Keystone XL Pipeline Actby Representative Debbie Dingell
Posted on 2015-01-09
DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 3, the
Keystone XL Pipeline Act. While I welcome an open and transparent
debate about whether building this pipeline is in our national
interest, that is not what this legislation is about. Instead, we are
being asked to circumvent the administration's permitting process and
pass legislation that has been rushed to the House floor, without
consideration by any committee or proceeding through regular order.
This is no way to legislate.
The people of Michigan sent me to Congress to fight for our shared values. And no one knows better than the people of my state the importance of protecting our natural resources. This legislation puts those resources at risk by exempting the operators of the pipeline from paying into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which helps the federal government respond to oil spills. It also waives all the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, both of which contain critical environmental protections that cannot be ignored. I simply cannot support legislation which sets these landmark laws aside.
Congress needs to have a real and thoughtful debate on how we promote clean energy in the United States. I am ready to have that debate, but until then, I cannot support flawed legislation that puts our natural resources at risk.
I urge all my colleagues to join me in opposing H.R. 3.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. All time for debate has expired.
Pursuant to House Resolution 19, the previous question is ordered on the bill.
The question is on the engrossment and third reading of the bill.
The bill was ordered to be engrossed and read a third time, and was read the third time.
Motion to Recommit Mr. GARAMENDI. Mr. Speaker, I have a motion to recommit at the desk.