Hoeven Delivers GOP’s Weekly Address On Keystone Pipeline, Sequester Cuts


North Dakota Senator John Hoeven delivered the GOP’s weekly address this week, talking about the sequester cuts and President Obama’s continued stalling on the Keystone XL pipeline:

The transcript is below.

Senator John Hoeven's Weekly Address Remarks by Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    Way to go John! Now they have to start pointing out that if the sequester really resulted in the amount of cuts that Obama has said, it would mean that all these federal employees are working for minimum wage. It’s true that $86 billion is a lot of money but it’s really only $286 a year for every man, woman and child in the US and I don’t think that $24/month is going to put too many people in the poor house. It will have a very similar impact to what we just saw when they put back the 2% Socialist Insecurity tax.

    • silverstreak

      If the government not spending $86 billion is going to trigger every calamity known to man.
      Then…what is the government going to do with the other $3500 billion that they are planning on spending?

  • sbark

    The sequester slow downs are probably the only way DC will ever slow down spending.
    Now the problem with them is that they will target services to the public——vrs targeting them on the layers of beuracrats running the FAA or Dept of Educ deep in the bowels of DC, where no one would notice.
    Go back thru time, the Left always threatens direct services reduction to the public (cops/ firefighters/ teachers) when having to deal with spending cuts——–vrs the massive layers of bearacrats and paper pushers.
    2nd problem…..the sequester slow downs dont deal with mandated spending——ie welfare and entitlement—which eats up 100% of Treas. inflow.
    The USA can cut 100% on non-mandated spending——and we are still flat arse broke
    The GOP is showing the gonads to deal with mandated spending, but once again we dont have a leader in the Oval office to move it forward……a community agitator isnt going to get r’ done……..

    • Thresherman

      Suppose you are up for an annual review and you are hoping to get a 9% increase in pay but you instead you are given a 7 1/2% increase, would any sane person call that a “cut” in pay? In Democratic thinking it is.

      The Sequester only represents a decrease of about 1 1/2% in the scheduled increase in spending. So if the Democrats think that a restricting increases, outside of defense, to 5 or 6 % is “draconian” then there is no way to honestly deal with them on the kind of spending reform that we need to avert a Major meltdown.

      • sbark

        exaclty,…..problem is–They who control the media, control the language. from baseline budgeting to the so-called fairness doctrine.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I wish him luck but Obama just doesn’t care and liberals don’t understand the issues so nothing will be accomplished

  • Yogibare

    The book “Price of Politics” by Woodward is available at the Bismarck Public Library. And, yes, the sequester was proposed by President Obama (actually by way of his staff–JacK Lew, among others) Obama agreed to it and they proposed it to McConnel, Boehner, Reid, Cantor, etc.. The deadline in 2011 in late July was looming and there had to be a “deal”.
    Now the chickens have come home to roost and no one in the President’s office, including Obama will take the blame for this piece of crap (Deal / legislation)
    This sequester which some call a “cut” in spending is not a cut or restraint on the long term federal out-of-control budget—it is merely a one time cut in defense and some program spending. It was intended to punish the Republicans for not raising taxes; and it was intended to punish the Democrats for not cutting entitlements. They all made a bad deal in 2011. Now the people of the U.S. have to bear the pain of it and suffer the insults to our intelligence!!!!

    • camsaure

      Just wondering, but didn’t Horeven go along with this ruse when it was inflicted upon us.

  • WOOF

    Sequester is a cruel and stupid idea.
    The hallmarks of Republican policy,
    they shall wear the mark of Cain.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh, look! YIP gets four Pinocchios for spreading leftist media lies!


      “White House national economic council director Gene Sperling brought up the idea of a sequester….. while Jack Lew sold Harry Reid on
      the idea and then decided to use the Gramm-Hollings-Rudman language
      (which he knew from his days of working for Tip O’Neill) as a template
      for sequester.”

      Now Bamster and the Media Lapdogs are doing a wonderful job trying to paint the picture that it was the evil republi-crats, which you lapped up like the dirty little chihuahua you are!

      You shall wear the mark of F…. F is for FAIL!

      • WOOF

        She wants to spank me

        • two_amber_lamps

          Dirty yip dog… not necessary. You spanked yourself. Now go take a bath.

        • mickey_moussaoui

          I bet you spank yourself often.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Somebody roll up a newspaper and swat the bad puppy…
      This sequester was Obama’s idea. Let’s call him “Cain” Obama, shall we?
      lol dumdedumdedum

      “My extensive reporting for my book ‘The Price of Politics’ shows that the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of [Jack Lew, then-budget director during the negotiations] and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government,” Woodward wrote on a piece posted on Friday night.

      Woodward continued: “Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-Nev.]. They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved.”

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/bob-woodward-obama-owns-sequestration-87978.html#ixzz2LkdDjSfK

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

      Hey moron, Obumble was the one that suggested Sequester.

  • Jerry

    The libs are crying that sequester will lead to closing such critical services as comfort stations along a Mississippi highway, and keeping brutish visitors from trampling tender tree roots in state parks, and protecting eggs at Cape Cod. What did we ever do before big brother did all of these wonderful things for us? Of course, there are stories about the children. Apparently 20% fewer children are going to learn about a key battle of the Civil War. Alarmist nonsense. $85 billion is but a pittance in the federal budget (that is, if we had a budget). We need to cut more. A lot more. Government must become lean and luxuries must go.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Due to the recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil plus the current state of the economy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

    Have a nice day.

  • Ray Seltz

    Hoeven had really pissed off the Republican guard of Senators for voting for the VAWA. So he was told to get out there and he returned the order by asking, “how high should I jump?” Clearly, Hoeven is nothing more than he was as a Governor, a cetrist Republican. As a Senator, he is slightly left of Congressman Colin Peterson. But clearly RINO,