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Delegation Announces $600,000 for Homeless ND Veterans

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the North Dakota Coalition of Homeless People in Bismarck will receive a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help prevent and end homelessness among veterans. The North Dakota Coalition of Homeless People will use the grant to provide services to approximately 200 participant households throughout the state of North Dakota. "It is shame that those who have bravely served o… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem in the Congressional Record

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today entered the following statement into the Congressional Record honoring the late North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem: Mr. President, today I honor the life and exemplary service of North Dakota's late Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem. Bob died last week in a car accident in Alaska on his way back from doing one of the things he loved best when not working: fishing in the great outdoors. During the 10 years he served as Majority Leader of … Continue Reading


Hoeven, 11 Republican Colleagues Work To Advance Pending Trade Agreements, Trade Adjustment Authority

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and 11 other Republican senators worked this week to advance pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the 12 senators urged the Administration to forward the agreements to the U.S. Congress for approval. In return, the senators agreed to give the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, which the president has linked to the trade agreements, a separate up or down vote. Although the Administration won't send… Continue Reading


Hoeven Condemns Violence in Norway

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven condemned two acts of terrorism today in Norway, and extended his condolences to the nation's people. "Such senseless acts of violence against innocent people violate every standard of human decency," Hoeven said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all Norwegians today, and especially those who have been directly affected by these tragic acts of terrorism." Explosions damaged several government buildings in central Oslo this afternoon, killing at least seven an… Continue Reading


Hoeven:Get On Board For Minot With America's Favorite Park Contest

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Hoeven today is calling on all North Dakotans and friends of North Dakota to vote for Minot's Oak Park in the Coca Cola Company's America's Favorite Park contest. The park has climbed in the voting this week and is currently in first place. The first place winner will receive $100,000 and be named "America's Favorite Park." The second and third place winners will receive $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. The grants will be used to restore, rebuild or enhance places withi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Support Veterans, Keep Military Strong

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Senate has passed the FY 2012 appropriation previously approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. The measure will provide greater security for veterans and stronger infrastructure for America's military. The $142 billion funding package includes provisions for the Minot Air Force Base and a range of veterans services in North Dakota and western Minnesota. "It is vitally important, even … Continue Reading


Hoeven: New Grand Forks Air Force Base Unit Strengthens Mission

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said that the U.S. Air Force's decision to activate soon a new unit at the Grand Forks Air Force Base strengthens the Global Hawk mission and secures its position at the base. The 69th Reconnaissance Group will operate and maintain the RQ-4 Global Hawk mission. "As a cutting-edge unmanned aerial system, Global Hawk will provide powerful capabilities for our military," Hoeven said. "Already, unmanned aerial systems play a vital role in our nation's security… Continue Reading


Hoeven Joins Former Governors in Pressing For Passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in pressing for a Balanced Budget Amendment. All former governors, the Senators cite the requirement for 49 out of 50 states to balance their state budgets in urging their Senate colleagues to vote on and pass the constitutional amendment. An excerpt from Hoeven's remarks follows: The unemployment rate in our state is 3.3%. I attribute that to building a pro-growt… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honored With National Drug Court Professionals' 2011 All Rise Leadership Award

WASHINGTON - The National Association of Drug Court Professionals' (NADCP) today presented Senator John Hoeven with the organization's 2011 All Rise Leadership Award. The presentation was made in a Washington, D.C. ceremony on the U.S. Capitol grounds featuring actors Martin Sheen, Harry Lennix, Mathew Perry and Melissa Fitzgerald. As governor, Hoeven was a strong advocate of Drug Courts, which provide treatment, support and close monitoring as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent,… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of North Dakota Seante Majority Leader Bob Stenhjem

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in response to the death in an automobile accident of North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem. "During the 10 years he served as Majority Leader of the North Dakota Senate, and the nearly 20 years he served as a state senator, I counted Bob as a friend, a colleague and a partner in the important work we were doing to build a stronger, more dynamic North Dakota. As a public servant, as a citizen, I know Bob's deep lo… Continue Reading


