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Saturday
Feb232013

GOP Address: Sen. John Hoeven Offers the Keystone XL Pipeline Project to Help Avoid Sequestration

Office of Senator John Hoeven(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven calls for the president to work with Republicans in Congress to avoid sequestration and advises the president to consider the Keystone XL pipeline project.

“The fact is: Republicans in Congress, right now, will provide the flexibility to make the necessary spending reductions and address our deficit and debt, instead of going through the sequester,” Hoeven said. “The right way to address our deficit and debt, and get past the sequester, is not higher taxes or just better spending control. It’s by creating jobs, growing the economy, and expanding the tax base.”

Hoeven recommends to the president to support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which the president did not mention in his State of the Union address. Hoeven adds that the construction of the pipeline would “create tens of thousands of jobs, lift the economy help to keep down the cost of fuel, reduce our dependency on Middle Eastern oil and raise hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues to address the nation’s debt and deficit – all without a single penny of taxpayer money and with better environmental stewardship than if we don’t build the project.”

Hoeven pleads, “Mr. President, if we empower our people and unleash the power of investment and innovation, we will get what all Americans agree we want and need – jobs, a dynamic economy, stable fuel prices, and a real reduction in our deficit and debt – without raising taxes. And the Keystone XL project is just one example of how we get there. There are many more.”

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Saturday
Jan142012

GOP Address: Stop Stalling on Energy Projects

KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, North Dakota Senator John Hoeven calls on the President and his colleagues in Washington to act on stalled energy projects, namely the Keystone XL pipeline.  With these projects inactive, Hoeven cites a report by the Chamber of Commerce that says the American economy is set back $1.1 trillion in lost economic impact and is losing out on nearly two million jobs.

But, touting the economic successes of his home state, the former North Dakota governor says temporary stimulus measures are not the remedy for the country's financial troubles.  Instead, "empowering the private sector -- by building the kind of legal, tax and regulatory climate that encourages private investment" is necessary for economic growth.

President Obama and his administration are doing just the opposite by saying 'no' to the pipeline project, Sen. Hoeven says.

“A week ago, newspapers across the country ran a story warning consumers that gasoline could rise to more than $4.00 a gallon this year. In the same week, we saw world markets react nervously to the standoff between the U.S. and Iran in the Strait of Hormuz -- through which one-third of the world’s seaborne oil is now shipped. Combine all of this with growing global demand for oil, especially in China, and we have a recipe for dramatically higher energy prices and more personal hardship for working Americans," Sen. Hoeven says in the address.
 
“Yet the President is saying ‘no’ to the Keystone XL pipeline, he’s saying ‘no’ to a project that will bring more than 700,000 barrels of oil a day from our friend and ally, Canada, and he’s virtually assuring continued reliance on the Middle East. That makes no sense, and it’s a matter of great concern for our national security, particularly with what’s going on in Iran," he adds.

Hoeven warns Americans what will happen if work on the pipeline does not begin.

“The point is this: If the Keystone XL pipeline isn’t built, Canadian oil will still be produced and transported -- 700,000 barrels a day of it -- but instead of coming to our refineries in the United States, instead of creating jobs for our people, instead of reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and keeping down the cost of fuel for American consumers -- that oil will be sent to China," Sen. Hoeven cautions.

Criticizing the president for holding off on the pipeline until after the election, Sen. Hoeven tells Americans in the address that private-sector projects such as Keystone "will get our nation working again."

"And that's the larger point here.  We must empower private investment and create sustainable jobs through private enterprise to lift up our country. … That's the approach that ensure a brighter future for our children," he says.

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Saturday
Jun182011

GOP Address: Sen. Hoeven Says International Trade Will Bring Jobs

U.S. Senate(WASHINGTON) -- North Dakota Senator John Hoeven zeroes in on U.S. fiscal challenges, particularly how international trade could help cut the deficit and create jobs in this week's Republican address.

Hoeven says the legacy of a what was once the "freest, most dynamic economy the world had ever seen" is now in jeopardy, with spending 60 percent in excess of what the country is bring in.

But Hoeven says it is not too late to embrace the vision of a "strong, peaceful, prosperous America."

"We have an opportunity right now to advance that vision and jumpstart the nation's economy.  Robust international trade can help us do it, and we can start by ratifying long-pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia and Panama," he says in the address.

He continues to call out President Obama for delaying the progress of these trade agreements.

"All of these agreements have been languishing for years, but with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, and a spiraling deficit, the President can no longer hold these agreements back.  Currently, he is holding them up in order to negotiate the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.  TAA can be addressed separately in the context of Trade Promotion Authority as it generally has been in the past since 1974."

Hoeven asserts that America has led the way for free trade in the past and should continue to do so in the future.  He uses South Korea as an example, citing a recent visit to the country with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators.  There they met with President Lee Myung-bak and Korean business leaders about a trade agreement with the U.S.  Hoeven says that South Korea is appreciative to the U.S. for sacrificing "to give them a free society and a free-market economy where they could pursue their dreams."  As for a trade agreement, "They expect for us to lead the way because -- to South Korea and nations around the world -- America has always been a beacon of liberty and opportunity."

But why free trade?  Hoeven says, "these free trade agreements are an even bigger deal for America.  The South Korean Free Trade Agreement alone will increase our nation's exports to that country by more than $10 billion and create 280,000 American jobs."  Hoeven adds that for every four percent increase in exports, one million new jobs could be generated for Americans.

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