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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


Hoeven Statement on Today's Passage of the American Taxpayer Relieve Act in the Senate to Avert Fiscal Cliff Tax Increases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act, a measure to permanently extend lower tax rates and avoid the fiscal cliff. The legislation: • Maintains tax cuts for more than 99 percent of the American people and permanently extends current rates for most taxpayers • Extends unemployment insurance for more than 1 million jobless individuals • Averts a steep decrease in the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors to… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Congress Passes 2013 Defense Authorization Bill with Provisions for N.D. Air Bases

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate has passed the final FY 2013 Defense Authorization bill with provisions supporting North Dakota air base missions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation late last week, and it now goes to the President to be signed into law. The legislation includes measures that ensure continued funding and operations for the Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems based in Grand Forks, the B-52 bomber and intercontinental ballistic mi… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Welcome Corps Permits for Missouri River Water, Emphasize their Opposition to Charging Fees

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said they welcome the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to begin issuing permits for municipal and industrial uses of Missouri River water. However, they emphasized that they will continue to oppose any effort to charge North Dakota businesses, farmers, ranchers and tribes fees for access to Missouri River water. Col. Joel Cross, commander of the Corps' Omaha District, notified Hoeven, the… Continue Reading


Hoeven: EDA Approves $1.6 Million Grant for $2 Million Minot Market at North Hill Project

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the city of Minot will receive a $1.6 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) Disaster Grant for the city's Market at North Hill project, a new commercial and retail complex north of the city's main commercial center. Combined with $400,000 in local funding, the grant will be used for a $2 million infrastructure enhancement effort needed to support an area in the growing community for new commercial development now and into the futu… Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Census Estimates Cap a Decade of ND Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said new U.S. Census Bureau estimates showing North Dakota's population about to surpass 700,000 caps nearly a decade of annual population growth. According to Census data, the state has shown a population increase every year since 2003, which was the state's decade low, for a cumulative increase of almost 10 percent in 2012. The statewide population growth reflects the more diversified and dynamic economy the state has worked to create since 2000 by forgi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Sen. Daniel Inouye

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey extended their condolences today to the family, friends and constituents of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who died today. "Sen. Inouye was a kind and decent man who dedicated his life to serving our country. As a young man, he first served our nation during World War II, earning numerous distinctions for his valor, including the Medal of Honor. He subsequently went on to lead an equally distinguished career in Congress, earning a reputation for … Continue Reading


Hoeven Field Representative to be in Dickinson on Regular Weekly Basis

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that his western North Dakota field representative Jon Cameron will be in Dickinson on a regular basis to serve residents of the area. Initially, he is scheduled to be in the area weekly on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, constituents can call Jon at 701-580-4535 or send an email to Hoeven announced in October that Cameron would provide constituent services to residents of western North Dakota. He is tasked … Continue Reading


Hoeven: NDSU, Lawrence Livermore National Lab Sign High-Tech R&D Collaboration Agreement

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have entered into a memorandum of agreement to partner on research and development projects using advanced computers to help boost energy development, create new high-tech products and give students access to tremendous educational opportunities to prepare them for high-paying jobs. Hoeven brought them together at an energy symposium in Fargo in March and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Tragic Deaths In Newtown, CT Today

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and his wife Mikey today issued the following statement in response to the tragic deaths in Newtown, Conn., today: "Like parents across America today, Mikey and I are grieving the tragic loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut. The loss of a child is tragic enough, but the loss of a child in the awful circumstances that surrounded today's shootings is unimaginable. "I know I speak on behalf of the people of North Dakota when I say tonight, our thoughts and pra… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Honor of the National Guard's 376th Birthday

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the 376th birthday of the National Guard: "Throughout its 376 year history, the National Guard has been 'always ready, always there' to defend and protect our interests at home and abroad. In North Dakota, we are especially grateful to the North Dakota National Guard members, both past and present, who have given their lives defending our nation. We thank all of our Guard members who tirelessly serve our … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Baucus Spearhead Bipartisan Letter to Senate Leadership Calling for Passage of Farm Bill Before Year's End

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today spearheaded a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership asking them to move a full, five-year farm bill by the end of the year. The senators requested that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell consider folding the strong, bipartisan farm legislation that passed the Senate in June into any end-of-the year package Congress passes in the remaining days of the year. Hoeven and Baucus… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Narrowing of Candidates for Air Force Tanker Mission Delayed

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven said the Air Force informed him Tuesday afternoon that it has deferred its plan to release a narrowed list of bases eligible to receive the KC-46A aerial refueling tanker mission. Hoeven met last week with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to make the case again for Grand Forks Air Force Base being selected as a site for the new tanker mission. At the time, Welsh indicated that the Air Force is working to narrow its list of eligible bases and expected to … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for Advanced Education Visas

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke last week on the Senate floor in support of a bipartisan measure that would allow highly skilled foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities with advanced degrees to stay in the United States to help create jobs and new businesses. The students would fill positions for which there aren't a sufficient number of workers. The bill recognize that nearly half of U.S. Master's and Ph.D. degree recipients in science, technology, engineering and math fiel… Continue Reading

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