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Capitol Hill Meeting to Focus on Rail Line Threatened by Devils Lake

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg announced today that they are hosting a meeting in Washington, D.C. next week focused on the future of a threatened section of rail track near Devils Lake. Key stakeholders in the Devils Lake rail line will convene on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 15. The meeting will focus on the threatened section of track near Devils Lake that is impacting Amtrak service in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. In addition… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on USDA Risk Management Agency To Cover Devils Lake Farmers

WASHINGTON -Senator John Hoeven today called on Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator William Murphy to adjust the agency's current crop insurance rules to make the Prevented Planting provision more accessible to Devils Lake farmers. Hoeven pressed the case to the administrator, along with Governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. RMA is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prevented Planting provisions in crop insurance policies provi… Continue Reading


Hoeven Meets with U.S. Army Corps General Temple, Stresses Flood Severity, Urges Vigorous Response and Thorough Review

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today met with Major General Merdith W.B. Temple, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to stress the severity of flooding on the Missouri River in North Dakota. The senator urged General Temple to use all and any resources available to battle high waters. Given the height, duration and volume of water being released from the main stem dams on the river, Hoeven said it's vital that requests for assistance get a prompt response and all n… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven, Dalrymple Secure Additional Flood Support

Washington - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today told Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple that she shares their concerns with the flood emergency in the Bismarck - Mandan area and agreed to their request for additional federal support. Yesterday, the North Dakota leaders spoke with Napolitano and asked her to investigate two flood related concerns facing the Bismarck and Mandan communities. Senators Conrad and Hoeven and Governor Dalrymple -- along … Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $900,000 Grant to Bolster Spirit Lake's Wastewater System

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Spirit Lake Tribe to help bolster a wastewater treatment system that is being threatened by rising floodwaters. "This crucial funding comes just in time. It will provide the support needed to shore up Spirit Lake's wastewater system, protecting the community and eliminating an imminent health and safety t… Continue Reading


Eight North Dakota Students Selected for Summer Internships With Senator Hoeven

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. John Hoeven today announced the hiring of eight North Dakota college students for summer internships in his Washington and state offices. Working in the Washington office will be Matt Becker of Bismarck, a senior at the University of Mary studying business administration and political science; Will Bergstrom of Devils Lake, a junior at Harvard University studying English and government; Adam Jorde of Cando, a junior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls studying business … Continue Reading


Hoeven Kicks Off Unmanned Systems Action Summit in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven today said Grand Forks is on its way to being a hub for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology, application and training, and that provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill he and Senator Conrad worked to include in the bill passed by the U.S. Senate will give the effort a big boost. The remarks came at the kickoff of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Action Summit, "UAS 2020 - Looking to the Future," a two-day event at the A… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Napolitano for Additional Flood Assistance

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a conference call this morning with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator John Hoeven, Senator Conrad and other state officials called for additional federal assistance to mitigate current and impending flood impacts on Missouri River communities. Hoeven stressed the unique nature of the flooding. Because it is likely to last up to two months, communities need a continuous and coordinated effort to combat rising waters. "Everyone i… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Dalrymple Call on CORPS, FEMA For Additional Resources To Fight Minot Flooding

MINOT, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple met today in Minot with representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and city and county representatives to press for additional federal resources to fight current and imminent flooding in the region from the Souris River. Following the meeting, the group toured parts of the city and county to assess the ongoing flood response and to identify any new resources needed. They also tou… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Dalrymple Request Army Corps of Engineers Response Team For Standing Rock Reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven and Governor Jack Dalrymple today urged the Army Corps of Engineers to deploy a response team and deploy assistance to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to address rising Missouri River waters as a consequence of increased flows from the main stem dams. Both Senator Hoeven and Governor Dalrymple spoke with tribal Chairman Charley Murphy today. The Senator and Governor have contacted Col. Robert Ruch, commander of the Corps' Omaha district, to support Triba… Continue Reading


Hoeven Marks Sacrifices, Service Of Military On Memorial Day

BISMARCK, N.D. - Senator John Hoeven delivered the following remarks at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan today in honor of our fallen military heroes. He spoke earlier at the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck: "Like many of you I live on the river, and over these past days I've been sandbagging with my friends and neighbors, and of course it's just amazing how people turn out to give you help. It's amazing not just here, but all over the Great State of North Dakota. "I go… Continue Reading


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

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