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North Dakota Leaders: Devils Lake Air Service to Begin This Week

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple received word today that Great Lakes Aviation will begin service into Devils Lake this Saturday, December 17, much earlier than the previous target date of January 1, 2012. "This is great news for Devils Lake and the surrounding communities. The expedited service from Great Lakes will help ensure that North Dakotans' holiday travel plans stay on track," the North Dakota leaders said in a joint … Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates National Guard on 375 Years

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement honoring the National Guard on the occasion of its 375th birthday. "As our nation's oldest military organization, the National Guard has been serving America since before we claimed our independence and united as a country. In North Dakota, our citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen have selflessly and skillfully responded to the needs of our state and nation, both on our soil and overseas. I am convinced that our state has the … Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Today's U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on the MF Global Bankruptcy

WASHINGTON - Senator Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to testimony at the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing on MF Global, a brokerage firm that declared bankruptcy in October. Bankruptcy trustees currently estimate the company has a shortfall of $1.2 billion in customer accounts. "Clearly, MF Global needs to be held accountable for any customer segregated funds that were lost when the company declared bankruptcy this fall. So far, about 72… Continue Reading


Delta, Devils Lake Reach Plan on Air Service

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today said that Delta Air Lines and Devils Lake have arrived at a plan that would include Great Lakes Airlines starting regular air service to the city on or before January 1. Delta officials say they hope to be able to finalize an agreement with Great Lakes Airlines by next Tuesday. The North Dakota leaders continue to work toward a long-term solution. The delegation and governor say Delta has… Continue Reading


Hoeven Urges Nearly 1,400 ND Students to Pursue Leadership, Public Service

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today encouraged students attending the North Dakota Association of Student Councils annual fall conference to dedicate their lives to leadership and service in their future colleges, workplaces and communities. He spoke before a crowd of nearly 1,400 student delegates from 95 schools that filled a Ramkota Hotel ballroom in Bismarck. "Already, you've stepped up to be leaders in your school, and now you must carry that leadership into your college… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $5.6 Million to Offset Cost of Flood Prevention Clean Up in Bismarck-Mandan

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $5.6 million in federal resources to help Bismarck-Mandan clean up temporary levees and sandbags that protected neighborhoods from record flooding along the Missouri river this year. "Preparing for the flood waters was really only half the battle in Bismarck-Mandan this year. The tools we used to fight it were temporary and need t… Continue Reading


Delegation, Lt. Gov. UAS Team Meet with FAA to Help Make Grand Forks Region Premier Hub for UAS Operations

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and the North Dakota UAS Integration Team today met with Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to present a proposal for integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS) using partnerships and infrastructure in North Dakota. The state's leaders have been pressing the FAA to make the Grand Forks region the premier northern… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Call for Review of Missouri River Flooding

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven were joined today by a bipartisan group of Senators to request a federal review of the 2011 Missouri River flood and the action taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Senators detail the record flooding that occurred this summer along the Missouri River that overwhelmed dams and levees, swamped small commun… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders Call on Federal Transportation Chief to Address Air Service Interruptions to Devils Lake and Jamestown

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven, Governor Jack Dalrymple and Congressman Rick Berg today called on Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to put pressure on Delta Airlines to meet their contractual obligations by resuming timely and efficient air service into and out of Devils Lake and Jamestown. The North Dakota leaders asked that penalties and fines be levied should Delta fail to continue its service. "Devils Lake and Jamestown have spent considerable time, money, and effor… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Tesoro Expansion Welcome Response to ND Growth

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that Tesoro's decision to expand its diesel fuel production at its Mandan refinery by 5,000 barrels per day to 22,000 barrels per day is another indicator of North Dakota's economic progress. During a meeting last month with Tesoro CEO Greg Goff to review the company's major expansion plans in North Dakota, Hoeven discussed the need to boost diesel fuel production to meet the region's growing demand. "Tesoro's expansion is welcome news. North Dakot… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Pearl Harbor Attack Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today gave the following statement on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. "Despite the tragedy of the attack on Pearl Harbor seven decades ago, its anniversary reminds Americans of the greatness that our country can achieve. The attack galvanized our citizens to play their part in protecting our freedom. Some went to war. Others went to work. All made tremendous sacrifices for our country. This was the day that compelled America… Continue Reading


