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Hoeven Meets with Mississippi River Commissioners, Pushes for Red River Valley Flood Protections

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with members the Mississippi River Commission (MRC), Senator John Hoeven emphasized that flood control needs to be the Army Corps of Engineers' number one objective, and he emphasized the importance of an effective Fargo-Moorhead diversion project to protect the community from flooding while reducing impacts to upstream communities. The MRC is charged with preventing destructive floods and oversees the Corps' St. Paul District, which is working with the state of … Continue Reading


Hoeven Condemns Killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and Diplomatic Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American diplomats at the hands of armed militants in Benghazi, Libya: "We condemn the tragic and unwarranted killing of Ambassador Stevens and the other brave American diplomats who died at the hands of violent militants in an armed attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. There is no excuse for the indiscriminate killing of innocents, and we exp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Presses Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee for Open, Transparent Process on Spirit Lake Issue

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today pressed Kevin Washburn, President Obama's nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior DOI, to fully engage in efforts to resolve allegations of sexual abuse and neglect at the Spirit Lake Reservation. The Interior Department oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "I have asked the assistant secretary nominee to be fully involved in the effort to address allegations of abuse and neglect at Spirit Lake, and to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Devils Lake Woman for Adoption Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today recognized Roberta Soper of Devils Lake as an Angels in Adoption awardee who has dedicated her professional and personal life to working on behalf of adoptive children and families. Hoeven selected Soper from a pool of impressive nominees. "Berta Soper has devoted her life to advocating on behalf of the North Dakota children and families who go through the adoption process. Her unwavering commitment to offering her support and knowledge has endeared her to… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes Corps For North Dakota Flood Management Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Paul District Commander Col. Michael Price to push for continued support for North Dakota flood management projects, including the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, revision of the International Agreement for the Souris River, a Valley City feasibility study and stream bank and shore protection. Col. Price said the Corps will outline the Corps' modified proposal for the Fargo-Moorhead diversion project Thursd… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Anniversary of September 11

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Hoeven today joined members of Congress on the U.S. Capitol steps at a remembrance ceremony to honor the almost 3,000 Americans who lost their lives that day: "As we pause to reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11, we honor all those who lost their lives that fateful day and all the men, women and children whose lives ha… Continue Reading


Delegation: HUD Approval of ND Recovery Plans Puts $79.3 Million in CDBG Funds to Work in Minot, ND Communities

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today said that approval by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for two North Dakota disaster recovery plans will enable Minot and other flood-impacted communities to move forward with rebuilding efforts using $79.3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds secured by the delegation. "We've been working with HUD every step of the way to ensure that they understand the needs in our state's communiti… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Guard Members, Families at Hometown Heroes Event

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today honored about 250 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG) and their families for their service to the nation at a Hometown Heroes event. Senator Hoeven, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Congressman Rick Berg, Major General David Sprynczynatyk and other military and community leaders thanked the Airmen, who served on active-duty orders for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. "Today we are grateful for the opportunity to pause and… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Progress on Devils Lake Amtrak Upgrades, Outlines Path Forward

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today held a roundtable in Devils Lake with city and county officials and the manager of BTR Farmers Coop, to mark progress in efforts to upgrade the Amtrak Empire Builder line, including raising track and bridges, necessitated by rising waters in the lake region. The general project objectives are to secure the viability of freight service as well as Amtrak passenger service between Grand Forks and Minot on the Devils Lake track. "The Devils Lake rail pr… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Guard Dedicate $12 Million Addition to Camp Grafton

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined members of the North Dakota National Guard at a ceremony to dedicate the completion of a $12 million addition and alteration project of the Camp Grafton Readiness Center. The project, funded by Congress, remodeled the existing Readiness Center, adding more than 55,000 square feet of new space to the center and incorporating green building design to the renovation. The Readiness Center is used for troop education and training activities at Camp… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman, Social Services Officials on Child Abuse Corrective Action Plan

