Weekly Radio Addresses: Obama Streamlining Gov't; GOP Stresses Energy

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is using his weekly
radio and Internet address to promote government streamlining and
jobs incentives he unveiled during the week.

Republicans are extoling the benefits of a proposed oil pipeline
from Canada to refineries in Texas.

Obama says his initiative to consolidate agencies will make the
government leaner and more efficient. He is also promising tax
incentives for businesses that he says will bring jobs to the U.S.
instead of shipping them overseas. He wants to eliminate tax breaks
for companies that outsource.

For the GOP, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says the Keystone XL
project will create jobs by bringing the oil to U.S. refineries. He
says without it, the oil will still be produced and wind up in China.

Hoeven says if Obama doesn't approve the project, Obama is turning his back on American workers.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's Sen. John Hoeven is pushing
the Keystone XL pipeline project to carry oil from Canada to Texas
Gulf Coast refineries during the Republicans' weekly radio and
Internet address.

President Barack Obama faces a Feb. 21 deadline to decide
whether the pipeline is in the national interest.

The GOP has been pounding him on the issue, saying it's a
question of whether he wants to create jobs and import energy from
a close friend and ally, or lose jobs and see Canadian oil go to

Hoeven said Saturday the $7 billion pipeline expansion will
reduce the nation's dependence on oil from the Middle East and keep
down the cost of fuel for Americans.

Plans call for the pipeline to pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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