Hoeven, U.S. Senators Press for Keystone Pipeline with Leader McConnell on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today organized a colloquy of U.S. Senators, including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, to press for passage of the North American Energy Security Act. Hoeven last week led efforts in the Senate to introduce the legislation, which clears the way to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The new pipeline will carry an additional 700,000 barrels a day of petroleum to U.S. refineries and create thousands of jobs for American workers. Hoeven's legislation would r… Continue Reading


North Dakota Leaders Work to Resolve Minot Flood Recovery Issues

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple, along with Minot community leaders, today met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate and other agency officials to discuss a number of issues impacting recovery efforts in Minot. Senator Hoeven organized the meeting to provide an opportunity for officials from the city, school district, and park district to highlight several issues they are confronting with F… Continue Reading


Hoeven: ND To Receive More Than $550 Million in Federal Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that North Dakota will receive a record $317 million in Emergency Transportation funding to assist communities throughout the state with not only flood recovery but also energy development impacts in western North Dakota. Combined with the state's regular funding allocation of $235 million, North Dakota will have a total of more than $550 million in federal funding to help meet the challenges of statewide flood recovery and energy development. Include… Continue Reading


Hoeven: North Dakota's Pro-Business Climate Attracts New Tech Partnership Between Microsoft, Hitachi Consulting

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today joined company executives and state and local leaders to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and Hitachi Consulting in Fargo. Hitachi Consulting, a global company, will provide IT work for Microsoft from its Fargo campus, as it works to build a new operation in North Dakota. Hoeven welcomed Hitachi Consulting to the state and said its agreement with Microsoft is a good example of the economic growth that comes with a strong business climate. "… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Defense Authorization Bill Passes U.S. Senate with Priorities Important to North Dakota and the Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said the U.S. Senate last night passed the FY 2012 Defense Authorization bill late, which includes several authorization measures to strengthen the nation's nuclear triad and unmanned aerial systems program. The authorizations will directly benefit both Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases. "The military project authorizations we passed last night will help to keep our military strong and our country safe," Hoeven said. "It's vital that our armed service… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets With Air Force Secretary, Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON - Senator Hoeven today spoke on national defense issues important to the U.S. Air Force and North Dakota's bases with U.S. Air Force Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz during a meeting of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, of which Hoeven is a member. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Secretary Donley and General Schwartz, and I appreciated the opportunity to share with them what we are doing in Congress to support the w… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls On Delta Air Lines Officials to Resolve Devils Lake Air Service Issue

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today contacted Delta Air Lines officials in an effort to resolve an air service issue that is interrupting daily service to Devils Lake. Company officials say aircraft destined for the city could be diverted due to weather and altered runway conditions. Delta Vice President for Government Relations Andrea Newman said a new elevated road has reduced the effective length of the runway, making larger Canadian Regional Jets (CRJ) unable to land when wind condition… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Nuclear Defenses, Global Hawk Systems Essential to America's National Security

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today urged his U.S. Senate colleagues to support two key amendments he introduced to the Defense Authorization bill that seek to ensure the nation's military strength. Hoeven authored S.Amdt. 1279, which reaffirms the importance of a robust nuclear defense through sustaining the "nuclear triad," which includes land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and nuclear-capable heavy bomber jets. He also authored S.Amdt. 13… Continue Reading


Hoeven Introduces Bill to Clear Way For Keystone Pipeline

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today introduced legislation that would clear the way to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry an additional 700,000 barrels a day of oil to U.S. refineries and create thousands of jobs for American workers. The bill would require the Secretary of State to issue a permit within 60 days to allow the Keystone XL project to move ahead unless the President determines that it is not in the national interest. "Keystone XL will help secure our nat… Continue Reading

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