News Releases


FEMA Expands Emergency Declaration To Battle Missouri River Flooding

WASHINGTON - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced this morning that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has expanded its April 7 Emergency Declaration for North Dakota flood fighting efforts to include Burleigh, Emmons, Mercer, McLean, Morton, Oliver and Sioux Counties and the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. "With additional rain and additional releases from Garrison Dam on the way the Missouri will only continue its rise. There is … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad, Berg, Dalrymple Press FEMA For Favorable Decision On Flood Insurance Coverage For ND Residents

BISMARCK - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today made a pointed case to a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) insurance adjustor in Bismarck that flood insurance policies purchased in anticipation of flooding this summer should be honored. Flood insurance policies purchased by residents in at-risk communities have a 30-day waiting period before their insurance takes effect, and the delegation and governor are seeking the best term… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad, Berg, Dalrymple Press FEMA To Reevaluate Flood Insurance Grace Period

BISMARCK - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reverse an initial interpretation of Flood Insurance Program regulation pertaining to the date residents would have had to purchase flood insurance for it to be effective for the current flood event. FEMA has suggested that the 30 day waiting period for flood insurance was closed after the Army Corps of engineers had begun "higher th… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad, Dalrymple Call On CORPS to Step Up Assistance to Missouri River Communities

BISMARCK - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Governor Jack Dalrymple met in Bismarck today with high-level Army Corps of Engineers officials to ensure that communities at risk in the Missouri River Basin get the technical and direct assistance they need to mount a successful flood fight effort. The senators, governor and city and county officials led Corps officials on a tour of flood- impacted areas of Bismarck-Mandan prior to the meeting to assess flood defenses and identify resource… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Remember Sacrifices, Service of Men and Women In Uniform on Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven, who will pay tribute to our nation's fallen soldiers in ceremonies at the All Veterans Memorial and the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Monday, issued the following statement today in observance of Memorial Day: "Our men and women in uniform serve our nation with courage and devotion. On Memorial Day especially, we honor these brave heroes, foremost those who have lost their lives defending our freedoms. Our thoughts and prayers are with our… Continue Reading


Delegation Calls on FEMA To Quickly Approve State's Request For Expanded Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, and Congressman Rick Berg today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve quickly an expanded federal emergency declaration to support ongoing state and local flood efforts in the Missouri River Basin. On May 26, Governor Jack Dalrymple requested that the April 7 Presidential Emergency Declaration be expanded to include emergency assistance for counties in the Missouri River Basin, including Burleigh, Dunn, Emmons, McKenzi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Corps to Provide Assistance Due to Rising Water in Bismarck-Mandan, Minot Areas

WASHINGTON - In response to rising waters and flooding in Bismarck-Mandan, Burleigh, Ward, Renville and McHenry counties, Senator John Hoeven today spoke with state and local officials, as well as Army Corps of Engineers leadership, to identify needs and to make sure the communities at risk have both the technical and direct assistance they need to protect life and property. Senator Hoeven spoke this morning with Governor Jack Dalrymple, as well as Bismarck Mayor John Warford, Mandan Mayor Tim… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Armed Forces Day Gives Opportunity To Show Gratitude to Men and Women in Uniform

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today thanked our nation's armed forces for their service to the nation on Armed Forces Day, saying with our men and women in harm's way around the world, we should pause for a moment to remember our debt of gratitude for our military. "America's men and women in uniform, as well as their families, put their personal lives on hold and willingly deploy around the world to protect our nation and defend liberty," Hoeven said. "We should remember those … Continue Reading


Delegation Applauds Approval of Presidential Disaster Declaration for North Dakota

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to approve a disaster declaration for the State of North Dakota. The declaration allows Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas of the state struck by a severe winter storm last month. "This is welcome news for North Dakota. We have been pushing to have this declaration fast-tracked and are pleased that Federal assistance will n… Continue Reading


Hoeven Pushes for Fair Process for Grasslands Management and Grazing

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven Thursday again pressed U.S. Forestry Chief Tom Tidwell to use certified mediators whenever possible when working with North Dakota's grazing associations and individual ranchers to determine management practices for the Little Missouri National Grasslands. At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee, Hoeven urged Chief Tidwell to use input from March meetings in Watford City and Medora with local grazing associations and ranc… Continue Reading


Hoeven and Interior Secretary Salazar Meet: USGS To Reassess Williston Basin Reserves

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar has agreed to the Senator's request to update estimates of recoverable oil reserves in the Williston Basin to generate a long-term outlook for production potential and infrastructure investment in the region. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which is administered by the U.S. Interior Department, now plans to begin the study in October, and expects to complete it in one to two years. Hoeven initially c… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $95,700 To Help Children With Special Health Care Needs

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $95,700 in federal funding to Family Voices of North Dakota, a nonprofit that helps provide family-centered care for children and youth living with special health care needs and /or disabilities. The delegation noted that Family Voices of North Dakota provides a vital service to the community. Its network of family consultants throughout… Continue Reading


Hoeven Announces UTTC Program Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that FY2011 funding has been maintained for a program that provides critical support to Bismarck's United Tribes Technical College (UTTC). During FY2011 budget negotiations, Hoeven worked to ensure unobligated funds were available for the Tribally Controlled Postsecondary Career and Technical Institution Program (TCPCTIP), a competitive grant program that provides core funding to UTTC. The funding was maintained in the FY2011 Continuing Resol… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Announce Lt. Gen. James As UAS Summit Keynote Speaker

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven announced today that Air Force Lieutenant General Larry D. James will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Red River Valley Research Corridor Unmanned Aircraft Systems Action Summit. Senators Conrad and Hoeven are cosponsors of the summit, which will be held June 2-3 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Gen. James is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with the United States Air Force. He oversees all… Continue Reading


Hoeven Addresses National Summit on Clean Energy, Calls for Revival of American Entrepreneurism and Innovation

WASHINGTON- Senator John Hoeven today addressed the National Summit on Advancing Clean Energy Technologies, calling for greater legal, tax and regulatory certainty to jumpstart America's energy industry and the national economy. Summit organizers include the Howard Baker Forum, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Summit emcee Karen Harbert, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Centu… Continue Reading


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

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