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today met with Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Roger Yankton and senior officials of the Spirit Lake Social Services Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to make sure the tribal government is protecting the health and safety of children on the Spirit Lake reservation. Hoeven was in Spirit Lake because of ongoing and unaddressed incidents of child abuse and neglect, staffing deficiencies and inadequate progress on the BIA's corrective action plan. Hoe… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Chamber Host State of Technology Conference

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today touted North Dakota's first-place ranking in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) job growth in the Enterprising States study and encouraged business leaders to continue to build on this success and grow the state's tech industry. Hoeven and the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce hosted The State of Technology: The Next Generation of Jobs in North Dakota, a business conference designed to highlight cutting-edge innovations in … Continue Reading


Hoeven Awards Juvenile Drug Court Graduate Tate Rivera College Scholarship

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, along with Hon. Steve McCullough and the East Central Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court team members, awarded Tate Rivera the 2012 North Dakota Association of Drug Court Professionals scholarship in recognition of his successful graduation from the Fargo Juvenile Drug Court. This scholarship is awarded annually to a North Dakota Juvenile Drug Court graduate who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to following the requirements to graduate from the p… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Dalrymple Working Together to Mitigate Ice Jams, Flooding Ahead of Winter

BISMARCK, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven today hosted a meeting of federal, local and state leaders, including Governor Jack Dalrymple, to update the community on efforts to identify and mitigate if necessary existing problem points on the Missouri River that could cause ice jams and lead to flooding this winter. Hoeven and Dalrymple said last year's record flooding significantly altered the river channel and left large deposits of sand south of Bismarck-Mandan, posing a risk to communities bordering… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Annual Tribal Leaders Summit Important Forum to Address Issues Impacting Indian Country

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today spoke to tribal leaders and tribal employees meeting in Bismarck to participate in the Annual Tribal Leaders Summit. The annual meeting serves as a forum to discuss timely issues impacting people in Tribal Nations across the Great Plans region. "The Annual Tribal Leaders Summit is an important gathering for North Dakota's tribes, tribal leaders and other state and local leaders" said Hoeven. "This meeting offers a strong platform to foster strong worki… Continue Reading


Hoeven, State, Guard Leaders Welcome Arrival of New UH-72A Lakota Helicopters

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and state and National Guard Leaders today welcomed the arrival of four new UH-72A Lakota Helicopters, light utility aircraft that will add to the North Dakota National Guard's fleet and enhance its ability to respond in a flexible and timely way to floods, fires and other civil support needs in the state. Congress approved $250 million for the Lakota program in Fiscal Year 2012 and the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Hoeven serves, recently recomm… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on USDA Risk Management to Adhere to New Preventive Plant Eligibility Rules

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on Risk Management Agency Administrator William Murphy to honor the terms of the revised rules for Prevented Planting that the agency implemented last year to make the program more flexible for North Dakota farmers in flood-impacted areas of the state. The senator last year had urged the administrator to adjust the policy, considering the severity of flooding statewide. In June of 2011 Murphy announced a change in qualification requirements for farm… Continue Reading


Delegation Calls for Military Academy Applications

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today they are currently accepting applications from North Dakota students interested in serving their country by attending one of the nation's military service academies. "The opportunity to attend one of our nation's prestigious military institutions allows students the chance to serve their country while receiving a world-class education," the delegation said in a joint statement. "We encourage all young No… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $1 Million Grant to Help Tribes Implement Programs to Protect Communities Against Sex Offenders

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded four federal grants totaling more than $1 million to assist North Dakota tribes in efforts to develop and enhance sex offender registration and notification programs that comply with the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) of 2006. "Protecting the public from convicted sex offenders and offenders against children is a top priority f… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $11.6 Million to Improve Infrastructure at State Airports

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded federal grants totaling more than $11.6 million for construction projects at Minot International and Mandan Municipal airports. "North Dakota's airports serve an important role in our state," the delegation said in a joint statement. "The DOT Grants awarded to Minot and Mandan will help improve and maintain these airports so they can continue p… Continue Reading

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