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Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Team Up for Energy Expo

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad, Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple teamed up today to announce the line up for the 5th Annual Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo. "We are pleased to announce the Great Plains & EmPower ND Energy Expo will take place on November 14 and 15 at Bismarck State College," the North Dakota leaders said in a joint statement. "North Dakota has the potential to be the powerhouse for the nation. We are gathering the nation's leading energy expert… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Work to Increase Support for Disaster Impacted Communities

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad continued his efforts to support flood impacted communities in North Dakota today by filing an amendment to provide $1 billion in federal grants designed to help communities recover from natural disasters like the floods that inundated Minot and Bismarck this year. Senator John Hoeven is a co-sponsor of the amendment. "As the people of Minot begin to rebuild their city and rebuild their lives, the federal government must do more to support those efforts," Senat… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Honoring Williston Community's Contribution to the Nation's Energy Independence

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today released the following statement to honor the Williston community and mark the 60th anniversary of the discovery of oil in North Dakota: Click to play the video. "As we commemorate the discovery of oil in North Dakota sixty years ago, we also celebrate the important role of this community and our state in the nation's energy future. When those first speculators hit black gold in North Dakota, I'm certain they were excited by the vast potential of thei… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Improving Tribal Roads, Bridges Key to Increased Economic Growth, Job Creation for N.D. Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Thursday, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of safe, reliable roads and bridges in helping to spur economic growth and job creation for North Dakota's tribal communities. "Maintaining the roads and bridges in and around our tribal communities is an important component to increasing economic opportunities on and off our reservations," said Hoeven. "Safe and reliable transportation attracts the private investments that c… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Arrival of the First Global Hawk Block 40 to Grand Forks Air Force Base Marks a New Era

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said the arrival of the first Block 40 Global Hawk aircraft at the Grand Forks Air Force Base is positive news in light of the Federal Aviation Administration's notice last month that the delivery would be delayed. Global Hawk arrived in Grand Forks from California yesterday, and is the first of 10 Global Hawk Block 40 aircraft to be based at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Additional Global Hawks will arrive at Grand Forks later this fall. The Air… Continue Reading


Hoeven Receives North Dakota Dental Association Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today received the President's Award from the North Dakota Dental Association at the organizations' Annual Session. The award recognizes Hoeven's commitment to improving oral health care for North Dakotans during his tenure as governor, including his efforts to increase provider reimbursements through the dental Medicaid program. This program made oral health care more accessible for low-income North Dakotans. "I'm honored to receive this award from such … Continue Reading


Hoeven: Senate Passes Nearly $7 BIllion in Disaster Aid

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today said U.S. Senate passage of a nearly $7 billion disaster aid package, which includes some funding for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), represents an important step forward in the process of getting disaster aid to flood-impacted communities in North Dakota. The bill, which passed Thursday evening, provides funding for a range of recovery activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Depar… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Bipartisan Group of 37 Senators Support Super Committee Efforts to 'Go Big' on Deficits, Debt

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven was among a bipartisan coalition of 37 U.S. Senators who today announced that they will support efforts to seek the broadest possible bipartisan agreement to address the nation's deficits and debt. The Senate coalition includes 19 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent. As part of the August compromise on raising the debt ceiling, a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member panel was appointed to identify $1.5 trillion in budget savings over ten years in addition … Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Crucial Funding for Department of Defense

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that members have approved crucial funding for the Department of Defense in 2012 to help to upgrade and modernize the nation's military capabilities. The appropriation will help enhance operations and equipment at the Minot and Grand Forks Air Force bases. "It's vital that we continue to maintain a strong military and a credible deterrence against foreign aggression, and the funding we app… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Call for Additional Disaster Assistance for Communities in North Dakota and Across the Nation

Washington - Senator Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today urged the leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to provide additional relief funding in wake of the severe natural disasters that struck communities in North Dakota and across the nation this year. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss), Senators Conrad and Hoeven ask them to consider providing supplemental appropriations for disaster recovery p… Continue Reading


