(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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