Washington–Friday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation next week.
“The Keystone XL Pipeline will create tens of thousands of quality jobs and is expected to bring $2 billion in earnings to the United States, all while making America more energy secure. Unfortunately, President Obama has chosen to play politics with this important project despite the fact that his own Administration has cleared the pipeline for construction,” said Congressman Conaway.
“In addition to its job-creating potential, the Keystone XL Pipeline has the potential to help free America from unstable energy sources in the Middle East. By blocking construction of the pipeline, the President is harming our own national security interests. I cosponsored this legislation and proudly voted for it because I believe that this project has been delayed long enough. It’s time to build the Keystone XL Pipeline.”
The initial application for the Keystone XL Pipeline was submitted over six years ago, and has undergone a series of reviews which have all deemed the pipeline to be ready for construction. Just today, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld Governor Dave Heineman’s decision to approve the section of the pipeline that runs through the state. President Obama had previously stated that he would not support construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline until this legal hurdle was overcome.