|Republican Senator John Hoeven (R) ND, one of
44 Senators, to challenge the U.S. Constitution
Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), David Vitter (R-La.) and a total of 44 senators, including Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, announced on Monday that they will introduce legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project under Congress’ authority enumerated in the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8.Senators Hoeven, Lugar and the other senators have been working with colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to ensure that this vital project is advanced.
I have written much about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The lingering push for the pipeline recently drew a questions from many people, “what is the push from the Right all about?”. Why would John Boehner invite managers from two Midwest refineries to the SOTU Speech as his guests? Why is the GOP so fired-up about a pipeline that will cut in half the transcontinental beauty of our nation with a man-made object that will undoubtedly sit large enough to be seen from Mars. Of much mores significance, and during a week when BP was informed it cannot defray the legal damages off to other culpable organizations, we receive word a Republican Senator will propose legislation to usurp our president’s non-support for the pipeline.
Reuters is reporting on plans from the office of Senator John Hoeven (R) North Dakota to introduce pipeline legislation.
Here again, the GOP steps up with a big business, Big Oil, special interest issues while showing a willingness to attach such issues to human issues from the Left. The following will not surprise you, but the it certainly speaks to the complete state of “Lost” from the GOP.
Republicans have made the pipeline and its construction jobs a key political issue in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election.
Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives also are considering legislation to advance the project, and have not ruled out attaching it to payroll tax cut legislation that needs to pass Congress by the end of February.
The GOP continues use ’GOP doctrine items’ , as fodder for negotiations when it comes to issues that benefit the middle and lower income earners. We hear their argument, about how the Keystone XL Pipeline will generate jobs. Yet, Cornell University’s Labor Study shows results that directly contradicts the jobs estimates from the GOP. Trans Canada predicts the project will provide 20,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs, the GOP quotes the same number.
I posit the GOP’s interest in the pipeline is far more related to lobbying and political contributions than the prospect of actual good for our nation. The Guardian published the following list of top ranking members of Congress who receive (ed) large amounts of contribution from the Oil & Gas Industry. Here is the Guardian link and the list.
Rank of Oil & Gas as a Contributing Interest Group
Name / Vote on HR 1938 [the act to "direct the president to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and for other purposes"] / Total contributions from oil lobby ( July 1, 2009 – 30 June 30, 2011)
1 – Rep. Steven Pearce [Republican] / AYE / $370,020
2 – Rep. Mike Pompeo [R] / AYE / $333,156
3 – Rep. Bill Flores [R] / AYE / $266,184
4 – Rep. Cory Gardner [R] / AYE / $205,124
5 – Rep. Dan Boren [D] / AYE / $201,800
6 – Rep. John Sullivan [R] / AYE / $179,200
7 – Rep. Jeff Landry [R] / AYE / $176,050
8 – Rep. Tim Griffin [R] / AYE / $164,709
9 – Rep. James Lankford [R] / AYE / $156,760
10 – Rep. Rick Berg [R] / AYE / $151,561
11 – Rep. Michael Conaway [R] / AYE / $136,850
12 – Rep. Tim Murphy [R] / AYE / $133,700
13 – Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R] / AYE / $133,152
14 – Rep. Steve Scalise [R] / AYE / $125,335
15 – Rep. Francisco Canseco [R] / AYE / $121,767
16 – Rep. Pete Olson [R] – AYE – $106,400
17 – Rep. Tom Cole [R] / AYE / $103,400
Ah, but John Hoeven was one of the newly elected 2010 members of the House who came to office via the Tea party, the Kochs, Freedom Works, Dick Armey and others. He is not on the list, you say?
Granted, he is not on the list but let’s take a at Hoeven:
First Elected : 2010
|Political party||Republican Party (2000–present)
|Other political affiliations||Democratic Party (Before 2000)|
What entities contribute to Senator Hoeven?
|Oil & Gas||$263,289||$151,289||$112,000|
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Total Raised vs. Average Raised
Cycle Source of Funds, 2007-2012, Campaign Cmte only
- Small Individual Contributions
- Large Individual Contributions
See OpenSecrets.org Note: Information about posted data
Credit for this data should go to the Center for Responsive Politics.
|KOCH, ANNA B||WICHITAKS 67214||10/18/2010||2400.00||WESLEY MEDICAL CENTER/NURSE|
|KOCH, C CHASE||WICHITAKS 67201||09/13/2010||2400.00||KOCH NITROGEN COMPANY/VICE PRESIDE|
[A + B will then lead to "C"]A. Contributions to a particular member of Congress could lead to legislation favorable to the contributing person or organization.B. Contributions support prospects of re-election.C. Contributions then could lead to representative placing the desires of the financial supporter over the good of the nation and possible against their better judgment.