Hoeven Sworn in as Member of Air Force Academy Board of Visitors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Senator John Hoeven was sworn in today as a member of the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors and tomorrow will review the Academy's instruction, training methods and morale in meetings with cadets and Air Force Academy leaders. Air Force Academy cadet enrollment is 4,419. "I'm honored to serve on the Academy Board, and I will draw from my experiences working with members of the Air Force and their families stationed in Grand Forks and Minot in this new post," he said.… Continue Reading


Hatch Welcomes Senator Hoeven to the GOP High-Tech Task Force

WASHINGTON - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force (SRHTTF), announced today that Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota has joined the task force. The task force is aimed at ensuring the nation's technology firms remain at the forefront of the world economy. With the addition of Sen. Hoeven, the task force includes 15 members of the Republican Conference. "Sen. Hoeven is a proven leader who understands what our tech industry needs to be successful, and I we… Continue Reading


Internships with Senator Hoeven

Senator Hoeven is currently accepting applications for fall internships in his Washington, DC and state offices. Please click on the links below to downoad applications and to find important facts about the internship program. Applications are due July 15.… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Launch 14-Member Missouri River Working Group To Improve Flood Control, River Management

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven, Kent Conrad and senators from 7 other states today convened the first meeting of the "Missouri River Working Group," a cooperative coalition of lawmakers working to improve flood control along the Missouri River and address flood impacts on local communities. The 14-member group is working specifically to ensure that the Army Corps of Engineers can adequately fight current flooding throughout the river basin, assess the factors that led to this year's extensi… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More than $275,000 in Funding to Help Boost North Dakota Manufacturing

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that the Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership will receive a federal grant totaling more than $275,000 to continue efforts to strengthen and grow manufacturing in North Dakota. "In order to create jobs and revenue in our state, it is important to continue expanding and improving the businesses that call North Dakota home," the delegation said in a joint statement. "The North Dakota MEP does jus… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on the Death of Sergeant Kenner

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven extended his condolences today to the family and friends of Sergeant Steven Kenner, who was shot and killed July 8 while responding to a domestic disturbance call. "As longtime residents of Bismarck, Mikey and I are deeply saddened by Sergeant Kenner's tragic death. His family, friends and neighbors, and the Bismarck Police Department are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. North Dakota is consistently ranked as one of the safest states in the … Continue Reading


Hoeven, VA Secretary Shinseki Meet With State Vet Leaders

FARGO, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today hosted U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki in Fargo, where the secretary toured the Gladys Ray Veterans Drop-In Center and met with leadership of North Dakota veteran services organizations. Shinseki is in North Dakota at Sen. Hoeven's request. Earlier this week Shinseki met with Native American Veterans in Bismarck. Hoeven was unable to attend that meeting due to changes in the U.S. Senate's schedule related to debt ceiling negotiations in … Continue Reading


Hoeven Requests USDA Allow Emergency Haying and Grazing for North Dakota Producers Impacted by Flooding

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator John Hoeven today requested that the national Farm Service Agency (FSA) permit emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land for North Dakota counties affected by severe flooding as soon as possible. While the USDA awaits data on the level of hay and pasture loss from the state FSA office, the Senator also asked that the agency consider not only the level of precipitation a particu… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates Makoti Native Everett Dobrinski For White House Award

WASHINGTON - Senator Hoeven congratulated North Dakota farmer and businessman Everett Dobrinski today for his recognition by the White House as a "Champion of Change." Dobrinski is being honored for his contributions to his state and community. "Everett Dobrinski embodies North Dakota's hardworking spirit," Hoeven said. "Through agribusiness leadership and community engagement, he makes his hometown and the State of North Dakota a better place to live and do business." Dobrinski owns and op… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More Than $800,000 in Nursing Grants for North Dakota Universities

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota will receive more than $800,000 in federal grants to promote advanced nursing education and to increase diversity in nursing programs. "In order for North Dakota medical facilities to continue providing high quality care to citizens it is important to focus on educating and recruiting the next generation of health care providers," the de… Continue Reading

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