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Hoeven, Senators Send Bipartisan Letter to the President Urging Leadership on Comprehensive Deficit Reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven and a bipartisan group of 64 senators - 32 Republicans and 32 Democrats -today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to show leadership in the effort to achieve comprehensive deficit reduction. "As the Administration continues to work with Congressional leadership regarding our current budget situation, we write to inform you that we believe comprehensive deficit reduction measures are imperative and ask you to support a broad approach to sol… Continue Reading


Hoeven Congratulates ND Air National Guard Unit Named Tops in the Nation

WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota Air National Guard's 219th Security Forces Squadron based at Minot Air Force Base for being named tops in the nation by the National Guard Bureau: "This recognition confirms what we have known for a long time: The North Dakota Air National Guard is a top-flight team of professionals. Their outstanding performance and dedication in association with the 91st Missile Wing at the Minot Air Force Bas… Continue Reading


Delegation, Task Force 21 Meet With Air Force to Plot Future for Minot Air Base

Washington - With significant base construction scheduled to support the continued stand-up of the second bomber squadron, Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg met today with members of Minot's Task Force 21 and Pentagon leadership to consider ways to amplify the bright future of Minot Air Force Base. The delegation said that significant investments in the base are the single best indicator of the base's positive future. The Administration's budget proposal targeted $… Continue Reading


Conrad, Hoeven Push for Missouri River Study

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven pressed Senate leadership today to reject a proposal approved by the House of Representatives that would prevent funding for a critical Army Corps of Engineers study examining the best uses of the Missouri River. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senators Conrad and Hoeven said the work of the study is well underway and they urged leadership to oppose language in the Continuing R… Continue Reading


Delegation and Grand Forks Leaders Meet with Top Air Force Officials at the Pentagon

Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today led a delegation of Grand Forks community leaders to the Pentagon for meetings with Air Force leaders to press for increased investment in Grand Forks Air Force Base, including an expanded unmanned aerial systems (UAS) mission and the potential basing for the new KC-46A tankers. The delegation met with Terry Yonkers, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, and Dr. Jamie … Continue Reading


Hoeven: U.S. DOT to Obligate Funding For Minot Overpass Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today announced that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has reviewed the necessary regulatory documents and will obligate $14.13 million in funding for Minot's northeast bypass and 55th Street overpass project. The action means the city will receive the funding and be able to begin construction this spring. The project is funded through a competitive TIGER II infrastructure grant program, which was awarded to the state in October. The project is currently… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls For Comprehensive National Energy Policy – More Domestic Production, Less Dependence on Foreign Oil

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, Senator John Hoeven today called for a comprehensive national energy plan that pushes for increased domestic energy production to reduce the country's dependency on oil from unstable parts of the world. "In recent weeks we have seen political turmoil in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other North African nations. "Only time will tell what the outcome of these historic events will be. What is clear, however, is that once again there is a disruption in … Continue Reading


Hoeven speaks to Rural Water Association

Senator Hoeven discussed rural water issues with North Dakota's Rural Water representatives at their convention.… Continue Reading



BISMARCK, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven today met with Brigadier General Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and representatives from the federal and state agencies responsible for flood preparations and resources to ensure Devils Lake flood protection plans are moving forward. "We're working to make sure we're meeting our flood protection goals," said Hoeven. "We need the federal Devils Lake Task Force to assist the state of North Dakota and local officials to protect lives and proper… Continue Reading


Hoeven Calls on Forest Service Chief to Work With Local Ranchers To Resolve Federal Grassland Disputes

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven today urged U.S. Agriculture Department's Forestry Chief Tom Tidwell to use more equitable means of resolving disputes over grassland management in western North Dakota. To further understanding, the Senator also invited the chief to North Dakota to work with ranchers on ways to best manage rangelands. Hoeven urged the agency chief to use North Dakota Ag Mediation Services and the USDA's ow… Continue Reading


Hoeven Enlists Interior Secretary's Support for Updated USGS Williston Basin Reserve Estimate

WASHINGTON - At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator John Hoeven today enlisted the support of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to launch a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study to update estimates of recoverable oil reserves in the Williston Basin. The USGS is an agency of the Interior Department. Hoeven has been working with Brenda Pierce, Coordinator for the Energy Resources Program at the USGS, and the North Dakota Geological Survey office to br… Continue Reading



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator John Hoeven today met with General Raymond Johns, Commander of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, regarding issues affecting Air Mobility Command and North Dakota military base missions. During the course of the meeting, Hoeven expressed his support for the Air Mobility Command global mission, which provides support for both military and humanitarian operations throughout the world. The Senator also advocated for basing new air refueling tankers at the Grand… Continue Reading



Washington -Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven today met with North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring to discuss several issues of importance to North Dakota ranchers, including new U.S. Forest Service (USFS) proposed rules governing access to the Little Missouri National Grasslands. "For North Dakota's family ranchers, the grasslands represent their livelihood. They know how important it is to care for the land," Senator Conrad said. "The Forest Service controls the federal land … Continue Reading



WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, and Governor Jack Dalrymple today called on EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe to defer to state regulators on key rules regarding the energy industry, specifically rules governing regional haze and decisions regarding the best available technology to control emissions. Representative Berg was represented at the meeting by Jonathan Caspar. The Congressional Delegation and Governor … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation Calls on President to Support Disaster Declaration Request

WASHINGTON - Senators John Hoeven and Kent Conrad and Congressman Rick Berg today wrote to President Barack Obama calling on him to expeditiously approve a request from Governor Jack Dalrymple for a federaldeclaration for the state of North Dakota under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance (Stafford) Act. The request comes as a consequence of weather conditions and forecasts indicating a strong potential for severe spring flooding, especially in the Devils Lake, James River, Missouri R… Continue Reading



FARGO, N.D. - Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg met with hospital administrators and veterans at the U.S. Veterans Medical Center in Fargo today for a briefing on hospital issues and a tour of recent projects at the facility. "The Veterans Medical Center provides medical services to thousands of veterans in our state as well as in Minnesota and South Dakota," Hoeven said. "Providing reliable, high quality care is a key part of the promise we make to our veterans who put themselves in harm's … Continue Reading



FARGO, ND - Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg and Brigadier General Michael Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, met today in Fargo with local leaders and engineers to coordinate local, state and federal flood preparation efforts, and to review progress on the community's flood protection measures. The group reviewed several locations that have a high potential for requiring emergency measures, including 2nd Street directly in front of City Hall and… Continue Reading


Hoeven, Mississippi Valley Division Corps Commander Work to Coordinate Flood Preparations Efforts in Devils Lake

FARGO, ND - Sen. John Hoeven and Brigadier General Michael Walsh, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today met with local leaders to coordinate flood preparation efforts and inspect enhanced dikes and other mitigation work the Corps has underway in the Devils Lake area. Hoeven and Walsh held a Flood Coordination meeting and heard updates from city and county leaders and engineers. Construction is currently proceeding to raise and extend the existing emb… Continue Reading



FARGO-MOORHEAD - U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar toured flood preparation and prevention efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area today. The Senators met with the Red River Retention Authority and Natural Resource Conservation Service to discuss plans to improve water retention throughout the basin as part of the Red River Valley's overall water management plan, toured several infrastructure improvement project sites, and met with volunteers at Fargo Sandbag Central. Congressman Collin Pet… Continue Reading



Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg joined together to voice their support for the God's Child Project and its efforts to combat international human trafficking. In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, the delegation expressed its strong support for God's Child Project and urged the State Department to renew a federal grant for the Bismarck nonprofit's anti-human trafficking program. Last year, it received a $240,000 State Department grant. "We wa… Continue Reading

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