the C-27J cargo fleet by the U.S. Air Force as authorized in December in the Senate FY 2012 Defense Authorization bill. Hoeven said the provision is another step forward in securing the C-27J mission for the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo, and that he'll continue to work to get funding for the aircr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fargo-, Bismarck-Based Business Leaders For Earning Prestigious Awards

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven this week congratulated Brian Hayer, President and CEO of the Fargo-based Warner and Company Insurance, his sister Denise Magness, and niece Jessica Magness for being named the 2012 National Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Denise serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, and niece Jessica began working at Warner and Company Insurance in 2010, maki… Continue Reading


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Assures Hoeven on Funding for Hatcheries in Garrison and Valley City

WASHINGTON - At a meeting in Washington Tuesday, Senator John Hoeven told U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe that the national fish hatcheries at Garrison Dam and Valley City are cost-effective, valuable assets in helping to preserve world-class fisheries in North Dakota. He also made the case that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to fund them in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish. Ashe assured the senator that the agency plans to seek fun… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota Companies Receiving DOD Recognition for Supporting Deployed Employees

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson for being named finalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, which recognizes employers who show exceptional support for their National Guard and Reserve member employees who are fulfilling their service obligations. "When members of the National Guard and Reserves are called to serve, so are their employers," said Hoeven. "It is important that employers offer assis… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on USFWS Director To Take Practical Approach to Mandan Lakewood Barrier

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe ahead of a meeting tomorrow with the Lakewood Homeowners Association, the USFWS and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Hoeven called on Ashe to work with the Corps to issue a permit allowing the Lakewood Homeowners Association to remove part of a sandbar obstructing the Lakewood development inlet on the Missouri River. The sandbar was deposited after flood waters receded from last year's historic Missouri R… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Honor Our Veterans For Their Service, Sacrifices

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said our nation should honor the sacrifices and service of our nation's veterans by helping them to build good futures. The senator spoke this morning at the AMVETS State Convention and thanked the organization for their work on behalf of the state's veterans. "Our veterans and service members have invested in our country's future, and we owe it to them to help them to build good futures for themselves and their families," said Hoeven. "We owe the pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces Minot Air Force Base Military Construction Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction has approved a $4.6 million project to modify and expand the Munitions Aero-space Ground Equipment (AGE) Facility at the Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven said the facility houses maintenance operations for the trailers Minot's B-52 squadrons use to transport Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCMs). The current facility is undersized, and demands for trailer maintenance will grow w… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EPA Rules Need to Be Workable, Clear and Create Certainty

WASHINGTON - At a hearing Wednesday of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Senator John Hoeven told Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson that any rules the agency implements need to be clear and workable to empower investment and develop more energy. Hoeven pressed Jackson on a range of new regulatory measures the agency is planning to implement for hydraulic fracturing and coal-fired power plants. EPA is overregulating and o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Wednesday's U.S. Senate Budget Votes

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven late Wednesday voted to bring two proposed budgets to the floor of the U.S. Senate for amendment and open debate: the U.S. House Budget Resolution and the Restoring Balance budget plan. The senator today issued the following statement: "Our nation faces severe fiscal challenges. Clearly Congress needs to act on our nation's deficit and debt, yet the President submitted a budget that gained not a single vote in either the House or the Senate from Republicans or D… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders Unveil Plans for 2012 Renewable Energy Action Summit

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today announced that the 2012 Renewable Energy Action Summit will kick-off on June 25 at Bismarck State College. The day-long Summit will feature energy experts from across the nation highlighting research and development of renewable energy technologies. The Summit will also highlight North Dakota's renewable energy industry and explore new opportunities for expanded development. "North Dakota is an energy powerhous… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $4.8 Million to Buy Out, Relocate Minnewaukan Homes, School, City Buildings

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that North Dakota has been awarded more than $4.8 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding to relocate 18 structures, and buy out an additional 96 other buildings in Minnewaukan. The purpose of the project is to substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss, or suffering in the city from rising water levels of Devil's Lake, which has risen by… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates North Dakota on Becoming Second-Leading Oil Producing State: Highlights Need for More Infrastructure Like Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on news that North Dakota has become the second-leading oil producing state in the nation: "Today, congratulations are in order on news that North Dakota in March became the second-leading oil producing state in America, surpassing Alaska a year before experts had predicted we would. At nearly 600,000 barrels of oil a day, our production is now second only to Texas. This increased growth is good news for North Dakota and good… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank Will Help North Dakota Exporters Grow

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the Senate's vote to approve reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will help U.S. and North Dakota companies better compete in a global marketplace. The measure passed by large bipartisan majorities in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and now goes to President Obama for signature. The Export-Import Bank supports American jobs and is a critical tool for small business to get the financing they need to export their products. The Ex… Continue Reading

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