This isn’t good news for those who believed Senator Hoeven when he said he was going to Washington DC to change the way things are done. The “Gang of Six” plan (or, more accurately, plan to make a plan) is politics as usual with promised spending cuts that aren’t likely to materialize and big tax hikes that will most certainly come to fruition.
And so far, Hoeven apparently likes what he sees:
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has attended meetings with the Gang of Six in recent months and also was in the room Tuesday when the proposal was unveiled, spokesman Don Canton said.
He’s expressed support for their work in the past, even encouraging fellow Republicans to support the process. But Canton said he wasn’t ready to announce if he’ll sign onto the group’s deficit reduction plan.
“At this point it’s still a work in progress, but he’s supportive of the group and the approach,” Canton said Tuesday. “We’ll be discussing it tomorrow.”
Hoeven, not surprising to conservative observers here in ND, is being squishy.