Hoeven Statement Observing the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks on the United States

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in observance of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States: "The tragic events of September 11 are forever engrained in our national memory. We all remember where we were when news broke of the terrorist attacks on our soil. Now, on the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, I invite all North Dakotans-and Americans-to join together for a national Moment of Remembrance. On Sunday, Se… Continue Reading


Hoeven Invites North Dakotans to Join National Sept. 11 Moment of Remembrance

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven released the following video message to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hoeven invites all North Dakotans to pay tribute to the fallen with a national Moment of Remembrance on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at noon CDT/11 a.m. MDT. Hoeven cosponsored S. Res. 237, the 9-11 National Moment of Remembrance Resolution, which creates the national "Stop and Remember" tribute. Unanimously passed by the Senate, this resolution cal… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator John Hoeven on President Obama's Jobs Speech

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's job creation speech before a joint session of Congress this evening: "I appreciate that the President this evening acknowledged that it's the private sector, rather than the federal government, who are the job creators in our country. "The plan's proposal for tax relief and the President's stated intention to send pending free trade agreements to Congress are steps in the right direction, … Continue Reading


Hoeven, Panetta Discuss ND Military Bases, National Security Priorities

WASHINGTON - In a meeting today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Senator John Hoeven stressed the importance of North Dakota's military bases to the nation's security infrastructure. "Minot Air Force Base is a key part of the nation's military's force structure and provides cost effective, efficient, top quality defense capabilities," Hoeven said. "Grand Forks Air Force Base now has a growing role as a center for unmanned aerial systems, which are becoming increasingly critical to … Continue Reading


Hoeven: America Needs a Long-Term, Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Economic Strategy

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today, urging Congress and the President to adopt a long-term, pro-growth, pro-jobs strategy for the nation to get America working again. That includes a legal, tax and regulatory climate that encourages investment and promotes free trade and innovation to create jobs and opportunities for America. Following are excerpts from his speech: "I rise today to speak on a matter of great importance to our country, and th… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Appropriations Committee Votes Additional Support for FEMA, USDA Disaster Relief Programs

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today worked with his colleagues on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that federal agencies have the necessary resources to help with severe natural disasters across the country this year. Hoeven also serves on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Appropriators today approved $6 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster relief programs as part of the Department of Homelan… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Senate Colleagues Call on President Obama to Submit Long-Pending Trade Agreements for Ratification

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven and eight of his senate colleagues today called on President Barack Obama to submit long-pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress as a first step in helping create private-sector jobs. "We want to underscore the fact that we are ready, and have been ready, to work with the President to ratify these trade agreements, which have been languishing for three years," Hoeven said. "Combined, they hold the promise of more than $10 bill… Continue Reading


Delegation, Governor Press FAA to Build on North Dakota's Operations to Integrate UAS into National Airspace

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Congressman Rick Berg and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make North Dakota the first test site for integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS). In a letter to FAA Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt, the North Dakota leaders offered the newly formed North Dakota UAS Integration Team as a resource to help establish the test site in North Dakota. "N… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Federal Task Force Needs to Help Expedite Flood Relief for Devils Lake

BISMARCK, N.D. - At a meeting today in Bismarck, Sen. John Hoeven urged General Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from the federal agencies responsible for flood prevention in the Devils Lake Basin to do all they can to help expedite flood relief for Devils Lake while managing flows to adequately protect downstream interests. The plan now under consideration includes four key parts: Constructing an east end outlet on Devils Lake, which is scheduled for co… Continue Reading


Hoeven: Prairie Public Radio Deserves Our Heartfelt Appreciation

BISMARCK, ND - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement on the 30th anniversary of Prairie Public radio: "Prairie Public radio has been a staple on North Dakota dials for three decades. For more than half of my life, I've been able to tune into Dave Thompson's radio broadcasts and have access to quality reporting on local and national events. As programming expanded over the years, Prairie Public has offered a broad range of news coverage and perspectives from all corn… Continue Reading

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