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Delegation Urges President to Sign Winter Storm Disaster Declaration

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging him to sign North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration to respond to a severe winter storm. If approved, a presidential disaster declaration would make federal funding available to help counties cover the costs of storm damages and help rural electric cooperatives cover costs to replace utility poles and to repair power lines and other electrical infrastru… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Fargo-Based Brandt Holdings Company for Leadership in Exporting

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to award Fargo-based Brandt Holdings Company with a 2011 Presidential E-Award for excellence in exporting. "Brandt Holdings Company is a good example of the kind of innovation and hard work that drives our economy and puts Americans to work," said Hoeven. "This North Dakota company has worked hard to increase exports and market their products abroad. National recognition for their initiative and … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Thursday's Meeting with President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement today following a meeting Thursday at the White House with President Barack Obama and Republican members of the U.S. Senate to discuss the nation's fiscal challenges: "Candid dialogue is an important component in the effort to address our nation's fiscal challenges, and in that context Thursday's meeting with President Obama was both frank and useful. I conveyed to the President my belief that the pending debt ceiling vote represe… Continue Reading


Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Reduce Refining Constraints, Lower Gas Prices, Calls on EPA, DOE to Complete Fuel Supply Study

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven Thursday announced he is cosponsoring a bill that would give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to waive fuel requirements in order to help increase supplies and reduce the cost of gasoline at the pump for consumers. In a separate but related action, Hoeven and other Senate and House members have signed a letter calling on the EPA and Department of Energy (DOE) to complete a study Congress asked for in 2005 with an eye toward simplifying the nati… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Air Force Academy Board of Visitors

WASHINGTON - Given Senator John Hoeven's abiding interest in North Dakota's U.S. Air Force bases, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appointed Hoeven to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors this week. The Board inquires into the morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods and other matters relating to the Academy which the Board decides to consider. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this military community," Ho… Continue Reading


Hoeven:Support for Growing Minot AIr Force Base Crucial

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today met with Maj. Gen. C. Donald Alston, 20th Air Force commander, to discuss recent events at Minot Air Force Base and ensure the men and women serving in Minot have the support necessary to meet their growing mission. General Alston is responsible for the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force, including the 91st Missile Wing stationed at Minot Air Force Base. Hoeven and General Alston discussed Minot's role in the implementation of the New… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Press EPA for Cooperation, Clarity in Clean Air Efforts

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Rep. Rick Berg, and Governor Jack Dalrymple have again urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to give full and fair consideration to the North Dakota Department of Health's (NDDH) state implementation plan to reduce regional haze in western North Dakota. The delegation and governor outlined their arguments in a detailed letter to the Administrator sent last week. The letter follows up on a series of meeting… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Presidential Disaster Declaration Approved

HOEVEN: PRESIDENTIAL DISASTER DECLARATION APPROVED WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today said President Barack Obama has approved North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration effective beginning February 14. The declaration triggers the release of federal funds and programs to assist with both mitigation and recovery activities associated with this season's severe flooding in North Dakota. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made notification to the Governor's Office a… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes for Support of ND Flood Projects from Top Army Corps Nominee

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today met with Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the nominee to be Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army, to ensure the Corps' continued support for North Dakota flood projects. Hoeven was joined by Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. Hoeven expressed the importance of progressing flood protections projects, including permanent flood protections for Fargo-Moorhead and Devils Lake. "The key is th… Continue Reading


Delegation Urges President to Sign Major Disaster Declaration

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today urged President Obama to quickly approve the State of North Dakota's request for a major disaster declaration, a necessary step to providing communities federal support to supplement their flood fights and recovery efforts. "Many communities and counties across the state are still recovering from previous flooding in 2009 and 2010. As a result, local budgets are severely strained and, as such, federal assistance … Continue Reading


Delegation Goes to Bat for Elbowoods Hospital

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today called on the director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) to ensure adequate funding is available to staff the new Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, located on the Fort Berthold reservation in New Town. "The opening of the Elbowoods Memorial Hospital will represent the fulfillment of a long overdue promise from the federal government to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. We now need IHS to allocate the f… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA Adds Five Counties, Spirit Lake Nation to Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the addition of the Devils Lake Region and the Spirit Lake Tribe to the April 7 Federal Emergency Declaration issued by President Obama was welcome news, but that it's important to expand the incident period, as well, to cover the costs of earlier response efforts. FEMA briefed Hoeven's office this morning, saying the Preliminary Damage Assessments are completed and the final decision process is underway. "This is clearly a necessary and welcome dec… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota World War II Veterans in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today welcomed World War II veterans from North Dakota to the nation's capital. Hoeven greeted the veterans as they arrived in Washington on their way to visit the National World War II Memorial designed and built to honor their service. "We are forever indebted to our nation's greatest generation for heeding the call to protect and defend our freedoms," said Hoeven. "It's an honor to welcome these brave men and women to our nation's capital to visit the memori… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Strategic Partnerships Key to Fargo-Based Aldevron’s Recognition as a Top Workplace

FARGO - Senator John Hoeven today congratulated Fargo-based Aldevron, which ranked third on a Best Places to Work list released by The Scientist, a life science industry magazine. Hoeven commended the company, which manufactures DNA for research and clinical uses, for its growth and noted the importance of strategic collaborations in the biotech company's success. "Aldevron's achievements are further proof that the partnerships we're creating in North Dakota through our Centers of Excellenc… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Passing of Former Representative Frank Wald

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the death of former Representative Frank Wald (R-Dickinson): "Frank Wald was a skilled and dedicated legislator who never stopped working for the people of our state. He understood the needs of western North Dakota and represented his friends and neighbors well. Our entire state is stronger and better because of his leadership. "Mikey and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Wald family an… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls for U.S. Senate Vote on Pending Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Panama

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and a group of Republican senators today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the Republican Jobs Plan, a comprehensive formula to boost the economy and get America working again. Also speaking were Senators Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, and John Cornyn of Texas. The seven-part plan calls for the nation to live within its means; reform the tax code, without raising taxes, unburden the economy … Continue Reading


Hoeven at Air Force Promotion Ceremony

Senator John Hoeven pins a new rank on U.S. Air Force Senate Liaison Lt. Col. Sean Boles. Hoeven presided over the ceremony promoting Boles from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, along with Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Air Force Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers. Boles is the principal Air Force liaison with the Senate Armed Services, Budget and Appropriations Committees. Hoeven serves on the Appropriations Committee.… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. Operatives in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement Sunday night in response to the killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. military operatives in Pakistan. "The killing of Osama bin Laden by a small team of U.S. operatives in Pakistan brings to an end the unrelenting effort to bring one of the world's most infamous terrorists to justice. On September 11, the American people were unified in both their horror and grief of the tragic events in New York, Washington and P… Continue Reading


Hoeven Outlines Asian Trade Opportunities for Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today briefed members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce on his recent trade mission to Asia, stressing the importance of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the significant opportunities emerging in both India and Korea for North Dakota products and services. Hoeven returned Saturday from a trip to South Korea, India and Afghanistan with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to promote trade and review U.S.-Asian security issues. In addition to… Continue Reading


Senators Promote Investment in North Dakota

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today announced that the University of North Dakota's Center for Innovation Foundation has been approved to operate North Dakota's and Minnesota's only EB-5 Regional Center. This designation is expected to attract tens of millions of dollars of private investment and create hundreds of new jobs in North Dakota. Authorized by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990, the EB-5 program facilitates permanent residency status and Green Cards for immi… Continue Reading

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