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Hoeven Asks Corps' Top General to Review Recent Decision on Lake Sakakawea Level and Provide More Flood Protection

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today asked Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. Temple, current Acting Chief of Engineers of the Army Corps of Engineers, to provide detailed information on the downstream constraints that prompted the Corps to reject the state's request to lower water levels on Lake Sakakawea this fall. He also requested that the general provide residents with a better idea of when the agency will be able to create more storage capacity and greater flood protection ahead of next spring. Ge… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement in Honor of 122nd Anniversary of North Dakota's Statehood

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement in honor of the 122nd anniversary, Nov. 2, of North Dakota's statehood: "On the 122nd anniversary of North Dakota's statehood, we celebrate and honor the many contributions of our state and people to this great nation. The pioneering spirit that led the first North Dakotans to settle our state continues to inspire us today. North Dakota was built with hard work, resourcefulness and common sense, and our state … Continue Reading


Hoeven Works to Support Devils Lake Rail, Williston Bypass Projects

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with BNSF CEO and President Matt Rose to discuss plans to rebuild a 20-mile span of track and two bridges near Churchs Ferry that serves Amtrak's Empire Builder line across northern North Dakota. The line serves both passenger and freight service through Devils Lake, Rugby, Minot, Fargo, Grand Forks, Stanley and Williston. The track was closed several times this spring due to flooding and high water. Rose earlier this year committed BNSF to funding … Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Service Members, Families on Day of the Deployed

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today thanked the nation's deployed service members and their families for their courage and commitment to country at the Sixth Annual Day of the Deployed ceremony at Bismarck State College. "Our men and women in uniform bravely and willingly answer the call to serve our nation. We are extremely grateful to them and their loved ones for all of the sacrifices they make on our behalf. These brave Americans are in our thoughts and prayers not only on this Da… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Bipartisan Bill on Coal Ash Recycling Will Protect Local Oversight, Help Create Jobs and Reduce Energy Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. - At a news conference today, Senator John Hoeven outlined the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, bipartisan legislation he recently introduced to ensure the safe and effective disposal and recycling of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity generation. Hoeven and North Dakota business and energy leaders underscored the importance of the legislation for local companies and its benefits to North Dakotans, including job creation and reduced energy costs. Hoe… Continue Reading


Statement of Sen. John Hoeven on the President's Signing of the South Korean, Colombian, and Panamanian Free Trade Agreements

BISMARCK - Senator John Hoeven today issued the statement below following the President's signing of the long-pending U.S. free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Hoeven worked with congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Administration to win approval for the agreements. He and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this year met in Seoul with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and prominent Korean business leaders to advance the U.S.-Sout… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Press FEMA for Comprehensive Flood Protection Plan, Flexible Home Buyout Policy

MINOT - Senator John Hoeven and Senator Kent Conrad today met in Minot with David Miller, FEMA's Associate Administrator for Federal Insurance and Mitigation, and state and county officials to coordinate federal, state and local efforts for the Minot flood recovery. Specifically, they're focusing on using FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to buy out homes, which will also help with the construction of flood protection. Associate Administrator Miller is in Minot to help with the p… Continue Reading


Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) today introduced the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, legislation that will ensure the safe and effective disposal of coal combustion residuals, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity generation that is also recycled as a valuable building material. Under this legislation, states could set up the… Continue Reading


Statement of Sen. John Hoeven on the Death of Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on news that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi has been killed: "The death of Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi brings to a close one of the most brutal regimes of the modern era. He coldly murdered innocent Americans and other nationals, as well as his own people. "The role of American munitions and technology in his removal was decisive, and underscores the importance of a strong U.S. military in a dangerous world. … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Conrad Introduce Coal Ash Recycling Legislation

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad today introduced the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2011, legislation that will ensure the safe and effective disposal of coal combustion residuals, a byproduct of coal-fired electricity generation that is also recycled as a valuable building material. Under this legislation, states could set up their own permitting program for the management and disposal of coal ash that is based on existing EPA regulations to protect human health … Continue Reading


