Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Western lawmakers laud Keystone bill's passage

Western lawmakers are hailing today's passage in the House of Representatives of a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. From the Congressional Western Caucus:
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act with a bipartisan vote of 270-152. This bill would at long last approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill, passed by the Senate on January 29th, will now move to the President’s desk for his signature.

Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) and Western Caucus member Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large) released the following statements in response to the passage of the bill:

“This bill is bipartisan, has passed both chambers of Congress, is supported by many labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, and a large majority of the American people, and simply does what President Obama’s own State Department approved over a year ago after already extensive delay: it approves the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Chairman Lummis. “An energy-secure America is within our grasp if we only seize opportunities like Keystone XL. No more needless delays. It’s time for President Obama to make a decision. I call on President Obama to reconsider his veto threat and join this bi-partisan push for an infrastructure project that is a slam dunk for our economy.”

“I hope the President will reconsider his veto threat on this important bipartisan jobs bill, and sign it when it comes to his desk so we can get people back to work, become less dependent on foreign sources of oil from across the sea, and become more interdependent with our neighbors in Canada,” said Rep. Cramer.
California Rep. David Valadao, a dairyman who's on the House Appropriations Committee's agriculture subcommittee, had this to say at a press briefing after the House vote:
“The Keystone XL Pipeline would create over 42,000 jobs nationwide and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil by hundreds of thousands of barrels. This project will also grow our GDP and generate tax revenue throughout the country.

“Families right here in the Central Valley will directly benefit from the creation of the pipeline which will reduce energy costs for households throughout our region. Unemployment in California, especially in the Central Valley is extremely high. This pipeline will create much needed jobs, ensure energy security, and strengthen our economy.”

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