For the past year, House Republicans have been working on an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will lower gas prices and create jobs. The Keystone XL Energy Pipeline will create over 20,000 jobs while battling the high price of gas.
The Keystone pipeline had been planned for years. It was supported by Republicans, Democrats, and Unions. President Obama canceled it.
President Obama's decision has not just overturned years of hard work to bring much-needed construction and manufacturing jobs to the United States, it has made the economy worse.
Bipartisan Support for the Pipeline
Keystone XL has received broad support from Democrats. In addition to the 47 House Democrats that voted for President Obama to act quickly on the project, these prominent elected officials spoke out in support of the pipeline:
Senator Mark Begich (D-AK)
"Another sticking point is that Republicans inserted in their bill language that would fast-track the proposed Keystone X-L oil pipeline extension from Canada down to the Lower 48. …Senator Begich is supportive of moving the project forward and his office says that’s not a problem." (Alaska Public Radio, 12/14/11)
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
"I personally think the pipeline is absolutely in the national interest. It'll help us reduce our dependence on foreign energy, at least foreign sources that are hostile to our interests... I, for one, on this side would hope that this could be part of a final package..." (Floor remarks, 12/14/11)
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
"I am for the Keystone pipeline. ... everyone's for it, it creates thousands of jobs!" (Fox News, 12/12/11)
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
"I am proud to again offer my support for the Keystone XL pipeline and the jobs it will create. We need a quicker decision, based on the merits of this project." (Floor Remarks, 12/13/11)
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC)
"I'm very much for the pipeline. There is no question about that." (MSNBC, 12/14/11)
Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK)
"I commend the Speaker for including the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that is supported by business and labor." (Press Release, 12/12/11)
Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
"'I think the president’s wrong on this,' said Cardoza, who is retiring after this Congress. 'He can veto whatever he wants, but those are both policies I support.'" (POLITICO, 12/7/11)
Rep. Gene Green (D-TX)
"Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) said he's not swayed by Obama's veiled veto pledge. ... 'The Keystone is awfully important,' Green said." (POLITICO, 12/8/11)
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