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  • Keystone XL Pipeline Act

    by Representative Richard L. Hanna

    Posted on 2015-01-09

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    HANNA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill as vice chair of the Pipeline Subcommittee.

    Pipelines are the single safest way to transport liquids--safer than rail, safer than trucks. The State Department says Keystone would have a minimal impact on the environment.

    President Obama and his administration have confirmed that Keystone will create thousands of construction jobs. These are men and women's livelihoods.

    Respectfully, I would remind the administration, but by their nature, all construction jobs are temporary. And it is insulting to marginalize the value of these jobs or the people who might hold them.

    Keystone is supported by many unions, including mine, Local 545, the Operating Engineers, where I have been for almost 35 years.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada said, and I agree, that Keystone is in both of our nations' interests and that ``the logic here is overwhelming.'' Keystone will help us stop sending billions and billions of dollars overseas to our enemies, many of whom would harm us.

    Mr. Speaker, it is time to start building this Keystone pipeline.

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