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Sen. John Hoeven gives the Weekly Republican Party Remarks

Hi, I’m Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota. I’d like to talk to you today about the pending sequester and the need to address our debt and deficit, while creating jobs and economic growth at this critical time in our history.

For the better part of the week, President Obama has been traveling and giving interviews on the consequences of the sequester, which is an across-the-board cut in federal discretionary spending.

He blames Congress for the sequester, but Bob Woodward, in his book, ‘The Price of Politics,’ sets the record straight.

Woodward says it was President Obama who proposed—and promoted—the sequester.

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. In fact, House Republicans have already passed two bills to replace the President’s sequester.

So the question is: Why won’t he work with us? And the answer, quite simply, is because he wants higher taxes.