ND Senators Continue to Push for CDBG Disaster Relief

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to support additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for those impacted by this year's flood disaster in Minot. HUD oversees the CDBG program. "We have seen absolute devastation in Minot this year. They need our help, and they need it now. We need to look at the CDBG program to as an effective, efficient and flexible tool for providing funding for disa… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces More than $3.4 Million in FEMA Grants to Help Electric Co-ops Recover From Flood Damage

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a total of $3,427,376 in federal funding to two North Dakota electric cooperatives to help them recover from this spring's devastating floods. "Our utilities - as well as our communities - were hit hard by floods this year. This funding will help rebuild the infrastructure at two key electric co-ops and help maintain a reliable source of… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement on Phoenix International's Fargo Expansion

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven released the following statement today regarding the expansion of Phoenix International, a John Deere Company, in Fargo. The company broke ground today on a new 90,000-square-foot facility that is expected to be completed by 2012. The company's $22 million expansion will create an estimated 60 new jobs by 2017. "In North Dakota, we've worked hard to create a pro-business environment that both encourages investment in our state and also helps our companies reach… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Corps Division Commander To Follow State Water Commission Recommendations for Lake Sakakawea

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with Gen. John McMahon, the Army Corps of Engineers' Northwest Division Commander, Senator John Hoeven reiterated his call for the agency to follow the North Dakota State Water Commission's recommendation and create 750,000 acre feet of additional storage capacity in Lake Sakakawea and help to avert possible flooding next spring. Currently, the Corps plans to reduce the surface elevation of Lake Sakakawea to 1,837.5 feet mean sea level, the same level as last yea… Continue Reading


Conrad-Hoeven Bill Boosts Support for Disaster Aid

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven introduced legislation last night calling for an additional $600 million in emergency Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) bringing the total amount of CDBG disaster funds to $1 billion to help communities in North Dakota and across the nation recover from natural disasters this year. "I've been there on the ground in Minot. In Bismarck. In Mandan. I've seen the devastation. Thousands of families lost their homes to these devastating flood… Continue Reading


Hoeven: FEMA To Replace Minot's Lincoln Elementary School

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has determined that Lincoln Elementary School in Minot is eligible for replacement. FEMA has notified School Superintendent Mark Vollmer of its decision. Hoeven pressed FEMA Director Craig Fugate for an expedited decision to build a new school, rather than try to restore the existing structure, after the senator met with city and school officials earlier this month and learned of the extensive d… Continue Reading


Hoeven's National Day of the Deployed Resolution Passes in the Senate

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven announced today that a resolution he introduced to continue honoring the nation's deployed service men and women with a Day of the Deployed has unanimously passed in the Senate. Hoeven launched the first Day of the Deployed in 2006 while serving as Governor of North Dakota and spearheaded the effort to bring the initiative to the national level this year. The resolution, passed last night, calls on all Americans to reflect on the service of the nation's deployed … Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Corps of Engineers to Improve Flood Control

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today called on members of the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee to initiate a thorough review and analysis of current management practices on the nation's waterways, including those in North Dakota, with the goal of better flood protection for people and property. Currently, the Corps' Annual Operating Plan calls for reducing the surface elevation of Lake Sakakawea to 1,837.5 feet mean sea level, the same elevation as last year. Hoeven, howev… Continue Reading


Hoeven Honors Past Mentor at Minot Catholic Schools Hall of Fame Induction

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven praised Rev. Robert Williams' inspirational leadership and dedication to education at this evening's banquet in which the priest and former Bishop Ryan High School administrator was inducted into the Minot Catholic Schools Hall of Fame. Hoeven, a 1975 Bishop Ryan High School graduate, attended the school during Rev. Williams' 1970-1976 administrative tenure, and was a member of the Key Club, which Rev. Williams piloted. Williams, who died in 1998, was known for… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls On EPA To Adopt State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze

WASHINGTON - At a public agency hearing today in Bismarck, Senator John Hoeven called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt the North Dakota Department of Health's State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze, rather than a more costly one-size-fits-all federal plan. Hoeven also announced his plan to introduce the Empower States Act, which will ensure that the EPA provides states with adequate flexibility to implement sensible standards for improving visibility in selected areas o… Continue Reading

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