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Hoeven Pushes For States to Take the Lead on Energy Regulations, Not One-Size-Fits-All Federal Mandates

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Energy Hearing Tuesday, Senator John Hoeven told members of the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board that North Dakota is doing a good job of regulating energy development, and that states need to continue to take the lead on regulating the industry. He told the members that their recommendations in a pending report for the Secretary of Energy on shale gas production should take into account the good work being done by states like North Dako… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Continue Push for Additional Disaster Aid for Communities

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today continued their push for additional disaster assistance to help North Dakota communities recover from floods. The Senators urged the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to direct additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist North Dakota communities with disaster recovery efforts. In a letter to Senators Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Thad Cochran (R-… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $3.7 Million Grant to Aid in Flood Recovery

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that a $3,738,854 grant has been awarded to the State of North Dakota to aid in flood recovery efforts. The funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is intended to help Bismarck and Burleigh County cover the costs to build levees and dikes. "Bismarck and Burleigh County were hit hard by flooding this year and every effort needs to be made to h… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Make Case for Frontier Amendment

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged members of a joint deficit reduction panel to preserve the Frontier States amendment, a law that delivers more equitable Medicare reimbursement levels to health care providers in North Dakota and similar rural states across the nation "At a time when the nation's budget crisis demands the most efficient use of every taxpayer dollar, some are making the argument that Medicare reimbursement for North Dakota's health care providers … Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Extends Transitional Sheltering Assistance Program

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program through Nov. 10. The program aids individuals and families with temporary housing needs until they can secure longer-term accommodations. The Senator was in Minot Friday to work with local and state leaders on recovery efforts. He followed up with a call to FEMA Director Craig Fugate to ensure that temporary housing needs would be met un… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Free Trade Agreements Move to U.S. Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S.-South Korean, Colombian and Panamanian free trade agreements are one step closer to approval now that the President has submitted them and Senate leadership has brought them to the U.S. Senate floor. Hoeven worked with congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get the Administration to send the three agreements to Congress for approval. In April, Hoeven and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met in Seoul with South Ko… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Grand Forks Judge for Adoption Work

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today recognized District Judge Joel D. Medd of Grand Forks as an Angels in Adoption awardee for his dedication to positive child welfare practices in his court. Hoeven selected Medd from a pool of impressive nominees. "Judge Medd has done his best to help North Dakota children and families navigate the legal system as they go through the adoptive process. He also works hard to make sure that each adoption finalization is a personal and warm experience for them.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Informational Meeting of Corps, FEMA in Minot

MINOT, ND - Senator John Hoeven today held an informational meeting of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials to update Minot city and county leaders on federal flood mitigation and prevention efforts. He also updated officials on his efforts in Washington to ensure the federal agencies have the necessary resources to help residents recover from this season's flooding and prevent flooding next year. "We organized this meeting to ensure that the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Holds Informational Meeting of Corps, FEMA in Bismarck

BISMARCK, ND -- Sen. Hoeven today held an informational meeting of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Army Corps of Engineers officials to update city and county leaders on federal mitigation and prevention efforts. He also updated officials on his efforts in Washington to ensure that federal agencies have the necessary resources to help residents recover from this season's flooding and prevent flooding next year. Gen. John McMahon, Northwest Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of E… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Scandinavian-American Hall-Of-Famer Chester Reiten

MINOT, N.D. - As honorary chairman of the nomination effort, Senator John Hoeven today inducted Minot businessman and philanthropist Chester Reiten into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame at the annual Norsk Høstfest awards banquet. He cited Reiten's "boundless energy and unflinching vision" in championing North Dakota's Scandinavian heritage. "Chet and his wife and lifelong partner Joy have ensured that the Scandinavian culture and traditions would be preserved and celebrated by the… Continue Reading


Hoeven Dedicates Amazon's Expansion Facility

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -Senator John Hoeven, along with company, state and local officials, today dedicated a 30,000-square-foot facility that will expand Amazon's customer service operations in Grand Forks. At the ceremony, Hoeven attributed the company's growth to North Dakota's pro-business climate and thanked Amazon for its continued investment in the state. Amazon's expansion is expected to create 200 full-time jobs, plus additional seasonal jobs. "For more than 10 years, Amazon has been an im… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Thank You For Voting for Minot's Winning Park

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked all who voted for Minot's Oak Park to win funds through Coca-Cola's Summer Campaign and complimented the city's civic spirit. Oak Park won the "America's Favorite Park" contest and received a $100,000 grant through the Coca-Cola Live Positively initiative. "Oak Park's national recognition and grant is very welcome news for a community that has endured so much this year," Senator Hoeven said. "After this spring's flood, we're seen a tremendous outp… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on the Death of Former Congressman Rolland Redlin

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the death of former North Dakota State Legislator and Congressman Rolland Redlin, who died Friday in Rapid City, S.D. "Rolland Redlin dedicated his life to public service and the people of North Dakota, both in his community and in politics. In Congress and the North Dakota State Legislature, he worked to better our state and nation. We will miss him. "Mikey and I extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Christine, their… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on U.S. Senate Passage of a CR to Continue Funding the U.S. Government

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after last night's passage in the U.S. Senate of a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government through Nov. 18: "Last night, the U.S. Senate passed a continuing resolution that will ensure the continued operation of the federal government through November 18. The measure also includes $2.65 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Fiscal Year 2012 to continue recovery efforts following natural disa… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Guard Members, Families at Send-Off Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined with the community to honor 57 members of the North Dakota National Guard who will soon deploy for a mission in Kosovo. Hoeven thanked the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices and commended their patriotism during a send-off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility. "Today we honor these brave soldiers and their loved ones, who are once again answering our nation's call to serve and making tremendous sacrifices on our behalf,… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Back F-M Flood Protection Plan

Washington - In a key meeting with senior leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today endorsed a proposal for permanent flood protection for the Fargo-Moorhead region. "Although the Fargo - Moorhead region has suffered some of its worst flooding in recent years, experts warn that it is only a matter of time until the area is hit with even more catastrophic flooding," the Senators told the Corps leaders. "This flood protection project is vital to… Continue Reading


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

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