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Delegation Announces Grant of More Than $500,000 to UTTC

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that United Tribal Technical College in Bismarck will receive a $567,433 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). "This grant is an investment in North Dakota's future workforce. The funding will help create and sustain jobs and allow UTTC to continue to promote education and long term economic growth," the delegation said in a joint statement. The EDA grant supports the crea… Continue Reading


Hoeven: TAA Passage Clears Way for Free Trade Agreements

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven said that the U.S. Senate's passage this evening of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) legislation should clear the way for implementation of three, long-pending free trade agreements that will mean billions in economic activity for American farms and businesses, and hundreds of thousands of jobs for U.S. workers. "Now that TAA has been approved, the President needs to send these three trade agreements to Congress for approval as soon as possible," Hoeven said. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Fargo Leaders Strategize for Permanent Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney to prepare a unified approach for securing permanent flood protection in Fargo-Moorhead ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board. The Senator and local officials will attend tomorrow's Corps meeting to press for the locally preferred Fargo-Moorhead permanent flood protection plan. "Nearly annual flooding in the Red River Valley over the past few year… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Votes Out Key Bills

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today outlined features in a number of key appropriations bills that affect North Dakota that were passed Wednesday night in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, on which he serves. The measures include support for increased CDBG funding for flood impacted North Dakota communities, a review of Souris River system management, Grand Forks Air Force Base, an accountability measure in the President's health care bill and other provisions benefiting North Dakota … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Klobuchar Wage Bison, Hotdish on Saturday's Game

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar today announced that they have agreed to a friendly wager on the outcome of Saturday's football game between the North Dakota State University Bison and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. If the Bison win, Klobuchar will provide Hoeven with her 'award-winning' Taconite Tater Tot Hotdish. If the Gophers win the game held in Minneapolis, Hoeven will send a gift of North Dakota-raised bison steaks to Klobuchar. Hoeven and Klobuchar ha… Continue Reading


North Dakota - Minnesota Leaders Urge President to Support F-M Flood Protection Project

Washington - Congressional leaders from North Dakota and Minnesota today urged President Obama to support the Fargo--Moorhead region's effort to secure permanent flood protection and include funding to advance the project in his budget for the next fiscal year. "We recognize that this is a challenging time for the United States as we identify ways to prioritize spending in order to put the nation's finances back on a sustainable path. However, we believe this project merits inclusion in you… Continue Reading


Hoeven: CDBG Disaster Measure Passes U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said passage in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee of a $400 million measure to fund Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) was vital and necessary to help the thousands of Americans working to recover from recent natural disasters, including residents of North Dakota. The measure passed out of appropriations today was introduced by Hoeven and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri as an amendment to the Transportation Housing and Urban Development fundin… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Corps Working Flood Protection Plan

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Col. Michael Price, Commander of the St. Paul District of the Army Corps of Engineers, for a briefing on flood recovery and permanent flood protection efforts across North Dakota. Col. Price is responsible for management of the Mouse River Basin, Devils Lake and the Red River Basin. The Colonel outlined work the agency is doing in Fargo, Minot, Devils Lake and other communities in his district to aid with recovery and prepare for potential flooding… Continue Reading


Hoeven Encourages Citizens to Apply for Disaster Assistance Before Deadline

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged individuals and businesses to submit their applications for disaster assistance before the Sept. 22 deadline. The Thursday deadline applies to FEMA individual assistance, disaster unemployment assistance and SBA loans for home and businesses "We know it's challenging for people to complete applications for recovery assistance before they know the full extent of their damages," Hoeven said. "Folks should be assured there will be time to update th… Continue Reading


Hoeven Awarded 'Fueling Growth' Ethanol Award

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today was honored with the 2011 "Fueling Growth" award by Growth Energy, a coalition of ethanol producers from across the country. Hoeven was selected for the award-the highest recognition presented to congressional supporters of ethanol-for his work to increase ethanol production in North Dakota and to promote a market-based approach to ethanol use across the nation. "I am honored by this award and look forward to continuing to work with our ethanol produc… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Team Up for Energy Expo

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad, Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple teamed up today to announce the line up for the 5th Annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo. "We are pleased to announce the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo will take place on November 14 and 15 at Bismarck State College," the North Dakota leaders said in a joint statement. "North Dakota has the potential to be the powerhouse for the nation. We are gathering the nation's leading energy expert… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Work to Increase Support for Disaster Impacted Communities

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad continued his efforts to support flood impacted communities in North Dakota today by filing an amendment to provide $1 billion in federal grants designed to help communities recover from natural disasters like the floods that inundated Minot and Bismarck this year. Senator John Hoeven is a co-sponsor of the amendment. "As the people of Minot begin to rebuild their city and rebuild their lives, the federal government must do more to support those efforts," Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Honoring Williston Community's Contribution to the Nation's Energy Independence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement to honor the Williston community and mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of oil in North Dakota: Click to play the video. "As we commemorate the discovery of oil in North Dakota sixty years ago, we also celebrate the important role of this community and our state in the nation's energy future. When those first speculators hit black gold in North Dakota, I'm certain they were excited by the vast potential of thei… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Improving Tribal Roads, Bridges Key to Increased Economic Growth, Job Creation for N.D. Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Thursday, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of safe, reliable roads and bridges in helping to spur economic growth and job creation for North Dakota's tribal communities. "Maintaining the roads and bridges in and around our tribal communities is an important component to increasing economic opportunities on and off our reservations," said Hoeven. "Safe and reliable transportation attracts the private investments that c… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Arrival of the First Global Hawk Block 40 to Grand Forks Air Force Base Marks a New Era

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the arrival of the first Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is positive news in light of the Federal Aviation Administration's notice last month that the delivery would be delayed. Global Hawk arrived in Grand Forks from California yesterday, and is the first of 10 Global Hawk Block 40 aircraft to be based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Additional Global Hawks will arrive at Grand Forks later this fall. The Air… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Nearly $7 BIllion in Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Senate passage of a nearly $7 billion disaster aid package, which includes some funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), represents an important step forward in the process of getting disaster aid to flood-impacted communities in North Dakota. The bill, which passed Thursday evening, provides funding for a range of recovery activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


Hoeven Receives North Dakota Dental Association Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today received the President's Award from the North Dakota Dental Association at the organizations' Annual Session. The award recognizes Hoeven's commitment to improving oral health care for North Dakotans during his tenure as governor, including his efforts to increase provider reimbursements through the dental Medicaid program. This program made oral health care more accessible for low-income North Dakotans. "I'm honored to receive this award from such … Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Crucial Funding for Department of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that members have approved crucial funding for the Department of Defense in 2012 to help to upgrade and modernize the nation's military capabilities. The appropriation will help enhance operations and equipment at the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force bases. "It's vital that we continue to maintain a strong military and a credible deterrence against foreign aggression, and the funding we app… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators Support Super Committee Efforts to 'Go Big' on Deficits, Debt

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was among a bipartisan coalition of 37 U.S. Senators who today announced that they will support efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. The Senate coalition includes 19 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition … Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Call for Additional Disaster Assistance for Communities in North Dakota and Across the Nation

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to provide additional relief funding in wake of the severe natural disasters that struck communities in North Dakota and across the nation this year. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss), Senators Conrad and Hoeven ask them to consider providing supplemental appropriations for disaster recovery p… Continue Reading

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