Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Actby Representative Cynthia M. Lummis
Posted on 2015-02-11
LUMMIS. Mr. Speaker, I am having kind of a deja vu moment and a
holy cow moment both at the same time. It is deja vu because we already
passed a Homeland Security funding bill. So that bill has shifted to
the Senate. Somebody apparently didn't get that memo. I am having this
holy cow moment because I can't believe I am standing up here in
support of the Senate-passed Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act.
Mr. Speaker, the broad support for building the Keystone XL pipeline is truly remarkable. This bill is bipartisan. It is bicameral. In fact, it commanded a supermajority in the Senate. A majority of the American people want to see the pipeline constructed. The pipeline has been studied and studied and studied again, in fact, way up to the State Department, which approved the pipeline more than a year ago.
This kind of support for a piece of legislation is a rarity in Washington. It doesn't get any better than this. And that is because the pipeline has unquestionable merit. It directly creates jobs. It is a shot in the arm for our energy economy. It will make America more energy secure, an aspiration of Presidents and Congresses for decades. And it is now within our grasp if we choose to seize it. Why our President would choose to veto this bill is beyond rational explanation. Its economic benefits could not be more evident.
Mr. Speaker, I sincerely hope the President reconsiders his threat to veto this so American workers can finally start to construct and reap the benefits for the American people.